There are good days and bad days for your skin, especially if you have sensitive skin. You could be going about your day as normal, then you could all of the sudden use a product that causes your skin to flare up. Then you could become plagued with redness, puffiness, dryness, itchiness, and more! Make every day a good skin day by avoiding these irritants if you have sensitive skin.
Skin Irritants To avoid
One of the major skin irritants you can come into contact with is fragrances. Scents in candles, perfume, lotions, essential oils, and more can cause your skin to have an allergic reaction. You could get itchy, red, and puffy, so try to find the scent that irritates you and avoid getting it if you can’t live without candles and perfume. Also, always go for unscented lotions and moisturizers.
Be sure to watch out for glitter. If the label on your lotion says shimmering put it back because glitter can make your skin itch and break out in a hot minute.
Another thing that should be avoided in items like lotions or bath bombs is dyes. The chemicals in dyes often contain harsh irritants unless they’re all natural, but even then they can still cause your skin to freak out.
Read the labels on your face wash, moisturizers, skin peels, and more, because they often contain acids like lactic acid, ascorbic acid, glycolic acid, malic acid, and more. These products can irritate and burn your face, leading to redness and puffiness.
Always watch out for alcohol. It’s most often found in toners and facial cleansers. Nothing dries your skin out like alcohol! It can also cause your skin to become red and tender to the touch. Alcohol should simply be avoided altogether.
Some facial scrubs should be avoided. For example, if they have abrasive materials like fruit pits or crystals they can really inflame your skin. Go for a sugar scrub instead.
You have to watch out for soap, generic household soaps, or the little bars found in hotel bathrooms can really dry out your skin, leading to cracking and bleeding hands. Be sure to get a soap with moisturizer in it, or use your own alcohol-free hand sanitizer.
Speaking of soap, you should also know that your household cleaners could also be irritating your skin. Dish detergents, cleaning sprays, even dust polish can all do a number on your skin because they’re full of harmful chemicals that aren’t meant for us to touch. Always wear gloves when cleaning, even when doing the dishes.
Whenever you’re washing the dishes, taking a shower, or washing your hands remember to use mildly hot water, not steaming hot. Save the hot baths for special occasions or super cold winter nights because hot HOT water can really dry out your skin and cause eczema to flair up.
Heat, in general, can actually be bad for sensitive skin. If you’re hot during a heat wave and you start to sweat your skin could become irritated and start to chafe!
If you do find yourself out in the heat watch out for sunscreens that have harsh added chemicals. They can burn your skin and dry it out and that’s before you even come into contact with the sun’s UV rays! They’re are all natural forms of sunscreen that you can use instead.
Your clothes could be bothering you! Scented laundry detergents and dryer sheets could give you an allergic reaction. Before you know it you’ll have random rashes all over. Try using liquid fabric softener and gentle detergents free of scents and dyes instead. Also, Watch out for wool and other abrasive fabrics that could set off your eczema.
Make Every Day A Great Skin Day
You don’t have to spend days hiding if your skin becomes red or puffy, simply learn what items to avoid if you have sensitive skin. Always go for the unscented, gentle formulas, without dyes or shimmers! Before you know it your bad skin days will be a thing of the past.
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