Sensitive skin can be a very annoying condition to have to live with. Even the smallest things can lead to severe irritation of the skin. Even basic skin care products like moisturizers cause a severe sting and can leave behind nasty rashes. Shaving or otherwise removing is pretty much impossible without causing major side effects. Even just being outdoors at the wrong time or without the proper protection can lead to severe problems. People suffering form sensitive skin must come up with an effective routine to ensure that their skin stays healthy.
The first step in building a good sensitive skin care routine is to switch out the products that you use. There are various soaps and other skin care products that are formulated specially for people with sensitive skin. The fewer ingredients that a product has the better it will be for sensitive skin. If there are few ingredients, then there's a lower chance of harsh chemicals that will inflame the skin. Soaps and other products that are fragrant or have deodorizing properties will often cause irritation.
If you check the labels of the products you buy, you may see some that specifically state that they are for sensitive skin. These products are usually a good bet, but you should check the ingredient label as well just to be sure.
If you use makeup and have sensitive skin, you must also take precautions. Using any sort waterproof cosmetics is bad because they'll require a solvent that will be harsh on your skin to remove. Also, earth-toned make up, especially eye shadow, is generally less irritating to sensitive skin than bright colored make up. The "less ingredients" rule also applies here.
It's important for those with sensitive skin to regularly use moisturizers. Sensitive skin is naturally vulnerable to abrasion; a good moisturizer provides a safeguard against that. There are many natural moisturizers designed with sensitive skin in mind. Remember to stay away from moisturizers with a strong fragrance or a lot of strange ingredients.
If you can find a moisturizer with natural exfoliating properties, that can also be beneficial for people with sensitive skin. Just be sure to avoid products that exfoliate via small grains in the product.
If you have sensitive skin, then you want to completely avoid using toners in your skin care regimen. For the most part, toner can simply be replaced by the liberal use of water. Since the actual value of toner is somewhat debated in general skin care, there's no reason to risk using it if you have sensitive skin. The detriments far outweigh the benefits.
There's another part of a sensitive skin care routine that actually has nothing to do with what you put on your skin. It is believed that a lack of certain B-complex vitamins, including B-6, B-12, niacin and riboflavin can cause sensitive skin. Eating more foods such as whole grains, fish, eggs, and low-fat dairy products can help boost your B-complex levels and help relieve sensitive skin. Try adding some more of those foods to your diet and see if you get any relief.
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