Soothing Solutions

Could be something in the air -- like pollution -- or in the high-intensity products we slather on ourselves, but skin sensitivity is on the rise. Here, the simplest, most soothing solutions.

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Jeffrey Westbrook


From brightening coffeeberry serums to soothing green-tea moisturizers, natural is marketable. Believing anything natural has got to be good for you, Americans spent $62 billion on the stuff last year. But the fact is, flora-based scrubs made from abrasive fruit pits can be irritating, too. If sensitivity is your major concern, these are the ingredients you should be looking for:

  • Rose and lavender work wonders in calming inflammation, according to Michele VanLandingham, ingredient information specialist for Dr. Hauschka Skin Care.
  • New York dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross suggests seeking out soothing chamomile derivatives, natural toners like witch hazel, and gentle exfoliators like blueberry seeds.
  • Dr. Kay Baxter, a U.K. dermatologist who tends to recommend "bland, unfragranced, nonbotanical products" to patients, uses organic aloe vera on sensitive skin.
  • For extreme inflammation cases, Manhattan dermatologist Dr. Diane Berson recommends a compress of milk, water, and ice to combat itching and burning.

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Reprinted with Permission of Hearst Communications, Inc. Originally Published: Soothing Solutions for Sensitive Skin

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Comments on "Soothing solutions for sensitive skin"

Channa Ho July 25, 2011 | 4:17 AM

My skin is very sensitive skin especially my face it always turn to red more often and sometimes it dry, sometimes old, sometimes have acne. I've try many product but it doesn't work. what should i do?

Lisa Cohen November 08, 2008 | 10:52 PM

For radiant skin try fast absorbing Argan oil. Amazing organic beauty product only found in Morocco. For more info go to: http://www.edenallure

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