Sensitive skin is a common complaint that is on the increase globally, especially among women. Central heating, air conditioning, hot and cold weather, harsh chemicals, and skincare and cosmetic products, can all irritate sensitive skin.
- Avoid strong soaps and harsh exfoliants that can strip oil from your skin, opt for mild fragrance-free cleansers containing only a few ingredients
- Limit your bath or shower time to five to ten minutes and use warm, rather than hot water
- After washing or bathing, gently pat or blot your skin dry with a towel and moisturise immediately
- Apply shaving cream, lotion or gel before shaving and use a clean, sharp razor. Shave in the direction the hair grows, not against it
- Use a good quality, unscented moisturising cream or lotion to reduce dryness and itching
- Choose smooth, soft, natural fabrics, such as fine cotton and silk or rayon and linen
- Look for gentle clothing detergents and conditioners/softeners that will not cause a rash or itching
- Try to drink eight glasses of water a day to keep your skin hydrated
- Don’t overheat your home in winter, use a humidifier to add moisture to the air inside your home
- Topical remedies such as hydrocortisone cream, can help reduce itching, pain and redness
- Throw out old cosmetics — they can spoil or become contaminated
- Always do a patch test before using a new, unfamiliar skincare product
- Wear a sunscreen with a SPF of at least 30 all year round
The elave products listed are recommended for sensitive skin.