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For some, sensitive skin is a side effect of aging or acne while for others, sensitive skin is a seasonal problem. Building a daily regimen that effectively treats special skin conditions can be a challenge when dealing with a delicate complexion. Here are eight tips for sensitive skincare that’ll help you achieve a healthy, flawless appearance from head to toe.
1. Start with the basics
A daily regimen that meets the needs of your skin type without unwanted irritation is the cornerstone of a healthy, beautiful complexion. However, putting together the basic formulas that cleanse, hydrate and nurture sensitive skin can be tricky without a little help. Whether your skin sensitivity is brought on by acne, aging or the changing of the seasons, take some time to review the fundamentals of flawless, sensitive skin.
- Causes and treatments: Curious about what’s causing your sensitive skin or not sure if you’re treating the right trigger? Get inside information on the causes and treatments for all types of sensitive skin conditions by reading Sensitive Skin Conditions: Causes and Treatments for Sensitive Skin Care.
- Daily care 101: For help building a basic daily regimen that nurtures your sensitive skin, along with helpful tips for avoiding common triggers, read Caring for Sensitive Skin and A Beginner’s Guide to Sensitive Skin: Learn the Basics.
2. Understand the ingredients
Unfortunately, certain ingredients in daily skincare formulas can irritate sensitive skin or worsen existing problems. Although every individual’s skin is unique in how it reacts to problem ingredients, there are common culprits that everyone should avoid. Take time to educate yourself on which ingredients tend to be harsh on delicate skin and which can soothe, nourish and protect.
- Ingredients to embrace: Oatmeal, chamomile and feverfew are just a few ingredients that calm and nourish sensitive skin. To learn more about these and other sensitive skin soothers, readSensitive Skin Preferences: 5 Ingredients to Embrace.
- Ingredients to avoid: Avoiding harsh ingredients like retinoids and glycolic acid is the easiest way to sidestep unwanted skin irritations. Learn the common culprits by reading Sensitive Skin Warnings: 5 Ingredients to Avoid.
For more essential information about common skincare ingredients, readFAQs Handbook Chapter 9: Skincare Ingredients – The 23 Questions & Answers.
Just because you have sensitive skin doesn’t mean you should skip pampering treatments. Instead consider pampering an opportunity to soothe and nurture your complexion with safe, gentle ingredients. There are countless ways to indulge, including an easy at-home facial or a seaweed wrap at your local spa.
- At the spa: If you go to the spa, be sure to ask about special treatments that can improve the health and appearance of your skin without unwanted irritation. Estheticians are uniquely trained to identify the ingredients, treatments and procedures that improve and enhance any skin type – including delicate complexions. For more, check out Sensitive Skin-Pampering Treatments: 5 Promising Spa Treatments for Sensitive Skincare.
- At home: Do you have honey, brown sugar or chamomile tea lurking in your kitchen cupboards? These common ingredients – along with many others – can be incorporated into easy, affordable at-home treatments that soothe and indulge sensitive skin. For complete recipes, read 8 DIY Spa Treatments for Sensitive Skin.
4. Be proactive
If you have sensitive skin, it’s essential to take a proactive approach to daily skincare. Whether it’s a more soothing method of daily shaving or minimizing exposure to environmental stressors like the sun, learn how your daily habits can prevent irritation while nourishing your sensitive skin.
- Protect: Simple skincare steps, including testing new products with a patch test and choosing scent-free formulas, can protect your skin from unwanted irritations. For more tips, read A Daily Defense for Sensitive Skin: Simple Tips for Protective Skin Care.
- Soothe: From soothing baths to avoiding alcohol, there are many easy, affordable ways to de-stress your skin. Check out the following article to learn more: Soothing Stressed-Out Skin.
5. Banish blemishes
Acne can wreak havoc on sensitive skin types, creating a complexion that’s red, tender and more easily irritated. Making matters worse, finding ingredients that are powerful enough to banish blemishes but gentle on sensitive skin can be difficult.
