Sensitive skin is one of the most common concerns that people of all skin-types and ages face when it comes to cosmetics, hygiene, and cleaning products. Whether you have oily, dry, or combination skin, sensitivity seems to plague many and can be caused by a variety of things. Allergies to products like shampoos, conditioners, body soaps, and moisturizers can cause a reaction even with minimal use.
Luckily, dermatology experts are working with companies to create household items that even the most sensitive of skin types can use. Products like Vollwaschmittel, an eco-friendly detergent, are designed to be hypoallergenic for those who need a special kind of washer for their clothes. The best way to soothe your sensitive skin is to seek out ingredients that are implemented for that very reason.
Here are 4 ingredients to look for to help soothe your sensitive skin:
Oatmeal is no longer just for breakfast. An incredible ingredient for those with eczema in particular, oatmeal is used to soothe extreme dry patches and accompanying itchiness. In addition to oatmeal products, oatmeal baths are often recommended for those with extreme cases of skin irritation all over the body and not just the face.
- Aloe Vera
Many have probably heard of aloe vera’s soothing properties, especially when it comes to sun burns. Aloe vera is such a pure ingredient that you can break a piece off from an aloe plant and directly apply it to your skin for instant relief. Cool to the touch, it can also help to soothe cuts as well as burns. As it heals your skin, it also helps to impart moisture for a faster recovery. It’s a natural wonder-ingredient that anyone sensitive to synthetic products should have in their cabinet.
- Coconut Oil
Coconut is one of the most highly sought after ingredients in recent skin care trends. In addition to coconut water, coconut oil also helps to treat eczema and also has anti-microbial properties. Coconut oil is also incredibly moisturizing and due to its properties is known to prevent infections such as Staph.
- Goat’s Milk
Goat’s milk is rich in vitamins and incredibly nourishing in addition to being soothing to use. Goat’s milk can be used daily to protect against air pollution and sun rays, but can also be used to calm skin that has had a bad reaction or flare up. Goat’s milk nearly matches the natural pH of human skin, and for this reason is one of the best ingredients to treat damaged or angry skin.
- Shea Butter
Shea butter is best known for its moisturizing qualities. Like aloe vera, this is a true plant medicine, coming from the shea in Africa, and best of all: in most cases, it is fair trade. Shea butter is thick and creamy and often can be found in products like body washes or lotions. Like goat’s milk and oatmeal, it is highly moisturizing due to its creamy consistency.
Often paired with lavender, this ingredient is particularly adept at healing skin. A great component for those who struggle with acne as well as eczema or burns, it also contains antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. If you are intent on finding products that contain this ingredient, also be sure to keep a look out for the phrase “bisabolol”, as that is another term for chamomile extract.
In addition to these incredibly healing and gentle ingredients, there are also a number of things you should look to avoid when dealing with sensitive skin. Synthetic chemical ingredients such as parabens, preservatives, and fragrances can all cause further irritation and are typically used to extend shelf time.
A good rule of thumb when dealing with sensitive skin types is to use as many natural and organic ingredients as possible, whether in products or simply in their most pure forms. Nature is the body’s greatest ally and its soothing properties are the best defense you have when it comes to allergies and irritation.