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Spending long hours out in the sun can be damaging to your hair.
I HAVE very sensitive skin and I suspect that it’s probably exacerbated by the skincare and household products that come into contact with my skin. They cause stinging, redness and leave a burning sensation. What should I be looking out for when choosing skincare products so that my sensitive skin won’t be irritated? Could you suggest a product for me? – Sabrina
According to Hubert Hubert W. Hoi, head of training, KENSapothecary, most people assume they have sensitive skin because skincare or household products that come into contact with their skin seem to cause a stinging or burning sensation, leaving the skin red or with a feeling of tightness. Sometimes, even though there are no visible side effects, one is presumed to have sensitive skin when the skin feels uncomfortable after using the product.
The term “sensitive” is not really a medical term. But it has become a common term to mean skin which has an allergic reaction or is irritated by certain products. However, it can also sometimes refer to those who develop rashes in response to external environmental elements such as certain plants or foods.
Ageing can also increase one’s skin’s sensitivity, especially when the humidity level drops. Using different skincare products or moisturising regularly may prevent these symptoms.
Some of the causes of sensitive skin reactions include:
> Skin disorders or allergic skin reactions such as eczema, rosacea, or allergic contact dermatitis.
> Overly dry or injured skin that can no longer protect nerve endings, leading to skin reactions.
> Excessive exposure to skin-damaging environmental factors such as sun and wind, or excessive heat or cold.
> Genetic factors, age, gender and race differences in skin sensitivity are less well-defined, but may still play a role in causing skin reactions.
If you have sensitive skin, avoid products containing antibacterial or deodorant ingredients, alcohol and retinoids, or alpha-hydroxy acids.
Before putting a new product on your skin, conduct the following skin test. Apply a small amount behind the ear and leave it on overnight. If you don’t see any irritation, the product should be safe for you to apply on other areas of your face.
Have a dermatologist check your skin. That’s the best way to confirm if your sensitive skin is a reaction to cosmetics or an indication of a more serious condition, such as rosacea or eczema. These diseases are sometimes confused with sensitive skin, but they’re actually chronic skin conditions that cause itching and inflammation.
You could try Ren Hydra-Calm Global Protection day cream from its best-selling sensitive skin range. It avoids known allergens and detrimental skincare ingredients, protects against environmental aggression/pollution and is formulated with a range of bio actives that calm, strengthen and train sensitive skin to be less reactive.
* Ren will be giving Sabrina a Hydra-Calm Global Protection day cream worth RM177.
I’M constantly out in the sun, taking my little ones to school. I make sure that I wear long-sleeved clothes and use sun protection on my face. Recently, however, I’ve noticed a change in my hair. It has become dry and lacklustre. I have always taken pride in my healthy hair. Even though it’s coloured, it has never been dry or had split-ends. I suspect it’s the sun. Could I be wrong? Could the sun be damaging to my hair, and if so, is there anything I can do to protect it from the UV rays, just like how I protect my skin? – Adelina
The sun is a natural lightening agent when it comes to dyed hair, says Aveda trainer, Adrian Sin. Long exposure under the sun without any protection (such as wearing a cap or applying a protective shield) causes hair discoloration.
The other natural culprit which can cause damaged, dry and frizzy hair is water. If you swim regularly and is often exposed to the sun at the same time, the damaging effects will be even more visible and serious.
The heat of the sun also tends to dry your hair and cause the hair cuticle (outer layer of the hair) to open up. When your hair cuticle is not closed properly like when it is in a healthy stage, it will not be able to reflect light perfectly. This results in your hair losing shine and looking lacklustre.
The good news is, it is possible to protect your hair from UV damage just like how you protect your skin.
Try Aveda’s three-step Sun Care 16-hour UV-Defense and Recovery System that offers a Sun Care Hair and Body Cleanser, Sun Care After-Sun Hair Masque and Sun Care Protective Hair Veil.
Aveda’s Sun Care Protective Hair Veil is a lightweight, water-resistant, UV-defence hair spray veil that provides invisible protection from sun exposure for up to 16 hours. It helps minimise colour fadage, damage and dryness. It contains natural ingredients such as wintergreen and cinnamon bark oils to help protect hair from the damaging effects of the sun.
Spray on dry or damp hair before and during sun-exposure. Reapply after swimming.
Use the hair masque once a week as it has Morikue protein that will help restore and strengthen sun-exposed hair weakened by the effects of the sun and chlorine.
* Aveda will be giving Adelina a Sun Care Protecting Veil worth RM118.
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