How to take care of sensitive skin?
It can be extremely difficult to feel healthy and comfortable when your skin is constantly irritated. Broadly speaking, sensitive skin is where you develop irritation (such as stinging, burning or redness) in reaction to certain substances or environmental factors. Skin that feels constantly stressed can cause frustration and a loss of confidence, but there are some simple steps that you can take to help.
1. Cleanse, but be gentle: The best kind of facial cleanser is the one that maintains your skin’s natural moisture, doing its job to remove dirt, makeup and excess oil, while not drying out the skin just like Cetaphil's Gentle Skin Cleanser.
2. Moisturize: Look for a gentle moisturizer that is specifically formulated for sensitive skin and that does not contain unnecessary (and potentially irritating) extra ingredients such as colours and fragrances. A good idea may be to look for a formula that offers additional skin protection in the form of ceramides, an ingredient that works to replenish the skin’s lipids while strengthening the skin’s natural barrier like Cetaphil's Moisturizing Lotion.
3. Avoid triggers: Sensitive skin, by definition, is the negative reaction of the skin to certain triggers. Sometimes the best way to cope with this is to avoid these triggers altogether. Pay attention to what might be causing your sensitive skin to flare up: is it that new perfume, certain fabrics that you wear, or too much time in the sun? Other causes might be makeup, air-conditioning or central heating. Being aware of what causes your specific sensitive skin flare-ups lets you plan appropriately.
4. Always use sunscreen: Choose a moisturizer with SPF to reduce the likelihood of acute UV exposure which could affect your skin’s overall health (even when you are indoors). Try Cetaphil's Daylong SPF 50 + Lotion
5. Avoid harsh exfoliation: Regular exfoliation helps to deep clean your skin, removing irritants, impurities and pollutants so it’s good practice. Plus exfoliation has the added benefit of removing dead skin cells and promoting skin renewal. But not all facial scrubs are the same. When looking for an exfoliating product, be sure to use one that’s specifically designed for sensitive skin. It can be tempting to try that nifty new face scrubbing gadget or gritty “pore cleaning” mask, but these can be quite harsh, so your best bet is to avoid them. Whatever products you use, it is important to carve out a regular skincare routine that works for you, your lifestyle and your sensitive skin.