The Best Beauty Routine for Sensitive Skin
Super dry skin, red spots on your cheeks, small itchy spots and skin which has a tendency to overheat? This is the unfortunate reality of having sensitive skin.
Sensitive skin is particularly intolerant, meaning that it reacts a lot more than normal skin types. This hyper-reactivity can cause the skin to tingle, itch and heat up. The barrier function of the epidermis layer is altered, which encourages dehydration of the skin and, in particular, the penetration of potentially irritating agents. Often accompanied by redness, sensitive skin is particularly reactive to sunlight, cold, temperature changes, soaps, stress, emotions, and often beauty products. This is why you should follow a special beauty routine. Following is the routine should you adopt to help restore soft, comfortable and vibrant skin.
Whatever you do, don't neglect the cleansing stage. It not only helps to get rid of all traces of make-up but also all the impurities which build up throughout the day (tobacco, pollution, sweat). Go for cleansers with a softer texture: sensitive skin is better suited to an oil cleanser, micellar water or a milk cleanser. And take care to rub it in gently to avoid irritating your skin.
For those of you who also like to clean your face after cleansing, our tip is to avoid traditional soaps which can damage the skin's natural hydrolipidic film and make it feel like your skin is being tugged on. You could also try exfoliating once a week using a very gentle scrub, preferably an enzymatic one (any granules or beads could irritate sensitive skin). Try the new L'Oréal Paris Revitalift Crystal Micro-Essence. It has a watery and light-weight formula which absorbs 10 layers deep into your skin to hydrate it from within and brings out your glowing, bright and crystal clear skin. It contains various active ingredients like Salicylic Acid, which accelerates skin renewal & mildly exfoliates to refine pores & skin texture. It helps you prep the skin for the day ahead.
The most important thing for sensitive skin is to hydrate it to help stabilize the hydrolipidic film, balance out the skin's functions and reduce any uncomfortable sensations. It's a good idea to apply a hydrating and nourishing serum under your day cream to help deeply moisturize your skin and calm any redness. Then use a moisturizing day cream that is suited to your skin's needs: anti-wrinkle, anti-blemish, radiance-boosting, anti-fatigue. This will help form a protective barrier against external aggressors.
When it comes to make-up, choose products that are specially formulated for sensitive skin. Also, try to use as few products as possible to limit the risk of reactions. For foundation, liquid and cream formulas are best as they provide a little more hydration than powders, which tend to be more drying. For blush, also opt for cream or liquid textures to avoid dehydration and discomfort.
In the evening, you need to increase the hydration x10. A cream with a rich formula will act as a bandage to soothe, soften and repair sensitive skin that has been weakened throughout the day. You can also apply a hydrating mask twice a week, which will help intensely nourish the epidermis and alleviate any tugging sensations. When you wake up, your skin will be soothed, hydrated and comfortable.
Sensitive skin might seem a bit difficult to handle but usually is manageable with some care and tips. Sensitive skin gets easily irritates, and that is why you must protect it and care for it with the best products and treatments.