When your skin is sensitive to everything, daily living can be a challenge. I get a kiss on the cheek and I break out. It’s terrible. Can you relate? The good news is you can ease skin sensitivity naturally if you follow these steps.
What Causes Skin Sensitivity?
- Fair Skin
I’m so pale I make a sheet of paper jealous. Sometimes, it’s in your genes. Fair-skinned people have thinner skin, making it more sensitive to chemicals, the sun, and even touch.
- Inflammatory Skin Conditions
Inflammatory skin conditions like acne, rosacea, dermatitis, eczema, and psoriasis can increase skin sensitivity even when you’re not having a flare-up.
- Food Intolerance
Food intolerance is a commonly-overlooked cause of skin sensitivity as it increases your body’s inflammatory response and histamine production. Gluten, food dyes, and aspartame are common culprits.
- Environmental Toxins
The shampoo, soap, and make-up you use every day could be triggering and increase in your skin sensitivity. Be sure to read the labels on your favorite cosmetic products. May commercial products contain harmful parabens, phthalates, and sulfates that dry out and damage your skin.
Ease Skin Sensitivity Naturally
If you’re fair-skinned, you’re likely to have sensitive skin for the rest of your life but there’s still plenty you can do to ease the discomfort.
- Mild, Preservative-Free Soap
Your first step to treating your sensitive skin is to choose a mild, preservative-free soap. Unscented castile soap is gentle on your skin and cleans thoroughly without drying.
- Coconut Oil
Virgin coconut oil is liquid gold for sensitive skin because of its strong anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties. Unlike expensive lotions, it’s completely preservative-free and very healing for your skin. Use it as an all-over body lotion when you step out of the shower for soothing relief.
- Mineral Make-Up
Conventional cosmetics aren’t the best option for your skin; whether it’s sensitive or not. Most conventional cosmetics are nothing more than a concoction of cancer-causing chemicals, dyes, and fragrances you should avoid anyway. All make-up is originally made from minerals but when you choose organic mineral make-up, you’re not getting all of those dangerous chemicals.
- Sharp Razors
Sensitive skin often means unsightly razor bumps with every shave. To cut down on reactions due to skin sensitivity, make an investment in a good quality razor with disposable blades. Can’t afford one? Try this trick: Take the razor you already have and sharpen it but running it up the leg of a pair of jeans. Don’t “shave” the jeans or go against the grain. You should only make upward motions for 50-100 strokes. This sharpens the razor so you enjoy a closer shave.
Tweezing and waxing your eyebrows and other facial hair can be enough to make you cringe if you have sensitive skin. Threading is a great alternative option because it uses no chemicals and pulls hair out in larger clumps. This means with threading, you cut down on both grooming and recovery time.
Sensitive skin takes special care. A few dietary and lifestyle changes is all you need to ease your skin sensitivity and feel healthier and more comfortable than you have in years.
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