Skin sensitivity and proneness to irritations is usually not a serious health issue, but it is one of the more annoying ones. Apart from having to deal with the aesthetic considerations, there is also the unbearable itching, and the fact that you have to be quite careful not to make the condition even worse by agitating the irritated area. Likewise, minor irritations can be set off by just about anything, so determining the cause can sometimes be quite difficult, which makes prevention more of a general issue than one with a specific answer. This is why we would like to offer some general advice on how to either make your skin somewhat more resistant, or at least how to expose it to as few irritants as possible.
Modify Your Habits
There are a number of habits that you can try and develop that could help alleviate the severity of your skin irritations, or make them less frequent. First of all, apart from using the right kind of skin care products (we’ll get to that) you might also want to make sure that you are chilling them before applying them to your skin. Colder lotions or balms lead to the constriction of capillaries, which prevents skin from turning red.
Keeping your skin adequately hydrated is another essential segment of keeping it irritation free. While there are many products that list this as one of their benefits, there are other ways to ensure the adequate level of hydration. One of them is investing in a humidifier that should help you create an optimal environment for your skin. Avoiding showering with hot water is another. Hot water dries out the skin and removes protective layers of oil from your skin much faster than warm or cold water would, which leaves your skin to the mercy of different irritants.
Pick Your Skin Care Products Carefully
There is no shortage of products that are being advertised as suitable for sensitive skin, however, there is also no shortage of misinformation in advertising. Glycerine and natural oil soaps are a much better choice than those containing aggressive detergents, for instance. Hand sanitizers that contain alcohol are to be avoided, as is anything containing clove or eucalyptus oil, menthol or witch hazel. On the other end of the spectrum you have ingredients like ginger, cucumber, turmeric, which are not only harmless, but quite beneficial when it comes to skin health.
Whenever you buy a product you haven’t used before, regardless of its ingredients, you should always try it out on a small patch of skin, preferably one that can be covered with clothing. Apply a small amount of product and wait for at least a couple of days to ensure that the product is safe, and only then apply it as you normally would.
Consider Organic Clothing
Due to the sheer amount of time that it spends in contact with your skin, clothing that you wear can be a serious cause of irritation. This is why eco-friendly, organic clothing could be a real boon for people with sensitive skin. Apart from being made of organic materials – i.e. organic cotton that was
grown without the use of pesticides or artificial fertilizers, hemp or soy, the processes involved in making of such clothes are carefully regulated. If you need to use toxic chemicals in any step of the production, from growing to dying, the clothes cannot be labeled organic. Hemp and cotton naturally come in a variety of colors, so you can avoid using dyes altogether, but there are also a number of natural dyes available.
Wearing organic clothing means that your skin is not exposed to a wide spectrum of irritants found in typical clothes, including pesticide or fertilizer residue, formaldehyde, artificial dyes, nickel, lead, amines and heavy metals.