Sensitive skin has become so common in these modern days, so we started wondering what causes and solutions for sensitive skin we see out there. In fact the best way to find skin solutions for sensitive skin is to look at its potential causes and pick the ones relevant to you to work out a personalised approach that  works. Here are the main causes we found along with some skin solutions:

Emotional stress

When emotions run wild, the skin tends to show what is going inside. Stress hormone cortisol affects the skin by damaging skin collagen causing loss of skin elasticity.


  • physical activity to balance cortisol in the body (it “burns” cortisol off, making you feel much better and keep your skin younger)
  • herbal remedies supporting the adrenal glands (the cortisol factory)  such as rhodiola rosea
  • counselling


The air our skin is exposed is not the one humans evolved with. Therefore our skin has to handle unusual chemicals such as nitrogen oxides, free radicals, benzene and sulfur dioxide to name a few. These can trigger allergies, dry skin and inflammation.

Skin Solutions

  • all natural or organic skincare to reduce the pollution burden on your body. Check the ingredients list before you buy to make sure you get a pure beauty product
  • antioxidant beauty products are good for quenching the free radicals present in the air and protect the skin from oxidative damage
  • give your skin a break by leaving it make up free on a regular basis

Beauty routine

Sensitive skin has a low threshold for reacting to substances applied on it.  This requires extra attention when selecting a beauty product for your beauty routine. The attention has to be on the content rather than packaging of the product, and the way to do that is by checking the ingredients list watching for:

  • formaldehyde precursors such as sodium hydroxymethylglycinate,
  • harsh detergents such as sodium lauryl sulphate and ammonium lauryl sulphate. They strip the skin of its natural oils causing dryness and redness
  • fragrance (parfum and essential oils) are common triggers of skin reactions, however that does not mean necessarily that they are bad for you. Everybody and every product is different. The best policy is to test behind your ear lobe and see what happens. For example one feedback we had from the Natural Health beauty competition panelist was that she was very surprised her skin did not react despite the delicate natural scent in it. Not black and white..


Winter is the time of the year when sensitive skin is most challenged. The skin gets dryer naturally and it has to withstand cold winds and big temperature changes between outdoors and indoors. The best skin solution for that is to make the skin stronger by enriching the top skin layer with nourishing vegetable oils that will replenish the skin barrier to make it more resilient and hydrated. Very nourishing oils for the skin in winter are:

  • organic argan oil
  • organic rosehip oil
  • organic apricot oil

Our face oil contains all of these 3 amazing botanicals from reliable and quality sources, it has proven antioxidant properties to protect the skin from oxidation and it contains a clinically proven herbal extract that help the skin to produce more collagen counterbalancing the effects of stress on the skin.


Diet affects the skin big time and having a healthy balanced diet has a strategic role in looking after your skin. Always start a meal with fresh raw vegetables followed by the main course. This also helps you to eat less and to keep your vitamins and minerals intake good.

Dr. Barbara Olioso

Dr. Barbara Olioso

I am Dr Barbara Olioso, and I am the founder of Forest Secrets Skincare. I am a professional chemist and I have worked only with natural and organic cosmetics since 1999.