Daily Sensitive Skin Care Regimens

 
Sensitive skin can sometimes be difficult to care for because many things can irritate it. However, you can have sensitive skin that works with you instead of against you if you cleanse and moisturize it properly. Giving it the right protection from the sun is also critical to keeping your skin healthy.
 
 
Sensitive skin is actually quite common and you have probably noticed the increase of sensitive skin products on store shelves. Our skin is an organ just like our hearts and lungs, so when you think about it this way, it becomes a little easier to imagine how it could react negatively when we do not take care of it properly. Another thing about skin is that it is unique to the person. Your skin is yours only and no one else has the same skin that you do. Things get more complicated when we bring ethnicity and race into the picture because this further differentiates our skin and how it reacts to different regimens.

Cleansing

Cleansing is probably the most important thing we can do for sensitive skin, but we have to be very careful in how we cleanse it. First, ditch the soap. Soap is harsh and will quickly strip away all essential oils that the skin naturally produces to protect it. If you use plain soap, you probably notice that your skin feels tight and dry after you rinse and dry. This is because those oils are gone.
 
So, when cleansing, use a soap-free cleanser developed specifically for the face. You should also avoid fragrance products and those with acidic ingredients, as this can further irritate the skin. You will still wash your face twice a day – once in the morning and once at night – but you should be gentle and use clean hands to apply the face wash, massage it in, and rinse it away. When rinsing, use cool water as hot water can also cause irritation.

Moisturizing

As you can imagine, sensitive skin needs plenty of moisture. The best time to moisturize is right after cleansing your skin. You want to thoroughly rinse and then just gently pat the skin dry. Then, apply your moisturizer. This will help your skin to retain the moisture that is often lost during cleansing and then it is there to prevent dryness later on. You should moisturize after each cleansing for sensitive skin. Use a moisturizer that is free from dyes, fragrances and oils. Go for a water-based moisturizer designed specifically for skin.

Other Protective Care

The sun can damage your skin, but sensitive skin tends to be more vulnerable to it. We already know that the biggest threat that comes from the sun is skin cancer and that this type of cancer is far from rare. Sunscreen is a simple solution to give you the protection that you need. This should be applied before you put on makeup. To cut a little time out of your morning routine, look for a moisturizer that also has an SPF of at least 15. This will serve double duty to moisturize your skin and protect it. You need to apply it daily.
 
If you are running late in the morning and do nothing else, at least apply sunscreen. This needs to be done even when the day is dark and dreary because even with a cloud-laden sky, there are UV rays peeking through that can cause damage. If you are going to be out in the sun for an extended period of time – and especially if you will be in water – you need to reapply this every two hours to ensure maximum protection. You may also want to increase the SPF to 30 on these types of days.
 

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