Every skin type comes with its set of unique challenges. And if you have sensitive skin, then you've dealt with a couple of not-so-pleasing experiences. Maybe your moisturizer makes your skin feel like someone lit a fire on your face. Or perhaps, your face glows after every shower.
Sensitive skin calls for a careful approach when handling your beauty regimen. Think of it as a delicate baby who needs that extra bit of attention and care. So, if you have sensitive skin, here are a couple of pointers to help you maneuver your beauty regimen.
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Trust Your Own Products
Sometimes travel beckons, whether for business or fun. And often, checking into a hotel means a few free hotel room products. But if you have sensitive skin, then don't risk using products you're unfamiliar with.
It’s always safer to carry a few products that you’ve tried and tested. If your skin is prone to acne breakouts, be sure to bring along acne face wash to keep an acne situation at bay. Opt for a product that adds moisture without clogging your pores. Also, go for something with anti-inflammatory attributes to help soothe those moments when your face starts to act up.
Always Spot Test
If you were buying, say, a car, it would be pretty standard to take it for a test drive to get a feel for it. Well, you should essentially do the same thing with your beauty products. If you have sensitive skin, then it’s vital to give your products a test before committing to any of them.
For a more reliable conclusion, do a spot test for three days or nights. Apply a bit of the product on your forearm and take note of how your skin reacts to it. If you’re testing out a product for your face, then place a small amount of the product behind your ear and see how it reacts. If after your three-day trial all seems well, then you have a winner!
Get a Toner That’s Alcohol-Free
Before you moisturize, you’ll want something to clean your face. A simple splash of warm water might not suffice to get the job done effectively. That’s why you need a toner. A face toner helps to remove excess dirt and oil from your face as well as correcting and balancing your skin’s pH.
But, not all toners are the same. Some toners are alcohol-based, and that's a definite no-go zone. Alcohol dehydrates your skin, which ends up irritating your skin even further. Look out for an alcohol-free toner with ingredients such as green tea, chamomile, and white tea extracts for a soothing effect on your skin.
Opt for a Fragrance-Free Moisturizer
After cleansing your face, you need something that will add some much-needed moisture to your skin. Moisturizing is part and parcel of any routine, but when it comes to sensitive skin, finding the right kind of moisturizer matters.
When choosing a moisturizer, your best bet would be to avoid any product that comes branded with "perfume" or "fragrance." Scents in a moisturizer could mean that the formulation contains additional ingredients that may end up being counterproductive to your skincare. That means that your moisturizer could end up causing more harm than good to your face meaning more redness, itching, and swelling.
Pick a Foundation That Suits Sensitive Skin
Before laying on any makeup, applying foundation is key to achieving that ideal look. After all, the foundation is the platform on which everything else goes on. Having sensitive skin doesn't mean that you should give up on foundation altogether. It merely means that you need to look a bit harder for the right type of foundation to suit your needs.
Pick something that offers sufficient hydration to ensure your face doesn’t end up feeling parched. Also, go for a foundation infused with ingredients that will soften your skin. Stuff with hyaluronic acid and coconut oil offer smooth and perfect coverage while tending to your sensitive skin. Choose foundations with antioxidants such as vitamin E and vitamin C that allow your skin to repair itself while also stimulating the production of collagen.
Use a Sulfate-free Cleansing Lotion
Sleeping with makeup on means suffocating your skin. That means more sensitivity and more problems for your already delicate skin. So after a night out or a date, you’ll want to get rid of your makeup before hitting the hay.
For sensitive skin, taking off makeup is as delicate an operation as putting it on. Your best companion at undoing your makeup is a sulfate-free cleansing lotion. Sulfate is a sure way of damaging your body's natural fats while also sapping the moisture from your skin. So, for your sensitive skin, make use of a cleansing lotion that’s free of sulfates to avoid disrupting your skin.
Pick a Suitable Face Scrub
You might think that having sensitive skin means kissing goodbye to face scrubs. After all, why would you put your already touchy-feely skin through more torture? But face scrubs are an essential way of getting rid of the oil and dirt that builds up and ends up causing breakouts.
For your sensitive skin, you'll want an exfoliator that's packed with goodies such as vitamin E and Provitamin B5. Such vitamins are antioxidants that smooth, soothe, and soften your sensitive skin. Before exfoliating, try a bit of the scrub on a patch of skin to ensure it doesn’t react with your skin. Once you have the green light, massage the scrub onto your skin using circular motions, then rinse with a bit of warm water and pat your skin dry.
Keep Out of the Sun
Having sensitive skin means that you're bound to suffer even more from sun-induced damage. But, it could also mean that a lot of sunscreens you try end up irritating your skin. Chemical-based UV blockers found in several conventional sunscreens can end up wreaking havoc on your sensitive skin.
To avoid this scenario, adopt physical sunscreens. These are sunscreens with titanium or zinc oxide, and they are the best option for sensitive skin needs. Physical sunscreens are less likely to irritate while offering essential protection against sunburns.
There you have it, a couple of pointers to a beauty regimen for your sensitive skin. By adopting a couple of these tips, your sensitive skin care routine just got that much more manageable.