Most Effective Beauty Tips for Sensitive Skin You Need to Know

Say you have textured skin and you’re trying out a new foundation. And what happens? Unfortunately, you have all these acne breakouts, redness, and itchiness. Although I highly doubt that your skin will have such an adverse reaction if you choose one of these ultra-light foundations specifically formulated for textured, sensitive skin.

Regardless, it’s time to now talk about beauty tips for sensitive skin in general. Skin becomes sensitive for many reasons, your skin is probably genetically or naturally prone to be so sensitive. Nonetheless, there are certain precautions you can take to make things more manageable in terms of how your skin feels and looks.

Do You Really Have Sensitive Skin?

Before I get into the proper sensitive skin care routine, how about we first find out whether or not you have sensitive skin, to begin with? Even dermatologists sometimes can figure that out because there’s no one definition or checklist for sensitive skin.

But there are certain signs and symptoms related to this particular skin type. Such as your skin feeling itchy and looking blotchy after using a skincare or beauty product infused with artificial fragrance and the like.

Generally speaking, your skin is sensitive if…

  • You see rashes and red spots developing more frequently.
  • It feels tight or weird or uncomfortable right after cleansing.
  • It doesn’t react well to most cosmetics.
  • It tans or burns easily when outdoors even for a short span of time.
  • You have premature fine lines and wrinkles.
  • It’s highly prone to forming dry, flaky, itchy patches.

Now, How About Some Effective Tips for Sensitive Skin On Face?

1. Cleanse your face with micellar water, but avoid over-cleansing / over-exfoliating

First of all, is micellar water good for sensitive skin? The micellar solution is perfect for all types of skin, especially beneficial if your skin type is sensitive since it reduces irritation and inflammation. Foaming cleansers, on the other hand, are no good because they’re not gentle formulations.

Micellar water is gentle and, in fact, a no-rinse solution. It’s got tiny oil molecules (micelles) that lift away dirt, grease, and also makeup from your skin. Plus, micellar water soothes and hydrates the skin. And bonus points for no irritants like soap, alcohol, oil, etc.

And now comes the part where I warn you against over-cleansing your face. Your skin, be it sensitive or not, doesn’t need harsh ingredients to activate the cleansing action or exfoliation. These harsh chemicals tend to destroy the skin’s natural protective barrier in the form of natural oils, proteins, and lipids. Hence, over-washing can and will eliminate them.

Likewise, sensitive skin should not be over-exfoliated as well. And those 1-2 times that you do exfoliate, make sure to use a mild chemical exfoliant such as glycolic acid or salicylic acid.

2. Use lukewarm water and keep your showers quick

It may be tempting to turn up the heat in the shower but bear in mind that almost scalding water can aggravate sensitive and/or dry skin. When the water is super-hot, it strips off your skin’s natural, essential oils that actually protect it. So even when just cleansing your face, use lukewarm water.

And if your sensitive skin is a general problem for you, meaning not just limited to your face, then it’s better to opt for a body wash well suited for your skin type.

In that case, also keep your showers short – not more than 10 minutes. Once again, this should be lukewarm water to prevent post-shower skin irritation or any other such allergic reaction(s).

3. Always apply moisturizer after cleansing

Many are under the impression that applying a moisturizer on sensitive skin is not going to do any good. But that’s just wrong and, in fact, counterproductive, in the case of sensitive skin and especially oily skin (natural remedies to moisturize oily skin).

Your skin, if it happens to be sensitive, needs a lightweight moisturizer cream to repair and strengthen its protective barrier, which helps with minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Your skin is also then bound to feel smoother and softer over time.

4. Limit your sun exposure and always wear a proper sunscreen

Basking in the delightful sunshine of sunny weather after gloomy winter days is only natural. But when your skin type is sensitive, you should and have to curb these natural instincts. However unfortunate that may sound to tanning enthusiasts! (Best, Safest Time to Tan Outside)

But then I’m not saying don’t enjoy warm, bright sunny days at all. Just limit your sun exposure – meaning stay away from the sun when its rays are at their brightest (peak hours are between 10 and 2 in the day). But if absolutely must go out, apply proper sunscreen.

And now what do I mean by “proper” sunscreen? A broad-spectrum formula (this provides protection against both UVB and UVA rays) with a high SPF rating (30 or higher). And re-apply every 2-4 hours.

Sunscreens equipped with physical active substances (for example, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide) make it less likely for unwanted skin reactions to occur. As opposed to the chemical-based version that often contains octinoxate, octocrylene, and oxybenzone (bad news for sensitive skin!).

