To avoid causing any harm to your sensitive skin, re-read the ingredients list of the skincare product
Do you know, your skincare kit which you believe is the way to flawless skin may also be the reason for causing skin problems? We are sure none of us want to pay for such a disappointment!
We all have to be careful about the kind of product we use, especially if we have sensitive skin. Sometimes, trusting a product too much might cost us possible harm.
This is why, we did some good research and collected the main culprits – the products that dermatologists around the world also want you to keep away from.
Treat your sensitive skin with the right attention it needs, Double-check the ingredients before you use any product or treatment because it may actually harm your skin
This is the first thing to cut out! The most common cause of allergies, rashes and irritation on sensitive skin. Always go for fragrance-free products for your cosmetics and skincare. It not only causes harsh reactions but sensitizes skin even more.
2. Be careful with Essential oils
Every sensitive skin is different. Hence, some essential oils can irritate your skin by clogging pores, and others can suit you.
No sweetie, Tea tree acne treatment is not for your sensitive skin! Incase you spent on that for your acne problems. Sorry, you need to be careful with Organic products too!
Instead, look for green tea or white tea extracts, they have calming and soothing properties.
3. Chemical sunscreens
Always go for mineral sunscreens over chemical sunscreens, as they are formulated for sensitive skin. Zinc oxide is the active ingredient in mineral sunscreens that blocks the sun rays rather than absorbing it.
The best options available in the local market are Neutrogena Sensitive skin sunscreen or Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Mineral sunscreen.
4. Harsh exfoliants
Exfoliation might be the best option for other skin types but is too harsh for sensitive skin. Totally avoid exfoliating with scrubs and acids! You can try Lactic Acid or a natural ingredient like oats, they are the only good options for sensitive skin. Unlike others, they do not penetrate your skin or cause any major harm.
To give a quick-dry finish, this is the popular ingredient found in oily skin products but is extremely harmful to sensitive skin. Alcoholic ingredients like “Astringents” can dry out the skin and strip your natural oils, which, in turn, can cause breakouts and inflammation.
Just like shampoo with sulphates strip your natural oils, the same applies to skin! It can cause several reactions which can make your skin more sensitive. No matter if your sensitive skin is oily or has oily t-zone, you need to ensure the proper hydration for maintaining it well. Go for products that balance the natural oils rather than drying them out.
The key to protecting sensitive skin is to avoid anything which can clog pores and let the irritants get into the skin; as sensitive skin is less immune to fight the harsh reactions, it can make the situation worse for you. It is always a safe option to be in contact with your dermatologist and get a guide for safe ingredients and habits!
Sania is a self-driven and enthusiastic individual, pursuing Social Sciences from IBA, Karachi. A Makeup, Skincare, and Fashion junkie who loves to read and share her thoughts regarding beauty trends. She strongly believes in certain social causes and looks forward to working upon them to bring about an assertive change in society.