Sensitive skin can be problematic throughout the year. However, when the weather begins to drop in temperature, it is important to alter your skincare routine to care for your sensitive skin.
For those with sensitive skin, there are already a few factors in skin care products that you already know to avoid causing any irritations. Avoid using fragrances, alcohol, irritating, harmful or toxic ingredients found in skincare products. Use gentle products, minimal (or zero) chemical exfoliation and choose a mineral sunscreen instead of a chemical one.
Although these are just some of the ingredients to avoid if you have sensitive skin, there is a list of what you should keep out of your skincare routine.
If you are searching to alter your skincare routine to help your sensitive skin, here are a few things to consider.
BE CAUTIOUS WHEN INTRODUCING NEW PRODUCTS
You might be wary about introducing a new skincare product into your routine because of the potential outcome. If so, do a patch test of the product first before applying. The patch test will allow you to see how your skin reacts to the product. On a small patch of skin, apply a small amount of the new product you want to introduce. Leave it for 24 hours to test it out, especially if you are looking to apply it to your face.
CONSIDER INTRODUCING CBD PRODUCTS
Sensitive skin is regularly associated with being dry skin. Some of the properties of CBD are believed to help calm redness and irritation on the skin. CBD in skincare is becoming a popular trend. A glance at the industry and you will find that there is an abundance of CBD skincare products available, ranging in oils, creams, serums, balms and masks. Any of these products could help to add some moisture to your sensitive, sometimes dry skin. Try including a CBD skincare product into your daily routine to see if you notice a difference in your skin. You may notice that your skin feels a little more moisturised than normal, which is perfect for the colder weather.
SEARCH FOR THE KEYWORD
Natural, calming ingredients, such as chamomile, aloe and green tea, are beneficial for helping to soothe skin. When searching for products to include in your updated skincare regime, keep an eye out for those keywords and ingredients on the ingredient list.
Once you have found products that feature some of these ingredients, now you choose the type of product to use. Consider opting for either a cream-based, calming moisturiser or a gentle, foaming face wash. Both are ideal for helping to keep sensitive skin from getting irritated.
TAKE IT EASY WHEN EXFOLIATING
Chemical exfoliations should keep to a minimum. In general, exfoliating can worse skins that are already prone to sensitivity. As such, try to limit exfoliating your skin to either once or twice per week. When you exfoliate, it helps remove any dead skin cells and help to brighten up your skin. However, overdoing it, you can cause your sensitive skin to feel raw or irritated – reactions that you will understandably want to avoid.
PROTECT YOUR SKIN FROM SIGNS OF AGING
You may have avoided anti-ageing serums or similar products in the past out of fear that it could trigger your skin to flare up. One way to help prevent fine lines and wrinkles, whilst helping to reduce irritation is by using a mild retinoid each night. Following this, apply a moisturise to help stimulate collagen production in the skin.
USE A NIGHT CREAM BEFORE BED
Before bed, apply a heavier night cream in addition to your usual moisturiser. Wearing a heavier night cream will help the skin lock in the moisture and repair itself whilst you sleep. It could be a thicker, dermatologist-approved night cream, all of which can be found online or at your local drugstore.
LIPS, HANDS & FEET NEED ATTENTION TOO
Lips have some of the thinnest skin on the whole body. Hands and feet have some of the thickest. However, all three are the most prone to sensitivity during colder weather. To help protect them, apply non-irritating lip balms and body lotions or oils regularly. It will help to prevent these areas from becoming dry, cracked and itchy.
Finding products that work well for your sensitive skin can be challenging. Since the colder winter weather can already be challenging on your skin, it can be easy to lose hope. Fortunately, by integrating a few adjustments to your skincare routine, you can help to protect and soothe your skin in the colder weather. Ultimately, any skincare routine is about ensuring that the ingredients you will be applying are suitable for your skin. Take time to research into products and what they include to help reduce the risk of irritation. Your skin will thank you for it.
Thank you so much for reading! – xo N