Sensitive skin often falls in the grey area of skin types, where everyone claims to have it just because their skin shows an occasional reaction. In reality, everybody is prone to a form of skin allergy or reaction to their environment. But when these reactions are more persistent and have constant triggers, it is properly defined as sensitive skin. Ranging from genetic triggers to severe allergies, here are 5 signs that indicate that you indeed have sensitive skin...
- Your skin feels dry and tight
- You notice redness
- You sunburn easily
- You often develop rashes
- You breakout easily
Your skin feels dry and tight
The reason for dry, tight, and peeling skin could either be harsh ingredients that overstrip your skin or an allergy to skin care additives like fragrance, preservatives, or even plant-derived chemicals. Harsh and irritating ingredients can disturb your skin’s natural barrier, making it more susceptible to moisture loss. The quickest fix for both of these issues is to pick moisturising products that are free of the above mentioned irritants. A formulation that provides intense hydration without clogging of pores or a greasy feel, is ideal for dry, sensitive skin.
You notice redness
A type of skin sensitivity that is hereditary in nature, has a stinging feeling associated with it and usually shows up in your 30s, rosacea makes your skin ruddy and bumpy. It is very evidently seen in lighter skin tones, and not while so visible in darker skin tones and is caused by excessive blood flow to the face. It can be triggered by weather, caffeinated drinks, spicy food and even alcohol.
Since rosacea cannot be cured permanently, the best way to deal with it is either through medication or managing the triggers above. You also need to use gentle, soap-free cleansers followed by water-based creams and lotions to help build your skin’s barrier. And the final tip - keep yourself hydrated!
You sunburn easily
Already irritated skin is susceptible to quicker sunburn than the rest. If you notice rashes and peeling after being in the sun for long, it is because of your skin’s heightened sensitivity to sun exposure. Unlike the factors seen above, this issue is easily fixed by becoming besties with the right kind of sunscreen! Use a broad spectrum sunscreen - meaning a formula that protects from both UVA and UVB rays. Any sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher will suffice; re-apply as need throughout the day.
You often develop rashes
Everybody gets skin rashes from time to time, but sensitive skin behaves differently. When exposed to a topical trigger, you may notice a red, flaky and bumpy rash that happens quite often. These rashes are uncomfortable, quite visible and stubborn.
The reason behind such frequent rashes are products that tend to be left on your skin for too long. It can be facial creams, but most of the time it is because of makeup. Which is why it is necessary to only use products that are formulated for sensitive skin types and ALWAYS remove your makeup with a makeup remover that is paraben and alcohol-free as soon as it is not needed anymore!
You breakout easily
If you have sensitive skin, clogged pores and breakouts can be a common occurrence. That’s why cleansing is of prime importance. But make sure you’re using a soap-free cleanser that won’t dry out your skin. Also, avoid harsh acne-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Instead use a toner with plant-derived alternatives like tea tree oil or witch hazel post wash.