Having sensitive skin isn't easy. Not only do you have to live in fear of it reacting to any product under the sun at any given moment, but you also have the added worries about stinging, burning, and redness. And then, on top of that, there are sensitive skincare misconceptions.
Myths and misconceptions about sensitive skincare have spread so far and wide that those with sensitive skin may be terrified to try anything new in fear of their skin reacting poorly. But don't you worry; we're here to put those fears to rest. Here are the biggest sensitive skincare misconceptions — answered and resolved.
01. Only dry skin can be sensitive
Okay, so while it's kinda true that dry skin is frequently sensitive, it's not the only skin type that's sensitive. Oily and combination skin can often be sensitive since the over-production of oil can disrupt the skin's barrier and make it more susceptible to external irritation. Don't write off having sensitive skin just because your sebum glands are in overdrive; they might be the very reason you have sensitive skin.
02. Sensitive skin is for life
Nope! This is probably the most common sensitive skin myth out there, and fortunately, holds no truth. Just because you've never had sensitive skin doesn't mean you won't develop it — factors like ageing and environmental changes can contribute. Similarly, treating underlying skin conditions or identifying what triggers a sensitive reaction for you can help take care of sensitivity.
03. Makeup isn't for sensitive skin
We've said it before, and we'll say it again — makeup is for everyone, even sensitive skin. While cosmetics can trigger reactions on sensitive skin, that doesn't mean you need to head for the hills the second someone suggests putting on makeup. Instead, opt for safe products without unnecessary ingredients, use powders instead of creams, and always ensure you're using something that can be removed with water.
04. Sensitive skin is an allergic reaction
So, this one isn't a total sensitive skincare misconception — sometimes, allergies can cause sensitive skin. However, more often than not, sensitive skin is a case of the skin being overactive and responding to external elements much more than any other skin type. These reactions can be due to certain ingredients, environmental factors, psychological triggers, and skin conditions like rosacea.
Psst... Do you want to build a safe skincare routine for sensitive skin in a way that fits the bill and doesn't break the bank? We recommend that you start off with clean beauty favourites, the Simple Kind To Skin Refreshing Facial Wash and the Simple Kind To Skin Replenishing Rich Moisturiser. Both these skincare staples cleanse, hydrate and soothe the skin and are filled with revitalising vitamins and minerals. Plus, did we mention that they are designed for sensitive skin and hypoallergenic too? Goodbye, annoying skin reactions!