Friday, July 12, 2013

The 5 Minute Guide to Healthy Sensitive Skin

Sensitive Skin Care for healthy skin
Sensitive Skin Care for healthy skin
Healthy skin gives you confidence and helps you look your best.  Some are born with healthy, beautiful skin, while others have to work for it.  Nevertheless, everyone (even those fortunate who are born with silky smooth, challenge-free skin), should take proper care of their skin, or problems will result.  Specially if you have sensitive skin, it's important to take special care of your skin.  With busy schedules, it's difficult to maintain discipline.  The information below will give you a five minute guide to follow in order to reach healthy skin.  We all can spare 5 minutes.

This means every day, come rain or shine, make the decision and committment to do the things that will help you have radiant healthy skin.

Sensitive skin is likely to result in irritating types of problems, such as rosacea, rashes, itching and burning.  To prevent these types of reactions home care is important.  Consulting with a dermatologist may be necessary to ensure you don't have any infections that require temporary use of antibiotics.

1.  Establish proper daily routine for skin care
  •  Skin needs to be clean.  Morning and night clean with a gentle sodium laurel sulfate (SLS) free cleanser.  Rinse with warm water, follow with cool water. Dry with a soft towel. (2 minutes)
  • Use an alcohol free toner to help close pores. (1 minute)
  • Moisturize  to keep your skin hydrated and soft.  Avoid any moisturizer with harsh ingredients such as salicylic acid or those full of different botanicals.  Plant ingredients (marketed as "natural" skin care) can often cause more irritation than chemical non-irritating ones.  Essential oils, fragrance, plant extracts are in the irritating category for sensitive skin.  (2 minutes)

Use a gentle exfoliating scrub and facial mask to help remove dead cells.  This can be as often as once a week to once a month, depending on your skin type and needs.
Always use hypoallergenic products made specially for sensitive skin:
- Avoid certain ingredients, such as salicylic acid, SLS, botanicals.
- Do use products with anti-oxidants.  These help bring about healthy, youthful skin by fighting free radicals.  These are molecules that form in cells which damage skin and cause multiple problems.

2. Choose the right products for your sensitive skin type

- Determine your skin type:
  • Normal skin is not too dry or oily, but just right with smooth, clear, even toned skin.
  • Dry skin develops wrinkles and fine lines easily, skin is fragile, responds to extremes of temperature or pollution, can have flaky appearance,  and skin can feel tight.
  • Combination skin is characterized by oily and dry areas, mostly oily in the "T-zone" (forehead, nose, chin); dry patches on cheeks and around the eyes.
  • Oily skin forms large pores, appears greasy and shiny, tends to produce blemishes, pimples and blackheads.
- Protect your skin with a natural SPF sunscreen with zinc oxide.  Zinc oxide is non-irritating and rated by the FDA as the safest and most effective broad spectrum sun block.  Cleure offers natural sunscreen  SPF 30 with zinc oxide, that is free of nano-particles.
3.  Pay attention to what you eat
- Foods good for your skin:
  • Plenty of vegetables: carrots, spinach, green leafy ones
  • Moderate amounts of fruits, preferably more of the low glycemic types, such as blueberries
  • Low or non fat plain yogurt
  • Moderate amounts of nuts, seeds and beans
  • Whole grain bread and pasta
  • Limit sweets
  • Limit red meat, opt for salmon, or other fatty fish or chicken breast
  • Drink plenty of water
- Foods that are bad for your skin can cause premature aging and problem skin:
  • High processed foods
  • Refined carbohydrates
  • Unhealthy fats
4.  Manage stress by balancing work and fun
- Your lifestyle can impact your skin from inside out.  When you're depressed or stressed you may have noticed your eating habit changes.  You may have also have noticed your skin reacts with acne, eczema, hives, rosacea, psoriasis, and rashes.  

Psychodermatology is a new field that connects your skin with your behavior and lifestyle.  If you don't take control and balance your life with fun and relaxation, stressful situation can irritate you to a point that it will cause an autoimmune reaction, that may become chronic.

Relaxation training and learning solutions to reverse harmful habits are available and should be explored to find what works for you.

Talk to a professional if you need help, whether it's a life long situation that needs managing or certain episodes that require attention, such as students during finals or holidays that bring on pressure.

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