Having sensitive skin is not fun at all, the constant worry about what you can put on your face so you do not breakout, or the worry of allergic reactions occurring like hives that can scare you to death, is more than you wish to deal with.
Still using soap to wash your face? Well its time to switch to a soap free cleanser. The days of lathering up with soap are over, all they do is dry out your skin, but there are many soap free cleansers out there like the products I choose to use that avoid drying out my sensitive skin.
Here are some more helpful tips to help relieve your skin cleansing problems:
- Stay away from deodorant and antibacterial soaps
- Products that contain acid are no good for your skin
- Be gentle when you scrub your face
Everyday our face is bombarded with free radicals (pollution), exposed to UVA and UVB rays, and extreme weather conditions. Applying moisturizer before you start your day not only moisturizes as the name implies but it also protects your skin.
Moisturizers can be one of the best ways to moisturize your skin and keep it from becoming irritated. When choosing a moisturizer stay away from those with added fragrances. Find a company like I have who’s products are fragrance free. This way you are more likely to find sensitive products that are gentler for your skin conditions.
We all know that we need to moisturize and protect our skin everyday, but the hard part is finding the right moisturizer that works for you. There are numerous questions that need to be addressed when selecting your moisturizer. Some of these questions are: Do I need a lotion or a cream? What ingredients should I avoid if I have sensitive skin? My skin is already oily; won’t a moisturizer make my skin oilier? With so many questions and so many products to choose from selecting the right moisturizer can be frustrating.
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Choosing Moisturizer for Yourself
Below are some tips to help you select the right moisturizer for your facial skin type.
Do I need a lotion or a cream?
Dry skin is usually best hydrated with a cream rich in emollients. These usually come in the form of creams. For daytime wear your moisturizer should have a SPF of at least 15 even during the winter months. For nighttime go with an emollient rich cream and stay clear of harsh cleansers. Oily skin is best served with a light gel or lotion. Again, for daytime it should include an SPF too.
What ingredients should I avoid if I have sensitive skin? For those with sensitive skin, the most common skin irritants are fragrances, dyes, lanolin, and the preservatives parabens and formaldehyde. Consider doing a patch test prior to a full application on the face. For those with sensitive skin even natural ingredients such as aloe, almond oil, etc., can cause allergic reactions or topical skin dermatitis.
My skin is already oily; won’t a moisturizer make my skin oilier? A moisturizer protects the skin and well as hydrate, because hydrated skin feels better. Think water content in the skin not oil. Consider a light lotion or gel that is oil free is recommended. Select a product that is water-based and is labeled noncomedogenic. If you are using products to dry up excess oil a moisturizer is needed to relieve dryness and flakiness. The more harsh products you use to dry up excess oil, the more oil your skin will produce. Think gentle when considering a skin treatment; a homemade skin care recipe such as an oatmeal mask or clay mask will do wonders to absorb oil. Maintaining essential routine keeps skin healthy and glowing.