Usually dry and prone to flaking, itching, and redness, sensitive skin is also susceptible to allergic reactions and broken capillaries. Anyone of any age or gender is capable of having sensitive skin, but genetics and cultural inheritance play a part. For instance, a number of skin conditions linked to sensitive skin - such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea - tend to run in families.
An allergy test with your doctor helps you to find out what your particular triggers are so you can avoid them. Even if the reasons turn out to be food allergies or intolerances, they can be made much worse by using harsh chemicals on your skin. Use natural, organic, and/or hypoallergenic products that are low-foaming and contain very few ingredients. Use them to wash and moisturize twice daily, and be sure to apply moisturiser while your skin is still a bit moist. Tone your skin with an alcohol-free toner, and apply a mask once a month.
The key to sensitive skin is ‘gently does it’. Taking care of your skin means learning to avoid the things that can irritate it, such as hot baths and showers, highly fragranced products, and exposure to extreme temperatures. Make sure to remove makeup before going to bed and try not to choose waterproof makeup as they require more harsh cleansers to remove it.
Exercise 4 times a week, mixing endurance and weight training to keep the blood flowing to your skin and removing toxins (use natural deodorants to ensure that your pores and sweat glands aren't clogged so toxins can freely leave your system and not need to come out of your skin in the form of acne).
Check any allergies to foods or chemicals as these may worsen your sensitive skin. Your skin reflects your gut health! Eat foods high in probiotics, and those with plenty of Omega-3 fatty acids like fatty fish, as well as foods with other beneficial fats and nutrients like avocados, olive oil, seeds and nuts, and foods high in beta-carotene like sweet potatoes, red and yellow bell peppers, and, of course, carrots, which will make a big difference to your overall 'glowiness' [study]. Dark chocolate, green tea and even red wine (in moderation) can also benefit your skin! Always drink plenty of water - hydration comes primarily from the inside out. At least 2L of water per day, and try eating hydrating foods like melon, cucumber, and fruits.
Choose skin care products (or make them) with these ingredients:
Herbal Healers - calendula, oats, green tea, aloe, comfrey, marigold, chickweed, and marshmallow
Essential Oils - chamomile, Roman chamomile, rose, and lavender