5. Choose your products very carefully

Now it goes without saying that there are certain ingredients in both skincare and cosmetic products that don’t agree with sensitive skin. These substances often cause skin irritation, redness, and overall damage. The list includes artificial fragrances, synthetic colors, alcohol, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, etc.

So pick your skin and beauty products only after going through the ingredients list. Make sure that they’re mild and fragrance-free i.e. hypoallergenic (some are even dermatologist-recommended for sensitive skin) without any preservatives and harsh chemicals that might lead to drying and damaging sensitive skin.

6. If you can, do a patch test first

Desperate times call for desperate measures, right? That means making a little bit of extra time for patch-testing the products you buy.

Apply just a small amount on a small section of the arm (the inside part of it) and leave it overnight. On waking up the next day, if there’s no reaction whatsoever, you can then mark that formula as safe for your sensitive skin.

Then move on to do a patch test on your jawline, along it. If this also gives you the green light, no harm done in using it for your entire face.

Such skincare and cosmetic products, only if the brand cares enough to mention it, are non-comedogenic. They do not contain pore-clogging ingredients, thus less chances of your skin breaking out or feeling/looking inflamed and irritated.

General Makeup Tips for Sensitive Skin – A Quick Glance!

Once your beauty product has passed the patch test, it means the formula is good to go for sensitive skin. So here’s how to go about prepping your skin for a flawless application where your makeup doesn’t end up triggering any skin sensitivities or reactions…

Cleanse First

A gentle cleanser (the gentlest cleansers for treating common hyperpigmentation) gets rid of dirt, excess oil, and other such impurities while also maintaining your sensitive skin’s natural pH balance and protective barrier. These formulations also contain hydrating and calming ingredients to both moisturize and soothe troubled or aggravated skin.

Use lukewarm water, please.

Moisturize Second

Don’t skip moisturizer, no matter your skin type. But especially if your skin is sensitive, then not applying a moisturizer is only going to cause dryness, itchiness, dehydration – meaning you’re just making matters worse.

The moisturizing cream should be formulated using deeply nourishing, calming, and moisturizing ingredients. For example, aloe vera, calendula oil, shea butter, chamomile, etc.

Third, Top Off with SPF

Apply sunscreen always before applying your makeup. The former adds that much-needed protective barrier that keeps away sun damage, premature aging, and the like. And the higher the SPF, the more effective the sunscreen.

Stick to the ‘Less Is More’ Strategy

This means incorporating multitasking or multipurpose cosmetics. When you layer on fewer products, your skin is less likely to go ballistic.

A great example is a mineral-based, hypoallergenic foundation infused with high-SPF sunscreen. So you get that perfect dewy, hydrated coverage with sun protection!

Apply Foundation Only Where Necessary/Needed

Your foundation and concealer are applied only in those spots that require coverage. Meaning covering up pesky blemishes, discoloration, scars, spots, etc. instead of the whole surface of your face. Apply the products sparingly for blurring these problematic regions and creating an even-looking, smooth canvas.

Also, putting on a primer first before your foundation and concealer is a great idea since what a primer does is creates that perfect smoothing effect to enhance the appearance and longevity of your makeup. Provided it’s a good primer, such as these makeup primers for textured skin.

Keep Your Makeup Tools Clean

Makeup tools like brushes, sponges, applicators, etc. should be cleaned regularly if you want your sensitive skin to not get triggered.

For cleaning, all you have to do is spray them with some makeup brush cleaning solution once every two weeks or so.

And Lastly, Remove the Makeup Properly

If you’re putting on your makeup responsibly, then you should be taking it off the same way. You don’t want potential bacteria getting into your pores and causing breakouts!

Also, give your skin a while to breathe during the regeneration process, which is why removing makeup at the end of the day is a must.

Choose skin-friendly, oil-free cleansing wipes that remove not just makeup but also dirt, excess sebum, etc. Then follow up with a hypoallergenic, nourishing facial cleanser. And finally, lock in that hydration with a thin layer of moisturizer or night cream.

And You’re Done!

It’s certainly not easy, quick, or low-maintenance to care for sensitive skin. But the same applies to dry and oily skin. So those with sensitive, dry, or oily skin need to expend a little more effort and time into pampering their skin even more. Lucky are those who don’t have such concerns!

But then the good thing about it all is that all of these extra steps of your skincare routine, after a point, start to feel effortless if you make it a point to follow the instructions on a daily basis. And when skin is looked after so vigilantly, it’s sure to look and feel happy and glowy too!

Last but not least, make sure you’re drinking plenty of water and consuming foods proven to boost skin health and condition.

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