Whether it’s a change of weather, added stress or even getting a new pet, if you have sensitive skin you’ll know that triggers and flare-ups can come from anywhere. Skin can also become sensitive at any time in life and occurs when the skin’s natural barrier function is weakened, making it susceptible to irritants and allergens. It’s not all doom and gloom though – here’s a step-by-step routine to help you calm down sensitive skin and protect it from potential triggers.
STEP 1: CLEANSE
Gently cleanse away dirt, oil and impurities with a mild facial cleanser, applying with the fingers and removing with a cotton pad or rinsing with lukewarm water.
The pH-balanced Centella Sensitive Facial Cleanser is one of our mildest cleansers and helps to hydrate the skin for up to eight hours and strengthen the skin’s barrier function, gently removing dirt without causing further irritation.
STEP 2: TONE
An alcohol-free facial toner can help to soothe skin and maintain its natural balance. For normal skin types, alcohol is unlikely to cause any problems to your skin. However, if your skin is sensitive for any reason, alcohol has the potential to be irritating and drying.
We recommend Calendula Herbal Extract Alcohol-Free Toner. Our non-comedogenic formula gently cleanses and refreshes skin and reduces visible blotchiness and surface oil. It is suitable for sensitive skin and the bottle is made from 100% PCR plastic.
STEP 3: EYE CARE
Try our Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado for an instant hit of hydration. Our formula gently nourishes the under-eye area and is a customer-favourite. If you want to target the early signs of ageing, try our Vitamin C eye serum which targets fine lines, or our multi-corrective eye cream which targets the four eye zones.
STEP 4: MOISTURISE
Modern life can take its toll on your skin, so it’s important to replenish moisture, trapping in essential water. Keeping your skin hydrated can also reduce irritation and make your skin feel more comfortable.
Our Centella Sensitive Cica-Cream acts as a daily skin barrier cream providing an intense hit of hydration, while also being non-comedogenic and fast-absorbing so you can avoid excessive rubbing and irritating already sensitive skin. Formulated with mannose and rose gallica, our Skin Rescuer is enriched with ceramides and helps to protect the skin from daily stresses, strengthening its barrier function and helping to prevent Transepidermal Water Loss (TEWL).
STEP 5: FACE OIL
All skin types can benefit from a non-comedogenic facial oil (meaning the oils will not clog your pores). Yes, even those with problemed or oily skin. Oils can rebalance the natural barrier, as well as the calm and protect the skin. We suggest those with active formulas containing Squalane, Marula, Vitamin E, Rosehip and Jojoba.
Gently press the oil into the skin to help protect by strengthening the skin’s natural barrier. When this protective barrier function is compromised the skin becomes susceptible to irritants including allergens and bacteria.
STEP 6: SPF PROTECT
Exposure to the sun and its harmful UVA and UVB rays can cause flare-ups and exasperate sensitive skin. To keep yourself protected, apply a sunscreen that delivers powerful protection to your face daily before venturing out – even on cloudy days.