Sensitive skin is a challenge. With every little thing causing a reaction, it can often feel like an uphill battle trying to keep your skin calm. To successfully manage sensitive skin, there is a lot of work that needs to understand triggers and keep a careful eye on ingredients, your moisture balance, and your overall skincare routine. It feels like you might be on the defensive with your skin most of the time, trying to understand what causes it to react, which can be pretty tiring.
Trying to get to the bottom of how to improve sensitive skin is going to be very much an individual journey. We know that no two people have the same skin and that what might trigger you could be incredibly different compared to someone else with the same type of skin. If no one has the same kind of skin, why should your skincare regimen be the same as everyone else’s?
What causes sensitive skin
Before we delve into looking at the best skincare routine for sensitive skin, it’s essential to look at what actually causes sensitive skin. Although the exact triggers will differ from person to person, some general things about the skin might make it more sensitive. Once you get an idea of what that is and what works for your skin, it’ll help in searching for ingredients and skincare products that will keep your skin calm.
There are three underlying reasons why sensitive skin might occur:
- Allergic reactions or skin disorders such as eczema, rosacea, or contact dermatitis (i.e., your skin being triggered by something that is causing the sensitivity as an allergic reaction)
- Extremely dry skin or injured skin, as that means the nerve endings lack protection and lead to reactions.
- Extreme exposure to environmental elements such as sun, wind, heat, cold, etc.
Although there is some discussion around whether genetic factors and age, and gender make a difference, there isn’t enough evidence to say one way or another.
Ultimately, the sensitivity is a sign of dryness, and that is what is causing the reaction. We’ve written about dry skin in the past as well, so those regimes will have some commonalities. Your primary focus is on staying hydrated and keeping your skin moisturised and nourished. Dehydration will lead to tight and itchy skin and will likely exacerbate the redness and sensitivity.
Because it’s not always clear what can cause sensitive skin, you will need to take a close look at each product you use - even things like laundry detergents, cleaning supplies, etc. to understand the triggers.
Whenever you experience a bout of sensitivity, retrace your steps. If it tends to happen after using skincare products, look at the ingredient lists to see if there are commonalities. If it happens after certain meals, it might be an allergic reaction to certain ingredients. Gluten and sugar are often culprits, so it might be worth limiting those foods for a week or two to see if that makes a difference.
The more you start to recognize and notice the reactions, the easier it will be to eliminate suspected triggers. Your body reacts to things differently, so if it helps, consider keeping a food diary on your phone and look at patterns in your diet and reactions. Sensitive skin can definitely be frustrating, and it might seem difficult to control at first, but it’s not impossible.
The other thing to bear in mind when it comes to sensitive skin is what skincare products you choose. The ingredients in the products will make a significant difference in your skin’s overall sensitivity. Choosing the right ones can help calm it down so you can start to experience healthier skin.
The best skincare routine for sensitive skin
MyGloww has dedicated itself to helping you look and feel your best in your own skin. We’re founded on the belief that everyone is different, and their skincare routine shouldn’t be one-size-fits-all. Your skin is your own, and your products should be built for you rather than the masses. That’s the change we’re bringing.
How do you do that? Just send us a selfie, that’s all. We’ll handle the rest. Based on your unique skin, we’ll craft a custom skincare routine just for you. Every ingredient in the products is specifically chosen to help calm your skin and give it the nourishment it needs to be healthy. Our products are here to help you get that gloww!
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Your skincare steps
We’ve been working on the ultimate skincare routine for sensitive skin, and here it is! MyGloww has been tirelessly developing and testing a 5-step process that is specifically formulated for your skin. Generally for sensitive skin, we recommend opting for natural, plant-based ingredients. Harsh chemicals might cause further irritation and sensitivity, so go natural where you can. You’ll start to see a difference within a few weeks with the right ingredients, so be patient and continue to observe any differences in your skin to improve results.
Thinking about going for a new skincare routine for sensitive skin? Here are the products you need:
Cleanser should be your first step, whether morning or night. For sensitive skin, opt for gentle cleansers that can remove impurities without irritating your skin. If you feel tight and red after using the cleanser, it might be too harsh. Look for gentle ingredients that can help with retaining your skin’s natural moisture level and provide hydration.
This is your next step at night after cleansing. Exfoliants are vital for removing dead skin cells from the skin’s surface and revealing softer and smoother skin underneath. Again, gentle ingredients are a must for sensitive skin and try not to use them too frequently as that might further irritate the skin.
After cleansing and exfoliating, an essence helps to seal in the nutrients while adding a boost of hydration. Essences are slightly more concentrated and contain ingredients that are great for helping your skin retain its moisture balance.
Don’t skip your moisturiser! Day or night, a sensitive skin routine must have a moisturising element. This can go a long way in soothing irritation and relieving dry skin, so really - make it a priority! Your moisturiser is packed with ingredients that can replenish and nourish your skin and reduce sensitivity by providing moisture.
Oil serums have an even higher concentration of nutrients that help rebalance and replenish your skin. It will help balance and give your skin more of a glow as it seals in moisture and reduces irritation.
Sunscreen/SPF: This is your final step in the morning. Sunscreen and SPF makeup products are an absolute must, even if you don’t go into direct sunlight. Sun damage can be a problem for sensitive skin and may increase some of the sensitivity, which is why sunscreen is so important. Where possible, try to use SPF products such as foundation and/or translucent powder for extra protection.
Skincare is more than just what’s on the outside; it’s about how you feel on the inside. Taking out time to take care of yourself and your skin will make you feel happier, more confident, and seeing your glow just takes that one step further! Sensitive skin might seem like a challenge, but you’ll get through it. Using the right skincare products consistently will help in seeing an improvement, as long as you commit to taking time out for yourself.