The difference between sensitive skin and sensitised skin

Up to 90% of the population perceives their skin as sensitive.

But do you really have sensitive skin? This inquiry is not posed to make you question your skin’s redness, irritation and discomfort. It is actually posed to point out that there is sensitive skin, and then there is sensitised skin, which is the growing phenomenon of skin experiencing sensitivity because of environmental assaults, cosmetics, poor diet and the natural ageing process.

Sensitive Skin Versus Sensitised Skin

A true sensitive skin condition is caused by a genetic predisposition. This genetic predisposition is found in those who have very fair skin and are usually of Northern European ancestry. This could be caused by the lower amount of pigment and a thinner epidermal skin layer (the epidermal layer is the top layer of skin we can see). Someone with truly sensitive skin is highly prone to blushing and may experience bad hay fever, allergies or asthma.

Sensitised skin can affect any person of any racial background or skin colour. (Case in point: Many people in Asia are experiencing skin sensitisation due to a large amount of pollution in some parts of this region.) Symptoms for sensitive and sensitised skin do have a lot in common (itching, burning, redness, flushing and stinging), but in many cases, sensitised skin can’t be seen by the naked eye, as it resides much deeper. And, our microclimate, or the climate we are exposed to in our home, cars, offices and during air travel, changes daily, meaning our level of sensitisation can vary.

What causes sensitised skin?

A number of factors contribute to the process of skin sensitisation. These causes are among the most common, and fortunately, the most treatable and preventable when lifestyle changes are adapted and when under the care of a skin care professional.

Environmental Assaults

The fastest rising factor contributing to the sensitised skin is environmental assault, as the epidermis is constantly exposed to assault from the sun, extreme weather and pollution.

1. The Sun

Exposure to the sun causes water to evaporate from the skin, making it more prone to sensitivity.

There is still not enough understanding that cumulative exposure to the sun can also cause extensive damage. Fifteen minute walks outside and occasional lunches outdoors can contribute to skin sensitisation, and of course, skin cancer. And even if you don’t see pink or red skin after being in the sun, that doesn’t mean that the damage hasn’t been done. Summer activities, such as swimming, can also cause skin irritation as chlorine in pools and salt in ocean water is abrasive and drying.

the sun

2. Pollution

On average, our skin is exposed to an estimated 6 million chemicals, and roughly 2,800 of these have sensitising properties. Extensive exposure to Nitrogen oxides (from road traffic, industrial heating units, etc.) and volatile organic compounds (from hydrocarbons and waste) contributes to the steady rise in sensitised skin cases.

the world being held by a hand, half of which is pure and bright, the other dirty and polluted

3. Cold Weather and Low Humidity

Cold winds and low temperatures can dry out skin, depriving it of balanced levels of sebum (oil) that keeps skin lubricated. Without these oils, skin becomes dry and is more prone to sensitivity because of the lack of protective oils. This goes for forced air heating as well. Warm, dry air acts like a giant sponge, soaking up moisture from everything it touches.

icicles on a branch

4. Ageing

Scientists agree that there is a sharp decline in the Stratum corneum lipids as we age (lipids are fats that are essential for the structure and function of living cells). Meaning by the time we reach age 40, our skin will almost certainly be dry and/or dehydrated. Without these protective lipids, skin is left exposed and defenceless against external aggressors, and the chances for reactions to the environment increase.

an older face next to a younger face

5. Ingredients

Certain ingredients in cosmetics can cause irritation and exacerbate skin sensitivity. More importantly, these ingredients can be found in skin care products that claim to help treat sensitised skin! Some ingredients that can sensitise skin include fragrances, D and C colours, preservatives, and Lanolin.

Éminence has the most unique and effective natural skin care products on the market. The range contains no parabens, sulphates, petrochemicals, fillers, GMO ingredients, animal by-products, artificial colours or fragrances, hydrogenated oils, mineral oils and is not tested on animals!

6. Lifestyle

Nutritionists say that those surviving on a litany of diet sodas and fat-free food items are missing out on the vial, skin-friendly essential fatty acids (EFA) and fat-soluble vitamins. (And don’t forget that fat-free foods often substitute sugar with artificial sweeteners that can cause skin sensitivity.)

An EFA deficiency can result in skin problems such as chronic itching, dryness, scaling and thinning and can lead to an imbalance in prostaglandins (prostaglandins are chemical messengers that do many things, such as control inflammation). The lack of “good” fats in our diets could also be contributing to the increase in the percentage of the population that suffers from psoriasis, eczema and dandruff.