- For dry, sensitive skin: Do you have acne-prone skin that’s also dry and sensitive? When treating breakouts, it’s important to find blemish-fighting ingredients that won’t further dehydrate your skin. For tips, review Acne Treatment for Dry and Sensitive Skin.
- For aging skin: Unfortunately, when it comes to treating acne on mature, sensitive skin, drugstore treatments formulated for teenage skin won’t do the trick. Adult Acne: Treating the Conditions Caused by Menopause, Oily Skin and Sensitive Complexions explains how to effectively fight acne on adult, menopausal skin without causing unwanted irritations.
6. Take a seasonal approach
For many, sensitive skin is a condition that changes with the season. Most often, the cold, dry air during fall, winter and spring wreaks the worst havoc on sensitive skin, causing dehydration, itchiness, flaking and cracking. By understanding how the weather affects your skin, you can tailor your regimen to nurture, condition and hydrate your complexion all year round.
- Fall: Does your sensitive skin get worse once winter arrives? Autumn is the time to prepare your complexion for the cold weather ahead. Sensitive Skin Care for Every Season: Fall’s 5 Steps to Prepare Skin for Cold Weather describes five simple steps for winterizing your sensitive skincare regimen before the harsh air arrives.
- Winter: For most kids, the best part of winter is playing out in the snow. But the effects that freezing temperatures, harsh winds and damp boots can have on children’s skin can quickly put a damper on winter fun. Protect your children’s skin from the winter weather, review Attention, Parents: Skincare Tips for Kids’ Cold Weather Skin Protection.
- All year round: Whether it’s the scorching, humid temperatures during summer or the freezing, dry air during winter, some sensitive skin types find little relief as the seasons change. But don’t let your delicate skin prevent you from enjoying the outdoors. Protect your sensitive skin from the extreme elements all year round by checking out Children’s Sensitive Skin Tips for All Seasons and Sensitive Skin Care for the Active Lifestyle: How to Keep Even the Most Sensitive Skin Healthy Through All Weather Conditions.
7. Find solutions for the whole family
Genetics plays an important role in determining skin type, so it’s not uncommon for skin sensitivity to affect the entire family. When it comes to caring for sensitive skin, building smart habits at an early age can contribute toward a lifetime of healthy, strong skin.
- For everyone: Sensitive skin can affect the entire household – including infants, adults and all ages in between. Help everyone in your family develop smart skincare habits with the expert advice offered in The Whole Family’s Guide to Specialized Skincare for Sensitive Skin.
- For mom: As mom gets older, her skin may develop new sensitivities related to menopause and aging. For easy tips to help mom safely improve the health and appearance of her sensitive skin, read Sensitive Skin Anti-Aging Guide for Spring.
- For dad: When it comes to sensitive skin, dads face unique challenges. From the best ingredients for guys to gentle shaving tips, Sensitive Skin Care for Men is a go-to guide just for men.
8. Apply makeup – minus the irritation
When it comes to makeup, those with sensitive skin may have a more difficult time finding cosmetics that don’t cause irritation. By avoiding certain ingredients and a few simple habits, those with sensitive skin can achieve a flawless, healthy complexion without any uncomfortable side effects.
- For all sensitive skin types: By learning which ingredients, colors and cosmetics to avoid, you can achieve a flawless, healthy appearance without any irritation. For expert tips, read A Makeup Manual for Sensitive Skin.
- For aging skin: For sensitivity that’s brought on by dry, aging skin, there are special techniques, ingredients and products that can minimize the appearance of lines, wrinkles and dark spots without compromising your complexion. Special Makeup Tips for Sensitive, Aging Skin offers top makeup tips for mature skin.
Sensitive skin doesn’t have to complicate your daily beauty regimen or compromise the health and appearance of your complexion. By avoiding problem ingredients, identifying common triggers and embracing smart lifestyle habits, you can achieve clear, radiant skin from head to toe.