Natural Skincare Tips for Sensitive Skin

September 20, 2021 | By NuBest
All skin can feel sensitive now and then because of external factors like the weather, pollutants, diets, and irritants in some beauty products. How to help skin be less itchy and inflamed when we cannot change the weather? Try following some natural skincare tips in this post and adding them to your routine to calm and protect your skin.

What is sensitive skin?

As compared to men, women easily experience sensitive skin due to differences in skin thickness. Additionally, hormonal changes are another reason that makes women risk dry skin and dehydration [1].

Do you have sensitive skin? How do you know your skin is sensitive?

In fact, the best thing is to consult a dermatologist to evaluate whether or not you have sensitive skin. Or let’s take a quick look at some common indicators below and assess by yourself. If you said YES for most of these, your skin is naturally sensitive.

  • I often feel itching, tingling, and tugging.

  • I have redness and dryness.

  • I get burned in the sun with ease.

  • I always have trouble finding suitable cosmetics.

  • My skin strongly reacts to emotions, stress, and hormone disturbance.

  • It also responds to changes in temperatures like wind or cold.

Extra care is necessary to prevent your sensitive skin from getting damaged and protect it from a harsh environment. Now, allow us to show you what home remedies and practices can be followed and work towards sensitive skin care.

Which ingredients are good for sensitive skin?

Aloe vera

Known as the best natural moisturizer for sensitive skin, aloe vera is mild and does not make your skin irritated. Also, it is rich in antioxidant compounds that can restrain the development of damaging bacteria that might lead to infection. A quick yet effective tip for relieving sun burn on sensitive skin is to use aloe vera.

How to use it?

  • Cut the head of the leaf of an aloe plant.

  • Use a pestle and squeeze out the gel from inside.

  • Then apply the gel on any affected areas or just your face and neck.

  • Let it dry overnight and wash off the next day.

  • After applying the gel, it is usual to get mild itchiness, so don’t worry.

Honey

Another easy natural ingredient for sensitive skin is honey. It is packed with antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic properties, which can purify your skin deeply and promote moisture levels of the skin. It is also helpful to stop bacterial infection, eczema, and heal wounds.

How to use it?

  • Add 2 tsp of honey and 2 tsp of cinnamon powder in a bowl and mix well. Or mix 2 tsp of honey and 1 tsp of aloe vera gel.

  • Apply this mixture on your face and neck and let it sit here for 10-20 minutes.

  • Then wash off with lukewarm water and pat to dry.

  • Doing 2 or 3 times per week will make your skin supple and smooth.

Oatmeal

Oatmeal is often used for bathing because it contains anti-inflammatory properties that can soften and exfoliate the skin gently. Moreover, it soothes irritated skin such as sunburn, redness, windburn, itchiness, and eczema. Another benefit is that oatmeal has lipids that easily lock in moisture and make the skin hydrated.

How to use it?

  • Mix 2 tsp of oatmeal and 2 to 3 tsp of yogurt until the mixture is pasty.

  • Then apply it to your face and let it sit here for 10-15 minutes or until it dries.

  • Next, wet paper towels with hot water to wipe off.

  • Finally, wash your face with lukewarm water and pat it to dry.

Shea butter

Although shea butter was recently used in the late years, it has soon become one of the most popular superfoods for the skin. It is completely natural and non-toxic. Furthermore, its texture is creamy and thick. And the most important thing is that it is rich in essential fatty acids that increase the production of collagen and lessen aging.

How to use it?

  • Directly apply shea butter on your skin.

  • Massage until it is absorbed.

  • But note that it is slippery, so it is best to use it at night before bed.

Overripe banana

Perhaps, you do not like overripe bananas but do not throw them away because you can make a natural moisturizing face pack with them. This fruit is helpful to get rid of dead skin cells and block moisture, so your skin does not feel itchy and dry.

How to use it?

  • Mash an overripe banana in a bowl.

  • Add 2 tsp of curd, 1 tsp of honey and mix all well. Or add ½ tsp of honey, ½ cup of oatmeal cooked with milk, and 1 egg.

  • Apply on your face, massage in circular motions, and leave it here for 15 minutes.

  • Wash off and pat dry.

Which ways are effective to care for sensitive skin?

Aside from using the natural ingredients above, we also show you a list of sensitive skin tips that promote your skin’s ability to protect itself. 

Hydrate yourself

Your skin needs to be hydrated to make it plumper and healthier. So, it is necessary to add at least 8-ounce glasses of water a day to keep your skin from being dry. Or consume a glass of lemon water right after you wake up because the antioxidants and vitamin C in lemon can help reduce free-radical damage on your sensitive skin [2]. What is more, lemon water helps detoxify your blood, thereby preventing acne, wrinkles, and blemishes.

Moisturize your skin regularly

Moisturizing regularly is one of the most effective ways to maintain a healthy lipid barrier for sensitive skin. A suitable and effective moisturizer will refresh your skin’s outer layer, block water loss, and prevent penetration of potential irritants. Select your moisturizer carefully; highly recommend those that are high in fatty acids like shea butter, olive oil, almond oil, and coconut oil to enhance hydration and lock in moisture.

Apply sunblock regularly

Sensitive skin is extra-reactive to the sun’s rays, so UV protection is a must. Remember to apply sunblock whenever being outside, and make sure to use a broad-spectrum one with titanium oxide and zinc oxide. Avoid sunblock with over SPF 30 because it includes a high amount of comedogenic ingredients, which may hurt your sensitive skin. Additionally, you should wear sunglasses and protective clothing to protect your skin.

Avoid hot and long bath

Most of us prefer hot baths for relaxation, but the hot water can remove natural oils on your skin, thereby causing irritation, dehydration, and even leading to red spots. Instead, use lukewarm water to protect your sensitive skin from sudden temperature changes.

Wash your face

Wash your face regularly to hydrate your skin and clean out pollutants clogging your pores. Then pat dry with a soft cloth instead of rubbing with a harsh towel, or it might cause redness and bumps. In case you are outside, always keep a pack of cleansing wipes in your bag to get rid of dirt and impurities.

Care what you eat

You are what you eat, so a healthy diet plays a vital role in skin health. Here is a list of some kinds of foods that you should add to your diet every day.

  • Organic fruits and veggies like blueberries, apples, tomatoes, and leafy greens

  • Orange-colored fruits and veggies like pumpkin, sweet potatoes, carrots, and kinds of tropical fruits

  • Healthy fat sources such as nuts, avocadoes, and olive oil

  • Healthy carbs like squashes, beans, berries, and whole grains

  • Cold-water fish such as herring, salmon, and sardines

Also, you can try the Mediterranean diet for better control of sensitive skin because it has a higher consumption of veggies, fruits, nuts, fish, healthy oils, and whole grains.

Watch what you buy

Last but not least, you need to be watchful of your skin care products, including face packs, cleansers, soaps, and moisturizers. Buy the products that are labeled “hypoallergenic” or “no artificial colors.” Remember to perform a patch test and give your skin about 48 hours to see any skin reaction. Or the best thing is to ask your dermatologist before trying any new product.

Sensitive skin can be easily managed if you follow the natural skincare tips above. Be mindful of what you do, what you eat, and where you go to soothe and protect your skin.

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