The festive season has officially kicked off! The all-nighters, sunny afternoon soirees and binge eating can affect more than just your body… your skin bears the brunt of all the stress, which start to show as soon as you’re done with the festivities. This is especially true if you have sensitive skin — even a single dance session spent in makeup can break you out!
We believe the best way to keep your sensitive skin from acting up is by prepping it the right way. Here’s you can do just that…
- 01. Hit pause on scrubs for a while
- 02. Strengthen the skin’s barrier
- 03. Minimise direct sun exposure
- 04. Add skin-strengthening ingredients to your routine
- 05. Balance your pH levels
01. Hit pause on scrubs for a while
Physical exfoliators like scrubs, brushes and cleansing cloths can be too harsh on sensitive skin. These can overly exfoliate your skin and strip it of essential moisture, even if you are doing it once/twice a week. Ditch physical exfoliation (for now) and gently scrub your face with a flannel cloth or use silicone face massagers for a gentler experience.
02. Strengthen the skin’s barrier
Did you know that your skin cells are held together by lipids (fats) and the best way to maintain this bond is to moisturise? Yes! Moisturising is more than just a cure for dry skin because oily skin types need to moisturise as well. The nourishing ingredients in moisturisers help strengthen your skin barrier and make it resilient against external aggressors.
03. Minimise direct sun exposure
Sun exposure is especially irritating to sensitive skin types. Minimise direct sun exposure and skip taking long hot showers as much as you can. You can also keep your skin cool with refreshing (fragrance-free) mists and hydrating properly. And not that this needs any mentioning, but apply SPF every day — even if you’re planning to stay indoors.
04. Add skin-strengthening ingredients to your routine
Prepping for the festive season might just be the excuse you need to add quality, skin-strengthening ingredients in your routine. For instance, niacinamide has been touted as a superstar ingredient for sensitive skin, mostly because it helps relieve inflammation — the main reason behind many skin issues. Other skin-safe ingredients like linoleic acid and safflower/sunflower oil can be a good match for your go-to moisturiser.
BB Picks: Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Serum
05. Balance your pH levels
Cleansers with harsh ingredients like SLS or potent chemical exfoliators like salicylic acid can really strip your skin of natural oils. This will further make your skin susceptible to irritation and throw the pH balance out of whack. Use calming cleansers that are formulated to soothe your sensitive skin.
BB picks: Dermalogica Ultracalming Cleanser