When skin is described as sensitive, you have to be a bit more cautious in choosing the right skin care products. Sensitivity can derail the best of intentions, especially when targeting acne, aging, pigmentation, oil production, etc. No treatment can work effectively if it worsens redness and inflammation. This is why it is imperative to address the special needs of sensitive skin.
While it may not be possible to “cure” sensitive skin, it is possible to alleviate and potentially improve the manifestations of sensitive skin.
How do you know if you have sensitive skin? Generally you will notice one or more of the following symptoms:
- flushes easily when encountering heat or steam
- dry patches
- burning, stinging after product application
- prone to rashes or bumps
Simple Sensitive Skin Face Moisturizer
All too often moisturizers leave sensitive skin red, itchy or blotchy. And oh boy, there's nothing worse than feeling like your face is on fire! Finding a moisturizer that works doesn’t have to be a lot of trial and error, which can be expensive and exhausting.
Finding a natural moisturizer that works is key and probably the most important thing you can do to calm sensitive skin. Without a strong protective moisture layer, skin gets dry and more susceptible to irritation and inflammation so keeping this barrier intact is even more essential for those with sensitive skin.
For sensitive skin, you want to avoid common inflammation triggers. These would include fragrances, sulfates, parabens, ingredients derived from petroleum, alcohol, or dyes. If you find any of your products contain these common allergens, it might be best to slowly replace them with more sensitive-friendly products.
This simple DIY moisturizer is formulated for sensitive skin. Chamomile has anti-inflammatory properties and sea buckthorn oil and shea butter are packed with hydration-boosting fatty acids.
Shea Butter Sensitive Skin Moisturizer
- Double boiler
- 6-ounce jar with lid
- First, place the shea butter in a heat safe glass or jar inside a pan with water, or inside a double boiler. Melt the shea butter and then turn heat off.
- Slowly pour in the jojoba oil and sea buckthorn oil and mix. Allow to cool 5-10 minutes and then add the chamomile drops, mix again.
- You can allow it to slowly harden if your kitchen is cool enough, or you can place in the fridge.
This post was medically reviewed by Dr. Jennifer Haley, a board-certified dermatologist with extensive experience in medical, cosmetic and surgical dermatology. Learn more about Hello Glow’s medical review board here. As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor.119