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There is a large number of skin care products on the market, each promising superior results to the rest of the products.
But did you know that many of these products you use every day — even your soap for sensitive skin — can damage and irritate your skin?
Today, you’ll learn why certain products that seem harmless can be irritating your skin, but you’ll also find a series of tips for dealing with sensitive skin and ailments that you can start applying right now to take care of your skin from home.
The importance of pH care
pH is short for “potential of hydrogen” and measures how acidic or alkaline a substance is, in this case, the thin layer of fat that protects your skin.
Now, the pH plays a fundamental role in protecting your skin, since if it rises to very alkaline — a value above 7 is considered alkaline — your skin will lose water, become dry, and its protective barrier function will be exposed to external factors that could damage it.
It turns out that there are several factors that can affect the pH of your skin, including:
- Excessive exposure to sunlight
- Certain kind of cosmetics
- Excessive washing, especially with hot water
- Skin cleaning products
Especially the excessive use of cleaning products such as highly alkaline soaps is the most significant factor that contributes to altering the pH levels of the skin.
Despite this, there are several actions you can take to deal with your sensitive skin, easily and from home.
Tips for the care of sensitive skin
Whatever the reason why you or someone close to you is suffering from sensitive skin, here are the most useful tips to deal with the problem, according to dermatologists.
1. Use the right type of soap
Dermatologists recommend using cleansers that contain minimal ingredients to reduce the risk of skin irritation. In the case of soap, the idea is to use a type of natural soap that doesn’t contain any type of chemicals that can cause irritation on sensitive skin. A soap with a neutral pH (not greater than 7) would be appropriate.
2. Be careful with cosmetic products
In other words, take a good look at the label of any cosmetic product you’re considering buying and make sure it contains no — or minimal — ingredients such as alcohol, sulfates, preservatives, and even certain oils and fragrances.
3. Don’t abuse with the exfoliation of your face
Don’t wash or exfoliate your face excessively, as this process helps to remove the superficial protective layer of the skin.
4. Avoid hot water
Water that is too hot can dry out your skin by dissolving its protective oil layer, so avoid baths that are too hot and try with warm water instead.
5. Drink plenty of water
Maintaining good hydration by consuming a sufficient amount of water each day is essential to help keep moisture in the skin’s protective layer. Remember to consume between 8 and 12 glasses of water per day, depending on your physical activity.
6. Keep stress under control
Stress can also cause the skin to dry out and seriously damage it due to the production of free radicals. Try doing some activity that helps you relax, be it meditation, exercise, or even going for a walk.
7. Protect your skin from the sun
UV rays from the sun are one of the main enemies of healthy skin. Remember to always use some type of sunscreen before going outside — but remember to check the list of ingredients before buying.