How many can agree that one of the most frustrating parts of doing a skincare routine is having to deal with sensitive skin? You’re skeptical of trying new products and you just hope and pray that nothing irritates your face. I always hear the stories of how products caused people’s face to burn, itch, and ultimately lead to redness! A skincare regimen for sensitive skin takes time to develop and perfect. In this blog post, I want to share skincare tips for sensitive skin and help you find a routine that doesn’t cause skin irritation.
How Do You Know If You Have Sensitive Skin?
It’s usually not hard to tell if your skin is sensitive. If you find that most products cause skin irritations such as: redness, burning, rashes, itching, and dryness, you most likely fit into the sensitive skin category. Sensitive skin is usually irritated by even the smallest amounts of product. The key is to use products specifically designed for sensitive skin and develop a routine that your skin can tolerate.
Skincare Tips for Sensitive Skin:
Be Gentle On Your Skin
Double cleansing is recommended for sensitive skin as it helps get rid of makeup, dirt and oil gently. You want to avoid using makeup wipes/cloths. The pulling, tugging, and rubbing can easily cause irritation to your delicate skin. Cleansing balms are one of the greatest investments to completely take off your makeup. After using a cleansing balm/oil, you want to use a gentle cleanser (preferably for sensitive skin) to thoroughly cleanse your face. Lastly, use a soft towel to PAT your skin dry. You want to avoid rubbing your skin as much as possible.
Know Which Ingredients Cause Irritation
Always read the ingredient list. Many of these products contain alcohols and fragrances that can disturb the skin’s natural pH, causing irritation. Ideally, you want to look for products that are labeled with “sensitive skin” as these products tend to be fragrance free and alcohol free. Another great tip is to look for products with ingredients that offer calming/soothing properties to the skin. Aloe Vera is a great ingredient that’s both gentle and moisturizing to your skin.
Less Is More for Sensitive Skin
Sometimes it can be tempting to use many products to sooth your irritated skin, when in reality, your skin just needs to breathe. Too many products at one time can cause your skin to dry out or even break out. It’s important to keep your product usage to no more than 3 at a time. Build a simple routine that includes a fragrance free toner, serum, and moisturizer. Another great tip is to ALWAYS patch test before using a new product. Never just assume that your skin can tolerate a product because it says “sensitive skin”.
Be Very Careful With Exfoliating
Exfoliating can be irritating to any skin type, so it’s imperative for those with sensitive skin to use caution when exfoliating. The best thing to do is avoid physical exfoliators at all costs. They’re way too harsh for sensitive skin and will only do more damage than good. Chemical exfoliators such as toners with AHA or BHA are a much better option as they are usually alcohol free. If the AHA or BHA is still too harsh, I recommend mixing an additional gentle toner in the solution.
Wear sunscreen everyday
I stress this with any skin type and with any skincare regimen. Individuals with sensitive skin especially need to be vigilant in applying sunscreen daily to protect the surface of the skin. UV rays can be harsh and extremely damaging to sensitive skin. It’s recommended to use a sunscreen with a SPF of at least 30 just before applying your moisturizer.
Let’s chat in the comments. How do you deal with your sensitive skin? Have you developed a skincare regimen that works for you or have you visited a dermatologist?
Thanks for reading!