Tips for sensitive skin: 4 no-no's & 5 supportive
1. Avoid stripping the skin. This is due to a lack of lipids between the epidermal cells which allows for the penetration of irritants resulting in inflammation and redness, along with dehydration. The best choice is to use a nonfoaming or low-foaming cleanser. The best practice is to definitely avoid alcohol-based toners and products that further upset this delicate balance.
2. Avoid exposing sensitive skin to sources of heat, including the sun. All sources of heat create vasodilation which results in more blood flow and redness.
3. Avoid all abrasive, mechanical exfoliation that is typical with a scrub. No micro-derms, or facial brushes either.
4. Avoid fragranced products that irritate the skin and use essential oils with care as they may prove to be too stimulating.
5. Use products that support healing the skin and re-establishing its protective barrier. This will help calm the skin by reducing redness and inflammation. Look for products with ceramides and other essential lipids to help counter act the effects of a compromised skin.
6. Keep the skin cool by spritzing with a hydration spray and gently press it in or try a cool compress to soothe the skin. These two tips help to calm nerve irritation and redness.
7. Invest in products that contain calming ingredients that help alleviate redness and increase hydration.
8. Keep the skin well moisturized. Apply and reapply as needed.
9. Use sunscreen daily. This is absolutely essential. The best sunscreens act as a physical block against the environment and contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. These ingredients reflect and disperse ultraviolet light which decreases heat in the skin.