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Is Facial Icing Okay for Sensitive Skin?

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TikTok has started another beauty trend—this time, it’s facial icing.

Is this good for your skin? What if you have sensitive skin?

We explore it all below!

What is Facial Icing?

Facial icing is just what it sounds like: you put ice on your face!

You may have already been doing this—using an ice cube to reduce undereye puffiness, for example, or putting ice on your face after coming in from being out in the sun.

Indeed, celebrities have been using cold to improve their appearance for decades, applying cold cucumbers under their eyes, using ice baths before a show, or applying icy teaspoons wherever needed to improve the skin’s look.

But today’s trend is more about exposing the entire face to cold temperatures for a certain amount of time. The practice is said to provide several benefits to the skin. You can get a facial icing treatment at your local spa or esthetician’s office, or do it yourself at home using ice or other tools like frozen face rollers.

What Are the Benefits of Facial Icing?

Here are the benefits you may notice if you try facial icing.

Decreases the appearance of pores.

The cold temperature can shrink pores, making them look less noticeable for a while. Icing tones the face, making the skin (and foundation) look smoother.

Reduced redness and swelling.

Ice soothes inflammation—as you know from icing injuries—and can help tame redness and reduce swelling and puffiness.

Brighten the complexion.

Icing can give you a temporary glow, making your skin look more radiant.

Reduces inflammation.

As mentioned above, ice can help tame inflammation, which can help reduce swelling and redness, and may also help treat conditions like acne and rosacea.

Exfoliates.

If you get serious and go for a cryofacial—a professional icing treatment—it can help remove the outer layer of dead skin cells and stimulate the growth of new ones underneath.

Tames acne breakouts.

Ice reduces the swelling and redness of a pimple or group of pimples, and may soothe irritated skin.

Reduces excess oil.

If you have oily skin, you may notice after a few icing sessions that your skin is more balanced.

Prepares the skin for makeup.

It can be very effective to ice your skin before applying your makeup. It reduces the appearance of pores and tightens the skin so that makeup goes on more smoothly.

May improve the health of the skin overall.

Proponents of facial icing say that the more often you do it, the better your skin will look and feel.

Is Facial Icing Okay for Sensitive Skin?

Facial icing is safe for most people, but some people may notice more negative than positive effects.

If you have sensitive skin, be careful with icing. You may find that it leaves your skin red and irritated, or that it makes it feel dehydrated and dry. If your skin is reactive, it may also cause redness and inflammation.

Icing may be a bad idea if you have broken capillaries on your face—little spider webs of red lines. The ice may make them worse and slow healing. Those with rosacea should be cautious if the condition is triggered by cold temperatures.

Finally, avoid icing while recovering from facial procedures like cosmetic surgery, laser treatments, or peels until your skin completely heals.

What Not to Do when Facial Icing

Though facial icing is pretty easy, some side effects may be associated with the procedure if you do it the wrong way. Avoid the following mistakes.

Leaving it on too long.

If you leave the ice on your face for too long in any one place, you may suffer an ice burn. This is like a minor form of frostbite. The cold slows blood flow to the area, which deprives the skin of oxygen. The skin and the underlying tissues may be damaged.

Instead, never apply ice directly to the skin. Always wrap a cloth around it, and don’t leave an ice cube on any one area for too long.

Dunking your whole face in a bowl of ice.

Some fans of facial icing do this—some celebrities, too—but that doesn’t mean you should, particularly if you have sensitive skin. It could cause irritation and redness.

Icing too often.

The general recommendation is to ice no more than once a day. (A few times a week may be better.) If you ice too often, you could experience negative effects.

Icing after you apply makeup.

It’s best to have clean skin before you ice. Otherwise, you may press makeup, dirt, and debris into the pores.

In some cases, you may want to apply a moisturizer after cleansing to allow your ice or icing tool to roll smoothly over the skin.

How You Can Do Facial Icing

If you’d like to try facial icing yourself, talk to your dermatologist or esthetician about a treatment, or follow these tips for icing at home. As mentioned above, always start with clean skin.

