Does your skin go crazy whenever you try a new product or forget a step in your skincare ritual? We know it can be a real struggle living with sensitive skin, so we rounded up six tips to help you keep things under control:
1. Know your keywords.
Make it a habit to look for words like "mild," "paraben-free," "fragrance-free," and "non-comedogenic" when choosing your skincare essentials. Synthetic fragrances and parabens are known to cause skin irritation and inflammation, while comedogenic ingredients tend to clog the pores.
2. Get enough sleep.
Did you know that whenever you don't get enough shuteye, your body releases the stress hormone cortisol? Too much cortisol results to the breakdown of collagen, a protein that promotes smooth skin and elasticity. It also aggravates immune-related skin diseases such as psoriasis and eczema. So whenever you get the chance, hit the sack early and aim for 7-8 hours of uninterrupted beauty rest.
3. Don't forget your sunscreen!
Slathering on some sunscreen before leaving the house is a must if you don’t want to deal with sunburn, skin discoloration, leathery skin, and even skin cancer in the future. Choose one with at least SPF 30 and with zinc oxide or titanium oxide. Both are physical blockers that don't cause irritation or redness. While you're at it, bring an umbrella or a hat, too!
4. Cleanse properly.
Trade your moisture-robbing soaps for mild cleansers and keep hot baths to a minimum. Gently pat (not rub!) your body dry with a clean towel afterwards. Also, apply your skincare essentials within three minutes after hopping out of the shower to better lock in the moisture.
5. Mind your diet.
Help your body detoxify by drinking at least eight glasses of water each day. Spice up your diet with turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, and black pepper, which help reduce skin inflammation and prevent fine lines and wrinkles. Snack on walnuts, eggs, fish, and other food items rich in omega-3 fatty acids to keep your skin healthy and glowing.
6. Look for ~*natural*~ ingredients.
Battle skin irritation, dryness, and redness by using skincare products with natural ingredients like oats. Our pick? Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion! It's proven to improve dry skin in as fast as one day and keep it moisturized for up to 24 hours. It's gentle yet effective, making it the perfect choice for girls with sensitive skin.