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Care of Sensitive Skin

Posted on March 23 2015

We have heard from many of our customers that they have sensitive skin. The customers normally ask for products that will match their needs.

When asked, the customers describe breaking out in zits or blotchy skin patches as the symptoms and proof of their sensitive skin. We are not exactly sure if their negative skin reaction is due to sensitive skin or a reaction to a product on their skin. Not knowing their history or circumstances we offer these tips to help determine sensitive skin or not.

Signs of Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin usually has several of these features that make easier to identify: fine pores, broken capillaries under the surface of the skin, the skin flushes or reddens easily, or even prone to rashes. If these describe your skin you may want to consult with a dermatologist to verify your observations and thoughts.

If your skin is sensitive you may want to cut back on the number and type of skin care products you use. Instead, stick to a simple process of skin care that will help comfort and strengthen your skin.

Keep Your Skin Hydrated

All skin needs to be kept hydrated; this is especially true with sensitive skin. Drinking water is the first step toward that goal. You should also use a lightweight daily moisturizer to keep the moisture locked into your skin and provide a protective barrier against hostile elements.

Consume Food for Your Skin

Choose foods that will help your skin. Cocoa, dark chocolate, yogurts, some peppers, kidney beans, soy, oatmeal, and green teas are all good to eat for the health of your skin. The vitamins and minerals in these foods will work from the inside out to help keep your skin hydrated. On the other hand consuming alcohol and caffeine may lead your skin to increased sensitivity.

Protect Skin from UV Exposure

Wear clothing and hats that will block the sun from your skin. Apply moisturizers that have SPF factors in them if you anticipate being in the sun. Make sure you include lip balm with SPF included to protect your lips. Also wear polarized sun glasses that will block UVA and UVB radiation.

Consider Skin Protection all Times

Outside you have to consider unwanted radiation. There are hazards to consider indoors as well. Conditioned air is cooled, heated, and usually dried out to maintain all season comfort. You may need to apply a light moisturizer to combat the effects of this dried out indoor air.

Read Labels on Skin Products

When you try a product that causes irritation to your skin you need to note the ingredients. Keeping track of this will help you figure out which chemicals are not helping your skin and assist you in avoiding them in the future.

Use these tips and keep track of the products you use and your skin’s reaction. Your log of these will be very beneficial to your dermatologist should you consult with one.

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