When icing all over your face, a typical recommendation is to spend about 15 minutes. If you’re focusing on a singular area, stop once the skin feels really cold. After icing, apply your serums and moisturizers to leave skin feeling its best.

Try an ice massage.

Wrap an ice cube in a thin cloth, then lightly massage your entire face. Rub the ice around in a circular movement. Don’t let the ice rest on any area for too long, as it could cause irritation and redness.

Ask about a nitrogen treatment.

Your esthetician may have a cryotherapy treatment available. This uses vaporized nitrogen to cool the skin of the face, scalp, and neck area. The technician uses a hose that pumps the vapor out and onto your skin. The hose is moved quickly and held far enough away that it won’t damage the skin.

Note that it’s important to have an experienced technician perform this procedure. If you have dark skin, ask if the treatment is right for you, as there is a higher risk for discoloration in those with darker skin or a tan.

Use beneficial cubes.

You can make your own skin-beneficial ice cubes by freezing aloe vera juice or cucumber juice in an ice tray. Then use these ice cubes to give your skin an extra dose of calming, moisturizing treatment.

Use an ice roller.

There are various beauty tools like ice rollers and globes that you can store in the refrigerator and then use on your face.

Ice rollers are small, handheld skincare tools that have a handle and a roller on the top. You put it in the refrigerator or freezer, then roll it over your face for 10-20 minutes or so. (It’s best to apply a moisturizer first. A generous dose of refrigerated, cooling Rescue + Relief Spray works great!

Use an ice globe.

Ice globes are handheld glass tools (often called “wands”) with a spherical end filled with liquid. You chill them in the refrigerator or freezer overnight, then use them to reduce redness, puffiness, dark undereye circles, and to minimize the appearance of pores. You can also use them to reduce inflammation and treat pain and irritation.

To use an ice globe, apply a moisturizer or serum to the face first. We recommend our Calming Moisture. Then massage the product over your skin with smooth, outward movements to get the most benefit and create seriously radiant, smooth looking skin.

I received a box of ice globes for Christmas and was eager to try them on my sensitive skin. I applied Calming Moisture first. After massaging with the ice globes, I spritzed my skin Rescue & Relief Spray.

I did notice smoother, brighter looking skin. I also found they were very helpful in reducing puffiness and seemed to be soothing for the short term.

Have you tried facial icing?

 

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Are Dry and Sensitive Skin the Same?

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Dry and sensitive skin: are they the same thing, or different? Can you have both?

This is a question some of our customers have asked us, so we wanted to answer it here.

About Dry and Sensitive Skin

Dry skin and sensitive skin are two different things, but it is common for them to occur at the same time. Let’s look at the simple definitions:

  • Dry skin means that your skin lacks moisture.
  • Sensitive skin means that your skin is more prone to reactions like redness and itching.

As we look more closely at these two skin conditions, we can see some overlapping symptoms too. But with more information, you can determine whether one or both is causing your skin problems right now.

Dry Skin

Dry skin—also called xerosis or xeroderma—may be caused by cold or dry weather, sun damage, harsh soaps and cleansers, retinoids, certain medications, overbathing, and some illnesses like thyroid disease and diabetes.

The dryness may come and go depending on the season, or it may be more permanent if your skin is dry in general or you have damaged, aging skin with a compromised skin barrier.

Signs and symptoms of dry skin include:

  • Skin feels tight
  • Skin looks and feels rough (rather than smooth)
  • Dullness, lackluster looking skin
  • More visible wrinkles
  • Itching
  • Flaking skin
  • An ashy look
  • Scaling or peeling
  • Fine lines or cracks
  • Potential for bleeding

It’s common for dry skin to develop because of damage to the skin barrier. The outer layer loses its integrity and thus its ability to hold moisture in. Moisture escapes more easily, causing dry skin and leaving you susceptible to environmental harm and accelerated aging.

