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This Simple and Easy 3-Step Skincare Routine Is Perfect for Those with Sensitive Skin

This Simple and Easy 3-Step Skincare Routine Is Perfect for Those with Sensitive Skin
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Say goodbye to itchy skin and rashes!

Have you ever tried a buzzy beauty product but your skin somewhat "hates" it? Your face becomes itchy and rashes start to appear; a tell-tale sign that you've got sensitive skin. You are not alone, though. Globally, 70 percent of the population has characteristics of sensitive skin, and 50 percent of this group has uncomfortable symptoms. Read on to know how you can take care of sensitive skin:

How can I tell if I have sensitive skin?

The first sign is that your skin seems to react to almost anything. If it becomes red, itchy, or patchy after being exposed to cold air, heat, or new products, then your skin is most likely to be sensitive.

Fast Facts About Sensitive Skin

  • Sensitive skin is a reactive skin type. Whatever you put on your skin, it would trigger rashes or even breakouts. TL;DR: You can have sensitive and acne-prone skin, and you can have sensitive, dry skin.
  • Sensitive skin can react to the environment like the sun, cold temperature, and even the wind.
  • Topical products like lotions, creams, makeup, and fragrances can trigger sensitive skin.
  • Typical physical manifestations of sensitive skin are the following: itchiness, redness, stinging, and sometimes, burning.
  • Extremely sensitive skin may be caused by underlying conditions such as eczema, rosacea, dermatitis, or psoriasis. It is best to consult with a board-certified dermatologist for proper diagnosis and care.

The Easiest Skincare Routine For Sensitive Skin

  1. Wash with a sulfate-free cleanser.
  2. Soothe and nourish the skin with a moisturizer with hyaluronic acid, glycerin, ceramides, niacinamide, cica, or madecassoside. Optional: A serum with the mentioned ingredients.
  3. Protect your skin with physical sunscreen. Look for titanium dioxide or zinc oxide on the label.

The Best Products To Include In Your Sensitive Skin Routine

1. A gentle or soap-free cleanser

Wash with a mild sulfate-free cleanser to prevent drying out your skin too much. This is also key, especially on days when the flare-ups are intense. Don't forget to use cold water to calm down the skin. This particular product is what she recommended to me.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
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Cetaphil, Gentle Skin Cleanser 118ml, P235

2. Products with niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, glycerin, ceramides, madecassoside, or cica.

Hyaluronic acid and glycerin retain water in the skin so these ingredients will keep sensitive skin hydrated and plump. On the other hand, ceramides and niacinamide (vitamin B5) help strengthen the skin barrier. This brightening serum is a morning skincare routine staple.

Habitude Seriously Revitalizing Serum

Habitude, Seriously Revitalizing Serum, P949

Cetaphil Rich Night Cream

Cetaphil, Rich Night Cream, P705

Madecassoside and cica (Centella Asiatica) are best known for strengthening the skin barrier while soothing sensitive skin. You can go for a cream formula if you've got sensitive dry skin and a gel moisturizer if you have oily-sensitive skin.

COSRx Pure Fit Cica Cream

COSRx, Pure Fit Cica Cream, P1,230

3. Physical sunscreen

According to Dr. Amy B. Lewis' interview with Allure, those with sensitive skin should avoid chemical sunscreens or those with alcohol in their formulas. Choose a sunscreen with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. These ingredients act as physical shields against UV rays.

NACIFIC Vegan Sun Essence

NACIFICVegan Sun Essence, P699

Bonus: Low-dose retinoids (only when necessary)

Exfoliating acids like AHA and BHA may irritate sensitive skin. It's best to go for lactic acid if you really need gentle exfoliation. Another thing to stay away from is retinoids. I'm a big retinol believer, but its properties may cause sensitive skin to react. An alternative would be a low-dose retinol product or one with bakuchiol, the plant-based substitute for retinoids.

Good Molecules Bakuchiol Oil Blend

Good Molecules, Bakuchiol Oil Blend for Dry Skin, P625

Innisfree Retinol Cica Moisture Recovery Serum

Innisfree, Retinol Cica Moisture Recovery Serum 30ml, P1,853

Kiehl's Micro-Dose Anti-Aging Retinol Serum

Kiehl's, Micro-Dose Anti-Aging Retinol Serum with Ceramides and Peptide, P1,500/10ml; P3,950/30ml; P4,950/50ml

This story originally appeared on Cosmo.phMinor edits have been made by the editors.

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