Q. What is sensitive skin?
Q. Are there any specific causes to such reactions?
- Major climatic changes. This could be either be a seasonal change or a result of relocating to a place with extreme weather conditions.
- Water pollution or air pollution.
- Harmful lifestyle changes including sleeplessness, stress, and an unhealthy diet.
- Inclusion of chemical-rich skincare and makeup products in your everyday beauty routine.
Q. My skin does breakout a lot but I’m still not sure if I have sensitive skin. What are the symptoms?
Does your face experience mild reactions such as rashes, redness or raised bumps? Or do you have a frequent urge to itch after being subject to any of the following situations?
- Exposure to sunlight
- Usage of a product that contains added fragrance
- Exposure to dust, pollen, or pollution
- Adverse weather conditions
- Contact with hard water
Q. I’m keen on trying newer products but what if I end up harming my skin. How should I test an unfamiliar product for a reaction?
Q. Can I trust a product that claims to be hypoallergenic?
Q. Are skincare products capable of healing sensitive skin?
Q. What are the big baddies of the sensitive skincare world? Are there things that I should completely steer clear of while picking beauty products?
- Artificial colors
- Artificial fragrance
- Harsh chemicals
- Animal derived ingredients
Q. Are there any specific goodies that I should look for too? Features that are good for sensitive skin especially?
- Dermatologist tested
- Ophthalmologist tested, in case it’s an eye care product
- Triple purified water
Q. What are the dos and don’ts of sensitive skin protection?
- Use skincare products that are specifically designed for sensitive skin
- Keeping your skin hydrated with a neutral pH moisturiser will further strengthen its natural barrier.
- Swear by sunscreen with at least SPF 15 all year round. For effective coverage, reapply it every two hours when outdoors.
- You might be in love with matte makeup products but beware! They're likely to contain silicone that your facial skin can react to.
- It’s not just chemicals that you can be allergic to. Even natural ingredients that are considered safe for all can cause a reaction so always do a patch test.
- While drying your face with a towel, always pat-dry instead of rubbing it on your face.
- Avoid waterproof and long-wear makeup products because they require stronger makeup removers.
- If you regularly expose your skin to hot water, you risk stripping off the natural oils. So, avoid extremely hot showers.