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If your skin has been dry, flaky, or irritated as of late, then you might need a redness intervention. You’re not alone since the incidence of sensitive skin is at an all-time high. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, nearly 50 percent of people in the United States experience the irritation of inflamed skin at some point.

“Sensitive skin is characterized by redness, itching, stinging, swelling, and flaking,” says Jessica Wu, MD. Skin cells usually act as a barrier by holding water in and blocking irritants from entering the body but, when that function is compromised, the result is sensitivity.

Consult this checklist of the most common red flags indicating sensitivity to see if your skin barrier is in need of repair.

Rosacea

Your skin flushes red at the drop of a hat. Whether your face turns red after cleansing or just from facing the gust of a chilled wind, your skin’s propensity to flush is a sign that its barrier function has been compromised. While the redness may indicate simple sensitivity, it could also be a symptom of rosacea, which is a skin condition that's further marked by broken blood vessels and small pimples that tend to cluster around the nose, cheeks, and chin.

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Not sure how to fit in indoor exercise now that it's blazing hot outside? Simply head to your local mall, for a full-fledged workout.

Walk with Friends
When you exercise with a group, you’re more likely to follow through with everyday exercise plans because you’re accountable to someone else. Walking at the mall is free and while you're talking to friends you are not focused on the time, which makes you likely to walk for longer and burn more calories.

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