Is your skin red? Does it burns or stings easily on exposure to the sun or harsh products? Have you tried many hypoallergenic products but in vain? Well, it is not your fault, sensitive skin once irritated is so liable to recurrent flares that you have to be cautious while choosing your skin care regime. Let us understand what you should do once your skin is red and irritated.
The most important step is to stop all the skin care products, parlour procedures, medicines etc. This is absolutely essential because your skin is in the vicious cycle where use of wrong product can increase sensitivity further. The only way to break this vicious cycle is to STOP all skincare products and procedures. Remember “whenever your skin is burning or irritated it is pleading leave me alone”
Now, begin CTM regime twice a day using the skincare products recommended in this article. We have explained in details the 3 steps of CTM (Cleanse, Tone, Moisturise) regime in the video given below:
MORNING SKINCARE ROUTINE
STEP 1: Cleanser
Though your skin is oily or greasy, you should avoid face washes meant for oily skin types that contains harsh ingredients like SLS, ALS, Salicylic acid, glycolic acid etc. Instead, use a face wash that has baby safe surfactants, they remove excess oils, without making your skin dry or irritated.
SkinKraft Face Wash For Sensitive Skin
Cetaphil Oily Skin Cleanser
Step 2: Toner
Avoid toner containing alcohol or witch hazel on your skin, even if it feels greasy. Instead spray rose water and massage to soothe and hydrate your skin. For brand recommendation read this article, Best pure and organic rose water
Step 3: Moisturiser
You can skip this step if your skin feels hydrated after using rose water. However if your skin needs a moisturizer, then use aloe vera based products that can hydrate and soothe your skin.
Home made Calendula and rose aloe vera gel
You can make your own soothing gel at home in just 5 minutes with aloe vera, calendula and rose water. To know the recipe click on this link: Home made Calendula and rose aloe vera gel
Mama–earth Aloe Vera Gel For Face
The Face Shop Calendula Essential Moisture Emulsion
Paula’s Choice Invisible Finish Gel
Step 4 : Sunscreen
You should use a zinc oxide based physical sunscreen in cream before stepping out in bright sun. No need to put sunscreen indoors.
Aveeno Baby Sunscreen
Neutogena Sheer Zinc Sunscreen
Cetaphil Sun Kids Liposomal Lotion
NIGHT SKIN CARE ROUTINE
In sensitive skin, you really don’t need a separate night cream because your skin might not tolerate Vitamin C, retinols, glycolic acid, azelaic acid or any other active ingredients until it gets calm. You can repeat CTM with same products that you used during the day.
If you have applied make up then you should begin by removing make up with micellar water rather than harsh make up removers. Gently wipe your skin with micellar solution 3-10 times until all dirt and make-up comes out. The end point is when your cotton appears white after wiping your face. Yes, it might sometimes take 10 times to remove make-up, but keep on repeating until NO residue is seen on cotton. After this, you can do CTM regime.
DO AND DONTS FOR SENSITIVE SKIN
- Don’t continue the product given in this article, if you experience burning, irritation or redness. Book an appointment with dermatologist immediately.
- Don’t scrub and put face pack until your skin gets calm.
- Avoid sunscreen if your skin cannot tolerate it, instead cover your face with cloth.
- Do consult a dermatologist, If above skin care regime is not helping in a week or two because you need prescription based medicine to reduce inflammation.
- Do read this article, to know about complete list of precautions for sensitive skin.