how to soothe sensitive skin naturally

How Can You Soothe Sensitive Skin?

The skin comes into contact with different objects, elements, and bacteria constantly, which is why it may be no surprise when irritation and inflammation occurs—especially in people with sensitive skin. Our blog post “3 Possible Triggers for Your Rosacea Flare-Ups” adds that such symptoms aren’t necessarily caused by external factors alone. Even things like stress or eating too much spicy food can irritate your skin.

And though these symptoms can be uncomfortable, it’s not a good idea to leave them alone. They may develop into more severe skin conditions if left unaddressed. Luckily, there are several ways you can soothe sensitive skin. Here are some you can try:

Use a soothing moisturizer

Certain skin products are aimed at addressing irritated, sensitive skin. Specifically, a soothing moisturizer can help calm your skin and reduce inflammation. Our Soothing Moisturizer is perfect for those who struggle with dry or itchy skin. It also strengthens your skin barrier, so you’re less vulnerable to irritants. You can even use it if you have rosacea or psoriasis-prone skin, as it contains significant anti-oxidative properties.

Make sure to apply this twice daily or as recommended by your dermatologist to get the most out of its calming properties. If you’re outside of the house, you can bring the travel-size bottle to fit in your bag.

Opt for cold showers

Cold showers have lots of benefits for your skin. Insider’s post on hot and cold showers informs that cool water offers cooling and anti-inflammatory effects that can reduce itchiness and help your skin calm down. In contrast, hot showers dry out the skin, potentially worsening chronic skin conditions like eczema. Since cold showers won’t use electricity to produce hot water, they’re better for the environment, too.

Given this, choose cold showers more often—your skin will thank you. You can start by lowering your water temperature during each shower to help your body adjust to the cold. Then, you can use our Lavender & Sage Body Butter from the Body Wellness Kit to further soothe your skin. It’s formulated to gently cleanse your body of dirt and replace any moisture lost during your shower, promising minimal irritation as you bathe.

Stop using fabric softeners

Household products that come in contact with your skin can also cause inflammation. In particular, we’re talking about fabric softeners. Fashionable Clothing’s article on fabric softeners and dryer sheets reveals that a major ingredient in fabric softener is Quaternary Ammonium Compounds (QACs), which is linked to the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. As such, your clothes may be housing different bacteria that continuously irritate your skin. Not to mention, QACs are toxic to the environment.

Instead, air-dry your clothes to preserve their material, quality, and longevity. In doing so, you guarantee that your clothes retain their shape and color without causing skin problems.

Protect your skin from the elements

If you’re already experiencing a flare-up, it’s best not to aggravate it further. However, the conditions outdoors can prevent you from soothing your skin effectively. Extremely cold conditions can dry your skin out more, while scorching weather can increase prickly or stinging sensations. A study from the International Journal of Molecular Sciences adds that the sun’s UV rays weaken the skin’s defense mechanisms, which can have more adverse effects for people with sensitive skin. After all, you’re already more prone to flare-ups compared to others.

That said, protecting yourself from the elements is a crucial step for you to take if you want to soothe your skin but need to head outdoors. Wear face masks or scarves to shield your face and neck in cold weather. In warmer conditions, wear clothing that covers any affected areas of your skin, such as long-sleeved shirts if you’re trying to repair the skin on your arms.

Having sensitive skin can be challenging when you experience flare-ups and irritation. Try these tips to soothe it when this happens.


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By Carlie Jane

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