If you have sensitive skin you need to learn all you can about sensitive skin care. The knowledge you gain will help you improve your skin condition dramatically and put you on the road to having beautiful skin that will improve your quality of life.

Sensitive skin care is not rocket science.

It does require a sensible approach and a commitment to learning all you can about your skin and putting into practice some basic guidelines.

Not everyone is blessed with clear, healthy and supple skin that never looks bad. Most people have experienced temporary problems with their skin, and some have endured long lasting skin conditions that have made it difficult for them to enjoy their life to the fullest.

Things would really be gloomy for a lot of people suffering from bad skin or sensitive skin - with its assorted symptoms of rashes, irritation, blotchiness, itchiness, and swelling - if there were no hope for treating the condition.

Happily, there is hope for attaining clear, healthy skin for most people, but it really all depends on how willing you are to put in the time and commitment to managing your sensitive skin condition and taking it to the next level, which is beautiful skin that will free you to be a more confident and involved person.

Doctors use the expression, "Do no harm," as a first rule in their practice of medicine.

We can apply this rule to ourselves. Do no harm to your body. Your skin forms the largest organ of your body. You may not try to do harm to your skin directly, but chances are you do harm to your skin indirectly by exposing it to things that will harm it.

That is where educating yourself about your skin and the things harm or help your skin is so important. Not everyone has the same skin. What helps one person may hurt another and vice versa. For example, you may be allergic to a certain cosmetic, whereas someone else may think its the greatest thing since sliced bread.

Get to know your skin, and your body.

If you eat things that are bad for your body (high saturated fat, high sodium, high sugar foods), your skin will suffer for it.

Aside from the particularities of individual skin types and conditions and how to address each in its own right, there are some basic rules that apply to just about everyone suffering from sensitive skin and that is our focus here.

Do no harm; that is, avoid that which will harm your body and skin. Environmental toxins, dust, extreme weather conditions, excessively dry spaces (from air conditioning or heating systems), animal dander, airborne allergens can cause flareups in some sensitive skin conditons.

Common sense, right? You'd be surprised!

Here's an example of what I mean. What happens to your backyard during a drought in the middle of summer. It becomes bone dry. The sun draws all the moisture out of the earth, leaving it lifeless. In desert areas the ground may even develop deep cracks.

Now common sense would tell us that if the sun can do that to the earth, what chance does a human face have if exposed to the sun for extended periods? No chance. In fact, not only will the sun dry out your skin, it will damage it to the point of turning it into deep wrinkles and possibly skin cancer sometime in the future. And yet, so many of us love to lie in the sun getting that "healthy" glow. That glow quickly turns to dull, damaged skin.

Fifteen to twenty minutes of sun exposure a day is actually good for you because it helps your body produce Vitamin D. More than that, be smart. If you have to be in the sun, use the appropriate type of sun screen (hypoallergenic) that works best with your skin.

Just as your backyard needs plenty of water to be healthy, so too your skin.

Drink plenty of water (several glasses a day) to hydrate your skin. Water also helps your skin form a moisture against allergens and environmental toxins.

Limit your consumption of spicy and rich foods, alcohol and caffeine; these increase skin sensitivity.

Eat fresh fruits and vegetables to help correct imbalances in the skin and to increase skin hydration.

Look for skin creams that contain ingredients that are known to revive skin, such as antioxidants, amino acids, and vitamins.

You might also consider finding a good ph-neutral cleanser to replace that commercial soap you have been using. Many soaps are too harsh for normal skin, and even harsher on sensitive skin.

There are many good skin care products that are suitable for sensitive skin. Just be aware that not all skin care products labeled as "sensitive skin care" or "all natural skin care" products are right for you. Do your homework. Familiarize yourself with the various ingredients used in skin care products. stay away from those that contain ingredients that have been shown to be harmful.

Narrow your list to the ones that contain ingredients shown to improve and revitalize your skin and then compare them. when you find one you think might be right for you, check to see if the company can provide you a small free sample so that you can test it on your skin (apply a little behind the ear and leave on for a few hours to see how your skin reacts).

If no free samples are available, make sure the company offers at minimum a 30-day money back guarantee. This way you can always reeturn the product and get your money back if it's not right for you.

Sensitive skin care is just good skin care applied to your particular skin condition.

Don't settle for troublesome skin. Avoid that which is bad for it and commit yourself to doing the things that will make your skin healthy and beautiful.