5 skin care tips to soothe my sensitive skin
What is sensitive skin?
It is the result of the nervous system's hyperactivation of skin cells. Inflammation invades tissues and makes blood vessels dilate, resulting in discomfort and reactivity. The skin gets hot, burns, stings, gets red and tugs... If this is due to your sensitive skin, you can reduce it by caring for your skin and limiting factors that make it sensitive.
Certain consumption habits, such as tobacco, alcohol and coffee, tend to aggravate redness on sensitive skin. Just like spicy dishes, which stimulate micro-circulation and can therefore become an irritant. You should also avoid extreme temperatures and UV rays as much as possible. As for your cosmetics, sensitive skin does not agree with formulas that are too detergent, too perfumed or too concentrated in irritating substances. You should therefore eliminate products based on fruit acids, vitamin A acid, essential oils, soaps, chemical solar filters, scrubs that are too abrasive... the less strain there is on the skin, the better it behaves!
With sensitive skin, the only option is to go for high-tolerance skin care, with no perfumes, colouring, preservatives or alcohol. Another of our sensitive skin care tips is to look for products that mention the word soothing. These are richer creams, with a cold cream texture that nourishes and soothes irritated skin and discomfort. Our top tip: choose products from the same range. Day cream, night cream, makeup remover, eye contour... Try all of these from the same line in order to soothe irritated skin!
When you wake up, there is no point in piling on a load of creams that risk aggravating your skin. Less is more in your morning routine: a spritz of thermal water to refresh and wake up your skin (but not tap water; too aggressive) and a good dose of moisture to stabilise your skin's hydrolipidic film and reduce feelings of discomfort. Choose a moisturising day cream that fulfils your skin's needs; anti wrinkles, anti dark spots, glow...
and will form a protective barrier against external aggressions. If you experience redness or irritation during the day, whip out your SOS cream: a rich, nourishing product to soothe irritated skin.
In the evening, turn up the intensity of your moisturising routine. Choose a rich cream that will act as a dressing to soothe, soften and repair sensitive skin that has been aggravated and made more fragile during the day. Another of our most useful skin care tips is to apply a moisturising mask twice a week. It will deeply nourish and immediately soothe tight skin. Some choose to leave the mask on all night for maximum effect. When you wake up, your skin will be soothed, hydrated and comfortable!
As for makeup, make sure you only use products that are specially formulated for sensitive skin. They must be non-greasy, non-comedogenic and hypo-allergenic. You should also use the least product possible to limit your risk of reaction and irritation. For your complexion, opt for liquids or creams that offer some hydration, instead of powders, which tend to dry skin out.