From my own personal experiences, I know how challenging (and yes, oftentimes, downright irritating), dealing with sensitive skin can be. From food and fabric allergies to fragrance and detergent sensitivities and everything in between, finding what's best for you and the health your skin can be frustrating! I know there's no "One Size Fits All" solution, but here are a few things I've found to be helpful and have worked for me.
Colloidal Oatmeal has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help combat dryness, itchiness, and roughness. Oatmeal creates a protective barrier on the skin that helps with moisture retention.
Natural Soaps made with colloidal oatmeal are a great way to benefit from the soothing, protective, and moisturizing qualities of colloidal oats without having to change your daily regimen. It also helps reduce the occurrence of flare-ups due to daily exposure to free radicals.
Baking Soda is a mild, natural cleanser and moisturizer. Adding baking soda to your warm bath can bring relief and relaxation without drying and irritating your skin. As a child, I remember my grandmother adding a bit of baking soda to my bath water at night.
To create your own soothing bath soak, dissolve half a cup of baking soda to your warm running water. Sit back, relax, and soak for fifteen minutes or however long you can remain undisturbed.
Also, to add a bit of fizzy and bubbly fun (non-irritating and skin safe of course!) to your soak, add a bath bomb to your water and turn your bath into a luxurious, soothing, and calming experience for your skin, body, and mind!
Coconut oil contains healthy fatty acids that can help soothe and moisturize dry irritated skin. Now, I realize not everyone tolerates coconut oil well and it can be a bit clogging to the pores, so if you're one that has a volatile relationship with coconut oil, Avocado oil and/or Shea Butter are alternatives that will become your best friend!
Avocado oil is lightweight and very nourishing, especially for mature skin! Shea butter, although a bit on the heavier side, is extremely nourishing and moisturizing and provides UV protection, not enough to replace your sunscreen, but every little bit helps, right? Exactly!
Whichever oil or butter you choose, or if you choose a combination of your favorite oils and butter, moisturization is key. As we both know, keeping your skin hydrated and moisturized makes it less prone to irritation and itching.
Whether you try one of all of the suggestions above, be sure to use products with natural ingredients and 5 to 10 minutes after every shower/bath (and handwashing session) be sure to lock in moisture with a nourishing body cream or body butter to seal in moisture.
Develop a healthy, natural body care routine and you'll soon get the relief you need and deserve!
What are your go-to favorites for your sensitive skin? Let me know in the comments below so we can help each other!
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