Posted by Olaniyi Abodedele on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 Under: Health & Beauty and Medical

Sensitive skin is dreadful to have! And those who have it... usually experience hyperactive immune system. It is more of a condition than an actual skin type.

A lot people who think they have sensitive skin may simply be allergic to ingredients in their skin care products, environmental factors of, the food they eat. People with sensitive skin are vulnerable to rosacea, eczema and acne. These usually appear on facial, skin, and need soothing, stabilizing care as the facial tissue is very fragile... And when sensitivity appears, it could be painful to touch.

All skin types from normal to oily skin can be affected by sensitivity, which could have major consequences if left untreated.  It is also important to be aware that skin changes with age, and hormonal imbalance.

This skin "type"/condition is prone to itching and irritation...Which are closely related to dry skin type. Overly dry skin is one of the main factors contributing to sensitive skin... When the nerve endings of the epidermis are left exposed due to lack of Sebum (natural skin oils), the fragile skin is left in harm's way. The tight feeling from the dryness causes the epidermis to be torn easily causing broken capillaries.

It is very important to have good knowledge of what affects your skin and causes it to react. Proper skin care and suitable product use are a necessity... Which is why it is not wise to only rely on the manufactures claim's that the products are hypoallergenic.

Keep a track record of what products cause your skin to easily be flushed, inflamed or itch! As it is the best way to know...

Below are the common characteristics of skin sensitivity:
-And most importantly a thin skin layer...

These characteristics are usually caused by the following common irritants such as:

-Alkalis found in detergents, which can cause a reaction immediately after use.
-Sorbic acid, propylene, glycol, alcohol, benzol, peroxide and retinol found in beauty or cosmetic products
-The wrong facial scrubs or exfoliators which have aggressive rough edges.
-Rubber and latex.
-Too much sun exposure.
-Heat sources including activating heat facial masks
-Fragranced moisturisers, shower gel or bath soaps.
-Cold weather, as it can dry out the epidermis
-Certain food which may contain nut traces, spicy food and steam from hot beverages.
-Facial steam treatments.
-Pesticides used in the daily food we consume.
-Dust around our environment in and out doors.

When it comes to beauty products, cleaning detergents and food consumable always double check your labels for the harsh ingredients mentioned above. Go for organic or hypoallergenic products more especially if you react easily.

Here are a few tips on how to care for your sensitive skin:

-Keep skin moisturised at all times. Invest in a good quality moisture spray to use daily.
-Use sunscreen daily, 15min before going out and reduce sun exposure as the sun's rays can be harmful.
-Humidify your environment, to clear your air space of toxins that may cause allergy.
-Increase your antioxidant intake, to help boost your immune system.
-Keep hydrated throughout the day
-Test cosmetics on the inner part of your wrist for 15minute's before full application.
-Remove all make-up before bed.
-Avoid harsh chemical detergents as much as possible.
-Wash your pillow case as often as possible.
-Pad dry your facial skin with disposable towels every time after cleansing.
-Use hypoallergenic products which are less likely to cause reactions.

Always remember beautiful skin comes with extra care and patience..Care for your skin gently, keep your natural glow and stay vibrant.

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