I’ve mentioned before, my skin is super sensitive. When I was younger, and even right up until I had my boys my skin was always oily and acne prone, and really that was my biggest issue. As a result of aging and postpartum hormonal changes, it quickly switched to dry, rosacea prone, acne prone, and super sensitive – and it stayed that way – wahh! Never in my life had I had dry skin, and let me tell you! As a makeup lover, putting makeup on dry skin is the absolute worst. It tends to emphasize dryness and makes it look even worse than it may be, think crepe-y dry wrinkled skin, not a cute look. There have been days that I am so self conscious over the dryness on my face, I can’t even tell you.
So, today I’m sharing what I have learned, and what I do to really baby my skin to keep it looking it’s best! Enjoy!
Wear Sunscreen Every Day
Protect your skin with sunscreen. If you have sensitive skin, and have ever had a sunburn you know just how crucial this step is! It’s so painful, for a person with fair, sensitive skin. This step is so important, and in the Winter months, I’m not always the best with this, to be honest. Living in Canada, half of the year it’s dark, dismal, and overcast. So in the Winter months I tend to neglect this step, but I shouldn’t. In the warmer months I always apply SPF. It’s our first defense against premature aging – hello wrinkles, and it damages our skin cells way below the surface. Choose a product that contains UVA & UVB protection, and also it’s important that the SPF that is non-nano. Here are a few that I would recommend. (Here, here and here.)
Choose Products Made for Sensitive Skin
If you have sensitive skin, you know the struggle to find products that won’t irritate it further. Many organic skincare products contain essential oils and other active ingredients that can irritate sensitive skin. Make sure to check the labels on your skincare and only use those aimed at sensitive skin. Many organic skincare companies have skincare lines devoted to sensitive skin. This is one of the reasons why over the last couple of years I fell in love with Fitglow Beauty. They have a line of products specifically targeted for soothing sensitive skin, call the Calm line. Anna, the founder herself understands sensitive skin, rosacea, and many other skin concerns. I honestly trust her with my skin, and the experience I have had with her products has been phenomenal. Noteworthy products are the face creams, (here and here) and this serum/oil that I often use morning and night. I have been using these products for years, and they are some of my favourites.
Another brand I highly recommend is this one, their products are formulated with sensitive and allergy prone skin in mind. They soothe the skin and are free from irritating chemicals and alcohol. My favourite is the face cream, which is a great place to start.
One more, I promise! I also wanted to mention this brand as well, I have had the most wonderful experience with their products! I have repurchased so many times over the years, their oil cleansing makeup remover, and this new product, which is unlike anything I have tried in organic beauty. It almost reminds me of the Clinique Moisture Surge, if you have ever used that product – so similar! I am swooning over it at the moment! I have been using it every night, and my sensitive skin LOVES it! It’s a must try. Here are a few more products that are very gentle for sensitive skin. (here and here.)
Choose A Creamy Cleanser
Skincare generally starts with a great cleanser, and there are sooo many to choose from! I expect so much out of a cleanser, to remove SPF, makeup, and to also cleanse my skin well without leaving it feeling tight, stripped, and red. That’s a lot to ask of one product. So I often use two separate products, but if I was to choose one product to do all, it would be this creamy cleanser. It is super affordable, removes makeup, and cleanses really well. I always go back to it, especially after testing other cleansers that don’t impress. It’s so gentle on sensitive skin, it hydrates, and smells incredible! Think vanilla creamsicle, without being overwhelming.
Don’t Forget Eye Cream
The skin around the eye area is particularly sensitive, and finding products that don’t get in the eyes and cause them to water is important. There are two products that I find to work very well, and that don’t cause any reaction or sensitivity. They both firm, hydrate, and are generally a pleasant experience. If you prefer an eye cream, I suggest trying this one. It’s brightening, firming, and is safe for sensitive skin. Secondly, is this eye gel, it’s firming and cooling. This products is incredible! You notice a difference immediately, especially refreshing if you keep it in the fridge.
Be Skin Smart
This one is going to come as a surprise to many of you. If you don’t agree, that’s okay – we all have the ability to make our own decisions and do what’s best for us. Since these are my tips, I thought it was important to mention. If you have been following me for a while, you probably know that I’m not a purist, more on that in another post… but I truly believe balance is what’s healthiest for me and my family.
If you were sick and you tried all of the natural and organic products on the market and they weren’t helping, would you use a pharmaceutical? Skin health is VERY important to me, it’s our largest organ and protects our bodies. When our skin is sick, it’s unable to do it’s job properly – preventing infection, etc. So while having beautiful skin is nice, it has a much larger purpose. There have been times over the years where I needed extra help with my skin. I have temporarily used dermatologist recommended skincare products when my skin has been in distress – and guess what, that’s OKAY!
I want to encourage you to be smart about your skin. If you have some serious skin issues arising, and have tried a lot of products – don’t be afraid to get help. If you had asked me 5 or so years ago, I probably wouldn’t have mentioned this step. BUT having dealt with eczema, rosacea, preventing infections, and the like, I decided that this is important to mention. If you want to know what products I have used, here they are. (Here and here.) Remember we are all different and make decisions based on what’s best for us – I can’t stress how important it is to be at peace with our choices, whether it’s organic purist or otherwise. Where do you fall on the spectrum?
There you have it! All of my tips and how I keep my sensitive skin looking it’s best. If you have any tips, I would love to hear them!