I got to attend a very interesting derm-class with La Roche Posay, more specifically, I got to learn more about the topic of sensitive and allergy prone skin. La Roche Posay’s latest collection, “Toleriane Ultra line,” is dedicated to addressing these skin needs.

The class took place at The Huntley Santa Monica. Invitees were greeted with morning breakfast, coffee, and champagne. It was a cute little set up, needless to say, the cutest class I’ve ever been to! More importantly, it was not only the aesthetics that were pleasing, but rather the valuable insight I received from the skincare professionals. Collectively, we the guests got to ask questions about our own skincare concerns and received some in depth feedback. A broad range of questions were asked and I came to discover how many people actually have sensitive skin, including me! People who have sensitive skin are generally people who get red spots, stinging, or another negative reaction when using majority of their products. Another sign is dryness and itchiness. There are other signs but these are a few I’m listing.

Having worked at a dermatology office when I first moved to LA, the topic of skincare has always captured my attention. It’s fascinating to me how much knowledge there is to be learned and even the things we already knew, needs to be reiterated! I want to share three valuable things I learned from this class:

*Watch out for the ingredients if you have sensitive skin. A few key ingredients to look out for when selecting products include (but not limited to) – fragrance, parabens, and harsh exfoliants. These are a few ingredients people with sensitive skin want to stay away from and make sure their products are free from. Something else to  note on this topic, the more ingredients a product has, the less active ingredients you’re getting.

*Sun exposure. This is one that needed to be re-iterated to me. Most of us know that the sun is not our skin’s friends, however, we just love it too darn much, at least I do! I do like to tan and be out in the sun (moderately). I don’t like to hear this one, but it’s vital for our skin to be protected and away from the sun as much as we can. The sun causes aging, irritates the skin, and can cause cancer. This is when we need to remember to apply that SPF, not once, but multiples times when being exposed to it. It was recommend to opt for sunscreens that offer full protection (UVA, UVB, and HEV – which stands for high energy visible) and to use a sunscreen of at least 30 SPF. Something important to add – it’s on those gloomy days when the sun can be even more harsh!

* Pores. This one was more a personal skin concern of mine. This was a question I asked in class – “What is the best solution to minimize pores?” The answer was – retinol and exfoliating masks. This helps to remove dirt, dead skin cells, and excess oil from the pores. You bet, I am setting reminders to mask and use my retinol on a periodic basis.

While I’m excited over trying out my new sensitive skincare products from La Roche Posay, especially their face and body SPF 50 and Toleriane Ultra Soothing Repair Moisturizer, I hope that you’ll find these tips helpful! To learn more about their products, you can visit their site: here

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