Sensitive skin requires some additional care and nurturing than regular skin. There are many causes of sensitive skin and it isn’t something that can simply be cured. Skin rashes, irritation, itchiness, redness and swelling are all common symptoms especially after being exposed to certain elements, ingredients, allergens or solutions.
Follow these tips for caring for sensitive skin from the skin care experts to help avoid aggravating the condition:
1. Ingredients To Avoid
Any beauty or skincare products that contain fragrances, preservatives or other synthetic ingredients should be avoided altogether. Opt for 100% natural skin care products. However, be aware that even some ingredients from nature can irritate sensitive skin so look for those that are hypoallergenic. If there is still a reaction, visit a dermatologist to recommend or prescribe products that are suitable for your specific type of sensitive skin or skin condition.
2. Go Organic
Organic products are in high demand which means that there is a much wider range of products available that are more suitable for sensitive skins. Organic products that are 100% pure use only natural ingredients that have been grown and produced under certain strict conditions. They contain no synthetic ingredients and have not been introduced to toxins found in pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers. However, it is important to ensure that the products have been tried and tested for suitability for sensitive skins.
3. Warm Water
It is recommended to wash your skin using warm water and avoid hot or cold temperatures (especially hot). Hot water can aggravate certain skin conditions and cause the tiny blood vessels close to the surface to become inflamed or even broken. This will add to the redness and swelling that is often associated with sensitive skins.
4. Soap And Astringents
It is best to avoid using soap on a sensitive skin as it will dry the skin out causing additional irritation. Cream or oil based cleansers are better suited to sensitive skin. Astringents generally contain alcohol or other harsh chemicals that are designed to clean deep into the skin and tighten pores. These ingredients will also dry the skin aggravating sensitive skin conditions. Natural astringents that are alcohol free and have no added chemicals are better suited to sensitive skins.
It is essential to moisturize a sensitive skin. Although most sensitive skins are dry, there are some conditions that can result in oily sensitive skin. Make sure to choose a hypoallergenic moisturizing formula that is suitable for your skin type. Once again, 100% natural and organic moisturizers are recommended. A moisturizing sunblock or moisturizer with a high sun protection factor is advisable.
6. Medical Creams
A dermatologist or doctor may prescribe a specific type of cream or ointment to treat a sensitive skin condition. Antihistamine creams are ideal for treating broken skin, itchiness, redness and swelling. Cortisone creams can treat skin rashes, itchiness and some forms of skin irritation. However, there may be side effects to using these creams that could aggravate the condition in the long run.
Just a little extra research and time can help with caring for sensitive skin and reduce the associated symptoms.