The sensitive skin is highly prone to damage, dehydration and various skin reactions like pustules, skin bumps or erosions etc. It also has a high tendency towards skin blushing and flushing. In addition to developing dryness, sensitive skin is prone to developing skin disorders or allergic reactions such as eczema, rosacea or contact dermatitis. When exposed to sunlight, harsh chemicals in skincare products and excessive makeup, sensitive skin reacts very badly. As such type of skin is very delicate and reactive; it requires extra skin care and attention.
Here are some of the skincare tips to keep your sensitive skin in tip top condition.
- Start your day with lemon water: Starting your day with a glass of lemon water will help to combat the free radicals throughout the day. Lemon juice has Vitamin C and other antioxidants that help to remove the toxins from your blood. It keeps the skin healthy and radiant. Additionally, take lots of water throughout the day to keep your skin hydrated and moisturised and flush out toxins from the body.
- Use of daily sunscreen is a must: Use of sunscreen on daily basis is vital for protecting every type of skin and especially sensitive skin as it is highly reactive to the harmful UV sun rays. But you need to be cautious in the choice of sunscreen for sensitive skin as most of the regular sunscreens contain toxic ingredients or chemicals that disrupt endocrine glands, therefore, choose a broad spectrum sunscreen that has mild ingredients such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. The best is to choose a mineral based or physical formula. Apply sunscreen 20-30 minutes before you leave for outside.
- Be careful in the choice of skincare products: Sensitive skin is highly vulnerable to strong chemical ingredients in the regular skincare products. You need to buy the suitable products for the sensitive skin which have more of natural ingredients such as powerful antioxidants, anti-inflammatory ingredients like green tea, chamomile, aloe vera, oats, etc. Try to find the products that have fewer ingredients which are better for your sensitive skin care. Go for the products that are labelled ‘hypoallergenic’ and are ‘fragrance-free’. Before you start using any product, do a patch test. If you do not know which product to buy, it is better to consult a professional specialist or cosmetic practitioner.
- Be cautious in the choice and use of cosmetics: People with sensitive skin should be careful in choosing and applying makeup. Use a face powder with fewer preservatives, foundation that is silicone based and filler eyebrow and eyeliner. It is better to use mineral based cosmetics and avoid the use of waterproof makeup. Do not share your cosmetics with others and throw away old products.
- Use raw milk to cleanse your skin: Raw milk is an excellent cleanser for sensitive skin type. Milk also has anti-inflammatory and skin soothing properties which help to prevent dryness and itchy skin. It keeps your skin moisturised, gently exfoliate dead skin and improves complexion. To cleanse your skin, take some raw milk, dip a cotton pad and dab it on your skin. Leave this on for about 15-20 minutes then wash with lukewarm water.
- Use coconut milk as a moisturiser: The extra virgin coconut oil acts as a natural moisturising ingredient for the sensitive skin. Due to the presence of natural fatty acids, it prevents your skin from drying and keep it well moisturised. It penetrates through the skin pores giving skin nourishment and moisturization within. It also has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties which prevent skin inflammation and conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Use it at night after cleansing and massage gently. Wash off in the morning.