Allergies have long been the only suspected culprit for triggering sensitive skin. But, what if you knew that your body’s inability to process certain ingredients was not the only reason for your negative skin reactions? In truth, there are a number of reasons why those of us with sensitive skin have to be more careful with our bodies.
It’s important to know what causes your specific outbreaks so that you can avoid them. Learning your ingredient triggers is the right thing to do for your health. But, it’s also important to know your product triggers so that you may also avoid them. Some of these product triggers may be the ones that you cause for yourself.
We want you and your skin to be safe. So, we’re sharing some ways that you may be triggering your negative skin reactions. Here are a few everyday practices that can damage your skin:
- Misusing products/ingredients. Each ingredient has an expiration. Each one also has a specific use and conditions for its use. Using expired products or products in a way that is unintended, can trigger your skin. For example, some products can use the sun’s heat to increase the temperature of your skin to unsafe levels. Applying this type of product and going into sunlight can “cook” your skin. Seriously!
- Using [untested] home/internet recipes. The mixing ingredients and chemicals requires specific knowledge. Making and using products without this knowledge puts your skin at risk for harm. It is important to confirm that the source of any product or recipe has proper training and knowledge. For example, something as simple as putting lavender essential oil directly on your skin or in your bath water can cause chemical burns.
- Poor hygiene. Products that are not leave-on, dirt and oil must be removed from the skin. Pores can get clogged and dermal limits damage skin if they aren’t removed. For example, sleeping in make-up can cause blackheads, whiteheads, breakouts and false skin types. Having good practices and routines along with using the right cleansers are key for achieving your best possible skin.
Body care is about more than the product itself. It’s also about how you use the product. Understanding your products is a great to ensure that you are not creating triggers for your skin.
Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of the cure.
Robinson, T.L.; Interview May 25, 2018