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Sensitive Skin Care

Date Added: May 18, 2009 07:34:41 PM
Author: Jim White
Category: Health
Sensitive skin can come from many different things; heredity, allergies, and contact with irritants, just to name a few. You can have different skin reactions that are still all classified as Sensitive Skin. Though no specific criteria have been established, it is generally accepted that sensitive skin has the following characteristics: -Dry skin (which also includes atopic skin.) -Skin that becomes itchy, red or stings following application of make-up or beauty products. -Skin that becomes itchy, dry or irritated from detergents and soaps. -Skin that remains inflamed after contact dermatitis or eczema If you have sensitive skin, it can be hard to find a beauty regime that looks good, yet is easy on your skin. Fortunately, there is a way to treat your skin with the care it deserves, without taking up a-lot of time. You may first want to see a Dermatologist just to see if you have any specific allergies, and to explain exactly what you need. A dermatologist can also help you choose make-up, cleansers and moisturizers. The skincare routine you use is very important for sensitive skin. you will need to choose mild products with calming ingredients like chamomile, lavender and sandalwood. Organic ingredients would be best if possible. It is also important to avoid harsh additives. Alcohol or benzyl peroxide tend to be harsh, and drying, especially for sensitive skin. You will need to cleanse your skin twice a day, morning and night. Use a soft cloth and rinse well with plenty of lukewarm water. Avoid very warm water as it will dry your skin. Follow with a light hypo-allergenic moisturizer. Moisturizer is often forgotten in skincare, but with today's oil-free products, it is easy to find one to suit your skin-type. Make-up is also an important consideration for sensitive skin. You will want to choose a make-up without harsh chemicals and additives. Many are now water based , non-comedogenic and fragrance free. There are even mineral powder make-ups that are very popular. Sunscreens are a must for sensitive skin. Always wear a light sunscreen, even on cloudy days. Harmful UV rays can penetrate even the heavy clouds and damage your skin. You will want to pick a sunscreen that is gel based, not oil based. It will need to have a SPF of at least 15 to give enough protection. Sunscreens can cause irritation for many people; you will need to select a gentle formula. A natural sunscreen choice is aloe Vera; you can use the pure gel, or just break off a leaf and use it straight from the plant. Don't forget that nutrition plays a big part in skin health, you will need to drink eight glasses of water daily, and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Hydrated skin is healthy skin. Water helps rid the body of toxins, therefore you skin will be healthier. Remember, having sensitive skin is not the end of the world. You just need to choose the right product for your skin.

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