No one wants to come home after a long day at work, take part in what is supposed to be a relaxing beauty regimen, only to find your skin cracked, red, and tender when you settle in for the evening. Unfortunately, not all beauty products work for every type of skin. Some are too abrasive to fulfill their promises and wind up leaving their user intensely uncomfortable and disappointed. There are those of us who find the mainstream products too brusque and require a softer touch. You are not alone if you find yourself on a constant search for a solution to aggravated skin.
What is Sensitive Skin?
For skin to be classified as sensitive, it reacts in some of the following ways when interacting with different beauty products.
If you find any of these symptoms routinely occurring, you could suffer from sensitive skin. But be encouraged! There is good news. More products have been tailored to be gentle with sensitive skin. These products pamper their users, leaving your skin feeling refreshed and calm.
What to Look for When Buying for Sensitive Skin
When dealing with temperamental skin that could turn on you at any moment, it is easy to be skeptical. Every attempt at a new product could bring anywhere from mild to severe discomfort. With this risk, each decision is important when it comes to beauty products. So, what should you be on the lookout for the next time you go shopping for products to add to your skincare routine?
Sensitive Skin Beauty Products Should Be…
- Fragrance free
- Perfume free
- Paraben free
- Exfoliant free
In addition to these product parameters, be sure you have a routine that benefits your skin. There are steps you can take to keep your skin happy while using cleansers, makeup, and the like that cater to its sensitivities.
Be sure to use moisturizers daily to combat dryness and pat your skin dry after washing to avoid rubbing it raw and tender. Refrain from touching your face as much as possible. This will limit the number of interactions your skin has with foreign substances, giving it the smallest possible chance to overreact. Finally, be careful when trying new beauty products. It is best to test them on small patches of skin first to see if you react before using them fully.
Following these precautions, you should find a pleasant calm after your beauty routine as opposed to apprehension. Give yourself peace of mind with a little research before diving into a new regimen.
Spaces like Healthline, Cosmopolitan and She’s SINGLE have a list of products and advice for those with sensitive skin. Their posts offer encouragement and guidance for those searching for soothing skincare.
Don’t lose heart worrying about what could set your skin off. The internet can be daunting with its many options and tendency to overwhelm the consumer. But a plethora of major brands now carry products that offer a gentle approach to skincare and their sites have a section dedicated to sensitive skin.
- Burt’s Bees
- Free and Clear
- Sephora (These products tend to be on the more expensive end, though they have good reviews)
Don’t let easily agitated skin stop you from pampering yourself after a long day at work or dolling yourself up for a night on the town (or over Zoom). Let this post expand your horizons and put your skin worries to rest. Find the products and the routine that is right for you, and dive into your journey to healthy skin!
Text by Sharayah Hooper