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The Ultimate Guide To Sensitive Skin

If you’ve taken my skin type test and discovered your type is sensitive, you're in the right place! With your skincare routine, the goal is to calm redness, reduce inflammation and make sure the skin stays hydrated AF.

These are ingredients I love for sensitive skin! There are also ingredients I try to avoid, so do your skin a favor and check those too.

ALOE + CUCUMBER – Both of these are very cooling, soothing, and give a ton of hydration. Aloe, in particular, is very healing.
LAVENDER + CHAMOMILE – Obvi they smell amazing! But they have anti-inflammatory properties that help calm the skin.
MUSHROOM – Weird, I know. But there are a few kinds of mushrooms that help soothe the skin, reduce redness, and strengthens the skin barrier. I love the Dr.Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Mushroom line.

 

sensitive skin guide

 SKINCARE ROUTINE FOR SENSITIVE SKIN

***None of the products mentioned below contain artificial fragrances, which can really irritate sensitive skin***

CLEANSE (AM/PM)

I love a milk or oil cleanser for sensitive skin, they don’t “foam” and are typically free of sulfates which can dry out the skin.
CLEANSER RECOMMENDATIONS: FRESH // REN // ÉMINENCE

TONE (AM/PM)

AVOID ALCOHOL AT ALL COSTS!!! It will leave your face so effing dry and angry. Also take it easy on the acid/exfoliating toners, they can be too harsh for daily use on sensitive skin. If you’re sensitive to touch, a spray or mist will be ultra soothing.
TONERRECOMMENDATIONS: EARTHWISE // FRESH //  ORIGINS // ÉMINENCE

MOISTURIZE (AM/PM)

Gel formulas can make the skin feel nice and cool, it’s so soothing and plus they give a ton of hydration.
MOISTURIZER RECOMMENDATIONS: COOLA // ORIGINS // ÉMINENCE

EXFOLIATE (2x weekly)

If your skin is sensitive to touch, then use a chemical exfoliant. Just go with something gentle and don’t leave it on for too long, start with half of the recommended time and see how it goes. It’s okay to feel a slight tingle, but it should never burn. If you do like something physical, I’ve linked a couple below that are super gentle and won’t leave your skin feeling raw.
CLEANSER RECOMMENDATIONS: DERMALOGICA //  FIRST AID BEAUTY // FARMACY // ÉMINENCE  

MASK (1x weekly)

A good gel mask can help calm redness and give a good dose of hydration. Sheet masks are also nice because they’re super gentle. Avoid anything that might give a “warming” sensation as heat can cause irritation.
MASK RECOMMENDATIONS: ERNO LASZLO // KARUNA // ORIGINS // ÉMINENCE

EXTRA TREATMENTS, TOOLS, & TIPS

I’m SO obsessed with my Clarisonic and they make a brush head specifically for sensitive skin. A lot of people think the Clarisonic is super aggressive, but it’s actually really gentle. It won’t even break an egg yolk!

An antioxidant serum is perfect for fighting off free radicals and helps to strengthen the skin barrier. Anything designed to hydrate or soothe is also perf!
SERUM RECOMMENDATIONS: MILK // FIRST AID BEAUTY // REN

ALSO! EYE CREAM! There are two I swear by for dark circles and puffiness. I use this eye cream in the morning because it has SPF and this one in the evening.

The order of application? Cleanser, toner, serum, eye cream and moisturizer.

PROFESSIONAL TREATMENTS

Getting a facial once a month just takes the glow game to another level. Ya know?
FAVE PLACES FOR A FACIAL IN VANCOUVERWillow Stream Spa // Bombay Beauty Co. // Skoah // The Spa at Equinox

These are the only two places I trust when it comes to medical-grade skincare treatments.
SKIN TECHNIQUE (Vancouver)
KATE SOMERVILLE SKIN HEALTH EXPERTS (LA)
TREATMENT RECOMMENDATION: The Hydra Facial is fucking magical. Your skin gets a deep cleanse, microdermabrasion (which low-key feels like a cat licking your face) to exfoliate and then finally an infusion highly concentrated with antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, and other skin loving things. The infusion is medical grade btw, so it’s no joke. And yes, it’s completely safe for those with sensitive skin!

SENSITIVE SKIN HACKS

– Keep your skincare products in the fridge, when they’re cold it will help calm and soothe the skin
– Try to avoid anything with  artificial fragrance and dyes, they can just cause irritation
ALWAYS do a patch test and wait 24 hours when trying a new product. It’s worth it just to make sure you don’t have an allergic reaction or sensitivity.
– Try to keep your shower at a reasonable temperature, when the water is too hot it will lead to dryness and redness.
– Always pat the skin dry, don’t rub.
– Other skin troubles? These are 8 ways you’re secretly sabotaging your skin.

MAKEUP TIPS

– If you really struggle with redness, try a color correcting primer or concealer (green neutralizes red) before foundation.
Mineral makeup is your friend!!! I’ve really been loving the Clove + Hallow powder foundation lately. Now I am typically not a powder foundation kind of girl, but I did a little tutorial using it and you’ll see it’s hella bomb.
– Always mist yourself with a setting spray after using powder to lock in makeup and restore hydration. This mist can be used before or after makeup, has no nasty ingredients and is perfect for sensitive skin. Youngblood’s entire line is actually great for your skin type!
– I like to pop off the outer ring on my Clarisonic brush head to get right into the hairline and around the nose to make sure all of my makeup is removed before bed. But for around the eyes that is a major no-no! I recently bought this makeup remover and I’m OBSESSED. It’s so gentle around the eyes and the packaging is so effing convenient.

 If you feel like you need some extra nourishment and are getting dry, then peep the dry skin guide. Or if you’re breaking out, you can look at the oily/acne prone skin guide for more tips.

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