SKIN Myths ! BUSTED
We separate fact from fiction on widely held beliefs surrounding sensitive skin
Don’t wear make-up if you have sensitive skin
It’s untrue that you need to forgo wearing make-up – you just need to get informed about what aggravates your skin condition and pay attention to what goes into products. Study product labels and steer clear of those that contain potential irritants such as glycerin, paraben, phthalates, PABA and artificial fragrance. Look for “breathable” formulas and make it a priority to thoroughly remove make-up with a gentle cleanser at the end of the day to prevent oil and dirt build-up that may further irritate your skin.
Not drinking enough water causes sudden skin dryness
It is true that hydration promotes skin health, but not drinking enough water isn’t the main cause of skin dryness. The reason behind a sudden bout of dryness or flare-up is more likely to be caused by ingredients contained in your skincare, body care and cosmetics. For instance, sodium lauryl sulfate can strip skin of its natural oils while mineral oil sometimes causes clogged pores, thereby exacerbating sensitivity.
Never exfoliate sensitive skin
While there is some grain of wisdom in this, it’s not entirely correct. Removing dead cells is an integral part of skin maintenance. We suggest opting for a gentle, natural exfoliant like oatmeal or sugar, and gently massaging in a circular motion instead of scrubbing. Test on a small patch first and scrub just once a week for a start. Remember to slough your legs and feet too as these areas tend to be the driest.
You should use only hypoallergenic products
While hypoallergenic products are your safest bet for sensitive skin, not every skincare, body care or cosmetics brand carries a hypoallergenic line. Restricting yourself to using only hypoallergenic products may vastly limit your options. Other products that contain no irritants may be suitable for you too; you might need to go through a little trial and error to discover what works for you. Ask for product samples where possible before purchasing a full size and always remember to do a patch test.