Trying not being so sensitive is easier said
that done when it’s your skin. Many of us experience dry and dehydrated skin,
but sensitive skin can be a real challenge because your nerves are more
sensitive, your skin may tear or bruise more easily, you suffer frequent
breakouts and rashes and it can limit the skin care products you use. The most
effective way to make your sensitive skin stronger is to create a strong
barrier which enhances your skin’s ability to protect itself. Here are some
sensitive skin tips that can power up your skin care regimen and make your skin
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“Wear sunscreen” is common advice these days,
but sun protection is especially important for people with sensitive skin. Sun
exposure can damage your skin, making it dry and aging it prematurely. Be sure
to wear a good sunscreen that protects you from UVA and UVB rays and contains
zinc oxide or titanium oxide. Also, avoid being out on the sun during the peak
hours between 10am and 3pm. Remember, the sun isn’t the only skin irritant on a
summer day. Heat can bother sensitive skin, so stay in the shade to keep cool
and avoid getting overheated.
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When your skin is dry it can make it thinner and
more sensitive. An cost-effective addition to your skin care regimen is
drinking at least 32 ounces of water a day. When your skin is hydrated, it’s
plumper and healther. This becomes even more important as we age. When we’re
born our body is 75% water and that decreases as we get older. Drinking more
water will keep your skin from thinning so much as you age, plus its good for
your other organs.
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Detergent cleansers and astringents may make you
feel clean, but they’re actually breaking down the fats that help your skin
cells provide a strong barrier. Freshen up your sensitive skin care routine by using
fragrance- and detergent-free cleansers. Also keep in mind that other
detergents that you use to wash your hair, your dishes or your laundry can
irritate your skin. So opt for the least harsh version of those products, as
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As we mentioned, heat can irritate sensitive
skin, so look for ways to keep your body cool. Though a hot shower or bath
feels good, a cooler one will keep your skin from getting dry and irritated.
You can also use cooling mists or serums throughout the day to soothe your
skin. A drop of peppermint oil on the back of your neck is a quick way to cool
your body when you’re overheated. Even a simple spritz from a water bottle will
do the trick!
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Your living skin cells are held together by
lipids, also know as fats. Giving your skin more fat, in the form of
moisturizers and oils, will create a tighter bond between your cells and make
it less vulnerable to irritants. If your skin isn’t too oily, try using a face
oil instead of a moisturizer at night. Coconut oil is a light, all-purpose oil
that works well all over your body. For oily skin, use silicon-based
moisturizers. They’re usually labeled as non-oily or light moisturizers. One
more tip for dry skin is to lightly pat yourself dry after bathing and immediately
apply oil or moisturizer while your skin is slightly damp.
Your diet plays a big role in how healthy your
skin is and you can repair your skin from the inside out. It’s important to eat
fruits and vegetables, at least 5 servings a day, to give your skin the
antioxidants it needs to be tough. The minerals and vitamins in healthy foods
can also boost collagen production to keep your skin firm and youthful.
Sensitive skin is often irritated by inflammation, so an anti-inflammatory diet
can help strengthen your skin’s barrier. Eating oats, drinking green tea and
limiting sugar are just a few ways to reduce inflammation.