The transition from winter into spring should be a happy time of year. Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping and the heater gets relegated to the back of the cupboard for another 12 months. However, our complexions tell a very different story. While you’re skin may have recently acclimatised to the cold and dry impact of winter, a change in season – albeit a warmer one – can spark redness, itching, tightness, swelling and even flaking. “Colder, drier climates can trigger sensitivity as well as wind, pollution and excessive sun exposure,” says Melanie Grant, Sydney-based facialist and skin expert for Chanel Australia.
Likewise, irrespective of the changing temperatures, there are a myriad of other triggers of sensitive skin. “We can experience times of sensitivity during periods of stress, pregnancy, menopause, long haul air travel and even after clinical facial treatments such as laser, microdermabrasion or chemical peels,” Grant says.
So how can we manage the effects of sensitive skin and brace ourselves for the coming change of season? Grant warns flare-ups can be sparked by misguided use of harsh skincare products. If you start to notice a change in your skin texture or as the first sign of redness presents itself, swap out rich or overly active products with a gentle milk or oil cleanser followed by a calming, restorative serum and a simple, no-fuss moisturiser (we love Chanel La Solution 10 Sensitive Skin Cream which only contains 10 skin-friendly ingredients). Team this with a round of calming facial treatments and Grant recommends LED Light therapy which is “wonderful during times of sensitivity as it alleviates inflammation and promotes healing and hydration.”