Things to watch out for if you have sensitive skin
Sensitive skin can feel irritated, look red or break out for a myriad of reasons. If you have this skin type, you probably have a specific set of skin care products that work for you (if not, find regimen here. An easy way to keep your skin happy and healthy-looking is by avoiding products that can exacerbate your skin issues. Here are six things to pay attention to or avoid if you have sensitive skin.
1. Harsh Products
Sensitive skin behaves better with gentle products. Try to avoid products that are formulated with abrasive and aggressive ingredients such as alcohol or fragrances. We recommend using a lotion-based cleanser that won’t strip your skin but still thoroughly removes all makeup and dirt. Garnier SkinActive’s Clean+ Makeup Removing Lotion Cleanser can dissolve impurities and waterproof mascara and is formulated especially for sensitive skin. Infused with plant extract this product leaves the skin feeling moisturized and silky soft.
Alcohol can dry out sensitive skin, hinder your skin’s barrier function, and can irritate your skin. Avoid alcohol-formulated products in the form of cleansers, astringents or moisturizers to help prevent your skin from having a negative reaction.
Similar to alcohol, dyes can cause a reaction on your skin and irritation. Opt for dye-free products to ensure your skin looks and feels its best.
4. Not Using SPF
All skin types require SPF and sensitive skin is no exception. Sun exposure can cause irritation which is why it’s important to use a hydrating lotion every day formulated with SPF to protect it. Garnier SkinActive’s Moisture Rescue Actively Hydrating Daily Lotion Fragrance Free SPF 15 is moisturizing with a non-comedogenic formula infused with glycerin which helps keep skin actively hydrated throughout the day. It can help against moisture loss and protects skin from premature aging due to sun damage.
5. Extreme Heat
Climate can affect sensitive skin and cause it to be more irritated and break out. In the summer, or when you are traveling to a hot climate, try to keep a soothing mist formulated with aloe vera or lavender on hand. Spritzing your skin is refreshing and cooling. Micellar water can also be used as a spritz when you are on the go and sweating or exposed to dirt and dust. Use it to refresh and cleanse your face.
6. Extreme Cold
Similarly to extreme heat, very cold temperatures can also negatively impact sensitive skin. Try to keep skin hydrated with a moisturizer to make sure it’s nourished. Face hydration is important for all skin types — that includes sensitive skin.