If you have been a reader of this blog post for a hot minute you will know that I have obnoxiously sensitive skin, I mean I complain about it . . . ad nauseam. So, I would like to think that I have learned a thing or two about how to deal with red, sore and reactive skin. Today I am here to pour out this fount of knowledge upon you (LOL). . . and even if you do not have sensitive skin some of these tips might still help you live your best skin life.
1. Go out of your way to avoid fragrance.
Fragrances in skin care products are known irritants, skincare companies can basically pour anything (that smells nice) into a product and label it a fragrance, so you don’t really know what all the ingredients in the product are. This can be very problematic if you have sensitive or reactive skin and is best avoided completely . . . even though this can be pretty difficult. Essential oils can pose the same issue for some people and be fine for others so try and do a patch test before applying the products. This goes for every skin care product from cleansers to SPF.
2. Mind your acids.
Acids are fantastic in skincare but some of them can really irritate sensitive skin, so you will have to be very careful to select mild acids that can actually help hydrate your skin and control redness like Lactic Acid and Azelaic Acid. When and how you use acids, even mild ones, is very important because if your skin is already sore and red the acids are NOT going to help the situation. It is also important to not over exfoliate your skin (sensitive skin tends to be on the thinner side) so stick to twice a week.
3. SPF. . . SPF. . . SPF.
I might be extra, but a sunburn on sensitive skin is sooooo sore that even the most basic aloe vera gel burn like hell on earth. In my opinion everyone should be rocking SPF 20 – 50 but you need to be especially extra about it when your skin is sensitive, so re apply SPF through out the day and wear a hat. . . if you are anything like me you do not need the added redness and soreness.
4. Hydrate and moisturise.
Skin that is very sensitive might tend to be dry and flakey and that just exacerbates the problem so it is important to use good moisturisers, I like to look for ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid, Ceramides, Glycerin and good emollients like Shea Butter. I personally love the CeraVe and Simple Kind to Skin products.
You can read the review I did on the CeraVe Moisturising Cream here.
5. Know your soothing ingredients.
If you have covered all your bases and you are avoiding products that are irritating, keeping your skin adequately moisturised and protected and you find your skin has STILL not calmed down it is time to start adding in some soothing active ingredients. The ingredients that I found very helpful are:
- Niacinamide or Vitamin B3.
- Licorice extract.
- Colloidal oatmeal.
- Green tea.
- Aloe Vera.
I like to add these yummy ingredients in the form of a serum, but there are many great moisturisers and creams that already contain these ingredients.
If your skin’s sensitivity persists you should go to the Doctor or Dermatologist as this may be due to an underlying medical condition.
Thank you so much for visiting my blog today, let me know in the comment section down below what your favourite sensitive skincare products are.
Have a beautiful day.
Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any of the companies mentioned in this blog post in any way, shape or form. All opinions are my own.