I’ve made similar articles to this before, including a recent article about how to avoid dry skin in the wintertime. Today, however, I want to focus completely on sensitive skin, and the issues it can cause year-round. For me in particular, my skin is sensitive to everything, including water. Water!

I wouldn’t go as far as to say I have diagnosable heat rash, but I definitely do experience some intense symptoms in the summertime. If I can, I try to stay inside as much as possible from May-September, to keep my symptoms at bay.

Of course, sometimes the unavoidable happens. Sometimes I try a new shampoo or body wash and break out in an itchy rash, the AC breaks, or the detergent in my sheets irritates my arms and legs. Whatever the situation may be, I always try my best to keep the reaction as short and mild as possible. Here are all my tips and tricks I’ve learned over the years- most of them being trial and error. I hope you’re able to find some solace in them as well!

One of the biggest pieces of advice I can offer is to have professional allergy testing done at your closest hospital or doctor’s office (I’m not sure exactly where the testing is carried out). Essentially, the doctor will test you for x amount of common allergens by injecting you with a very small amount, and observing which allergens create a rash. It may sound painful and gross (because it is), but ultimately, you’re going to get some crucial answers about your health. I, for example, am allergic to a very specific ingredient in some lotions and shampoos, and now know that I can only use products free of that ingredient. It might make shopping a little bit more difficult, but at least you’ll know what products/ingredients give you rashes.

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Oatmeal baths are great for irritated skin.

Another tip I’ve learned over the years is to always have a special place to keep all your rash remedies. I have a box under my bed with a cold compress, oatmeal packets, baking soda, aloe vera, and a bottle of zyrtec. Obviously, you can’t always whip up an oatmeal bath when you’re out in public, but consider grabbing the zyrtec or a benadryl in case of unforeseen emergencies. There have been so many times I’ve been bitten by an insect, or even just touched a damn leaf, sudden itchiness broke over my entire body. It might not completely erase the itchiness, but it should at least alleviate your symptoms to some degree.

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Burt’s Bees products are natural, hypoallergenic, and cruelty-free!

Lastly, I want to tune you guys in on some of my favorite hypoallergenic beauty/skincare products. Like I said, most of these tips are things I’ve personally learned through trial and error. Almay, Burt’s Bees, and Real Purity are all cruelty-free and safe for the skin, as well as being kind to the planet. It can be difficult to find the best of both worlds, but these two brands are nothing short of lovely. If you know any other great brands for sensitive skin, let me know below!

I hope some, if not all, of these tips and tricks work for you. Taking care of your body and listening to its needs are some of the most important things you can do for yourself, especially when you’re dealing with constant sensitive skin. Good luck!

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I’m definitely the sort of person who finds a particular product they like, sticks with it, and buys it repeatedly until something new comes along. That’s not to say I don’t like trying new things, but if something is working for me, why not continue using it?

With that being said, I go through bottles and tubes almost weekly, especially when it comes to makeup and beauty products. These are the products that have worked so well for me, I have to stock up on them again and again. Hopefully, you’ll find one or two things that resonate with you as well!

One of my favorite cleansers of all time is this Kale Detox Face Wash by Pacifica. I wouldn’t be surprised if I’ve mentioned it before, because it’s been one of my favorites for a long time. Delicious-smelling face wash isn’t a must for me, but it’s definitely a benefit- and this face wash smells like a fresh fruit smoothie. I aim to wash my face at least twice a day, so this product certainly dwindles down fast. Hey, Pacifica, can you make me a thirty-two liter bottle of this stuff?

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Something I’ve been trying to prioritize more in the past few months is using organic, environmental-friendly products on my face and body. My mom actually introduced me to this vegan deodorant cream by Lumē, and I’ve been loving it ever since. I’ve struggled with natural deodorants in the past, because I feel like most of them aren’t strong enough, but this one actually really works. This deodorant contains lavender and clary sage essential oils, so it smells super sweet, and it’s even safe enough to also use on your lady bits. One bottle of this stuff also has a rather long shelf life- I’ve managed to make this deodorant last about two and a half months! 

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I’ve bought a lot of foundation in my life, but the only one I’ve ever repurchased is the Becca Cosmetics Ultimate Coverage 24 Hour Foundation. I’ve struggled with finding the perfect foundation in the past- they’re usually either too drying, too dark for my skintone, or simply too sheer for my taste. I’ve loved using the Becca foundation for the past few months because it counteracts every problem I could ever have. The foundation is creamy and full coverage, and the brand itself is cruelty-free, which I absolutely must have in my makeup products. In regards to other makeup products, I’ve also had to stock up on more Tarte Shape Tape Concealer. I swear, the uses for this stuff are everlasting, so it’s no wonder I run out of a single bottle after only a month and a half. The only downside to both of these products is that they’re a bit on the pricier side, but it makes sense, considering how advantageous they are.

