Sensitive skin is still a challenging problem for many women. If anything, the sensitive skin condition is becoming more common! Sure, a lot of women are born with the familial tendency to have sensitive skin, but many develop it as they go along. Red, itchy,tight-feeling skin is not comfortable. Unfortunately, many people assume that sensitive skin is dry skin, and although this is often true, more often than not it is dehydrated. Dehydrated skin feels dry because the surface is dry.
Dehydrated skin is always sensitive as there is not enough moisture to keep it supple and it pulls, itches and reddens. Whereas in truth, many times it is oily underneath. Dehydration in any skin type- oily, dry or combination will lead to sensitive skin. A facial at a reputable spa will determine if your skin is dehydrated but if it’s always tight and uncomfortable, accompanied by redness, you can make the call yourself.
Sooth and Hydrate
Firstly, dehydrated, sensitive skin will need a cleanser, toner and day moisturizer that will hydrate it properly. Ask your cosmetician which products will hydrate sensitive skin with gentle ingredients. Make sure they do not have mineral or harsh oils that will clog your skin and cause blackheads and break-outs. Use only a skin regime that has specific, soothing ingredients and use them religiously and you should see a difference. The simpler the ingredients- the better, as you don’t want an allergic reaction.
Second, try using natural exotic beauty oils like Tamanu, Baobab, Jojoba and even Argan oil that you can wear lightly at night. These are non-comedogenic so will not clog your skin and have anti-inflammatory properties.
Third, stay away from long periods in the sun and wind. A few minutes is fine but be sure to wear a sunscreen designed for sensitive skin, that won’t clog and has few or no chemicals added. Also, prolonged high winds can chap your skin as it draws out moisture.
Fourth, pay attention to environmental, food or chemical allergies- symptoms often involve the skin and could be what is adding to the sensitivity. Be aware of common allergens like sulphites, dairy, wheat, gluten and food additives and check for reactions. Also be aware of any topical skin allergies and avoid them in your skin products.
And five- nourish and hydrate through your diet-Drink plenty of fluids, especially pure water to hydrate your skin and eat lots of water-packed, skin friendly- fruits and veggies. You can also take a capsule supplement of Flax seed oil and/or a quality Fish oil which will nourish and soothe your skin from within. Take one or two 1000 mg. daily. You’ll see a difference in your skin soon!
Remember sensitive skin still has another category- like dry, oily or combination. This means you have to consider that category along with the sensitivity when buying any product for your skin. Always talk to an aesthetician or a cosmetic consultant to make sure you have the best skincare for your skin and can take the product(s) back in case of a reaction
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