Characteristics of a Sensitive Skin
Sensitive skin has a reduced tolerance to environmental factors, including cosmetics and personal care products. It can often manifest with redness, itchiness, burning sensation, drying, peeling, scaling or breakouts. Sensitive skin is often thin, with a fine texture, prone to premature wrinkling, with capillaries close to the surface, reacts to cold or hot weather conditions and is vulnerable to flaky patches, acne, eczema.
How to tell if you have sensitive skin
You can apply medium pressure with the tips of your fingers to the side f your face for a few seconds. If the skin becomes slightly red, it is a good indication for sensitive skin.
Also, another indication for sensitive skin is the reaction (redness, burning, itching or stinging) when normal products (such as cleansers, moisturisers, bath or shower gels) are applied to the skin.
Risks associated with sensitive skin
If improperly cared for, sensitive skin can result in:
Infection due to itchiness and scratching
How to take care of sensitive skin
Use only gentle soaps and cleansers that do not irritate the skin. Due to the risk associated with many preservatives and artificial ingredients causing irritation, always check the labels to identify the irritation causing agents.
Moisturize morning and night. Try choosing moisturisers with anti-allergy ingredients and moisturise daily to avoid dryness and to seal the water content inside the skin for hydration.
Avoid direct sunlight and use a broad spectrum sunscreen specially designed for sensitive skin.
Avoid overly cold or hot water when washing and set water temperature to warm.