The term ‘sensitive skin’ is used to describe the skin condition of people who easily break out in rashes or blotchy itchy skin, either in response to certain products or because of the environment. There are also certain skin conditions, such as rosacea and eczema that can make skin sensitive. However, sensitive skin is quite an overused phrase, and, since it is a description rather than a diagnosis, there isn’t a specific test to confirm sensitive skin. Nevertheless, there are still a few ways to work out whether or not you have sensitive skin, and, if you do, there are many ways to look after it.
Characteristics of Sensitive Skin
Although people from all ethnic backgrounds can have sensitive skin, the condition seems to usually affect fair-skinned Caucasians more than other ethnicities. Most people with sensitive skin will also suffer from another skin condition, such as rosacea or eczema, and even acne. Overusing certain products can cause skin irritation, leading people to believe that they have sensitive skin, so OROGOLD recommends cutting back on the products that you use to see if it makes a difference. Skin is also more easily irritable in cooler months, so keep this in mind during the winter. Those that do have sensitive skin will find that their skin reacts to the majority of the products that they use, even if they only use minuscule amounts, with redness, itching, chafing, light bruising, dermatitis and even broken veins and capillaries. Finding that you seem to get sunburnt much more easily than other people is also a clue that you may have sensitive skin.
Taking Care of Sensitive Skin
Sensitive skin can be extremely frustrating, especially when every product that you try to use only causes a painful stinging in your skin. Here are some of OROGOLD’s top tips on taking care of sensitive skin:
Simplify Your Skin Care Routine
Using a multitude of harsh products on your sensitive skin is definitely not going to do it any good. Abrasive products, such as exfoliators, should always be avoided, and when cleansing your face, opt for a mild, soap-free cleanser. Natural products will usually be better for your skin, as they won’t contain synthetic fragrances or any parabens, but rather than just believing the word ‘natural’ on the label, OROGOLD strongly advises that you read the ingredient list to see exactly what the product contains. The general rule of thumb is that the fewer ingredients there are, the better it will be for you.
Overwashing is an extremely common issue that makes sensitive skin even worse. If you do have sensitive skin, you shouldn’t be washing your face more than twice a day, and you should make sure that you do not spend more than 15 minutes in a bath or shower. OROGOLD also recommends using warm, rather than hot, water, as hot water causes the skin to dry out much faster.
Only Try One New Product at a Time
This may seem slightly obvious, but it is often all too tempting to pile on a few different brand new products that you have been dying to try. Instead, only try out one product at a time, spot testing this on a part of your skin for 24 hours. If your skin does not react after this time, it is safe to say that the product is suitable for your sensitive skin.
It can often take time to find suitable products for your sensitive skin, but once you do, you will be able to use these throughout your life. There are plenty of sensitive skin collections out there, such as our brand new OROGOLD Lielle Collection, designed specifically to soothe and nourish sensitive skin, but remember to first always try out a small amount of the product before using it on the rest of your face.