Taking care of your skin is more important than covering it up. A little extra care is needed when you have sensitive skin. It isn’t a disease but rather a skin condition. Sensitive skin is the skin that is more reactive than usual. With a few simple tips for sensitive skin care, you can typically keep your symptoms under control.
According to polls, around 50% of women and 40% of men may have sensitive skin. You may even believe you have it, but you have no idea what causes it or how to treat it effectively. Is sensitive skin something that is inherited, or can it happen to anyone? What common skin-care chemicals should a person with sensitive skin avoid? Is sensitive skin classified into distinct sorts or degrees? A lot of questions might flood your brain.
This article will answer all of your questions. We have compiled a list of homemade face packs that are suitable for sensitive skin. But first, one must determine whether or not they have sensitive skin.
What is the sensitive skin?
In a nutshell, sensitive skin develops when the skin’s natural barrier function is disrupted. Our skin is made up of lipids that helps in protecting skin against external factors, locking the moisture, regulating fluids, elasticity, firmness and providing skin stability.
When the skin’s barrier function is disrupted, the skin becomes sensitive, losing moisture and allowing irritants to get through.
Are there multiple forms of sensitivie skin?
There are different levels of sensitive skin, just as there are varied degrees of severity for oiliness, dryness, and acne. It can be broadly divided into 4 main types:
Naturally sensitive skin: It can be genetic.
Environmentally sensitive skin: It is due to sensitivity triggered by your environment.
Reactive skin: Skin reacts to various skin care, daily use or cosmetic products.
Thin skin: Ageing makes our skin thin and sensitive.
Causes of sensitive skin:
Having sensitive skin isn’t always a cause for alarm, as it’s usually the result of a small allergy or underlying skin issue. Mentioned below are few causes:
- Dry skin (Home remedies for dry skin)
- Sunlight (How to use sunscreen properly)
- Extreme cold and hot temperatures
- Skin dermatitis (contact, allergic, irritant, atopic)
- Degradation of skin’s protective functions
- Hormonal changes (Foods to manage hormone imbalances)
- Prolonged Stress and lack of sleep
- Internal metabolic functions
- Cosmetic and skin care products
Common symptoms of sensitive skin:
Symptoms and the degree of symptoms may vary from person to person. These are some common symptoms of sensitive skin:
- Dry, flaky cracked skin
- Redness with or without swelling
- Itching and burning rashes
- Blisters with fluids (Home remedies for boils)
- Skin peels
- Rough to touch skin or tender skin
- Red or brownish looking patches
Home remedy for sensitive skin:
Remedies or the tips for sensitive skin care can be selective depending on each skin. These remedies will help you to reduce or prevent the symptoms of sensitive skin.
1. Aloe Vera:
The home remedy for sensitive skin or even other skin must include aloe vera. It has a universal use. It works by reducing redness and irritation caused by excessive dryness and moreover, can also help to reduce acne breakouts. But some people may develop allergic contact dermatitis to aloe. A patch test is a must before performing this.
Apply fresh aloe vera gel on the affected area. Rest it for about 10-15 minutes.
2. Olive oil:
Apart from its well-known health benefits, olive oil is a great natural oil to use on the skin. It has great cleansing and moisturizing properties which soothes the sensitive skin. You can use in two ways.
Gently massage the olive oil on your skin with the tips of your finger. Cover it with a warm damp cloth for about 10-15 minutes. Wipe and remove the excess oil. OR Mix 2 tablespoons of olive oil with half a spoon of sugar. Exfoliate gently and wash normally.
The active component of turmeric, curcumin, has antiseptic properties. This helps the sensitive skin by keeping it away from rashes and even breakouts. In addition, it is responsible to give your skin a nice glow.
Mix 1 tablespoon of turmeric with a few drops of honey. To it add 1-2 tablespoons of raw milk. Mix and make a paste. Spread it on affected areas and let it dry. Wash normally.
Oatmeal is an effective home remedy for sensitive skin. This is because it helps in improving the skin’s barrier. It also helps to alleviate the symptoms of rash, eczema and dry skin.
Grind oats to a fine powder. Take 2-3 tablespoons of fine powder and mix it with 1 tablespoon of honey. To it add half tablespoon of honey and 2 tablespoons of milk. Mix well. Apply it on the face and leave it for 15 minutes, Rinse well.
Dealing with sun tan with sensitive skin is a nightmare to some people. But tomatoes can help. It helps in removing the sun tan and cleanses the skin too.
