A sensitive skin tends to:
- be pale
- be sensitive to many cosmetics
- be sensitive to sunlight, developing red, scaly patches.
- be develop red blotches and broken veins in extreme temperatures.
- be dry and fine texture.
- be poorly protected due to insufficient epidermic oils.
We all have the potential of having sensitive skin, and our skin may become sensitive to certain substances or sensitive in certain circumstances like stress. As we age the sensitivity may increase as well.
Avoid hard water, alcohol in skin toners, harsh alkaline cleaners or soaps, highly perfumed products and skin abrasives. Simplicity and pure ingredients are important in a skin care regimen for sensitive skin. Mild toners, gentle cleansers and delicate moisturizer are the key. Use simple floral water like chamomile or orange blossom as a toner. You can also make your own infused herbal toner.
According to Battaglia, it is also important that great care is taken when selecting the essential oils. Oils with anti-inflammatory properties like yarrow, lavender, neroli, German chamomile, and everlasting/helichrysum should be used for sensitive skin according to Battaglia.
Evening primrose, jojoba, apricot kernel and infused calendula oils are base oils that Battaglia considers suitable for sensitive skin.
Make your own ointments, creams, facial gels, and toners using the essential oils and base oils mentioned above.
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Johanna is an aromatherapist she is passionate about educating people about health, essential oils, real food, natural remedies, and nutrition so they make healthier choices in their lives.