Stinging, itching and dryness are all common signs of sensitised skin that most people will experience at some stage in their life.

Whether it’s a reaction to a product, overexposure to extreme heat or cold, or just a dull tingle when using new products, the skin is great at telling us when it’s unhappy.

Choosing to listen and respond to these messengers accordingly, however, is often a different story for consumers.

We’ve been led to believe by misleading marketing campaigns that sensitised skin is a normal part of life. That lumps, bumps, itches and rashes are common and treatable by applying harsh synthetics to already damaged cells.

Or, for many people, they’ve become accustomed to the discomfort of sensitised skin and have simply learnt to live with it.

What consumers are rarely told, however, is that signs of sensitised skin are caused by damage to the skins’ protective barrier function (the outer layer of skin) which is no longer doing its job to keep toxins out of the system, and lock natural hydration in.

At Biologi, we offer a personalised service to all our customers and regularly talk to people who have lived with ongoing skin complaints for years with no solution.

There are many ways skin is screaming to let you know that the protective barrier isn’t functioning efficiently, and some of the signs of damaged barrier function aren’t as well-known as they should be.

We already know how detrimental damaged skin can be to overall health, (you can read more here) so here are some signs to look out for, and how you may be able to repair them:

Bumps behind ears

You may have seen Lucy talking about unexplained bumps behind her ears on Biologi’s ‘live’ story recently (you can watch it HERE).

No pain, no itching, simply bumps under the skin.

After a thorough investigation, Lucy traced the bumps back to a change in shower gel. Her skin was reacting to a new fragrance which had caused the irritation.

While painless bumps behind the ears, on the chest, or on any part of the skin may seem harmless, they are a sign that toxins are trapped in the skin. The reaction means that the protective barrier is no longer doing its job to keep toxins out of the deeper, more delicate skin layers.

Unexplained bumps, what to do:

Identify when the bumps first appeared and see if you changed skincare products around that time. It could be any one of many toxic ingredients used to formulate moisturiser, shower gel, washing powder, shampoo and conditioner or exfoliant. Eliminate new products and replace with more natural alternatives until you notice an improvement.

Use Bf serum on the affected area daily. Ferulic acid is a naturally-occurring active ingredient that builds up the protective layer and promotes hydration by retaining moisture within the deeper layers of the skin.

Itchy hands

Hands are constantly exposed to all sorts of toxins and chemicals. From everyday household cleaning products to washing powder and soap; itchy hands are a sign that something is irritating delicate skin cells. For this irritation to occur in the deeper layers, the protective dermal layer is damaged and no longer working like it should be to protect cells (and therefore your system) against harmful toxins.

If you notice your hands itch or develop a rash after touching chemicals or substances and you’ve always put this down to sensitivity or an allergic reaction, it’s important you work on repairing the dermal layer so it can go back to doing the job it was designed to do.

Itchy hands, what to do:

Instead of reaching for an anti-histamine every time itchy hands strike and keep you awake at night, avoid toxins and known allergens to give your skin chance to repair, and use Bf serum on your hands daily.

Tryptophan is a naturally-occurring amino acid that helps repair the broken barrier function so toxins found in common household products can’t seep into the deeper layers causing irritation.

Tight skin after a shower

When you step out of a hot shower, and your face feels tight, your skin is letting you know there’s something wrong.

We’ve been led to believe this is the best time of day to use moisturiser as your pores are open, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.

A tight feeling in the face means the cell’s natural internal hydrating processes aren’t working as they should be, and your skin is relying on external sources of moisture for hydration.

External hydration from synthetics (moisturiser) makes cells believe they’re hydrated enough which, in turn, slows down the natural hydration function until it barely works at all.

Once the artificial moisture is removed (for example after a shower), the skin cells tighten screaming out for more moisture because the cells can’t lubricate themselves fast enough anymore.

This creates dependency on moisturisers containing synthetic emulsifiers which block skin pores while causing further reliance on artificial products for hydration.

Tight skin, what to do:

Start by turning down the heat on your showers. Heat can dehydrate cells making skin feel tighter.

Next, remove moisturiser from your skincare routine and swap it for a natural serum without occlusive ingredients or synthetics.

Bd serum contains anthocyanin, a natural nutrient which works in synergy with a range of powerful phytonutrients to hydrate skin cells and give your complexion a luminous glow.

The water-based serum penetrates cells at a deeper layer and supports the natural hydrating processes from the inside rather than working against them artificially from the outside.

Once you reduce the skin’s reliance on synthetic ingredients, you may find the post-shower tightness goes away too.

The skin is the bodies largest organ designed to protect you from toxins found in the environment. If the body is showing signs that skin is irritated, the skin’s protective dermal layer isn’t doing its job correctly and needs to be repaired.

Contact Lucy or Monique for a personalised recommendation on how you can cheer up unhappy skin.

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