Most of the people notice that after using a certain product or when exposed to the sun they get allergic reactions on their skin. Hence they claim to have a sensitive skin type. However, the main culprits responsible for such blotchy skin and zits are the use of inappropriate products for one’s skin type and bad skin habits. If you are one of those who get an itch or rash on the skin after sun exposure or using a product, it is a good idea to determine if sensitive skin is really the cause or something else.
How to know if you have sensitive skin?
Generally, sensitive skin tends to appear thin with visible broken capillaries under the skin’s surface. Sensitive skin also has fine pores. When exposed to moderate changes in temperature, sensitive skin reddens easily, whether from cold or heat. Sensitive skin tends to rash easily when exposed to dirt or even moderate strength skin care products. If your skin manifests these signs, chances are high that you really have sensitive skin. For a thorough skin assessment, a visit to a dermatologist seems to be an appropriate solution who will carefully judge your skin type.
Since it is quite difficult to take care of sensitive skin, it is advisable to control the use of artificial skin care products. Generally, simple skin care regimens are more effective on sensitive skin since it prevents product overload. Sensitive skin care relies on strengthening the skin to reduce sensitivity and increase tolerance.
How to take care of sensitive skin?
- Moisturize your skin: Sensitive skin tends to dry up very easily which can lead to increased sensitivity. Drinking ten to twelve glasses of water and applying a lightweight and hypoallergenic moisturizer a day can help restore your skin’s moisture or lipid barrier that acts as defense mechanism against allergens and environmental pollutants.
- Limit over exposure to sun: Over exposure to the sun can cause sensitive skin to redden and burn easily. Before going out, apply sun protection on your face using sunscreen and on your body with sunblock lotion. You can also extend the protection to your lips to prevent them from darkening. Applying an SPF-rich lip balm under your lipstick or gloss can help protect your lips. Sunglasses, umbrellas and hats protect your body, eyes, and face from overexposure to the sun.
- Eat a nutritious and healthy diet: Fruits, vegetables, and other water-rich foods are essential in correcting skin imbalances. The vitamin, mineral, and water content in these foods hydrate your skin and restore its health. On the other hand, eating spicy and greasy food and drinking alcohol, tea and coffee can increase your skin’s sensitivity.
- Protect your skin at all times: Even when you are inside the house, your skin still needs protection. If you are staying in an air-conditioned room or one with forced heating, apply a lightweight moisturizer frequently. This will prevent your skin from drying out due to extreme or sudden change in temperatures.
- Avoid products that contain artificial colors and synthetic fragrances: Artificial colors and fragrances are added to skin care products only for increasing marketing appeal. Your skin do not actually benefit from these additions. Often, they even cause allergic reactions and increase your skin’s sensitivity.
Apart from these tips, it is also a better idea to switch to skin care products that are specially formulated for sensitive skin. A thorough skin assessment and consultation with a dermatologist can reveal to you skin care techniques and products that can help strengthen your skin and minimize its sensitivity.
Thus it can be concluded that sensitive skin is very delicate and a simple daily care routine can help in improving its natural gloss and texture and protecting it from the harmful effects of atmosphere.