skin care basics and routines
Are you sensitive?
Does your skin react to certain products with redness, burning or tingling? Do certain environments give you dry, itchy or scaling skin? Do you often get hives and other irritations? If you answered yes to any of the above, you might be one of the millions of women with sensitive skin. The good news is, the more you learn about sensitive skin, the more you’ll know best how to manage it.
What exactly is sensitive skin?
Dermatologists and scientists believe those with sensitive skin might have a more permeable stratum corneum than most people (the stratum corneum is the outermost layer of your skin). They also believe those with sensitive skin might have an increased nerve response. Essentially that means your nerves tend to overreact.
There are many triggers that can cause sensitive skin to flair up. There are environmental factors, like ultraviolet light, wind, heat, cold, pollution and humidity. There’s also irritation from everyday products, such as cosmetics and toiletries. Additionally, sensitive skin can be irritated by something as simple as clothing rubbing against your skin.
If you have sensitive skin, it seems there’s a lot to be on the lookout for. But you’re not alone. It’s estimated as many as 69% of women and 64% of men perceive their skin to be sensitive. The face is the most commonly identified area, however, it can be found anywhere on the body.
People who are tense and exhausted are more likely to be among those with sensitive skin. When stress levels soar, nerve endings in the dermal layers of the skin secrete chemicals that cause inflammation and sore, red patches. A great excuse to spend a little extra time at yoga, the spa, or just curled up with a good book. Anything that puts you in your happy place.
So you have sensitive skin. Now what?
Think of sensitive skin care as a milder version of regular skin care. Always choose gentle products, and even better, those specifically formulated for sensitive skin. Avoid unnecessary ingredients like fragrance; look for products labeled fragrance-free. Non comedogenic products are also a smart choice. And always test any new product on the inside of your wrist 24 hours before trying it out on your face or body.
It’s also important to avoid harsh abrasives like loofahs and body scrubs. Scrubbing is never good for any skin type, but with sensitive skin, you need to be extra cautious. Extreme temperatures can also wreak havoc on your skin. Go with the Goldilocks approach: not too hot and not too cold.
Good habits. Great results.
Sensitive skin care doesn’t require drastic measures. Sure, it might take a little extra work to combat your sensitive skin issues, but it will pay off. If treated properly, sensitive skin is just as beautiful as any other type of skin out there.