Dry Skin Winter

Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin is a term used to describe skin with reduced tolerance to cosmetics, personal care products, allergens, and sometimes fabrics and other products. It’s more likely to react with stinging, itching, and burning or with visible changes like redness, dryness, peeling, and hives. Sensitive skin is more likely to develop inflammation and rashes.

There are many causes of sensitive skin, including allergies, skin conditions like dermatitis and psoriasis, dryness, and a damaged skin barrier. Skin may also experience short-term sensitivity caused by cosmetic treatments, over-exfoliation, some medications, or medical treatments like radiation and chemotherapy.

Common signs and symptoms of sensitive skin include:

  • Skin reactions like skin bumps, inflammation, or rashes
  • Very dry skin
  • Skin that stings and burns
  • A tendency toward skin flushing
  • Allergic skin conditions like eczema and contact dermatitis
  • Redness reactions
  • Itching and irritation
  • Swelling

Most people with sensitive skin have “triggers” that cause reactions. Common triggers include allergens, soaps and other harsh beauty products, laundry detergents, preservatives, fragrances, metals like nickel, chemicals in clothing, materials like rubber and latex, cold weather, and even heat and hot water.

Can I Have Both Dry and Sensitive Skin?

It is possible to have both dry and sensitive skin. If you notice that you have more than one of the symptoms listed above for each condition, you are likely suffering from dry sensitive skin.

You may, for instance, have dry skin in general, and then notice later in life that your skin seems to be acting more sensitive. Or you may have sensitive skin, to begin with, then notice more dryness as you age.

There are many scenarios where both of these conditions can exist at the same time. Indeed, dry skin is particularly prone to sensitivity, and sensitive skin is often dry. This can make it difficult to determine what is causing your skin to suffer—and what you should do to fix it.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Does my skin appear dull and lifeless and lack that youthful glow? Is it also likely to sting and burn, or get red in certain circumstances?
  • Does my skin feel tight while also looking red and inflamed?
  • Have my efforts to hydrate my skin resulted in breakouts and rashes?
  • Do I struggle with a condition like rosacea or eczema and my moisturizers don’t seem to be helping enough?
  • Do I get rashes when wearing certain clothing materials and have dry, itchy skin on my arms and legs?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you likely have dry, sensitive skin. The key is to look for signs of dryness and sensitivity occurring together.

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Solutions for Dry Sensitive Skin

To help your skin recover and look its best, try these tips.

1. Use CV Skinlabs Products

CV Skinlabs’ nourishing and soothing skincare products were specifically created for dry and sensitive skin. They are 100 percent free of ingredients linked to toxic and allergic effects. Plus, they’re filled with nourishing and anti-inflammatory ingredients that can help calm sensitive skin and are clinically proven to increase hydration while reducing redness and irritation.

2. Protect Your Skin Every Day

Use a safe sunscreen like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide every day. This will help reduce your risk of skin cancer, as well as hyperpigmentation, rashes, and redness.

Remember too to protect your skin from pollution. Toxins in polluted air can assault your skin, potentially causing inflammation and premature aging. Avoid going out during the most polluted times of the day, and avoid exercising near high-traffic areas. Then be sure to use a moisturizer that helps fortify your skin barrier. (We recommend our Calming Moisture or Restorative Skin Balm.)

3. Avoid Harsh Cleansers

Those with alcohols, sulfates, fragrances, and harsh preservatives may trigger your sensitivities while also stripping your skin of its natural moisturizing oils. Use a gentle, creamy cleanser that will leave your skin feeling soft and supple.

4. Exfoliate Gently

Exfoliation helps slough off dead skin cells and reveal newer, younger-looking skin underneath. It’s critical for treating dry skin, but it can trigger sensitive skin.

You can still exfoliate regularly, but you must do it gently. Good exfoliating products have natural fruit acids like salicylic and glycolic to break up the dead skin layer on the surface of your skin. Other gentle options include lactic, azelaic, and mandelic acid. These can help improve sensitive skin’s resilience while strengthening the barrier.

