Sensitive Skin 101: How To Treat And Relieve
Apr. 28, 2020
If you’re curious about your sensitive skin, you should know first the types of sensitive skin and how you can treat it. Learn the dos and don’ts of having sensitive skin.
If your skin reacts badly to skin products, weather, and temperature, in the form of rashes, bumps, and redness, then you know you probably have sensitive skin. That’s because sensitive skin is the result of the nerve endings in the top layer of skin being irritated by triggers. The skin’s natural barrier breaks down.
Knowing that your skin is sensitive to certain chemicals or elements is an important part. However, did you know that there are different types of skin sensitivities? Let’s go over them and find out which skin-care ingredients you should avoid as well as which ingredients are safe for those with sensitive skin.
Are There Different Types of Sensitivity?
Sure, sensitive skin is annoying and uncomfortable to have. However, it could get worse: you could have an underlying skin condition like rosacea or eczema, or you could have an allergic reaction.
There are varying skin types, but did you know that there are different types of skin sensitivities?
One person may be affected by their environment like their cold climate, and some may only react to certain skin products.
The four main types of skin sensitivity are:
Environmentally Sensitive Skin: This is a type of skin sensitivity that is triggered by the environment you’re in. This might include sun exposure or air pollution. Or, you could be triggered if there is a lot of cigarette smoke in your environment. Whatever bad air environment your skin comes into contact with, you are more prone to react to it.
Naturally Sensitive Skin: People who have usually sensitive skin often have genetic skin sensitivity and may have a risk of inflammatory skin problems such as rosacea, psoriasis, and eczema. These skin conditions often come with age and out of the blue. Be sure to confirm with your doctor if you have any of these conditions.
Reactive Skin: This is the type of skin sensitivity that comes from being exposed to an irritant, causing red and inflamed irritated skin. You may see papules or pustules in the area that became irritated by the product.
Thin Skin: This skin sensitivity often comes with age as the skin naturally thins out, which makes it easier to become irritated.
Which Skin-Care Ingredients Should Sensitive Skin Avoid?
There are many different degrees of skin sensitivity, as well as causes associated with skin sensitivity. Though you should always consult with a dermatologist to figure out what kind of skin sensitivity type you fall under, you might want to consider avoiding skin products with fragrances and dyes.
You may also need to change your laundry detergent. A heavily scented detergent may cause your skin to react with a rash or itchiness. Look for detergents that have formulas noted for those with sensitive skin.
Make sure you find products that do not contain sulfates, exfoliants such as glycolic or salicylic acid, retinoids, or creams with many unfamiliar ingredients. And when you are applying these skin products, do not scrub or rub as washing too often or too deep may irritate your skin or cause it to dry out.
Which Ingredients Should Sensitive Skin Use Then?
Sensitive skin-friendly ingredients should nourish as well as maintain your skin barriers. Look for products made with glycerin, hyaluronic acid, and shea butter. These ingredients, humectants, and emollients, specifically draw in and seal in moisture. Fatty acids and ceramides help replenish your lipid bilayer of your skin.
As far as makeup products are concerned, try products that will not trigger irritation, such as mineral makeup and silicone-based foundations. Try to go for cosmetics with a short ingredients list. Avoid waterproof cosmetics as you may need a unique cleanser to remove them, which may include harsh chemicals. Also, try to avoid liquid eyeliners that contain latex, a known allergy-causing ingredient. Opt for pencil eyeliners instead. Throw away cosmetics that may have exceeded their expiration date.
If Skin Problems Persist, See a Dermatologist
By now, hopefully, you’ve identified the type of skin sensitivity you are prone to and what the proper solutions are for your skin sensitivity. Remember always to remove products from your skin with cold water if you see it to be a trigger.
If you find your skin generally uncomfortable and your problems become severe, it is always a good idea to see your doctor or a dermatologist so they can get to the bottom of your skin sensitivities. The doctor will be able to do tests to determine which ingredients are to be avoided. They will also educate you on how to care for your specific sensitive skin.
