Does your skin have more mood swings than a girl with PMS? Chances are you have sensitive skin. Everyone has dealt with sensitive skin at some point in their lives. For some people, it occurs during certain seasons, especially winter, and for some others, it is a constant problem that requires some lifestyle change.

The causes are varied and may differ from person to person. Most often than not, they are due to environmental factors or lifestyle choices.

Here we take a look at what triggers sensitive skin into reacting. The reactions may be redness, soreness, itching or dryness and rashes.

Cause: The weather
 

Cause: The weather

Skin is healthier in sunny months as your skin is more exposed to the Sun and this means more production of vitamin D. But in colder seasons, the skin dries up and feels tighter.

How to avoid it:

Step up your moisturising game. Apply moisturiser twice a day, and if you have sensitive skin, make sure you pick a moisturiser with neutral pH, as this is very gentle on your skin.

Cause: Cosmetics
 

Cause: Cosmetics

Cosmetics that have strong or harsh ingredients cause a lot of distress to sensitive skin. People have varying skin types and cosmetics can work differently for different people. While one product may work well for one person with sensitive skin, it may not for another.

How to avoid it:

Look for cosmetics that do not have a high amount of fragrance, have alcohol content or have anti-bacterial properties.

Cause: Hot showers
 

Cause: Hot showers

This is one of those inconvenient truths that you might find difficult to adjust to. Hot scalding showers leave your skin dry and feeling tight. Especially with soap, which further dries your skin, the hot shower you take every morning might be all that good for your skin!

How to avoid it:

Take a quick shower with lukewarm or even room temperature water, and apply a moisturiser within five minutes after stepping out of the shower as this is when your skin will absorb the moisturiser best.

Cause: Stress and insufficient sleep
 

Cause: Stress and insufficient sleep

Getting stressed is a vicious cycle. Stress can cause you to break out and is generally not good news for your skin. Not to mention, stress eating and eating at irregular times will also cause your skin to suffer.

How to avoid it:

Get a minimum of seven to eight hours of sleep, and go a bit easier on yourself. Physical exercise and taking some time off for yourself every day can help you resist the signs showing up on your skin.

Cause genetics and natural causes
 

Cause genetics and natural causes

Well, you cannot fight genetics, and every person develops sensitive skin at some point in their lives. Some trigger or even age may cause your skin to become sensitive. It may be a short bout or may last longer, or it may be inherited.

How to avoid it:

If your skin is sensitive, consult with a doctor and choose products that are suitable for your skin. While sensitive skin cannot be cured, the severity of the reactions can be reduced.