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For those living in sensitive skin, cleansers, serums and moisturizers can be a nightmare. Products can work so well one day and turn on you the next. There are so many horror stories out there of people who have spent a fortune on skin care products and spent even more treating the devastating problems they left behind.
It is true that one wrong move can trigger an avalanche of reactions. However, knowing the basic rules of caring for sensitive skin cannot be underestimated. We asked foremost experts in the industry and they revealed to us four things you should avoid if you have delicate skin.
Washing Skin With Soap
If you have delicate skin, to put it bluntly you have brittle skin and washing with soap further weakens its outer layers. The skin is the largest organ of the human body and 60% of what touches it is absorbed into the bloodstream. This absorbent membrane permits the skin to assimilate minerals and vitamins. It also sucks up the harmful chemicals that touch it as well.
If you have sensitive skin, avoid soaps like a plague because of the chemicals they contain. They throw our hormones in jeopardy, accelerate allergies and are known to complicate pregnancies and even increase the risk of cancers.
Too Many Cooks Spoil the Broth
When it comes to getting a bang for your buck, you need to choose skin care products wisely. Read labels and avoid harmful ingredients. Many of these active ingredients touted as the next best thing since sliced bread are dangerous, acidic and could cause irreversible reactions.
Some of the ingredients include Bismuth Oxychloride which causes stinging, itching and redness of the skin. Sodium Lauryl Sulphate is a common foaming agent that had waltzed its way into an extensive line of skin products. This chemical obliterates the outer layer oils on the skin. It is rather ironic that it is a common feature in products recommended for people battling with eczema.
Avoid Over-Exfoliating Your Skin
We all love that touch of baby smooth skin after an exfoliation. The problem is that some of us love it too much and end up turning smoothness into flaking and redness. Over-exfoliation is a trap many fall into and do not realize it until it is too late. As the saying goes, “too much of even a good thing can be bad.” The skin naturally sheds old skin and regenerates new skin cells. When you do it too much, you are doing more than helping it along.
There is nothing wrong with exfoliating once or two times a week to get rid of dead skin. However, you do not need to adopt the scrub or die mantra. People with delicate skin trying to exfoliate dry patches have it worse. The reason is that it strips away skin oils and bores into the natural skin barrier.
Facials are Great If Done Right
Facials can be painful but they calm complexions and transform skin textures. Facials make the skin less susceptible to acne and have major aging reversal benefits. However, many women are getting facials done the wrong way. Here are a few pointers to keep you on the straight and narrow.
You do not need to have facial treatment every week to see skin improvement. A facial every 6-8 weeks is more than enough to guarantee you good results. Be consistent with facials in the summer because this is when the skin gets oily. The skin is less prone to acne and other breakouts during the winter season. Sometimes you do not need to freak out when your facial causes you to have reddened skin. It is actually a purging phase of toxins deep in your skin. Your skin will clear in a few days.