5. Watch What You Eat

Skin survives on the nutrients it gets from the blood, and the blood gets those nutrients from the foods you eat. You can help improve dry, sensitive skin by eating a healthy diet that includes omega-3 fatty acids, protective antioxidants, and water-rich choices.

Some foods to include:

  • Fatty fish like salmon, tuna, and herring
  • Avocados
  • Nuts
  • Olive oil
  • Berries
  • Melons
  • Dark leafy greens

Do you have dry sensitive skin?

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Your wardrobe goes through cycles, but should you adapt skin cycling too?

Skin cycling is a skin-care routine that allows for “rest days” during the week.

Does your skin need to rest? If so, rest from what?

Let’s look more closely at this idea of skin cycling to see if it’s something you may want to do for your skin.

What is Skin Cycling?

Board-certified dermatologist Whitney Bowe created skin cycling routines for her patients for over a year before sharing them on social media.

The idea is that rather than performing the same skin-care routine over and over day in and day out, you instead cycle through the actives in your routine in a three- to four-day cycle.

This is mainly about using powerhouse ingredients like chemical exfoliants and retinol, but not using them all the time.

Bowe started doing this mainly to prevent the irritation that can come about when using chemical exfoliants (like glycolic acid) or retinol products. Using these products every day can cause skin irritation in many people. Skin cycling gives the skin a chance to rest and recover from these types of treatments, without having to stop using them completely.

In other words, you can use retinol for three or four days, then stop using them for the other three or four days of the week.

It’s sort of like intermittent fasting, which often has one eating all one wants on certain days, and significantly limiting calories on other days.

As to why Bowe started creating skin cycling routines for her patients, it’s likely because many of us are over-treating our skin these days.

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Skin Cycling Grew Out of the Trend to Overtreat

Bowe told Byrdie.com that after treating thousands of patients for over a decade, she found the biggest mistake people made when it comes to skincare was: “…neglecting to build in nights for their skin barrier to recover.”

We have often talked about the skin barrier here at CV Skinlabs. It is the very outermost layer of skin that provides a barrier between you and the outside world. If you have a strong skin barrier, it protects you from environmental toxins, bacteria, and other microbes, while keeping moisture inside the skin so that it looks and feels its best.

Treatments like exfoliants, retinols, and others that help improve the appearance of the skin can also be hard on the skin barrier. When used carefully, they help slough off dead skin cells and diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. But when used too much, they can damage the skin barrier and make the skin look and feel worse.

Says Bowe, “People love their powerhouse products—like exfoliants and retinoids—and often believe more must be better. However, their skin often tells a different story when they come into the office with irritation and inflammation.”

After seeing many of her patients struggling with this, Dr. Bowe developed skin cycling. In her words, “The truth is you only need a few products used in a very deliberate way to drive amazing results.”

Bowe tried skin cycling on her patients for a year, then introduced the process on TikTok and Instagram. It quickly became a new beauty trend, which is why we’re talking about it today!

Should You Try Skin Cycling?

You may be wondering if you’re a good candidate for skin cycling. Should you try it?

The answer may be “yes” if:

  • You’re someone who has a lot of skin care products in your cupboard and you’re a little worried about maybe using too much.
  • You’re overwhelmed by all the products that are out there and you’re not sure where to start.
  • You’re struggling with skin irritation and inflammation.
  • You’re finding top-tier skin care products like retinoids are expensive and you want to extend their use.
  • You want to improve the condition of your skin but you’re hesitant about using hydroxy acids and retinols.
  • You’ve tried exfoliants and retinols before and had to stop because of irritation and breakouts.

The answer may be “no” if:

  • You’ve already worked hard to get your skin adjusted to using a powerful retinoid every night, and you’ve built up a tolerance—you’re not experiencing irritation.
  • You’re using an exfoliating product every day without irritation.
  • You have a skin condition like severe acne, eczema, rosacea, or psoriasis (it may still work for you, but check with your dermatologist first).

