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How To Care For Your Sensitive Skin

Are you one of the 63% of women who have sensitive skin?

Do you have a problem with sensitive skin? You may be one of the 63% of women who also deal with sensitive skin. That is right, 63% of women have sensitive skin. You probably know that for many of us the problem becomes worse as we get older because the skin’s ability to keep the outside world out and the inside world in is progressively weakened with time as we naturally age.

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How To Care For Your Sensitive Skin Common Characteristics Of Sensitive Skin

Stinging, itching, redness or blotchiness
Commonly reacts to substances that come into contact with the skin, such as cosmetics, soaps, perfumes, colorants, alcohol, fabrics, and chemicals such as sunscreen
Reacts to environmental irritations, such as sun, wind and pollution
Can also be normal to oily or normal to dry and still be sensitive

How To Care For Your Sensitive Skin

Three factors directly influence this:
Tiny cracks appear on your skin's surface, which, literally, open the door to irritants
Your skin thins - due to sun damage and/or aging
Dryness, a natural side effect of aging, compounds the problem

You may begin to notice that your sensitive skin is most active as you approach 45-50, your skin is now thinner, and there are the horizontal challenges of menopause you may be coping with.

If you are like everyone else you have found that this touchy skin scenario is not helped by the fact that, as we get older, we tend to use more products and increasingly heavy formulations to try to makeup for what our skin is loosing, such as ultra rich night creams, heavy duty exfoliates, strong fruit acids and cleansers. As well as a wide range of spot targeted cosmetics, for everything from necks to heels, designed to fight the ravages of time.

Notice how although we believe more is more when it comes to moisturizing, surveys reveal that by mid life, the average American woman is using 15 to 20 products containing as many as 200 different chemicals on her body every day. Manhattan dermatologist Dr. Debrah Jaliman observes," When skin encounters so many chemicals the chance of developing a reaction is increased."

Sensitivity, linked to a disruption of your skin’s barrier function - the primary job performed by the dead cells and lipids (fatty, moisturizing natural ingredients in your skin)

Harsh cleansing, too much exfoliation, or not enough moisturizers during a brutal winter can all affect this natural barrier. The reality is unfortunately that scientists now believe that sensitive skin actually ages faster than that of other skin types.

What is really going on is, when faced with an irritant, two things happen to your skin: The first is immediate and visible, itching, burning, stinging, and redness. The second may be invisible until too late, trying to defend itself the body releases substances that destroy collagen and elastin, the vital proteins which support your skin.

The new wrinkle-busting "resurfacing" treatments used by dermatologists and some anti-aging skin care products {which work by triggering inflammation} can also contribute to your skin's sensitivity, leaving skin even more vulnerable to pollutants such as uv rays and smoking.

The positive aspect to this is that skin sensitivity often calms down of its own accord after menopause. There is only one solution for the meantime, avoid aggressive skin care, limit your exposure to potential irritants, and concentrate on protecting your delicate skin from any future damage. Hope in the future here is how to protect your sensitive skin with caution.

How To Care For Your Sensitive Skin A checklist for sensitive skin

Keep it simple: use a minimum amount of products and avoid those that weaken the skin's barrier functions, i.e. exfoliates and AHA creams.

Sensitive skin needs to be soothed and protected with products and treatments that are mild and gentle, tested specifically for sensitive skin and carefully formulated with ingredients specifically chosen to meet the special needs of sensitive skin

Stay out of the sun: minimizing the risk of an irritating reaction between chemicals in your skin products and the sun. Look for products that are labeled with a SPF15 reflective sunscreen (look for words titanium dioxide high up on the ingredients list}

You can also If you are really sensitive, patch test new products before using them on your face - either on your forearm or behind your ear, where it will not show. You can do this in store using a tester, rather than invest in a product you may not be able to return.

Never change your entire skin care regimen all at once: introduce products one by one so that you can establish what you are reacting to.

Try not to mix brands, if you use a cleanser from on company try to use their toner and moisturizer as well

How To Care For Your Sensitive Skin
The important thing is If you boost your overall health through eating well and exercising you may find that skin becomes more tolerant as your overall immunity improves you will see results.

Sensitive Skin Care Routine

Use cleansing products rated for sensitive skin types and use a toner to condition your skin to the proper pH level to accept other maintenance products for your skin

Apply moisturizer; many now come with built-in formulas to lift, reduce lines, creases and age spots and UVA/UVB Protection (unless allergic to it) (A=sunscreen to reduce aging, B= to reduce burning)

Moisturizing creates a barrier, which slows the loss of moisture because of drying environmental factors. Other maintenance products should be applied before the final moisturizer and eye creams are applied last.


How To Care For Your Sensitive Skin

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