Do You Have Sensitive or Sensitized Skin?

Sensitive skin is becoming a more common phenomenon. Everybody may experience sensitized skin in a particular moment of life. An inappropriate skin care routine, excessive exfoliation, or even prolonged stress can cause bouts of sensitivity even in healthy skins!

Take the test and learn the difference…

During the winter your skin can experience symptoms such as redness, tightness, prickling, and a general sensation of discomfort. Furthermore, Sensitive skin tends to overreact to the elements (wind, sun, heating or air conditioning), to cosmetics and even to water.

And what about you? Is your skin sensitive? Find out with this Comfort Zone Skin test, created in collaboration with dermatologist Dr. De Felici.

Answer the questions below and give an evaluation from 0 to 4:

0 – never
1 – seldom
2 – often
3 – most of the time
4 – always

  • Do you ever experience a general discomfort on your face, such as sensation of prickling and/or heat or burning, without signs of irritation on the skin?
  • Do other parts of your body (hands, scalp, neck, back) experience these sensations?
  • Do you have unusual skin reactions, such as redness, burning, or prickling, when applying a skin care product or make-up on your face?
  • When you feel emotional, does your skin tend to redden?
  • When you eat spicy foods or drink alcohol, does your skin tend to redden easily or do you have a feeling of prickling or itching?
  • While exercising, does your skin easily redden and remain hot, and/or have a feeling of prickling or itching?
  • When you sunbathe, does your face skin tend to easily redden and/or remain hot and/or have a sensation of prickling or itching?
  • When you pass from a very cool environment to a hot environment, does the skin of your face easily redden and/or experience a sensation of prickling or itching?
  • During a very windy day, does your skin redden, easily feel dry, and/or experience a sensation of prickling or itching?
  • Does your skin tend to remain reddened for a long time?

List how many of each number you have.

MOSTLY 0 and 1:     YOU HAVE NORMAL SKIN!
Maintain your skin’s health with correct hydration and by taking care of the most delicate zones of your face, such as the eyes. Use sunscreens with a high SPF (at least 30) to protect your face, and make-up that is dermatologically tested. Furthermore, drink at least 2 liters of water per day, along with a diet rich in seasonal vegetables and fruits.

MOSTLY 2:     YOUR SKIN IS SENSITIZED!
Avoid strong temperature changes and examine the make-up products you use: try to identify the sources of skin sensitization (skin care or make-up products) and remove them from your beauty routine. Be careful to not over exfoliate. Even a winter wool scarf can create sensitized skin. Protect your face with a high SPF sunscreen, avoid smoke, and reduce the consumption of alcohol.

MOSTLY 3 and 4:     YOU HAVE SENSITIVE SKIN!
Use products for sensitive skin, to soothe and fortify sensitive, sensitized and redness-prone skin. Avoid smoke, alcohol and spicy food. Avoid strong pressure during massage. Reduce sun exposure, preferring the shade, and consistently use creams with a very high SPF (50+), and avoid hot showers. Add avocado and chia seeds to your daily diet, as they are ideal natural sources of Omega 3, and try to select fish (ideally bluefish and salmon) more often than meat.