7 Must-Know Beauty Tips for Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin is common and if often worsened by common habits. Here are some new habits to leave you glowing.
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Jan. 10, 2020
Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash
Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash
Cherie is an online community of beauty lovers sharing their stories; whether that's their favorite products, makeup tutorials, or skincare routines. Download the app today to be a part of #BeautyWithoutBarriers and show the world what beauty means to you!Sensitive skin is a well-known term and the definition of it varies from person to person. Some people are less sensitive than others and their triggers may be different. Dermnet New Zealand says that sensitive skin generally has “reduced tolerance to the application of cosmetics and personal care products.” DermNet NZ says that some possible causes of sensitive skin are dermatitis, dry skin, and rosacea. There are many causes and many irritants to the epidermis, and some of these irritants may be from everyday beauty routine steps.1. Avoid harsh scrubbingThis one may be a hard habit to break, even some of us at Cherie are guilty of it. Sometimes a good scrub makes us feel clean; we feel like the rough motion is washing off the day, or sometimes we need to get rid of some stubborn makeup marks. However, everyone, particularly those with sensitive skin needs to be gentle when washing. If you scratch yourself raw, even the slightest gust of wind can hurt. When you press hard, you create small tears in the skin that can attract bacteria and get infected. This infection may come in the form of a scab or rash. To keep your face even cleaner, wash your rags after each use so you don’t rub bacteria into your face. The skin is an external organ that is sensitive to outside triggers, but also the function of internal organs. 2. Cut down on the dairyJessica Wu, a doctor of cosmetic and medical dermatology, and author of Feed Your Face, her book which states that milk can cause acne. What causes the acne is the hormones in milk, and among those hormones are androgens, which are male hormones. These hormones stay in the bloodstream after consumption and can cause blemishes just like human hormones. Wu calls whey protein a “natural steroid,” which gives blemishes like the illegal steroids (86-87). Food affects all parts of your body, not just your skin. For example, too much milk can stimulate phlegm production, which worsens chronic allergies. This can lead to excessive nose blowing, which dries out the area between your nose and lips and can sometimes dry the lips. Try to have as little milk as you can, or you could replace your milk with almond or coconut substitutes. It’s important to pay attention to what’s in your food, but also your body care products.3. Pay close attention to the ingredientsThe American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) warns readers against fragrances, for they can cause inflammation and dryness. The same is true for alcohol, so when buying beauty products, look for an “alcohol-free” label. If you get breakouts easily, avoid oily products and get beauty products labeled as “oil-free” or “non-comedogenic.” Parabens have also been a subject of controversy among the skincare industry due to their link to cancer and their status as a potential allergen. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) states that parabens may help malignant tumors grow faster. A good sensitive skin moisturizer or wash should have natural ingredients. Be mindful of what goes on your skin, but also how you remove hair from it. 4. Shave carefullyThe AAD also advises people to be mindful of their razor use. Sometimes multiple-blade products can go too close to the skin and shave it off. The AAD says that if you get bumps or rashes, switch to single or double blades. Also, before the blade meets your skin, make sure the area is wet and moisturized to minimize discomfort. Stay focused while shaving too to avoid cuts. Wash the razor after every swipe and get rid of the used blade after five to seven uses. After the hair is gone, rinse your legs, face, underarms, etc. afterward to get rid of any residue. Although washing after a shave is important, there are many other occasions after which you should immediately clean your skin.5. Wash after you sweatSweat can clog pores, which creates red bumps almost anywhere including the face, back, and even buttocks. Once your sweat session is done, take off whatever you wore during it so that the soaked item doesn’t clog your pores. As if the spots weren’t enough, leaving a sweaty piece of clothing on itches and smells. After a workout or any activity that makes you sweat, wash off your perspiration and pat the area dry. Rubbing the area dry has the same effect as rough scrubbing. Sensitive skin can be sensitive to bodily functions, but even more so to nature.6. Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen!Everyone knows they should wear it, but so many people skip it. It’s no secret that sun exposure also exposes you to UV rays, which are linked to skin cancer. Sunscreen can reduce your risk for skin cancer but also for peeling, burning, wrinkles, and extra freckles. The AAD says to apply sunscreen every two hours while you’re outside and to put it on any uncovered skin. You could also use moisturizer with SPF. Sunscreen reduces the negative effects of too much sun, but to be safer, you should limit your UV exposure altogether. To do this, you can stay inside more often, wear hats and sunglasses, or wear clothes that cover your skin when you go outside. Protect your skin when you’re inside too.7. Watch your shower temperatureHigh temperatures dry out your skin. Ever get chapped lips or feel dehydrated after sitting near a heater? That’s because you’ve been dried out. High shower temperatures can do the same thing. When you shower in hot water, it stimulates sweat production, which dehydrates you. This will leave the skin dry and maybe peeled and cracked. Limit your time in the shower too, especially if you can’t handle colder water. Bonus tip: be mindful of washing your hair in hot showers too, since hot water can make hair dry and frizzy.Sensitive skin may manifest itself differently among people, but no matter how it will always need extra care than the average epidermis. Some delicate skin is due to medical conditions, whereas others may have been damaged by normal habits. Sensitive skincare is easier than you think, and Cherie has many beauty products that will help you do so.
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