Taking Care Of
If you have a skin condition such as eczema, rosacea, psoriasis or another specific problem, schedule an appointment with a dermatologist. For these special issues, you may need medicated products or professional tips to help reduce flare-ups. If you have sensitive skin but not any specific afflication or condition, your dermatologist or aesthetician can tell you that as well.
You need a cleanser that is tough enough to remove make-up, dirt and germs, but gentle enough for your skin. A creamy or foamy cleanser is a good choice for those with sensitive skin. Look for natural products that are free of artificial fragrance, harsh soaps, heavy oils, synthetic dyes, chemicals and possible allergens. Wash your skin morning and night, using a little bit of cleanser and a soft cloth. Don't rub your skin too hard or use harsh cleansing scrubs. Always rinse your skin thoroughly and pat dry with a soft, fluffy towel.
Heavy, oily moisturizers can clog pores and cause breakouts. Use a light, soothing facial moisturizer that is water-based and contains nourishing botanical ingredients. Apply your moisturizer after washing your face and allow it to seep in for a few minutes before putting on your make-up. Don't forget about moisturizing your neck too.
In the shower, use a moisturizing body wash that won't dry out your sensitive skin. Avoid rough scrubs that will cause inflammation and irritation. Follow up with a dry body oil when you get out of the shower to lock in the moisture and protect your skin. Use a creamy moisturizer on your hands and feet. Sensitive skin is more suspectible to cracking and drying, so you need to keep your hands and feet hydrated. Make it a habit to use hand lotion immediately after washing your hands thoroughout the day.
Sunlight can cause sunburn, flushing and breakouts for everyone, but even more often and more intensely for those with sensitive skin. Never leave the house without putting on sunscreen containing SPF 15 or above. Even when it's cloudy outside, your skin can get damaged by the sun's harmful UV rays. Re-apply sunscreen every couple hours, especially if you are swimming or sweating. Learn more about sunscreen and sunblock smarts.
Unfortunately, those with sensitive skin are often more prone to wrinkles because sensitive skin is very thin. Use a wrinkle cream at night around your eyes and mouth, where wrinkles and fine lines form first. Look for wrinkle creams with natural anti-wrinkle ingredients, such as green tea extracts.
When trying a new skin care product for the first time, don't slather it all over your body or face. Apply a tiny amount to a small part of your skin and then wait 24 hours to see if you have an adverse reaction.