I’ve had sensitive skin forever and it’s one of the most annoying skin care problems after dry skin. You can’t use scented things or else your skin gets red, your face reacts weirdly to products everyone else can use and it’s just plain annoying.
Since I’ve had it, I’ve learned many things from Dermatologists, skin specialists and my own experience so here are some of my tips:
- Don’t use scented products on your skin and this includes perfumes, body sprays, soaps etc. These almost always causes irritation and some amount of inflammation to sensitive skin. If you really love scents like I do though then just lay your clothes down onto your bed or somewhere and lightly spray it with whatever. Give the scent a few minutes to dry on the fabric before getting dressed. If you do this, it’ll prevent direct contact with your skin which will prevent irritations.
- DOVE is your best friend. I’ve been using the Dove Sensitive Skin body wash for years now. You know when you use other body washes your skin feels like it has some weird residue left over? That’s soap scum and Dove is one soap that doesn’t have that (Watch it and see). Try to switch to liquid soaps for your body instead of bars because bars just sit in your tub and collect bacteria over time and that rubs onto your skin causing irritation.
- Even though you have sensitive skin, you should still have a wash your face at least once daily. Wash your face in the morning after you wake up to get rid of the oils and bacteria that got onto your face at night from your hair, pillow, hands etc. Wash your face again at night to get rid of the other dirt and bacteria that came onto your face throughout the day. Use a gentle cleaner to remove dirt, oils etc without stripping your skin. Brands like Simple or Cetaphil are gentle but still clean really well.
- Try not to pile on makeup and if you can, don’t wear any at all. If you really feel like you need it, get one that’s lightweight and doesn’t clog your skin. Go to a makeup specialist (Sephora is a great place to start) and ask them for what they recommend.
- DO NOT BUY FULL-SIZE PRODUCTS WITHOUT TRYING IT FIRST. I cannot stress this enough, there are so many things I’ve gotten because of ads and whatever and when I tried it, it didn’t work well for my skin and I ended up not using it. So many places offer samples of products, just ask. Sometimes I go into Sephora, talk to a consultant and just get 5-10 samples to try out; it doesn’t hurt and it definitely will save your bank account.
- If you don’t have a Sephora near you, you could at least find products specific to your needs here.
- Make sure to test products on somewhere like your upper arm or the side of your neck, somewhere, if you do get a rash, it’s easy to cover up.
- I would say to keep away from the sun but we all know that can’t happen so invest in a really good moisturizer with SPF. I LOVE the Algenist Lightweight UV Defense Fluid. It’s SPF 50 and feels like nothing. I don’t know about you guys, but I hate applying lotion or sunscreen onto my face especially in the summer because my face gets greasy and oily so I just skip it all together. DON’T DO THAT. Too much heat damages skin cells and can often cause skin rashes and diseases.
- Watch what you eat but it’s not just what you’re eating, some external factors such as smoking, stress, lack of sleep or excessive pollution can cause sensitive skin to flare up with rashes and may also cause even bigger skin problems.
- Always choose cosmetic products which are “Fragrance-free” because most of the cosmetics with fragrance may react on your sensitive skin to create problems. It is much better if you choose products labeled “No artificial colors”.
- Exfoliate your skin with something fine. This gets rid of the dead skin on your face to moisturizers can actually benefit you and go into your skin instead of just sitting on top of the dead skin doing nothing. The Ancient Orient Rice Enzyme Dermafoliant is the best one I’ve come across so far. It’s a dupe of the far more expensive Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder.
- Make a Rosewater soothing face mist. This will help hydrate you skin, fight acne and eczema, heal scars etc.
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