If finding skincare and makeup that doesn’t irritate your skin is a struggle for you, you aren’t alone. Sensitive skin, although treatable, can make even the simplest of skincare routines difficult. Having sensitive skin isn’t a disease, it’s just your skin’s way of telling that it’s super delicate and has specific request about what products and ingredients you should and shouldn’t use. The term “sensitive skin” can be an overused phrase and can commonly be confused with dry skin or dehydrated skin. If you aren’t sure if you have sensitive skin, a quick test would be to run your fingers over your skin with light to medium pressure. If your skin turns red, it’s sensitive.
Although skin sensitivity increases as you age, it can be treated at any time and in a variety of ways. One thing you absolutely don’t want to do if you have sensitive skin is to wash your face constantly. Over-washing and over-exfoliating can slowly deteriorate the outer layer of your skin that protects your cells from the harsh environments. When the time does come for you to wash your face however, make sure you are using products that are gentle, fragrance-free, and that have an ingredient list that isn’t hard to understand or lengthy. If you aren’t sure about what products would work for your skin, a great tip is to do a patch test. Asking for a sample at Sephora is a savvy way to test out products before buying them. To make your sampling easier, keep an eye out for these key ingredients:
Chamomile: Its calming and anti-inflammatory properties do wonders for your sensitivity and your stomach!
Goat’s Milk: Although this might sound a little strange, this vitamin-rich ingredient will help protect and nourish your skin.
Aloe Vera: This succulent can do more than just spruce up your home. After being refrigerated, it cools and refreshes your skin, soothing the sensitivity.
We highly recommend shopping for beauty products at the Detox Market and Credo Beauty. It’s important to remember that taking care of your sensitive skin can go beyond the stuff you put on your face. For instance, sleeping on a silk pillowcase will help absorb those natural oils that your skin produces while you sleep. Just remember to wash your sheets once a week to avoid any unnecessary build up. During the day, the sun can be one of the harshest threats to your skin. Not prolonging your stay in the sun is key to ensuring that your skin doesn’t get stripped of its precious outer layer. At the end of the day, healing your sensitive skin starts with great skin care formulated for you.