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Tips for Protecting Sensitive Skin

Have you ever purchased a product for sensitive skin only to find that it left you red and blotchy? Sensitive skin is the subject of questions and study all its own. Taking preventative steps and finding the right products for your skin are keys to keeping your skin looking healthy, fresh, moisturized and free of redness and dryness. With so many products on the market that claim to aid sensitive skin, how do you know if a product is actually right for you?

Here are the top ten skin care tips to protect your sensitive skin:

  1. Look for products that are fragrance-free. Fragrant products contain additional chemicals added for fragrance can cause irritation. Find products with as few ingredients as possible.
  2. Help retain your skin’s natural moisture. Moisturize before you leave the house and before you climb into bed. This is especially important in winter months. Moisturize post-shower, as well. Damp skin retains moisture much better than dry skin.
  3. Choose skin care products with non-abrasive, soothing ingredients formulated for sensitive skin. The AVEENO® ULTRA CALMING® Foaming Cleanser has a feverfew extract designed to help soothe, as well as a soap-free conditioner that cleanses without irritation. Test a product on your wrist to check for reactions before applying to your face.
  4. Avoid unnecessary exfoliation. You can have too much of a good thing! Exfoliate only a few times per week to prevent skin irritability. Resist the urge to scrub as that only serves to aggravate the skin.
  5. Before you go outside, slap on that sunscreen! Depending on the sensitivity of your skin, you can use a moisturizer already containing sunscreen like the AVEENO® line of ULTRA CALMING® Daily Moisturizer with SPF 30; however, if you’re extra sensitive, you may need additional sun protection.
  6. You’ve probably gotten in the habit of reading food labels. Get in the habit of reading skin product labels, too! Read the labels and sidestep products that contain ingredients that may trigger sensitive skin.
  7. Be mindful of your cosmetic choices. Choose powder over liquid foundation as it’s less likely to irritate the skin. Be wary of waterproof cosmetics. They often require special cleansers to remove them and additional scrubbing that your sensitive skin does not need. Earth tone colors usually have fewer additives. Pay attention to the age of your make-up. Older products can become contaminated or spoil.
  8. Wash your brushes and sponges! Just as you wouldn’t wear the same clothes weeks on end without washing, your sponges and brushes deserve the same consideration. Soak them in warm water and mild detergent. Air dry.
  9. Wash as soon as possible after perspiring. Sweating clogs pores and can irritate already sensitive skin. When possible, use your fingertips as they are less abrasive than wash cloths and sponges. Moisturize immediately.
  10. Dr. Kucy Pon, dermatologist at Meridia Medical (Toronto), recommends the use of humidifiers to keep your skin moisturized. Dry skin often leads to irritated skin. To that end, also avoid very hot showers as hot water tends to strip the skin of its natural moisture.

Developing a sensitive skin care regimen now can help you avoid more serious issues later. Aside from these recommendations, take a look at your lifestyle. The importance of hydration, a healthy diet, sleep and staying away from noxious chemicals (cigarette smoke and pollution for example) cannot be overstated. Use dermatologist recommended products to keep your skin in beautiful tip-top shape.