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
Each day, our skin is exposed to the effects of many factors that can cause it to become more sensitive. Some people have an epidermis that is more delicate, which could be called intolerant or allergic skin. Hypersensitivity of the skin can occur at any age, and can sometimes be temporary.
It is interesting to note that more and more people suffer from skin hypersensitivity or allergies. A large number of women in particular, say they have 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 irritations, redness, tingling, itching, tightness or a burning sensation. It is often sensitive to a variety of factors, including substances found in cosmetic products, such as fragrances, sunscreen, or preserving agents.
Winter is not gentle on facial skin. Exposure to the cold, wind, and even heated air (sometimes excessively so) in homes contributes to drying out skin, making it even more sensitive.
Other contributing factors include:
- some foods or drinks (i.e. spices, alcohol), and
- hormonal changes
To promote the health of sensitive skin, follow this advice:
- 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 smoking. Cigarette smoke dries out, damages, and makes skin more sensitive.
- Exercise regularly.
- Protect your skin from the sun, wind, temperature variations or excessive heating.
- Cover your face with a scarf when you go out into the cold.
Choosing cosmetic products and adapted care
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-hydrated.
- 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 minerals 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 deal with small daily irritants, and it will undoubtedly reward you with glowing health! Speak to your pharmacist or cosmetician for additional information about sensitive skin care.