Published: Jul 19, 2022

By Bhawna

Sensitive skin is the one that has redness or gets easily irritated. People who have eczema, and psoriasis also come in this category. But it doesn’t mean that it can’t be dealt with. It can be dealt with easily with a skincare routine.  Sensitive skin is at times genetic. It can react with many different variables like hormonal imbalances, poor diet, changes in weather, and some ingredients and chemicals. So, let’s have a look at what is the skincare routine for sensitive skin:
Remove makeup at night

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Removing makeup is important in taking care of sensitive skin.  The area around the eye is the most sensitive. So, it requires extra care. Choose a makeup remover that doesn’t have fragrance and oil. Choose a makeup remover that is gentle for sensitive skin. Ingredients like aloe can soothe the skin. 

Cleanse in the morning and at night

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Cleansing is also an essential step in the skincare routine. Choose a cleanser that is specifically designed for sensitive skin. Choose hyaluronic acid and ceramides-based products as these have many benefits. Use lukewarm water to cleanse twice a day. Avoid very hot water as it can make the skin dry and cause more sensitivity. You can use a gel or cream cleanser that removes impurities without causing irritation or dryness. Use your fingertips rather than a cloth or brush. Rinse with cool water. Gently dry your face. Don’t overdo it. Wash your face once a day to keep the skin healthy. Gel cleanser washes dirt and oil. Use cleansers that contain chamomile and shea butter. These calm the skin. 

Use a toner 
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Toner should be used after you cleanse. The way to use it is by sweeping it on your face using a cotton pad. Use an alcohol-free toner to avoid the drying effect. Alcohol-based toners can leave the skin tight and itchy. The characteristics of a good toner are that it should balance pH levels, reduce redness and irritation, and also provide a dose of hydration. You can use facial mist with skin-soothing ingredients that will reduce redness and inflammation.  

Use a mask in a week
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Face masks should be used for sensitive skin. But, they should be sparingly. Choose a mask that has calming, hydrating, and repairing ingredients. One of such ingredients is chamomile. It reduces redness and soothes the skin. Also, masks that have gentle colloidal oatmeal and aloe can also help in improving sensitive skin. Face masks soothe the skin. They calm the skin. 

Simplify your routine
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A good sensitive skincare routine has only a few products. It has simple ingredients. The reason behind this is that sensitive skin can be very reactive to certain ingredients. So, the routine should have simple ingredients. 

Know the ingredients you are using
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Try to avoid harsh ingredients when you are choosing skincare products. Alcohol can be very drying and irritating for the skin. Another factor is fragrance. The fragrance is also something that you should see before choosing skin care products. Fragrance can cause irritation. It can trigger issues like acne and breakouts. You should skip harsh chemicals and artificial fragrances. Harsh chemicals and fragrances lead to lipid barrier damage. Choose skin care products that do not have paraben preservatives. Choosing natural skin care products can also help. 

Use a moisturizer in morning and night
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Ensure that you moisturize in morning and night. Sensitive skin needs regular hydration. Nourishment is also important for sensitive skin. Choose a gentle moisturizer. It can help you get rid of dry patches. Dry patches cause irritation so it is important to use a moisturizer. The moisturizer should be lightweight in the morning and rich and heavy in the evening. Sensitive skin gets easily triggered. A wrong moisturizer can clog pores. Choose products that are not having fragrances and have few ingredients. Choose moisturizers that have non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic written on them. 

Always apply sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 30
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Sunscreen helps protect against harmful UV rays. UV rays result in sunburn. Sunburn can irritate sensitive skin. SPF should be applied in the morning. You should use mineral sunscreens. You can use a zinc oxide SPF because zinc has a soothing effect. You can use sunscreens that contain titanium dioxide to protect the skin from damaging UV rays.  Sensitive skin is more responsive to the sunrays. Hence, UV protection is required. People with sensitive skin can find it hard to find a perfect sunscreen. This is because most sunscreens are made with chemical UV blockers. These cause burning, irritation, and redness when they are applied to the skin. 

Be aware and manage your sensitive skin symptoms
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Some of the best ways to manage your sensitive skin symptoms are to become aware of variables in the environment that can trigger you. This also includes lifestyle triggers that could cause your skin to react. Triggers can be different for each person with sensitive skin like seasonal changes, stress and lack of sleep, and pollution. Dehydration is also a trigger. 

Make skincare routine a habit
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Consistency is the key here. You should be consistent with your routine for good results. It might be overwhelming at first but once you get used to it, it will help you. 

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Sensitive skin can be exfoliated. You can exfoliate your skin one or two times per week. It will help remove dead skin cells. It will make the skin fresh without leading to over-exfoliation. 

These were the steps to take care of sensitive skin through a routine. There are some other things that you should take care of like avoiding popping pimples, washing the face twice daily, and also after sweating. Avoid touching your face too much. Moisturize your skin. Wear sunscreen when you are going out. Focus on gentle products that will calm the skin. Avoid hot water. Use gentle cleansing products.