Did you know that Sensitive skin is not only a condition- it's a skin type?
1. Heat. Avoid steam and direct heat to your skin.
2. Cold. Avoid cold compresses. "Cool" is ok "Cold" may irritate.
3. Fragrances. These are the number one cause of cosmetic skin allergies and may also be irritants.
4. Intense Exfoliation
6. Low pH Exfoliation Chemicals
7. Prolonged or Vigorous Massage
8. Over-drying Masques
9. Essential Oils or Aromatherapy
10. Extractions are ok- but be gentle
11. Mentholated or Alcohol treatments
some people may even experience irritations from these:
1. drinking alcoholic beverages, especially red wine
2. Eating spicy food
3. Drinking hot beverages
4. Exercising, especially in the heat of day
5. Sitting in saunas
6. Extreme temperature changes of any type- changes in the seasons/ weather can cause sensitivity
but everyone is different. You may be fine with these but some other things cause your sensitive skin to be irritated. It's all about understanding your own skin.
When washing your face be gentle and cleanse with the fingertips. Dry your skin with a very soft towel or cotton rounds. When picking an exfoliator- pick a "bead-type" exfoliator that is fragrance free, very gentle, and easily removed.
Antioxidants can help soothe sensitive skin, they're said to interrupt the cause of inflammation. Eat foods high in antioxidants as well as pick products that have antioxidants in them. Some foods that are high in antioxidants are- berries (i think blue berries- specifically have a high concentration of antioxidants), beans, plums, raw chocolate, spinach and kale, and goji berries.
For those with conditionally sensitive skin, it is important to figure out what is causing that irritation so you can eliminate it. The most common irritants are fragrances and red and yellow dyes in cosmetics. (ex: my eyes get red and itchy when i wear eye shadow with a red dye in it.) Be sure to read the labels on things you buy. And just because a product is hypoallergenic doesn't mean that it will not cause an irritation for YOU. So pay attention to that ingredient label and remember that everyone is different.
I know it's a pretty short post. But it's late, and everything else I wanted to talk about needed a lot of explaining. So if you have any questions- feel free to comment or email me!