How to Take Care of Sensitive Skin : Choose The Right Products
If you don't know which ingredients you are allergic to, opt for a patch test or allergy test which are provided by various labs across the country.
They will help you to know the ingredients which can trigger an allergic reaction in your body.
While selecting products for sensitive skin try to go for fragrance free products which have a simple and clear ingredient list. When you know about all the ingredients present in the list its easier to incorporate them in your routine.
I know it sounds simple but including these minimum steps can prove really beneficial for your skin. Cleansing helps in removing the dirt and grime. In the evening go for a double cleansing method using an oil based cleanser as the first step. This will melt away the sunscreen and makeup from the skin. Then follow up with a low foam cleanser.
Apply an exfoliating toner which is gentle enough for sensitive skin two times a week, only at night to exfoliate the dead skin cell layers. This will help in providing a clear complexion and prevents clogging of pores. Select actives like 2% salicylic acid or milder alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) such as mandelic acid or polyhydroxy acids (PHA) for the same.
Treat yourself with a clay mask or hydrating mask once or twice a week according to your skin to give that extra boost of glow.
Try to avoid products with essential oils. When it comes to sensitive skin we don't know what might trigger a reaction on the skin. So it's better to avoid them on a safe side.
If you are dealing with some hyperpigmentation or an uneven skin tone try to include actives like niacinamide (5%), vitamin C, licorice root extract, alpha arbutin (2%), azelaic acid as your serums. This will help in reducing the dark spots on the skin and will give an even toned complexion.
For hydrating the skin select a good hyaluronic acid (2%) serum for hydration, followed by an emollient cream to lock in the moisture. Remember to apply hyaluronic acid serum on a damp skin.
When you are incorporating vitamin C in your skincare make sure to go for sodium ascorbyl phosphate or ethyl ascorbic acid as your vitamin C. These are milder variants and are gentle enough on the skin.
For bodycare use gentle body washes and don't scrub your skin too much. Always apply a good moisturising lotion on your skin for retaining moisture in the skin and reduce transepidermal water loss (TEWL).
When you have a sensitive skin layering too many products or selecting products with a complicated ingredient list is not a good idea as we don't know what could trigger a reaction on the skin if not used properly.
Simplicity is the key when it comes to skincare for sensitive skin.
Always invest your money only on those products which works well for your skin. Just because something worked for some other person or your favourite blogger doesn't guarantee that it will work for you. Always check the ingredient list of any product you are investing in.
Do a patch test before applying any new product on your skin.
Remember : skincare is subjective. Different people experience different things while using the same product. Be your own judge and choose wisely.
If you experience any kind of irritation or an allergic reaction in your body consult your doctor right away.
Hope you found the article helpful.
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