Many people have skin that's reactive to product ingredients and chemicals. But for some people, their skin is more than just reactive; it's sensitive.
You may have sensitive skin because of an allergy or because certain chemicals are leaving your skin dry or chapped. Whichever the case, you can help treat your skin sensitivity with the following tips:
Only start one new product at a time
Your skin can get easily overwhelmed by too many chemicals at once. Instead of going all out with a new acne treatment, moisturizer, clay mask, etc, go with only one product at a time. Start off by using a gentle facial cleanser and moisturizer. Then wake a couple of weeks for your skin to get used to the products. Work your way up from there.
Sunscreen is essential no matter your skin type or ethnicity. Everyone can experience sunburn. And those with sensitive skin are especially susceptible to the heat and sun. Apply sunscreen whenever you're headed out for the day. It's also good to get a sunscreen that's designed specifically for your face to prevent clogged pores.
Sleep on hypoallergenic sheets
If your skin is sensitive, it may be your bedsheets that are the problem. Cotton is one of the most chemically-treated crops in the U.S. and many of those chemicals may go from your sheets to your skin. Hypoallergenic sheets are designed to deter allergens and chemicals from irritating your skin. Look for a thread count of 200 to 800 for linen that's durable.
Wash your skin in a way that hydrates you
A lot of cleansers and body washes work by stripping away dirt, grime, and bacteria from your skin. But when you use these products, they can also wash away the good bacteria and oils on your skin that protect you and keep your skin from drying out. Use products that are moisturizing and include things like shea butter, cocoa butter, and coconut oil.
Apply moisturizer directly after washing
It can be good to wash your face, especially after wearing makeup. This helps keep your pores from being clogged with oils and dirt. But if you don't apply moisturizer within the first minute after cleansing your face, it can dry out your skin and cause breakouts.