In fact, in summer with the sun, the stratum corneum (the surface of the epidermis) thickens in order to protect itself from the sun's rays. Acne-prone skin also notices that it has fewer pimples because this thicker skin retains the sebum, which is often responsible for acne. On the other hand, this thickening makes the skin less soft, more marked, less comfortable and sometimes even, it feels tight. Deprived of sebum, it is therefore drier. At the end of summer, when the sun is less present, the stratum corneum ceases its protective mechanism and the skin becomes thinner. This has a direct consequence on acne because the sebum released suddenly generates an acne breakout, this is called the summer rebound effect. This is why we recommend that you regularly exfoliate after your vacation to avoid this rebound effect. It is nevertheless preferable not to exfoliate your skin during your holidays, the skin is indeed already very sensitized by the sun, an exfoliation could therefore weaken it even more.
In the fall, temperatures drop and the heating is turned on again, making the air in your home immediately drier. These are weather conditions that the skin does not like, plus skin that becomes thinner and loses its natural protection. This cocktail is therefore absolutely not good for her, she is therefore greatly weakened. For already sensitive skin, it's even worse. The hydrolipidic film (film that covers the stratum corneum) of sensitive skin is by definition failing, it does not properly perform its protective role. The stratum corneum is therefore directly attacked while it itself is weakened because it becomes thinner at that time. Fall is therefore a time of sensitivity for all skin types and hypersensitivity for sensitive skin, so take care of it.
The difficulty in caring for sensitive skin is that you both have to help it rebuild its hydrolipidic film while taking into account that your skin tolerates very little. We must therefore find very gentle products, with very clean formulas. Many sensitive skin cannot tolerate certain classic active ingredients, preservatives or surfactants, so take a close look at the formulas of the products to which your skin reacts in order to be able to identify them.
More generally, let's look at how to take care of our particularly sensitive skin during this season. Two goals in mind: soothing the skin and regenerating the hyrolipidic film.
1. Soothe the skin: calm redness and other inflammations
Redness, what is it? It is a reaction of the skin that turns red or pink in certain places and can have different causes: heat, emotions, an allergy or even certain skin diseases such as eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, rosacea or acne. Usually, this is accompanied by discomfort in the skin: tightness, feeling hot or even dryness / flaking. This discomfort is often a sign of a failing hydro lipid film, which we will discuss a little below.
For the redness itself, the first step is to calm the inflammation and soothe the skin before tackling the hydrolipidic film. To do this, do not put anything on your skin that could cause it to react: forget about alcohol-based products, classic soaps that strip. You don't cleanse your skin more than once a day.
To cleanse the face, prefer CHO makeup remover oil and apply the sensitive skin floral mist after rinsing off the oil so as not to leave lime on your skin. Then apply an anti-inflammatory product such as after-sun beauty oil (St. John's Wort, sweet almond, lemon grass for the anti-inflammatory side) or a nourishing and soothing cream (neroli: superb essential oil to calm redness).
2. Reconstruct the hydro lipid film
Hydro (= water) Lipidic (= fat): this film is a mixture of water and sebum which aims to protect the skin from external aggressions. When it fails, redness appears but we also notice both dryness and dehydration of the skin. The skin is irritated, red, it feels tight, it is dull and may flake (as if it is peeling). It is really uncomfortable, so you have to both hydrate the skin and nourish it in order to help it rebuild this famous film.
How to hydrate your skin:
By choosing creams and serums based on so-called moisturizing active ingredients such as hyaluronic acid. At CHO, therefore, prefer the hydratense serum, the radiance mask, the hydra protect cream and the absolute hydration cream.
How to nourish your skin:
By favoring oils: CHO beauty oils extremely rich in vegetable oils (full of lipids) will be your best allies. Dry Skin Beauty Oil and Sensitive Skin Beauty Oil are made for this. If you have sensitive skin, prefer sensitive skin oil which contains wheat germ and borage oil, which are particularly popular for rebuilding the hydro lipid film. If you have skin that is just sensitized this season, then prefer dry skin oil, which you can also use throughout the winter.
So the best combo is to mix your beauty oil with the hydratense serum to strengthen your hydro lipid film. Add the nourishing and soothing cream on top to calm the redness and you have your evening routine for fall and winter!