Smoking can also have a drying effect on skin, as smoking inhibits the body’s ability to provide oxygen and nutrients to the skin. Smoking drains the skin of vitamins A and C and restricts blood vessels (which equates to less blood flow) – meaning smoking is somewhat like suffocating your skin from the inside. And, an excessive intake of alcoholic beverages and certain medications (such as nasal decongestants) can also contribute to dry skin.

no-smoking symbol

7. Over-cleansing

The loss of existing sebum (oil) is commonly caused by excessive bathing or showering, scrubbing, or the use of harsh soaps that dissolve the protective layer of sebum. In addition, shaving without a protective medium or using dull razors can also weaken the skin’s barrier function, leaving it exposed to environmental assaults.

shaving cream on a leg

When skin is healthy, a sensitised skin condition is minimised. Professional skin treatments coupled with the right lifestyle choices are great ways to begin treating sensitised skin. An effective sensitised skin treatment will include gentle cleansing, soothing and anti-inflammatory-based products, and hydration. The “less is more” rule should be followed during any professional sensitised skin treatment and at-home regimen. Exfoliation can be performed on the sensitised skin but should be done only under the recommendation of a professional. To see how Slow Beauty Eco Salon can help you with your sensitised skin, please check out our Skin Care Menu.

The Youth Shield Collection

Éminence Organic Skin Care's Youth Shield Collection at Slow Beauty Eco Salon Canberra ACT
Protect against the early signs of ageing with Youth Shield

Protect against the early signs of ageing

Take preventative action before the early signs of ageing begin with the Youth Shield Collection from Éminence Organic Skin Care. The collection contains a powerful antioxidant complex, naturally derived from red currant, elderflower and magnolia bark, which is formulated to balance and protect skin while it fights free radicals – the leading cause of fine lines and wrinkles. The products in this collection are designed to nourish and balance while they protect. They are clinically proven to hydrate while improving skin elasticity and enhancing skin vitality. Prevent the signs of ageing before they begin.

What is it?

A 5-piece prevention collection for maintaining your skin’s youthful appearance.

Who is it for?

Those in their 20’s to late 30’s who are concerned about ageing and have normal/ combination skin.


The 20’s:  In our mid 20’s our skin’s ability to retain water starts to decrease. We have some sun damage and still a few breakouts.

The 30’s: In addition to the process described above, our skin starts to produce less collagen.

How does it help?

Youth Shield is formulated to balance and protect the skin while it fights free radicals. This antioxidant-rich collection helps minimise inflammation, repair sun damage, and moisturise while keeping breakouts at bay.

Éminence Organic Skin Care Youth Shield Collection at Slow Beauty Eco Salon Canberra ACT
Éminence Organic Skin Care Youth Shield Collection

Protect against the early signs of ageing with the Youth Shield Antioxidant Complex

Your skin thrives on hydration, nutrients and nourishment. How we treat it today greatly impacts its health and radiance tomorrow. It’s important to protect and maintain our skin before the signs of ageing take hold. A good skin care regime – one that restores and repairs while protecting skin from damage caused by poor diet, sun exposure, smoking or pollution – can help maintain that youthful glow for many years to come. That’s why the Youth Shield Collection was created. Using a powerful, natural antioxidant complex, Youth Shield protects the cells from free radicals while also balancing normal-to-combination skin types. The Youth Shield Antioxidant Complex minimises inflammation, repairs sun damage and promotes overall health of your skin for a smooth, glowing complexion. Naturally derived from red currant, elderflower and magnolia bark, it is proven to:

  • Improve skin elasticity by 10%
  • Enhance skin vitality by 11%
  • Increase skin hydration by 36%

Youth Shield Collection

  • Red Currant Exfoliating Cleanser
  • Red Currant Protective Moisturiser with sunscreens
  • Red Currant Balancing Concentrate
  • Red Currant Rapid Infusion Masque
  • Red Currant Mattifying Mist

Ingredient Spotlight

The Youth Shield Antioxidant Complex in this collection is infused with the following active ingredients:

Red Currant

An excellent source of Vitamin C, this fruit protects from and repairs UV damage as well as strengthens the skin’s barrier response. It’s also rich in anthocyanin – a power bioflavonoid that promotes circulation and boosts the flow of oxygen, giving you a healthy and radiant glow.


The polyphenols in this flower gives it a high antioxidant content that destroys free radicals and stops them from regenerating. This means it acts as an anti-inflammatory, minimising the signs of ageing while it also protects your delicate skin cell membranes.

