Skin Care for Redheads and People with Sensitive Skin

Skin Care for Redheads and People with Sensitive Skin

Great skin care tips for redheads and women with sensitive skin, from Marisa Martino, expert esthetician and co-owner of a leading NYC skin and medical spa. For those who have sensitive skin, find out the best moisturizer for dry skin. Learn how to treat couperose skin and dilated capillaries. And watch Marisa Martino in the Ehow video “How to Care for Skin on Shaved Legs of Redheads.”

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Hollywood is full of beautiful redheads. Some of the most famous redheads of the silver screen include Julia Roberts, Lindsay Lohan, Julianne Moore, Nicole Kidman, Kate Mara, and Marcia cross. But even though having red hair and a fair complexion can give a person a beautiful, exotic appeal, it certainly comes with a price. Along with having a lower pain tolerance and a higher propensity for certain diseases, many redheads are also plagued with notoriously sensitive skin. Fortunately there are a numerous skin care techniques that have been perfected by redheads. These skin care techniques are not just for redheads though, they can benefit any person who has sensitive skin.

What Causes Redheads to Have Sensitive Skin?

The mutation of the MC1R gene (the gene that regulates your skin pigmentation,) gives redheads their red hair. Unfortunately, the gene mutation also causes redheads to have thinner skin than most people. Thinner skin places blood vessels and nerves closer to the surface, making skin quite sensitive to environmental conditions.

Treating Dry Skin

Redheads have a tendency to get dry skin. In this area, they are not unique, many people struggle with dry skin, especially in the winter months. One of the best ways to treat dry, sensitive skin  is with a good moisturizer.

Learn more great tips for Skin Care in the Winter from SKINNEY Medspa


The Best Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin

For redheads and individuals with dry, sensitive skin, Marisa Martino, expert esthetician and co-founder of SKINNEY Medspa in NYC, recommends using a moisturizer, daily, particularly before applying makeup. The best moisturizer for Redheads and other people with sensitive skin are hypoallergenic and noncomedogenic. A hypoallergenic moisturizer is free of fragrance, common irritants, and other ingredients that are prone to cause allergic reactions when applied to  sensitive skin. A noncomedogenic moisturizer is specially formulated to be lighter and feel less oily to help prevent acne breakouts and clogged pores.

Treating Couperose Skin

Thinner skin also leads to couperose skin. Couperose skin is manifested by visibly dilated capillaries that usually form around the nose and cheeks.  If you are prone to couperose skin, as many redheads are, avoid environmental factors that aggravate your capillaries. Hot water and steam, spicy foods, grainy exfoliants, and alcohol are all known perpetrators of agitated capillaries. A nutritious diet can help reduce the appearance of dilated capillaries, especially foods that are rich in Vitamins E, C, and B2, which are known for strengthening capillaries.

Skin Care Shaving Tips for Sensitive Skin

Red heads and people with sensitive skin often have an adverse reaction to shaving.  However, there are several skin care tips to follow while shaving to help avoid irritation. In her Ehow series “Important Skin Care Tips,” Marisa Martino gives expert skincare advice that redheads and women with sensitive skin can follow when shaving their legs.


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