Sensitive Skin Care

“Your body is a temple, but only if you treat it as one.”

~ Astrid Alauda
 

Few essential rules dictate ‘sensitive skin care’. Prior to delving into the rules, it’s important to comprehend what is meant by sensitive skin. Sensitive skin doesn’t tolerate unfavorable conditions well – whether from the environment or other sources. The skin gets irritated on contact with unfamiliar materials, including skin care products. Hence, certain products are specifically labeled as sensitive skin care products.

Each person has different levels of sensitivity which in turn guides skin care procedures. Usually,  almost all skin types react adversely to detergents and other products containing chemicals. Yet,  the harm occurs often beyond a set tolerance level. For sensitive skin types, the tolerance level is very low, which frequently leads to quick and easy skin damage. Therefore, products for sensitive skin leave out potential irritants or keep them at minimal concentrations.

Tips for Sensitive Skin:

  • Apply only sensitive skin care products, That is, ones that are specifically labeled as such. Also, check for any warning or restriction about a product by reading the instructions thoroughly.
  • Even among the sensitive skin care products, select ones that have the least amount of additives and preservatives.
  • Avoid toners. They often are alcohol-based and are unsuitable for sensitive skin.
  • Always wear gloves when doing laundry and cleaning with chemicals. If you suffer from rubber allergy, cotton gloves could be worn under the rubber ones.
  • Don’t spend too much time exposed to the sun. Lather sunscreen on all the exposed skin prior to going outside in the sun.
  • Reduce exposure to excessive dust and other pollutants. Protect yourself adequately before going outside.
  • If no product is found with a clear label, ‘for sensitive skin’, choose a hypoallergenic, noncomedogenic moisturizer.
  • Use cleansers free of soap and alcohol. After spending time outdoors, cleanse your face thoroughly.
  • Don’t exfoliate or scrub too vigorously. It may lead to facial redness and even inflammation.
  • Avoid leaving the makeup on for too long. Also, hypoallergenic makeup removers should be used.
  • As you can see, caring for sensitive skin requires different approaches compared to caring normal skin. Sensitive skin care involves diligent, careful steps to protect your skin against environmental irritants and harsh skin care products.

 

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