Magnolia Bark

Magnolia bark contains two ingredients that work together to inhibit the inflammation caused by free radicals attacking healthy cells. These ingredients – magnolia and honokiol – soothe the skin while slowing down the ageing process that leads to wrinkles and sagging skin.

Microencapsulated Tea Tree Oil

This sustained release tea tree oil helps prevent breakouts and at the same time provides a nice cooling sensation. This ingredient can be found in both the Red Currant Balancing Concentrate as well as the Red Currant Protective Moisturiser with sunscreens.

The Éminence Organic Skin Care Youth Shield Collection is available at Slow Beauty Eco Salon, an environmentally responsible provider of premium skin care. To experience the Youth Shield Collection, schedule your Signature Customised Organic Facial today!

Arctic Berry Peel & Peptide Illuminating System

Reveal your Radiance Naturally

What if you could target aging, hyperpigmentation, as well as sensitive, rosacea and acne-prone skin in just 3 steps? Now you can do all that and awaken your skin’s inner beauty with the Arctic Berry Peel & Peptide Illuminating System from Éminence Organic Skin Care. This innovative 3-step peel and peptide system will give your skin a completely fresh start. Exfoliate. Activate. Illuminate.

We all have skin imperfections that we would like to change. What if you could strip away those imperfections to bring new, healthy, glowing skin to the surface? Now, with Éminence Organic Skincare’s Arctic Berry Peel & Peptide Illuminating System, you are only 3 steps away from absolute radiance!

Deep exfoliation is essential to achieve a luminescent glow. Éminence’s superior system combines manual and enzymatic exfoliation with a natural peeling treatment for deeper exfoliation and ultimate results! Powerful anti-ageing forces from naturally-derived peptides are the perfect way to finish off your new illuminating look.

Integrating monthly professional spa treatments with your at-home, the 3-step routine will lead to more enhanced results.

See incredible results* with the Éminence Arctic Berry Peel & Peptide Illuminating System:

  • Restores radiance 80%

  • Reduces fine lines and wrinkles 80%

  • Reduces dark spots 80%

  • Improves dullness 100%

How the system works:


Arctic Berry Enzyme Exfoliant

Combines manual and enzymatic exfoliation, facilitating better penetration of the Arctic Berry Advanced Peel Activator MA10 (multi-acid 10%).



Naturally-derived acids gently remove layers of the skin to initiate clearer, smoother and more luminous skin.


Arctic Berry Peptide Radiance Cream

Soothes the skin while the Peptide Illuminating Complex utilises the power of peptides to achieve maximum luminosity.

Optimal results are achieved with a series of four treatments. Support your professional monthly treatment with weekly at-home treatments.

*Percentage of respondents reporting at 4 weeks. The protocol included professional and at-home treatments. Clinically tested by an independent FDA Certified Laboratory.



Why is my skin so dry?

Dry, dehydrated skin
Dry, dehydrated skin can be a temporary problem – one you experience only in winter, for example – or a lifelong concern.

Dry skin, also called xerosis, is a very common problem in modern life, affecting people of all ages, even infants. Scientists agree – because of a sharp decline in the Stratum corneum lipids (lipids are fats that are essential for the structure and function of living cells), especially the significant drop in ceramides (one of the more important structural components of the lipid barrier), by the time we reach age 40, our skin will almost certainly be dry and/or dehydrated.

However, some people experience the trials of a dry skin condition before they reach this time in their life. An increasingly stressful lifestyle coupled with continual exposure to the sun, wind and chemicals in the environment contribute to dry, dehydrated skin in people of all ages.

What is dry, dehydrated skin?

Dry skin, or slipped skin, generally refers to skin that is lacking oil, whereas dehydrated skin is characterised by the lack of moisture in the Stratum corneum, the outermost layer of the epidermis. Typically, cells that comprise the deepest layers of the epidermis have about 80% water content, while cells of the Stratum corneum are about 10% water. Anything below 10% is perceived as dehydrated.

Both dry and dehydrated skin is often irritated, inflamed and itchy,  and it is generally worse in areas with relatively few sebaceous (oil) glands such as the arms, legs and torso, as well as the cheeks and eye area.

There is also a widespread misconception that dehydrated skin is the opposite of oily skin. “Dehydrated” refers to lack of moisture (not a lack of oil), while “oily” refers to levels of sebum or oil on skin. While adequate sebum does help maintain water levels on skin, oily skin can be dehydrated. Dehydrated skin may lack water only in the outermost layers of the epidermis while maintaining normal levels in the deeper layers.

