When it comes to common skin types, one that often gets the spotlight on (and you think you might have) is probably sensitive skin. But what is actually sensitive skin? Is it something that you are born with? Does it only happen to the unlucky ones? What are the symptoms and reasons of sensitive skin? Why should you make friends with natural ingredients if you have sensitive skin? Read on as we get to the bottom of this interesting topic and break it down for you! Sensitive Skin 101 Picture credits: Freepik Sensitive skin generally refers to skin that is more prone to inflammation or adverse reactions. People with sensitive skin may notice occasional or frequent redness, itching, or breakouts in the skin that can be quite uncomfortable. Sensitive skin is usually treatable but may require a visit to the dermatologist to confirm the diagnosis and figure out any underlying condition. While sensitive skin may sound to be not a serious concern, it can be outright disturbing to deal with on a day-to-day basis, prevent us from taking part in certain activities, and limit the choice of products that we can use. How Can You Tell If You Have Sensitive Skin? If you suffer from skin that frequently throws temper tantrums over just about anything, you may notice the following common symptoms of sensitive skin: 1. Reactive Skin Picture credits: Freepik Sensitive skin is easily irritated by triggering factors, such as environments or certain topical products like soaps, skincare, or household products that contain dyes or fragrances. Getting in contact with these products may cause your skin to react and in response, your skin may develop redness and experience itchiness or dryness. 2. Your Skin Struggles with Redness One regular sign of sensitive skin is that your skin flushes easily. Redness on the skin can be caused by a genetic predisposition or a reaction to certain or harsh ingredients. 3. You are Prone to Rashes When exposed to potential triggers, sensitive skin frequently develops rashes or breakouts-like tiny red bumps. 4. Dry and Flaky Skin Some people who have sensitive skin can also have dry skin, which may lead to itchy, cracked or flaky, and even peeling skin. Dry skin typically gets worse in cold, windy, and dry weather conditions. 5. Sensitivity to Sunrays People with sensitive skin will tend to find the heat from the sun problematic and turn beet-red if they happen to step outside without a hat or sunscreen. Sensitive skin is particularly more susceptible to the harmful effects of the sun because it has thinner and impaired skin barrier than other skin types. Causes of Sensitive Skin Picture credits: Freepik Here are some of the main reasons why your skin is sensitive: 1. Naturally Sensitive Skin Naturally sensitive skin is an inherited trait and can be linked to inflammatory skin conditions, like eczema, rosacea, and psoriasis. 2. Environmental Elements Low temperature, humidity, wind, heat, sun exposure, and air pollution are the common aggressors responsible for sensitive skin triggered by the environment. 3. Thin Skin Thin or fragile skin is skin that tears, bruises, or breaks easily and a prevalent condition in older adults. As we age, our body produces less collagen \u2013 hence, our skin naturally becomes thinner. Thinner skin is more vulnerable to external aggressors and easier to irritate. 4. Exposure to Irritants Sensitive skin can be easily reactive when exposed to external irritants and responses in inflammation (contact dermatitis) or allergic reactions. 7 Best Natural Ingredients for Sensitive Skin For those who have sensitive skin, choosing the right skincare products wisely is extremely important. When looking at a plethora of ingredients on your skincare products, keep an eye out for the below natural ingredients that will help make your skin look healthier and calm your angry skin. 1. Almonds Picture credits: Freepik Almonds are high in B vitamins, zinc, and vitamin E. Almond oil is anti-inflammatory and has long been used to help soothe skin and treat dry skin conditions. Due to its\u00a0emollient properties, almond oil also has the potential to improve both complexion and skin tone. 2. Coconut Oil Picture credits: Freepik Coconut oil is a superfood that possesses anti-inflammatory properties, helps your skin stay hydrated, and has been shown to help treat eczema. 3. Green Tea Due to the tea\u2019s high content of polyphenols, green tea has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce skin irritation, skin redness, and swelling. It is also proven to be an effective remedy for many dermatological conditions, soothe sunburns, as well as irritation and itchiness. 4. Grape seed Oil Grapeseed oil is rich in vitamin E and high in omega-6 fatty acids, which are necessary for skin barrier functioning. The main omega-6 PUFA in grapeseed oil is linolenic acid and this acid may help reduce inflammation in the skin\u2019s middle and outer layers. 