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Tips for a Successful Skin Cycling Routine

Keep in mind that the goal when skin cycling is to improve the condition of your skin through powerful actives. Skin cycling drives the best results while minimizing irritation.

The standard skin-cycling routine as created by Dr. Bowe is a four-night schedule.

Night 1: Exfoliation Night

Dr. Bowe recommends using your most powerful actives at the beginning of the week, so exfoliation night may begin on Monday. Of course, it’s up to you to set up the cycle in a way that works best for your lifestyle. The important thing is to stick with the cycle days as closely as you can.

On the first night of the four-night cycle, thoroughly cleanse your skin, pat dry, then use your chosen exfoliant. This helps slough off dead skin cells and sets up your skin to better receive your active products. Serums and creams can better penetrate skin that lacks that hard layer of dead skin cells on top.

Dr. Bowe and many others recommend chemical exfoliants over physical ones. That means you’re using alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids like glycolic, malic, salicylic, and lactic acids to help slough off dead skin cells and reveal newer, younger-looking skin underneath.

Physical exfoliants, on the other hand, often contain rough particles in them that rub against the skin to slough off dead skin cells. These may include crushed nuts, crystals, sugar, salt, or beads. Physical exfoliation also includes the use of tools like brushes to exfoliate the skin.

The problem with physical exfoliation is that it can cause irritation, inflammation, and breakouts, particularly if you have sensitive skin. Chemical exfoliants are more gentle and are less likely to result in irritation.

Night 2: Retinoid Night

The second night of the cycle is devoted to retinoids. Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A that helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It speeds up cell turnover and helps you enjoy younger-looking skin. It’s one of the most powerful skin-care ingredients available for delaying the appearance of aging, but it can also be very irritating, particularly for sensitive skin.

This is why skin cycling can be so beneficial. It allows you to gain the benefits of retinol without having to suffer irritation. Many people stop using retinoids because they experience negative results, but skin cycling can often prevent the skin from reacting that way.

So on night two, apply your chosen retinoid product, then follow with your regular moisturizer. (We recommend our Calming Moisture to help prevent irritation and keep your skin feeling its best.) When choosing your retinoid product, consider whether you’ve used retinoids before. If you haven’t, use encapsulated retinol at a low concentration.

Note: If you have eczema, rosacea, or psoriasis, check with your dermatologist before using a retinol product.

Night 3 and 4: Recovery Nights

These nights are deemed “recovery nights” because they are intended to give the skin a chance to recover from the exfoliating and retinoid treatments. That doesn’t mean you leave skin bare on these nights. Instead, you focus on nourishing your skin and repairing the skin barrier so that it’s ready for the next cycle.

This is key to avoiding skin irritation and redness. On these nights, you can use your best recovery serum or moisturizer, apply a moisturizing mask, or even try skin slugging (which we outlined in this post).

We recommend using our Calming Moisture on both recovery nights. This antioxidant-rich moisturizer calms redness and deeply hydrates while repairing skin to boost radiance and create a healthy glow. It has soothing ingredients like glycerin, ceramides, and natural oils and butters.

Repeat

After your second recovery night, it’s time to repeat the cycle. If your skin reacts, you can add one or more recovery nights to your routine. If your skin appears to be responding well, on the other hand, you can continue the cycle as-is, or perhaps reduce your recovery nights to only one.

What Are the Benefits of Skin Cycling?

The main benefit of skin cycling is that it allows you to use exfoliants and retinoids without experiencing irritation. You should notice the following improvements:

  • Diminished appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Brighter, younger-looking skin
  • Reduced acne break-outs
  • Smoother, softer skin
  • A healed outer barrier that makes skin look stronger
  • Improved radiance

Have you tried skin cycling?

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Is Skin Redness a Sign of Sensitive Skin?

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If you have skin redness, does that automatically mean that you have sensitive skin?

Or is it a different thing?

Either way, how can you make it better?

We answer all these questions below!

What is Skin Redness?

Skin redness—sometimes called erythema or flushing—is usually a symptom of some other skin problem. The skin takes on a reddish hue for some reason. It may develop a rash-like appearance, swell up, itch, burn, or feel irritated.

