Sensitive Skincare: 5 Things You Can Do Today to Prevent and Reduce Sensitive Skin

The Skinsmith | 3rd August 2021

Sensitive Skincare

Sensitive skin can be a massive problem for anyone who wants to enjoy their life without feeling irritated and itchy. One may not realize they have sensitive skin until you have reactions to:

  • Soap
  • Cosmetic products
  • Particular body lotions

There are many different ways to reduce your skin's sensitivity, but these five stand out as the most effective.

Shield Your Sensitive Skin from The Sun

It’s a known fact that the sun shines all day, but people don't always shield their skin from its rays. So, you may think it's not as hot during wintertime or early morning before sunrise and use this as an excuse to go about without applying sunscreen.

Unfortunately, the UV index changes throughout the year- sometimes in unpredictable ways! This means that despite the cooler weather, you still need to shield your skin from UV rays.
The sun can cause a range of skin-related problems and health issues--even in the winter months!

Some people can be extra sensitive to sunlight if they have dry or delicate skin types. Of course, the best way to care for your skin is to avoid the sun and wear protective clothing, but if you can't do that (or forget!), make sure you have a strong sunscreen on.

Avoid Stress

Stress is a real danger to the immune system and damages your body's ability to protect itself against disease, infection, or injury. So, if you're feeling stressed, there are some ways to unwind.

For instance, the excellent shower technique consists of immersing yourself in cold water for about one minute. Then, take two deep breaths through your nose, followed by one deep breath out of the mouth. If possible, do it for three minutes to optimise its calming effect.

Use Skin-Care Products That Are Scent Free

Parabens and fragrances are a common cause of sensitive skin for many people. When you use these ingredients, they can irritate the skin to make it more fragile. These allergic reactions may be temporary or last indefinitely, depending on your body's response to the product's chemical makeup. It’s therefore vital to use fragrance-free products.

Use Skincare Products That are Gentle

To reduce your skin's sensitivity, it’s essential to use gentle products on the sensitive protective top layer of skin. This layer is the most sensitive and delicate area of your skin. Gentle products will be able to penetrate this outer protective barrier without causing any damage or irritation.

Some products with ingredients for reducing sensitivity include aloe vera gel, stone crop extract, coconut oil, lavender essential oil, and shea butter.

Look Out for Skin-Soothing Ingredients

There are a few ingredients that can help to soothe skin and reduce sensitivity. The first is stone crop, a succulent herb from the same sedum family as Aloe Vera. With high levels of Vitamin C this versatile ingredient is a potent anti-inflammatory, perfect for soothing sensitized, irritated skin. Applying a moisturiser with stone crop with help to hydrate, soothe and protect the skin.

Another great ingredient is yoghurt, which contains probiotics that can help soothe skin and reduce redness. You should use a full-fat unsweetened variety of yoghurt for this, or you may add honey to sweeten it if desired. Oatmeal is very beneficial due to its anti-inflammatory properties, beta-glucans, avenanthramides, saponins, and phytochemicals. Applying an oatmeal mask will moisturise your skin and provide relief from inflammation for sensitive skin.

The five activities listed in this article are ideal for anyone with sensitive skin. You can incorporate them into your daily routine without any significant changes to the way you already live.

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