Sensitive skin is a subtype of skin that can present itself along with any skin type (oily, dry and combination). Sensitive skin patches can affect certain parts of skin or whole body and they can range in severity from mild, moderate to severe. Follow these simple adjustments in your skincare routine and lifestyle this summer to keep your skin calm and irritation free.
- Skin irritations start when the barrier function of our skin is compromised. To keep your skin protected and soothed, minimize your exposure to moisture depleting elements like: low humidity, harsh winds, dry heat, sun, long hot baths and stripping soaps loaded with harsh detergents as they rob skin of its natural oils. Switch to soap free gentle cleansers with ingredients like oatmeal and aloe. If you suffer from skin irritation with patches of strong itching, redness or burning visit a dermatologist as soon a possible.
- During the summer months, any skin type can become dull because of excess sebum and sweat overload, but with sensitive skin this translates into more irritation. To keep skin exasperation under control, follow a gentle skincare routine that includes mild cleansers, toners and moisturizers that are formulated specifically to calm sensitive skin. Avoid products with retinoids, fruit acids, alcohol, antibacterial, and deodorant ingredients. As a general rule if you have sensitive skin, look for skincare products and makeup that are especially formulated for sensitive skin and labeled hypoallergenic and fragrance free.
- To alleviate the discomfort and irritation that usually accompanies sensitive skin, moisturize with lightweight serums or lotions multiple times a day to make sure your skin barrier stays intact.
- UV rays can be really damaging for sensitive skin, wear a SPF50+ sunscreen suitable for sensitive and intolerant skin while being outdoors.
- If your skin is sensitive wear soft, lightweight and natural fabrics like cotton during the hot weather. A very common complain during hot summer months is irritation in the sensitive groin area, especially during the menstruation period. Pick sanitary napkins that are cotton based. “Always Cottony” sanitary napkins are perfect for delicate skin, they come not only in cotton feel, but they are also infused with moisturizing lotion to protect and nourish the sensitive skin.
Taking Care of Your Skin While Traveling
Summer is in the air and most people are getting ready to travel and celebrate their life and summer vacation with family and friends. No matter what destination you are headed for this summer, choosing the right skincare regimen is equally as important as your choice of wardrobe and makeup. With over 10 years of experience in the beauty industry (plus, lots of travel miles under my belt) I’ve amassed some great tips on keeping your skin glowing and clear wherever your travels may take you. Pay attention, take notes, pack well and you’d enjoy your vacation with a brilliant skin.
- Most people know that flying can cause skin to dry out, but they might not know exactly why? Whenever the environment is moisture-free (as with re-circulated air in a plane cabin), the air actually draws moisture from wherever it can, including your skin. That’s why during long haul flights dry skin tends to get drier and oily skin gets even oilier to compensate for the dehydration. Wear a skin appropriate moisturizing serum before boarding your flight. During long flights mist your skin with a mineral spring water spray and lock in the moisture by applying a layer of moisturizer on top of it to shield evaporation. While travelling its best to get a moisturizer with SPF 50+ to give you double protection in one single step.
- Drink plenty of water during your flight and during your vacation. While drinking water isn't the most efficient way to hydrate the skin, it’s vital for the health of your cells and it keeps your body hydrated, active and refreshed.
- Begin your vacation after a long flight, with a fresh complexion by using a mild facial scrub or light fruit acid peel to remove any dry surface skin cells. The trick to perfect exfoliation lies in avoiding facial scrubs containing natural grains such as apricot kernels, walnut husks, and almonds, as the sharp edges can scratch and irritate the skin. To exfoliate like a pro, use scrubs containing polyethylene, jojoba beads, or micro-beads. To further recover from post-flight skin fatigue, apply a calming and hydrating gel mask post exfoliation, so your skin can get the moisture it needs. Always finish off your beauty regimen with a generous application of a moisturizer with SPF.
- Travelling can be exceptionally tough on oily skin. During vacation most people complain of increased breakouts and blemishes. If oily skin is dehydrated, oil production increases to combat dryness. Dry surface leads to dead skin cell buildup, which, if not removed post-flight by using an exfoliating product, can cause oil and bacteria to get trapped under the skin, resulting in an increase in breakouts a day or two after flying. To prevent that from happening during long haul flights, blot skin with oil-blotting papers to reduce oil and acne-causing bacteria. When you arrive at your destination, immediately cleanse, exfoliate and apply an oil balancing moisturizer to keep skin clear. While packing remember to take only oil free skincare, makeup and sunscreen.
- Finally lets talk about taking care of skin in the sensitive areas. Having a smooth irritation free menstrual period during travelling is on the wish list of most ladies. To make this time of the month a pleasant experience with least irritation and worries try “Always Cottony” moisturizer infused sanitary napkins. Cotton is a breathable surface that is always gentle on skin and the added bonus of moisturizing lotion protects and soothes the gentle skin.
Now you are all set, make a thorough list and pack all your skincare products to keep your daily skincare routine intact. Remember sticking to a routine especially when traveling will keep your skin looking its best. Happy Holidays!!!