All my life, I’ve lived and suffered with what may be the biggest curse for a girl, skin that reacts to just about everything. Friends would lie in the sun and brag about their tans in summer, pull off the pink cheeked blushes in winter, while I was always the one covering my face wherever I went. No beauty products could do any good to me.
Luckily for all of us who struggle with sensitive skin, we no longer need to sit in the corner and hide our faces and skin from exposure. Products specially formulated for sensitive skin are now available everywhere we go, and the world of blushes and tans is no longer forbidden to us!
Easy-on-the-Skin Beauty Products
The first thing I keep in mind when I shop for any product is the magic word – hypoallergenic. Harsh chemicals are bad for any kind of skin, but these products are specially designed for skin that needs extra care and normally include natural ingredients like aloe-vera or chamomile.
Oil-based products are also avoidable; these normally end up clogging your pores, leading to acne, pimples and other monstrosities. If the product I’m considering is described as non-cosmogenic or oil-free, I normally buy it without a second thought, knowing that my skin won’t end up looking like the craters on the moon.
A word of caution – I know all the goodies that smell like flowers, bubblegum or chocolate are irresistible, but any fragrance-based product is bound to play havoc with sensitive skin. The best way to avoid rashes and allergies is to steer clear of any bottle or jar that isn’t clearly labelled “fragrance-free”.
The importance of SPF (Sun Protection Factor) cannot be stressed enough. Innocent-looking rays of sunshine are actually teeming with UVA and UVB rays that burn, age and wrinkle your skin, while also being a known cause of skin cancer. I always include a moisturizer with a minimum SPF 30 in my daily routine. Splash it on in the morning even if you do not plan on stepping out of your house, those nasty rays get in through your windows too.
Dirt, pollution and old skin cells also play a big role in blotchy-looking skin, so remember to cleanse your face twice a day. I use a gentle, organic cleanser which is soap-free and I’ve found that my face glows, just like all the advertisements with the fresh-faced models. I also exfoliate with a mild exfoliant once a week, which scrubs off all those dead cells that gather on the surface. Exfoliation also helps with existing skin problems, as long it’s used in moderation.
Heavy foundation and pancake make-up is a guaranteed recipe for disaster. Instead, keep your skin fresh by using a light moisturiser with SPF during the day, and a creamier one for the night. When your skin looks good, all you need is some light color on your face to enhance your features. Just remember to check the labels of any beauty products before you try using them.