Sensitive skin is a condition that anyone could have.
If you constantly find yourself dealing with an angry skin, you might be exasperated, to say the least. Anything you do will lead you to look flushed, blemished, and reddened.
Before we take you through some details on what causes sensitive skin and tips to make it better, how about sparing 2 minutes and taking a free skin assessment? It will help you identify ingredients that don't react with your skin, and eliminate common skin conditions.
What is Sensitive Skin?
Sensitive skin is a type in itself. Incorrect. Myth #1 busted.
Anybody really can show traits of having sensitive skin. You could have oily and acne-prone skin that’s sensitive. Alternatively, your skin could be dry along with being sensitive. Confused?
What we’re saying is that sensitive skin is not a type, but a condition. A skin that’s sensitive is prone to reddening, rashes, itchiness, and irritability on more occasions than what’s deemed ‘normal.’
Catch more about skin types and conditions in our post on Understanding Your Skin Types.
Signs that You Might Have Sensitive Skin
If your skin:
- Reacts adversely to ordinary products
- Becomes bumpy and red upon contact with cleaning solutions or detergents
- Often suffers from common skin conditions like eczema, rosacea, or dermatitis
- Troubles you on days that the sun is out, or it’s a little too cold
- Misbehaves when you’re literally doing nothing…
...then, you might have sensitive skin.
That was a little intro on what sensitive skin is and the right way to identify it. Now, let’s move on to the ways that can make this skin condition better.
Caring for Sensitive Skin - Top Tips to Follow
There’s nothing I can do to calm my skin. I’m going to have to deal with this forever. Incorrect. Myth #2 busted.
While there’s no cure for sensitive skin per se, there’s a lot you can do to help soothe and protect your skin. Let's have a look:
Get Back to Basics
When it comes to sensitive skin, less is more. So, cut back maybe? And no, you need not visit your anthropological roots to find minimalistic solutions.
Stick to the essentials: a moisturiser, a facial cleanser, a toner, a sunscreen, an exfoliant. Additionally, can you let go of your primer and concealer on some days?
A widely practiced method of buying skincare products is this: looking for a tester, opening the bottle, and sniffing it. If you like how it smells, you purchase it.
Here’s the truth: Fragrances contribute to brand value, connote luxury, and mask the unpleasant odours of natural cosmetic products.
However, research has proven that unnatural fragrances exacerbate skin reactions and other diseases.
So, our advice: stay away from (unnatural) fragrant products.
Be Sensitive with Sensitive
You do not want to be rubbing away at a skin that’s already fragile. Be gentle. Furthermore, avoid harsh cleansers, scrubs, loofahs, and other products that could potentially cause irritation.
Treating your sensitive skin like a newborn baby is the key!
Watch Out for Chemicals
This is a key fundamental when it comes to caring for sensitive skin. Always take yourself through the ingredients that make up any skincare product. If you don’t read it, who will?
Most people with sensitive skin complain of reactions to certain chemicals. Try to observe patterns in your reactions, and eliminate those products from your skincare routine.
Shield Against the Sun
If you think you can shun your sunscreen on a cloudy day, you’re wrong. Truth is, the sun is never not there. Harmful UV rays – visible or invisible, always manage to make it to your skin and cause sun damage if you’re not protected well.
So, make it a point to ALWAYS cover your body with sunscreen. If the sun seems too harsh, do not forget to carry a scarf, a pair of sunglasses, and a hat.
Remember, there is nothing like too much protection when it comes to the sun.
Dual hydration is mandatory, guys. In addition to applying sufficient amounts of moisturiser that’s suited for your skin, drink lots of water. If this is something you forget amidst your busy schedule, set reminders. Have a pretty bottle placed on your desk, and keep sipping away.
Bye Bye Hot Water
It’s time to put an end to bathrooms that resemble saunas after a steaming hot shower. It strips the skin off of moisture and naturally occurring oils that are essential to its health.
Instead, use lukewarm water. This is true for even those who do not have sensitive skin. Hot water damages the skin.
See? Caring for sensitive skin is hard, but not impossible. Follow these basic tips, and never let your skin stress you out again.
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