How to use normal skin care if you have sensitive skin and which products are best for your skin type.
Sensitive skin is neither a real skin type nor a diagnosis that a dermatologist will make. The agreed definition of sensitive skin is: “S.Relatives who suffer from allergic or irritant contact reactions more easily than the average population“. Sensitive skin is prone to rashes, redness, inflammation, eczema and reactions to products and ingredients. Here is a list of potential irritants that are the most common triggers for sensitive skin.
- Essential oils
- Lime, linalool, geraniol
- Cinnamon, cinnamaldehyde, cinnamic acid
- Mint and peppermint
- Alcohol, alcohol denat, isopropyl alcohol
- Chemical sunscreens – octocrylene, octinoxate, oxybenzene, avobenzone, homosalate, PABA, helioplex
- Sorbic acid
- DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide)
- AHAs- lactic acid, glycolic acid
- Salicylic acid, willow bark extract
- Witchhazel extract
- Surfactants – SLS, SLES, non-ionic surfactants (ethoxylates, carboxylic acid esters, nonoxynols, poloxamers, glycerol monostearate / laurate, sorbitan monolaurate / stearate, between 20, 40, 60, 80)
- Esters (ending in ate, e.g. isopropyl myristate / palmitate, glyceryl stearate)
- Products containing propylene glycol and butylene glycol (these ingredients allow other ingredients to penetrate the skin)
- Preservatives can cause a reaction. You may be just a present tense and no other sensitive (strangely, parabens are the least irritating). Unfortunately, we need to have preservatives in our skin care to prevent products from going moldy.
- UV radiation
- Excessive immersion in water
- Emotional stress
- sleep deprivation
This list contains some things that you may find it difficult to avoid. However, you can control which skin care products you use. So this is a good place to start.
Instructions for starting the ordinary if you have sensitive skin
The Ordinary is actually a great brand for sensitive people. If you check the list above, fragrances, essential oils and alcohol are great triggers. The Ordinary does not contain any of this. The ingredient lists are simple, Deciem doesn’t add anything unnecessarily. The other brilliance from Deciem that works in favor of the sensitive type is hers 365 days no right of return. If something flares up, you’ll get a refund.
Here are some tips to keep you on the right track.
- Patch test– Take a little of the product and place it on your skin, neck or behind the ear are good places. Check the test point for a reaction after 24 hours
- Sun protection– If you use active ingredients that make the skin more sensitive to the sun, protect your skin to avoid the fire. Mineral sunscreen is better for sensitive skin
- Present the products carefully and individually– So you know the snake that has bitten you and give the products a week or two to show their real faces.
- Anhydrous products cause fewer problems– Aqueous products are more likely to get bad from bacteria and mold. The preservatives necessary to keep water-based products stable are a major source of skin irritation.
- Simple ingredient lists are your friend– The fewer ingredients, the easier it is to find out if anything will bother your skin. For example, if you are using pure marula oil and you have a rash, you can safely say that your skin has a problem with marula oil.
- You might bite these ingredients for skin care– Be careful with glycolic acid, chemical sunscreens, benzoyl peroxide, retinol and tretinoin.
- Look at the end of the list of ingredients. The most offensive ingredients are hidden here. Skin care companies are only allowed to include a small percentage of potentially irritating ingredients (such as fragrances and preservatives) in their products, so you can find them at the bottom of the list. If something flares up on your skin, write down what preservatives it contained. You may see a pattern.
- Be careful when cleaning– Cleaning is a very irritating time for the skin. The ingredients in detergents can be very annoying when combined with the heat and water. Keep cleaning as conservative as possible – no foaming, no peels and lukewarm water.
- Am products when used by date– Outdated skin care can cause problems for sensitive skin.
You can find more tips and hints in my The Ordinary Cheatsheet
The usual products for sensitive skin
Keep in mind that we are looking for products with simple, perfume and alcohol free ingredient lists. The ordinary is perfect for that. These are the products that are best suited for sensitive skin.
- Squalane cleaner– This has such a mild formula that it is the ideal type of cleanser for sensitive skin. It is very moisturizing and never leaves the skin feeling stripped.
