Tips for Treating Sensitive Skin
When your skin is sensitive you need to treat it as such; this means using the right products and protecting it from the sun and other irritants. It also means being cautious about how you remove hair, address acne and other breakouts, and about the materials that come into contact with your skin.
If you have sensitive skin on your face, you need to be very careful about the products you use. Inexpensive products often contain ingredients that irritate the skin and which can cause sensitive skin to break out in rashes, and which can cause stinging and other pain. Switch to cleansers and moisturizers that are specifically designed for sensitive skin.
Use vitamin E oil instead of standard moisturizers as this is very natural and doesn’t contain artificial chemicals or irritants. It’s also good to invest in name brand products as these often have more hydrating ingredients and better ingredients overall, which is beneficial for sensitive skin.
Note how you clean your face when you have sensitive skin. Avoid products with alcohol even if you have oily or combination skin. Use cool water and a soft cloth rather than cleansers with exfoliating agents. Allow your skin to air dry rather than dragging a towel over it.
You need to use cosmetics for sensitive skin as well. These are typically water based and don’t have added chemicals or irritants. They may also have more moisturizing ingredients which are nourishing for sensitive skin. Be careful how you apply your cosmetics; use a sponge or your own fingertips and gently apply your foundation by dabbing it on and then gently spreading it across your skin rather than pushing it across your face.
When you have sensitive skin on your legs or other areas of the body, you also need to use the right products to protect it. Use shaving cream meant for sensitive skin for your legs, and lots of it so your skin is protected during shaving. Change your razor blade often so you have fewer nicks and cuts. If you wax those unwanted hairs, be sure the wax is heated properly so it grabs the hairs the first time. Many waxes are also made for sensitive skin; they’re softer and more pliable so there is less pain.
Be sure you protect your sensitive skin from sun and harsh weather. Wear a hat when out in the sun and use plenty of sunblock so you don’t suffer from sunburns. Cold wind and cold weather can cause irritations to sensitive skin, so drape a scarf around your face when you go out in the cold.
Wear a hat to keep your body warm and be sure you have boots on if you’re wearing a skirt during the winter. Because skin gets drier during winter months, use a warm mist humidifier in your home and especially in your bedroom at night. This will add hydration to your skin and ensure that it is nourished and less sensitive.