We don’t blame you if you’ve been on an experimental spree (makeup-wise) this lockdown. The BB squad, too, has been trying out a bunch of beauty treatments and whipping up DIY skincare recipes in their kitchens with all the free time on hand.

While all of this is great; overdoing it or doing everything at once can harm your skin, especially if you have skin that’s sensitive or easily irritated. If your skin feels extra sensitive or angry because you’ve gone a little overboard with your skincare experiments, try these simple tips to help calm and soothe your skin…

 

Firstly, eliminate all new products

Firstly, eliminate all new products

If you notice that your skin looks super red, inflamed or feels sensitive and raw, the first thing you must do is stop using all the new products that you’ve introduced into your routine. Wait until the inflammation and sensitivity have reduced or completely healed and then you could slowly introduce them back one-by-one (after a patch test first, of course).

 

Apply a cool compress

Apply a cool compress

An ideal way to treat red and itchy skin is by applying a cool compress. This will help contract the expanded blood vessels in the area, and help your skin regain its normal colour. If you don’t have a cool compress at hand, simply soak a clean, muslin cloth in ice-cold water and place it on the affected area.

 

A soothing mask works really well too

A soothing mask works really well too

In case your skin is feeling super raw and sensitive, opt for a calming mask with nourishing and moisturising ingredients. The St. Ives Soothing Oatmeal Sheet Mask is your best bet. Enriched with oatmeal, it helps soothe the skin and calm inflammation effectively.

 

Slather on a lightweight moisturiser

Slather on a lightweight moisturiser

An amazing way to calm angry and inflamed skin is by applying a soothing moisturiser. Since your skin is already sensitive, avoid products that are comedogenic or contain fragrance and alcohol. Instead, use a lightweight, water-based moisturiser such as the Pond’s Super Light Gel Moisturiser to keep your skin moisturised and nourished.

 

Drink lots of water

Drink lots of water

One of the best ways to calm inflammation and redness is by keeping your body hydrated from the inside. Drink plenty of water (8 glasses a day) to flush out toxins from your system and give your skin a healthy appearance.