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Looking after sensitive skin can be so tricky. However, once you know the basics, you can adopt a few tricks to keep your skin calm and blemish-free.
Here’s some tips from Marie Claire as well as a product recommendation from us, which is popular amongst our sensitive-skinned sisters.
Remove makeup before you cleanse
It’s more of a two-step process. Remove your makeup before you wash your face. Many cleansers can’t take off concealer or foundation completely, especially around the eyes and nose. Use an oil-based cream, an emollient wipe, or a cleansing oil to dissolve stubborn sunscreen and makeup. Follow with lukewarm water and a dime-size amount of cleanser (look for the ingredients cocamidopropyl betaine or caprylic triglyceride, which are sulfate-free surfactants) on your fingers or a clean, damp washcloth.
While the jury is still out on how often to cleanse (every a.m. and p.m. or just once at night), all derms agree that over-washing can lead to irritation and a lack of moisture. The rule is to use common sense: Always wash your face after a workout to prevent breakouts, and wash excessively oily skin morning and night. For very dry or sensitive skin, stick to cleansing once daily in the evening.
Close Your Pores
You can skip rituals like massaging your face to increase circulation or splashing with cold water to “close” your pores. Pores don’t open and close. In fact, extreme hot or cold can exacerbate problems like rosacea and redness. That said, mild steam can help soften hardened oil in pores, so it’s never a bad idea to cleanse in the shower. And while it feels nice, massage doesn’t do much. Exercise is what boosts your circulation.
Use a skincare product that helps
Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Cream is designed for all skin types and gently cleanses, exfoliates and refreshes, while protecting the skin’s natural protective function for healthy, radiant skin. Cleansing Cream doesn’t remove skin’s natural hydro-lipid barrier while also preparing it for the next stages of your daily skin care routine.
With some incredible ingredients including calendula, chamomile, anthyllis and sweet almond meal cleanse, balance and revitalise the skin as well as minimising the appearance of pores.
Cleanse in the morning and evening. Moisten face, neck and décolleté with a warm face cloth. Mix ½-1 inch / 1-2 cm of Cleansing Cream with warm water in the palms to form a smooth, creamy paste. Press mixture gently onto skin then roll hands up and away in a wave-like motion. Start in the centre of the forehead then slowly work outward and down, ending at the décolleté. Avoid the eye area. Repeat the press and roll action 2-3 times. Do not rub or scrub. Rinse with warm water then finish with a splash of cool, fresh water to close pores.