If you’re skin is prone to itching, redness, tightness and burning – you have sensitive skin. You want to fight the signs of aging without causing irritated flare-ups.
anti-aging skin routine for sensitive skin:
- Cleanse in the AM and PM with a gentle cleanser (like a cream, mousse, or gel). Do not use hot water to wash your face and make sure you pat gently to dry. ( Pai Skincare’s Camellia & Rose gentle hydrating cleanser is very gentle)
- A soothing, alcohol free toner can be applied. ( I love Pai Lotus & Orange Blossom BioAffinity Tonic)
- Use a moisturizer that is meant for sensitive skin. Baby products work well because they don’t contain fragrances and irritating ingredients. I recommend using a single facial oil as a moisturizer. ( I like Argan oil). That way, you won’t be applying a multitude of ingredients to your skin and you will be able to tell if your skin likes that particular oil.
- Apply your sunscreen – use a physical sunscreen like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide instead of chemical sunscreen, as these can irritate the skin. (Andalou Naturals Roses Colour Plus Correct is great for sensitive skin)
Prepare your skin for anti-aging treatments by using a moisturizer containing ceramides every night for three weeks. This will fill the gaps in your skin’s barrier layer, trapping moisture in and keeping irritants out ( I recommend Atocream by Mongdies). You can then start using a gentle product containing peptides to boost collagen production. Retinoids will probably be too harsh for your skin. For a natural alternative to synthetic retinoids, try Kypris Beauty’s Moonlight Catalyst.
A gentle physical exfoliate like Odacite’s Jojoba Bead Exfoliate is a good choice, as it won’t irritate your skin. Chemical exfoliates such as glycolic acid are often too harsh for sensitive skin. A gentle exfoliating enzyme product can often be tolerated (May Lindstroms Honey Mud is good) Use once a week.
A homemade mask made with yogurt, avocado and honey is excellent for sensitive skin. Lactic acid in yogurt gently digests dead skin cells, avocado provides lipids and hydration, and honey fights bacteria. If you want to purchase a mask, I like Herbivore Botanicals Blue Tansy Resurfacing Mask.