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10 Tips for Sensitive Skin + Scalp

10 Tips for Sensitive Skin + Scalp

Sensitive skin requires patience and a proactive approach to avoid irritation and discomfort. Everyone's skin is different, so it may take some experimentation to find the right products and routines that work for you. Go slowly and pay attention to what is working for you.

  • 1. Cool Compresses: If your skin becomes irritated or inflamed or extremely dry, apply a facial oil and a cool compress to soothe and help rehydrate without losing further moisture.
  • 2. Choose Natural Fabrics: Opt for clothing made from natural, breathable fabrics like cotton and bamboo to reduce friction and irritation on the skin.
  • 3. Avoid Harsh Scrubs and Acidic Exfoliants: Steer clear of abrasive exfoliating products and scrubbing too vigorously. Exfoliate gently and occasionally, as needed.
  • 4. Apply a Protective Oil Pre-Shower: A too hot shower, while it can feel good in cold weather will strip your skin of hydration. Apply a body oil and facial oil before stepping in to protect sensitive spots.
  • 5.Mind Your Laundry Detergent: Use a mild, fragrance-free laundry detergent for washing your clothes and bed linens to prevent skin irritation caused by residual detergent on fabrics. Cocomidapropyl betaine and SLS is everywhere!
  • 6. Comb Your Conditioner Through Your Hair: Applying by hand only coats 50% of your hair. It’s also best to detangle while the conditioner is on the strands for more slip. Running a wide tooth comb over your scalp can help exfoliate.
  • 7. Humidify the Air: If you live in a dry climate and especially  during the winter, use a humidifier to add moisture to the air. Dry air can exacerbate skin sensitivity causing stinging when anything is applied. It will also cause static and flyaways in your hair.
  • 8. Stay Hydrated: Proper hydration from within can significantly improve skin health. However, you cannot drink enough water to keep your skin moisturized when the air around you is too dry or windy. Adding a hydrosol+oil frequently is the most direct route.
  • 9. Stress Management: High stress levels can trigger skin reactions. Practice stress management techniques, such as meditation, yoga, or deep breathing exercises.
  • 10.Regular Check-Ins: Periodically re-evaluate your skincare routine and products, as skin sensitivity can change over time. Just as you put a coat on in cooler weather, your skin needs protection too in the form of richer oils, balms and a hydrosol. 

As you pay attention and develop a routine that works for you, your skin will improve and become more tolerant.

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