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10 Tips And Tricks To Upgrade Your Skincare Routine If You Have Sensitive Skin
If your sensitive skin isn’t vibing with your current skincare routine, it may be time to mix things up using these tips and tricks!
Here at DABL, we want you to feel good in the skin you’re in. But when you have sensitive skin, this can sometimes be easier said than done. We understand how frustrating it can be to struggle with constant breakouts and allergic reactions. Therefore, we gathered 10 tips and tricks to revitalize your skincare routine and leave you feeling good, inside and out.
Test Before You Apply:
If you have particularly sensitive skin, never underestimate the importance of patch testing. Before applying a new product to your face or entire body, test it on a small portion of your skin in an inconspicuous location, such as behind your ear or on your inner arm. If you have a reaction, you won’t have any noticeable redness, blotchiness, or hives and it will be contained to a small location on your body. After the patch test, keep an eye on the area for 24 hours before starting to apply the product to your face or other body parts. While not always necessary, some people choose to repeat the patch test in a different location before finally feeling free to use as much of the product as they want wherever they want.
Avoid Triggers And Read Labels:
If you have sensitive skin, you’ve probably identified triggers that cause it to flare out either through trial and error or from testing done at your dermatologist’s office. Once you identify these triggers, make sure to avoid them by always carefully reading the labels on your skincare products and cosmetics. Make sure to avoid products that contain triggering ingredients, as well as common irritants. Common irritants include added fragrances, alcohol, and paraben preservatives.
Keep your face clean of dirt and debris and your pores clear by washing your face with a gentle cleanser once or twice per day. If possible, choose a cleansing product that has been tested on sensitive skin with positive results. When you are done washing your face, blot it dry with a towel to avoid irritation caused by rubbing it dry.
That said, resist the urge to over-wash or over-exfoliate your face. Sensitive skin really can’t handle more than two washes per day, and our faces are naturally good at staying clean on their own. Washing and exfoliating too frequently is harsh on the skin and removes necessary lipids and proteins that keeps our skin healthy.
Making some changes to how you bathe or shower could prevent your skin from becoming irritated. Experts recommend trying to limit showers to 10 minutes if possible. Keep your shower short and efficient, and make sure to use fragrance-free soap. Avoid excessive rubbing with loofahs or washcloths, as this action can irritate sensitive skin. In addition, don’t let the water temperature get too hot. Using warm or lukewarm water is best for keeping sensitive skin happy. Once you’ve dried off, make sure to moisturize right away!
Don’t Forget Moisturizer:
Moisturizer is absolutely essential if you have sensitive skin. Any time you get out of the shower or wash your face you should be applying moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated and healthy. Consistently moisturizing twice a day in the morning and nighttime will help protect your skin from water loss and will form a healthy barrier against pollutants, wind, and debris you inevitably encounter in your daily life.
Less Is More:
In general, dermatologists and skincare experts tend to preach the message that less is more. If you have sensitive skin and are using too many products, you may be experiencing reactions simply because your skin is overwhelmed.
You should also try to choose skincare products that are made from a limited amount of ingredients. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, people with sensitive skin should use products that are made with 10 ingredients or less. As the ingredients increase, your likelihood of having an adverse reaction to something in the product also rises.
Add To Your Skincare Routine:
We know we just said less is more, but sometimes there are situations where adding to your skincare routine is justified. Generally, all you really need to meet the skincare basics are a good moisturizer, a gentle cleanser, and sunscreen. That said, sometimes you will need to add a specific product to meet a goal, such as creams that diminish lines and wrinkles that come with age. Other people like to wear a revitalizing face mask from time to time as a way to relax or unwind. You may also want to consider cleansing serums that help balance the skin’s Ph level, however make sure to choose one that is made without using alcohol.
Be Cautious With Cosmetics:
Be careful when choosing new cosmetics to avoid picking new products that may cause irritation. Similarly, throw away and replace makeup that is old or expired, and make sure to keep your brushes clean. Some general rules of thumb to follow when choosing products include picking a foundation made from mineral powder, as these products usually don’t contain artificial dyes or preservatives that can cause a reaction. If you can’t find a mineral powder you like, at least consider using a silicone-based foundation to reduce the risk of reactions caused by alternative foundations or the makeup you apply next.
When it comes to eye makeup, avoid using waterproof mascara whenever possible. These mascaras are resistant to water, so you often have to use harsh cleansers to remove it later. Similarly, opt for pencil eye liners instead of gel or liquid eye liners. Many liquid eyeliners contain latex, which cause allergic reactions for many people.
Remove Makeup Before Bed:
Always remove your makeup before bed and wash your face with a gentle cleanser. During the night, your skin gets a chance to renew itself. In order to do this, it needs to be clean of makeup and able to breathe. Neglecting to remove makeup prevents your skin from being able to renew itself, which can cause extensive damage and lead to more obvious signs of aging in the future. Makeup residue that is left behind can also cause skin imperfections and acne, which no one wants.
Protect Yourself From The Sun:
If there is one product you wear every day without fail, let that be sunscreen. The harsh UV rays from the sun can weaken the skin and cause damage over time, and in extreme cases people can develop skin cancer. People with easily irritated skin tend to be extra sensitive to sunshine. Therefore, it’s important to wear sunscreen year round that is SPF 30 or higher or choose cosmetics that have sunscreen included. Look for sunscreen products that contain zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, as these will be less likely to cause adverse reactions.
While we understand that dealing with issues caused by sensitive skin is both embarrassing and frustrating, we hope having some new ideas to improve your skincare routine provides you with hope and reassurance. If you notice unusual or bothersome symptoms that won’t go away, such as sensations of burning or itching, seek advice from a medical professional to rule out and treat severe allergic reactions or underlying health concerns. A consultation with a dermatologist may also be useful to get advice on how to best care for your skin type. And, dermatologists can prescribe medication that may be more effective than what is available to you over the counter.