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Calming down the Sensitive Skin.

           S ome people have a more delicate skin complexion that can easily become irritated. Even the slightest climate change or...


     Some people have a more delicate skin complexion that can easily become irritated. Even the slightest climate change or moisturizer brand swap is enough to make their skin swell and get inflamed in a whisk.

     More complicated cases might experience rosacea and psoriasis, but these types need medical attention. Still, a balanced diet and some lifestyle changes can work in conjunction with any curing treatment to improve results, but this is to be discussed first with the doctor.





× Sun exposure for prolonged periods and always be protected with a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.


× Drastic climate changes unless being in need to. Too hot and too cold can aggravate the situation as well.


× Hot showers, especially if they last for more than 5 minutes.


× Soaps and products that contain fragrances, alcohol, essential oils, formaldehyde, preservatives and colours. As a general rule of thumb, if the product you will apply over your face contains more than 10 ingredients, don't buy it. That includes cosmetics as well.


× Even ingredients that are generally recommended for the rest of skin types can itch and irritate a sensitive skin, like Vitamin C and acids, like glycolic & alpha hydroxy acids (AHA's), retinoids and even coconut oil. For this skin type, the less products used, the better. Hypoallergenic products are NOT necessarily safe for sensitive skin, so beware of that.


× Steer away from sunscreen with chemicals like para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA), dioxybenzone, oxybenzone, or sulisobenzone; the best ones to use are zinc-oxide or titanium-dioxide based ones.


× Drinks that cause blood vessels to swell, like caffeinated & alcoholic beverages.


× Foods like gluten, dairy products, eggs, wine, soy, can all trigger rashes. Avoid canned, frozen or boxed meals, as they contains high amounts of preservatives that can cause flare-ups.


× If you use a wash cloth to cleanse your skin, get rid of it and buy instead a baby wash cloth, which will be much more gentle. As well with cotton balls or pads, as they can irritate your skin.





Anti-inflammatory herbs and spices like turmeric, red pepper, ginger, cummin, fennel, rosemary, onion and garlic. These will also increase circulation and help but take them with ease, as an excess can add an extra-glow to your face.

Nuts and seeds: Walnuts, cashews, hazelnuts, almonds, peanuts and pinenuts. Sesame, sunflower and pumpkin seeds are all extremely rich in Omega 3. You can add them on top of your salad for a very healthy twist, and swap the dressing for a dash of healthy oil.

Cucumber. It will clean and add moist the skin cells and therefore will calm them down; cucumber is great both to eat and to apply direclty into the skin, its anti-inflammatory and calming properties are highly recommended for sensitive skin.

Tomatoes. They contain several anti-oxidant properties and their best quality is the lycopene which will naturally offer you protection against sunburn. Also loaded with beta-carotene, which helps with the absorption of the lycopene and also has high concentrations of Vitamin C.

Carrots. they are full of beta-carotene, the number one fighter against free radical chemicals from high sun exposure.

Wheat germ. Make sure you include this little treasure in your daily diet: it is very high in zinc and selenium; Vitamin B6, to prevent the absorption of the zinc in the intestines (balances itself); one of the top listed source of Vitamin E; high doses of protein and Coenzyme Q-10. Add wheat germ to milkshakes, salads, cereal, bread, pancakes and store it in a well-sealed container in a dry place away from sunlight, as it might go rancid quickly due to its unsaturated fat content.

Blueberries. They are armed with anthocyanins, neutralizing enzymes that destroy connective tissue, and maintain a healthy collagen matrix. They are high in Vitamin C content and the wild version has big amounts of Vitamin E.

Greens like spinach, asparagus, celery and broccoli. These green friends have high concentrations of beta-carotene, Vitamin C & E, plus coenzyme Q10, all a necessary for healthy skin.

Citrus family: Oranges, lemons, limes, tangerines, mandarines, grapefruit and pomelo have high concentration of Vitamin C and are a must in everyone's diet. Among other properties, Vitamin C is one of the best promoters of collagen production.

Apples & Onions. The only similarity between these two is their invaluable nutrients: they are a great source of Vitamin C and quercetin, both powerful antioxidants.

Sweet potatoes. They promote the synthesis of hyaluronic acid, which helps to keep skin smooth and supple. Also, their unique root proteins are believed to be a powerful antioxidant.

Green tea. Towering amounts of catechins, a powerful antioxidant. Choose loose leaf tea instead of tea bags for even more powerful effects.

Fish Roe, Salmon and Tuna. Fish eggs contain much more Omega-3 than the fattiest of fish, so caviar is not just fancy but super nourishing.


Perfect for sensitive skin: oatmeal has many skin soothing properties and is hypoallergenic.


1 tbsp of organic honey.

1 egg yolk.

Oatmeal as needed

→ Mix in a bowl the honey and the egg yolk and add the oatmeal you need to create a thick paste.

→ Apply all over your face and rinse off with warm water. Use a baby was cloth to remove it if needed and pat dry, don't go scrubbing your face.

→ In this cases is extremely important to moisturise your skin after the treatment.

DIY Facial Cleanser


1 part baking soda

2 parts ground oatmeal


You can grind your oatmeal in a food processor or with a mortar and pestle. Then, mix it with the baking soda and store in a sealed container. Whenever you want to wash your face, mix 1/2 tsp of the dry mixture with warm water. Rub gently onto skin in circular motions, rinse off and pat dry.

DIY Face Moisturizer

♦ Nothing will offer more peace of mind than having picked and selected good and truly natural ingredients to apply all over your face. This recipe has the very good of nature and suits perfect the sensitive skin. Still, it is recommended you try it first somewhere else first than your face. Source: Organic Authority.


2 tbsp of grated beeswax.

1/4 cup distilled water.

1/4 cup rose water.

1/2 cup of almond or argan oil.

5 drops of galbanum essential oil.

4 drops of rose essential oil.

Mix beeswax and distilled water into a bowl. Put on the stove at low heat and stir until combined. Once they are thoroughly combined, place into a blender and use in low speed.

While blending, add the rose water and essential oils.

Gradually add after the almond or argan oil.

Let the mixture cool down and pour it into a jar.

Learn on other skin conditions by clicking the link of these related write-ups:





Simple skin type test

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