Most people know if they have sensitive skin as it’s often delicate and needs to be treated with extra care. As our skin is the largest organ in the human body, it’s important to treat it with respect, and if you do have sensitive skin, take comfort in knowing that you’re not alone! Many people have sensitive skin and understanding your skin type is a crucial part of determining the best skin care regime for you. One person may find that their skin reacts to exposure to weather extremes or new fragrances, while another has to be careful to avoid products that are too aggressive and that strip away their skin’s natural sebum.
With so many people suffering from some kind of skin sensitivity, I’m going to look at some easy ways to protect your complexion and keep it looking and feeling healthy.
Protect your skin with sunscreen
Sunscreen is important for every skin type; however sensitive skin may be especially delicate when it comes to heat and sun. It’s imperative for someone with sensitive skin to apply sunscreen on a daily basis. An easy way to avoid irritation is to choose one for sensitive skin that is free from sulphates and parabens.
Be gentle and don’t over-cleanse your sensitive skin
Over-exfoliating or over-cleansing sensitive skin can cause irritation. Another tip is to stick to lukewarm water rather than waiting for the water to be steaming hot before stepping in the shower, as heat can be another aggravating factor. You need to keep your skin clean, but don’t go overboard.
Avoid constricting fabrics
Some people may find that their sensitive skin is not limited to just their face. For many, delicate skin is full-body experience! Try to your keep clothes loose and choose breathable fabrics.
Keep your skin healthy from the inside
Healthy habits such as keeping yourself hydrated, eating a balanced diet and getting regular exercise helps to keep both your skin and body healthy, whatever your skin type.
Make time to patch test new products
Investing in a new skincare or makeup product can be fun, but make sure you do a patch test before smothering it all over. A patch test is a precautionary measure and simply means applying the product to a small area. Depending on sensitivity levels, patch tests are best applied 24 hours to a week in advance of a full application. If you have sensitive skin then you’ll know the best area for you to try this on, but I recommend dabbing a small amount of product behind your ear on in another inconspicuous location. To stay on the safe side, if you don’t see a reaction within a week of patch testing the new product, it’s probably okay to use it on your sensitive skin.
Sensitive skin can be frustrating but if you take your time, then you should be able to face the world with calm beautiful skin that showcases your body confidence. My skin care tips are essentially down to doing what feels right for you.
“Sensitive skin” in this article does not refer to medically diagnosed conditions, which should always be treated according to the advice of a medical professional.
Written by beauty expert, Jacquie Carter. Jacquie is Director of Outer Nutrition at Herbalife.