9 March 2020

Skincare Routine for Sensitive Skin

Skincare Routine for Sensitive Skin


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I've always suffered from sensitive skin, so over the years, I've got to know what my skin does and doesn't like. It definitely used to be a bit more relaxed than it is now, but if it means  I have happy skin if I check the ingredients labels of products I'm looking at buying, then so be it!

Everyone's skin is completely different, and there have been products in the past that I've tried that was supposedly okay for sensitive skin, and yet I've ended up with a face full of eczema. So when you're doing your research into products, try and get a mini and always do a patch test before you invest in a product. 

These are the skincare steps and products I'm currently using that have really been keeping my skin happy, but they may not work for you as they did for me so don't take my word as the law. Hopefully, however, you may find some amazing new products that your skin will love too!

MORNING SKINCARE


Skincare Routine for Sensitive Skin


In the past, I've found that if I overload my skin products, it can make it even more sensitive. Because of this, I normally stick to a pretty light routine in the morning to set me up for the day. 

The only cleansing I'll do will be with micellar water like the Garnier Micellar Milky Cleansing Water* (ad-aff) which is able to rid my skin of any dirt or leftover makeup, but still be gentle and moisturising. It can be a little messy when putting it onto whatever pad or cloth you're using to cleanse with, so don't be too heavy-handed! There aren't many micellar waters that I can use on both my (very) sensitive eyes and face, but this is one of them and it's become a staple in my skincare routine. 

Then, I'll go in with a moisturiser from a range I've banged on enough about - it's the L'Occitane Ultra Thirst-Quenching Gel from their Aqua Reotier range. I was previously sent this to try out and ended up loving it some much that I've rebought it. Its lightweight formula makes for a great day moisturiser, sinking in without leaving any sticky residue behind all while giving my skin the moisture it needs. The cooling consistency also is great for calming any skin flare-ups I may be having. 

For eye cream, I've been trying out Transformulas Marine Miracle Eye Cream* and has been one of the few eye creams that my sensitive eyes have liked. At first, when I started using this, I did get that tingling sensation that normally leads to a flare-up of eczema over the next few days, but it didn't appear! This reduces any puffiness I have in the morning thanks to the ocean plant extracts in it and little goes a long way, which definitely helps as it's not the cheapest eye cream! Also, be sure to give this more time than you think for it to sink in, as I found that I would get some flaky build-up when I tried to apply concealer too soon. 


Skincare Routine for Sensitive Skin


Not to be forgotten, I reach for my Bioderma Photoderm Aquafluide* to make sure my skin gets the SPF coverage it needs. This is one of the few face sunscreens that lets my skin breath - I've been on holidays where I've just used normal suncream and I've ended up with a face full of spots within a few days. It's very lightweight, yet sinks into my skin without leaving a trace of it left, and I rarely get flashback when having pictures taken with this on. 


EVENING SKINCARE


Skincare Routine for Sensitive Skin


When it comes to taking my makeup off after a long day, there's nothing that thrills me more than my evening skincare routine (sad, I know, but I am a beauty junkie). This is the time where I can really treat my skin with an array of products that leaves it feeling pampered before bed. 

First, I go in with my micellar water again as a first cleanse, and to remove my eye makeup. I'm not a fan of removing eye makeup with thicker formulas as I find it can clog up my eyes a bit, so using a reusable cotton pad and some micellar water normally does the trick at removing most of my makeup. 

Then, things get a bit more exciting! My cleanser of choice at the moment is the L'Occitane Water Gel Cleanser*, again from the Aqua Reotier range. I just can't seem to find a cleanser that trumps this currently, as it removes my makeup so effectively without aggravating my skin. Like the moisturiser from the range, the formula is very cooling on my skin and works well at decongesting it all year round. 

bareMinerals Dirty Detox Mud mask


If I'm feeling my skin needs some extra TLC, then I'll go in with a mask. I have a few on the go at the moment, but one that I'm really enjoying is the Dirty Detox Mud Mask from bareMinerals* (ad-aff). I normally reach for this when my skin is feeling really congested, and it does the trick at drawing it all out and the next morning I wake up with super glowy skin. My skin loves clay, and this has four different kinds in it to treat the skin. 

Concept Skin Rose Water


Sometimes, my skin can feel a little tight from all that cleansing, so I'll give my face a spray with the Concept Skin Rose Water* to start the moisture hit it will be getting in the next few steps. You all should know by now how much I love rose-scented things, and I find rose to also be very calming for my skin. 

When it comes to serums and moisturisers, I'll tend to go for one of the two being a thicker consistency like an oil-based serum or a thick creamy moisturiser. At the moment, I've been using the Zoetic CBD Facial Drops* and it's definitely helped improve the condition and texture of my skin thanks to the Vitamin C and Jojoba oil, as well as the CBD oil perking up my skin. On the bottle, it says to use 1-2 drops on your face, but I tend to use 3 on my face and 2 on my neck as I like to feel like my skin has been well and truly coated in it. 

Skincare Routine for Sensitive Skin


My moisturiser at the moment is actually a mask, but it's a fairly light one that you can use up to 5 times a week. The Kiehl's Ginger Leaf and Hibiscus Firming Mask* (ad-aff) feels lightweight on the skin but rich enough that it sinks in to leave it soft and smooth. Hibiscus flowers are known for preserving its nectar overnight, meaning this added ingredient will help lock in moisture in your skin overnight too. The fab thing about this mask is that all you need to do in the morning to remove it is cleanse, which is part of my morning routine anyway, making it great for any lazy skincare people out there. 

Skincare Routine for Sensitive Skin


This last step is not one that I always do, but I throw it in when I've exfoliated my skin with an exfoliating pad (like this one from SoEco* (ad-aff)). I like to use a lighter self-tan on my face as, like sunscreen, I can find thicker formulas can clog up my pores, and the self-tanning drops from Ecooking* are really kind to my skin. I normally add 2-3 drops to my moisturiser to match the colour of my body and it doesn't have that horrible biscuit smell to it as it's fragrance-free. I've never experienced streaking with this as it blends well with my skin tone and leaves with me with a lovely healthy glow. 

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Living with sensitive skin can be a nightmare, but this is the ultimate skincare routine that my skin loves. I'd love to hear if you're a fellow sensitive skin person and if you have any extra tips or product recommendations!

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