Besides using gentle cleansers, follow these tips to avoid irritating your sensitive skin when cleansing.
If you’ve got sensitive skin, you’ll probably know how painful and annoying it is to have to take care of your skin. Not only do you have to be sensitive — no pun intended — with the products you use, you’ve also got a lot to consider in terms of your diet and be an expert in settling any skin flare-ups you might have.
That said, read on to find out how you can cleanse your sensitive skin with the utmost amount of care so that it doesn’t break out as easily and leave you with red patches all over.
Stay away from aggressive exfoliators
Exfoliating is an essential part of getting clear and glowing skin. Not only does it get rid of makeup residues, it also helps to slough away dead skin cells that could clog pores and potentially lead to breakouts.
However, when you’ve got sensitive skin, you can’t just pick up a random face scrub at the drug store and call it a day. This is because the microbeads and exfoliants used in most commercial exfoliators can sometimes cause micro-tears on your skin. This could leave you with redness and cause even more problems.
Instead, opt to exfoliate skin with exfoliating pads or peel gels instead. It’s less harsh and can be done almost any time of the day.
Be aware of environmental factors
When you’ve got sensitive skin, you have to be extra careful with the environmental factors surrounding you wherever you go.
Overexposure to the sun can cause problems but so can spending too much time in the cold too. So, if you’re travelling, keep the climate and temperature of your destination in mind and pack suitable skincare products for your trip.
Don’t cleanse with a cleansing wipe
Don’t get us wrong, cleansing wipes are great. They save you so much time when you’ve come home late and need to remove makeup.
However, while they’re amazing to have and keep around, cleansing wipes can be drying and don’t really do a good job at cleansing your face. Plus, whenever you swipe a cleansing wipe across your face, you’re tugging at your skin quite roughly and this can really upset sensitive skin.
A version of this article first appeared on www.womensweekly.com.sg