Sensitive skin is “sensitive” to a lot of things. Heat and cold, wind, sun exposure, and harsh chemicals found in skin care products can cause sensitive skin to react. The skin reactions will differ but what we should take note is that, sensitive skin reacts to something.
What triggers sensitive skin?
There are many possible causes of sensitive skin. Maybe your parents or grandparents (or maybe one of them have sensitive and you were born with it. This means that by their genes you get it whether you choose to or not.
There are other things that cause or trigger the skin to be sensitive, like
- Excessive exposure to chemical irritants and environment’s elements (wind, sun)
- Allergies to some things where your skin reacts sensitively
- Dry skin is usually sensitive due to its thinner outer layer
But the most sensitive skin has these triggers:
- Hormonal imbalance
- Formaldehyde (those that release preservatives such as Quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, urea)
- Synthetic fragrances and/or chemicals, preservatives
- Peppermint and menthol
- Bismuth oxychloride and mica (found in most makeup products)
- Soaps and cosmetics
- 4-Tert-Butylphenol found in cosmetics like lip liners
- Changes in temperature
- Lanolin, propylene glycol, ethanol
- Rubber latex, plastics, lacquers
- Chemicals used in herbicides and pesticides
- Silver and Gold Metals
Sensitive skin may also react to natural herbs and trees like ragweed, and essential oils such as calendula and chamomile because they contain allergens that are sensitive to this type of skin.
How to take care of your sensitive skin using natural ingredients?
Rose water contains astringent, antioxidant, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties. It helps soothe sensitive skin and redness by spraying rose water on your face and then gently massage your skin.
Raw honey has natural probiotic and antibacterial properties that help minimize breakouts and prevent new acne. It also contains a natural enzyme that helps refine the texture of your skin. It is known to be gentle and nurturing to the skin and therefore, great for those with very sensitive skin types, eczema, and rosacea.
Try combining raw honey and coconut oil (1 teaspoon) with milk. Then apply the mixture over your sensitive skin. After about 20 minutes, use lukewarm water to wash your skin.
Oatmeal contains natural chemicals known as saponins that help cleanse your skin. FDA has approved the use of colloidal oatmeal to help treat skin irritations like eczema.
Try grinding oatmeal and mix well with egg yolk. Apply the oatmeal-yolk paste over your sensitive skin. After 15 to 20 minutes, cleanse your skin with warm water.
Lemon may not be a great treatment because it is high in acidity. But lemon is rich in vitamin C and antioxidant properties that help remove radicals on your skin. It also helps cleanse your blood by removing toxins.
Try preparing fresh juice from a half lemon and combine with a cup of lukewarm water. Add honey for a better taste. Drink this juice every morning half an hour before eating your breakfast.
Milk is known as sedating cleanser that has moisturizing lipids and other soothers that help those with sensitive skin type and rosacea-prone skin types.
Dip a cotton ball into raw milk and apply over your skin. After 10 to 15 minutes, cleanse your skin with lukewarm water. Do this habit once every week.
Cucumber is rich in vitamin C (ascorbic acid), vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid, caffeic acid, antioxidants, and flavonoids. It is known for soothing skin irritation, minimize swelling and redness. All you need to do is to have some fresh, clean cucumber slices over your sensitive facial skin.
Try mixing cucumber with raw honey and apply over your sensitive skin.
Aloe Vera contains natural vitamins and minerals, anti-inflammatory and anti-allergy properties. These properties help soothe sensitive and irritated skin which may be due to sunburn or being dry caused by eczema. Aloe vera is also known to relieve and repair skin by restoring moisture.
Try combining 2 tablespoons of pure aloe vera gel and 3 tablespoons of fresh cucumber juice. Then add 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt. Apply this natural facial mask to your face and neck areas. After 15 minutes, cleanse them with lukewarm water and pat dry with a clean towel for refreshed and glowing skin.
Chocolate is also good for sensitive skin because it is
- Natural moisturizer
- Helps protect the skin from damage
- Helps soothe skin irritation
Chocolate is considered a natural anti-inflammatory and gentle to the skin, soothing skin irritation.
Try combining 2-3 tablespoons of dark cocoa powder and 2-3 tablespoons of plain yogurt, making a “brownie paste.” Apply with fingertips to a clean dry skin area. Wear an old tee shirt because the “brownie paste” can be messy. After 15 minutes, rinse with lukewarm water.
For dry skin, add 1 teaspoon of honey or 1 tablespoon of mashed avocado. These two ingredients help lock-in moisture and keep your skin hydrated. For sun-damaged or very dry skin, add also 1 teaspoon of almond or olive oil.