Soothing Sensitive Skin Mask

sku # 1114-11


Treat your skin with this desensitizing, calming mask.

Primary Benefits:

Immediately calm, heal, reduce redness and irritation, nourish and smooth with this creamy, moisturizing treatment mask.

Who Needs It:

For sensitive, hypersensitive and allergy-prone skin that gets red and easily irritated as well as those with thin skin and occasional breakouts.

Product Overview

Desensitize for visible improvement! Creamy and gently alleviating, the Sensitive Skin Mask immediately calms your skin with a select combination of Zinc Oxide and Shea Butter. These ingredients harmoniously blend with other key agents to diffuse redness and soothe irritation for a calm, smooth appearance.

About Sensitive Skin
By Kendall Weatherman, Licensed Esthetician

Sensitive skin is skin that is over reacts when exposed to certain stimuli. While many people claim they have sensitive skin, there is much more to sensitive skin than people understand. With sensitive skin, there are actual structural changes that occur within the skin layers along with the hyper-reactive responses.

Sensitive skin affects 50% of people according to Albert Kligman, the dermatologist who coined the term. Some believe that people are born with sensitive skin while others believe sensitive skin is made due to external forces. Regardless, sensitive skin may coexist with all skin types and anyone can have it. However, adult women who sunburn easily and freckled as children are most affected.

Sensitive skin has a number of symptoms. Sensitive skin may be pink or red and this will vary from time to time. The scientific name for this is erythema. There are cumulative symptoms of irritation that create a feeling of discomfort for those who have sensitive skin. Sensitive skin can burn, sting, and feel itchy, tight, dry and warm. Additional symptoms that can manifest in sensitive skin include color and blood flow changes, a thickening, flaky texture, rashes, pimples and dryness.

Sensitive skin has several causes and triggers. While normal skin protects us from the environment via a healthy, intact, hydrated barrier sensitive skin involves an inflammation cascade that causes thinning of the protective barrier, epithelial tissue and dermis (outermost and deeper layers of the skin). This defective barrier function leaves the skin vulnerable to the environment and leaves the nerve endings unprotected or exposed. This causes a heightened neurosensory input that causes skin to be reactive and causes a cumulative effect.

This leads to slowdown of oil and sweat production in the epidermis (outer layer of the skin). The changes in layering make sensitive skin more porous and prone to easier dehydration and significant increase in transepidermal water loss. Weakening of the inter-cellular lipids bond and capillary walls and a less efficient lymphatic system all contribute to sensitive skin.

Extreme temperatures such as cold dry or windy weather can trigger sensitive skin.

Using products that have too many ingredients or harsh, active ingredients will also trigger sensitive skin. Artificial fragrances or detergents can weaken the skin’s barrier and cause it to be more sensitive.

Sensitive skin types must avoid irritating agents, harsh ingredients or chemicals in cosmetic products. Read labels and refrain from products with sodium laurel sulfate, propylene glycol, PABA, artificial dyes and fragrances and synthetic chemicals. Excessive skin manipulation or abrasive treatments like lasers or harsh chemical peels can also aggravate sensitive skin.

Masking once or twice a week is a great way to control sensitivity. Sensitive skin that is red and easily irritated can truly benefit from a mask that contains ingredients like zinc oxide, shea butter, aloe, azulene, chamomile, calendula, panthenol and horse chestnut. These ingredients work together to help calm, heal, nourish, protect, moisturize, repair, reduce redness and shrink capillaries.
Water (Aqua), Zinc Oxide, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Glyceryl Stearate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Azulene, Glycerin, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol.
After cleansing and toning, blot the skin dry and proceed with the Enzymo-Sphrides Peeling Cream. Next, apply a thin layer of this mask all over your face and neck and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse with cool water and reapply the Sensitive Skin Lotion followed by the Soothing Sensitive Skin Cream. Use once or twice a week.