It is no secret that having sensitive skin can take its toll on you. With the stress of not knowing how to care for it properly mixed with constant discomfort; there is no surprise that those with sensitive skin look to doctors, the internet and dermatologists for help. Sensitive skin is very easily irritated by outside influences. Having said that, like most other things related to the human body. Our experiences on how it affects you personally may vary, but it is usually diagnosed by a burning, itching, or stinging sensation or in the least skin redness. So let’s take a look at a few different ideas to follow, to understand how to take care of your sensitive skin.
Step 1 – A good nights sleep
We cannot stress enough the importance of a good nights sleep for your body as a whole, let alone your face. While you are asleep your body gets to work repairing itself of as many ailments as it can, and that includes any problems you are having with your skin. During sleep, your cells can relax allowing the skin to rejuvenate and revitalise helping to reduce redness and looks fresher in the morning. I mean it’s called beauty sleep for a reason right?
Step 2 – Sunscreen
If going out during the daytime try to wear a foundation that has a sun protection factor (SPF), or if you don’t wear makeup then a moisturiser with SPF. As beautiful and comforting as it is, the sun has a dangerous side. And, that side can negatively affect your sensitive skin. Not only can its rays affect the integrity of your skin by damaging its natural layer of protection, but it also dries it out. Leaving it prone to, cracking, flaking, and acne!
Step 3 – Understand your products
It is an easy thing to go out and buy a bunch of facial products because they look good and smell amazing. What you need to consider is, are they sensitive skin appropriate? Abrasive and harsh products, products that are too oily or with drying agents can all make a recipe for disaster for sensitive skin. Later we will take a look at some alternatives you can use to contribute to making your skin more comfortable and less vulnerable to the elements.
Step 4 – Be aware of your skin
You can find three different skin types that you can pair with sensitive skin. These are oily, dry and combined; it is not likely that you will have sensitive skin without it mixing with one of the three skin types. Understanding your skin type and how to look after it, should – in effect help with your skin sensitivity by default. As it means you are not using products that encourage an adverse reaction to your particular type of skin and therefore leaving not much room for the sensitive skin issue to creep in and take effect. Have a look at our previous blog ‘Explaining Your Skin Type’ to understand your skin type further.
Step 5 – Tis’ the season
With different seasons come different faces! Your skin reacts to the changes in temperature, weather and environment as if you have put on an entirely different face. If you know your skin is going to dry out more in the cold weather, make sure you have a moisturiser on hand to stop this from happening. Vice versa, if you know during the summer seasons your skin gets oilier, find a product to accommodate this. Remember too much of one thing (in this case dry or oily skin) can cause it to become more sensitive and the cycle starts all over again.
Step 6 – Keep it simple
In some cases simplicity is key. Sticking to just one or two different facial products (excluding the sunscreen) could significantly reduce your chances of having any problems further down the line. Keeping it sweet and straightforward will help to make sure your skin does not react negatively to any products in a bad way.
Step 7 – Be gentle
Your skin is precious and the harder you scrub when washing your face, the more likely you are to damage that necessary first layer. And, damaged skin results in sensitive skin, which results in breakouts, soreness and redness.
Step 8 – Try not to touch
Sensitive skin is much more prone to being affected by foreign bodies such as dirt and grime. As much as we may like to think we are clean, just by going about our day to day business our hands would have picked up a crazy amount of dirt and bacteria. The more you touch your face, the more the bacteria has a chance to spread and affect the skin.
Through some research, I found that one of the well-known and widely successful skin care brands is Dermalogica. They provide an extensive range of skin care products not only for sensitive skin but an array of different skin ailments and general treatments too. One of the first products I came across was the –
REDNESS RELIEF PRIMER SPF20:
The primer is a great 2 in 1 product. Natural botanical extracts provide a sheer green tint to counter redness while providing an SPF20 to deter the sun’s rays and diffusing redness and calming irritation.
Next, I had a look at their –
Although it does not have a sun protection factor, it can be used to reduce inflammation and discomfort, help calm down redness and irritation on the surface of the skin. This product also has more than one use. It can be used after epilation, waxing and exfoliation for soothing benefits.
Lastly, I had a look at one more product the –
ULTRASMOOTHING EYE SERUM:
We can sometimes forget about how delicate the eye area can be, especially with sensitive skin. A calming eye serum that helps protect against any harmful environmental factors but also contributes to repairing any damaged skin at the same time around the eye.
Having sensitive skin does not need to be a continuous pain that you struggle with by yourself. There are some fantastic Dermalogica products out there that you can use to calm down your sensitive skin irritations. Let us help you find out the best way to stay comfortable in your skin.