Do I Have Sensitive Skin?
Many people say they have sensitive skin because skin care products, or household products that contact their skin, cause stinging, burning, redness, or tightness. The cause can be toxins, too many active ingredients in the product and even pollution can aggravate the situation.
Many of my clients first came to me with “sensitive skin” but when treated properly found out that they just had plain, boring, normal skin. I hope the article below helps you but the easiest way to know is to consult a skincare professional.
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By Maria Del Russo
How to Know, Once and For All, Whether You Have Sensitive Skin
Sensitive skin is a term that gets thrown around all too often. The truth is that most people who claim to have sensitive skin actually don’t. “It’s an overused phrase,” says Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi, codirector of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery in Washington DC. “They [people] may be overusing their products, leading to irritation.” Skin is also more prone to irritation in the cooler months, so don’t take a reaction to the frigid temperatures as a red flag for skin sensitivity.
So how do you know if you do actually have sensitive skin? There are a few tests you can give yourself. “Brush your fingers across the side of your face with light to medium pressure,” celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas says. “If the skin turns red, it’s sensitive.” If you have a deeper skin tone that doesn’t show red so easily, though, Dr. Tanzi has an equally simple tip for uncovering if your skin has a sensitive disposition. “You know you have sensitive skin if the majority of the products you place on your skin cause stinging or redness,” she explains. This includes everything from face washes and moisturizers to foundations and blushes.
Understanding whether or not you truly have skin sensitivity is the first step in perfecting your skin care regimen. So if you haven’t quite had that healthy glow you’ve been dreaming of, perhaps now you’ll be a few steps closer to achieving it.
One of the biggest changes that I recommend to my clients and people suffering from sensitive skin is to change the following.
Eliminate “deodorant” soap or highly fragrance soaps as they usually contain synthetics fragrances and strong detergents and shouldn’t be used on the face.
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Another easy thing you can do is to prevent shampoo from running down your face when you are rinsing. Mainly for the same reason as the detergents are very harsh on your complexion.
The best thing to do is to get a gentle cleanser for your skin type that does the trick. Just changing this might lead to less irritation and sensitive skin.
Lastly, I look forward to seeing you at the salon where you will be dazzled by how great your skin looks.
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