Sensitive skin is a common problem that can either be something we suffer with all our life, or something that comes on suddenly; either way, it’s a tricky skin type to work with that needs lots of carefully planned TLC.
If you suffer from sensitive skin you need to be very careful with what ingredients and formulations you use as part of your skincare routine. The best thing you can do is use natural skincare products that are as gentle as possible and gradually introduce other products giving your skin time to adjust and get used to new ingredients. If your skin starts reacting (which can be anything from drying up, to breaking out, to feeling tight and raw) then stop using the skincare product immediately and do not persevere hoping that your skin will get used to it as you risk traumatising the skin.
Sensitive skin sufferers do best using basic routines that care for skin without stripping it of any natural oils. For example, a good cream natural cleanser, a gentle natural toner and a light moisturiser is a good place to start. The last thing you want to do is aggravate your skin with anything harsh like manual exfoliators, so instead rely on a flannel or a muslin cloth soaked I warm water to gently exfoliate skin, but make sure to avoid extreme hot or cold temperatures.
Lastly, sensitive skin is often dry and dehydrated, so put aside time every week to give skin a good moisture boost. The best way to do this is to use the moisturiser from your skincare routine; apply a thick layer (don’t rub it in, just let it sit on the skin) and leave it to gently soak in for as long as it needs. This approach allows skin to work at its own pace and means you don’t need to introduce any new ingredients in a moisture mask. Sensitive skin is a tricky type to work with, but with a bit of planning and careful selection, you can easily keep it happy.
Vicky & the team
Savar Natural Skincare