Nobody likes to be generalized and it can be frustrating to hear that there are only three basic types of skin: oily, sensitive or ‘normal’. If you don’t fit neatly in one of these categories then choosing skincare products can be difficult. Today, I’m going to focus on sensitive skin and give you a few tips if you are one of the many people with sensitive skin. These beauty tips can also be helpful if your unsure of your skin type or have combination skin.
Most people know if they have sensitive skin. “Sensitive skin” in this article does not refer to medically diagnosed conditions, which should always be treated according to the advice of one’s physician. You’ll also find that sensitive skin – skin that is more delicate and needs to be treated with extra care – can vary from person to person. One person may find that their skin reacts to exposure to weather extremes or new fragrances. Whereas another may find that they have to be careful to avoid products that are formulated to be too aggressive and strip away natural sebum.
In a European study, 52% of participants claimed their skin was sensitive, so let’s look at a few ways that people can keep their sensitive skin calm and clear.
Sunscreen is important for every skin type, however sensitive skin may be especially delicate when it comes to heat and sun. It’s imperative for someone with sensitive skin to apply sunscreen on a daily basis.
Over exfoliating or over cleansing sensitive skin can cause irritation. And, you may want to stick to lukewarm water rather than waiting for the water to be steaming hot before stepping in the shower as heat can be another aggravating factor. Remember to keep your skin clean, but don’t go overboard.
People with sensitive skin may find that it isn’t only their face that is delicate. For many, sensitive skin is an all over experience! Try to your keep clothes loose and choose breathable fabrics.
Healthy habits such as keeping yourself hydrated, eating a nutritious diet and getting some exercise may improve your overall health … and overall appearance, regardless of your skin type.
Investing in a new skincare or makeup product can be fun but make sure you do a patch test before indulging. A patch test is a precautionary measure and it simply means applying product to a small area. Depending on sensitivity levels, patch tests are best applied 24 hours to a week in advance of a full application. If you have sensitive skin then you’ll know the best area for you, but I recommend dabbing a small amount of product behind your ear on in another inconspicuous location. To stay on the safe side, if you don’t see a reaction within a week of patch testing the new product, it’s probably okay to use it on your sensitive skin.
Sensitive skin can be frustrating but, if you take your time, then you should be able to face the world with calm beautiful skin that showcases your body confidence. Remember to treat your skin with respect, after all it’s the largest organ in the human body. And, if you have sensitive skin take comfort in knowing that you’re not alone!
Many people have sensitive skin and understanding your skin type is a crucial part of determining the best skin care regimen for you. My tips are a great rule of thumb whatever your skin type but for people with sensitive skin it is useful to take a slower approach and to look out for products specifically designed for your skin type.
My skin care tips basically boil down to doing what feels right for you. With skin care, as with most things, there is never a one size fits all solution. And this advice is good for everybody: if you experience a skin reaction, make sure you contact your physician. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Let me know what tips help you make sure your skin always looks it’s best in the comments section below.
Written by beauty expert, Jacquie Carter. Jacquie is Director of Outer Nutrition at Herbalife.