When treating sensitive skin we have to eliminate products rather than add them. Far to often we have to much going on and need to clear the slate and simplify our routine. Caring for sensitive skin means looking at what causes our irritations. For the most part you will find that the ingredients in your skin care products are the culprit.
If you simplify and get back to a very basic, organic, non toxic routine, you will find that sensitive skin can be managed. Products that calm and soothe will be best.
To soothe your skin, you want to avoid products that contain chemical preservatives and fragrances. It is also best to stay away from ingredients like alcohol, retinoids, vitamin C, glycolic acid and alpha hydroxy acids.
This Page is going to provide you with a specialized facial routine meant for sensitive skin. It will also link to relevant articles and product reviews.
We will cover:
- A daily sensitive skin routine
- Facial oils
- Anti-aging treatments
Sensitive Skin Routine
Step 1: Wash your face
Cleansing is important because it removes dirt and oil buildup on the skin. Sensitive skin types should avoid any highly fragranced soaps or soaps with strong detergents. Gentle, limited ingredient, liquid facial cleansers are the best way to go. Look for soothing ingredients such as chamomile.
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Use Eminence Calm Skin Chamomile Cleanser because it will be very gentle and calms the skin.
Step 2: Use a Toner
Sensitive skin types can benefit from a toner any time of day, especially after a freshly cleansed face. Toners can deliver hydration and skin repairing nutrients deep into the tissues, helping restore the skin. A soothing toner will leave sensitive skin feeling clean and refreshed without the use of aggressive cleansers, and can help counteract the irritation that can occur after washing your face.
Sensitive skin should avoid alcohol, fragrance and harsh exfoliating ingredients in their toners.
Use Pai Skin Care’s Lotus and Orange Blossom Bioaffinity Tonic. Pai specializes in skin care for sensitive skin. This toner is alcohol free and has minimal ingredients.
Step 3: Serum
Serums will absorb into the deep layers of the skin, bringing active, healing nutrients with it. The word serum is often used to describe a water-based or oil-based product that is concentrated in active ingredients. Here we are talking about water-based serums (we will talk about facial oils down below).
Wait 10 – 15 minutes after washing your face to apply your water-based serum. Allowing your skin to dry completely will slow down penetration and reduce potential irritation.
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Use Pai Skin Care’s Sea Aster and Wild Oat Redness Serum, a water-based serum meant to reduce redness and irritation.
Step 4: Moisturize
When moisturizing sensitive skin, you want a moisturizer that is free of fragrances and irritating preservatives.
Use CV Skinlabs Calming Moisture. This moisturizer is especially formulated for sensitive and damaged skin.
Step 5: Apply Sunscreen
Sunscreen is an important part of every skin care routine. The sun damages our skin leading to redness, irritation and wrinkle formation. Sensitive skin types should avoid chemical sun blockers such as oxybenzone and instead opt for physical sun blockers such as zinc oxide or titanium oxide.
Just as with other products, your sunscreen should be free of fragrances, harsh preservatives and alcohol.
Suntegrity’s 5-in-1 tinted sunscreen is great because it doesn’t leave a white film on your skin like many zinc oxide sunscreens do. This sunscreen Received a #1 Rating by the EWG/Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database and was Featured in the “Best Sunscreens” Category in the EWG’s 2013 & 2014 Sunscreen Guides.
Many people are discovering the benefits of using oils on their facial skin. Oils provide nourishment, hydration, protection and repair. They are packed with youth-enhancing antioxidants and skin-renewing compounds.
Here are the best single facial oils for sensitive skin:
- Sea Buckthorn – promotes healing in the skin. It is moisturizing, gentle, soothing, and anti-aging.
- Apricot Kernel Oil – used to treat inflammatory skin disorders.
- Camelina Oil – helps calm reactive skin.
The best facial oil blend for sensitive skin is Odacite’s Camelina and Chamomile Concentrated Serum (it is called a serum, but it is actually an oil).
You want to fight the signs of aging without causing irritated flare-ups.
Check out our Anti-aging routine for sensitive skin page.
I recommend using a natural retinol alternative – Kypris Beauty Midnight Catalyst – to stimulate exfoliation and cell renewal. An exfoliating enzyme mask used once – twice a week will help keep dead skin cells from building up – try May Lindstrom’s Honey Mud.
Use a gentle physical exfoliate a couple times a week to remove dry skin and keep your pores clean.
Eminence’s Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant is gentle enough for daily use and is easy to incorporate into your cleanser.
Use a mask once – twice a week to clear congestion and oil buildup. Sensitive skin needs a nourishing and calming mask that will draw out impurities without aggravating the skin.
Look for non-greasy and non-comedogenic formulas rich in moisturizers and antioxidants. Light textures are best, ones that allow the skin to breathe. Opt for products that provide protection from sun and pollution.
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- Primer: Stratus Soft Focus Instant Skin Perfector
- Foundation: Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation
- Blush: Aura Multi-Use Blush
- Eye shadow: Mesmerize Eye Shimmer
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I hope that this page is a valuable resource to you and that it helps you find relevant articles and products for your skin type. Bookmark it so that you can come back to it again and again.
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