Fact vs. fiction: Fair-skinned people always have sensitive skin

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FICTION. While all ethnicities are more or less equally prone to sensitive skin, having light-toned skin does not mean that you are destined to suffer from sensitivity. As Dr. Katie Rodan notes, “Despite all the studies, the medical and scientific communities’ ability to predict who will be sensitive to what is still not very good.” While genetics do play a role, there are many other external factors that can trigger sensitive skin.

Skin tone, or color, is actually linked to how our skin reacts to the environment and how it shows signs of aging. Fair skin is at a higher risk for melanoma (the deadliest skin cancer), yet all skin tones and types need protection from the sun to look good and stay healthy.

Your skin and its sensitivity are unique to you—based on a combination of factors, like age, hormones, climate, and skin hydration and more. Common scenarios related to sensitive skin include:

  • Cosmetic Intolerance. Many people who suddenly exhibit dry, chapped, cracked or red-looking skin without any prior history of sensitive skin are really experiencing intolerance to cosmetic products, even ones they have used for some time. It can come on suddenly; your skin can no longer take the products you’re using, so it reacts by flaring up.
  • Stress. Let’s face it…the many forms of stress that we deal with every day can wreak havoc on the skin’s protective barrier function, making skin more likely to show the signs of dryness and damage. When skin is stressed, it literally loses water at a greater rate, jeopardizing its natural ability to repair and renew itself, which perpetuates a cycle of sensitivity.
  • Environmental changes. Traveling from a warm, moist region to a dry climate with cold temperatures, low humidity and wind results in skin that’s likely to become sensitive. Anytime the barrier function is weakened, the skin leaks moisture and its natural defenses are compromised, allowing irritants to enter. Travel tip: SOOTHE Sensitive Skin Treatment is a multi-tasking formula that reduces visible redness in 5 minutes and fortifies the skin’s barrier to relieve dryness—so you can rescue your skin on-the-go.

No matter what the cause of sensitivity, you can take daily steps to help your skin find its equilibrium. Avoid harsh or chemical exfoliants, rentinoids, alcohol, fragrances and chemical sunscreens. Look for gentler ingredients like dimethicone, allentoin, oatmeal, chamomile, lipids, vitamins C and E and green tea, to name a few. SOOTHE Regimen shields against the biological and environmental aggressors associated with dry, chapped, cracked, sensitive skin to help restore a healthy-looking, even-toned complexion—no matter what your skin tone.

FLYING FOR THE HOLIDAYS? TAKE OFF SIGNS OF AGING AND LAND IN STYLE

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From favorite foods to family traditions, there’s much to look forward to over the holidays—but spending long hours in transit is probably not one of them. Air travel can bring added stress to your skin and body, so this month we’re suggesting a few head-to-toe beauty tips to keep you looking and feeling refreshed—not frazzled—when you arrive.

  • Give your skin a head start to staying healthy. Apply an anti-aging moisturizer like REDEFINE Overnight Restorative Cream to your face the night before your trip, and remember to reapply right before takeoff.
  • For oilier skin, bring blotting papers and dab your face to remove extra shine without stripping vital moisture.
  • Frequent hand washing and antibacterial sanitizers are important to ward off germs while traveling, but they can also leave skin red and irritated. Carry REDEFINE Brightening Hand Treatment to replenish dry hands and keep your skin soft and hydrated on the go.
  • On overnight flights, bring a sleep mask and earplugs to get your beauty sleep, and don’t forget to apply REDEFINE ACUTE CARE™ Skincare for Expression before your in-flight snooze to minimize the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes.
  • Keep lips kissably soft by applying REDEFINE Lip Renewing Serum. The peptide- and antioxidant-rich capsules will help visibly smooth lip texture and combat dryness from extreme travel temps (air conditioning or high heat).
  • Treat your skin to a pre-landing pick-me-up: A gentle swipe of REDEFINE Eye Cloths deposits anti-aging peptides to reduce the appearance of fine lines and puffiness.
  • Skip the foundation, mascara and lipstick, which are prone to drying and flaking in the harsh, high-altitude air of the plane cabin. Opt instead for a bare-faced look with just moisturizer.

 With a little extra mid-transit TLC, you can keep your skin from suffering the harsh effects of air travel and greet your friends and family with a fresh face.