It’s hard to maintain a sensitive, reactive skin. The usual skin care products that work wonders for others will break out sensitive skin. Even sensitive skin treatments could lead to painful reactions! But don’t fret. There are ways to address skin problems and even treat reactive sensitive skin! In today’s post, we are listing down the golden rules of taking care of very sensitive skin.
Purge Your Skin Care Stash
When it comes to sensitive skin, the average skin care products just don’t cut it. Remove products that contain harsh chemicals, scents or are too emollient. Avoid skin care products with benzoyl peroxide, retinol, sulfates, and PABA. These chemicals are found in most skin care products including moisturizers, makeup, and facial washes.
Maintaining Your Skin
Sensitive skin shouldn’t stop you from having a normal facial regimen. You just have to be selective about the kinds of products you use. Skin care products with harsh chemicals strip the skin of moisture and cause skin reactions. . Also, do not over-exfoliate the skin. Exfoliating too much could worsen your condition. We recommend cleansing the skin with low or non-foaming facial wash, followed by a non-alcohol toner and a light, hypoallergenic moisturizer.
Also worth noting, do not pile on too much product on the skin. Keep your skin care routine simple in both process and ingredients. The golden rule is to limit your skin care product to three in total at any given time.
If store-bought skin care products are too harsh, we recommend getting creative in the kitchen. You can use home ingredients to create your own beauty products. For instance, whip up a face scrub using common kitchen ingredients like olive oil, sugar and a good squeeze of lemon juice. Lemon juice contains mild fruit acids that slough off dead skin cells. Sugar will also remove dead skin cells while olive oil hydrates the skin and locks in moisture.
Observe your skin. Check how it reacts to a certain product. Do not ignore redness, itchiness and other skin issues. Do not over-treat your skin but don’t ignore the signs either. The key is to use treatments that are very mild. Maintain your skin by using products sparingly.
Hydrate the Skin
Hydration is one of the most crucial parts of caring for sensitive skin. Drink 8 glasses of water every day or more. Using mild, non-foaming cleansers does not strip the skin of moisture. Always follow it up with a light moisturizer made from high-quality ingredients. Do not use petroleum-based products. These products create a protective barrier that does not really hydrate the skin.
Always Wear Sunscreen
Do not head out without slathering sunscreen 30 minutes before. We recommend a non-comedogenic SPF, one that’s parabens free and fragrance-free. Of course, note that the higher the SPF, the more irritating it can be so shoot for the sweet spot of SPF 30. SPF 30 blocks 97% of UV rays.
Choosing the Right Products
It pays to buy high quality products to care for sensitive skin. We recommend those with powerful antioxidants and or those that offer anti-inflammatory ingredients like oats, white tea or marine plants. These compounds ease redness and itching while hydrating the skin!