If your skin is often sore, dry, red or irritated easily, then you have sensitive skin. If your skin is sensitive, then normal skincare products will sting, burn or otherwise irritate it. You might feel like avoiding skincare products altogether. But this can cause more problems and lead to more irritation.
Keep your Skincare Routine Simple
Keep your skincare regimen as simple as possible. Using too many products can aggravate it. When choosing products, always select items designed specifically for sensitive skin. Just because a product states that it is dermatologically tested or hypoallergenic, it doesn’t mean that it is suitable for sensitive skin. When it comes to products, my philosophy is the gentler the better. This is one of the best tips for sensitive skin I can give.
Be Aware of the Irritating Ingredients in Products
Many sensitive skin issues arise simply from using products that contain the wrong ingredients. When you have sensitive skin, ingredients that are commonly used in skincare products, which are fine for most people, can really irritate your skin.
If your skin is sensitive avoid these ingredients:
– Fragrance: Fragranced products are a definite no-no. Scented products can be extremely irritating to sensitive skin. You might find that these types of products burn immediately when applied. Always avoid heavily fragranced products, and choose fragrance-free options when possible.
– High Levels of Alcohol: Alcohol is an ingredient in many skincare products, particularly in toners. Avoid these types of products if you have sensitive skin. If alcohol appears as one of the top three ingredients of a product, then don’t use it.
– Alpha-Hydroxy Acids: Alpha-hydroxy acids, like glycolic acid, are great at brightening the skin. So, if you don’t have sensitive skin they are wonderful. However, when your skin is sensitive AHAs can really irritate it.
– Apricot Kernels: Apricot Kernels are found in many exfoliating facial scrubs. If you have sensitive skin they are just too harsh. These apricot kernels can scratch the surface of the skin, and make inflamed, dry or flaky areas even worse.
– Essential Oils: Just because an ingredient is natural, doesn’t mean that it’s not going to irritate your skin. Essential oils, like eucalyptus oil and peppermint oil are proven irritants for people with sensitive skin. So if you do have sensitive skin, don’t touch them.
Choose the Right Ingredients
While you need to avoid certain ingredients, there are many ingredients that you should be looking out for when choosing products. Some ingredients will soothe and calm sensitive skin.
– White Tea: White tea offers antioxidant properties, making it ideal for sensitive skin. It is also an anti-inflammatory ingredient. So it’s great at soothing sensitive skin and inflammation.
– Glycerin: Glycerin is a fantastic ingredient for sensitive skin. It draws moisture into the skin. So it is left feeling much softer and it is less likely to become dry and irritated. Glycerin is capable of drawing in ten times its weight in water. So it’s perfect at soothing dry and irritated skin.
– Shea Butter: Shea butter is not only incredibly nourishing and moisturizing, but it also locks in moisture. So it creates a protective barrier for the skin that shields it from environmental damage.
– Chamomile: Chamomile extract is an excellent ingredient. It’s not only very gentle, but it’s also really soothing. So if your skin feels a little sore or tender, I would highly recommend using a product that contains chamomile.
– Aloe Vera: Aloe Vera is another ingredient that’s great at soothing irritated skin. Like Chamomile, Aloe Vera is very gentle. It can also reduce inflammation, and it creates a protective barrier for the skin.
Treat your Skin Gently
The way you treat your skin has just as much of an effect on it as the products you use do. If you scrub your skin quite hard when you are cleansing, or really rub it dry, you will cause a lot of extra redness, inflammation and irritation. Always gently wash your face. You shouldn’t scrub at it or pull it. Also, pat your skin dry after washing it. If you do this, it prevents irritation and leaves a little moisture in the skin, which will prevent dry patches.
So in short, use the right products, avoid irritating ingredients, and treat your skin gently. Most importantly, though, use the gentlest products you can find. A gentle, simple skincare routine is best if you have sensitive skin.