It is difficult to navigate through the obstacles that cause irritation to sensitive skin, especially when they are all around us. Regular skin care and household products often contain chemicals that cause sensitive skin to flare, itch, break-out, or become red and tight. Weather and environmental factors can also irritate sensitive skin, such as wind, sun, heat, and cold.
Here are a few tips for caring for sensitive skin:
- Document your skin's condition with a daily journal. If your skin is irritated, look at what circumstances or products may have caused it so you can stay away from it next time.
- Use gentle skincare products. Look for products made specifically for those with sensitive skin, such as Fairface Washcloths. Products made specifically for those with sensitive skin use soothing ingredients to protect your skin from further redness and irritation. Avoid make-up and cleansers with antibacterial properties, fragrance and harsh chemicals like alcohol, retinoids or alpha-hydroxy acids. Choose moisturizers and sunscreens that effectively protect and give your skin the moisture it needs.
- Use gentle household products. Chemicals commonly found in household cleaning products, laundry detergents and fabric softeners can cause itching and redness to sensitive skin. Look for products with little or no fragrance and few ingredients or search online to learn how to make your own environmentally safe cleaners.
- Try to avoid temperature extremes, such as wind, heat and cold. Sweating and flushing can lead to flare's and break-outs. Layer clothing to allow accommodation to varying temperatures. Choose optimal seating, by a window with airflow when hot, or away from doors and windows if cold.
- Stay hydrated. Many people forget that our bodies are about 60% water! No wonder we need to keep replenishing our cells throughout the day. Drinking water helps to stay hydrated and is an optimal way to flush toxins out of our system. You can actually see the results in your skin!
Caring for sensitive skin can seem daunting, but by finding and using effective, gentle products, made specifically for those with sensitive skin, it doesn't have to be.