Friday, July 6, 2012

Top Tips for Sensitive Skin

There are several common factors about sensitive skin:
  • Stinging, redness, rashes after using certain skin care, cosmetics or personal care products.
  • Blushing or flushing of the skin known as rosacea.
  • Blemishes and acne prone skin.
  • Reactions may vary with each person, including overly dry skin, eczema, hives, dermatitis, rosacea.
Cause of Sensitive Skin
Dermatologist agree the underlying cause of sensitive skin is any or all of the following:
  • Weakened immune system which can't fight off irritants that can cause allergic reactions.
  • Heredity, age and gender may effect extent of injury your skin can handle.
  • Over exposure to sun and other environmental factors.
  • Use of irritating products with harsh ingredients for long periods of time, contained in cosmetics and skin care.
  • Alcohol, tobacco use excessively can rob healthy skin of vital nutrients.
Tips for Care of Sensitive Skin
People with sensitive skin may react differently with different care of the skin.  However,  most agree that certain irritating ingredients make the symptoms worse.

Cleansing your skin should include a gentle facial SLS free facial cleanser.  Choose a soap-free cleanser that is free of fragrance and parabens.

Moisturizing your face keeps your skin hydrated all day and protects your delicate skin from environmental factors such as sun, wind, heat and cold.  Salicylic acid is commonly added to anti aging or for acne prone skin.  Many people are finding this ingredient to cause skin reactions.  Don't use products with salicylates. Use sunscreen with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide instead of harsh sunblocks.  Sunscreen should be used all year.

For cosmetics, stick to mineral makeup that is free of harsh preservatives such as parabens, bismouth oxychloride, corn starch and antibacterial ingredients.  Cleure Loose Mineral Makeup gives you sun block protection and is non-irritating.  Don't use eye makeup that are 'waterproof', which usually contain harsh ingredients. Formaldehyde, pthalates and toluene are toxic ingredients often added to nail polish.  It's best not to use these and choose a non-toxic nail polish.
It's best to test a new product on a small part of your skin, such as the arm, before using it on your face.  Test for approximately one week, unless of course, you see a reaction earlier.  If you don't see any irritation, then apply the product to a small area on the face for further testing.  If this test succeeds, then apply to your entire face.

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