Other symptoms of dry skin can include a feeling of tightness or tautness, especially after showering, bathing or swimming, skin that feels and looks rough rather than smooth, slight to severe flaking or scaling, fine lines, cracks that can sometimes bleed, and severe redness.



Age Corrective Day Collection

EminenceAge Corrective Day Collection at Slow Beauty Eco Salon Canberra ACT

Correct the signs of ageing and revive tired skin with the complete Éminence Age Corrective skin care routine. Indulge in the exotic aromas of monoi and coconut, while the strengthening qualities of bamboo infuse a youthful vitality to the skin. Experience immediate and lasting anti-ageing results from the powerhouse combination of Natural Retinol Alternative and PhotoCellTec™ Swiss Green Apple Stem Cell Technology. Boost collagen to lift and tighten for skin that appears and acts naturally ageless.

Age Corrective Ritual


2 x Daily

Eminence Monoi Age Corrective Exfoliating Cleanser at Slow Beauty Eco Salon
Wash away impurities, remove surface debris and experience smooth skin like never before with this multi-action, exfoliating cleanser infused with exotic monoi.

Monoi Age Corrective Exfoliating Cleanser

Try our new, multi-action exfoliating cleanser which combines gentle fruit AHAs, botanical enzymes and finely ground olive seeds to wash away impurities and dramatically refine the skin’s texture.

2 x Daily

Eminence Neroli Age Corrective Hydrating Mist at Slow Beauty Eco Salon Canberra ACT
Collagen boosting tonique for all skin types.

Neroli Age Corrective Hydrating Mist

The Neroli Age Corrective Hydrating Mist will give skin an energising boost with coconut water and Neroli oil. Experience an instantly lighter and smoother appearance with each spray.

2 x Weekly

Eminence Bamboo Age Corrective Masque at Slow Beauty Eco Salon Canberra ACT
Age Correcting with Anti-Aging Stem Cell Complex, Natural Retinol Alternative & Green Apple Stem Cells

Bamboo Age Corrective Masque

Indulge in the new potent Bamboo Age Corrective Masque for the ultimate age repair. Discover an incredible transformation from increased collagen production, skin density and cell regeneration as wrinkles are smoothed from the inside out.

2 x Daily

Eminence Bamboo Firming Fluid at Slow Beauty Eco Salon Canberra ACT
Collagen boosting concentrate for normal to dry skin types.

Bamboo Firming Fluid

Give your skin an extra dose of hydration by applying the Bamboo Firming Fluid before you put on your moisturiser. Powerful anti-ageing actives will deeply penetrate the skin to boost collagen, lift and firm.

2 x Daily

Eminence Coconut Age Corrective Moisturiser at Slow Beauty Eco Salon Canberra ACT
Collagen boosting moisturiser for normal to dry skin types

Coconut Age Corrective Moisturiser

The Coconut Age Corrective Moisturiser is packed with hydrating agents to nourish the skin. Age correcting ingredients are absorbed to plump skin from the inside out.

2 x Daily

Eminence Neroli Age Corrective Eye Serum at Slow Beauty Eco Salon Canberra ACT
Erase crow’s feet and fine lines with this potent age corrective serum created for the delicate skin around the eyes.

Neroli Age Corrective Eye Serum

Eyes can be a telltale sign of age. Erase crow’s feet and fine lines around the delicate eye area with the potent Neroli Age Corrective Eye Serum. Nourish, hydrate and refresh to return youth and vitality to the skin.

2 x Daily

Eminence Coconut Firming Body Lotion at Slow Beauty Eco Salon Canberra ACT
Firm and tighten skin from head to toe with this incredible anti-aging body moisturiser.

Coconut Firming Body Lotion

Treat your whole body to a luxurious firming and tightening experience with the Coconut Firming Body Lotion. Improve skin tone and texture for a silky and youthful full-body glow.

Natural Retinol Alternative

After just 6 days collagen levels increased by 25% compared to 17% from conventional retinol.

PhytoCellTec™ Swiss Green Apple Stem Cell Technology

In just 28 days 100% of people saw a dramatic and visible decrease in wrinkle depth.

Eminence Age Corrective Night Collection at Slow Beauty Eco Salon Canberra ACT
Diminish the signs of aging overnight!

Try incorporating our amazing Age Corrective Night products as a complimentary nightly routine.