Some Essential Skincare Ingredients and Tips for Sensitive skin

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Sensitive skin is a condition that cannot be easily defined. As a general rule, if your skin stings or burns after using certain skincare products, it’s considered to be sensitive. Sensitive skin might also feel irritated after sun exposure, exercise, or after being out in extreme temperatures. Sensitive skin is caused by nerve endings in the top layer of skin becoming irritated. Underlying conditions can also cause sensitivity, such as eczema, rosacea, or psoriasis. Allergic reactions might also trigger skin irritation and sensitivity.‌

Managing sensitive skin is important so that you don’t make any conditions worse. Using the right skin care products will improve the look and feel of your skin. In this article, you will learn more about caring for sensitive skin.

Sensitive skin

 

INGREDIENTS FOR SENSITIVE SKIN

Sensitive skin needs gentle, soothing ingredients. You don’t want anything astringent or abrasive that will add to the irritation. Look for ingredients like these in your skincare products:‌

Aloe Vera

 Aloe vera is well-known for its skin-soothing properties. It’s helpful for sunburns and other mild irritations. Aloe can be found as an ingredient in skincare and hair care products. You can also purchase pure aloe vera gel that you can put directly on your skin.‌

Green Tea

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This is an antioxidant that can slow the signs of aging. It also has skin-soothing effects. Research has shown that it improves skin moisture levels and may calm inflammation as well.

Hyaluronic Acid

This is a polysaccharide that is found naturally in the hair and skin. It is commonly used as an ingredient in moisturizers because it combines with water to swell and hold moisture in the skin or hair. It’s gentle enough to use on sensitive skin without causing irritation.

Glycerin

 This ingredient is derived from plants. It’s a humectant that attracts and holds water. It’s often used in hair and skincare products to promote moisturizing. It’s considered very safe and unlikely to irritate the skin.‌

Ceramides

Ceramides are lipids that makeup part of the protective outer skin barrier. If that barrier is damaged, it can cause skin sensitivity. Products containing ceramides help repair some of the bonds in the outer layers of the skin so that it’s less likely to become irritated. ‌‌

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Dimethicone

This silicone is used in many skin and hair care products. It’s very gentle on the skin while still providing excellent moisturizing effects. You can use it on your hair without worrying about triggering a reaction on your scalp.

TIPS FOR CARE OF SENSITIVE SKIN

Treat Sensitive Skin Gently

Sensitive skin needs sensitive treatment. If your skin is prone to redness, irritation, breakouts, or painful dryness, you need to treat your skin carefully. Avoid using very hot water to bathe or wash your face because heat can dry out your skin. Use a soft towel to pat your skin dry instead of rubbing it after taking a shower. Wear soft, breathable fabrics that you wash with gentle detergents so your clothing doesn’t irritate your skin.

Avoid Using Very Strong Fragrances

The ingredients that make products smell nice are also a common irritant. Many people have reactions to fragrances, including respiratory issues or skin irritation. More than 100 fragrance ingredients are known to cause irritation. Not only are they found in skin and hair care products, but you may also encounter them in laundry detergent or household cleaning products.‌

You will need to read skin care product labels for information about fragrances that might be in the formula. Look for products that are labeled fragrance-free instead of unscented. Unscented products may still have ingredients called “masking fragrances” that cover up the scents of other ingredients.

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Always Wear Sunscreen

Sun is a potential trigger for conditions like rosacea or eczema. People with sensitive skin may find that being out in the sun, heat, and humidity causes redness and irritation. The sun also puts your skin at risk for premature aging and skin cancer. Using sunscreen regularly will protect you from flare-ups of skin conditions as well as reduce your cancer risk.‌

You may benefit from sunscreens that use ingredients like zinc for a physical barrier against the sun. Chemical sunscreens are also effective for UV protection, but some components of them can be irritating. Wearing protective clothing, and hats, and staying in the shade will also protect skin from the sun.

Talk To A Medical Expert

If you have a skin condition such as psoriasis, eczema, or rosacea, you may need prescription-strength skin care products. Sometimes, you may need steroid medication to manage a severe flare-up of one of those conditions. Follow your doctor’s directions about prescription products.

You might need to talk to an allergist if you have unexplained sensitivity. They can perform tests to see if you are allergic to particular ingredients in skin care products. Once you know what ingredient is causing skin irritation, you can avoid using it in the future.

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