Sensitive Skin Care - How To Take Care Of Your Sensitive Skin?
Posted On: - 2009-01-02 04:11:30
Sensitive skin care can be a nightmare because unlike oily or dry skin, it doesn’t really have just one answer. Rather, in many cases, it refuses to go very well with any skin care product.
Some of the signs that indicate you have sensitive skin are:
• Reaction to cosmetics and skin care products
• Tingling sensation and discomfort without any visible sign
• Reaction to external factors like shaving, weather, stress etc.
• Irritation and redness of the skin
There is no cause to worry. Sensitive skin is difficult to manage but it’s not impossible. Women across the world live with sensitive skin by taking good care of it. Here are some tips to keep you sane:
Use Hypoallergenic Skin Care Products
Because your skin is sensitive, it may over-react to regular skin care products that you may use. Therefore, make sure all the products you use are hypoallergenic (i.e. products that don’t cause ay allergic reactions). There are products in the market that are especially formulated to cater to the special requirements of sensitive skin. Also, make sure that the products you use are free of any fragrances as they tend to irritate the skin. Try the Obagi Nu-Derm System, a great skin care regimen set that takes care of all the special requirements of sensitive skin.
Use Less Products
Though there are a variety of skin care products available in the market that cater to sensitive skin, you don’t need to use all of them. Use only products that constitute a basic skin care regimen for you.
Don’t Over-Wash Your Face
Washing your face is an essential step towards skin hygiene. It ensures that your face is clean of excess oil residues and other skin impurities. However, washing your face too many times will strip off the natural moisture of the skin and leave it dry and irritated. Over-washing can be especially harmful for sensitive skin. Use Obagi Nu-Derm Foaming Gel to wash you face two times a day, once in the morning and once at night. It deep cleanses your skin and leaves it clean and fresh.
Use Astringents Sparingly
Use the astringents only at the oily areas of the face to remove the greasiness. If there is any discomfort, redness or irritation, discontinue use immediately. Make sure you use a mild astringent that caters to sensitive skin types.
Use Soap-Free Cleanser
People with sensitive skin should be especially careful with their cleansers. Any harsh substances in the cleanser can react with the skin and cause irritation. Use only a mild cleanser that is gentle on the skin and is suitable for sensitive skin.
Buy Oil-Free Products
Be it cosmetics like foundation, blush or skin care products, make sure all of them are oil-free. People with sensitive skin should use make-up that is water-based and non-comedogenic in nature. This prevents the skin pores from getting clogged and the skin doesn’t become greasy and slimy with the make-up. Try oil-absorbing foundations that keep off oil from your face.
Use Oil-Free Sunscreens
Instead of sunscreen creams and lotions, use sunscreen gels or powder sunscreens. this will prevent the skin from becoming oily and also give you the benefits of broad spectrum protection. Try the iS Clinical SPF 20 Powder Sunscreen, a first of its kind powder sunscreen that contains physical UV blockers comprising of 25% titanium dioxide and 20% zinc oxide. It provides broad spectrum sun protection against the UVA as well as the UVB rays of the sun.
Use At Least SPF 15 Sunscreen
Sensitive skin is more prone to sun damage than any other skin type. Therefore, it needs increased protection to combat the harmful effects of the sun rays. Make sure your sunscreen contains an SPF content of minimum 15 so that it can prevent sun damage efficiently. Use the iS Clinical Treatment Sunscreen 25 that provides broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection and repairs sun damage. It reduces skin redness and painful inflammations and also treats Rosacea.
Use an Anti-Acneic Cleanser
Because of extreme sensitivity of the skin, it is very prone to damage because of impurities and accumulated debris. Thus, it is important that you use a effective cleanser that deep cleans your skin pores and exfoliates them as well. Use Obagi C-Cleansing Gel that conditions the skin with Vitamin C and removes all signs of impurities, oil residues and make-up to leave your skin fresh and clean.
Dr Marilynn Syrett is a graduate from Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine Of The Pacific. She has written several articles about acne skin care and anti aging skin care in addition to addressing topics of eye care.