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4 Do’s and Don’ts for Sensitive Skin

If you suffer from sensitive, irritated skin, then you know the pain of trying to find the right skin care regime without horrible, sensitive breakouts. If you have “tried it all” and have given up, and only use water – because “everything” else burns your skin, then keep reading, this blog is just for you! 😀

Here are my top 4 do’s and don’ts for sensitive skin:

#1 Don’t Skip Using Skin Care Because You Tried Several Products And Your Skin “Reacted”

I get it, you tried your friends, sisters and your favourite actors’ products, but it burned your skin. You’ve researched online, talked to the ladies in Sephora and you keep buying products that sting your skin, and you’re tired of wasting money, and worse, having reactive skin. 😩

The natural thing to do is – nothing. It’s logical. But, also not ideal, and here’s why:

Your skin is the barrier between outside elements, pollution, weather, so it needs extra care. You need to use products that fortify skin’s natural moisture barrier while neutralizing triggers and improving resiliency to make your skin less prone to irritation.

#2 Do Not Go Crazy And Use A Ton Of Products At Once

Slow and steady wins the race! 🐌

Imagine if you’ve not worked out in ages, and then you decide that you want to get fit, so you go to a crossfit class and you give it your all. What do you think will happen the next day? Likely a trip to the physio.

This is the same thought process for your skin. Take it easy, introducing products slowly, one or two at a time. And for goodness sakes, patch test all new products before you slather them all over your face! I suggest patch testing a small area on the jawline.

You’re going to keep things simple and easy to start by using a cleanser, a cream and an SPF as your core basics before you add anything else into the mix.

#3 What Kind Of Products Should I Use Then?

Try using a gentle creamy cleanser with ceramides and free from surfactants. Use cool water to rinse it off. Do not use a washcloth, it will only agitate your skin. We love iS Clinical Cream Cleanser and Dermalogica Ultra Calming Cleanser.

Use a hydrating cream with soothing ingredients free from emulsifiers – these are usually put into the cheap drug store brands which cause irritation. 💧💧💧

Finally choose a physical SPF, we love TIZO for this, because a physical SPF will not sting your skin. (Plus it’s safe for our oceans and lakes, so you can feel good about it!)

#4 No Matter What, Do NOT Scrub Your Skin

While exfoliation is the go to for almost ALL skin issues, it so most certainly NOT for you. At least not quite yet.

We will get you there, but it won’t be a scrub to start with. You will use an enzymatic exfoliant to gently digest those dead skin cells. The last thing you need is a scrub, it’s like putting gas on a fire! 🧯

Not sure where to start?

Call us @ 250 804 4836 to book in a 15 minute complimentary skin consultation or visit our website at Lake Life Boutique Spa. We’ll help you navigate the overwhelming world of skincare so you can make an informed decision on where to invest in your skincare first.

For more information on finding the right products for your skin, see our Spa Maven Skin Care Basics and shop for your favourites at spamaven.ca

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