Proper skin care is vital and if you have sensitive skin then sometimes warm water and soap is not enough. Sensitive skin is prone to itching and inflammation and when questioned over 50% of women in the UK and USA declared they have sensitive skin.
Here are a few skin care tips to help tame your skin type:
The H20 factor
- However much the cliché, we are always told about the importance of water – especially for our skin. Research shows that dehydrated skin is more prone to infection and irritation. By drinking water throughout the day, especially during the summer, it should help your skin feel and stay healthy.
- Water is also used in the body to flush out toxins and waste. People often report a healthy glow after drinking – but the results aren’t apparent overnight.
Suppress your sensitive side
- Look out for products created specifically for sensitive skin. Cleansers and moisturisers will help reduce flare-ups and redness but be gentle with your cleaning regime. Use a few products at a time to avoid triggering more problems.
- Give your body some TLC. Skin kind body wash ranges are hypoallergenic and dermatologically tested and formulated to your skins PH factor.
- Use hydrating moisturisers free of salicylic acid and herbal extracts.
- Shun fragrances and colours. Although these make your soaps look lovely, where the dead skin cells and lipid coatings (the oil that protects you) are thin, it’s easier for foreign substances to enter the body and cause inflammation.
- What you wear can also affect your skins condition. In the heat, dress in loose natural clothing to help your skin breathe more easily. Sensitive skin can be aggravated by fabrics, such as wool and linen, so avoid these too.
- A good weekly facial mask can boost minerals and nutrients into your skin for a silky and smooth texture. Alternatively, why not treat yourself to a professional facial at a spa?
- DON’T have long hot showers – they can dry out sensitive skin.
- DON’T leave makeup on overnight – this is a big skin sin. The powder, dirt and oil can cause pimples.
- DON’T skip over the product labels – go for natural ingredients rather than chemicals as skin can overreact.
- DON’T ignore your diet – what you eat affects your skin too. As well as plenty of water, diets rich in vitamin C, E and beta-carotenes are linked to youthful-looking skin.
Following these beauty tips will help you achieve healthy-looking, radiant skin with only a little TLC.