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My well-loved drugstore makeup essentials
These are the drugstore makeup picks I ACTUALLY use! Don’t get me wrong, I love a good Tarte Shapetape Concealer. Even the latest launches from Rare Beauty have me swooning. But drugstore makeup holds a special place in my heart. Walking through the aisles of Target or CVS gets me giddy. Quite honestly, I count those trips as my therapy sessions. Plus, these are the places were I started getting essentials to experiment with when I was younger! My favorite brands to score from are no doubt Pixi, NYX, Essence Cosmetics, Sonia Kashuk, Maybelline and Covergirl. They’re just my go-to’s! They’re the brands constantly putting out dupes for cult favorites. Everything in this picture, I use on a daily basis. I’ve been going through Maybelline Lifter Glosses like they’re going out of style. I actually was responsible for my local Target running out of stock once...oops. Another new essential that’s crawled its way into my everyday routine is the Covergirl Cooling Glow Stick. It’s part of their new Clean Fresh line and I use it on my WHOLE face. Top tip: try it under your eyes over your concealer 👀 I’m still in search for the perfect drugstore CC cream, does anyone have any good recommendations?
CMON MADDIE..... Really ? 😒
okay so i’m sorry for the light this week but i’m working on a work station. However this Morphe Maddie palette isn’t doing it for the me. In my opinion I believe to pull a good palette together is blend ability and good shimmer or glitters. The shimmers on the is so trash 🗑 sorry to say. i literally had to dig for a good creamy shine. However it isn’t a complete miss. The other colors did have some good pigment and my fav shade is the black shade. It was really dark and blendable. I would probably recommend this to someone with more fair skin because they pigments and shimmers would work better in their favor. Have you used this palette if yes tell me all about below, if no would you still wanna try it out and why ?
My Top 5 Foundations for Oily Skin
Here are my top 5 foundations for oily/combination/acne prone skin! These are by no means my only favorite foundations, just the ones I keep going back to. 1. ESTĒE LAUDER - Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation This matte, oil-free foundation controls oil all day. It’s sweat, heat and humidity-resistant, waterproof and 24-hour colour true. With buildable, medium-to-full coverage that feels lightweight and so comfortable. No touchups needed. Best for hot weather/ holidays. The only Downside is that it doesn’t come with a pump 2. MAYBELLINE - Fit Me! Matte & Poreless Foundation This foundation is a must have if you are looking for a good drugstore option for oily skin. It’s super affordable and gives a beautiful finish without feeling heavy on the skin. 3. HUDA BEAUTY - Fauxfilter Foundation is perfect for you if you are looking for full coverage. Just a couple of pumps go a long way. However, the formula isn’t ideal for anyone with dry skin or for people sensitive to string fragrances. 4. L'ORÉAL - Infallible Pro-Matte Liquid Longwear Foundation This formula blends unbelievably well and you can build this to completely full coverage! ! I'm beyond impressed for this being drugstore. 5. The Ordinary - Colours Coverage Foundation with SPF 15 this is my everyday foundation and gives good enough coverage. I just have to mix two different shades to get my color as the range is quiet limited but for the price I pay, I don’t mind. Always stay away form words like “dewy”, “luminous”, “shiny” , “glowy” if you have oily skin. Let me know if you have any questions.
DON’T try these at home!
With so many self- proclaimed beauty gurus in the world today, it’s very easy to get sucked into the DIY trend. Most experts and skincare specialists will tell you these homemade concoctions are not as good as they are made to be. Here are 5 ingredients you should not put on your face and why. 1. Essential Oils- The fragrant portion of plants is what makes essential oils. Modern science has revealed how fragrant oils cause problems for the skin. In the long run components in essential oils can significantly irritate and damage the skin. 2. Lemon Juice 🍋- Lemons are extremely acidic, which will irritate your skin. You can experience excessive redness, dryness, and skin peeling. Using lemons on your skin can cause more damage then benefit to your skin. 3. Coconut Oil- This ingredient causes a lot of debate amongst my followers, but fact is a fact, coconut oil is highly comedogenic. This means that the oil clogs pores on your face. When you apply coconut oil to your face it lays on the surface and is not able to be absorbed into the skin due to its large molecules. It can cause breakouts, blackheads, and whiteheads. 4. Witch Hazel- Here is another debate stirring ingredient. A lot of my patients and followers swear by witch hazel because of its immediate results on absorbing oil on the skin. What they fail to understand that it is not only absorbing the excess oils, but it is also stripping your skin of its natural oils. This can be very damaging to your skin and it’s natural protecting barrier, causing unnatural sensitized and dry skin. 5. Toothpaste- Such a popular trend and so harmful to your skin. Toothpaste contains high levels of baking soda which will mess with your skin’s ph level. This can lead to redness and burning of the skin. Toothpaste is a horrible option for your blemishes and instead I would recommend THE inkey LIST - Succinic Acid Acne Treatment As tempting as it is to try natural remedies at home, do your skin a favor and resort to stabilized and researched ingredients and products.
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