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Sensitive skin

Do you feel that the heat, pollution or even wearing a mask are taking a toll on your skin, making it uncomfortable? Is redness, tightness or itching your daily reality? By understanding the sensitivity of your skin, you can find the right solutions to soothe it. Shall we begin?

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How do you know if you have sensitive skin?

Your skin is sometimes more uncomfortable than usual, but you don't know why? Rest assured, you’re not alone in experiencing this discomfort from time to time (or more often). People with sensitive skin do not suffer from any particular condition, but they do experience discomfort, which can be very unpleasant, when their skin is faced with certain situations. And often, this sensitivity concerns the skin of the face.
Unpleasant sensations occur when your face is exposed to a cold wind or the sun. Your skin reacts, tingles or heats up when you try a new cosmetic product. Your skin feels tight when you get out of the shower. Does this sound familiar? Then your skin is certainly more reactive than average: this is what we call sensitive skin. 

Sensitive skin: how to recognise it?

Sensitive skin is skin that reacts or over-reacts to an external factor that attacks it. The manifestations of this sensitivity are more often sensations, sometimes very uncomfortable, such as tightness, overheating or tingling. Sometimes they are accompanied by slight redness.

Sensitive skin is often dry, which amplifies its sensitivity. The skin's hydrolipidic film, which acts as a protective barrier, is deficient: the skin is less able to defend itself, it’s more vulnerable and reacts more strongly to its environment.

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I've always had sensitive skin but I feel that it’s getting worse with age, at the same time as the dryness of my skin increases.

Valerie, 52 years old


Taking care of sensitive skin: which products to choose?

Is it possible to soothe the unpleasant sensations felt by your sensitive skin? Yes, of course! To do this, you need to find the most suitable cosmetic products to cleanse and care for your skin, but also adopt the right gestures on a daily basis. 

Our tips for caring for sensitive skin


Why do I have sensitive skin?

The epidermis acts as a protective barrier against external aggression. Wind, sunlight and pollution can all accelerate the dehydration of your skin and make it more sensitive. The skin barrier is then altered. It no longer fully protects you from certain sensitising factors such as unsuitable cosmetics, a sudden change in temperature, or a strong emotion.

Understanding sensitive skin

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We’re here to help you sort out fact from fiction.

Sensitive skin is more reactive than average. You can't change your skin, but you can limit your uncomfortable reactions. To do this, you need to reduce the risk of irritation by soothing your skin and strengthening its defences. To achieve this goal, you need to implement a moisturising routine with suitable products, but also to adopt the right gestures on a daily basis.

Yes! The signs of "sensitive skin" vary from person to person. You may have fragile skin with natural sensitivity, and/or have reactionary sensitivity to external factors such as the weather or the application of a cosmetic product. You may also have occasional skin sensitivity caused by a dermatological condition such as rosacea or seborrheic dermatitis. And there are as many different skin sensitivities as there are different people, so it's important to choose the right products for your sensitive skin.

If you have sensitive skin, it’s advisable to look for hypoallergenic products that are specially designed for sensitive skin, especially ingredients that have a soothing effect and protect the skin barrier.

If your skin is allergy-prone, it reacts strongly and consistently when it comes into contact with a particular allergen. You may experience symptoms such as itching or burning. If you have any doubts, we strongly recommend consulting a dermatologist.

Hypersensitive skin is very reactive and has a very low tolerance threshold to certain aggressions. Discomfort is therefore frequent, even daily. It has a real impact on the quality of life. In the case of sensitive skin, skin discomfort remains moderate and occasional, even if it can be unpleasant.

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