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It’s surprising to know that studies have shown that most people in the world have sensitive skin. This interesting beauty information, Dr. Sheila Chua, head of medical affairs of Cetaphil Asia & Japan has shared with MB Life. 

In the most recent world surveys conducted, approximately 70 percent of people worldwide have been identified to have sensitive skin.  In Asian population including Filipinos, approximately 40-60 percent have been reported to have sensitive skin,” she says. ”Sensitive skin can be caused by various factors. These included our environment such as extreme weather, too hot, too cold, or too humid.”

She also says that our lifestyle can be a factor in having this skin type. “Our lifestyle choice, the food we take, the beverages and alcohol we drink, the cosmetic, skin care products and chemicals we apply and get in contact with our skin, and even the quality of sleep and stress hormones,” she says. ”It can also be caused by genetic factors, having common skin conditions like eczema, acne or rosacea are common risk favors to having sensitive skin.”

Knowing this, the good doctor then generously shares professional advice on how one should take care of her skin. Here’s some of her tips. 

Use the right product

“Using the right skin care products and having a regular skin care routine is important in maintaining a healthy skin,” she says. “When selecting a cleanser and moisturizer, It is always best to be mindful of the ingredients and formulation. Take time to read the label and formulation. Use products with ingredients and formulations that help maintain balanced skin pH, restore skin barrier function, provide adequate skin hydration and reduce skin reactivity.”

Wear sunscreen

 “Always protect yourself from the sun’s harmful UV rays by regularly wearing sunscreen and physical protective agents such as clothing, hats, sunglasses,” Dr. Sheila says. “Seek shade as much as possible as shade can reduce UV exposure by 50 percent or more. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with UVA And UVB filters and SPF of at least 30.”

Have a healthy lifestyle

“Healthy lifestyle choices including regular exercise, eating a healthy diet, keeping yourself hydrated and getting quality sleep all contribute to having healthy skin,” she says.

There you go, have healthy skin. 

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