A Guide to Choosing Skincare for Sensitive Skin
Sensitive skin remains a key issue, however, it can be maintained. Learn how to choose the right skincare products and apply them properly for effective results.
Building a skincare routine that brings about a glowing complexion can feel like an arduous task if you identify as having sensitive skin. Adverse reactions to new products can be disappointing (not to mention expensive) and the trial-and-error phase can be a tricky one to get past.
If this sounds like you, the key to perfecting your products is in understanding what your unique skin type needs. The payoff is worth it – the right skincare routine for sensitive skin can actually help to alleviate your sensitivity.
To understand the causes and symptoms of sensitivity in skin, ingredients to use and avoid, and the best skincare for sensitive skin, read on. This comprehensive guide will give you the tools you need to feel empowered by your morning and evening application.
What is sensitive skin?
Let's start with the source. What defines sensitivity in skin is its responsive nature to external factors. Those with sensitive skin may have thinner uppermost layers of skin (called the stratum corneum). When skin layers are weaker, the barrier function of skin cannot fully protect against triggers, leading to skin sensitivity.
What causes sensitive skin?
When a reaction in sensitive skin occurs, it can be due to a variety of stressors, which is motivated by our genetic makeup. Most of these causes will be familiar to those with sensitive skin.
Substances, such as cosmetics and soap can all tip skin towards inflammation or irritation. In addition to the products we use, environmental triggers like dryness or humidity, sun radiation and extreme temperature changes can be unkind to sensitivity. Certain fabrics, animals and plants also lead to irritation when contact with skin is made.
Seems like a lengthy list? Stay with us. Your perfect skincare routine will help to combat these causes.
Sensitive skin symptoms
Knowing the specific ways your skin reacts to aggressors will help you to build a routine that works. Perhaps dry weather is when flare-ups mostly occur, or maybe through certain applications of substances. By watching how your skin behaves, you’ll better understand your unique type and the specific care it requires.
Bumps or roughness, blemishes, redness, dryness and flakiness can all be symptoms of sensitivity. Inflammation and irritation are also fairly clear indications of sensitive skin. Remember that sensitive skin is about responses to external factors – if these symptoms occur as a reaction, you probably have this skin type.
Skincare ingredients that exasperate sensitive skin
The ingredients list on the back of skincare products is your guide to glowing skin. Whilst each skin type is different, common ingredients to look out for include: alcohol and fragrances, and essential oils like lavender or frankincense oil. These ingredients tend to be volatile and can dry out skin, leading to exasperated layers.
Skincare ingredients that aid sensitive skin
Do you have a pen and paper handy? These ingredients are your cheat sheet to radiance and bounce. You may have to be more selective with the products you use, but sensitive skin care is out there waiting for you.
Skincare ingredients that can soothe sensitivity include antioxidants like Vitamin E and Ferulic Acid, which have healing properties for skin that often experiences dryness or redness. Probiotics and plant extracts like Moringa extract build up the strength of your skin barrier through the hydration they provide. Read on for the best sensitive skin products.
Skincare routine for sensitive skin
You don't need an exhaustive list of products to keep sensitivity at bay. Choose products that contain effective ingredients and skin will be left feeling bright, soft, and ready for the day. By using a fortifying and soothing routine at both morning and night, your skin has the opportunity to build up its strength.
Apply an exfoliator
Exfoliators can sound harsh, but its just as important for those with sensitive skin types to encourage skin cell renewal. Look for gentle exfoliants that contain lower levels of acids. If exfoliants haven’t worked for you in the past, a more gentle emulsion – a water based moisturiser that encourages skin cell turnover might be for you. Our Clarifique Watery Emulsion rebalances skin against environmental aggressors with boosting ingredients like Vitamin C and French beech bud extract.
Use a face serum
Think of the serum step as your sensitive skin routine's deep dive. The potent ingredients in serums absorb into deeper layers and build up moisture and brightness. Potency can sometimes have a negative effect however, so make sure your serum contains ingredients that nurture. Our Advanced Genefique Sensitive is specially formulated to reduce sensitive symptoms like dryness, redness and itching with 98% pure antioxidants and probiotic extracts.
Apply a moisturiser
Moisturisers create a barrier between your top layer of skin and external stressors. When skin is properly hydrated it can better defend itself and appears softer and brighter. Use a day cream like the Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Moisturising Day Cream to soothe skin with extracts like the Moringa extract. Our skin is most permeable at night, so applying an evening cream like the Hydra Zen Neurocalm Night Cream will rejuvenate skin for the next day.
Anti-ageing for sensitive skin
Taking care of fine lines and wrinkles is just as much a priority for those with sensitive skin types. Anti-ageing skincare for sensitive skin, like our Genefique Range will help to restore youthful skin that starts to be affected by our 30s. We recommend introducing intensive masks like the antioxidant-infused Advanced Genefique Sensitive Mask for visibly younger, strengthened skin.
Now that you know the best sensitive skin routine, find out more about how to apply Advanced Genefique.