Friday, January 17, 2014

Self Help for Sensitive Skin Care

The skin is the icing on the cake of the human body. It functions to protect us from infection, trauma and the environment. Genes can certainly play a role, but how you treat your skin can go a long way towards how it reflects your body's health. For example, dry, flaky skin patches can have a connection to autoimmune disease. Beautiful, radiant skin should be clear, smooth and glowing with health. Taking proper care of sensitive skin is very important and can even make a difference in your overall health. Follow these simple steps below and you will promote problem free skin.

Skin Anatomy 101
The skin, which is the largest organ of the body, is composed of 3 main layers. The deepest layer, known as the subcutaneous layer, helps cushion and insulate. Larger blood vessels and nerves are located here, and this is where temperature regulation of the skin and body takes place.

The next layer above is the dermis. This is made of collagen and elastic fibers and is the environment for hair follicles, nerves, secreting glands and smaller blood vessels.

The top layer is the epidermis which contains old dead skin cells that shed about every 2 weeks, depending on your age, with new cells taking their place.  The epidermis also contains sebaceous glands that produce an oily waxy substance called sebum.  How well your skin stays hydrated is controlled by these glands.  They can cause clogged pores with people with oily skin that results in acne.

Self Help Tips for Sensitive Skin
If your skin becomes dry, flaky or too oily, problem sensitive skin results.  Moisturized, clean skin is the key to a healthy skin, no matter what type of skin you have.

When properly taken care of, the 3 skin layers do exactly what they're meant to do and you get to enjoy and show off your beautiful skin.  The following are what you should and should not do with your skin care:
  • Harsh soaps and detergents can affect the dermis and not allow maintenance of skin hydration.  Your skin will appear dull and dry even if you use a daily moisturizer. Choose a gentle sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) free cleanser for sensitive skin.
  • If dead surface cells are not cleared regularly, pores can get clogged resulting in acne. Using a gentle exfoliating scrub as part of your sensitive skin care routine, can help remove dead cells, making room for healthy cells.
  • Drinking adequate amounts of water also helps maintain skin hydration.
  • Protect your sensitive skin with a natural Sunscreen.   Non-irritating broad spectrum sunscreen should contain zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as the active ingredients.
Sensitive Skin Safe Sunscreen


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