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Do you have sensitive skin? Welcome to the club! As a member, there are a few rules that you should keep in mind to help keep your complexion in tip-top shape. Here, five sensitive skin care tips, including how to find the best products for sensitive skin. Without further ado, it’s time to become a standout member of the sensitive skin club. Follow these sensitive skin care rules to help keep your complexion happy.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), skin care products formulated with fragrances, soaps, or oils can irritate sensitive skin. And that’s no fun! So, check the label before adding a new skin care product to your routine.
When it comes to cleansing sensitive skin, look for a cleanser that’s formulated for your skin type, like the L’Oréal Paris Go 360° Clean Deep Facial Cleanser for Sensitive Skin. This fragrance-free facial cleanser deeply cleans skin and removes traces of oil, dirt, and makeup without over-drying. To use, just pop out the Scrublet™, a flexible cleansing disc, dampen the tool and pour some cleanser onto it, and gently massage the cleanser onto your face before rinsing off with lukewarm water. If you’re hitting up the gym or have a vacation planned, consider packing a no-rinse cleansing option, like micellar water, with you.
The L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types is suitable for sensitive skin and is free of oil, soap, and alcohol. It helps remove makeup (even waterproof!) and cleans dirt and impurities. Just saturate a cotton pad with the micellar water and wipe the pad across your face.
Sun protection should play an important role in your skin care routine, regardless of your skin type. And that holds true for sensitive skin. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), you should apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher daily and reapply at least every two hours (or immediately after swimming or sweating). The L’Oréal Paris Ideal Moisture™ Sensitive Skin Day Lotion SPF 25 is an oil-free, non-comedogenic lotion that can help hydrate and soothe sensitive skin.
But sun protection goes beyond wearing broad-spectrum sunscreen. According to the FDA, there are other measures you should take in addition to applying (and reapplying!) your sunscreen. Limit your amount of time in the sun, especially during peak hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., seek shade whenever possible, and cover up exposed areas in long sleeves, pants, a broad-brimmed hat, and UV-blocking sunglasses.
Taking a super-hot shower might feel relaxing in the moment—but it can do a number to your sensitive skin. Hot water can strip your skin of essential oils, making it feel drier. The next time you hop into the tub, turn down the temperature and wash off in lukewarm water instead. Once you’re done showering, towel off immediately. According to the AAD, the best time to apply a moisturizer is when your skin is damp, as this can help lock in hydration. Keep a body lotion near your shower for easy access, then apply it before toweling dry.
Does your sensitive skin tend to resemble the red color of a lobster? Don’t sweat it! Reach for green color correcting products to help neutralize the appearance of skin redness. Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Color Correcting Kit (a palette that contains four pastel concealer shades, including green), L’Oréal Paris Studio Secrets™ Professional Anti-Redness Primer (a green primer), and the L’Oréal Paris Magic BB Anti-Redness (a green BB cream). Primer should be applied as the first step in your makeup routine, while color correcting concealer would come before foundation and flesh-toned concealer. Meanwhile, BB cream is a multitasking product as it can help hydrate and perfect the look of your skin in one step.