Whatever is causing it, red skin is a very common occurrence. A bug bite, for instance, or a sunburn can cause it. But for some people, it can be a chronic issue—coming and going many times over an extended period.

Is Skin Redness a Sign of Sensitive Skin?

According to dermatologists, most people with sensitive skin deal with some amount of redness, including rash, red bumps, blushing and flushing, or red dilated blood vessels.

If you’re someone who regularly suffers from some form of red skin, you likely have sensitive skin. It could be that your skin is reacting to an allergen or ingredient in your skin care products, or that you have an inherited condition like rosacea that causes periodic flushing.

It is possible to have sensitive skin and not have redness, but it’s uncommon. Usually, if your skin is truly sensitive, it will react and create issues that include red skin.

What are the Causes of Skin Redness?

Part of the reason it can be difficult to treat skin redness is that there are so many factors that may contribute to it. Here are some of the most common ones.

  • Dry skin: Dry skin can lead to skin redness. Excessive dry skin can trigger eczema in those who are vulnerable to the condition.
  • Eczema: Those who have eczema can experience flare-ups that include dry skin and redness.
  • Rosacea: Rosacea is a skin condition that causes flushing and can progress over time to cause long-term redness, typically on the face.
  • Psoriasis: This is a long-term condition that causes the overproduction of new skin cells, resulting in red, dry, crusty patches of skin.
  • Seborrheic dermatitis: This skin condition causes a red rash, most commonly on the face.
  • Allergic reactions: If you’re allergic to something and you touch it, your skin can react by becoming red, swollen, and inflamed. Common irritants include soaps, detergents, dyes, fragrances, and latex.
  • Medical diseases: Some medical diseases like lupus and shingles can cause red skin.
  • Cancer treatments: Radiation and chemotherapy can make the skin thin, sensitive, red, and inflamed.
  • Skin infection: As the immune system fights the infection, the skin will turn red and swollen.

All of these conditions and more can create red skin. The question is: how can you reduce the redness?

Skin Redness Moisturizer

How to Deal with Skin Redness

To help tame the redness and improve your skin condition—even if you have an incurable skin condition like rosacea—try these steps.

1. Start with prevention.

  • Avoid harsh and drying soaps—use moisturizing, nourishing cleansers that are fragrance-free
  • Wash gently—avoid harsh scrubbing and sharp exfoliating agents.
  • Use sunscreen every day—choose a safe, non-chemical option like zinc oxide. Meanwhile, avoid sun exposure as much as possible.
  • Avoid dietary triggers like hot beverages, spicy foods, alcohol, and large, hot meals.
  • Get enough omega-3 fatty acids in your diet—they naturally help reduce inflammation. Salmon, anchovies, walnuts, flaxseed, and mackerel are all good sources.
  • Avoid rough treatments like microdermabrasion and acidic products like alpha-hydroxy acids as they can exacerbate inflammation and sting.

2. Use anti-inflammatory skin care products.

Look for skincare products that include anti-inflammatory ingredients. These include natural oils like olive and jojoba, vitamin E, chamomile, essential fatty acids, bisabolol, curcumin, beta-glucan, sea buckthorn oil, aloe vera, and Reishi mushroom—all ingredients included in our CV Skinlabs formulas.

Skin redness is often associated with inflammation, which is why our products are full of powerful anti-inflammatory ingredients. Our clinical studies show reduced skin redness when participants use of our products!

3. Cool off.

If you have rosacea, flushing, a heat rash, or sensitive skin, you can tame the redness by simply cooling down. Reach for a cool drink, apply a cold compress to the red area, or suck on some ice.

You can also spritz on some of our Rescue + Relief Spray. It has natural ingredients like cucumber and water lily that naturally remove heat and redness from the skin boosting moisturization.

4. Protect!

Everyone can benefit from protecting their skin from harmful UV rays, but if you have sensitive skin and redness, you need that protection even more.

