- It’s all about the routine.
A proper skincare routine is essential, no matter what your skin type may be.
For sensitive skin, washing the face once per day should be enough to keep it clean. A calming facewash or one specifically designed for sensitive skin would be a good choice.
Keeping your skincare routine predictable and choosing products you know are safe for your skin is the way to go.
- Go easy on the exfoliation.
Exfoliating, it must be noted, can worsen skin that is already prone to sensitivity. Try limiting exfoliation to once or twice per week.
It can help remove dead skin cells and freshen up your skin, but overdoing it can make sensitive skin feel raw or irritated.
- Calm and soothing are sensitivity keywords.
Natural, calming ingredients, like green tea, chamomile, and aloe are beneficial for soothing skin.
A cream-based, calming moisturizer or gentle, foaming facewash is ideal for keeping sensitive skin from getting irritated.
- Choose the right moisturizer.
If you’re worried about chemicals or trying new products, you can always use a natural moisturizer like coconut oil on days when your skin is feeling extra dry.
A general rule to follow when shopping: the fewer ingredients listed in a product, the better off your skin will be.
- Acidic products are not your friend.
Products containing acids, such as lipoic acid, glycolic acid and salicylic acid, may be irritating to sensitive skin.
For that reason, caution must be taken with any skincare product containing these types of active ingredients.
- Be careful when changing up skincare products.
If you want to buy a new makeup item, soap, or lotion but are worried about the potential effect it can have on your skin, do the “patch test.”
Test the new product on a small patch of skin for 24 hours to “sample” it out, especially if you’re considering a new facial product.
Just be mindful of the products you choose.
Makeup, lotions, detergents, soaps, and more can all cause flare-ups in sensitive skin.
Unscented, natural versions of these products can help ease and soothe your skin.
- Cosmetics that pass the sensitivity test are best.
Face powder has the least amount of preservatives in it when it comes to makeup and cosmetics, which offers a minimal risk of irritation.
Silicone-based foundations are also recommended for sensitive skin.
You may want to avoid waterproof cosmetics, because those require a special type of cleanser that isn’t always sensitivity-friendly.