Statistics show that more and more people are reporting having sensitive skin. Sensitive skin presents in a variety of ways, but some of the most common are redness, reactivity, itching, flaking, stinging, dryness, rashes and sometimes breakouts.
Although sensitized skin is extremely common, it can be a challenge to navigate. Here are our best tips for sensitive skin. Read on to learn more and be sure to check out this special Face Massage-To-Glow created just for soothing sensitive skin.
TIPS FOR TREATING SENSITIVE SKIN
1.) Understand the difference between sensitive and sensitized skin
Many people think they have sensitive skin, when in fact they may have skin that has become comprised and sensitized as a result. Some common things that contribute to sensitized skin would be overuse of exfoliation, harsh weather or sun exposure. If this is the case, you will still want to treat your skin similar to sensitive skin, but it may be only a temporary condition that your skin can eventually heal from.
Sensitive skin on the other hand is something that you are born with and will likely always have to some degree. Sensitivity can have a lot to do with genetics. Other sensitive skin conditions such as rosacea can be genetic but can also develop and worsen over time without proper attention or care.
2.) Know about ingredients that calm skin
Because many sensitive skin conditions are related to inflammation, it can be very helpful to prioritize anti-inflammatory ingredients and formulas. Some ingredients we love for calming and the skin are: aloe vera, calendula, chamomile, cucumber, green tea, lavender, squalane and shea butter.
Irritation is another component that can be treated with these soothing ingredients. The more you are able to infuse ingredients that are healing, the less reactivity you should see as your skin rebuilds itself over time.
3.) Implement cool tools or cold therapy
Cold therapy is another approach to calming irritation and redness in the skin and encouraging healing. Hydrojelly masks are also very effective for cooling the skin several degrees. Products like toner or moisturizer can be kept in a refrigerator to infuse a bit of cold into your everyday product application.
We also love a cold tool such as a cold roller or a rose quartz qua sha stone. Rose quartz is an especially calming stone to use on skin to reduce redness. Tools like these remain naturally cool, but you can make them even colder by placing them in cold water or a freezer to chill. If you don't have a tool, you can use a cold spoon or just a piece of ice to massage your face. Cold therapy calms irritation and feels very soothing to sensitive or sensitized skin. Just be mindful to use gentle pressure and light touch only when massaging sensitive skin.
4.) Keep your skincare simple and minimal
If your skin is sensitive or is going through a sensitized phase, it is best to adopt a more minimal approach. Too many layers of skincare can be irritating to the skin and make it more difficult to discern which products are actually causing the irritation. Instead, stick to 2-4 good products that you know your skin loves, and reintroduce new products slowly, when you want to change up the routine.
The same goes for ingredients in the products you use. Additives like fragrances and dyes in products can act as an irritant to sensitive skin. Instead look for clean formulas that utilize fewer ingredients.
5.) Incorporate actives and exfoliants sparingly
If your skin is sensitive you probably know by now, to avoid harsh or abrasive treatments, but did you know that even active ingredients can sometimes be too much for sensitive skin? Look for lower concentrations of potent power ingredients like vitamin C and retinol, which can still be used but sparingly. Pay attention to early cues such as flaking or itching and always listen to your skin and discontinue using a product if produces these kinds of reactions.
Know that there is no shame in opting for gentler products that support your skin. Most skin types, sensitive or no, can benefit from a calming skincare routine. Calm skin is happy skin that glows.
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