For anyone with sensitive skin, these simple steps are a holistic approach to begin reducing the possibility of a reaction and helping the skin heal.
Avoid foaming cleansers. PEG (polyethylene glycol) surfactants, which cause the foaming action in many facial cleansers, strip the skin of its natural oils, causing dryness and unbalancing the skin’s barrier function. To cleanse skin without stripping it, look for cleansers that use non-comedogenic oils (oils that don’t clog pores) as an alternative. Cleansing oils remove impurities without disturbing the skin’s essential moisture.
Avoid alcohol-based skincare products. Not every product with alcohol is problematic for skin, but products with a high percentage of isopropyl or SD Alcohol 40 can dehydrate and harm the skin’s barrier function. Alcohol-based toners, in particular, can aggravate sensitive skin. Instead, try hydrating toners with moisturizing ingredients to replenish your skin.
Be cautious when using aggressive skincare treatments. Many anti-aging treatments contain harsh ingredients to remove the top layers of skin. These includes retinols, beta hydroxyl acids, alpha hydroxy acids, salicylic acids. Try enzymatic exfoliators that are gentle but still give many of the same benefits.
Avoid touching your face throughout the day. Our hands come into contact with all types of potential irritants and bacteria. Touch your face only in the morning and evenings when cleansing it and applying makeup. Be sure to wash any makeup brushes you use with a gentle brush cleaner.
Manage stress and establish a healthy sleep schedule. Stress and sleep are significant lifestyle factors that affect skin’s health. Clinical studies shows that sleep deprivation and stress disrupts the skin barrier function in healthy women. Skin’s recovery is also slowed by a lack of sleep and the body’s stress response. Good sleeping habits, such as having an evening ritual to help signal to the brain that it's bedtime, will improve sleep quality.
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