Tips for Soothing Sensitive Skin
Sensitive skin can often bring discomfort. Learn how to introduce the right products into your skincare routine for your individual concerns.
Sensitive skin presents its own set of challenges. Those with sensitive skin types know too well the disappointment of investing in a new skincare product only to experience redness, irritation or worse.
Finding a skincare routine that suits your sensitive skin will not only avoid further irritation but can actually benefit and improve the health of your skin.
We’ve broken down the best ways to help your sensitive skin look and feel its best. Read through below to understand how to identify sensitive skin types, how to avoid irritation, and our best tips for healthy, glowing skin.
What is Sensitive Skin?
Sensitive skin types vary, and each type reacts to stressors in their own way. Symptoms of sensitive skin range but can include increased redness, discomfort and dryness. “Skin feels dry and flaky but most often people complain about increased redness” says Garnier SkinActive consulting dermatologist Dr Diane Madfes.
Sensitivity in skin can be caused by a variety of different factors. Symptoms often occur seasonally – for example during extreme hot or cold weather, or when there is a change in humidity or dry climates. They can also occur due to certain ingredients found in the products we use.
Which Ingredients Can Cause Irritation to Sensitive Skin?
Everyone’s skin type is unique. However, there are certain ingredients that should always be avoided for those with sensitive skin. Products that contain alcohol, fragrances and dyes are all bad news. Additionally, stay clear from skincare products that contain essential oils like rosemary, citronella and lemongrass. These oils are taken from plants, and while they can be beneficial, they may aggravate sensitive skin. It can be tempting to look past the ingredients list when a certain product looks nice, but all of the above tend to cause sensitive skin to act up.
4. Use SPF Daily
Sun damage is one of the most harmful irritants our skin faces. SPF is an important barrier in protecting yourself from sensitivity symptoms and damage. Make sure to use SPF each day and reapply every 2 hours.
5. Reduce your shower temperature
A common mistake people make during their skincare routine is to rinse off products with hot water. Hot water dries you out and can inflame your skin, often leaving it worse off than before. When showering and applying your skincare routine, make sure to use lukewarm water.
6. Patch-test new products
When using a skincare or beauty product for the first time, always patch test to see how your skin will react. Apply a small amount of the product onto skin behind your ear and wait 48 hours to see if it causes a reaction.
Now that your sensitive skincare concerns are covered, find out about the importance of double cleansing.
Tips for Those Who Have Sensitive Skin
By creating a simple morning and evening skincare routine that contain more gentle ingredients, your skin can repair and strengthen. We’ve provided easy to follow tips that will help reduce reactions and let you move forward with confidence. Read below to say goodbye to flakiness and redness, and hello to a brighter complexion.