5 Skin Care Tips to Soothe Sensitive Skin
Sensitive skin is the result of the nervous system's hyper-activation 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. Diagnosis is the first step in taking care of and soothing irritated skin. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you protect your skin and prevent it from getting worse.
1. Look For Mild And Gentle Skincare products
With sensitive skin, the only option is to go for high-tolerance skincare, with no perfumes, colouring, preservatives or alcohol. Look for products that mention the word "soothing". These are richer creams, with a cold cream texture that nourish and soothe irritated skin and reduce 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 made especially for sensitive and irritated skin.
2. Limit your Skincare Products
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 moisturiser 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. The L'Oréal Paris Revitalift Crystal Micro-Essence not only reduces fine lines and wrinkles and boosts skin firmness and youthfulness, but the SPF in the cream also protects you from the harmful sunrays, eliminating the need of including another product in your morning routine.
3. Step Up Your Night-Time Routine
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 skincare 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. The L'Oreal Paris Hydrafresh Anti-Ox Night Mask-in Jelly provides intense hydration that will calm irritated skin and leave your skin looking refreshed and comfortable in the morning.
4. Use The Right Kind Of Makeup
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 try and use fewer products 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.
Certain consumption habits, such as spicy foods, alcohol, and coffee tend to aggravate redness on sensitive skin. They stimulate micro-circulation and can, therefore, become an irritant. You should also avoid extreme temperatures and UV rays as much as possible. Also, sensitive skin does not agree with formulas that are too perfumed or too concentrated in irritating substances. You should eliminate products based on fruit acids, vitamin A acid, soaps, chemical solar filters, and scrubs that are too abrasive. The less strain there is on the skin, the better it behaves!