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The best skincare routine for sensitive skin

All skin can feel sensitive at times, but why is it that it seems to flare up just in time for that first date, job interview, or big night out? It doesn’t always have to be that way! With an expertly tailored sensitive skincare routine, you’ll not only help keep skin feel calmer with some savvy TLC, you’ll be ready to fight off the first signs of sensitivity as they appear.

1. Remove your make-up the gentle way

So, how do you kiss goodnight to your party eyes, without it meaning nightmares for sensitive skin? When skin is sensitive, it’s often more prone to redness and irritation, so keep friction to a minimum. A make-up remover that’s specifically designed for eyes will have just the right blend of ingredients to dissolve and lift make-up - yes, even stubborn waterproof mascara - quickly, effectively, and gently, without the need to rub. Hold your soaked cotton pad over the eye for a few moments, then simply whisk away.

For extra calming benefits choose ingredients with anti-inflammatory properties, like Pro-Vitamin B5, to help to soothe your sensitive skin.

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2. Cleanse your skin happy

We get it - you’re tempted to skip steps in your skincare routine to avoid upsetting your sensitive skin. The thing is, when dead skin cells are left on the skin’s surface they can get trapped within the pores, which can irritate sensitive skin even further. Keep skin clean and pores clear with a daily face wash like Simple® Water Boost Micellar Facial Gel Wash. It’s packed full of micellar cleansing bubbles that gently glide over the skin’s surface, lifting impurities friction-free, as it cleanses and hydrates - making it one of our best face washes for sensitive skin.

It’s also infused with the plant extract (and skincare superhero!) *PENTAVITIN®, which helps fight the causes of sensitive skin, reduces skin sensitivity, and helps skin recover from your daily challenges.

Changing temperatures can aggravate sensitive skin, so rinse with warm water (rather than hot) after cleansing, and pat skin gently dry to keep skin feeling calm and happy post-cleanse.

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3. Relieve and reduce redness

Skin sensitivity can sometimes leave us feeling a little red faced. Sound familiar? Potential irritants like artificial colours, fragrances, UV rays, alcohol, and stress, can be especially unsettling for sensitive skin. When skin becomes irritated, blood rushes to the skin’s surface to help fight and heal inflammation - and while redness can be a little annoying, it’s actually a pretty clever way of our body doing its job.

Skin sensitivity can sometimes leave us feeling a little red faced. Sound familiar? Potential irritants like artificial colours, fragrances, UV rays, alcohol, and stress, can be especially unsettling for sensitive skin. When skin becomes irritated, blood rushes to the skin’s surface to help fight and heal inflammation - and while redness can be a little annoying, it’s actually a pretty clever way of our body doing its job.

4. Moisturise with your own sensitive skin in mind

The best skincare for dry sensitive skin will keep moisture within the skin, while helping to protect against environmental factors like pollution, the weather, and harsh chemicals, which can all make sensitivity levels soar. Go for a cream that’s non-comedogenic (meaning it won’t block pores). Warm it between your palms first to help it glide over your skin. 

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5. Add a face scrub to your sensitive skincare routine 

So, you thought a scrub was way too tough for your sensitive skin? Nope, not so! Oil, dirt, and make-up can aggravate sensitive skin, and can lead to breakouts, blackheads, and inflammation, so exfoliate weekly to buff grime away.

That means the best skincare routine for sensitive skin should include a face scrub that’s packed with skin-loving goodness, like Pro-Vitamin B5 and Vitamin E, which soften and smooth your sensitive skin. The Simple Protect ‘n’ Glow Express Glow Clay Polish cares for sensitive skin while exfoliating.

Remember to try a patch of skin first to make sure your skin doesn’t react to the scrub and then, massage the scrub gently into your skin, using small circular motions, before rinsing with warm water and patting dry.

Simple calming moisturiser against a purple background

With a savvy skincare routine for sensitive skin that’s bursting with skin-loving ingredients, you can feel calm, soothed, and happy in your skin.

*PENTAVITIN is a trademark of DSM.

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