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What can Kinesiology Tape do for your Sensitive Skin while Training and Post-Training?

on November 23, 2023

Just like morning or nighttime rituals, there is evidence that kinesiology taping can help care for sensitive skin. With an adhesive gentle enough you can apply to your face, Spidertech kinesiology tape can help reduce inflammation and improve lymphatic drainage throughout the body.

So, there is a double-win effect of wearing kinesiology tape.

In addition to training with less pain and enhanced proprioception, you may find comfort in knowing that kinesiology tape can help protect against agents that can accelerate intrinsic skin ageing.

Natural changes in the Skin can be supported with Kinesiology Tape

LYMPHATIC TAPING WITH SPIDERTECH

As days turn to months and then years, we may begin to notice certain changes in our skin. Some may find their skin thinner and drier as a loss of subcutaneous fat happens naturally. However, beneath the surface (epidermis), other changes begin to take place and include changes in:

  • biochemistry
  • neurosensory perception
  • permeability
  • vascularization

It is because of these changes that one can expect that our skin will become more sensitive with age. In particular, the microenvironment which supports the drainage of inflammatory agents breaks down.

Unlike the effects of acute and chronic exposure to the sun, in particular, UVB, which can age the skin extrinsically, there are intrinsic factors that naturally age our skin.

These include:

  • A reduction of the density and network complexity of lymphatic vessels.
  • The decrease in the contraction frequency and lymphatic flow velocity.
  • Hyper-permeability in lymphatic vessels.

In intrinsically aged skin, lymphatic clearance is significantly slowed (Yang et al. 2022), and it is here where kinesiology tape can support natural changes in ageing skin.

How Kinesiology Taping can help Lymphatic Drainage as we age

In addition to post-exercise and injury, applying kinesiology tape can generally support intrinsic changes in your skin by facilitating microcirculation. As we age, lymphatic vessels (LVs), which help maintain fluids and balance, decline and may become less efficient.

Although this may sound trivial, the result is a build-up of reactive oxygen species (ROS), otherwise known as free radicals.  These agents can damage otherwise healthy cells and prematurely advance the major driving forces behind natural (whole-body) ageing.

LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE OF CALF WITH SPIDERTECH

Evidence supports that applying kinesiology taping post-exercise and post-injury can help alleviate pain and reduce swelling by helping to remove inflammatory agents (Tran et al., 2023).

When considering the intrinsic changes to ageing skin and building on prior evidence of increased epidermal–dermal distance created by applying kinesiology to the skin (Kata et al., 2015), the gentle lift may be enough to support the natural decline of lymphatic vessels and their efficiency by improving the microcirculatory environment.  Facilitating the drainage of excess fluid (swelling), removal of waste and debris, including inflammatory cytokines, and of improving immune cell transport beneath of the taped region.

Sounds too good to be true? Well, fortunately it’s not and we have even more to share.

Kinesiology taping is available for sensitive skin types, whether due to natural changes in your skin or general sensitivity.

SpiderTech Kinesiology taping for Sensitive Skin types

Research supports that sensitive skin varies across the population and may depend more on where you live and less on your ethnic background (Farage et al., 2009; 2010). There is, however, one general agreement: 

‘A lot of people report having sensitive skin."

Women using Spidertech for lymphatic drainage on the face

The face is the most well-documented site of skin sensitivity, as there is generally a thinner barrier and a greater density of nerve endings. So, in descending order, the following sites are typically most sensitive:

1. Face
2. Scalp
3. Neck
4. Pits of your Elbows and Knees

If you have sensitive skin, you can also find additional comfort in selecting SpiderTech kinesiology tape designed for sensitive skin types here. Kinesiology tape for sensitive skin has a less intense adhesive, making it easier to remove and causing less irritation.

Now, nothing can stop you from adding a new ritual and embracing a gentle caress of kinesiology tape on your skin, a loving reminder of your body’s strength and grace.

 

References

  1. Farage, M. A. (2009). How do perceptions of sensitive skin differ at different anatomical sites? An epidemiological study. Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, 34(8), e521-e530. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2230.2009.03487.x
  2. Farage MA, Miller KW, Maibach HI. (2010) Degenerative changes in aging skin. In: Textbook of Aging Skin. Farage MA, Miller KW, Maibach HI, editors. Berlin; Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag. p. 25–35. doi: 10.1007/978-3-540-89656-2-4
  3. Kafa, N., Citaker, S., Omeroglu, S., Peker, T., Coskun, N., & Diker, S. (2015). Effects of kinesiologic taping on epidermal–dermal distance, pain, edema and inflammation after experimentally induced soft tissue trauma. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 31(8), 556-561. doi:10.3109/09593985.2015.1062943
  4. Kafa, N., Citaker, S., Omeroglu, S., Peker, T., Coskun, N., & Diker, S. (2015). Effects of kinesiologic taping on epidermal–dermal distance, pain, edema and inflammation after experimentally induced soft tissue trauma. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 31(8), 556-561. doi:10.3109/09593985.2015.1062943
  5. Yang, Y., Shen, S., Cao, Y., Wang, D., Kang, Z., Wang, P., & Wang, X. (2022). Remodeling Lymphatic Vessels in Intrinsically Aged Skin on SKH-1 Mouse Using Low Dose 5-aminolevulinic Acid Photodynamic Therapy via VEGF-C/VEGFR3 Pathway. Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy, 38, 102851. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pdpdt.2022.102851
  6. Yang, Y., Wang, X., & Wang, P. (2023). Signaling mechanisms underlying lymphatic vessel dysfunction in skin aging and possible anti-aging strategies. Biogerontology, 24(5), 727-740. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10522-023-10016-3
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