imageSensitive skin can be a problem not just because of the discomfort it may cause, but because of how annoying it can be. Having to be careful and always guarded about what perfumes you buy, what lotions you use, your powders, lipsticks and so on, can be extremely tedious. Sensitive skin is prone to allergic reactions to various skin care products or to certain environmental irritants. The most common reaction is that turns red and blotchy with the slightest change in your skin care regimen or due to environmental factors.  Sensitive skin can get irritated by the littlest things, be it the foods you eat or the products you apply to it. Because of this, you need to take extra-special care of your complexion.

Sensitive  skin is highly reactive and delicate, it needs extra care and special attention.

Drink lemon water everyday: Those who have sensitive skin must start their day with a glass of lemon water. The vitamin C as well as other antioxidants in lemon help combat free-radical damage. In addition, lemon water purges toxins from your blood, which helps keep the skin glowing and free from acne, blemishes, wrinkles and other problems. In addition, drink water throughout the day at regular intervals to keep your skin hydrated and moisturized from within. It also helps the body flush out toxins.

Choose skincare products carefully: Be it a cleanser, moisturizer, soap or a face pack, you need to buy the right products for your sensitive skin. Avoid using skin care and cosmetic products that have alcohol, harsh exfoliants, sodium lauryl sulfate, petrochemicals, acids, coloring agents, or synthetic fragrances.

Go easy on cosmetic: People who have sensitive skin must be very careful when buying as well as applying makeup. If you have sensitive skin, use a face powder containing few preservatives, a silicone-based foundation for minimal skin irritation, pencil eyeliner and eyebrow fillers, and avoid using waterproof cosmetics. Plus, stay away from complex anti-aging products. Throw out old products and do not share makeup with others. Also, as far as possible, avoid using too much makeup.

Cleanse with milk: Raw milk is an excellent cleanser for sensitive skin. In addition, milk has anti-inflammatory and soothing properties that help get rid of dry and itchy skin. It also helps keep the skin moisturized and enhances skin complexion. To use milk as a cleanser, dip a cotton pad in raw milk and dab it on your face. Leave it on for 5 to 15 minutes, then rinse your face with lukewarm water.

Eat healthy foods: Eating a healthy diet is good for sensitive skin as well as your entire body. Pay attention to getting the right balance of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, protein, omega-3s and monounsaturated fats in your diet to keep your skin healthy and avoid dry, irritated skin. Increase your intake of anti-inflammatory foods, such as olive oil, garlic, turmeric, ginger, tart cherries, wild salmon, spinach, sweet potatoes, blueberries, walnuts and avocados. These foods will reduce inflammation and benefit sensitive skin. Some foods that can cause skin reactions in people with sensitive skin are gluten-based foods like wheat bread, soy sauce, beer, cereals and anything else containing wheat flour, rye and barley. Soy and soy-based foods, eggs, red wine and foods with artificial colors and preservatives can also cause problems.

Switch to green tea: Green tea is good for people with sensitive skin. It is full of antioxidants, which help protect the skin from harmful free radicals and keep it rejuvenated and youthful. It also helps soothe your skin. Drink a few cups of green tea daily to help fight off various signs of aging and reduce sun damage. Plus, you can keep brewed green tea in the refrigerator and use it to clean your face. You can also opt for skin care products that have green tea as one of the main ingredients.

Exfoliate weekly: Exfoliating your skin is important for all skin types, including sensitive skin. It helps remove dead cells on the skin’s surface, in turn speeding up the skin renewal process and improving your skin texture. Exfoliation also helps reduce the occurrence of blackheads and acne breakouts. In addition, regular exfoliation allows the skin to better absorb serum and moisturizers. A very gentle way to exfoliate sensitive skin is to make your own exfoliating mask using natural products. Mash up some strawberries and add a little yogurt and ground oatmeal to make a thick paste. Apply this paste on your clean face and gently massage using circular motions. Rinse it off using a washcloth soaked in cool water. Finally, apply a mild moisturizer. Do not over-exfoliate sensitive skin. Once every 8 to 14 days is sufficient.

Do not use hot water to cleanse your skin.

Do not use petroleum-based products on sensitive skin.

Keep your skin care regimen simple in both process and ingredients.

Avoid extreme temperatures – hot or cold.

Do not over-stimulate the skin with massage, rubbing or excessive or harsh cleansing.

Avoid alcohol and smoking.

Keep track of your allergens and avoid them.

Exercise daily to boost blood flow to the skin.