Whether your skin type is sensitive or not, all skin can feel sensitive at times. External factors like pollution, the weather, diet and ingredients found in some beauty products can cause skin to feel tight, itchy or inflamed.
Here are ten simple steps you can try to help prevent any flare ups and keep your skin soothed and protected.
Test new products
If you are trying out a new product always do a patch test first. Apply a small amount to your wrists or behind you ear and wait 24 hours to see if you develop any reaction.
Keep it natural
Avoid using products that contain harsh chemicals as these will likely upset your skin. Our range of products contain natural, organic ingredients that will soothe and nourish your skin.
Less is more
Sensitive skin can be easily overwhelmed when too many products are used. Keep it simple and stick to using a gentle cleanser, toner, moisturiser and SPF. You can then use further products if you wish to target specific skin concerns, such as serum for an added anti-ageing, hydrating boost, or eye cream to reduce dark circles and fine lines.
Remove make up before going to bed
This tip applies to all skin types, not just sensitive! Make-up that isn't removed properly can lead to clogged pores and aggravate your skin. Our gentle Active Cleansing Lotion is water based and contains no artificial thickeners, so your skin will be left feeling clean and refreshed.
Limit to washing your face twice daily – anymore and it could be too much for sensitive skin. Instead of rubbing your face dry, carefully dab it with a soft, clean towel and apply your following skincare products like toner and moisturiser straight away.
An important tip for any skin type is the use of an effective SPF to block UVA and UVB rays. Sensitive skin can become especially irritable when exposed to UV rays. Wear an SPF of 30 or higher and wear it all year round, not just in the summer, as rays can still penetrate through clouds.
Wash with warm water
Avoid washing your skin in very hot or cold temperatures, opt for lukewarm water instead so your skin does not become irritated. Washing your face with very hot water can strip it of its natural oils. This can cause your skin to dry out which can then lead to a compromised moisture barrier and potential skin concerns.
Moisturising your sensitive skin twice a day helps to maintain the balance of your skin and drinking plenty of water will also help to keep your skin hydrated. A reusable water bottle is a great reminder to keep hydrated throughout the day as you can pop the bottle on your desk while you work away! As always, we love to opt for glass over plastic wherever possible.
Throughout the day, pollution in the air can damage your skin’s barrier. This can build up and cause your skin to become irritated. Cleanse twice every day to keep it free of dirt and impurities and at less chance of flare ups.
Always read products labels
Choose products that are fragrance-free and contain no parabens – as these are the two most common causes of irritation and flare ups for those with sensitive skin. At ishga we are certified organic by the Soil Association so you can be guaranteed our products are both free from fragrances and parabens.