Sensitive Skin Care + What To Do With Sensitive Skin and What Not to Do with Sensitive Skin

Sensitive Skin Care + What To Do With Sensitive Skin and What Not to Do with Sensitive Skin

July 02, 2020

I have sensitive skin! Many others also have sensitive skin. Everyday life can be difficult if you do have skin that reacts to certain products or foods. Simple things, like dairy or products with too many chemicals, can cause a reaction with your skin. I tend to break out when I eat too much dairy or have too much fragrance in my skincare products.

What Is Sensitive Skin?

When you have sensitive skin it means that you have finely pored skin that can become inflamed easily when it comes into contact with many common things.

It could be something as simple as a strong wind that sets your skin on fire and makes it very dry and itchy.

Other common problems for anyone who has sensitive skin include cold, dust, heat, smoke, rough fabrics, lotions, or perfumes. Even some beverages and food like caffeine, alcohol, and spicy foods can cause your skin to break out.

When you are exposed to these triggers your skin can become red, blotchy, or flaky. Not only are these reactions unattractive, they are also unpleasant and a little painful.

How Can You Take Care of Sensitive Skin?

Now that we've defined what sensitive skin is and what has a negative impact on it, it's time to move on to explore what you can do to prevent any flareups and keep your skin hydrated, healthy and smooth.

One of the more common mistakes made by people with sensitive skin is to grab for that store bought bottle of moisturizer when their skin starts to feel tight and dry.

They will feel good when you first put them on but, over time, you'll feel like you need to add more. The reality is that most of these products are so large at a molecular level that they just sit on the top layer of skin.

Not only do they not hydrate the lower layers of skin, they actually keep beneficial moisture from reaching the lower layers of skin. This can make your skin even more dry than it was before you added the moisturizer!

Ingredients in Skin Care Products

When you are buying products to use on your sensitive skin it's important that you pay close attention to the ingredients. Some ingredients can be hard to pronounce but they can be beneficial to the skin. While some people buy products based off of what they can or cannot pronounce, I like to do more research. Glycerin can be a more difficult word to spell or pronounce, but it is beneficial to the skin.

So, while I do like the "buy products that you can only read the ingredients of" rule, I am aware that there are beneficial ingredients that have difficult names.

You can also use other simple lifestyle changes to keep your skin healthy. Limit your exposure to the sun, wear sunscreen and hats when outside. When it's cold, always keep your face and hands covered with a scarf. Don't take hot showers and never sleep in your makeup.

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