Are You Finding A Skincare Regimen for Your Sensitive Skin?
Having sensitive skin can be very challenging especially is if you are prone to eczema and other skin allergies. It can be such a pain.. (literally) in finding products to help soothe and combat them. Although there are a lot of products that you’d like to introduce in your skincare regimen, you’re also afraid of trying because you rather stick to what you know best to avoid flare-ups.
You could wake up finding a red patch on the side of your cheek on a random morning; not knowing why, how and what made your skin flare-up.
More and more people are developing sensitive skin as we mature; perhaps due to our lifestyle and environment we’re in like emotional stress at work, dust, irritants from cleaning agents, or even sweat - these factors could irritate our skin. Although the easiest solution would be to avoid whatever that’s causing it, it is not always that simple.
Alternatively, understanding your lifestyle and finding a skincare regimen to suit not only your skin and wouldn’t inconvenient your daily lifestyle could help you. Here are a few tips and tricks to avoid and introduce into your skincare:
1. Avoid using facial or make-up remover wipes
Facial or make-up remover wipes are known to be very harsh on your skin because of all the tugging and dragging on your skin. Although some wipes are known to be gentle for your skin, wiping the wipe on your skin could potentially break the barriers of your skin.
Image: Be Dazzle
Instead, use oil-based, cleansing balms or micellar makeup removers as it would be less harsh on your skin and it lasts longer. Plus, it’s a more environmentally-friendly option!
2. Use a gentle, soap-free and low pH cleanser
Finding the right cleanser can be pretty tricky to some as well. Some can be too harsh and could cause dry skin or flare-ups because it messes up with your own skin’s pH levels. Especially that tight, tingling feeling after washing your face and then it immediately feels so dry and itchy?
Image: Brit Co.
Using a low pH cleanser is gentle and helps to balance the pH levels of your skin and would not strip off the natural oils from your face entirely. You could also opt for milk cleansers but avoid using foam cleansers, jelly or gel-based as it could be the cause of over-cleansing your sensitive skin.
3. Opt for alcohol, fragrance, colorant and paraben-free products
This is pretty much a no-brainer and a common knowledge with people who have sensitive skin. Products that contain strong fragrances, alcohol and parabens are known to irritate your skin even more especially if you are prone to eczema. Even products that contain citrus fruit extract ingredients like, lemon extract, orange peel and more may not be suitable for sensitive skin because it is more acidic with a lower pH level (pH level of 2.0-5.0).
4. Apply sunblock
Image: The Healthy
If you have sensitive skin, chances are you probably wouldn’t like to use sunblock because it stings or gives you that tingling feeling after applying it. This is because these sunblocks contain more chemical-based ingredients (oxybenzone, octinoxate, avobenzone) which irritates your skin barrier. However, it’s still really important to put on sunscreen regardless as it helps to protect your skin barriers from the harmful UV rays even when you’re indoors. Opt for physical sunblocks instead as it’s known to be more gentle for your skin.
5. Moisturize, moisturize and moisturize
Choosing the right moisturiser can also be another tricky one. Some are too oily and some don’t seem to do the trick. With having sensitive and eczema-prone skin, your skin’s barrier is damaged. Thus, finding moisturisers that is soap, paraben and colourant-free and especially if it contains ceramide.
Image: Miel Sobre Hojuelas
Ceramide is one of the main components of our skin which helps to maintain it’s hold and barrier repair which can also be found in products by Ceradan.
In fact, studies done by them have shown that the right ratio (3:1:1) of ceramide, free fatty acids and cholesterol is the optimal ratio for your skin to repair1.
Ceradan is No.1 top of mind by private dermatologists2, it is suitable for age groups including newborns and pregnant mothers.
1. Man MQ Met al. Optimization of physiological lipid mixtures for barrier repair. J Invest Dermatol. May 1996;106 5):1096-1101
2. IQVIA Sep2018 Recommendation Tracker
Ceradan products are suitable not just for your body but head-to-toe for the overall maintenance of dry, sensitive and eczema-prone skin - dermatologically-tested and suitable even for babies!
Image: New Baby
These are just 5 out of many tips that would help your sensitive skin woes and we hope that it would help you in your journey to finding the right skincare regimen for you or your children. If you’ve given any of these tips a try, do let us know in the comments section below! We’d love to hear your thoughts.
*Disclaimer: We are not qualified, dermatologists or practitioners.