What does one do, when your born with sensitive skin? Well, I was born with it and it has progressively become more sensitive as I’ve gotten older. Not only do I have sensitive skin (more like hypersensitive), but I also have a condition called Pilaris Keratosis. This is a skin condition that is genetic and characterized by the red, rashy look that mostly shows up on the arms, but can be seen on the legs, back, and face. Pilaris Keratosis is a condition in which the hair follicle becomes clogged with keratin, resulting in a white bump with a red appearance around the outer edges. It is noticeable and can be exacerbated by the environment and use of toxic skin care products. I have done much research over the years, tried many things to reduce the condition, and have settled on a simple, natural solution.
First, let me say, stop using over the counter items from your drugstore; they are loaded with toxins that will make the problem worse. I once used a prescription ointment from the doctor but I simply did not want to use steroids or toxic creams that could have long-term side effects, and only gave temporary relief. You can buy expensive products from the whole food/organic food store but there’s no need when you can make them yourself.
To reduce redness and imbalance in oil production, especially for the face, wash with an organic face wash or soap. I have found that using goats milk soap or an oatmeal soap works best. I have also decided upon making my own soap (recipe to come) to reduce the chemicals that are added but you can shop around if you want. You must look at the labels and be sure that for sensitive skin they are free of essential oils, fragrances, dyes, perfumes, propylene glycol, and parabens.
Next, as someone from our Going2Natural Team has already mentioned, use Apple Cider Vinegar with water as a toner. Apple Cider Vinegar is a miracle cure-all and its PH balancing properties aid sensitive skin in remaining balanced. Often, sensitive skin becomes unbalance which results in dry patches, redness, and irritation. You can mix a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in an empty cosmetic bottle, fill the rest of the way with water, and shake. Apply this to a cotton ball and rub over your face; the benefits are reduced redness, fewer breakouts, and smooth skin (not to mention more money in your pocket).
It’s important to exfoliate in order to have cell turn over, which will reduce the bumps and redness. I have found that using papaya with honey and chia seeds is a great exfoliant. I buy an organic papaya, cut it into cubes, add a tablespoon or so of honey and chia seeds. Blend in a blender and you have an exfoliant/face mask that will help with removing dead skin cells and revealing the glowing skin underneath. I pay about $6 total to make this exfoliant. Most exfoliants cost $15 and up depending on the brand and only last about half the time. Please keep this product refrigerated.
Finally, moisturize. I use unrefined Shea Butter by Alaffia but I may make my own moisturizer in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for that recipe!
There you have the basics for sensitive skin care, the natural way! As always, an overall healthy regimen of skin care, diet, and exercise are all of the utmost importance.
To health and happiness,