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If you have sensitive skin, then you know that it can be challenging to put together a skin care routine for your skin type. In fact, you probably know all too well that over-cleansing your complexion can often cause you to experience irritation or dryness. That’s why using a micellar cleansing water could be a good idea if you have sensitive skin. Here, learn how to cleanse sensitive skin, how to add micellar cleansing water to your beauty routine, and how to complete your sensitive skin care regimen.
Before we get into the nitty-gritty of using a micellar cleansing water on sensitive skin, let’s cover the basics first. Keep this in mind when choosing a facial cleanser: According to the American Academy of Dermatology, when you have sensitive skin, you should avoid products formulated with fragrances, soap, or alcohol.
Just because you have sensitive skin doesn’t mean you have to pass on trying the latest skin care trends. Micellar water is one of the most-buzzed about skin care products of the moment—and it’s a great option for sensitive skin. This French-favorite cleanser is powered by tiny micelles—oil molecules—that act as a magnet to lift dirt, oil, and makeup up and away from the skin. The L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin hydrates and soothes; the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin purifies and mattifies; and the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types intensely purifies. Each of these micellar cleansing waters is suitable for sensitive skin and is free of oil, soap, and alcohol. Just saturate a cotton pad with your micellar water of choice and wipe the pad across your face—there’s no harsh rubbing or rinsing required. Since you don’t need to be near a sink to use micellar water, it’s an awesome cleansing option when you’re traveling or headed to the gym.
No routine is complete with cleansing only. Here’s how to finish your skin care and makeup routine for sensitive skin.
Step 1: Cleanse. You already knew this one! Break out your micellar water and get to work.
Step 2: Moisturize. Once you’re done cleansing, go ahead and apply moisturizer. The L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Dry Skin is suitable for sensitive skin. It’s formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water to help provide long-lasting hydration.
Step 3: Sun protection. Over moisturizer, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher as directed and reapply at least every two hours. Remember to take other sun protection measures as well, including limiting your amount of time in the sun, seeking shade, and covering up exposed areas.
Step 4: Prime. Now it’s time to move onto makeup. If your sensitive skin appears red, you should go green. To help neutralize the appearance of redness, smooth on a primer with a green tint before diving into the rest of your cosmetics. Plus, primer can also help create a smooth base for the rest of your makeup application. Try the L’Oréal Paris Studio Secrets™ Professional Anti-Redness Primer.
Step 5: Color correct. Apply a small amount of the green shade from the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Color Correcting Kit onto any red areas and blend out for more coverage and correction. While you’re at it, use the peachy cream color to hide the look of dark circles and apply purple to any dull-looking areas to help illuminate the appearance of your skin.
Step 6: Apply BB cream. For those mornings when you’re in a rush, reach for a multipurpose BB cream. The L’Oréal Paris Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream Anti-Redness is formulated with color-transforming pigments infused in an ultra-light lotion to help counteract the look of redness.
That’s it! Five simple steps and you’ve tackled both skin care and makeup for sensitive skin. Next, read all about the rules for sensitive skin types and test out these sensitive skin hacks.