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Do you have Sensitive Skin? Don't Stress!

Do you have sensitive skin? Is your skin easily irritated? Does your skin react violently to certain chemicals? If you answered yes, then welcome to the club. There are hundreds and thousands of women out there who claim to have sensitive skin which often leaves us feeling helpless.

In general terms, sensitive skin is a skin type that is easily damaged or irritated. It is caused by several factors such as genetics, the foods we eat or even the environment. Sometimes stress can even cause sensitive skin. Stress tends to kill our natural anti-oxidants which slow down the aging process.

More often than not, sensitive skin pertains to the face and appears as red, itchy, swollen and dry. The common symptoms for dry skin could be: redness, itching or flaking due to a reaction from a cosmetic or skin care product. Other symptoms that may occur are: facial tightening, skin bumps, and red lines (possible rosacea).

What to do about it? Here are some ways on how to combat sensitive skin :)

  • Make sure you rinse well after using facial cleansing products. Choose brands that are mild and soap-free as they do not strip your skin of oil that is needed to keep it soft. The cleanser that I like to use is 302’s Sensitive Cleanser
  • Use products that are specifically designed for sensitive skin. Epicuren has a great Sensitive Skin Kit that would be a perfect introduction to your skin regimen.
  • Do not over wash your face. Check the water temperature is neither hot nor cold, just warm water.
  • Do not use harsh exfoliants.
  • Be ready for temperature change during winter as it can make the skin to be severely dry. Cellex C Sensitive Skin Serum is a great lightweight, moisturizer that will help reduce the visible signs of aging while still accommodating sensitive skin.
  • For spots, use cleansers and moisturizers that contain salicylic acid.
  • As much as we love our beverages, try and watch you alcohol consumption, caffeine and even spicy food intake.
  • Manage your stress the best possible way. Try and exercise 30 minutes a day, 3-4 days a week to help rid toxins in your body.

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