Our face is the first thing that other people see. Healthy skin is known as a sign of perfect overall health. Certain skin problems like acne can show us that our body suffers from specific illnesses. This is why it is so important to take care of your skin and see if something different is going on. Some people are born with sensitive skin. And for some others, the skin becomes sensitive over time. Usually, it happens because they use makeup or skincare products with harmful and harsh ingredients. Certain ingredients can build up in your body over time and cause sensitivity and allergies later. Finding your perfect skincare routine can be a hard task.
First of all, it is important to know what type of skin you have. Many people do not even know their skin type and use products that worsen their skin problems even more. Sensitive skin can be dry, oily, or combination. A good dermatologist or cosmetologist can tell your skin type. This is the first step to perfect skincare.
With this article, we will help you to start your journey to healthy, glowing, and beautiful skin.
Gently Remove Your Makeup
Makeup often can irritate sensitive skin and even cause allergic contact dermatitis. Makeup residues also can clog pores and cause blemishes. This is why it is so important to remove makeup and do not leave any residue on your sensitive skin.
Nowadays, it is pretty popular to use makeup wipes to remove makeup for your skin. But this way is not a great option if you have sensitive skin. Makeup wipes are pretty harsh to your skin and many people press makeup wipes into their skin and use strong moves to remove the makeup, it can cause mechanical irritation to your skin. This is why we recommend you to use soft cotton pads instead of makeup wipes.
Sensitive skin needs certain products for removing your makeup. If you have dry and sensitive skin, use a gentle lotion cleanser that is without soap, fragrances, sulfates, parabens, and alcohol-free. The product should be hypoallergic and sensitive skin-friendly. Look for ingredients such as glycerin hyaluronic acid and aloe vera.
If you have oily and sensitive skin, look for a product that controls the production of sebum but also is hypoallergic and can be used for sensitive skin.
Micellar water or micellar facial washes can be a great option for combination, dry or oily skin. These products contain micelles that attract makeup and cleans it from your skin.
Look for hypoallergic products that are recommended by dermatologists and are allergy-tested. Search for products that are as natural as possible.
Don’t Forget To Use Toner
Toner is a skincare product that balances your skin pH levels after washing it with facial washes that are usually alkaline. The natural skin pH level is between 4.7 and 5.75. It means that your skin is slightly acidic. Soapy washes higher skin pH levels and it usually causes skin sensitivity.
Different skin types require different ingredients. If you have oily skin, look for toners that also control excess sebum. If you have sensitive skin, avoid toners that have alcohol because it can over-dry your skin.
No matter what skin type you have, the first thing you need to look for in the right skincare routine is sensitive skin-friendly, hypoallergic, and dermatologist tested products!
Also, if you feel like your skin is slightly irritated, wash it with cold water, and do not rub your skin with a towel! Use a napkin and gently tap it to your skin without pressure.
Give Your Skin Moisture or Nutrition
After your skin is clean and free from makeup, it is time to use a cream. Dry or a combination of skin usually needs a lot of moisture. This is why we highly recommend using a creamy moisturizer that contains glycerin, hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, shea butter, cocoa butter, or vitamin C if you have hyperpigmentation. The consistency of cream should be rich and heavy.
You can also use natural ingredients and DIY face masks to give your skin the required nutrition. Pick the one that suits your skin and include it in your skincare routine.
If you have oily skin that is prone to blemishes, look for products that are non-comedogenic and have ingredients that control sebum. Oily skin cream should be a gel consistency since it does not leave your skin shiny or oily looking. Oily skin cream should have ingredients like retinol, niacinamide, salicylic acid, and hyaluronic acid.
And also, do not forget that face cream needs to be hypoallergic, paraben-free, sulfate-free, and fragrance-free since fragrance often is one of the main causes of skin sensitivity.
And last but not least, UV rays can do a lot of damage to sensitive skin. Do not forget to use sunscreen or cream with SPF 50 that is hypoallergic and does not contain harmful ingredients.
Additional Products for Your Skincare Routine
If you want to keep your skin glowing and healthy, you need to exfoliate it. But exfoliation can be a difficult process when it comes to sensitive skin. Mechanical exfoliators cannot be used on sensitive skin. If you have sensitive skin, use enzyme exfoliators or slightly acidic exfoliators that contain AHA acids.
If you have mature and sensitive skin or sensitive skin with hyperpigmentation, we highly recommend using serums with retinol or vitamin C. Because serums usually contain smaller particles of active ingredients, it can be absorbed into the deepest layers of your skin.
Also, do not forget to pamper yourself! A good face mask is what you need. Look for calming ingredients that hydrate your sensitive skin, softness it, and reduces inflammation.
It is important to mention that skincare is not the only thing that you need to consider if you want to treat your sensitive skin. Since a majority of people cannot imagine their life without makeup, it is a must to use sensitive skin makeup products. Next time you will be searching for makeup products, look for sensitive skin foundation, blush, bronzer, highlighter, and primer since these makeup products directly contact with your skin. If they contain harmful ingredients, it can be easily absorbed into your skin and worsen your sensitive skin or cause allergies.