Dealing with dry, sensitive skin can feel like a never-ending battle. Flakiness, redness and irritation often make it challenging to find what skincare products work for you. But fear not! From understanding sensitive skin, to selecting effective ingredients and establishing a breakout-free routine, we'll walk you through how to choose the right skincare products for your skin.
Understanding Your Skin
Dry, sensitive skin is characterized by a lack of moisture (oil) and a tendency to react to its environmental or certain ingredients. Your skin can feel tight, rough and easily irritated. That’s why dry skin is often prone to redness, fine lines and wrinkles. Finding skincare products that provide hydration, nourishment and gentle care is essential for maintaining a healthy, balanced complexion.
Key Ingredients to Look for
1. Hyaluronic Acid:
Look for products containing hyaluronic acid, a powerful “humectant” that attracts and retains moisture in the skin. Hyaluronic acid hydrates and plumps skin, reducing dryness and promoting a supple complexion. If you want to experience the benefits of this amazing ingredient, try our Le Calme Serum or Flower Face Cream!
Repeat after me! Healthy skin = a strong skin barrier! Ceramides are natural lipids that help strengthen your skin's barrier. Look for products with ceramides to replenish and lock in moisture, preventing moisture loss and enhancing the overall resilience of your skin. Some plant oils such as jojoba, contain high concentrations of ceramides and healthy fats that support your skin’s barrier to the fullest! Thinking of adding ceramides to your routine? The Seed Face Oil is the perfect product to start with - especially for dry skin!
3. Soothing Plant Oils & Extracts:
Chamomile, calendula, edelweiss, sunflower and sea buckthorn extracts – oh my! … are all delightful ingredients that feel like a calming hug for your skin. They help soothe irritation, reduce redness and provide gentle hydration. Our Flower Face Cream and Seed Face Oil contains all these nurturing botanical extracts to show your skin some love.
Establishing a Clear Routine
1. Patch Test:
Before incorporating any new product into your skincare routine, always patch test it on a small area of your skin. Wait at least 24hrs before using the product to see if your skin shows any signs of a reaction.
2. Gentle Cleansing:
Use a mild, non-foaming cleanser to wash your face twice a day. Avoid harsh cleansers that can strip away your skin's natural oils. The Silky Milky Cleanser is specifically formulated for dry, sensitive skin that needs a lightweight, yet nourishing cleanser.
3. Moisturise, Moisturise, Moisturise:
Hydration is key for dry, sensitive skin types. Choose a calming & nourishing moisturiser that contains barrier strengthening ingredients like hyaluronic acid, ceramides and anti-inflammatory plant oils and extracts. Apply it religiously, morning and night to lock in as much moisture as possible, keeping your skin looking supple and soft.
4. Sun Protection:
Unfortunately, sensitive skin is much more susceptible to sun damage and can react quickly to overexposure. Protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays by applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 or higher. Look for sunscreens that are formulated for sensitive skin and provide physical protection with ingredients like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.
5. Be Mindful of Exfoliation:
Exfoliating is essential if you want to achieve smooth, clearer skin but exfoliating too frequently can upset your skin’s barrier and cause more damage than good! Avoid harsh exfoliants and opt for more gentle options such as our Smooth & Glow Exfoliator. Use it once or twice a week and be mindful of other acidic products in your routine (retinol, AHAs, BHAs toner, serums, essence, etc) as over-exfoliating can worsen dryness and inflammation.
Choosing the right skincare products for dry, sensitive skin doesn't have to be difficult. By understanding your skin's characteristics, looking for key ingredients and establishing a suitable, consistent routine, you too can nourish and soothe your skin effectively. Remember, gentle care is the secret to healthy, happy skin. Don’t let sensitive skin hold you back!