Let's just put it this way: if Euphoria's Sydney Sweeney, aka Cassie, has sensitive skin, and manages to care for it flawlessly, so can you. All you have to do is identify whether your skin is sensitive or not. And that's why we've rounded up five signs typically exhibited by skin that's sensitive. If you find yourself ticking all of these boxes, it's time to look after your skin with a little more care than usual.
01. Your skin is reactive
Yup. It responds to everything. And not positively. From fragrance-laced soaps, new skincare products, and deodorants to detergents, chemical-ridden cleansers, and other household products, your skin stings, turns red, itches, or burns when a new ingredient is applied onto it. That's what happens when your skin barrier is weaker than usual. It's a fact that those with sensitive skin have a compromised skin barrier. You must use hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, mild products to prevent these symptoms from developing. Our go-to is the Simple Kind To Skin Range. It’s formulated without harsh chemicals like parabens, alcohol, artificial fragrance, dyes, etc. Enriched with skin-loving ingredients, all the products are dermatologically tested and hypoallergenic. In simpler words, they’re must-haves for sensitive skin.
02. You're sensitive to sunlight
The minute you step out of the house, your skin turns red, and your face is flushed. This means that your skin is pretty sensitive to ultraviolet rays. This is known as photosensitivity, and it manifests as rashes, blisters, and redness on the skin. That's why you must always smear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or more during the day. Look for formulas containing zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.
03. You skin is always red
And not the natural-looking rosy flush. We're talking rashes, bumps, and red dilated blood vessels. You must've noticed that the redness fades away once you've identified and eliminated the irritant. But it surfaces every now and then. Always conduct a patch test before trying a new product on your face.
04. Your skin is itchy all the time
Itchiness is another symptom of sensitivity. And the condition is further exacerbated by irritating products and hot showers. The latter sucks the moisture out of your skin, and dries it out quickly. And dryness and sensitivity don't go too well together. To remedy itchy skin, you must switch to lukewarm water.
05. Your skin turns flakey frequently
Yeah, this is another indication that your skin is sensitive. It's not uncommon for your skin to flake and peel under these circumstances. This is a result of your skin drying out too much. Once it has lost too much water and oil, it scales, flakes, peels, itches, reddens, and cracks or bleeds. You must moisturise your skin with a gentle moisturiser like the Simple Kind To Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser. It’s non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores), hypoallergenic and dermatologically tested. Not only that, it’s free of over 2000 harsh chemicals like alcohol, parabens, dyes, etc.
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