Sensitive skin

Sensitive skin

Does your skin feel irritated, dry, itchy? Do you have a pricking, burning sensation frequently? Does it get red or erupt into tiny bumps or rashes at the slightest change in everyday products or environment? Then you have a sensitive skin. Women are generally more affected by it than men. Here are a few things that you should take care of if you have a sensitive skin-

1.      Keep washing and cleansing to the minimum. Excess cleansing removes the protective oil that coats your skin, leaving it more exposed to various chemicals in the products you use.

2.      Use a pH balanced, moisturizing soap or cleanser. A pH of around 5.5 is preferred for the face.

3.      Use cleansers or products that have minimal perfume or added colours (especially the pink/red ones as they may have phenolic compounds). Those that have fruit, berry and flower extracts might appeal to you but I would advise caution as they can increase the skin sensitivity.

4.      Use gloves when washing clothes or dishes and wash and moisturize your hands immediately afterwards.

5.      Beware of natural, organic, handmade etc. labels that claim safety because of their ‘natural’ ingredients.

6.      Avoid antiseptic cleansers. Germs are removed even with normal soaps.

7.      Don’t use baby soaps in the false belief that they are mild.

8.      Don’t experiment with your skincare products. Stick to the products that suit you. Remember, everybody’s skin is different and just because your friend swears by some cream, it does not mean that it’s good for you as well.

9.      Expense of a product is no guarantee for safety or tolerability.

10.  Skin sensitivity changes with the weather, so a product that suited you in summer may not suit you in winter and vice versa.

11.  Moisturize your skin after every wash.

12.  Apply sunscreen regularly, preferably a physical one.

13.  Apply a layer of physical sunscreen underneath your make up.

14.  Many anti- ageing and anti- acne creams can induce dryness and sun sensitivity. Facials, scrubs and massages can cause redness and eruptions. Some oral medicines are also known to cause sun sensitivity.

15.  When trying a new cream or cosmetic product, apply it for a few days on one patch on the cheek just in front of the ear. If there is no irritation apply it on a larger area.  You can start with alternate day application and gradually increase the frequency once you are sure that it suits your skin.

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