by Beauty Editor
created 1 year ago
Do you find it difficult to use normal skincare products because they react with your skin? Have you ever experienced slight red patches on your skin, areas of dryness or blemishes? Maybe even itchy skin, a tingle, tightness or a stinging sensation? These are all signs of having sensitive skin.
So what causes this?
Our skin barrier is supposed to prevent potentially irritating substances from entering the deeper layers of the skin. However, for your barrier to work properly it must contain the right amount of moisture. We expose our skin to many conditions that can dry our barrier out or weaken it. These include air-conditioned offices, centrally heated homes, harsh chemicals, cold weather, too much sun, etc. Another very important factor contributing to the proper functionality of the skin barrier is its pH level. At the surface of your skin the pH is 5.5, which is slightly acidic. Your barrier can cope with changes in pH at the surface but regular or drastic changes in pH weaken your skin barrier. All your skin cells are programmed to react to unfriendly conditions or harmful factors and it is these reactions that can lead to redness, tightness, a stinging sensation, blotches or breakouts.
What causes sensitive skin?
1) Dirt and pollution
2) Hard water
5) Hormonal changes
7) Diet and Hydration
8) Ingredients in skincare products
9) Clothes and jewelry
10) Household cleaners
TOP TIPS FOR SENSITIVE SKIN
Now that you know sufficiently about sensitive skin, here are some top tips for taking proper care for this skin type.
Choose the right products: Avoid products with artificial perfumes, dyes or harsh chemicals. These can trigger unwarranted reactions. Many leading skincare brands manufacture high-quality face washes and other products only for sensitive skin. There are a myriad of options available.
Hydration: Drink plenty of water to begin with and when it comes to beverages, opt for the ones that are sufficiently hydrating and rejuvenating such as herbal teas and fruit juices.
Adjust with the changing seasons: Your skin will react differently to different kinds of weather and has different requirements in terms of moisture and nourishment. So, do make modifications to your skincare routine depending on the weather. For colder weather, use rich moisturizers, while for hot and sunny weather, use lighter products with SPF protection. If your skin feels rough and dull, you can use a mild exfoliator.
Avoid stress: Excessive stress can deteriorate the health of your body and your skin, so keeping a check on your stress levels is also important for a healthy skin as much as it is important for your overall wellbeing.
Exposure to the sun: Exposure to the sun can make the skin more sensitive. Use an SPF moisturizer to protect your skin against the sun's UV rays. Also ensure that you moisturize your skin regularly.
Get a good skincare routine in place: You should follow a regular skincare routine to reduce the sensitivity of your skin. The Deep Cleanse and Protect steps are very important in preserving and maintaining your skin barrier. Use the rightface wash for sensitive skin.
Be Gentle: If you have sensitive skin, treat it with kindness. Never rub your skin for drying it up after you have washed it as it can cause irritation. You should instead gently pat it dry with a soft towel.
Stop smoking: Smoking affects both your health and your skin. Do try to stop smoking for fresh-looking skin.
Eat the right food: Keep a diary of everything you eat, so you know the foods that trigger flare-ups. Get enough sleep: A good night's sleep will not only make you feel more refreshed, but will also help your skin rejuvenate and feel fresh.
Perform a patch test: In order to know the kind of products your skin in sensitive to, go for a patch test especially when you begin using a new product. If you notice any irritation, stop using the product immediately.
Keep skin fresh and clean: Do cleanse your skin regularly to maintain the function of your skin barrier. Make sure you remove all make-up before cleansing your skin.
So, now you know the top tips for taking care of sensitive skin. Do follow these tips and ensure that your skin, though sensitive, is not the cause for worry.
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