Sensitive skin is no joke when it becomes stressed and inflamed. However, the right skincare regime will help it to look and feel its best. Here are some of our top tips for successfully caring for sensitive skin:
Keep Things Simple
If your skin has broken out in angry red bumps, you may be overdoing things on the product application front! Your skin has a delicate balance to maintain, and if you start to layer up on the products, you could be doing more harm than good. Never apply more than three products in one sitting and choose products designed specifically for sensitive skin. Choosing complementary items from a single product line can also be a good strategy as they will be designed to work effectively together.
Don't Pick at Your Skin
Dermatologists find that some patients pick their skin through anxiety or an attempt to solve acne problems. This can easily lead to scarring, so resist the temptation and leave it well alone! Remember, when you squeeze a spot, only a small amount will be extracted out of the skin - the vast majority will simply be pushed deeper into the dermis, where it will become infected.
Let Your Skin Breathe
If your skin is red and sore, avoid piling make-up over the top of it. If you do want to wear make-up, choose natural and high quality mineral powder which is actually soothing to sore skin and provides natural UV protection.
Avoid Fragranced Products
A product may smell beautiful, but fragrance is the most common cause of contact dermatitis - which shows as a red, itchy rash that can last for weeks. Opt for fragrance-free.
Lots of cleansing will strip the skin of its protective natural oils and leave it susceptible to damage and irritation. Use a gentle milk based cleanser or a moisturising wash. Avoid anything with foam as it will contain chemicals which upset the skin and sensitise it. Micellar water can be a good option.
Use a natural mineral based sunscreen designed for sensitive skins and apply it religiously to avoid red rashes and further sensitivity from the light.
Drink at least 1.5 litres of water a day to naturally hydrate and soften your skin from within. Herbal teas are also very cleansing and beneficial. Avoid alcohol and caffeine.
Focus on the nutrition that you are putting into your body. Eat fish oils, plenty of fruits and vegetables, wholegrains, lean proteins, nuts and seeds. Avoid refined sugar and additives. Your skin is often a reflection of what is happening at a deeper level, so eat well to nurture your body.
Stress is a leading cause of skin inflammation, so find ways to relax and unwind - whether you like to meditate, read or watch a sunset. This will translate into deeper breathing which helps to oxygenate and repair your skin, so that it looks its best and functions optimally.
At Skinstation, we sell a wide range of high quality skincare products for sensitive skin. To find out more please don’t hesitate to contact us for further advice.