Have you always thought you had sensitive skin? You get red and blotchy, itchy and reactive?
You might not be as sensitive as you thought – you could simply be using the wrong products…
AVOID HOT WATER
Sensitive skin and hot water do not mix. Irritated, red, reactive skin wants to be soothed, so use cool-lukewarm water when cleansing your face to avoid aggravating your already stressed skin.
USE A GENTLE CLEANSER
A good gentle cleanser designed for sensitive skin will be your saviour. Try something like La Roche-Posay Toleriane Dermo Cleanser. This cleanser has a light milky texture and is enriched with moisturising glycerine formulated to cleanse your eyes and face thoroughly while keeping your skin hydrated.
The fragrance-free formula has been specifically designed to minimise the risk of intolerance and irritation, so it’s perfect for dry, intolerant, sensitive skin.
USE SOOTHING INGREDIENTS
Get familiar with soothing ingredients or products that will work for your skin. To be on the safer side, stick to brands that are known for formulating sensitive skin products.
Avène Skin Recovery Cream is a really good product for hypersensitive and irritable normal to combination skin. It’s a really gentle, nourishing cream which calms and soothes the skin, while providing a protective barrier.
STRENGTHEN YOUR SKIN
Adjusting your skincare routine to strengthen your skin’s natural protective barrier can help build up your tolerance to irritants. Using a product that contains essential fatty acids might help. Try philosophy omega 3-6-9 replenishing oil – it’s a lightweight oil which hydrates dry skin, while helping to protect it against environmental attack.
The nurturing formula helps maintain the skin’s elasticity, while improving suppleness and boosting moisture retention.
BE IN THE KNOW ABOUT IRRITANTS
If you’re new to the world of sensitive skin, you might not know your way around an ingredients list. Do some research on typically irritating ingredients in skincare, makeup and haircare, and do your best to avoid them. Some common irritating ingredients are alcohols, essential oils and sulphates.
SEE A DERMATOLOGIST
If you’ve tried literally everything, it might be a good idea to see a Dermatologist to do some testing on what’s causing your sensitivities. They will also be able to recommend skincare suitable for your skin type. Alternatively, we can help you select skincare for sensitive skin here.