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There are a lot of things that can cause sensitive skin. And if you have sensitive skin, you may be surprised at what’s irritating yours!

The Environment

Your surrounding environment can cause your skin to be sensitive, indoors or outdoors. Changes in the weather can affect your skin, especially when the weather is cold. In the winter, the cold air combined with heating indoors can cause skin to become dehydrated, especially when cooler air and heating are moving between the two. This can potentially cause more sensitivity. It’s not only the cold but the effects of the sun’s rays can damage your skin barrier causing skin sensitivity as well. So wear an all natural SPF and a sun blocking hat if you know you’ll be in the sun for long periods of time.

Dirt and Pollution

Exhaust fumes, smoke and dust can leave your skin irritated and dirty. You can’t really avoid the air pollution, so throughout the day, the pollution sticks to your skin and is absorbed by the skin. Over time, it can weaken the skin’s natural barrier and leave your skin feeling more sensitive.


Excessive cleansing with the wrong products can cause skin to become sore and irritated. Treat your skin with lots of TLC! Avoid cleansing too much and avoid harsh and harmful chemicals in your cleanser. Using a natural/organic cleanser containing the proper ingredients for your skin type can actually help improve the function of your skin’s natural barrier and reduce the sensitivity.

Hard Water

Hard water contains high levels of minerals like iron, magnesium and calcium. It’s also highly alkaline. Signs of hard water is a white, lime scale build up around taps, sinks and in kettles. Washing in hard water can actually make skin feel more irritated.


This affects women and it’s almost always around the time of your menstrual cycle. Fluctuating hormonal levels can cause break-outs and can also increase skin sensitivity. Fluctuating hormone levels also occur during pregnancy and teen years as well.


Work, home, lack of sleep or a bad diet can cause stress. The hormones that are affected by stress can cause your skin to not be able to maintain and repair its natural barrier as quickly as it should. If this continues, it could lead to your skin becoming sensitive.


Our lifestyle plays a big part in skin health. Late nights, lack of sleep, working in an air conditioned office and smoking can all impact your skin. Other things such as swimming pools with chlorine and air travel can also impact the skin too.

Diet and Hydration

Sensitive skin is not just what we put on our skin. The food we eat can also cause skin to become irritated. Find out what foods could be causing skin sensitivity and give your skin lots of care by eating healthy foods, a balanced diet and drinking plenty of water to flush out the toxins.

Ingredients in Skincare Products

Harsh chemicals, dyes, perfumes are all known to irritate the skin. Which is why you’ll never find them in all natural, organic skincare or beauty products. Those types of ingredients upset your skin and are unnecessary. Other ingredients known to irritate the skin are glycolic acid and retinol. They are found in anti-aging products. It’s better for your skin and your health to use natural, organic products containing skin-loving ingredients that’s kind to your skin and better for your health.

High doses of preservatives in skincare products can aggravate the skin. Although all skincare products require preservatives to make the formulations stable. Natural skincare products contain the right amount of preservative to make sure the product remains effective and safe to use.

Clothing and Jewellery

Skincare and beauty products you use on your skin can aggravate your skin. But have you thought about the irritants which exist in clothing and jewelry such as nickel can cause sensitive skin? Think about the washing detergent and conditioner you are using too.

Household Cleaners

Finally, avoid using household cleaning products without wearing gloves, even if you are using eco-friendly household products. Non eco-friendly products contain harsh and harmful chemicals is not only dangerous but can upset your skins ph balance.