Guide to Understanding and Taking Care of Sensitive Skin

Guide to Understanding and Taking Care of Sensitive Skin

  • By Vineet Gala

Treating sensitive skin a challenge for you? Here are a few techniques to take care of it and create the ideal skincare routine.

Building a skincare routine largely depends on the skin type. Not every product will be a blessing for you if it is not designed for your skin type. Especially for some people, finding the right product is very difficult as they tend to break out from most ingredients. This is sensitive skin that is prone to various skin problems. Such skin tends to get itchy, irritated, and inflamed very easily with just any product. Read on to find out all about the best ways to take care of such a skin.

What is sensitive skin?

Sensitive Skin is more of a persistent complaint about typical issues brought on by a specific skin type than it is a condition. Such skin is characterized by its intolerance towards any harsh condition. Climatic changes, products, change in diet and even the environment can react easily to such skin.

What causes sensitive skin?

Sensitivity occurs when the nerve ending at the top layer of the skin gets irritated. The sensitivity gets triggered when the natural barrier of the skin is weak or breaks down. There are a variety of triggers that can disrupt the natural barrier. One of the most common and potential triggers is using the wrong skincare product. Unlike other skin, sensitive skin is more reactive to all types of products like makeup, soaps, cleansers, moisturizers, etc. Hence, choosing the right product for such a skin gets tricky. 

External factors

Several external factors can trigger sensitive skin. They are as follows:

  • The climatic change or condition can cause skin irritation. Harsh sunlight, excessive wind, or humidity- all can cause irritation, dryness, and inflammation
  • Air pollution and free radicals can trigger sensitivity as the skin barrier is weak
  • Ingredients and additives in cosmetics and skincare also irritate sensitive skin
  • Sensitive skin is common after major surgery as it is still healing from the wound

Internal factors

There are also a few internal causes of sensitive skin which are as follows:

  • Too much spicy food can trigger indigestion which in turn reflects on the skin through irritation and rashes
  • Excess alcohol consumption causes dilatation of blood vessels and leads to redness in sensitive skin
  • Skin sensitivity and problems like psoriasis get triggered by gluten intolerance too

 How to take the best care of sensitive skin?

 The key to taking care of sensitive skin is being gentle and extra careful. This means you must be wary of what you’re using on your skin.

  1. To begin, always use a gentle, pH-balanced, hydrating cleanser and avoid harsh cleansers that strip your skin's natural oils. The Foxtale Daily Duet Cleanser is the perfect pick for when you have a compromised skin barrier. It gently cleanses away the everyday dirt and debris from your skin, leaving it feeling rejuvenated and hydrated. People with sensitive skin should also be extra careful while removing their makeup. Using too many products might be too much for your skin, instead, just use one product that does the job of two! The Foxtale Daily Duet Cleanser is one such product; it washes off your makeup gently in one go without making you wipe off those bits of makeup with harsh micellar water.
  1. Hydration and building the skin barrier are all you need to manage sensitive skin. But you also need to be careful not to use too many products for this purpose. Cut to the chase and go with the Foxtale Ceramide Supercream, which does it all! This is a lightweight, creamy moisturizer enriched with ceramides and hyaluronic acid to strengthen your skin barrier. It also helps with uneven skin texture and dryness.
  1. Although sunscreen is essential for all skin types, those with sensitive skin should never forego it. The Foxtale Mattifying Cover Up Sunscreen is an excellent choice for daily use because it is lightweight, does not clog your pores, and absorbs quickly without leaving a white cast. Because it has a PA++++ rating, SPF 50, and is a broad spectrum, you can be confident that you will be well-protected from the sun. The addition of niacinamide helps with uneven skin tone!
  1. A few other things to keep in mind while taking care of your sensitive skin is:
  • Observe your skin to recognize triggers like weather, diet, and skincare ingredients to avoid them.
  • Lastly, always patch test the products before you buy them.
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