5. Aloe Vera Aloe vera is your new best friend if you have dry and sensitive skin. The gel-like component of this plant has cooling and moisturising benefits and is renowned to heal various skin ailments, such as sunburns, dry and itchy skin, and inflamed skin. 6. Feverfew Picture credits: Freepik Feverfew, also known as Wild Chamomile, is a natural anti-oxidant. This flowering plant battles free-radicals, calms redness, soothes even sensitive skin, and is ten times more potent than vitamin C. 7. Oats Oats are age-old remedies used to treat skin ailments in adults, children, and babies. For thousands of years, oats have been known and used as a powerhouse to soothe and treat skin topically. Picture credits: Freepik Did you know that Cleopatra had oatmeal baths as part of her skincare regime? Oats are excellent moisturisers with skin healing, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and itch relieving benefits \u2013 thus, they are often recommended to treat sensitive, allergy, or eczema-prone skin. Oats help to keep the skin gently exfoliated and soft. Oats also protect the skin from external irritants, by lending moisture to the skin. Moreover, oats' mild pH can help to cool down itchy and inflamed skin that may have been caused due to some rashes or infections\u00a0\u2013 causing dry skin. With all that said, make sure you choose skincare products that contain oats to save your dry and sensitive skin. Meet AVEENO\u00ae \u2013 \u00a0Skincare Products Made with Natural Ingredients Enriched with Prebiotic Triple Oat, AVEENO\u00ae offers the best therapeutic products for your sensitive skin. The Prebiotic Triple Oat used in AVEENO\u00ae's product range helps replenish skin\u2019s natural barrier and supports its natural ecosystem, for a healthy and balanced skin. Why AVEENO\u00ae? For skin that needs a little extra loving care, make sure you choose AVEENO\u00ae products because they are: \tFormulated with oat and other high-quality natural ingredients that soothe and nurture sensitive skin. \tClinically proven for itchy, dry skin relief in just one day*. \tDermatologist-recommended. \tSafe for adults and babies. \tFree from triclosan, microbeads, phthalates, 1,4-dioxane, and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives. *Based on clinical grading: with 70% subjects improved. Sensitive Skin Calls for Sensitive Care For generations, AVEENO\u00ae has relied on nature\u2019s soothing and moisturising properties and gently combined those with innovative formulas to provide care for all skin, even the most sensitive one! Find comfort for easily irritated skin by using AVEENO\u00ae's skincare products as they are clinically proven to balance your skin's microbiome, soothe itchy skin, cure, and prevent further flare-ups. AVEENO\u00ae\ufe0f SKIN RELIEF BODY WASH The unique formula in this fragrance-free body wash contains soothing oatmeal, to help moisturise and relieve dryness \u2013 even after you rinse. It is soap-free, dye-free, fragrance-free, and hypoallergenic. Totally gentle for sensitive skin! AVEENO\u00ae\ufe0f SKIN RELIEF 24HR MOISTURIZING LOTION Formulated with Triple Oat Complex with oat oil and natural shea butter, this moisturising lotion is rich yet fast-absorbing to nourish and restore essential moisture. It is fragrance-free and steroid-free. AVEENO\u00ae DAILY MOISTURIZING BODY WASH This body wash cleanses and moisturises for visibly healthier skin long after you shower. Its breakthrough formula combines Colloidal Oatmeal \u2013 long known to soothe skin \u2013 with a unique blend of natural oils and emollients to help replenish skin's moisture. It is lightly fragranced, soap-free, dye-free, and hypoallergenic. AVEENO\u00ae DAILY MOISTURIZING LOTION\u00a0 Using Colloidal Oatmeal and rich emollients as part of its active ingredients, this nourishing lotion is clinically proven to improve the health of dry skin in 1 day with significant improvement in 2 weeks. It is fragrance-free, non-greasy, and non-comedogenic. Fresh from Head to Tiny Toes! AVEENO\u00ae\ufe0f BABY WASH & SHAMPOO Made for babies with sensitive skin, AVEENO\u00ae's Baby Wash and Shampoo contains natural oat extract. It cleanses without drying and protects your baby\u2019s skin. Worry no more and trust AVEENO\u00ae's Baby Wash and Shampoo because it is: \tMade with high-quality ingredients \tEnriched with soothing natural oat extract \tHypoallergenic \tTear-and soap-free \tGentle for everyday use \tPaediatrician-recommended Now available in Watsons Malaysia, try AVEENO\u00ae products today and witness how nature's goodness works wonders for your skin when combined with real science! For more information, drop by and follow AVEENO\u00ae on Facebook and Instagram\u00a0today!