If you experience seasonal or occasional skin sensitivity, here are some tips that may help you cope.
1. Patch Test New Products: f you have sensitive skin, before trying any new skincare products or cosmetics, it is recommended that you do a patch test for compatibility. Apply a small amount to the side of your neck and wait 24 to 48 hours to see if there is a reaction.
2. Go Fragrance-Free: As noted above, fragrance and the phthalates found in fragrance can be culprits when it comes to irritating skin. Opt for fragrance-free cleansers, creams, deodorants and other personal care products.
Over the past few years, there has been an explosion of people with sensitive skin issues and skin allergies. A 2011 survey of 36,500 Canadians revealed that 56% were concerned about chemicals in skincare products and nearly half felt they had sensitive skin. A 2007 US study produced similar results. Women were more concerned than men (50.9% vs. 38.2%).
It’s a New Year, and many of you have told us that you want to avoid chemicals, but aren’t sure where to start. Simple changes in our everyday personal care routines can reduce our long-term exposure to low levels of potentially harmful ingredients.
We have some easy ideas for cleaning up your daily personal care regime.