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7 sensitive skincare tips

Here’s something you may not know: all skin can feel sensitive at times. External factors in our environment like pollutants, the weather, our diet, and irritants found in some beauty products, can all play a part in causing sensitivity, making skin feel tight, itchy, or inflamed. Hooray. But, while you can’t change the weather, there are lots of easier methods for dealing with sensitive skin. Try these simple sensitive skincare tips to soothe and protect your skin and help prevent those pesky reactions.

 

1. Get back to basics

Most skincare tips for sensitive skin can be summed up in one principal: keep things simple. Starting with your cleanser, forget harsh chemicals that can upset your skin and rather look for products that soothe. Skincare can actually have the opposite effect if you overdo it! Squeaky-clean is not how you want your skin to feel ­– we’re after gently cleansed and refreshed. Simplify your skincare kit with products like our Simple® Water Boost Micellar Cleansing Water, which doesn’t dry out skin but removes daily dead skin cells, impurities, and excess oil, gently.

 

2. Remove your make-up before you sleep

Yep, sometimes it’s the last thing we feel like doing before bed! But removing make-up before slipping between the sheets can quickly become a (good) habit. Whether or not your skin is usually sensitive, your face can be aggravated by leaving make-up on when you’re catching those Zs. A gentle foaming cleanser can help keep sensitive face skin feeling fresh and clear at the end of each day. Worried the foam will leave your skin feeling tight? A soap-free cleanser, like Simple Kind to Skin Moisturising Facial Wash will help to not dry out your skin.

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3. Handle sensitive skin with care

We can be a bit harsh when we cleanse. Without realising, rubbing, tugging, and even drying post-cleanse can make skin more sensitive. Linger a bit longer when you’re removing make-up. Using a cotton pad soaked in eye make-up remover, hold it over your eye a little longer and it’ll have more time to dissolve stubborn make-up to sweep it away in a flash!

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4. Safeguard sensitive skin against the sun

The sun doesn’t have to be shining for skin to suffer from the harmful effects of UVA and UVB rays. Cloudy days can also harm your skin. One of the most important skincare tips for sensitive skin, or any kind of skin, is to keep protected all year round by including a sunscreen into your daily skincare routine. For some extra protection, use a moisturiser with added SPF for everyday use.

 

5. Cool down your skin 

Excess heat can unsettle sensitive skin, so stick to lukewarm water to wash your face and avoid very hot showers. If you feel your skin needs some cooling down, pop a damp face cloth in the fridge to use as a cooling compress on irritated skin. 

 

6. Protect a sensitive face against pollution 

Throughout the day, pollution in the air can stick to your skin and damage your skin’s barrier. Over time, these particles can build up on your skin and can lead to irritation. Our suggestion? Cleanse often, at the beginning and the end of each day, to remove dirt and impurities. Out and about? Keep a pack of cleansing wipes in your bag for on-the-go cleansing.

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7. Hydration is key to dealing with sensitive skin 

Help your skin to feel calm and clear by keeping hydration levels high. Moisturising twice a day will help to balance your sensitive skin, while drinking plenty of water will keep you hydrated. A pretty bottle on your desk is a great reminder to keep sipping!

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Even though all skin can feel sensitive at times, these top seven tips will help keep your sensitive skin signs under wraps.

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