For those who understand the burden of dealing with random rashes and flare-ups almost every day, you’ve probably tweaked your skin-care routine, adopted a new beauty product, or have tried to find new ways to alleviate the problem.
The same questions will always remain. Will it give me funny bumps? Will it make me red? Give me rashes? Make me itch? While there isn’t a set formula to get rid of sensitive skin, there are plenty of things we can do to help make it as unnoticeable as possible.
Keep Your Skin Healthy From The inside
Do you eat quite a bit of food that is processed, fried, oily, unnatural, or too sugary? We think this only affects our shape and weight, but what we put in our bodies affect every aspect of our bodies, including our skin.
For example, diabetics can have problems with their eyes and kidneys, eating too many oily foods can cause major breakouts, and some foods cause cancer and diseases. So if you have sensitive skin, consider consuming more natural and healthy foods like lean meats, poultry, fruits, and vegetables, and avoid anything processed.
Make Time To Patch Test New Products
The first time my body went berserk with itchy, red, and scaly rashes, I freaked out. I didn’t even know there was such a thing as a patch test until I went to see a dermatologist.
I found out I was allergic to fragrance-2, although I avoid fragrance altogether. When you decide to invite a new product into your life, patch test it and see if it’s right for you and your skin.
Moisturize Your Skin
Moisturizing is a no brainer, right? Nope. I was one of those fortunate people who always had smooth, moist, healthy skin without using lotion every day. Some people just don’t think about it.
But what I didn’t realize was that what I did as a young adult, would affect me later on in life. Moisturize. And do it with good products without all the unnecessary chemicals.
Look Out For External Factors
It’s not just what you’re eating, some external factors such as smoking, stress, lack of sleep, or excessive pollution can cause sensitive skin to flare up with rashes and may also cause even bigger skin problems.
Choose Cosmetics Carefully
I would skip makeup all together if your skin is really sensitive. But for people who love makeup and have sensitive skin, life can get extra annoying at times.
Luckily, there are companies out there that cater to people like us. Research things like rose moisturizer, face serums with essential oils and organic superfoods or face masks made especially for people with eczema and rosacea. I like Burt’s Bees for under eyes. Find products that fit you.
Drink More Water
Water is such a blessing! It hydrates your body, including your skin (although skin needs a little extra something like lotion to assist), and helps flush out the toxins in your body.
Drink a cup of hot water with fresh lemon juice each morning, and choose water over sugary drinks (unless they’re fresh squeezed juices of course).
Always Read Labels And Watch What You Buy
I used to trust that certain brands stay away from using harmful chemicals in their products, or that their labels are truthful. I have found many times that products labeled “for sensitive skin”, “all natural,” or “hypoallergenic,” actually contain ingredients that aren’t good for anyone with sensitive skin.
It shocks me to see fragrance as part of the ingredients list for a product made for sensitive skin. So be careful! Know what ingredients to stay away from, which are chemicals your skin doesn’t need, and which ingredients your skin would love.
Stick To Natural Ingredients
I know this is hard sometimes, but there is so much on the internet nowadays that you can make pretty much anything natural. Or at least more natural than any product in your local store. For things that are easier to make at home like lotion, I stick to shea butter, coconut oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil, vitamin E, etc.
Skip All The Scented Stuff
Deodorant, detergent, body wash, cleanser, lotion, dryer sheets – they are all traditionally made with fragrance. It’s time to switch all your products to ones without fragrance and see how that works for you. I know, it sucks.
For some DIY things, look up ways to add even a tiny bit of natural scent by using things like lavender or peppermint oil. Just be careful not to use too much.
Let us know what tips you’ve tried that could help people with sensitive skin!