Sensitive skin is usually a symptom of an impaired skin barrier or an underlying skin condition. You can keep your symptoms under control with a few simple adjustments to your skincare routine. Here are the do’s and don’ts for sensitive skin:-
Avoid Toners. Most toners are high in alcohol, which is harsh to the skin as it alters the pH and strips the skin barrier.
Avoid Harsh Ingredients. Avoiding all irritants is impossible, and even all-natural products may have something that sets your skin off (most likely a preservative). Also, avoid using acidic ingredients like glycolic acid, L-ascorbic acid, and fragranced products.
Avoid Clogging The Skin With Makeup. You can sometimes skip foundation and use a great tinted moisturizer that enhances your skin tone. Additionally, avoid powder products that can cake into fine lines and draw attention to flaky skin.
Avoid Hot Water but instead, use lukewarm water or even cool water. Hot water can easily irritate the skin.
Keep Your Skin Hydrated. Keeping your skin hydrated takes continuous moisture. Choose moisturizers rich in ceramides and lipids, which restore moisture levels and combat the signs of aging to keep the skin soft and supple.
Test Out Products. Where possible, get a tester before investing in full size, test on the inside of your arms.
Use Sunscreen Daily. Always opt for mineral or physical sunscreens. Although most leave a white cast, they are less likely to irritate. Look for titanium dioxide zinc oxide or on the label.
Do Wash Gently. Choose a thorough but gentle cleanser that removes dirt and makeup while soothing skin like La Roche-Posay Toleriane Dermo Milky Cleanser.
See Your Dermatologist. If your skin is constantly flaring up, we recommend seeing a dermatologist as you could have a specific skin condition such as rosacea or facial eczema. You may need to use topical treatments to target those issues.