Mix 3 tablespoons of tomato pulp with 1½ spoon of lemon juice. Add 1 tablespoon of sugar to it. Mix well and gently scrub on the face. Rest it for 10 minutes and wash.
Honey not only acts as a natural humectant but it also has antibacterial properties. This property of honey helps the sensitive skin with irritation. Additionally, it gives an instant glow.
Mix equal parts of honey and cinnamon powder. Make a paste and apply it on the affected areas. Leave it for 15 minutes. Wash with normal water.
7. Raw milk:
Sensitive skin at times becomes worse in winters. Raw milk helps the skin by cleansing and moisturizing the skin. Raw milk is a good alternative skin cleanser to the chemical-based cleansers.
Dip a cotton ball in raw milk. Clean the face or dab the cotton ball on the affected areas. Leave it for a few minutes and wash with warm water.
8. Green tea:
Green tea is high in antioxidants, which assist to keep your skin looking young and refreshed. It does not dry out the skin and helps to soothe. Green tea bags can also be stored in the fridge and used once they have totally chilled.
Boil water and add ½-1 tablespoon of green tea leaves. Keep it for a few minutes. Strain and let the liquid cool. Add a few drops of honey. Take a cotton ball dip into it and dab on the face. Leave for 15 minutes and wash.
9. Baking soda:
Baking soda is one of the best tips of sensitive skin care. This is because it balances the skin’s pH level and reduces inflammation. Moreover, it soothes the skin and reduces tans too.
Mix 2-3 tablespoon of coconut water with 1 tablespoon of baking soda. Apply this on the affected area and leave for 5-10 minutes. Wash normally.
Next time if you find an overripe banana do not throw it. You can use it as a face pack for sensitive skin. It helps in removing the dead skin cells and moisturizes the skin.
Mash the banana and add 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 tablespoon of curd to it. Mix well, make a paste and apply it as a mask on affected areas. Rest it for 15 minutes and then wash.
Tips for sensitive skin care:
Complete treatment of sensitive skin is quite a hypothesis but it is possible to minimize the symptoms. Here are few tips:
- Take Short showers or baths
- Use warm water (Avoid using hot water)
- Better to pat dry than rubbing you body to dry up
- Test the skin care product before use (Patch test)
- Moisturizing on a regular basis
- Avoid harsh chemical cleansers and exfoliants
- Try to use fragrance free cosmetic and skin care products
- Use essential oils in place of perfumes
- Avoid foods that inflame
It is good to identify and note down the possible triggers and symptoms on their skin to avoid them in future. If at any point of time, you feel that the product is causing any discomfort on the skin, stop using it immediately.
Skin care ingredients to avoid:
Sensitive skin does not imply that all skin types are the same. Every skin type is different as there are varying degrees and causes of sensitive skin. However, generally speaking, people with sensitive skin should avoid using skin care products that contain pigments (dyes) and fragrances. This also includes even heavily scented laundry detergents as it may affect the other parts of the body.
Other than that, it is wise to avoid chemical ingredients such as sulfates, salicylic acid, retinoids, glycolic acid and creams with many ingredients. It is also recommended to avoid using waterproof makeup to those who suffer from sensitive skin.
Skin care ingredients to use:
Skin care experts state that glycerine, hyaluronic acid and shea butter are good humectants and emollients if you have sensitive skin. Selection of cosmetic products that will not provoke irritation is important. Silicon and mineral based cosmetic and skin care products are advised. It is always better to use products with few preservatives and ingredients on the list. Moreover, few known tips for sensitive skin care includes discarding cosmetic products that have been sitting in the cabinet for a longer time is a must.
Foods for sensitive skin:
It is an old saying that you are what you eat and healthy skin starts from the inside. The foods that we eat ultimately alter our skin’s appearance. Certain foods encourage healthier looking skin, while others can cause fine lines and ageing.
According to the research, certain foods may have either inflammatory or anti-inflammatory effects on our foody. You may notice a substantial improvement in your sensitive skin symptoms or avoid them from occurring in the first place if you eat less inflammatory foods and more anti-inflammatory foods.
Foods that inflame:
- Refined/ processed foods
- Foods with additives
- High sugar foods (How sugar affects skin)
- Spicy foods
- Dairy products
- Fatty foods or fried foods
- Hydrogenated oils
- Legumes (For some)
- Eggs (For some)
Foods that soothe:
- Berries (especially blueberries)
- Red onion
- Dark green leafy vegetables
- Healthy nuts and seeds (Almonds, walnuts, hazelnut, pistachio, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds)
- Pumpkin, carrot, sweet potatoes
- Salmon and sardines
- Green tea
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