Sensitive skin products can be found all over your drug store but what does the term really mean? Sensitive skin tends to get flushed, itchy, and inflamed easily. It’s largely due to genetics as well as excessively hot or cold temperatures. Sensitive skin can also be caused by using the wrong products or having hard water with too much calcium or iron in it. In the summertime especially, your skin can feel raw. Here are some tips for soothing sensitive skin: 1. A cold compress Placing a cold compress on areas of sensitive skin can help soothe inflammation and facial redness. All you need to make a cold compress is a soft cotton cloth dampened with cool water and applied to sore areas. 2. Apply aloe. Aloe is good for just about any skin irritation. You can choose a product that contains aloe or break off a leaf directly from the plant. Depending on where you live, it could even be growing in your yard. To use the plant, break off a leaf and rub the gooey gel inside on any irritated parts of your skin. 3. Consider bentonite clay. Bentonite clay is helpful for facial redness, dry, itchy, and sensitive skin. It’s also a good natural remedy if you get stung by a bee, wasp, or spider because it pulls the venom from the bite. To use, mix clay with water until it becomes the consistency of peanut butter. Then dab the clay on the irritated area, let it dry, and rinse it off. 4. Use products with witch hazel. Use natural topical products with soothing witch hazel. Other effective natural ingredients include lavender, rose, pine bark or a gentle exfoliator like blueberry seeds. 5. Stay out of the sun during peak hours. Sometimes it’s just too hot to be outside because the blazing sun can irritate sensitive skin. When you do venture outside, wear broad spectrum sunblock with a high SPF.

Sara Novak is a natural health expert for Zax Health. Follow her on Twitter at @sarafnovak.