Dealing with fragile skin can be difficult and frustrating- it seems like no matter what product you put on it, you break out or it burns your skin. Sensitive skin isn’t impossible to deal with, however. By following a few simple tips, you can be on your way to taming your delicate complexion.
Avoid Fragrant Skin Care
Fragrances and other harsh irritants can cause your sensitive skin to break out and burn. Even fragrances and oils that sound natural (like cinnamon, citrus, and peppermint, to name a few) can be a hazard. Sensitive skin’s dermis layer tends to be very thin, and these oils can soak through and cause allergic reactions quickly. The most friendly products for your delicate skin will contain very few ingredients, no fragrance (or very little), and no alcohol. Make sure you’re reading the ingredients list on all skin products you buy.
Don’t Overdo It
It’s easy to get excited about new skincare fads and all the products there are to purchase, but sticking to a simple, repeatable routine for your sensitive skin will do it more good than the latest mask or scrub. Facial wash, moisturizer, and sunscreen is usually enough for most people’s skin. Also, remember not to over wash your face. This will strip your skin of natural oils that protect it. Washing and moisturizing morning and night is more than enough- keep in mind that every time you wash your skin, you dry it out.
Even if you consider your skin to be slightly oily, moisturizing is of vital importance. Hydrating your skin is what keeps it looking young and healthy. Moisturizing your skin will protect from abrasions and drying out throughout the day, which can cause your skin to flake or blemish.
Avoid Hot Water
Hot water washes out natural oils and your skin as well as taking out all moisture. Try limiting your shower to only lukewarm water and about 10 minutes. If you have extremely dry or sensitive skin, make the water as cool as you can take. When your shower is over, don’t rub your skin, simply pat yourself dry. The extra rubbing can also irritate and dry out your skin. (Bonus tip: the same goes for your hair- always pat it dry with a towel, never rub!)
Sunscreen is important for all skin types, but especially sensitive skin. Letting your skin burn could cause delicate skin to break out into dry patches or hives. The sun’s rays are strongest between 10 am and 4 pm, so try to avoid exposure during these times and wear sunscreen every day. SPF 30 or higher is necessary to protect skin, and for sensitive skin, look for ingredients like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide- you’re unable to have a physical allergic reaction to these natural sunscreens.
Visit Your Dermatologist
If you think you have severely dry skin, the best way to start taking better care of it is to visit a dermatologist. They can help figure out the severity of your fragile skin, and determine whether you have a condition such as eczema or rosacea, as well as recommend products that will help improve the look and feel of your skin.