Caring For and Treating
Your Sensitive Skin with the Right Beauty Products
For those with sensitive skin, it can prove to be difficult to find skin care products which do not irritate the skin. Sensitive skin tends to be thin and delicate. It has fine pores and may flush easily. Capillaries in the skin are susceptible to being broken and the skin is frequently plagued by allergens and can break out with a rash easily. The skin often burns easier in the sun, tends to feel tight when certain cosmetics are applied and can easily become itchy, or sting.
Treating Sensitive Skin With The Right Beauty Products
It may surprise you to know the number of people with sensitive skin is increasing in number. This is a result of pollutants, stress and UV exposure (due to lack of sunscreen use). Those with sensitive skin can care for their skin with the use of products designed to be gentle and less irritanting. There are keywords to look for when choosing sensitive skin care products. Look for words including hypoallergenic, fragrance free and non-cosmogenic on the labels of any products you want to try.
- Hypoallergenic means the product was created and tested to have little or no allergic reaction with the skin.
- Fragrance free means no additional ingredients have been added to create or cover up fragrance. Studies show fragrance is the leading cause of skin allergy, allergic reactions, dermatitis, eczema and peeling from makeup.
- Non-cosmogenic means the product does not clog the pores of the skin.
Hypoallergenic Products for Sensitive Skin
In addition to staying away from harmful ingredients, it’s important to add the right components of healthy skin care into a daily beauty regimen. Begin with a gentle and non-drying cleanser, such as those made by Cetaphil or Neutrogen brands. Cleansing facial soap will wash away and remove dirt, oil and chemicals from the environment and help you with treating and preventing blemish outbreaks and acne.
The second product needed is an exfoliant. When you exfoliate your skin, you will remove the dead skin cells and leave the skin glowing. It is recommended to use an exfoliant with salicylic acid, which is easier on the skin than those products with an alpha hydroxyl. Beware of those with a toner included, as they may be too harsh for sensitive skin areas.Also, if you find daily exfolating to be too irritating to your skin, try exfolating every other day or once a week.
Next, use a great moisturizer lotion or cream. Every skin type (from oily to dry) needs a moisturizer. You should have a daytime moisturizer with an SPF and a richer nighttime moisturizer, which better hydrates the skin in the evening.
Always Use Sunscreen!
Lastly, all beauty regimes should include a sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays. UVB rays cause the skin to burn and cause skin cancer. UVA rays cause premature aging or wrinkling of the skin. You need to look for three key ingredients in your sunscreen which will ensure healthy protection. These include titanium dioxide, zinc oxide and avobenzone. These three ingredients absorb UVA and UVB rays protecting the sun from burning or other types of skin damage.
When you take care of your sensitive skin and use the tips above, you will have healthy and smooth skin that feels as good as it looks!