Does your skin get red for no reason? Does it react to most-accepted skin care products? Do you get dry, itchy patches in the summer, or breakouts and irritation through the year? If you answered 'yes' to most or all of these questions, then you probably have sensitive skin.
Do not Over-Wash
Use a gentle cleanser (without strong fragrances) to wash your face. The key is to find a product that will clean your skin, while keeping its protective oil-barrier intact.
Do not Over-Exfoliate
Avoid exfoliants that contain beads or micrograins which require a scrubbing or rubbing motion. This could cause the skin's surface to crack and could lead to redness and irritation. Use an exfoliant that gently breaks up the dead skin cells' top layer, without having to physically 'rub' it off.
Do Use Lukewarm Water to Wash Your Face
Avoid extreme temperatures when you are using water on your face. Hot water can be too harsh and drying on the skin, while cold water can cause broken capillaries and redness.
Do Protect and Moisturize Your Skin Daily
It is essential to keep the skin well hydrated, while using a moisturizer that will not cause irritation or redness. Look for products that are 'gentle, hypoallergenic, aroma-free and / or water-based'. (Tip: The best way to find-out if a product is 'water-based' is to look at the ingredient list.
Do Wear Sunscreen Daily
Everyone should be wearing sunscreen on a regular basis, however, the sun becomes even more harmful for someone with sensitive skin (who needs that extra layer of protection).
Do Add Antioxidants to Your Skin
Antioxidants are powerful ingredients that help to protect your skin from harmful free radicals (pollution, sunlight …) that are responsible for wrinkles, loss of skin elasticity, uneven skin tone, and more. Look for serums with added-antioxidants.
Do Add a Weekly Face Mask to Your Skin Care Routine
Face masks for sensitive skin are wonderful to help repair and create an extra layer of protection on the skin.
Do Treat Your Skin to a Monthly Facial
A monthly facial specific for sensitive skin will further repair and soothe the skin. It will also help provide extra protection for sensitive skin to minimizeize opportunities of irritation.
As important as it is to follow the dos and don'ts for sensitive skin, it is equally as important to remember that everyone's skin reacts differently to certain products and ingredients. Always test new products on a patch of skin beforehand and try to constantly keep an eye on any new reaction or irritation.
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