Sensitive skin may be more difficult to care for, and it may also cause discomfort due to different environmental factors such as the sun or the wind. There are a few ways to keep the sensitive skin safe and reduce possible problems.
1. Use Suitable Products
There are skin products that are formulated for sensitive skin, and you should always make sure you get the products that are for your skin type. Always test the products, and if you notice any problems on your skin (i.e. flakiness or redness), you should switch to a different product. Avoid products that have fragrances, which can irritate the skin and cause rashes.
2. Get Natural Products
A lot of commercial products are made with synthetic ingredients that can only irritate sensitive skin. Don’t use products that contain chemicals, petroleum byproducts or creams that contain alcohol.
Get products that are natural or prepare a few skin creams yourself using a few effective herbs and other ingredients. Talk to a dermatologist to recommend you a few products for sensitive skin or to give you a recipe to prepare your own skin products. Common ingredients that are used for home made skin products include:
- Olive oil
- Jojoba oil
- Almond oil
- Shea butter
- Aloe vera extracts
Natural ingredients are less likely to irritate a sensitive skin and will be easily absorbed by the skin.
3. Avoid Sun and Windy Weather
Sun and wind can have damaging effects on sensitive skin and can cause serious allergies, sun burn or cracked skin. If sun cannot be avoided, wear protective hats and necessary sun block with a high protection factor. If you get a sun burn, immediately apply a soothing cream or sour cream on the affected areas to prevent additional complications. Always wear a strong moisturizer when going out in windy conditions.
4. Avoid Excessive Temperatures
Excessive warmth can cause sweating and the clogging or pores, so it is not recommended for your sensitive skin. Low temperatures can damage the skin and may even freeze the skin, resulting in major allergic reactions and skin damage. If you cannot avoid excessive temperatures, make sure you protect your skin (i.e. warm scarves in the winter).
5. Reduce Stress
Stress can make your skin more sensitive to different environmental factors. You should control your stress levels with different treatments such as aromatherapy, counseling, sports or medication. People that are not stressed have healthier skin and are less likely to be affected by skin problems.
6. Strengthen Your Immune System
The immune system health may influence the sensitivity of the skin. Make sure you get all the necessary vitamins, minerals and fatty acids to keep your immune system strong and to fortify your body as well.
7. Keep Hydrated
Hydration is always important even if you don’s have sensitive skin. Get a normal water intake (1,5 to 2 liters per day) to ensure your skin is sufficiently hydrated.