Tuesday, July 10, 2012

How to Clean Sensitive Skin

If you think you have sensitive skin, you're not alone.  Over the past decade, surveys show more than 60 percent of women indicate they have sensitive skin.  Most dermatologist report that one common cause of sensitive skin is the result of harsh facial cleansers that are used once or twice a day.

How Not to Clean Your Sensitive Skin
Your skin is not a car, where a good lather and scrub with a washcloth will do the job and is all you need.  One irritating ingredient found in most foaming cleansers and soaps is sodium lauryl sulfate, or SLS.  This foaming detergent can leave your face dry, flaky and very sensitive, especially when used in a product you need daily.  Other irritating ingredients include harsh preservatives, such as parabens and propylene glycol.  Potpourri of herbal extracts and essential oils can also cause side effects and allergies.

Washing your Face Properly
A gentle cleanser that will not rob your skin of natural oils, but cleans your skin is what you need.  Here are some helpful tips on how to wash your sensitive skin properly:

1.  Use lukewarm water instead of hot water.  Hot water may cause irritation to sensitive skin.  Hot water may also over dry your skin. Wash with your fingers and pat dry with a soft towel.  Never scrub your face.

2.  Don't overwash your face.  While taking a shower use a gentle glycerin SLS free soap, and at night time, use a gentle lotion facial cleanser to remove makeup.

3.  Don't shop for facial cleansers based on skin type, especially if you have sensitive skin.  Go for gentle with non-irritating ingredients, and most of all fragrance free cleanser. SLS free soap will have the perfect balance of pH for all skin types.

4.  Use a gentle scrub to exfoliate dead cells.  Use the scrub weekly or even more often, if your skin has blemishes.

5.  Make sure all your skin care products are free of the following ingredients:
  •  SLS
  • Parabens
  • Fragrance
  • Imidazolidinyl urea
  • Formaldehyde

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