Do you have sensitive skin?
Did you know that your pharmacist can give you excellent advice and suggest products that are well suited to the specific needs of your skin? For more information on caring for sensitive skin, read the following.
Babies are not the only ones who have sensitive skin! Some adults must also be very gentle when caring for their skin.
Sensitive skin: a common issue
Our skin is subjected to the effects of many factors every day that can make it more sensitive. Some people have more delicate skin that could be called intolerant or reactive. Hypersensitivity of the skin can occur at any age, and can sometimes be temporary.
It is interesting to note that more and more people are experiencing hypersensitivity or skin allergies. A large number of women in particular, report having sensitive, intolerant, irritable or allergic skin. This may also be the case for individuals with various skin problems such as acne, eczema, psoriasis or rosacea.
If you are among those whose skin seems to react to everything (anti-wrinkle creams, sun exposure, make-up, perfumes, soaps, etc.), the following will be of interest to you.
Manifestations and causes
Intolerant skin is often the epicenter of irritation, redness, tingling, itching, tightness or a burning sensation. It is often sensitive to a variety of factors, including certain ingredients found in cosmetic products, such as fragrances, sunscreen, or preservatives.
Winter is not gentle on facial skin. Exposure to the cold, wind, and even heated air (sometimes excessively so) in homes contributes to dry skin, making it even more sensitive.
Other contributing factors include:
To promote the health of sensitive skin, follow these tips:
- Eat well and drink plenty of water.
- Avoid factors that can make the problem worse, such as pollution, stress, and exposure to certain chemicals.
- Quit Cigarette smoke dries out your skin, damaging it and making it more sensitive.
- Exercise regularly.
- Protect your skin from the sun, wind, temperature changes or excessive heating.
- Cover your face with a scarf when you go out into the cold.
Choosing the right cosmetics and skin care products
The quality of care and the choice of cosmetic products requires careful attention for people with sensitive skin. If this situation applies to you, consider taking the following measures:
- Clean your face with a gentle cleanser and warm water every day. Gently pat the skin dry with a clean towel.
- Keep your skin well moisturized.
- Choose cleansing and moisturizing products that are adapted to sensitive skin. The products you choose should be:
- gentle, effective, and non-irritating
- light and non-greasy
- non-comedogenic (formulated not to block pores)
- pH balanced
- Apply a sunscreen with a high SPF (between 30 and 50) before going out into the sun. Your skin may react to chemical filters, ingredients often found in commercially prepared sunscreens. If this occurs, choose a formulation containing physical or mineral filters instead. Your cosmetician can help you to choose the right product.
- Choose your make-up carefully, as several of their ingredients can cause allergies or intolerances.
- Always ask your pharmacist or cosmetician for advice when choosing your cosmetic or sun products.
Help your skin to cope with small daily irritants, and it will no doubt reward you with a healthy glow! Speak to your pharmacist or cosmetician for additional information about sensitive skin care.