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How to Care for Sensitive Skin

August 8, 2018

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, sensitive skin affects millions of people. Visit our article “How to Know if You Have Sensitive Skin” to find out if your skin falls under the sensitive skin type.  If you do struggle with sensitive skin, read on for the top 10 tips on sensitive skin care.


1. Avoid Soap and Scrubs.

If you have sensitive skin, stay away from soap as most soaps are drying. Use soap-free cleansers with nourishing properties that are gentle on your skin. When drying off your skin, be careful not to rub your towel on your face—instead, blot it dry. Refrain from using a scrub if you have sensitive or delicate skin and avoid towels made from harsh materials, brushes, and loofahs.  


2. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize.

The best time to moisturize your skin is while it is still damp from cleansing or after a shower. You can establish a routine in the evening for lathering on lotion/cream which will help your skin replenish the moisture it’s lost throughout the day. Use a heavier moisturizer when you are exposed to extreme weather conditions, and make sure that your moisturizer contains ample SPF.


3. Use a Humidifier.

Consider using a humidifier, especially if you have the air conditioner or heat turned on at home.  Creating a humid climate will help your skin stay moisturized and hydrated. Our skin can get really dry in the Winter when exposed to harsh winds and indoor heating systems.


4. Shower in Lukewarm Water.

Watch the temperature of your water, both in the shower and the sink. If you like your showers hot,  you may be drying out and irritating your skin. Keeping your showers short is also recommended as a prolonged length of time in the water will strip your skin of its natural nutrients and moisture.


5. Use Skin Care Products That are pH-Neutral, Alcohol & Fragrance-Free, and Contain as Few Ingredients as Possible.

Avoid products that contain deodorant ingredients, alcohol, retinoids, etc. For more information, read “Common Irritants for Sensitive Skin”. Consider formulas with ingredients that relieve and soothe sensitive skin such as chamomile, cucumber, and aloe.


6. Go Bare Face or Choose Your Cosmetics Wisely.

You may choose not to use cosmetics at all or if you want to cover up your blemishes, opt for cosmetics that are irritant-free.

Follow this mini guide:

  • Use face powder, which has few preservatives and minimal risk of skin irritation.
  • Do not use waterproof cosmetics. They are harder to wash off and you will need a special cleanser to remove them.
  • Routinely check the expiration dates on your products and throw out old cosmetics. They can spoil or become contaminated which can wreak havoc onto your skin.


7. Spot Test Before Applying an Unfamiliar Skin Care Product.

For several days, apply a small amount behind on the neck and leave it on overnight. If your skin does not become irritated, follow the same procedure, this time applying the product on an area alongside an eye. If you still don’t see irritation, the product should be safe for you to apply on any area of your face. No matter what you use, if it leaves your skin feeling tight, stop all usage and try something else.


8. Be Sure to Change Your Pillow Case Regularly.

You’re spending five-eight hours every night with your pillowcase pressed against your face so it’s not a surprise this could be the main reason why you’re breaking out. Make sure to wash and change your pillowcase at least once a week. A dirty pillowcase can spawn some pretty vengeful acne on your skin which is the last thing you want!


9. Check Out Your Laundry Detergent. Do They Contain Fragrances or Other Irritants?

Sometimes the culprit behind your sensitive skin is the detergent lingering on your clothes, causing your skin to break out or flare up. Change your laundry detergent to one that’s fragrance-free and made with fewer chemicals. Separate your laundry from your family if need be; do your own loads with the laundry detergent that’s right for you.


10. Skin Diseases Associated with Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin is commonly associated with other skin complications. If you suspect you have specific skin conditions such as Rosacea, Eczema, or Psoriasis (conditions commonly associated with sensitive skin), consult a dermatologist or skin care specialist. They will diagnose, educate, and help you manage your skin condition.


We hope these tips help you care for your sensitive skin.  Racinne believes we should all feel comfortable and confident in our own skin.  For the month of August, we are giving 60% off our entire Delicare collection, a skincare line which was made for those with sensitive skin in mind. Our Delicare products are made from a soothing formula that’s been dermatologist-tested and clinically proven to work on the most sensitive skin. Shop the hypoallergenic line today and treat your skin to a skincare regime that soothes, hydrates, and protects all in one.


“Do you struggle with sensitive skin? How do you cope? Share with the Racinne community any tips or advice you may have in the comments down below.”


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