Top recommendations for sensitive skin
The human skin is the largest organ of elimination in the human body. Stress, hormones, lack of sleep and toxins can all contribute to skin that is red, inflamed, sensitive and prone to breakouts. Here are my top 3 picks for what to apply when you need to calm the chaos:
1. Neem Oil – Neem is highly prized in Ayurveda for treating a number of skin afflictions. In fact, Indians typically refer to neem as the “village pharmacy” for its antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. If you can get past the somewhat unpleasant, heavy aroma (and it is worth it), you will find that it will almost instantly soothe your skin and reduce inflammation. I typically apply it on my face at night, and wake up to skin that is soft, clearer, and more even in tone.
2. Coconut oil (unrefined) – Cold-pressed, unrefined coconut oil is a truly spectacular oil. It is easily absorbed, contains some of the largest amounts of lauric acid, giving it antiviral and antibacterial qualities, and has high-levels of antioxidants. It is advocated by many herbalists for soothing eczema, dermatitis, allergic skin reactions, inflamed skin as well as for promoting skin healing and fighting wrinkles. I get my oil from Tropical Traditions (I am not affiliated with them in any way), their Gold Label Coconut Oil is one of the best I have ever used.
3. Castor oil – Cold-pressed castor oil is renowned for its powerful medicinal and healing properties. Topical application (rubbing it into skin) can reduce inflammation; combat acne and fungal infections; and soothe abrasions and itching. It is also a natural emollient with deep penetrating powers and helps stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, making skin smoother and softer. The oil can stain fabric irreversibly so be careful not to get it on your clothes.
When selecting oils to apply to your skin, make sure you get the highest quality possible, preferably cold-pressed, minimally processed and unrefined.