It’s getting to be that time. The warm weather is on it’s way out *single tear* and the cold, dry, sun-deprived winter months are on their way in.
While some may enjoy frolicking in the snow, cozying up by the fire, and sipping spiked hot chocolate (at least I hope it’s spiked), the colder months can really take a toll on your skin. Especially if you have sensitive skin.
And even though most of us experience drier, itchier skin throughout the winter months, it’s those with the conditions mentioned above who really feel the effects of the cold, dry weather.
So how does one make it through winter without wanting to scratch their skin off? You keep it au naturale baby.
How To Treat Sensitive Skin With Food
Just like there isn’t a be-all-end-all treatment for getting rid of wrinkles, there isn’t just one way to treat sensitive skin.
Truthfully, there are several, but I personally like to provide our lovely readers with handy DIY tricks that can help ease this burden. So with that in mind, let’s hit the kitchen!
I know I have said it before but some of the best skincare products you can use are actually some of the most common foods we eat. Wacky, I know, but that Mother Nature sure does know how to make a mean skincare remedy.
A Little Hydration
- 1/4 cup of goats milk yogurt
- 1/4 cup of raw honey
Give that bad boy a stir, wash your face, and spread your mask evenly all over your face, allowing it to sit for 5 minutes before rinsing it off with cool water and patting dry.
The humectant properties found in the honey help to lock moisture into your skin without leaving it feeling greasy after washing it off.
Honey is also a natural antiseptic, meaning it will help to gently cleanse your skin and lower any chances of future skin irritations or infections.
The yogurt on the other hand contains lactic acid which is gentle enough to calm sensitive skin but also helps to exfoliate away any dead layers of skin, while also helping to balance your skin’s pH levels.
- 1 large chopped aloe leaf
- 1 cup of aloe juice
- 1 cup of chopped cucumber
Mix your three ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth and spreadable. Then what do you do? Spread that sh*t!
Spread it all over your face and leave it to soak in for up to 20 minutes. Then just rinse off, pat dry, and marvel at how refreshed, smooth, and soothed your skin feels.
Since both ingredients are well known for their natural ability to calm redness and irritation this mask is great for soothing your skin during any painful breakouts or when your skin dries out and starts to crack.
Added bonus – keep 2 slices of your cucumber to place over your eyes while you are waiting for your mask to soak in and you should notice your eyes looking more refreshed and awake. What a handy little vegetable…err…fruit.
For a vitamin-packed punch that will help to ease the sensitivity of your skin, combine:
- 1/2 a ripe banana
- 2 tablespoons of sour cream
- 1 tablespoon of raw honey
In a small bowl mash up your ingredients and stir until completely smooth. Then lather your clean face with your banana mixture and let it sit for 15 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.
Because of the vitamin content found in bananas – we’re talkin’ vitamins A, B, E, and F – plus the smooth, creamy texture of the fruit itself, this mask is extremely soothing for dry, cracked, sensitive skin.
On top of that, these vitamins each provide different skincare benefits such as, helping to keep your skin moisturized and hydrated while providing your face with natural protection from sun exposure and giving it a healthy dose of antioxidants to further protect it from damage.
It’s such a beneficial mask I would even say it’s bananas! Lame pun intended. And that, my friends, is how to treat sensitive skin.
But wait! It doesn’t end there…
What Foods To Avoid For Sensitive Skin
Now just as I’ve told you certain foods help to alleviate some of the burden caused by sensitive skin, there are other foods you should avoid…like the plague. What are they?
Found in wheat, barley, rye, and spelt this little protein can destroy intestinal villi and ultimately lead to itchy, blistering rashes.
Quick fix? Eliminate foods such as wheat (anything), soy sauce, beer, cereals, mostly anything battered, pizza, and pasta.
Milk proteins can cause sensitive skin, particularly eczema, to flare up.
Quick fix? Read your labels and avoid any foods with milk, non-fat milk solids, cheese, lactose, casein, and whey in it. Instead, opt for almond, rice, or coconut milk to ensure your skin stays problem free.
Eggs, particularly the whites, can cause skin flare ups. This is due to the Histamines found in our bodies that can sometimes view egg whites as a foreign invader, triggering itchy or painful rashes and hives.
Quick fix? Stay away from eggs if you have found your skin flares up once ingesting them.
Like the other foods mentioned above soy can cause skin flare ups, rashes, or hives in certain people.
Quick fix? Avoid foods such as soy milk, soy beans, meat substitutes, and tofu. Also be sure to read the labels of the food you buy as some manufacturers add soy to the most unassuming foods, such as canned tuna.
While you can’t always avoid sensitive skin flare ups, if you follow these simple guidelines on how to treat sensitive skin, test out some of the face masks, and avoid chemical-laden products you should notice a gradual decrease in the pain and discomfort you may have experienced in the past with your skin.
Of course, not everyone loves to embrace their inner DIY’in diva, so if you are looking for a product that will help you treat sensitive skin then check out our review on Pai Skincare.
It is an organic skincare line that is not only gentle on sensitive skin but it helps to cleanse and clear up many skin conditions that some store-bought products just simply can’t.
But enough outta me, I want to hear from you! Specifically tell me, do you suffer from sensitive skin and if so do you have any tips on how to treat sensitive skin? If so, share ’em below!