Dealing with easily agitated (read: sensitive) skin is no easy feat. Apart from cautiously choosing the ingredients you apply to your skin, you also need to use the right method while performing basic skincare steps like cleansing; one small mistake can trigger your skin leaving it red and inflamed.
We’ve listed some super simple tips you should follow while cleansing your face to keep irritation and inflammation at bay.
- Use lukewarm water
- Choose non-foaming cleansers
- Avoid using physical exfoliants
- Pat your skin dry
- Don’t forget your moisturiser
Use lukewarm water
When washing your face, always use lukewarm water or cold water as opposed to hot water because it can dry out your skin. Additionally, try and wash your face at the washbasin instead of in the shower, as this will ensure better control of the water temperature.
Choose non-foaming cleansers
The squeaky-clean and tight feeling that comes from using a foaming cleanser is, unfortunately, not meant for people with sensitive skin. That feeling is an indication of a lack of natural oils on your skin. Therefore, try and use a gentle, milky, non-foaming cleanser such as the Lakmé Gentle & Soft Deep Pore Cleanser as it
Avoid using physical exfoliants
Using a scrub regularly is really important for healthy skin, irrespective of your skin type. But you need to be a little careful when choosing one for sensitive skin. Try and avoid physical exfoliators as they tear the outer layer of the skin, leaving it raw. Therefore, chemical exfoliators or cream-based exfoliators such as the Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant are your best friends.
Pat your skin dry
If you have the habit of rubbing your skin to dry it, then we suggest that you stop RN. Instead, gently pat your skin dry with a washcloth, instead of a towel as that can disturb the top layer of your skin. Leave the skin slightly damp to allow better absorption of your skincare products.
Don’t forget your moisturiser
Trust us, girls, no matter how lazy you are, never, and we mean never ever, skip your moisturiser. Apart from hydrating and nourishing your skin, it also acts as a protective layer to prevent various environmental factors such as dirt, dust or pollution from wreaking havoc on your skin. Use a gentle, lightweight moisturiser such as the Simple Kind To Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser to keep your skin looking healthy and plump.