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Published on: 24 Jan 2017 by angina
Delicate. Irritable. Rebellious. It’s hard to think of an adjective that would appropriately describe sensitive skin. People who have this skin type typically also think it’s a burden, and it isn’t hard to understand why so. For the few who have been able to finally tame their sensitive skin, the rest have a benchmark to follow.
How to Rule a Misbehaving Skin
There are several reasons why you may be dealing with sensitive skin, among the top reasons are as follows:
1. You have a congenital skin disease such as skin asthma or eczema.
2. Weather conditions change abruptly in your side of the planet.
3. Sensitive skin can also be a symptom of an auto-immune disorder.
4. You’re not careful with the things you put on your skin.
5. You have a lifestyle that does not support healthy skin.
Countering these, applying impeccable hygienic practices, and following a special skincare regimen therefore comprises the proper treatment for sensitive skin. Your ideal regular skincare routine should look like this:
Step 1: Cleanse. Use a facial wash that is soap-free so you refrain from clogging your pores with solidified suds that can easily get infected and start a breakout. Always wash with lukewarm water when you do. Also, a cleanser with a salicylic acid will help keep your skin from becoming irritated and inflamed as it strips off impurities along with dead cells on the surface of your skin. Refrain from using other harsh exfoliating agents, even alpha hydroxy acids may be irritation for your skin type.
Step 2: Tone. Make sure that your toner is a water-based formula and does not contain any drying alcohol and fragrances. Immediately apply your toner in gentle, upward strokes right after you pat dry your face when you cleanse. A toner will help your skin keep the moisture in.
Step 3: Moisturize. Since you have sensitive skin, the least that you want to do is to flood your face with oils and emollients. You will get yourself a water-based, lightweight moisturizer that will not make your skin surface feel thick. Again, no alcohols and fragrances in any form.
What you also want to refrain from doing is to layer too many products. The more products you add into your routine, the higher the likelihood of a reaction that can easily trigger an irritation or inflammation. So, if you like using make up, go grab a BB Cream or a tinted moisturizer that also has SPF protection for sensitive skin. This saves you two layers of products already.
Step 4: Reapply your sunscreen throughout the day. Every two hours to be exact. Since you don’t want to be mixing your skin’s natural oils, products from your early morning routine, and your sweat, you should look for a physical sunblock, no chemical sunscreen actives which are highly irritating, that can be spritz on your skin instead.
Step 5: If you have sensitive skin that is excessively oily, go for a midday cleanse. Follow this entire process again. It is important that you keep your skin clean and clear. However, if your sensitive skin type is more on the side of normal to dry, skip this step because it will cause your skin to dry out, tighten and become itchy.
Step 1: Get all the tough makeup out with an oil-based makeup remover. With sensitive skin, you don’t want to be scrubbing off your makeup. An oil-based remover will help you wipe it off with ease.
Step 2: Cleanse. Use the same cleanser you used in the morning.
Step 3: Exfoliate. Do this once up to twice weekly only. If your skin still cannot tolerate that, do it more seldom but, don’t skip the step. It is one of the best treatment for sensitive skin you can easily benefit from.
Step 4: Tone. Use the same toner you used in the morning
Step 5: Moisturize. This time, pack in your serums and heavy moisturizers. If you have retinol or benzoyl peroxide in your routine, apply these products first and let it seep through before applying your conditioners.
Step 6: Sleep. As sensitive skin is commonly a sign of poor immunity, getting enough sleep can help improve your condition.
“The young have little use for the concept of rebirth, yet the older they get the more appealing the concept becomes,” Charles Spencer King, company executive once said. You don’t have to wait for beautiful skin to happen anymore. Claim it.