Tips For Sensitive Skin
If you have sensitive skin, you know how temperamental it can be. Prone to redness, flakiness, broken capillaries, breakouts and allergic reactions sensitive skin requires special care. Follow these three simple tips and you�ll be well on your way to keeping your skin looking and feeling its best.
Handle with care. Sensitive skin is fragile by nature so treat it gently. Always cleanse your face and body with lukewarm water. Stay away from hot water and regular bar soap that can be overly drying. Opt, instead, for foaming, milky and soap-free cleansers with a low pH specifically formulated for sensitive skin. After cleansing and toning your face with an alcohol-free toner, complete your daily facial skincare regimen by applying a moisturizer specifically formulated for sensitive skin. If possible, choose one with a built-in sunscreen of SPF 15 or more.
And speaking of cleansing, don�t overdo a good thing. Wash your face no more than two times a day. Shower once a day and for no longer than 15 minutes. Gently pat your skin dry with a soft towel and avoid excessive rubbing.
Less is more. Because sensitive skin is easily irritated, read product labels carefully. The fewer ingredients listed the better. Avoid skincare products containing fragrances, color additives, alcohol, surfactants and preservatives that can trigger a reaction. Instead, look for natural ingredients. Licorice, green tea and aloe vera, in particular, are calming and soothing to the skin. If you�re unsure how your skin may react to a new product or a particular ingredient, conduct a patch test. Dab a small amount of the product on the inside of your wrist or elbow. If there�s no reaction after 24 hours, you�re good to go!
Diet is also important. Cut back on spicy foods, caffeine and alcohol, which can dilate and constrict your skin�s capillary walls weakening sensitive skin. Drinking eight glasses of water a day will do more for your skin than downing that second martini.
Protect, protect, protect. Heat, wind and sun can wreak havoc with sensitive skin. Always wear a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or greater. Wear a wide-brimmed hat or one with a visor during the summer to protect your sensitive complexion from the sun. And don�t forget your hands! Wear gloves outside in the winter. Indoors, protect your hands with rubber gloves when washing dishes or cleaning house.
Finally, you are what you eat. A diet rich in antioxidants, including Vitamin C and E, prevents free radical damage and strengthens and protects your skin�s cells. Be sure your diet includes plenty of whole grains, fish, almonds, fruits and vegetables. Your sensitive skin will be healthier, more resilient and less prone to outside environmental contaminants.