If you have sensitive skin, you know it gets irritated easily. It is a common problem that is caused by harsh skincare ingredients, daily stresses, or the surrounding environment. This is not ideal when you want to always look your best. Know that you are not on your own.
All kinds of skin are sensitive in different ways and signs may range from a mild tingling sensation with slight redness to extreme dryness with skin tightness, roughness, and flaking. Some describe their sensitive skin as changeable; varying on a day-to-day basis and reacting to just about anything. Some claim that sensitive skin is just dry and delicate. However, the main irritant is commonly found in skincare products – especially those with colour, perfume, and chemical content.
Things to do include:
Identifying what irritates your skin. This is a very important step you can take to avoid triggering sensitive reaction. So be sure to pick products that contain suitable ingredients. Introduce new products to your skincare regime one at a time so you can narrow down any skin irritation to a specific product.
Keep your skin clean. Cleansing your face twice a day is best to control the accumulation of grime and dirt which commonly leads to skin irritation. To avoid getting that ‘tightskin’ feeling after a wash, we suggest using a gentle, moisturising facial wash followed by a soothing facial toner to shrink your pores and refresh your complexion.
Hydrate. Applying the right moisturiser is important, as using the wrong product can lead to blocked pores, skin irritation, and breakouts. Choose a light, water-based moisturiser to use after cleansing and applying toner. Use a moisturiser two to three times a day.
Wear sun screen. The sun is detrimental to sensitive skin which could lead to redness, burning, breakouts, and other sun-related damage within minutes of exposure. Apply sunblock 15 – 20 minutes before heading outdoors to ensure it absorbs into the skin.
Keep it simple. Using too many products at a go will most likely trigger a reaction. Strip down to the bare necessities and work from there. Whenever testing a new product, you should always do a patch test on a small area of your skin before incorporating it into your skincare routine.
Keep your hands off your face. By constantly touching your face, you run the risk of transferring dirt, oil, and other irritants onto your skin. If your face itches or you need to wipe it, try using a clean tissue or cleansing wipe.
Remove your make-up. Keeping makeup on overnight may leave the skin vulnerable to dirt, grime, and infections. No matter how late it is or how tired you are, you should always cleanse your face before hitting the sack.
Stay hydrated. Drinking water helps you to hydrate and maintain a clear complexion. If possible, invest in a humidifier to maintain a soothing environment for dry skin at home or in the office.
Chill out. It may sound simple, but sensitive skin is often linked to inner angst – you may have noticed facial flare-ups when life starts to get bumpy. If you feel stressed out, get a massage, book a yoga session, or read a good book. You’re not only giving your mind a break, but also your face!
Following these steps should help improve the condition of your sensitive skin and help make it glow again.