Sensitive Skin Care Products

Many people have sensitive skin and should use discretion when switching makeup or facial products. Here are some tips for finding products for sensitive skin.

If you have sensitive skin and aren't sure which cosmetics or facial cleansers to use, you're not alone. Many people experience redness, swelling, or rashes when switching facial products; the secret to eliminating this is knowing where to look for facial products, and knowing what to look for.

First of all, if you have other allergies (i.e. seasonal or food) you should check with your doctor or dermatologist when you're considering making a cosmetic switch. Many of the products out there now (even the ones for sensitive skin) contain fruit, vegetable, as well as wheat and oatmeal derivatives. Make sure that you know all of the things you may be allergic to before you wash your face with something new.Or, if you've been using department store products on your face, you may want to try a more natural alternative""the ingredients tend to be less harsh on the skin. Natural skin care products recommended for people with sensitive skin include avocado or cucumber masks, or moisturizers with soy protein. Products like Aveeno facial cleanser (with oatmeal and soy), Kiss My Face Cucumber Mask, and Got 2B avocado cleansing masks are ideal for individuals with sensitive skin who want to use more nature-based skin care products.

Next, determine whether your skin needs products that will moisturize your face or take away some of the oil. Many people feel that if their skin is oily, it must not be that sensitive; this is not necessarily true. Choose cleansers, moisturizers, and that will balance your skin's moisture levels and overall tone. It is also very important that you choose a moisturizer with sunscreen; the sun can damage anyone's skin without protection, but if you have sensitive skin, you should be especially careful. Moisturizers with an SPF of no less than 15 are necessary. You can find sensitive skin moisturizers from Oil of Olay (SPF 15-30), Clinique facial moisturizer (for dry to oily skin, SPF 15), and Aloe Vera gel work wonders to keep your skin moisturized and healthy.

Once you decide on your facial cleansing and toning products, you'll need to find the right makeup. You should follow some of the same guidelines for foundation as you did with cleansers""make sure that the makeup does not contain any harsh ingredients, and try to find foundation with as many natural ingredients as possible. It's also a good idea to make sure that your makeup contains SPF, so that you'll have extra protection if you know you'll be outside for a while, especially in warmer weather. You should avoid makeup that contains harsh chemicals such as titanium dioxide, as this can give the skin a dry, scaly look, and could especially irritate sensitive skin. The lower titanium dioxide is listed as an ingredient on the makeup bottle, the better it will be for your skin. Also, look for makeup that is noncomedogenic (makeup that does not clog pores), nonacnegenic, and hypoallergenic. This will definitely reduce your chances of skin irritation. Hypoallergenic makeup you may want to try includes Clinique liquid and liquid-to-powder foundation, Prescriptives powder compact, and MAC cosmetic liquid-to-powder compact with SPF 30.

Be sure to continue checking with your dermatologist to monitor the overall health of your skin, or to find out whether or not you should include additional products into your sensitive skin care routine. With the right facial cleanser, mask, toner, and makeup, you can maintain a healthy glow and clear skin""even if it's sensitive.

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