Sensitive Skin Care Tips
I remember getting my face bleached for the first time and concluding that I have sensitive skin. I claimed to have this skin type until my next bleaching session when the beautician explained that the mild irritation is just an effect of bleaching and I have a perfectly normal skin. So how does someone know that he/she has sensitive skin?
Sensitive Skin Yes or No?
Sensitive skin is that, which easily reacts to temperature fluctuations and cosmetics, you know that your skin barrier function is compromised if you check out these tell-tale signs.
- You see red flushes on washing your face (esp. with slightly strong cleansers), on a sudden gush of cold wind or even slight exposure to sunlight
- Itchy or irritated skin
- Skincare products often cause burning or irritation.
- Dry flaky skin.
- Prone to reactions such as bumps or pustules.
How to Deal With Sensitive Skin
- Identify the triggers and avoid them as far as possible. There are different factors that cause sensitivity to different skin types.
- Avoid washing your face with very hot or very cold water as it may leave the skin irritated and use a separate, soft washcloth for wiping your face, pat dry and don’t rub
- Do not over wash your face as it will make your skin more vulnerable and extremely dry. Use a very gentle cleanser that is soap free with a low ph value. I highly recommend Cetaphil cleanser for sensitive skin.
- Keep your skin moisturized and never forget the SPF, my friend.
- Don’t use scrubs but if you still feel the urge to exfoliate, use a very mild scrub that too only once a week. It’s always better to use homemade scrubs, try gram flour with rose water.
- Always do a patch test before using a skincare or makeup product, the best area to do so is behind your ears. After 24 hours if you don’t see any reactions, go ahead with using the product on the face.
- Use products that have no or very mild fragrance also, save yourself from the huge ingredient lists, especially avoid alcohol, retinoid, alpha hydroxy acids, beta hydroxy acids, antibacterial, lanolin, parabens, quaternium-15, and preservatives.
- Always prefer dermatologically tested products that are hypoallergenic, non- comedogenic and specifically designed for sensitive skin.
- You know that your skin is very thin and cannot retain water and moisture hence causing dryness, to compensate the loss you need to hydrate and nourish yourself from within by having plenty of water and a balanced diet.
I hope the above article helped you!
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