This Is Your Guide To Soothing Irritated Skin

First and foremost, we’re here to remind you that irritated skin is normal. Everyone experiences it in their lives. There’s no such thing as a perfect complexion all the time. If you’ve noticed that your skin has become red, rough to the touch, swollen, itchy, intensely dry, flaky or it’s developed a stinging, burning sensation, then it’s most likely that you’re going through a sensitivity spell. Hives and rashes are also symptoms of sensitive skin, but they occur in more severe cases. As always, we suggest making an appointment with a trusted dermatologist if your condition is persistent. 

Here’s what triggers skin irritation:

– Regular exposure to heat or hot water.

– Changing climates.

– A reaction to a treatment, such as a harsh chemical peel.

– Overuse of various beauty products.

– Clothing fibres (eg. wool).

– Reactions to certain medicines, such as opioids.

– Stress.

In order to get your skin back on track, we recommend sticking to the following rules: Avoid hot showers, halt all use of active ingredients in your skincare routine (such as exfoliating acids, enzymes, retinol and vitamin C), avoid skincare products containing fragrance, apply moisturiser daily to ensure your barrier stays intact and stick to skincare suited for sensitive, irritated skin types. If you’re wondering where to start on the product front, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

Try these:

Micellar Water

This much-loved micellar water is a dream for sensitive skin types as its formula is hypoallergenic and ultra-soothing for sensitive skin. It removes make-up gently but effectively and won’t leave your eyes feeling red or watery. A little goes a long way with this product. Simply put a few drops of the micellar water onto a cotton pad and wipe away any debris (excess dirt, oil or make-up) to reveal a fresh, clean complexion. It’ll slot in well with your current skincare regime.

Garnier Skin Active Micellar Cleansing Water Sensitive 400ml

Facial Spray

We love how versatile this facial spray is, as it gives the skin added hydration with each spritz. Our skin is always in need of extra hydration, throughout the seasons of the year. We suggest keeping one of these products in your handbag or car to mist your complexion whenever it feels like it needs extra soothing or TLC. This special formula contains mineral salt content which helps the skin with overall moisturising. It refreshes your complexion and will calm any irritation flare-ups.

Uriage Thermal Water Spray 300ml

Gel Moisturiser

From the moment you apply this super-calming gel moisturiser to your face, it cools and soothes. The formula is jam-packed with nourishing ingredients to sort out sensitivity and dehydration, such as 75% organic aloe and a prebiotic (which, in our books, is a winning combo). It’s free from silicone and it’s vegan-friendly too. It’s the perfect product to balance out your complexion and works well as a base for your foundation. A true all-rounder for sensitive skin types.

Elemis Superfood Cica Calm Hydration Juice

Barrier Repair Cream

A damaged barrier is one of the main reasons for uncomfortable skin. Bump up your barrier protection with a trusted product like this one from Kiehl’s. It contains colloidal oatmeal, beta-glucan and Advanced Barrier Technology that mimics the skin’s lipid structure to support the moisture barrier. It repairs the skin’s dryness for up to 10 surface layers-deep. Impressive, no? Use this barrier cream morning and night after a facial serum if you’re experiencing extra sensitivity. Please note that this product will take the place of your regular moisturiser.

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Barrier Cream 50ml

Read more: Day Creams Versus Night Creams – What’s The Difference?

Facial Serum

Free from all things that could trigger skin irritation, such as perfume, alcohol, mineral oil, parabens and silicones, this special serum is a must for sensitive skin types. You’ll find aloe vera and allantoin in the formula to soothe and calm. After cleansing, apply a few drops and gently press them into your skin. It can be used day and night if needs be and absorbs easily, leaving no residue whatsoever. Follow up with your chosen moisturiser to seal in the serum. Your skin will love you for it.

Essence Skin Lovin' Sensitive Face Serum - 30ml

Are you currently experiencing skin irritation? What’s your go-to tip or product for soothing your complexion? Let us know in the comments section below.

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