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“people don’t associate red hair, pale skin and freckles with beauty” – Shirley Manson

(just need the red hair now and I’ll be fab)

Like it isn’t difficult enough maintaining pale skin, choosing to tan is a sure death sentence. Resorting to spray-on tans isn’t any better when you suffer from sensitive skin like mine. It means that your skin is picky enough to throw a tantrum when you apply certain makeup and products on it.

Though I can say that I’m blessed with good skin, I still need to watch out to what I use due to it being dry and sensitive. At this rate I am unsure which of the following I would consider the driest: my personality, sense of humor or skin type.

Either way, I try to avoid all things comedogenic and extremely synthetic. Even beauty products that claim to be gentle enough on sensitive skin don’t work for the most part, in fact, they contain so many hazardous substances that end up doing more harm than good.

The main issues I face with my skin are redness, flakiness and clogged pores. Why? I don’t know. Possibly due to stress, the weather and my wonderful eating habits. And it doesn’t help being extremely pale either; every little blemish becomes more apparent.

How do I deal with it? Below are some tips for extremely sensitive and dry skin:

 Improve your eating habits

Drink 2 – 3 liters of water daily
Chug down two glasses of water upon waking up
Drink one or two glasses of green tea daily
Drink a glass of natural coconut milk daily (non-canned)
Aim to drink warm water with lemon and honey once a week
Eat lots food containing fiber and vitamin C

Improve your sleeping habits

Sleep for 8 hours each night
Be sure to wash your pillowcase regularly
Opt for gentle material such as silk for the pillowcase
Tie your hair or lift it behind your head when sleeping
Sleep with your face upwards instead of sideways

Improve your knowledge

Always read the components of a product
Do not pick something solely based on marketing
Know and understand your skin type very well
Avoid heavy perfumed or synthesized products
Oh, and just because it’s natural, doesn’t mean it will necessarily work
Aim for non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic products
Learn how to decrease your stress (yes)

Improve your choices

 Choose lightweight products that don’t drag your skin
Wear sunscreen. Wear so much sunscreen
Use gentle oils at night (I use almond oil)
Stick to proper cleansing routines
Focus on less synthetics and more organic

Improve your routines

Cleanse, tone, moisturize and massage
I use LUSH products for cleansing and toning
I use rose water for gentle toning
I use cool green tea bags for redness
I use aloe vera gel for burns and flakiness
I use almond and castrol oil for moisturizing

On another note: I am not one to preach especially when I don’t commit to my own tips, but rest assured they’re very helpful for people with a skin type similar to mine.

Featured image is from – Cyrille Duverne

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