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Dealing with sensitive skin can be a real pain sometimes. You might feel like you try your very hardest to keep your skin care routine up to par and achieve that radiant, youthful glow everyone wants, yet always fall a little short due to redness, peeling, an ashy complexion, or even cracked skin (never any fun at all).
Not only that, but skin irritation hurts! Pain, inflammation, dryness, and itchiness are never fun to deal with, regardless of aesthetic concerns, and the fact it messes with your beauty just adds insult to injury. Truly, sensitive skin is difficult skin, in more ways than one.
So what’s a sensitive-skinned girl to do? Well, you can start by reading on to discover Vine Vera’s top tips for dealing with sensitive skin.
Sunscreen Is a Must
This is true no matter what skin type you have, but it’s especially true if you have sensitive skin. While all skin types are subject to the damage-over-time caused by regular, mild sun exposure, as well as the catastrophic effects of a sunburn from serious over-exposure, both are especially true for sensitive skin. Sunburns, in particular, can be more damaging and more painful for sensitive-skinned people.
The bare minimum SPF for anyone is 30 (and make sure it’s broad-spectrum!), but for sensitive skin, we recommend shooting for at least 50. The other thing to consider is that you’re more likely to be irritated by certain sunscreen ingredients if you have sensitive skin. You can avoid this by either doing trial-by-error and trying to narrow down what ingredients, exactly, you’re sensitive to so you know what to avoid, or you can simply opt for a physical sunblock instead of a chemical sunscreen. Just look for sun-protection that uses zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide as the only active ingredients.
Find What Works for You
If you have sensitive skin, you might have to shop around a bit for good skin care. Skin care product labels that read “for sensitive skin” or “hypoallergenic,” or something similar are a good bet. Not a guarantee, but they are at least less likely to irritate you. Unfortunately, finding what works may involve some trial-and-error, but you can check out Vine Vera’s previous article on specific ingredients to look for and avoid for sensitive skin to help you along the way.
Know What Calms Your Skin Down
You want to do your best to avoid irritation in the first place, but if it happens, you should be prepared to deal with it. Keeping some iced chamomile tea to splash in your face (brew it double strength for extra effect) when you get irritated or inflamed skin can help, as can things like aloe vera gel.
Be wary of topical analgesics; they’re great for relieving soreness and muscle pain (and sometimes burns), but don’t use them for skin irritation; they can be very damaging to the skin and will probably just make the irritation worse, especially if your skin is inflamed.
Try Vine Vera’s Moscato Collection
As it turns out, our own Moscato collection is very gentle and ideal for sensitive skin. The collection includes regular-application skin care products that contain ingredients which are less likely to irritate your skin, and give you something that makes you feel more confident about your skin.