What exactly causes irritation? It turns out that the answer is incredibly simple: if you avoid using irritating products, your skin will be less irritated. But with an overwhelming amount of cleansers, moisturizers and makeup, how could you possibly know where to begin? Find out which items are suitable for you, and which ingredients you should steer clear of.
Look for cleansing products that are hypoallergenic, fragrance-free and dermatologically tested.
If your cleansers include ammonium lauryl sulfate and sodium lauryl sulfate—the ingredients that make it lather—you could be starting off on the wrong foot. Opt for a gentle cream cleanser or cleansing milk that does not include these harsh irritants and you will see a decrease in redness.
Most toners contain alcohol, which if used on a sensitive face, can diminish the moisture levels. This can be the main cause of dry, itchy and flaky skin so look for toners with aloe vera and other natural ingredients.
It’s so important to opt for scent-free lotions and creams. Synthetic fragrances can cause irritation, inflammation and redness.
- Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer, First Aid Beauty $24
Invest in makeup that is hypoallergenic, non-greasy, and non-comedogenic (a fancy word for pore-clogging). Never leave beauty products uncovered and in contact with the air. This will cause bacteria buildup and is a sure way of making you break out.
Should makeup brushes be synthetic or natural? The presumed answer would be natural but it’s possible that with such sensitive skin, you could be allergic to the animal hair. If you haven't already, try giving synthetic brushes a go.
We know it's a pain but washing your brushes regulary will be a game-changer for your skin. If you are always on the go, quickly disinfect with a brush cleaner spray after each use.