As Spring comes closer and the temperature rises, you’ll find that your skin might become more prone to allergies and increased sensitivity. Unpredictable weather conditions can really affect your skin. Skin with a fragile skin barrier often struggles with sudden changes in temperatures, humidity levels and weather conditions.
Here are some tell-tale signs to see if your skin needs extra care.
- Rashes and redness
Redness is a common sign of sensitive skin. Frequent rashes and tiny red bumps are telltale signs of sensitivity. Be sure to vet any new products by performing a patch test on a small, inconspicuous area. Wait 24 hours to see if a rash develops before applying it to your entire face or body.
People with sensitive skin also tend to flush more often when facing changing weather and high temperature.
- Dry and itchy skin
As a result of skin’s lack of ability to hold in moisture, people with sensitive skin often experience persist dryness on different parts of the body. Dryness and irritation of the skin are signs of eczema, a type of dermatitis characterized by a leaky skin barrier that doesn’t effectively trap moisture. Scaling and flaking develops the longer the dryness persists. For mild eczema, over-the-counter creams can help but for more persistent flare-ups, a topical steroid can provide relief.
Sensitive, dry skin may produce extra oils to try to compensate for the lack of contained moisture. The result? Easily clogged pores that lead to breakouts. Some ingredients in your skincare products can be pore-clogging or inflammation.
Here are some tips on how you can combat skin sensitivity in Spring.
- Choose the right products
When it comes to sensitive skin treatment, look out for products with effective and natural ingredients. DU’IT VE+ Vitamin E Face Cream is a soothing moisturizer enriched with natural vitamin E. Avoid certain ingredients that could flare up irritations, including artificial fragrance, alcohol, mineral oil or lanolin.
People with thin skin barriers are more vulnerable to the harsh environment. Dimethicone can form a thin, non-greasy protective film on the skin surface to help prevent moisture loss and shield the skin from environmental irritants. DU’IT Foot & Heel Balm plus contains natural moisturising factors and Dimethicone. It is also free from nasties such as petrolatum, mineral oil, parabens and allergens and irritants. Its triple action formula helps to soothe, repair, hydrate and protect the skin.
- Test it out before use
It is a good idea to do patch tests before switching to unfamiliar products. Apply a small amount of the new product behind your ear to see if your skin reacts. Pay special attention to areas like the eyes, where skin is thin and fragile.
- Spring cleaning
Not only does your wardrobe need Spring cleaning, it is also important to clean up your makeup table. Once opened, skincare products can easily be contaminated, especially in Spring as the temperature goes up. Check the period-after-opening symbol on the packaging and see if it is time to throw them out.
- Do not overheat
Spring can be a little chilly, but overheated water or air can dehydrate your skin and trigger itchiness and heat rash. So make sure your room is kept at a comfortable temperature and use lukewarm water to clean your skin.
- Protect your skin from the sun
Do not step into the sun without a hat or sunscreen lotion. When choosing sunscreens, opt for a physical sunscreen, as it deflects UV rays rather than absorbing them – which most chemical sunscreens do.
- Maintain a healthy lifestyle
As your immune system plays a role in skin sensitivity, it is important to keep a healthy lifestyle by having a balanced diet and regular exercise. This helps your body to fight against allergies.
- Consult a dermatologist
Simply overloading your skin with moisturising products does not help with skin irritation. If symptoms persist, please seek out for professional advice from a doctor or a dermatologist.