Skin comes in every shape, size, color, and complexion. It’s very important to take care of your skin, it highlights your health. More often than not, the health of your skin will impact how you see yourself. Well, I want you to feel like a complete snack but again, all skin is different. Sensitive skin can be super tricky to deal with because a lot of things will irritate it and cause breakouts. I deal with this on a daily basis which is why I turned to holistic products and methods. So let’s talk about sensitive skin care routines using natural products.
Sensitive Skin FAQs
What is Sensitive Skin and How Can You Tell You Have It?
Despite popular belief, having sensitive skin does not mean having a reaction such as redness, tightness, or irritation when something comes into contact with your skin. That might just mean you’re allergic. Dermatologists look for a few specific things when diagnosing sensitive skin such as: having a tendency toward blushing or sin flushing, the skin reacting in skin erosion, bumps, or pustules, and super dry skin that isn’t protecting your nerve endings.
If you notice these things, you may have sensitive skin. But if you aren’t sure, I highly recommend getting an appointment with a dermatologist. You want your skin to be as healthy as can be. Just because you have sensitive skin doesn’t mean you can’t keep it healthy.
What Causes Sensitive Skin?
There are several factors that can lead to sensitive skin such as age, gender, genetics, and race. However, a lot of sensitivity can be cause by skin disorders such as eczema, rosacea, and allergic contact dermatitis. It can also be caused by prolonged exposure to a skin-damaging environment (i.e. sun, wind, and heat) as well as already injured skin.
How Can I Protect My Skin?
First and foremost, wear sunscreen year-round. This will moisturize and protect you from the sun‘s harmful rays. In the summer, keep in mind that UVB is at its strongest between 10AM and 4PM. In the winter, don’t overheat your house, pat your skin dry after WARM baths and showers before applying moisturizer, and use moisturizers that contain petrolatum, mineral oil, linoleic acid, ceramides, dimenthicone, or glycerin.
Sensitive Skin Care Routines, Products, and Tips
As a person with sensitive skin, I have a few tips and tricks about taking care of skin. Please remember that I’m not a dermatologist or a doctor of any kind. I can only put out the information I’ve researched and acquired from experience.
Use As Few Products As Possible
I use very few products on my face with very few ingredients. You should do this because the fewer you use, the more fewer chance you have of getting a bad skin reaction or breaking out. Keep it super basic and you can’t go wrong.
My Daily Skin Care Routine
I use this routine twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. It’s more effective when you just come out of a bath or shower so you can lock in moisture though.
Step 1: Cleanser
I use a special cleanser of water infused with thyme, green tea, and natural lavender soap. I spray it onto my face without rubbing it in. Infusing the water with the herbs helps damaged skin, smells really good, and have very few products.
Step 2: Moisturizer
Because my face is wet and soaking in the nutrients, it’s a good time to put my lotion on. I use lotion with Aloe Vera and Comfrey. Aloe cools the skin while hydrating and Comfrey is a plant that promotes skin healing. It also smells pretty nice too.
Step 3: Hydrating Serum
My skin soaks up a hydration so I also use a hydrating serum to kick up my hydration game. I use Physician’s Formula Vitamin Shot for hydration. It feels really nice, has key vitamins and ingredients to help sensitive skin. It has glycerin in it, which is recommended for sensitive skin.
Avoid Over-Washing and Over-Exfoliation
Sensitive skin is more than likely damaged. Over-washing and/or over-exfoliating your skin can damage it further. Doing this can get rid of important lipids and protein that are in your face. In fact, your skin does a pretty good job of keeping itself clean naturally, according to several dermatologists. Exfoliate once or twice a week with a gentle wash.
Test New Stuff
Everyone has different skin. It’ll take a little bit of time but find what works for your skin. Do little patch-tests on your arms to see how your skin will react to it. You can do this at home or at the dermatologist‘s office. Either way, find what works for you.
Identify Triggers and Read the Label
If you aren’t making the products yourself, read all the labels and make sure you know what ingredients will work for your skin and which won’t. I, personally, keep a list of ingredients that I didn’t like or didn’t work for my skin in case I ever change up my routine.
If You Have A Bad Reaction, Press The Back Key Several Times
Even if you’re super extra careful, things can go wrong. If and/or when that happens, stop everything! You need to allow your skin to heal. While your skin is healing, you need to treat it super gently. Cut down to one product for about a week then slowly incorporate more products. It should be extremely gradual and slow.
Natural Approach to Sensitive Skin Care
I use a lot of natural products, especially for my skin. I get very picky about it because unnatural things give my skin bad reactions. So let me share a few herbs that can help with skin care.
This is used as an extract from the plant itself. It’s used to soothe the skin, reduce inflammation, and heal damaged skin. Mixing the extract with water and using it as a spray is super effective.
It’s well known that aloe is super good for your skin and your health. It’s often used as an oil-free moisturizer, burn relief, and anti-inflammatory. You can mix it with another product or by itself.
This is a super powerful anti-inflammatory. It’s used for damaged, inflamed skin, as well as treating skin disorders like eczema.
This tea is filled with vitamins and anti-oxidants that can fight acne. It’s good for fighting the growth of bacteria and inflammation.
Not only is lavender fragrant and lovely, it’s used as an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. It’s super helpful with skin irritation. The scent can be strong enough to cover gross smells you don’t like from other lovely herbs.
Studies have shown that thyme is just as effective in treating acne as Benzoyl Peroxide. But it’s natural and lovely. It kills unwanted bacteria and smells like a dream.
Burdock root is an weirder herb for acne treatment because you take it internally rather than just putting it on your face. It’s a cleansing herb to heal boils, acne, eczema, and other skin damages.
Remember to find what works for your face and do as little as possible to your skin. Your body will work for you, sometimes you just have to support it. But the work and patience you put into it, will be worth it when you glow like Apollo with your glorious self.
Natural Sensitive Skin Care was written, edited, and researched by Emmalie Roberts. For more articles, check out our blog page, here, and don't forget to follow us on social media, here, for daily tips, tricks, and reminders for your path to holistic health.