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Taking care of sensitive skin may be something you think about year-round—but when you’re welcoming a new season, it’s the perfect opportunity to make sure your regimen is up to par. Fall, in particular is a prime time to make a few changes and sharpen your skin care skills, since your skin can get drier when the air is cold and dry. So, follow these seven sensitive skin tips this season.
You may be gearing up to add new clothes (hello, leather jacket!) to your wardrobe to celebrate the cooler weather. But before adding any new skin care products to your routine this fall, make sure to read the labels first. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, ingredients including fragrances, soap, and alcohol can be irritating to sensitive skin. So, consider looking for products that are free of these ingredients and ones that are specifically formulated for sensitive skin.
Regardless of your skin type, it’s a good idea to cleanse your skin twice a day to help rid the surface of dirt, excess oils, and impurities. As far as sensitive skin goes, look for a cleanser that’s formulated for your specific skin type. The L’Oréal Paris Go 360° Deep Facial Cleanser for Sensitive Skin deeply cleanses skin without over-drying. To use, all you have to do is pop out the included Scrublet™ (a flexible cleansing disc), pour some cleanser onto it, and gently massage it onto your skin to cleanse, then pop the Scrublet™ back in. Another option: micellar water. The L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin is free of oil, soap, and alcohol and is suitable for sensitive skin. Just saturate a cotton pad with it, then wipe the pad across your face.
There’s no question about it: finding the right moisturizer for sensitive skin can be tricky. The best thing you can do is stick to one that is formulated for your skin type—bonus points if it has broad-spectrum sunscreen. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), you should apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher daily as directed (yes, even on cloudy fall days). Try the L’Oréal Paris Ideal Moisture™ Sensitive Skin Day Lotion SPF 25, which works all day to hydrate and soothe sensitive skin. This isn’t the only sun protection measure you should take, though. According to the FDA, you should also limit your amount of time in the sun (especially during 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.), seek shade, and cover up exposed areas in long sleeves, pants, a broad-brimmed hat, and UV-blocking sunglasses.
As the temperatures outside become chillier and chillier, it may be tempting to crank up the dial in your shower. There’s no need for a debate, steaming showers are certainly relaxing—especially when it starts getting cold outside. The only issue is, hot showers aren’t exactly the best for your skin. In fact, super-hot water can strip your skin of essential oils, which can lead to it feeling drier. The next time you’re ready to wash off, turn down the dial and shower in lukewarm water instead.
No matter how well you take care of your skin, sometimes makeup may be the only way to help hide the look of redness in a pinch. Start with a green color-correcting concealer (which you can find in the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Color Correcting Kit, applying a thin layer to any problem areas. Green concealer may sound intimidating, but because it’s opposite red on the color wheel, it can help cancel out the appearance of redness. After buffing in the concealer, follow with a glow-y foundation, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Foundation, for long-lasting coverage.
Want to get ahead of the curve? Start preparing for the seasons head with our article, How to Take Care of Your Sensitive Skin This Spring.