It’s a touchy subject but is your skin sensitive? Here are five ...

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It’s a touchy subject but is your skin sensitive? Here are five signs

We share a quickfire guide for identifying if you have sensitive skin and how to care for it

Beauty editor

Don’t be sensitive, they say — but when it comes to skin, do you have a choice? The transitional season can be tricky for those with a naturally sensitive skin, but whether it’s winter or summer, skin sensitivity can strike at any moment. 

Taking care of your body’s largest organ can be confusing. It covers your entire body and behaves differently in different parts. You’ve heard the term “sensitive skin”, but how do you know if your skin is sensitive? There are factors that play a role, such as genetics, age and gender, but broadly speaking, you first need to understand the term.

We all have a protective fatty outer layer on our skin, known as the lipid (fat) barrier. It performs two key tasks: retaining water and moisture; and protecting the skin from potentially harmful UV rays, wind, heat and harsh chemicals. If you have sensitive skin, this barrier is typically thinner and weaker, which makes it easier for irritants to penetrate, which leads to inflammation. ..

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