For girls with sensitive skin, it is a constant struggle to find skin and makeup products that work well with your touch-me-not skin. Many skin and makeup products have artificial fragrances and other compounds that may trigger your skin and cause redness, itching or rashes. Better skin care starts with better understanding of what causes sensitive skin in the first place! So here we answer basic questions on sensitive skin that will help you avoid triggers and help you choose skin and makeup products more carefully.
 
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What is sensitive skin?

Sensitive skin is skin that becomes irritated and results in redness, rashes or itching when it comes in contact with factors like dust, pets or dirt. Even weather changes and stress are known to cause reactions on sensitive skin. It is caused when nerve endings on your skin get irritated because the natural barrier of your skin has been affected by external factors.

Watch out for these triggers:

  • Pollution
  • Frequents changes in air temperature like going in and out of air-conditioned areas
  • Cold weather
  • Hard water
  • Very hot water when you shower
  • Irregular or lack of sleep
  • Stress
  • Swimming pools
  • Dry or dehydrated skin

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How do you know if you have sensitive skin?

There are many indicators of sensitive skin. If your skin feels tight and itchy after washing it, dries out during flights and in winter, but gets oily in summer, flushes easily after drinking alcohol or eating spicy food, reacts to new skincare and makeup products and turns itchy when you wear coarse fabrics, then chances are you might have sensitive skin.

Can I get rid of the sensitivity in my skin?

Sensitive skin can be maintained in a way that does not affect your day to day activities. With the right skin care, you can protect and avoid your skin getting irritated so your skin is moisturised, healthy and glowing.
 

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What kind of products should I use for my sensitive skin?

Carefully choose products that are suitable for your skin type, preferably ones which are formulated with fewer ingredients. Cleanse and moisturise every morning and evening and follow it up with an SPF of 15+. Look for signs like ‘dermatologically tested’ or ‘suitable for sensitive skin’ signs on the products you buy. Also be careful not to use heavily fragranced laundry and cleaning detergents on your clothes as they may also cause your skin to get irritated.

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