The Professional Guide to Sensitive Skin Care

Sensitive skincare is a challenge for many of us, especially those of us living in ever-changing climates. There are certain external conditions that should be avoided, as should the chemicals in most commercial cosmetic products.

But, how do you know if you have sensitive skin?

Here are a few factors to consider when deciding if you need specialized sensitive skincare products:

* Do you break out or have redness after being exposed to environmental stressors like shaving or weather?

* Do you have tingly or tight skin with no other explanation for it?

* Have you noticed any dryness, irritation, or redness on your skin?

* Does your skin react adversely to household cleaning products or cosmetics?

* After answering the rest of these questions, has your dermatologist ruled out any other skin conditions that could be causing the problem?

Sensitive skin can be even more challenging to deal with in adverse weather conditions. If you live where the weather is extremely cold or hot, you may need to use sensitive skincare products to protect yourself.

Thin skin is generally more sensitive than thicker parts of the skin simply because there is less protection between the blood and the outside conditions. The capillaries are closer to the outside of the skin when it is thin, so the skin becomes sensitive to cold, heat, and wind. Sensitive skin also is more susceptible to sunburn, so wear a higher SPF sunscreen if you must go out in the sun.

If you have thinner skin you should avoid harsh washing products like loofahs, brushes, or cleansing stones. You want something soft to take care of your sensitive skin, not an abrasive brush that will further irritate it. Do not use harsh exfoliants because they may be too rough for your skin and cause inflammation when used.