Sensible Tips for Sensitive Skin

What Causes Sensitive Skin

There are many possible reasons why people suffer from sensitive skin. Some causes can be avoided, and others will have to be adapted to. Psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis and rosacea are more likely to occur if there is a family history of these conditions. Hormonal imbalances may also lead to sensitive skin.  We often see changes in skin conditions during pregnancy, menopause and when our bodies are mentally or physically stressed out.

Our skin also reacts to the weather.  An abundance of dry, hot air indoors or out can cause oil glands to overreact, and humid conditions can make moisture retention difficult.

What we put on our skin has a lot to do with its condition.  Body washes, creams, and cosmetics all contain ingredients that can either improve skin or make matters worse.  Artificial colors, fragrances, and chemicals should be avoided in skincare as well as in household cleaners and detergents.

Diet also plays a role in the health of our skin.  Lack of essential nutrients, vitamins, and hydration will dry out the skin and increase sensitivity.

Managing Sensitive Skin

Managing sensitive skin requires some extra care and attention.  Starting with a balanced diet, healthy oils, vegetables, nutrients, and vitamins will help to condition the skin from within.  Use caution when selecting skin care products and detergents.  Products with alcohols, artificial fragrances, and para aminobenzoic acid (PABA) can often irritate sensitive skin and should be avoided.  Externally treat your skin to oils, minerals, and creams that will protect and heal the skin. Choosing clothing made of silk and cotton that will not rub against and irritate the skin can also help.

There are plenty of wonderful, natural products that can help.  Oils for the skin such as argan and kukui oil, and butters like coco, shea, and kokum will help to moisturize and soften the skin.  Neem is a great tool to protect the skin from infections while healing. Soaking in seaweed or applying it topically will help to remineralize the skin, detoxify, and promote healing.   And a natural, mineral sunscreen is a must have to protect your skin daily.

How do you care for your sensitive skin?

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