Sensitive vs Sensitized skin

It is essential for you to choose skincare products that are adequate and the most beneficial for your type of skin. Whether your skin is dry, balanced, oily or a combination thereof, it is essential that you choose the proper care product for your type of skin, and that you adopt a care regimen that suits the needs of your skin.

At Nordora, the majority of our clients tell us that they have sensitive skin. Indeed, studies show that the majority of people believe they have sensitive skin.


But do you really have sensitive skin, or do you have sensitized skin? What is the difference?

Everyone living in the extreme climates of Canada has experienced some sort of skin irritation at some point— redness, burning, itching, dryness, peeling etc. Because of the harsh climate, which in urban centres is exacerbated by pollution and dust, we all experience some form of skin irritation. But this does not mean that you have sensitive skin.


What is sensitive skin?

Sensitive skin is a genetic predisposition: when the skin is sensitive, the outer layer of the skin (the epidermal lipid barrier) is less effective in blocking irritants and allergens from impacting the skin. As a result, the nerve endings in the top layer of the skin are irritated, which make people with sensitive skins disposed to inflammatory skin diseases such as eczema, rosacea and other forms of dermatitis.

Because sensitive skin is a genetic disposition, you cannot entirely eliminate or heal it. But you can still have a good skincare routine to protect your skin from irritation and keep it hydrated, smooth and glowing.

If you want to know whether you actually have sensitive skin, you should consult a dermatologist.


What is sensitized skin?

Sensitized skin is acquired over time and is triggered by both internal and external factors that relate to your lifestyle. It can affect anyone regardless of skin type and age. Sensitized skin can be triggered by extreme weather conditions such as continued exposure to the sun, extreme cold, or atmospheric pollution, overuse of chemical products, incorrect skin product use, poor diet, inadequate water intake, changes in medication etc.

Unlike sensitive skin, which is a genetic condition, sensitized skin is acquired, which means that it can be managed more easily. Although you cannot always control external factors, such as frigid cold or atmospheric pollution, you can make sure that your skin has the best protection and care possible. We recommend developing a healthy lifestyle that includes a proper diet, limited alcohol intake, getting enough sleep and staying hydrated on a daily basis. In addition, we recommend developing a daily skincare routine to make sure that your skin feels protected from daily aggressions.


Canadian Black Spruce

It is a strong, powerful tree of Nordic nature whose bark acts as a real barrier against infections and insects. Its bioactive resveratrol has revealed, after eight years of research, its great ability to regenerate the protective barrier, the epidermis, and to also reduce redness. In addition, it is an effective antioxidant and its bioactive is in all the BioVitality and BioProtect products.


At Nordora, we have a line of vegan, gluten-free, chemicals-free, cruelty-free and eco-friendly laboratory-tested products that have been created from natural molecules and bioactive ingredients from Canadian nature. Our line of effective facecare regenerates, moisturizes and protects the skin so that it remains beautiful and healthy.