cosmetic-1798154_1920A lot of people claim that they have sensitive skin when they use a certain product or after long exposure to the sun. However, most are using inappropriate products for their skin type and some simply have bad skin care habits. If you are one of the many who break out or itch 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 tell if you have sensitive skin?

Generally, sensitive skin is 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 and break out easily when exposed to dirt or even moderate strength skin care products. If your skin shows these signs, chances are that you have sensitive skin. For a thorough skin assessment, visit your dermatologist.

Since caring for sensitive skin can be quite difficult, it is advisable to limit the use of skin care products. Generally, simple skin care regimens are more effective on sensitive skin since it prevents product overload and allows the skin to breathe.

How to care for sensitive skin?

1. Hydrate your skin.

Sensitive skin is prone to dryness which can lead to increased sensitivity. Drinking eight or more 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.

2. Eat skin-nourishing food.

Fruits, vegetables, and other water-rich foods are essential in correcting skin imbalances. The vitamin, mineral, and water content of these foods hydrate your skin and restore its health. On the other hand, eating spicy food and drinking alcohol and caffeinated drinks can increase your skin’s sensitivity.

3. Limit sun exposure.

Sun exposure can cause sensitive skin to redden and burn easily. Before going out, apply sun protection on your face and body using a natural sunscreen. Applying an SPF-rich lip balm under your lipstick or gloss can help protect your lips. Umbrellas, sunglasses, and hats protect your body, eyes, and face from overexposure to the sun.

4. Protect skin at all times.

Even when you are indoors, 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 the extreme temperatures.

5. Avoid products with artificial colorants and synthetic fragrances.

Colorants and fragrances are added to skin care products only for increasing marketing appeal. Your skin does not actually benefit from these additions. Often, they even cause allergic reactions and increase your skin’s sensitivity. Go natural, ask friends and co workers if they have tried any organic natural products, chances are they have and can recommend some great skin care products to try.

Aside from these tips, it is also a good idea to switch to skin care products that are specially formulated for sensitive skin.

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