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How to care for skin that needs special attention

By Faeza
20 January 2017

Summer can make the

skin extra sensitive and

if not properly taken care

of, it can lead to more

complications.

WHAT CAUSES SENSITIVE SKIN?

Hormones

Fluctuating hormones caused

by pregnancy, menstruation,

menopause and other conditions

can make the skin extra sensitive

than usual.

Clothing

Certain fabrics tend to irritate the

skin and even cause redness.

Jewellery

Most jewellery has nickel in it,

which causes swelling of the skin.

Diet

Foods that have too much acid can

cause not only bloating, but an

unhealthy skin. Eat the right foods

and drink plenty of water.

Smoking

Cigarettes age, dry and reduce the

skin’s proper functions.

TYPES OF PRODUCTS TO USE:

Cleansing

Use products that do not contain

alcohol. These products must also

protect the skin from breaking

out.

Masking or exfoliating

It is not advisable to scrub or

exfoliate sensitive skin, but if

necessary, use calming products.

Make sure the exfoliator or

scrubbing granules within the

products are not large and harsh.

These will cut the skin causing

swelling and inflammation.

Mask once a week,

but do not leave it on the skin too

long.

Moisturising

Sensitive skin does not deal well

with oily products as they tend to

block pores, causing break outs.

Use an oil free moisturiser which

will not cause a build up and

redness.