Cape Town - Find yourself fighting back the tears when watching Grey’s Anatomy (even though you only sat through it because of your better half)?
There might be nothing you can do about your softer side, besides revelling in the knowledge that women find sensitivity attractive. But if you’re suffering from sensitive skin, help is on its way.
If your skin reacts badly to changes in the weather and temperature, flares up when you try new products or reacts badly to stress, diet or common irritants like chemical additives or germs, you have sensitive skin. You’ll be able to spot it any time you suffer from redness, itchiness, burning, tightness and dryness when it can quite literally become a pain in the, well… skin.
People with dry skin tend to suffer the most but even those with normal or oily skin can be affected. What causes sensitive skin is a hyperactive immune system that sees certain products or elements as foreign objects that must be fought off. And then it just becomes temperamental. The best way to deal with high maintenance skin is to watch out for alcohol in products (you can still drink it but don’t put any on your face), which can burn and sting. Limit sun exposure as UV damage can make skin drier and more reactive, eat a healthy diet, use soothing products, and keep calm and shave properly. Shaving can aggravate already irritated skin – think razor burn – so a good shaving ritual is a no-brainer. NIVEA Men’s sensitive range contains 0% alcohol, which equals zero burn; is fragrance neutral with Chamomile and Vitamin E for gentle protection plus it’s soap-free.
THE RIGHT ROUTINE
The correct shaving routine can go a long way to
minimise skin irritation.
1. Wash your face with warm water (hot water will dry skin out) and a gentle cleanser to get rid of any pesky dirt and oils. NIVEA Men Sensitive Face Wash will also soften the beard for a better shave.
2. Apply a gel or foam to help protect skin against cuts and irritation. NIVEA Men Sensitive Shaving Foam and Sensitive Shaving Gel make it easier to get a close and gentle shave.
3. Use a sharp blade and shave in the direction that your hair grows. Going against the grain might save you time but causes ingrown hairs and can set your face on fire.
WHAT A RELIEF
After rinsing off any leftover product, pat skin dry instead of rubbing with a towel, which causes friction. Then help take the sting out of shaving with an aftershave. NIVEA Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm and Sensitive After Shave Splash will give you immediate relief together with your moisturizer of choice. NIVEA Men Sensitive Moisturiser and Sensitive Hydro Gel nourish skin to help improve its defence over time. It’s a great way to help your face develop a thick skin.
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