Gentle On Skin, Strong On Results: A Guide To Shopping For Sensitive Skin

Do you have sensitive skin that reacts to every skincare product you try? Don't worry, you're not alone. Many people struggle with finding skincare products that won't cause redness, irritation or breakouts. Sensitive skin requires special care and attention, but with the right products, it can be soothed and nurtured. There are a few things to keep in mind as you shop skincare for sensitive skin. Here are three pieces of advice to help you get the right products to help you get great results. 

Understanding Your Skin Type

It's essential to understand your skin type before shopping for skincare products. Sensitive skin can be caused by various factors, including genetics, environmental conditions and lifestyle. To determine if you have sensitive skin, pay attention to how your skin reacts to different products and environmental changes. Redness, itching, stinging and burning are common signs of sensitive skin. If possible, schedule a visit with a dermatologist or even just your general physician who may be able to offer greater insight. The only real way to fully know how to cure your sensitive skin is to figure out what is actually causing it.

Avoiding Irritants In Products

Ingredients play a critical role in the health of sensitive skin. Some common irritants include fragrances, alcohol and sulphates, but there are many more, and some are specific to you. When shopping for skincare products, make sure to check the ingredients list and avoid products with known irritants. Choose products labelled as "sensitive skin" or "gentle" to ensure that they are suitable for your skin type. There are often even entire skincare retailers that will have larger sections than your traditional chemist, so make sure to check them out too.

Trying Products Gradually

It's very critical that you try skincare products gradually when you suffer from sensitive skin. Start with a small amount and wait for a few hours (and even, perhaps, days) to see how your skin reacts. If you experience any irritation, stop using the product immediately. Gradually incorporating new products into your routine will help you determine which products are best for your skin and minimize the risk of irritation. This might mean you have to use less than the recommended dosage on the packaging, but even if that is the case, it generally is a good idea. The last thing you want to do is break out into red splotches because you are overloaded on your first try. Every human body is different, so see what works for you.