Sensitive skin is not a lot of fun, and a change in climate or season can quickly lead to aflare up. Annoyingly, just as the weather warms up a little and you want to get outside, spring be a boom time for itchy skin and aggravated eyes. But there’s no need to don a balaclava, bellas! Read on for five sensitive skin hacks that will soothe your stressed complexion.
1. Stay inside on high pollen days
If you have sensitive skin, your skin’s defences are automatically down, meaning that pollen, allergens and other pollutants are better able to penetrate, causing further irritation. So, it pays to stay inside and avoid the assault on high pollen count days. Not sure when these are? Download one of the handy apps available, like PollenPulse.
2. Don’t over-exfoliate
Extra care needs to be taken when exfoliating sensitive skin. Once a week is enough, and make sure you opt for a gentle exfoliant specifically formulated for your delicate skin. Rich in its famous soothing thermal spring water, hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic and paraben-free, Avène Gentle Exfoliating Gel will clear dead skin build-up, without aggravating a compromised complexion.
3. Remove your makeup!
This is essential for everyone, but especially for sensitive, allergic and intolerant skin. The reason being that the skin does the bulk of its repair work overnight. A freshly cleansed skin before bed allows better absorption of soothing, calming and strengthening ingredients as well, so make sure you wash off the day before applying your night-time skincare prods.
If you’re short on time, Avène’s Micellar Water is a cleanser and makeup remover in one, with a gentle alcohol- and soap-free formula that requires no rinsing. We’re obsessed!
4. Pare it back
As a general rule, sensitive skin benefits from a pared back beauty routine, with fewer products and minimal potentially-irritating ingredients. Tolérance Extrême Cream, formulated for all sensitive and dry skin types, moisturises and calms the skin with a highly tolerated formula that contains just seven hard-working ingredients.
5. Look after your eyes, too
The eye area is especially susceptible to springtime irritation, as well as reactions to makeup containing fragrances, preservatives and more. Avène’s Soothing Eye Contour Cream does just what the name claims – soothing and hydrating the delicate eye area and reducing puffiness. The decongestant formula is non-irritating, and suitable for both contact lens wearers and allergy sufferers.