Before we get into which skincare products work best for this specific skin type, let’s get some background knowledge on what it actually is and if you might have SS. Having skin that is sensitive in itself isn’t a disease, but it is actually a symptom of a separate condition. Common conditions could be, eczema, rosacea or dry skin. If you discover that you may have SS fear not, it is rarely very serious, and absolutely manageable, especially with the right skincare products. The best way to figure out if you have this skin type it to visit a Dermatologist.
Ingredients or Additives You Should Avoid
There is a small caveat if your complexion is sensitive, not every product or tip works for every person. However, there is some impressive evidence that can help you prevent having a reaction. We compiled our most helpful tips to share with you below!
A dirty little skincare industry secret (and not in a good way) is having the ingredient “Fragrance” in skincare products. There is currently no way to know what ingredients go into making “fragrance.” It could be made up of 100’s of different artificial ingredients to make your products smell like fresh baked cookies or even grapefruit ( which may smell great, but your skin will suffer for it.) Any of the hundreds of artificial ingredients making up the Fragrance could cause a reaction with your skin. So your best bet is to find skincare products that dont contain Fragrance.
Here is the problem with synthetic dyes, they are just flat out unnecessary. Having this additive is just one more ingredient with the ability to cause a reaction if you have skin that is sensitive. Including a dye in your skincare product doesn’t have any added benefit, it is just “sometimes” visually pleasing. Artificial colors can also block your pores, which puts you at a higher risk for blemishes. Avoid products with “yellow 6” or “Red dye” these are examples of unnecessary additives that can be harmful to your skin.
Harsh Preservatives/ Parabens
Parabens are a type of artificial preservative that has been around since the early 1900s. The job of a preservative is to prevent the harmful growth of mold/bacteria and to keep your products fresh and effective. Here is the catch you DON’T have to use parabens there are other, safer options that you can use as a preservative. Parabens have been found to affect the hormone system of a person, specifically acting like the hormone estrogen. Using parabens also puts you at an increased risk of irritating current skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne. When it comes to preservatives, opt for an all-natural, or naturally derived option (your skin will thank you)
Sodium laureth sulfate and sodium laurel sulfate, these two ingredients will strip your skin of their natural oils. One of the main side effects of these ingredients is the drying of the skin, which can enhance problems for anyone who has skin that is more sensitive to products. Sulfates similar to Parabens can strip too much oil away causing dry skin and irritation.
The Best Face Wash for Sensitive Skin
Let’s start from the beginning of your skincare routine. Starting from a solid foundation or base is key in managing your Sensitive Skin (SS.) Facewashes; they come in all different colors, sizes, ingredients, and consistencies. If your skin is sensitive there is a good chance that you have tried every face wash for sensitive skin under the sun, trying to find something that will work. We have compiled a few tips to avoid irritating delicate skin.
Avoid using cleansers that contain deodorants (usually found in certain bars of soap or body washes) on your face. Using deodorant soaps on your face can make even people with dry, oily, or combination skin types have a reaction. Soaps or heavily Fragranced cleansers also pose a higher risk of having a negative reaction.
DermaBoss has an all Natural, Vegan Cleanser that is gentle enough to be used by anyone who thinks their skin may be more sensitive to ingredients. We never use Parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes or fragrances. Instead, we opt for a natural pineapple scent. Try out our ($28) Pineapple+ Vitamin C Brightening Cleanser for yourself! This product is a great way to feel energized, invigorated, and cleansed without over-drying.
Best Face Moisturizer for Dry Sensitive Skin
If you are looking for a product that will moisturize your skin without causing a negative reaction than look no further. Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is naturally created in your body, which means that the risks of having a reaction are extremely small. Using a hyaluronic acid serum in your daily skincare regimen will help to keep your skin moisturized throughout your entire day without irritation.
Check out our past blog post to learn more! DermaBoss offers a super affordable ($32) Cell Hydrating Serum, that is perfect for anyone who may have skin that is more sensitive than usual. HA helps to regulate the moisture and oil level of your complexion, which is great for fighting off blemishes and dry skin. Our Cell Hydration Serum also is free from any parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes, and fragrances. Also, all of our products are always all-natural, vegan, and cruelty-free