Sensitive Skin Care
Posted on April 30 2015
Many of our customers have mentioned that they have sensitive skin and are always on the lookout for products they can use. They usually say that certain products or sun exposure will cause their skin to react negatively. Those reactions may be blotchiness, itching, zits, or skin sensitive to the touch. Many times the wrong skin care products are to blame, but you may also need to be careful of too much time in the sun.
How can you be sure you have sensitive skin? If you have skin with fine pores and is thin, if it has broken capillaries just under the surface of the skin, you may have sensitive skin. Your skin may be sensitive if it reddens easily when exposed to heat or cold. Some “mild” skin care products may even cause your skin to break out in rashes. You may need to see a dermatologist to verify that you have sensitive skin.
Relying on the latest, greatest skin care product has been proven not to be most effective in caring for sensitive skin. Instead one should stick to a simple skin care routine to prevent future outbreaks and strengthen the skin.
Here is a recommended simple routine to get you started.
Hydration has to be the cornerstone of any skin care routine. Drinking plenty of water each day and using a light day moisturizer will help your skin ward off any form of skin allergens.
Eating fruits, vegetables, and other foods that hold water will help your skin maintain moisture from the inside out. Spicy foods and alcohol or drinks with caffeine will cause your skin to be more sensitive.
Limiting exposure to the sun should also be considered if your skin reddens or burns easily. Persistent use of sunscreen may also be needed as well as umbrellas, hats and sunglasses to ward off harmful sun rays. Don’t forget a lip balm with SPF included to protect your lips.
You may have to protect your skin even indoors due to forced air conditioning and heating. Those units are designed to lower the humidity indoors and this may cause your skin to dry out faster. Using a light weight moisturizer, even indoors, will help prevent your skin from drying out.
Products with artificial colors and fragrances should be used with caution. The additives help the products to sell but may cause a negative reaction with your skin. You should try these products in small spots and sparingly until you are certain your skin will tolerate them.
Even with a simple skin care routine it may be a good idea to consult with your dermatologist. Your skin has to last you your whole life. Taking care of your whole body and the skin that surrounds it just makes sense.