Sensitive skin can be a challenge, one day it’s looking fresh and clear and the next it’s flushed an angry red and nothing you put on it seems to help. Sensitivity is very common and is exacerbated by everything from pollution and sun rays to alcohol and smoking.
One of the major causes of sensitive skin is smothering on lots of different creams, oils and over cleansing with harsh chemical based products. This strips the skin of its natural defensives, leaving it exposed to the elements leading to inflammation and redness. But, thankfully, sensitive skin can be very easy to manage with only a few gentle products. Here are our top tips:
- Sensitive skin often coincides with dryness, so regular moisturising is key to locking in hydration and adding a layer of protection to the skin. Moisturise every morning and night with a vitamin E based moisturiser free of preservatives and chemicals. Vitamin E helps protect the skin from pollution and harmful UV rays, is highly moisturising and an anti-inflammatory which will reduce redness.
- Use a gentle cleanser twice a day to remove any build-up of dirt that could block pores. Make sure to moisturise immediately after cleansing to lock in moisture.
- Blot dry instead of rubbing with a soft towel to avoid irritation.
- Always use an SPF year round, of at least 30 as sensitive skin needs more protection from the elements and aggravating sun rays
- Just because you have sensitive skin doesn’t mean you can’t use make up, just ensure you choose cosmetics carefully, avoiding products that contain preservatives and artificial dyes.
- Always do a spot test when trying out new products and leave for at least 24 hours to see if there is any reaction. If not test the product again on skin near the eyes, if there is still no reaction you’re good to go!
- Exfoliation is often too harsh on sensitive skin, but it is still important to refresh and renew the skin on a regular basis. Non-invasive LED facials are based on research by NASA that discovered high strength non-UV light encourages skin cells to regenerate at five times their usual rate. Having an LED facial reduces inflammation and encourages new skin cells reducing redness and giving a healthy fresh glow. Perfect for sensitive skin as it means you can forgo foundation to even out skin tone and just stick to your SPF.
- Eat plenty of fruit and veg with vitamin C and drink green tea which is full of antioxidants to help fight the free radicals that inflame sensitive skin. Avoid smoking and keep alcohol consumption a minimum.