- The oils– Vegetable oils are anhydrous, free of preservatives and contain only one ingredient. This makes them an obvious choice for sensitive types. The same applies to Squalane and Hemi Squalane. You can also use any vegetable oil as a detergent.
- NMF + HA– It is a simple moisturizer with many ingredients that the skin needs to keep the moisture barrier in top condition. Ingredients that are naturally present in the skin make NMF + HA a bioidentical formula. Ingredients such as multiple amino acids, fatty acids, triglycerides, urea, ceramides, phospholipids, glycerin, saccharides, sodium PCA and hyaluronic acid.
- The antioxidants– – Resveratrol 3% + Ferulate 3%, Pycnogenol 5% and EUK-134 0.1% have extremely simple ingredient lists, only the active ingredient and propanediol. Simple ingredient lists make flaming less likely because they contain no preservatives and fewer possible triggers. In addition, EUK-134 has an anti-redness effect, just what we need.
- Amino acids plus B5– This is a beautiful, silky, moisturizing blend of barriers that promote amino acids and vitamins.
- Ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate 20% + vitamin F.– Another anhydrous product without preservatives. I absolutely love this serum, it has a beautiful glow and it is really gentle.
- Mandelic acid 10% + HA– Acids are generally not recommended for sensitive skin types, but Mandelic is The Ordinary’s gentlest product if you want to examine the acid peel.
- Azelaic acid 10%– Azeleic Acid is another gentle acid. The pH is roughly the same as that of the skin, which makes it much lower irritating. It has several functions – smoothing, anti-acne, anti-aging and anti-pigmentation, which makes it a really practical product if you can go on with it.
- Granular retinoid 2% in squalane– Granactive Retinoid is a gentle, water-free, moisturizing anti-aging treatment. It is certainly the gentlest retinoid on the market and goes well with sensitive skin.
- Mineral UV filter SPF 30 with antioxidants– Sun protection is important for everyone who suffers from sensitivity, especially since sunlight can be a trigger. Mineral filters are best suited to reduce flare-ups.
What common products should you avoid if you have sensitive skin?
There is no 100% rule – this thing causes flare and this thing will not. Sensitivity is very personal. These are only suggestions based on scientific knowledge.
- Acids– Glycolic and lactic acids in particular can be very irritating and are probably best avoided. Other less sensitizing options are: Azelaic acid is much gentler and has a higher pH. and Mandelic, which doesn’t penetrate as deeply as Glycolic and Lactic.
- Retinol in squalane– Retinol is a highly irritating ingredient and you should better stick to Granactive Retinoid.
- Ascorbic acid aka Vitamin C.– Vitamin C can irritate the toughest faces. For it to be effective, it must have a pH below 4, which is likely to cause problems for sensitive skin. The vitamin C derivatives like ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate are much better suited for sensitive skin.
The ordinary regime for sensitive skin
Here are some example regimes, the one suggested by The Ordinary is very simple and basic, which is perfectly fine for sensitive skin. I also set out to do it – gently, nourishingly with more friendly than friendly ingredients. Deciem recommends hyaluronic acid 2% + B5 for hydration, while I prefer amino acids + B5.
Another note: The Ordinary’s mineral sunscreen is very white and sticky. My top tip for a mineral sunscreen with simple ingredients for sensitive skin is Think about Sport Spf 50.
Regime 1 – A regime of my own design
|hydrate||Amino acids + B5|
|Moisturizer||NMF, borage oil|
|SPF||Think about Sport SPF 50|
|hydrate||Amino acids + B5|
|treatment||Granular retinoid 2% in squalane|
|Moisturizer||NMF, borage oil|
Regime 2 – The normal regime for sensitive skin
|SPF||Mineral UV filter SPF 50 + antioxidants|
You may also want to take a look at the NIOD offering to soothe stressed skin-modulating glucosides. Ishtar skinlights also have some nice soothing products.
Skin care for sensitive skin is absolutely a trial and error process. The Ordinary is a great choice for people with sensitive skin if you make the right decisions. (Statements – the links can be partners and some of the products shown may be talented. This contribution is not sponsored.) Come and find me with me Skin care with friends Facebook Group, The Deciem chat room and TheOrdinarySkincare Subreddit.
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