The Ultimate Guide to Soothing Skin
62% of women complain about sensitive skin. And while there is no dermatological definition for it, sensitive skin is usually characterised by itching, stinging, blotchiness and redness. To tackle it, pack your skin with hydration and choose your products and ingredients very wisely. Here are a few items we recommend in the battle against sensitive skin:
A hydrating serum has an instant moisturising action and provides a good base onto which you can then apply a cream or face mask. It leaves the skin hydrated under the epidermis, which will in turn strengthen the skin and help to reduce further damage. Be sure to choose one with gentle and calming ingredients such as aloe vera, oat extract, chamomile and lecithin.
Opt for creams rich in hydrating active ingredients to soothe, nourish and repair the skin. A nourishing cream will act as a blanket to ‘tuck in' the serum, as it were.
Irritated and dry skins really soak up moisturising face masks. Go for masks that have the same calming ingredients as your serum or cream to turbo-charge the results. Leave the mask on for between 10 and 15 minutes and, if possible, stay in a humid environment (such as your bathroom) to help the active ingredients fully penetrate the skin. Face masks effectively hydrate the skin and stimulate its healing responses. Rinse off with warm, not hot water, as this can aggrevate the skin even further.
Aloe vera is an eco-friendly cosmetic favourite for good reason, as it works wonders on skin in dire need of help. A blend of 90% water, vitamins and trace elements, it has a wide range of therapeutic uses, treating irritation, superficial burns, redness, scars and pimples at all once. Sweet almond oil is rich in omegas 6 and 9, which are great for soothing inflammation. It restores the skin's hydrolipidic film and is moisturising, soothing and softening. Shea butter protects the skin and maintains its elasticity. It is a great healer, perfect for helping to repair any raised or damaged patches of skin.
Being rich in minerals including iron, calcium, silicon, manganese and potassium, thermal water has soothing, softening and anti-irritant properties. Use it after cleansing and before moisturising to reduce redness and irritation. An added bonus: your cream will help seal in this extra layer of moisture, helping to keep the skin supple.