Before we plunge into this topic, you need to know what the term "sensitive skin" actually means. You see it in grocery-store aisles, read about it in skincare blogs (like this one) and your friends tell you their problems with it. But, what does it refer to?
In short, the term refers to skin that is more prone to inflammation or adverse reactions. Problems varying from dry skin, rosacea and allergic contact dermatitis.
If you didn't know what it meant, I'm hoping you know now (Even a little more would make me happy)
Here are some sensitive skin care tips:
1. Go With Less
If you have sensitive skin, the simpler your skincare routine, the better. According to experts, overusing products such as moisturizers can worsen the majority of skin concerns. You'll be making your skin reliant on extra hydration, but it can also produce more sebum (resulting in clogged pores, redness and more)
Soothe your skin with the Pumpkin Enzyme Cleanser. Gently hydrates your skin and is loaded with AHA's (alpha hydroxy acids) that bring out the glow in your skin.
2. Protect Your Skin From The Sun
People with sensitive skin are more prone to skin damage/sunburn than people with 'normal skin'. You may be fall under this category... You try to enjoy the radiant sun, but struggle to prevent those prickly heat rashes, sunburns and skin damage.
Wearing sunscreen (one that is tailored to your skin) can prevent these dreaded conditions. I suggest using the Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Face Liquid Sunscreen .
Before picking out your sunscreen, make sure it's over 30 SPF (better protection for your skin). When shopping, take a look at the ingredients as well. Avoid chemicals that can potentially irritate your sensitive skin.
3. Take A Look At Ingredients
This one ties into the above. When you're skincare shopping, take a close look at the ingredients.
If you have sensitive skin, you know how scary it can be. Your friends boast about this "new product", talking about how it changed their life, but the opposite happened for you. Resulting in redness, dryness and rashes. It could be due to the ingredients.
Here are some ingredients you should avoid:
At Heather Grace Skincare, I can proudly say that our products are handcrafted in a cruelty-free way and free from potential-irritating ingredients such as listed above.
4. Remove Your Make-Up Before You Sleep
I understand. Sometimes you may feel too tired to remove your make-up, but it's important.
If you wear makeup during your sleep, you're more likely to cause damage to your skin. You don't only move around a lot (spreading bacteria to your bedsheets), but makeup is made of oil substances. When you leave makeup on for days, it clogs your pores, resulting in more acne and blackheads.
Here's a goal for you. If you don't already, remove your makeup before you sleep for a week straight. If it becomes a norm, you may have developed a good habit. It only takes 2 minutes out of your day.
5. Take Showers Cautiously
If you notice your skin getting red, itchy or dry after you shower, it could be a sign that your shower routine needs some changing.
Sensitive skin and chemical-based soaps aren't best friends - especially if the soaps contain harmful ingredients (check point 3 for specifics). They can aggravate your sensitive skin problems. This is why I suggest the Moisturizing Liquid Body Wash - gently cleanses your skin and is tailored for sensitive skin.
Follow these for the best experience showering:
- Keep your shower short. Water exposure can lead to dry skin and hair, according to dermatologists.
- Stay cool. Hot water can damage the skin faster.
- Close the door. It pumps up the humidity and improves moisture.
- Hydrate your skin with a Nourishing Body Butter after you finish your shower
6. Keep Your Skin Hydrated
Yes, I know. I talk about skin hydration A LOT, but it works. It's also a little more important if you have sensitive skin. Your sensitive skin needs a little more work to keep calm and clear throughout the day.
Moisturize your skin twice a day and drink a lot of water. Sip water from your favourite bottle - just a little motivation for you.
It's not a 'huge problem' if you have sensitive skin. You hear your friends, family and peers talking about their problems, but you can soothe your sensitive skin. If you experience regular redness, itchiness and dryness, start making small changes.
Go over the list above and start implementing.
When you make some changes, comment down below. I'd love to hear if the tips helped soothe your sensitive skin.