A lot of people claim that they have
sensitive skin when they break out after using a certain product or were exposed to the sun. However, most of
than not, the culprits behind the blotchy skin and zits are using inappropriate products for one's skin type and
bad skin habits. If you are one of the many who break out or itch after sun exposure or using a product, it is a
good idea to determine if sensitive skin is really the cause or something else.
How to tell if you have sensitive
Generally, sensitive skin is thin with
visible broken capillaries under the skin's surface. Sensitive skin also has fine pores. When exposed to
moderate changes in temperature, sensitive skin reddens easily, whether from cold or heat. Sensitive skin tends
to rash easily when exposed to dirt or even moderate strength skin care products. If your skin manifests these
signs, chances are high that you really have sensitive skin. For a
thorough skin assessment, a visit to a dermatologist is in order.
Since caring for sensitive skin can be
quite difficult, it is advisable to limit the use of skin care products. Generally, simple skin care regimens
are more effective on sensitive skin since it prevents product overload. Sensitive skin care relies on
strengthening the skin to reduce sensitivity and increase tolerance.
How to care for sensitive skin?
Hydrate your skin: Sensitive skin is prone to dryness which can lead to increased
sensitivity. Drinking eight or more glasses of water and applying a lightweight and hypoallergenic moisturizer a
day can help restore your skin's moisture or lipid barrier that acts as defence mechanism against
food: Fruits, vegetables, and other
water-rich foods are essential in correcting skin imbalances. The vitamin, mineral, and water content of
these foods hydrate your skin and restore its health. On the other hand, eating spicy food and drinking
alcohol and caffeinated drinks can increase your skin's sensitivity.
Limit sun exposure: Sun exposure can cause sensitive skin to redden and burn
easily. Before going out, apply sun protection on your face using sunscreen and on your body with sunblock lotion.
You can extend the protection to your lips to prevent them from darkening. Applying an SPF-rich lip balm under your
lipstick or gloss can help protect your lips. Umbrellas, sunglasses, and hats protect your body, eyes, and face
from overexposure to the sun.
Always protect skin: Even when you are indoors, your skin still needs protection.
If you are staying in an airconditioned room or one with forced heating, apply a lightweight moisturizer
frequently. this will prevent your skin from drying out due to the extreme temperatures.
Avoid products with artificial colorants and
synthetic fragrances: Colorants and
fragrances are added to skin care products only for increasing marketing appeal. Your skin does not actually
benefit from these additions. Often, they even cause allergic reactions and increase your skin's
Aside from these tips, it is also a
good idea to switch to skin care products that are specially formulated for sensitive skin. A thorough skin
assessment and consultation with a dermatologist can reveal to you skin care techniques and products that can
help strengthen your skin and minimize its sensitivity.