Skin sensitivity can be an isolated occurrence or an ongoing issue caused by conditions such as rosacea. Regardless of the root cause, we all have sensitive skin at one point or another; many of us may even find winter weather to be the main case of this issue. Whether you suffer from chronic skin sensitivity or experience infrequent or seasonal irritation, there are a number of things you can do to minimize the likelihood of an abnormal skin reaction.
The best thing you can do for your skin is to apply sunscreen. This is good for those with sensitive skin, which may react more to external triggers like sun and heat. Additionally, Titanium Dioxide, used in physical sunscreens, helps calm swelling.
When you shop
When shopping for new skin care and cosmetics, avoid ingredients that will make your skin react like artificial perfumes, dyes, harsh chemicals and parabens.
Cleanse with Care
Regardless of your skin type, over-exfoliating and over-cleansing can cause skin irritation. You want to treat your skin with kindness as you would the rest of your body, so here are some cleansing tips to remember:
- Wash your face and body with lukewarm water, as opposed to steaming hot, which can dry out your skin and create redness that is difficult to calm.
- Use gentle exfoliators and cleansers. Your face wash should be effective enough to remove makeup and dirt, without stripping the oils from your skin or forcing you to scrub hard.
- Exfoliate, at most, three days per week.
When you’re done washing your face, blot the skin dry (don’t rub) and immediately apply moisturizer for maximum absorption.
Feed Your Skin
Skin sensitivity is not only about what goes on your skin; it’s also about what you put in your body. Depending on your sensitivity triggers, there are certain foods your doctor may recommend you avoid. But, overall, you should treat your food like you would your skin care. Try to stay away from overly processed foods with a lot of artificial ingredients. You can also help you skin stay hydrated by drinking water; if you feel thirsty, your skin feels the same way.