Are you the picky one in your gang? Tagged ‘pricey’ because you barely eat anything, you’re selective about new cosmetics, about going out in the sun, about late night outs. Basically about everything! You take precautions to the detail, yet every morning an ugly eruption stares back at you from the mirror. Keeping sensitive skin clear isn’t too difficult. Just a few measures and you can be your gregarious chirpy self again, keeping worries at bay.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
Sensitive skin is more prone to eruptions because it is dry and flaky. Hydrating should be your prime concern to reduce breakouts and keep skin clear. Water not only hydrates the body and the skin but also flushes out toxins which contribute to skin damage.
A glass of water with a dash of lime first thing in the morning will keep your system clean and your skin glowing.
What to Eat
If you’re the one with the sensitive skin you already have a list of can and can’t ‘haves’ foodstuff. You probably though are skipping out most good food too for fear of breakouts.
Eat less of sweet and items made of gluten as they dehydrate you further.
Add the goodness of berries, almonds, avocados, tomatoes, green leafy vegetables and salmon which are anti inflammatory and laden with omega 3 fatty acids. They actively fight free radicals and keep your skin smooth, supple and soft.
What to Apply
With skin prone to premature breakouts and allergic reactions it is important to be selective about what you put on it.
Go for cosmetics free from harsh chemicals like sodium lauryl sulphate, alcohol, paraben, artificial colours, fragrances etc.
Try herbal or organic products to see if they work for you. It is best to do a patch test on a small area before actually applying the product.
Naturally available items at home also work miraculously as skincare products:
- Moisturizer – Honey, milk cream, olive oil
- Toner – Rose water, milk, aloe vera gel
- Cleanser – Milk
- Scrub – Crushed almonds, strawberries, ground lentils with a binder like clay or oatmeal
Protect From Sun Damage
Harsh rays of the sun make the skin further prone to redness, itching and drying, not to forget dark spots and fine lines.
People with sensitive skin should swear by a good sunscreen with SPF over 30 at all times irrespective of the time and season. Sunscreen blocks the harmful UV rays of the sun minimizing damage.
Don’t Stop Working Out
While exercising benefits people of all ages, sizes and skin types, done right it works wonders even for those with sensitive skin. Exercising increases the blood flow healing all scars, eruptions and blemishes. It also reduces stress levels and we all know stress is a primary cause of acne.
Few measures before and after exercising can make the experience absolutely irritation free:
- Moisturize before working out.
- Drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration.
- Wear comfortable clothing which soaks sweat and cools the body.
- Do not take hot showers after exercising.
- Exercise in a cool, pleasant environment.
As prevention is better than cure, making a few provisions in your daily life ensure you never have to dread sensitive skin again. Just keep a bottle of water and sunscreen handy and you can conquer the world. A little precaution in your diet and your skincare regime will go a long way in keeping your skin clear and breakout free. Now, you can stop being the picky bugger in your circle and enjoy life to the fullest.
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