Top 5 Tips for Living with Sensitive Skin
If you’re familiar with itchiness, flaky patches, and dryness, then you probably live with sensitive skin, and you’re not alone. In fact around one in five adults in the UK live with eczema, while millions more are living with sensitive skin in other forms.
If you live with eczema, psoriasis, or oily sensitive skin in any of its many forms, life can be frustrating. We’ve put together this article with five simple, but effective tips for sensitive skin to make your life a little easier.
Wash Gently with Cooler Water
This is a simple tip that might aggravate the hygiene freak in you but will make all the difference to your comfort in day-to-day life. When you get in the shower, bath, or simply lean over the sink to wash your face, the impulse can be to run the water as hot as possible and to scrub as hard as you can, but if you have sensitive skin, just don’t.
Wash your face and body gently with cooler water, ideally using natural products once a day to stay clean, without flaring up a reaction.
Use Sunscreen All Year Round
Wearing sunscreen in summer is something that most of us do in the UK, but it’s actually recommended for everyday usage by many health experts. While for many, this is to stave off the potential of skin cancer, it can also do wonders for those that suffer from sensitive skin conditions, keeping UV rays at bay, even on overcast days.
Make sure to consult your dermatologist and check the ingredients on a bottle before you start basting yourself though, as you don’t want to cause an allergic reaction!
Avoid Using Too Much Fragrance
Whether it's perfume, cologne, or even just a moisturiser, you should avoid using products with too much fragrance if you have sensitive skin. Whether it’s a synthetic addition such as Parfum or even something as pleasant-sounding as an essential oil, any fragrance in a product can really irritate the skin, sensitive or otherwise!
Don’t fall victim to a pretty smell, and let cleanliness speak for itself if you’re living with sensitive skin.
Watch What You Eat
While the skin is the outermost organ of the body, what you put in your stomach can have a real impact on how it behaves. For example, excessive sugars and fats can cause acne flare-ups, while there are a host of foods that trigger a nickel allergy reaction, such as cashews, chocolate, and more, which is problematic for those with eczema.
You can enjoy most things in moderation, just make sure to be responsible with your daily diet to support healthy skin.
Pick Laundry Products Consciously
The kind of products that you use to clean your clothes will have a massive impact on your skin. Synthetic detergents work by attaching themselves to the oils and stains in your clothes and then washing away with them when water is introduced. The problem is, these detergents hang around in your clothes, attaching to your skin, in turn pulling away your natural oils.
That’s why you should seek to use laundry detergent for sensitive skin, with short ingredient lists free from synthetic compounds.
Hopefully you now have some ideas on how to treat sensitive skin! For more information on skin-friendly, natural laundry products, along with blogs about skin, the environment, and more, follow this link to our website!