Protecting Sensitive Skin from Irritation

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Posted on: 16 September 2014 by ella zeel

The number of allergies that people are suffering from seems to be going up, which is perhaps not surprising when you consider the level of pollution that we are exposed to and the constantly updating list of toxins we are sending out into the atmosphere.

 

The number of allergies that people are suffering from seems to be going up, which is perhaps not surprising when you consider the level of pollution that we are exposed to and the constantly updating list of toxins we are sending out into the atmosphere. The number of people having problems with sensitive skin also seems to be on the increase, probably for the very same reason. While sensitive skin is not the most dire of health conditions that one can be afflicted with, it is one that can cause serious discomfort and annoyance. That’s why we decided to give you a short list of tips that should help you deal with this issue and protect your skin from inflammations, blemishes, or any other kind of irritation.

Start from the Basics

While there are a number of specific things that you can do to help your skin, you also mustn’t forget the big picture. The health of your skin is just a reflection of your overall health, so if you want clear and healthy skin, you have to keep an eye on things like stress levels and sleeping habits. Irregular sleeping schedule can have devastating effects on your health. It has been known to significantly increase the chances of heart disease, wreak havoc on the brain cells regeneration, and, of course, make your skin less able to resist irritants.

Likewise, stress has been shown to contribute to the development of all kinds of health issues, skin sensitivity probably being one of the mildest on the list. For your sake, if not for the sake of your skin health, try and find a way to reduce stress levels in your life.

Diet

What you eat is of crucial importance when it comes to your skin’s wellbeing. Spicy foods are to be avoided as they are known to promote inflammation. Naturally, this doesn’t mean that you can’t have another spicy meal in your life, but try to moderate yourself when you do. If you want to do your skin a favor, make sure that you are consuming enough antioxidant rich foods, and that your diet is generally well balanced.

Skin Products

Skin product manufacturers are quite aware of the huge market for products for people with sensitive skin, and they are doing their best to provide them with a wide choice. This might sometimes get a bit overwhelming, leaving people completely disoriented. The problem is, even if you get a first hand testimonial from a trusted source that a certain product or ingredient did wonders for their skin, you can’t be sure that it will suit yours as well. That’s why patch testing is the best way to go when trying out something new. Basically, you should only apply a smidge of the new moisturizer, lotion, or whatever it is that you are testing, to a small patch of skin, and wait for at least a couple of days to see if there’s a reaction. If there is no irritation, you might assume that the product is safe for a more liberal use.

Clothing

Most people never consider just how much contact there is between their skin and their clothes, or just how toxin filled those clothes are. From pesticides and artificial fertilizers to finishing chemicals and artificial dyes, the fabric of the clothes we are wearing has soaked up a wide variety of harmful substances, all ready to get absorbed by our skin. That’s why going with natural, organic clothing that has been toxin free from the earliest stages of production up to the very end, might be what makes the difference between your skin flaring up every now and then, and having a healthy, beautiful skin.

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