Overly dry skin, redness and flushing are signs that you should look out for if you have sensitive skin as mentioned by Dr Chee Yew Wen (Dr Chee). Allergic skin reactions like eczema and rosacea are also causes of sensitive skin. Unlike normal or oily skin care, It is best to keep your skincare routine as simple as possible during this period and avoid wearing any makeup till your skin gets better.
How to Start Sensitive Skin Care?
Start noticing the small things in your daily lifestyle habits like your shampoo, bed sheet and pillow case.
- The Shampoo
Does your shampoo contain any ingredients that may cause an allergic or sensitive reaction to your face? Shampoos are known to contain harmful chemicals like detergents, preservatives, solvents and up to as many as 40 harmful ingredients therefore do take a good look of the stated ingredients before making a purchase.
- The Pillow Case and Bed Sheet
Next step is to look at your pillow case and bed sheet. We come in contact with these items every night in our sleep and a million dead skin cells are being shed each day during our sleep which accumulates in the beddings which are not visible to our eye. Many don’t change their bedsheets as regular as they are supposed to which is alarming as dead skin cells and dust mites are causes of allergic reaction on sensitive skin.Dr Chee advises that washing and changing bedsheets every other week is recommended especially due to the hot and humid weather in Singapore when one tend to sweat more, the bed may become a breeding ground of bacteria. In the morning, pull back your curtains and open up your windows to let the sunlight shine through in order to release the moisture and humidity.
- Inflammation of skin
Your skin may feel itchy due to sensitive reaction or an inflamed pimple that you are wanting to pop, as tempted as you are to pick your skin, it is highly advisable not to do so. Germs and bacteria from your finger nails will be transferred to your skin and trigger acne-breakouts or other sensitive skin conditions.
Food for Sensitive Skin
Food rich in antioxidants like pomegranate, berries, organic leafy green vegetables and nuts are especially beneficial for your skin health. Your skin is the largest organ of your body and reflects your health therefore consuming the right diet is crucial. By consuming a well-balanced and vitamin-rich diet, there will be less risk of developing skin inflammation or experience any hormonal changes.
The berries namely blueberries, strawberries and raspberries have anti-aging properties to help fight dull complexion, prevents acne from forming and providing the daily fiber you need. As sensitive skin sufferers tend to develop allergic reaction to certain store bought products due to unknown ingredients that are contained within, why not create your own face mask with organic ingredients? Blueberries can also be used as an ingredient to create your very own natural face mask by combining crushed blueberries and yoghurt together. After which, spread it across your face and leave it on for 15 to 30 minutes and finally rinse it off thoroughly with warm water, pat dry with a soft towel and then followed by your skincare routine.
Skincare Routine for Sensitive Skin
Why does Dr Chee suggest to keep skincare routine as simple as possible when you’re having allergic sensitive skin reaction? Overloading your face with too much products will cause your skin to be hardly breathable which is also why breakouts occur. During this period of time, you want your skin to be able to breathe while still getting the full protection it needs.
Dr Chee recommends the three-steps skincare routine – Cleansing, Moisturising and Protecting. Look out for extremely gentle and mild facial cleansers that are dermatologically-tested that will not trigger any sensitive reactions. The same goes for the moisturiser you apply to your skin after patting dry.
Lastly, skin protection during the day is a must therefore choose your sunscreen wisely. Although makeup is highly not recommended and if you must, go for hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic beauty products. The term ‘Hypoallergenic’ on the product label means that it claims there will be fewer allergic reactions as compared to other products therefore it will not cause the skin to irritate. While the term ‘Non-Comedogenic’ are products designs not to clog pores and cause blackheads.
Other than getting your antioxidants through fresh vegetables and fruits, a supplement in the market call Crystal Tomato as recommended by Dr Chee is a supplement made of a unique breed of white tomatoes which is clinically proven to be safe for consumption and improve skin texture and effectively brighten and lighten the complexion.