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Admittedly, I used to be one of those people who hardly ever cleaned their makeup brushes. It’s actually kind of amazing, the difference you can see in your makeup application based on how often you clean your brushes. It can also, more than anything, be a health hazard for your eyes if you neglect to clean your beauty brushes, as they can become a breeding ground for bacteria. Something I’ve gone through incredibly fast the past few months is the IT Cosmetics Brush Bath- a spray that effectively and quickly cleans your makeup brushes. I always spritz my brushes with the brush bath before I use them, and after rubbing them with a cloth or towel, they literally look good as new. I also really enjoy the smell of this product- it’s like a citrus-y, fruity, almost lavender-scented product. Cleaning brushes is no longer a chore!

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Being a full-time college student, I don’t have many opportunities to immerse myself in the luxury of bubble baths. That being said, when I am home from college, I definitely like to go overboard with as many baths as I can. Look, I know baths don’t actually make you cleaner or more hygenic, but they feel so damn good on the muscles. There are few feelings that compare to submerging yourself in a boiling tub of hot, fragrant water. I tend to go back and forth with using products from Lush and Bath & Body Works, especially the 2018 holiday scents released by the latter. My favorite bubble bath at the moment is Twisted Peppermint; it’s the only bubble bath scent I haven’t gotten tired of yet. I’ve already nearly emptied the bottle, and yet, I’m still considering running back to Bath & Body Works to stock up again. I like my baths to feel luxurious, and Twisted Peppermint definitely delivers that rich, sweet, dessert-like bubbly goodness. Of course, as tempted as you may be, don’t actually eat it. I refuse to allow bubble bath to become the next tide pod fiasco.

I’m planning on ordering some new products from Hush later in the month, so hopefully around springtime, I will have some new items to review. Let me know if you’ve tried any of the products I mentioned today, and if you share a similar love for them!

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I consider myself pretty #blessed to have oily skin. I know that may sound odd, but truthfully, I don’t think there’s anything worse than having dry skin. (Okay, I can think of quite a few things worse than that, but you get what I’m saying.) Dry skin is extremely noticeable, uncomfortable, and sometimes even painful. My skin used to become very dry in the winter months, but as I’ve gotten older, it has done a complete 180° and become exceedingly oily instead. There are quite a few reasons for why this might happen, but in my particular case, I think it was due to puberty. Everybody’s skin is different, of course, so I can’t guarantee what works for me will work for you too. I also don’t spend a lot of time outside, so I’m sure this has an impact on why my skin is hardly ever dry. That being said, I’m happy to share my tips, tricks, and skincare routine with you today. Enjoy!

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I’m sure you’ve heard this many times before, but the most important way to keep your skin supple and bright is to drink an adequate amount of water. A dehydrated body means dehydrated skin, along with an overall lack of energy and vitality. The most natural way to preserve your beauty and keep your skin, nails and hair healthy is to drink 75-150 ounces of water per day. This can sound like a difficult goal to achieve if you don’t carry water with you during the day, so if this sounds like you, consider buying yourself a reusable water bottle. You’ll hardly notice yourself reaching for it throughout the day, and before you know it, drinking water constantly will become a habit. I try to drink as much water as I can first thing in the morning, because I usually don’t have time for a sit-down breakfast and like the fullness that drinking water gives me. Ultimately, I guarantee you’ll see a difference in your skin if you utilize this step. It’s the cheapest and the easiest!

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Another way to instantly brighten and hydrate your skin is to start using face masks 2-3 times per week. Not only is it a lovely way to pamper yourself after a stressful day, but it’s also a proven way to help improve the quality of your skin. If you don’t have the time or money to go out and buy a professional mask, don’t fear- they’re insanely easy to make yourself. For example, mashing up a banana and applying it to your face and neck for twenty minutes is possibly the easiest recipe I’ve ever learned. This mask truly does work like a charm, and will leave your skin feeling soft, smooth, and more hydrated than ever. If you do want to purchase some face masks, I recommend the brand Formula 10.0.6. Their masks come in a variety of smells and forms, and they’re also a cruelty-free company!

Next, consider extending your skincare routine with a heavy-duty moisturizer to apply in the morning and nighttime. I have been using the CeraVe moisturizing cream religiously since middle school, and I don’t intend on giving it up any time soon. This product also comes in a pretty large bottle, and from personal experience, you can make it last up to a year before you need to buy another one. This moisturizer is also fragrance-free, so if you’re prone to sensitive skin (and especially dry skin), this could be the perfect cream for you. I like to use this moisturizer on my hands, face, and neck once before bed and once when I wake up, just to ensure that my skin is always hydrated and feeling fresh.

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Last but not least, there are tons of healthy fruits and vegetables that have been proven to reverse dry skin and give you a healthy, lasting glow. Unlike creams and masks, these foods work on a cellular level to make you feel hydrated from the inside out, and also give you sustained energy and a sense of well-being. Some foods you may want to consider increasing in your diet include avocados, nuts, sweet potatoes, olive oil, cucumbers, matcha, and squash. If you haven’t seen the educational video on why cucumber is so darned good for you, here you go: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQhFGaTTEqc

I hope that some (if not all) of these tips give you some new ideas on how to look after your skin. I am certainly no expert, but I have had positive experiences from practicing all of these methods. Ultimately, the best way to take care of your skin is to work from the inside out and utilize living the healthiest life you possibly can. After all, you are what you eat.

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