Tips to Avoid Irritation on Your Sensitive Skin
Many women suffer from skin irritations and blemishes. Does this automatically mean we have sensitive skin? There may be other culprits contributing to the redness and break outs we experience on our skin.
Learn what may be causing your skin irritation, how to avoid it, and what type of routine will keep your skin healthy and glowing year ’round.
Are you really sensitive or do you just think you are?
Here are 5 tips to help keep your skin healthy and free from irritation:
1. Most people with sensitive skin don’t realize that they might have allergies to certain fragrances in skincare products or the ingredients them self. You should patch test new products on your neck or jawline. Wait 15 minutes. If you have a red bumps you are having an allergic reaction. Make a note of the main ingredients and try the process of deduction.
2. Most people use way too many products. Less is more; a great cleanser, anti-aging serum, exfoliant, and SPF is really all you need. If you want added hydration then a good moisturizer and mask too.
3. Another sensitivity people run into is old bacteria filled makeup. Keep your makeup bag clean. Clean your brushes monthly. Brushes have hair just like the hair on our head. What if you didn’t wash your hair for a month? That dirt and oil goes on your face every time you do your makeup. Keep your makeup clean and throw it out if its over a year old.
4. Try to use products with ingredients with calming effects. For example: Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grapeseed) Seed Oil, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Butyspermum Parkii (Shea) Seed Butter, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Avena Sativa (Oat) Starch, Colloidal Oatmeal
5. Find a great facialist and work together as a team to repair your skin. You sensitivity might just be a case of dehydrated skin.
Sensitive Skin Needs More Love, Less Product
As a board certified dermatologist, the winter season is when we have lots of complaints about dry skin. The more sensitive the skin, the harsher the winter may feel. As the season changes, our skin may get even more dry, or be in contact with pollens, wind and other elements that irritate sensitive skin.
Here are my recommendations for loving your sensitive skin:
1. Don’t use very HOT water. Hot water can dry the skin and that causes inflammation.
2. Don’t use harsh scrubs! Scrubs made of apricots, sand and other hard surfaces cause microscopic areas of irritation and “cuts” on the skin. If you need exfoliation, get a gentle chemical peel, or use products that contain glycolic or sal acid.
3. Don’t scrub with the towel to dry. Pat gently. Lovingly. It’s only skin!
4. Avoid harsh chemicals. Less is more when it comes to sensitive skin.
5. Use a great sunscreen to protect from UV rays – which are a problem even on a cloudy day.
6. Use a great moisturizer, one with natural ceramides is preferred.
7. Don’t spend a lot of money on fancy bottles of creams; make sure they are dermatologists recommended, non-comedogenic (not acne causing) and hypoallergenic (tested for allergies).