Even if your skin was once a total sport no matter what you subjected it toharsh climates, ingredient-du-jour creams, even (God forbid!) tanning bedstimes have likely changed. Chances are, at some point you’ve suffered from redness, itching, flaking, and stinging. Uncomfortable? No doubt. And, let’s face it, not so pretty, either.
Truth is, sensitivitywhich affects 56% of usincreases with age. Skin becomes, on average, 10% drier each decade after the age of 20, according to Doris Day, MD, a dermatologist in New York City. And dryness and sensitivity are often intimately linked. “The cells that form your skin’s outermost layer work as a two-way barrier, keeping moisture in and the outside world out,” Dr. Day says.
The less moisture your skin retains, the weaker the cellular barrier and the more irritants that muscle their way in. It doesn’t help that, as we get older, we tend to add moreand more powerfulingredients into our skin-care mix. Any one of these products may cause irritation, but used in concert, they’re all the more likely to do so.
There’s no need to toss all your antiaging products, though. These simple tweaks to your beauty routine should make your skin a whole lot more resilient. And whichever at-home measures you choose, see a dermatologist if irritation persists for more than a few weeks.