Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Sensitive Skin Care that Works

Having sensitive skin is like a prison in itself. It restricts us from so many things, depriving us of our liberty to use just any product we choose or eat any food we please, unless we harbor a secret hatred towards ourselves. However, since we are surrounded by so much pollution these days, leaving our skin bare exposes it completely to these harmful elements, which is a similar form of skin suicide as directly using the wrong skin care product on it. So what are we to do?

The first step is by facing our problem: our problematic sensitive skin. Many factors have already been identified to contribute to skin sensitivity or its aggravation. From food to surroundings, down to the different emollients we slather on our skin; all these have a direct effect on the state and appearance of our skin. Taking particular notice of the current skin care product we are using, it may not be surprising to learn that many of the ingredients used for them could actually be the cause of or trigger of our particular condition. We have been using them blindly, not knowing that they do our skin more harm than good.

The next best thing for us to do to contend with our situation is by equipping ourselves with substantial knowledge regarding our problematic skin. Intelligent observation of the nature and inherent characteristics of our skin as well as its reaction to certain factors may well serve as the best sensitive skin care method that could actually work for us. Working from here onwards, it would no longer prove to be difficult for us to determine the next steps we should take in caring for our sensitive skin.

Let us put an end to our struggle, and get down to head-on observation and learning. Here are the procedures we should follow to get us started:

1.Let us first take a very good look at all the products we use on our skin(face and body). Which of these products recently came in contact with the affected skin area? If there are several affected areas, proceed to the next step.

2.Given that we use different products on these affected areas, we should carefully look over the ingredients used for each. What ingredients do they have in common? What ingredients are unique to each one?

3.Isolate the product or products from the others that you use. Should we choose to use a similar product in their place, we have to make sure that they have different ingredients used. Either that or we opt for all-natural or organic products to replace them. However, in purchasing organic products, we should review thoroughly the labels first. Sometimes they combine some chemicals that could also be harmful to your sensitive skin.

4.Avoid using the products you suspect to be the cause of our irritation for a period of three up to four months. Take note of the changes.

5.Make a thorough research regarding the products we use and the ingredients used therein. Ascertain that they are “safe” based on the safety standards of cosmetics.

6.Chart or jot down any change that may have occurred from the time we have started to use another product/s or from the time we have stopped using the suspected product/s.

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Maricel Modesto is a writer and editor who writes for various health and lifestyle magazines.

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