Hey Glam girlies!
Today I wanted to share with you some of my secrets and tips in making a tailor made skin care routine for you. These steps work for all skin but especially for those of us with sensitive skin or for when your skin is feeling a little extra sensitive; like the day before a big first date with that guy you’ve been crushing on for the past month, the night before a job interview that you really want to nail, or mother natures decided to visit.
No matter what these tips will help you to be ready to fight off any signs of sensitivity and keep your skin looking and feeling like you got your daily dose of glamour.
SKINCARE STEPS FOR SENSITIVE SKIN
• First and Foremost Girl, Wash Your Face!
I know, we’re all tired at the end of the day but that make up has got to come off. Leaving your makeup on can clog your pores which attracts acne-causing bacteria; Eww, who wants that? I recommend that you remove your makeup by using the double cleansing method.
Double Cleansing Method
Double cleansing is important to help remove makeup completely. It is the process of cleaning your face twice: 1. You use an oil based cleanser 2. Use an oil-based cleanser. This method will break down any makeup, dirt, or excess oils from your skin and ensure smoother skin.
To cleanse you can try:
Exfoliate 1-2 times per week
After cleansing, it is time take time to gently exfoliate your face. I get it, this is a whole other step. I’m sure your thinking “Why do I need to do both; I just took off my makeup?” The thing is cleaning and exfoliating helps remove dead skins cells that are left behind, these skin cells can get trapped, which can irritate sensitive skin even more setting you up for a bigger problem.
So take the time to cleanse and exfoliate. You can try The Ordinary 5% Lactic Acid + 2% HA or Naturium 10% Azelaic Acid. These two products are specially designed for dehydrated, dry or sensitive skin to gently and effectively exfoliate, and are gentle enough to use every day.
• Remember, Rinse with Warm Water.
Pro tip: Changing temperatures can aggravate sensitive skin. When washing and rinsing skip the extra hot water and use warm instead. Pat skin gently dry to keep skin feeling calm. Using cold water can shock your pores so please avoid doing this at all costs.
• Time to Moisturize
Now that your skin is all clean, it’s time to moisturize. Moisturizer is essential to help balance skin’s moisture levels and hydrate the skin. Finding the best moisturizer for your skin can be tricky. I recommend one that is H2O or water based and for sensitive skin the best creams are the ones that are non-comedogenic. Non-comedogenic are skin care products or cosmetics that are specially formulated so as not to cause blocked pours. You worked so hard in the last step you definitely wouldn’t want to mess it up now with a bad moisturizer.
I recommend— IMAGE Skincare Prevention+ Daily Hydrating Moisturizer SPF 30 This moisturizer is mineral based with zinc oxide and is enhanced with an ultra-effective form of vitamin C that brightens the skin and boosts antioxidant power. Or you can try Bioelements Barrier Fix Daily Hydrator which is ideal for red, irritated, dry/sensitive skin. It consists of a combination of hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture, while ceramide and lipids protect the skin barrier.
• Wear Sunscreen Daily Kids!
Just like that song Everybody’s Free to Wear Sunscreen say “My best advice is to wear sunscreen.” Sunscreen is an essential step in protecting your skin from the harmful rays of the sun. Being able to pick the right one for your skin can help you in the long run. My best advice is to pick a sunscreen that fits your skin type and won’t clog your pores.
For sunscreen you can try La Roche-Posay Anthelios Gentle MInerals Sunscreen with SPF 50 which has been “tested on sensitive skin, the gentle, 100% mineral sun lotion is formulated with only mineral filters (no chemical filters)” you can try Cerave Ultra Light Moisturizing Lotion with SPF 30 which is a lightweight sunscreen that has “hyaluronic acid and three essential ceramides to hydrate and help restore the skin’s barrier.”
Avoid Using Irritating Ingredients.
If there is one tip I want you to remember when it comes to sensitive skincare, it is to avoid or limit use of products that contain dyes, fragrances or preservatives. These ingredients are very irritating to sensitive skin and will do more harm than good. You want to use soothing ingredients such as glycolic acid, aloe, glycerin, chamomile, and honey.
These are the essentials to helping make your custom skin care routine. When I sat down to really decide what was best for my skin and to find products, I kept all these pieces in mind so I could develop a core routine that would help my skin through any situation. I hope that you’ll find these tips useful and can apply them to your own skin.
If you are struggling with your skin and nothing seems to help, consult a dermatologist for help. They may need to right up a prescription to control flare ups that result from acne or other skin conditions such as eczema.
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