Sensitive Skin Care and Tips
Those who have sensitive skin
often suffer more from skin problems. Winter cold, summer heat, dry
air and dust-almost anything can provoke reactions in sensitive
skin. We discussed taking care of sensitive skin. Here are some
further steps you can take:
Cold and dry weather dehydrate the skin. Use a
humidifier to keep your skin hydrated.
Sweating it out might be good for your body
temperature, but is bad for your skin. So try to keep your
environment cool. Splash cool water on your face frequendy, or use
awet tissue to wipe your face. Don't sit too close to a fan or air
conditioner: high airflow environments can have a drying effect on
Skip foundation in hot weather, because face
make-up can block your pores, prevent perspiration from evaporating,
thereby triggering skin breakouts.
House dust, moulds, grasses, mildew and pet
dander (particles of fur) can make sensitive skin go haywire. So
keep an eye out for potential trigger factors.
If the water in your neighbourhood is hard, use a
water softener. Removing excess minerals from water may improve its
rinsability, helping to better wash away cleanser residue that, if
not rinsed off thoroughly, can irritate sensitive skin.
Change the way you wash your clothes. We often
soak our clothes in soap-water for several hours. This tends to
leave behind some detergent on the clothes, which cannot be rinsed
offcompletely. This detergent residue can cause skin irritations
when your clothes come in contact with the skin in areas like the
underarms, hips and stomach.
Virtually any ingredient in a skin care product
has the potential to aggravate sensitive skin. But
be especially wary of some common irritants like preservatives, eg.,
quaternium-15, benzoic acid, parabens and sorbic acid; perfume
components like benzyl alcohol; and AHAs like lactic acid. You could
ask your dermatologist to perform apatch test on you for common
allergens to determine which ingredientsyou arelikelyto react to.