Sensitive skin can make navigating the skincare market an arduous task. From determining which ingredients may cause a flare up to identifying products that are free from irritants yet will still deliver results, selecting an effective, sensitive-skin-friendly skincare routine can be exhausting.
Often, the best thing for sensitive skin is simplicity- think stripped back, natural solutions and products that harness the power of nature (rather than harsh chemicals) to deliver clear, beautiful skin.
What causes sensitive skin?
Sensitive skin can often be genetic, taking shape in the form of skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea or psoriasis.
Sensitive skin can also be triggered by environmental stressors such as cool, dry wind or sun exposure, an allergic reaction or general damage to the skin- often the result of overuse of harsh chemicals and detergents.
What are the best ingredients for sensitive skin?
Those with sensitive skin can benefit from botanical ingredients rich in natural soothing properties. Chamomile and cucumber are both particularly well suited to sensitive skin as they are naturally soothing and cooling (ideal for calming irritations) while aloe vera contains potent antioxidants to protect and restore a damaged skin barrier.
While fragrance and essential oils are often best avoided by those with easily irritated skin, scent doesn’t have to be forgone entirely- vanilla, when used in moderation, is a beautiful addition to any sensitive skincare routine.
Which ingredients should sensitive skin types avoid?
To avoid aggravating the skin and causing easily irritated skin to flare up, look for skincare products that are free from harsh chemicals, mineral oils, sulphates, synthetic fragrances and detergents. These are all common irritants that can aggravate sensitive skin while potentially compromising the strength of the skin’s natural protective barrier, leading to further irritations.
Which products are the best for sensitive skin?
To ensure your sensitive skin is cared for, choose a skincare range specifically formulated with sensitive and easily irritated skin in mind.
Sukin’s Sensitive range is free from essential oils and has been developed to soothe irritations while still effectively caring for the skin. Begin your routine by removing makeup, dirt and bacteria with your favorite Sukin Sensitive Cleanser. Those with dry or dehydrated skin will love the hydrating properties of the Sensitive Cleansing Lotion with a rich blend of Jojoba, Rosehip & Avocado Oils. Whilst the Gel Cleanser infused with Green Tea & Cucumber is ideal for those with oily and acne prone skin who want to remove excess oil without compromising the skin’s natural barrier.
In the mornings, moisturize the skin using the soothing Sensitive Facial Moisturizer- with a deeply hydrating blend of Vitamin E, Cocoa & Shea Butters that is still light enough to feel comfortable beneath makeup. In the night opt for Sukin’s Calming Night Cream which uses Borage & Primrose Oils to help improve the appearance and texture of your skin while you sleep.
If you’re feeling more indulgent treat your sensitive skin to an at-home spa treatment using the Sukin’s Pink Clay Face Masque. Formulated with a blend of pink and red clays, this mask works to extract deep impurities in a manner gentle enough for easily irritated skin types to handle.
Sensitive skin isn’t limited to the face. Deliver irritant free goodness to your body as well by gently cleansing with the Soap Free Body Wash, and complete your routine with the Soothing Body Lotion.