As in any relationship, love is a 2 way street. If you give more love and understanding, you’ll get more in return. So too with your sensitive skin.
What you need to DO in order to make your sensitive skin love you:
1. Use cool water. Sensitive and red skin = irritated and unbalanced skin. Red skin = heat. So go ‘blue’ – that means cooling and soothing.
2. Cleanse once per day preferably at night, using cool water. Not in your hot steamy shower. Just splash the face with cool water in the morning. Do not cleanse twice per day unless you are a teenage type 4 acne sufferer.
3. Use non detergent cleansers with ingredients like plant based yucca, glycerin, or hydrophilic oil based cleansers (high quality emulsified olive and coconut oil for example).
4. Use soothing, anti-redness, anti-irritant ingredients like sea whip, lichocalcone from the licorice plant, green tea, aloe vera.
5. Utilize skin barrier rebuilding lipids like squalane from olives, coconut and soy based lipids, phospholipids, ceramides, shea butter (a West African tree nut extract)
6. Mineral sunscreens that only utilize the inorganic (non carbon based) active ingredients of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. They are not likely to break down and irritate the skin like the organic (carbon based) active sunscreen ingredients of avobenzone (parsol 1789), octinoxate, octicrylene, PABA. etc. The latest technology of micronized zinc that is coated goes clear on skin. Alternatively titanium dioxide + iron oxides that include a slight tint results in no white sheen.
7. Rinse off your shampoo and conditioner well. Shampoo + conditioner residue is usually bad for the skin. Try a baby shampoo with shea butter in it. Not the commercial baby shampoos – they’re just detergents in a baby formula. I like the Shea Touch baby shampoo.
8. Eat a healthy diet – lots of organic fruit and vegetables. Mother natures provides masses of soothing/anti inflammatory antioxidants in all her fruit + vegetables. They’re not there just to make the planet look and smell pretty! Aloe vera juice is very soothing for the digestive system. Junk food/fast food should be zero – it is not healthy and not part of a balanced diet and NOT good for the skin – especially not sensitive skin.
The NO=NO’s are critically important for your relationship with your sensitive skin…no hot water, no steam, no saunas, no squeaky-clean detergent cleansers – you may love them but your skin hates them.
Your skin stays with you for the rest of your life, you cannot buy a new one, so treat it properly. Treat it sensitively.
Sensitive Skin Clinic is intelligent skin care that you and your skin deserve. Sensitive Skin Clinic products that will suit sensitive skin are:
Extreme + Sensitive Cleanser 4oz $21.
Relief + Serum 1.7oz to relieve red skin $58 or Hydrate + Serum 1.7oz $49.
Light + Calm Lotion 1.7oz $49 or Rich + Calm Cream 1.7oz $50
Mineral Sunscreen SPF 40 with 20% clear zinc (by TiZO) 3.5oz $41
The information provided here is not meant to diagnose or cure any medical conditions. Please see your doctor or a trained medical professional should you have any concerns.