Calming Sensitive Skin
If you are experiencing skin sensitivity, not only are you not alone, you are in growing company. Sensitivities of all kind are on the rise. Inflammatory conditions such as asthma, sinusitis, eczema are on the incline. It shouldn't really surprise anyone, since over the last one hundred years we have been exposed to thousands of chemicals and toxins that our predecessors for thousands of years before us never encountered. Sensitive skin is just one type of inflammation, albeit a relatively mild one in many cases.
Your diet may very well be contributing to your sensitivity. Even those who think they have "healthy" diets often find, after detoxing or going on an elimination diet, that they were sensitive to "healthy" foods that just weren't healthy for them. If you think you are one of these people, feel free to write for some personal advice on how to go about uncovering the causes of inflammation in your life. The payoff is quite rewarding.
Inflammation tends to spread within the body. So sensitive skin is trying to issue a warning. Paying attention to that warning is well worthwhile. Isolating the cause of irritation now may mean escaping the wrath of significantly more disturbing inflammatory conditions tomorrow (arthritis, Alzheimer's and some forms of cancer included.)
The first thing to do if you are experiencing sensitivity, is to switch to a product designed especially for sensitive skin. For most lines of cosmetics, that means the fragrance has been eliminated. We at The Healthy Skin Shop feel we can do better! We offer our client products that will penetrate the skin and include herbs and other calming nutrients to help reduce inflammation within the skin. We seek not only to avoid irritating your condition, but to improve it as well.
Since inflammation stems from within, we would certainly suggest eliminating some inflammatory foods from your diet, and enhancing the diet with potent anti-inflammatory compounds. For example, our
Eskimo-3 Natural Stable Fish Oil Supplement
has been gaining a lot of attention in recent years as a potent anti-inflammatory, in addition to other significant health-supporting properties it possesses. If you are serious about your health and your skin, you definitely want to check this product out.
In caring for sensitive skin, the following should be kept in mind:
* Try to avoid extreme temperatures, hot or cold, even in cleansing and showering.
* Don't overstimulate the skin with massage, rubbing or overcleansing.
* Consider supplementing with anti-inflammatory nutrients as well as powerful antioxidants, which reduce oxidative stress in the tissues. Sensitive skin ages more quickly than non-sensitive skin, so you want to be vigilant here.
* Avoid hot and spicy foods, alcohol and smoking. These
affect the dilation and constriction of the capillary walls and will worsen sensitivity.
Ingredients to look for in your skin care products are the following:
* Licorice: this ingredient is appearing in all sorts of products lately, from self tanners to moisturizers, even deoderants! It's no small wonder why: one of licorice's chemical constituents, glycyrrhetinic acid, can protect your skin from irritation. Skin suffering from acne, or subjected to regular use of alpha hydroxy acids or retinoids, can benefit from this calming herb.
* Green Tea: Green Tea has gained big press lately for its antioxidant capabilities. Green Tea has also been found to have exceptional anti-inflammatory and anti-allergenic powers, due to its high catechin (polyphenol) content.
* Aloe Vera: Aloe is a powerful plant that helps to accelerate the healing process for irritated or sunburned skin. It softens, soothes and hydrates. Some people are allergic to aloe, however, and if you are one of them this ingredient will not be in the least bit soothing for you!
Finally, reducing the level of stress in your life can signifcantly improve inflammatory conditions. Stress releases hormones within the body that accelerate inflammation and aging. At the risk of sounding a little too "New Age", a few hours of Yoga weekly can improve core strength and help you handle the stressful triggers in your life. For years I resisted yoga, but now I am an avid fan. It is definitely a mind/body/soul balancer.
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