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Caring for Sensitive Skin on a Budget

Updated on December 4, 2011
CHAMOMILE AND FACE CREAM by Dolnikow Chamomile and face cream - natural body-care
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sensitive skin care on a budget

Living with sensitive skin can drive you crazy. Everything seems to make your skin break out. Manufacturers seem intent on lacing their products with highly scented perfumes that, if you let them anywhere near your skin, will cause a major eruption. You are desperate for advice but anywhere you might go for advice, people only want to sell you something. There is little advice on living with a sensitive skin, only people wanting to sell expensive potions and lotions guaranteed to give sensitive skin spots for weeks.

It is of course always possible to buy special natural products, in most health food shops; however, these can prove expensive. Not everyone can afford to spend huge amounts on such things in these straightened economic times.

Many people with sensitive skin find that cheaper skin products may suit them better than expensive, highly perfumed products. The straightforward no-nonsense products, especially those labeled as simple products can suit some people. For women cleansing lotions can be difficult, sometimes natural products can help. One particular manufacturer makes an inexpensive range of skin care products, one of which is a camomile and aloe vera eye and facial cleanser combined, which is suitable for most sensitive skins and an excellent cleanser. The same manufacturer makes a very good moisturizer in their sensitive skin range.

Many people with sensitive skin find that deodorants and anti-perspirants cause them skin problems. Deodorants and anti-perspirants are comparatively new products and are not as necessary as many people believe. Washing regularly and properly will ensure your personal hygiene. Use baby talcum powder under your arms after washing. Wearing natural fibres next to the skin allows perspiration to evaporate naturally.

Cosmetics can also be a problem, when you have sensitive skin. Sticking to the cosmetics that you know suits your skin is the best policy. Many people with extremely sensitive skin find that expensive cosmetics, even those labeled as suitable for sensitive skin, cause their skin to erupt and use the very inexpensive well-known cosmetic ranges.

If you have sensitive skin, you may find that shampoos and hair conditioners are also a problem for you. Anti-dandruff or other strong hair treatments may burn your scalp, as may some hair colouring products. Some people find that baby shampoos and conditioners suit their skin others find that cheap supermarket family shampoos and conditioners are best for them, as they are unlikely to contain the ingredients, which cause them problems.

Laundry products often leave residues in clothes and these can cause problems to people with sensitive skin. Eco laundry products are available but they are expensive. You could experiment with ordinary soap powders and see which one suits you. Some soap powder and laundry detergent manufacturers make a product especially for sensitive skin. Another thing to try is a detergent especially formulated for washing baby clothes. Some manufacturers make products that contain no detergent only pure soap flakes.

Many people with sensitive skin forget that fabric conditioner can upset their skin. Modern fabric conditioners are very highly perfumed, and using them on clothing and bed linen can cause irritation to sensitive skin. You could try making your own natural fabric conditioner. There are many recipes for natural fabric conditioners on the internet. Some people use a solution of baking soda and water instead of proprietary fabric conditioners. Another natural product to use is white vinegar, buy the cheapest and add the same amount to the washing machine as you would fabric conditioner. It will not make your clothes smell, but it will keep them soft and remove soap residues. There are other natural products that you can use instead of fabric conditioner.

Caring for sensitive skin does not have to break the budget. There are inexpensive alternatives to expensive specialist products. You can look after your sensitive skin and watch the pennies.


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