A rough texture, dry feel, and tendency to redness and irritations. Sensitive skin can react in various ways, which is why this skin type calls for extra care and attention to ingredient lists. This also means that there’s no one-size-fits-all routine for sensitive skin types, as different reactive patterns can crave different remedies. Therefore, if you have sensitive skin, your first priority should always be to figure out what causes your skin’s reaction.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF SENSITIVE SKIN
While some experience their skin’s sensitivity as a more or less permanent condition, other people’s reactions occur more occasionally. These types of reactions can be triggered by seasonal conditions such as excessively hot or cold weather – or the change from one to another. Other sensitive skin types only react when in contact with certain ingredients – better known as allergic reactions.
As sensitive skin is often a symptom of another skin condition such as acne, rosacea, or atopic dermatitis, we always recommend that you console a dermatologist if you’re bothered by your sensitive skin.
WHAT CAN CAUSE SENSITIVE SKIN?
Numerous factors can set off a reaction in sensitive skin. Whereas some’s skin especially reacts to extraneous factors such as UV exposure and harsh climate, others’ symptoms are triggered due to genetics, diet, or ingredients in e.g. cosmetics or skin care. The best you can do is therefore to treat the concern from its core by figuring out what triggers it.
ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS FOR SENSITIVE SKIN
When it comes to treating sensitive skin, mild and soothing ingredients should dominate your products’ ingredient lists. Whether your sensitive skin is affected by internal or extraneous factors, calming and protecting ingredients are always beneficial, because they’ll help keep your skin’s barrier healthy and strong to prevent future reactions. Some of our favorites are aloe vera, hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, and niacinamide.
A ROUTINE FOR SENSITIVE SKIN
Keep your sensitive skin balanced with a few gentle products that enrich your skin with the nourishment it needs while keeping it resilient towards potential threats.
Step 1: A nourishing cleanser – a product that belongs in every routine regardless of skin type, as it helps fend off harmful bacteria, pollution and build-up that can lead to impurities and disturb the skin’s natural balance. If you have sensitive skin, we recommend that you opt for a gentle cleanser with natural cleansing actives, such as our Daily Foaming Cleanser that’ll keep the skin clean and nourished without removing its necessary oils.
Step 2: Serum. This type of product is formulated to penetrate deep within the skin’s layers to offer concentrated care with an enriching dose of active ingredients. As with the facial cleanser, these are beneficial for every skin type, but serums are formulated with individual, unique properties to treat specific skin concerns.
For sensitive skin types, we recommend our Vitamin E Serum that contains a formula tailored to effectively treat and soothe sensitive and damaged skin. Whereas vitamin E gives this strong serum its repairing and strengthening properties, the addition of sodium PCA will help keep the skin replenished and resilient.
Step 3: Strengthen your skin with our Niacinamide Lifting Mist. While the addition of soothing aloe vera will help reduce inflammations and redness, a dose of 5% niacinamide will work to strengthen the skin’s barrier, leaving it more resilient and the skin’s health optimized overall. Use it in your everyday rituals or whenever your skin is in need of an extra boost.
If you do add this wonderworker to your reigmen, be aware that the formula contains natural fragrance, so if your skin tends to react sensitively to this, it’s completely okay to opt out on this one.
Step 4: Seal the nourishing ingredients with a lightweight and fragrance-free moisturizer. Our Daily Hydra Cream Sensitive is formulated with sensitive skin types in mind and enriched with natural hyaluronic acid, which indulges the skin with an intense dose of hydration to soothe irritations and leave a silky-soft touch. Mixed with actibiome that helps minimize redness and promotes a healthy pH-balance, this product is the ideal choice for reactive skin.
Step 5: Always finish your routine with a layer of SPF – regardless of your skin type. This will help keep your skin protected while helping prevent damage and premature signs of aging.