Sensitive skin shows continuous hyperactivity to environmental factors and exhibits a reduced tolerance to frequent or prolonged use of cosmetics and toiletries. The skin displays signs of irritation such as erythema, desquamation or discomfort such as itching, burning and stinging. These conditions are becoming even more pronounced after exposure to dry and cold climates. Sensitivity can also increase with age. It has been reported for example that the skin gets more sensitive in women at the beginning of menopause. Continue reading “How To Protect And Improve Sensitive Skin”
People with sensitive skin face many problems. The redness, irritation and blotches associated with sensitive skin can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. It can be annoying having to avoid everything that may cause sensitive skin to flare up. Providing the right sensitive skin care can be particularly difficult, as many skin products will have a negative effect.
Sensitive skin is really a lay term, not a medical term. Specifically, having sensitive skin entails being allergic or easily irritated by a number of external substances or effects ranging from the sun to the different chemicals found in and outside the home. Skin sensitivity also includes having an allergic reaction to certain elements found in food or even in plants or animals.
Different people have different levels of skin sensitivity. People with sensitive skin have low tolerance for certain products or environmental conditions. People with sensitive skin may react quickly to chemicals, heat or wind by developing red, blotchy and irritated skin. Some people may react to a product, while for others it produces no effect. Similarly, some people may have a very severe reaction, while others only have a mild reaction.
Every person should follow the same basic skin care routine. However, for a person with sensitive skin, there are some differences.
The basic steps to sensitive skin care should be done on a daily basis.
The following are some sensitive skin care tips:
Keep skin hydrated. Drink plenty of water and hydrate your skin in fragrance-free moisturizers made for sensitive skin.
Avoid artificial heat and air conditioning. This can irritate and dry the skin. Humidifiers can help to add some moisture back into the air.
Limit exfoliation and harsh scrubbing of the skin. This can take away the lipid barrier which protects your skin from bacteria.
Beware of perfumes and scented lotions. These can cause redness and allergic reactions.
Use a daily sunblock. Even if your skin doesn’t burn, prolonged exposure in the sun can cause cell damage and increase sensitivity of the skin.
Cleanse your skin after perspiration. Even your own sweat can cause a negative reaction on ultra-sensitive skin.
Use products with soothing ingredients. Chamomile, Aloe Vera, Green Tea, Oats, and Grape Seed can calm skin irritation.
Sensitive skin care is more than just choosing the right sensitive skin care product. To provide the best sensitive skin care, an overall approach for the best possible care is needed.
A lot of people claim that they have sensitive skin when they break out after using a certain product or were exposed to the sun. However, more often than not, the culprits behind the blotchy skin and zits are using inappropriate products for one’s skin type and bad skin habits. If you are one of the many who break out or itch after sun exposure or using a product, it is a good idea to determine if sensitive skin is really the cause or something else.
How to tell if you have sensitive skin?
Generally, sensitive skin is thin with visible broken capillaries under the skin’s surface. Sensitive skin also has fine pores. When exposed to moderate changes in temperature, sensitive skin reddens easily, whether from cold or heat. Sensitive skin tends to rash easily when exposed to dirt or even moderate strength skin care products. If your skin manifests these signs, chances are high that you really have sensitive skin. For a thorough skin assessment, a visit to a dermatologist is in order.
Since caring for sensitive skin can be quite difficult, it is advisable to limit the use of skin care products. Generally, simple skin care regimens are more effective on sensitive skin since it prevents product overload. Sensitive skin care relies on strengthening the skin to reduce sensitivity and increase tolerance. Continue reading “Beauty tips – 5 Sensitive Skin Care Tips”
The apricot tree is a member of the rose family originating from Central and East Asia. The fruit, rich in vitamins is used to produce the pleasant smelling apricot kernel oil which is a very mild natural oil, often used in baby products because of its fine gentle texture.
Apricot kernel oil is cold pressed and refined from the dried kernels of the apricot fruit. It is light in colour with pleasant nutty odor and used in manufacturer of creams, balms, lotions and cosmetics.
Sought out for its high vitamin E content and skin softening properties, the oil is known for its ability to penetrate the skin without leaving an oily feel.It is also popular as a massage oil and as a carrier oil when used with essential oils for aromatherapy.
Rich in essential fatty acids like oleic and linoleic acid, apricot kernel oil is high in vitamin A. Since it easily penetrates the skin, it is good oil for prematurely aged, dry or irritated skin. The excellent softening and moisturizing properties are great for face, hands and hair. Vitamins A and C are reknown for being good for mature dry or sensitive skin.
Apricot kernel oil helps skin retain elasticity, clarity, and suppleness.
In addition, it is used as an antitussive, anti-asthmatic and to treat tumors in traditional Chinese medicine. It helps to calm the inflammation / irritation of eczema and dermatitis. When combined with an equal amount of St. John’s Wort Oil, it is acts as anti-inflammatory and has a cooling effect.
Nourishing face mask recipe – A soft paste made of 2 drops each of frankincense, rose and neroli oils, 6 tsp of apricot oil, 1 tsp clear melted honey and finely ground almond makes a great nourishing face mask.
For nourished, soft and supple skin, rub apricot kernel oil on your face and body daily.
Natural acne treatment blend – Pour 1 ounce of apricot kernel oil, 12 drops of lavender essential oil, 7 drops of tea tree essential oil and 1 drop of geranium essential oil in amber coloured clean bottle. Close it tightly and roll the bottle to mix the blend. Apply a small amount of this blend to the acne affected area.