How to manage sensitive skin – Do’s & Don’ts
Let’s talk about sensitive skin.
Sensitive skin is complex and can change with season(dry or rainy), age and products you use over time.
Building a skin care routine is essential and it is important you keep it simple.
First thing is to establish a good basic routine and to eliminate products that are red flags and potentially irritating.
Read more: How to care for dry skin.
Let’s checkout the following steps
Cleansing is a very important step, as if done too much could cause irritation as water itself could be an irritant.
Use a mild gentle cleansing lotion.
They should be paraben, fragrance, and preservative free.
Limit cleansing to twice a day at most.
Learn to moisturize your skin properly. Some sensitive skin tends to be dry as well.
Avoid creams with perfumes, fragrances and preservatives.
After washing your face apply moisturizers morning and night.
Finding the right cleansers and moisturizers are crucial to your skin care routine.
Sensitive skin means avoiding things like alcohol, fragrance.
- Learn how to incorporate actives.
You can start with vitamin B before including vitamin C or retinoids. Start with the simpler products and in bits.
So many people do not really use sunscreens but they are definitely a must have.
Chose a physical blocker such as zinc oxide and titanium oxide instead of a chemical blocker for sunscreens.
- Always test patch
This is to ensure your body can tolerate the product.
Read more: How to care for oily skin.
Here’s a summary of all you need to know.
- Avoid long hot showers and stick to short warm shower.
- Over cleansing is bad.
- Don’t want use exfoliating beads and scrubs, instead chemical exfoliants like salicylic acid in low concentration can work.
- Don’t rub your skin dry instead pat it dry. Treat your skin with TLC.
- Avoid toners and alcohol based products.
- Any cream with paraben in it might increase your allergies.
- Avoid products with ammonium lauryl sulfate or sodium lauryl sulfate.
- Avoid products with methylisothiazoline, retinoids, alpha-hydroxyl acid.
- Avoid fragrances.
- Avoid leather and artificial jewelries as they could increase your allergies .
- Avoid metallic frames as well.
- Not everything that is natural is free from giving you allergies. Some of them contain acid and you can develop allergies.
- Don’t use high concentration of actives, start with low concentration.
What to look out for in products:
These are definitely good for your skin.
- Soap free cleansers anything with olive oil in it is good for the skin.
- Look for shea butter, cocoa butter, almond oil in your products.
- White tea extract
- Green tea leaf extract
- Chamomile extract
- Sunflower oil
- Cucumber seed oil
- Allantoin and more.
- A healthy diet like drinking lemon water also goes a long way towards caring for your skin.
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