Does your skin become easily irritated when using skin care products? Do you suffer from redness, swelling, or blemishes? You probably feel like the problem is out of your control, but it's not.
Here are five, easy ways to keep even the most sensitive skin beautiful, calm, and under control.
1. You know what sunscreen is, use it.
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Sunscreen is the most important
precautionary measure that you can take to protect your skin. Everyone has experienced a sunburn at one point or another, but most don't realize how damaging the sun can be. Pale and sensitive skin are usually the first to burn and become irritated by heat and sun exposure. Don't ever underestimate the power of a good sunscreen in your skin care routine. Sunscreen should be applied at least
on a daily basis.
2. Make sure you are not over-cleansing sensitive skin.
Choose a gentle
cleanser that is right for your skin type, there are cleansers that are specifically designed to work with sensitive skin. You should be gently cleansing
twice daily, emphasis on the gently
part. Everyone wants to experience that deep-clean feel, but scrubbing too hard can cause sensitive skin to become red and irritated. Many believe that cleansing with hot water will soothe their skin, but those who suffer from sensitive skin should avoid excessive heat as it is often a triggering factor. Instead, sensitive skin types should stick to lukewarm water for the best results.
3. When shopping for clothes, select fabrics that are breathable.
This may seem obvious, but it is often overlooked. It's not just your face that can become irritated, your entire body can. To avoid irritation, you want to steer clear of clothing that is tight-fitting. The friction of the fabric on your skin can cause painful redness and severe irritation. Instead, opt for fabrics that are loose and breathable.
4. Less really is more.
With sensitive skin types, it's best to keep your skin care routine simple. Select a gentle cleanser, a moisturizer, and a sunscreen. The more you apply to your skin, the greater the chance of experiencing a reaction. Take extreme care if you choose to use an exfoliant, over-exfoliation is one of the leading causes of irritation in sensitive skin types!
5. Take the time to "patch test" all new products before regular use.
Everyone should take the time to "patch test" new products, but this is particularly important for sensitive skin types. When you patch test, you are simply applying the product to one, small area (such as behind your ear or on your wrist). Think about it, would you rather deal with a localized reaction or a reaction all over your body because you didn't take the time to patch test? The patch test is usually done 24 hours to a week in advance of a full application. If you don't see a reaction within a week, the product is probably safe to use on your skin.
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