Thursday, August 23, 2012

Sensitive skin – Taking Care

Most of us may deal with some or the other skin problems. It could be sensitive skin, itchy skin or scaly skin. We know that we have a sensitive skin when we get a tingling sensation on the skin after a facial or deep cleansing. Severe cases of sensitive skin leave the skin with red blotches and flushes.

Sometimes, our sensitive skin problems are caused due to our own follies. In our desire to look younger, we often go for chemical peels, microdermabrasion and retinoid. What actually happens during these treatments is that the outermost protective barrier of skin is removed. And sometimes after these treatments, we have to deal with the sensitive skin underneath.

Those with easily irritated and sensitive skin should be very cautious about what they use on their skin. There are many moisturizing products and other products for the skin, such as alcohol, retinoids and hydroxy acids that can lead to allergic reactions. Retin-A, also can cause excessive peeling and extremely red skin. If your skin is too sensitive to the product, you should avoid using creams and lotions containing Retin-A. If you want to find out if you are allergic to any product, you can rub the product on your forearm and if there is no itching or redness, then that means your skin is not sensitive to the product. But if your skin turns red, or blistering or any itching, than avoid using that product.

To take care of your sensitive skin, you should use sensitive skin moisturizers that will keep your skin well hydrated and moisturized. Dry skin and sensitive skin go hand in hand. The more the skin dries, the more sensitive it gets due to lack of moisture and the skin becomes more porous. This means that pollutants and irritants can enter your skin. Our skin gets drier throughout the years. Hence, we need to take good care of our dry skin and keep it well moisturized if we want to keep away any sensitive skin problems.

In case you have sensitive skin, avoid excessive exposure to water and hot water bath. Always pat yourself dry. Use a good quality sensitive skin moisturizer right after your shower. Don’t touch your skin too often. Use oils like extra virgin olive oil and grapeseed oil with castor for your skin. Just take all the precautions and you will be able to deal with all your sensitive skin problems with ease.


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