Use hats, umbrellas, gloves, and sunscreen to protect yourself. Make sure your sunscreen has an SPF of at least 30 and is made of mostly zinc oxide, which is the safest sunscreen available.

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5. Cleanse gently.

Skin that’s prone to redness will get worse if you use harsh cleansing products. Bar soaps, cleansing scrubs, and any cleanser that leaves your skin feeling tight and dry qualify. Use a gentle, water-soluble, cream-based cleanser without harmful sulfates to cleanse your skin, then pat (never rub) dry.

6. Tone without alcohol.

Toning is a healthy step to include in your skincare routine, but don’t use an alcohol-based toner. Look for one that has ingredients that will replenish and calm skin.

We suggest our Rescue + Relief Spray. Its natural anti-inflammatory ingredients will help calm your skin while mushroom and turmeric extracts protect you from outside assaults.

7. Moisturize regularly.

Red skin is often damaged skin. That means the outer barrier has been broken down, making it more difficult for the skin to hang onto moisture.

Moisturizer helps, but many common moisturizers are made with petrolatum, alcohol, preservatives, fragrances, and other irritating ingredients. Ditch these and try our Calming Moisture instead.

It’s designed to help soothe red, irritated skin. We have aloe to help calm and soothe and natural moisturizing oils like sunflower and jojoba. Chamomile flower extract tames inflammation, and oat extract reduces redness and itch.

8. Don’t over-exfoliate.

Exfoliation is the key to speeding up cell turnover and revealing young, vibrant skin, but if you’re prone to redness, understand that it’s easy to overdo it.

Watch your skin for clues. Usually, exfoliating one-to-two times a week is normal, but if your skin is reacting with redness, back off to only once a week or once every other week.

9. Treat your skin overnight.

Nighttime is when your skin repairs itself—the ideal time to apply products that will help your skin resist redness.

Apply your favorite night cream to help heal your skin while you sleep. We recommend our Calming Moisture, as it works equally well day and night, but whatever you choose, look for soothing, skin-renewing ingredients like aloe, shea butter, natural oils, anti-inflammatories, and antioxidants.

10. Use cold products!

You can store your cleansers, toners, sprays, lotions, and creams in the refrigerator, and you’ll get the added benefit of restricting capillaries when you use them. Our Rescue + Relief Spray is a real star when applied cold!

How do you deal with skin redness?

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Sensitive skin is more than just a cosmetic issue. People who suffer from skin sensitivity often struggle to find makeup and skincare products that can help them feel good about themselves and their skin without causing pain and irritation. Ironically, having sensitive skin can make it more difficult to protect it from outside sources that you’re probably more sensitive to already.

Battling sensitive skin seems like a never ending endeavor to many people. That’s why we got the inside scoop from some reliable sources to give you some ideas as you navigate your sensitive skincare journey. Check out their tips for essential skincare habits for sensitive skin!

Spot Test Everything

If you have sensitive skin, you’ve probably had your fair share of irritations caused by products that just didn’t work for you. Rather than spending days recovering from a breakout, rash, or peeling skin from products that caused irritation, you should test them prior to applying the products to a large area of your body.

“Test a product well prior to using it,” says Rachel Roff, Founder and CEO of Urban Skin Rx. “This goes for any product you apply to your skin – not just facial products. Check sunscreens, bug sprays, lotions, and soaps prior to using them on your entire face or body. Test in an inconspicuous area (like behind your ear) first. Wait 24 hours and then do a small test on your face or body where you plan to use the product and wait another 24 hours. This can feel like a tedious process, especially if you’re excited about a new product you just bought, but it can save you from a painful or irritating experience.”

Don’t Overdo It

While it may seem like washing and exfoliating frequently to remove makeup or other products could help your skin, you actually might be making things worse. Avoid exfoliating more than once or twice a week and stick to washing your face in the morning and evening with a gentle cleanser for the rest of the week.

“Exfoliating might sound like it’s a great way to make sure you remove all potential irritants, but it’s actually going to make your skin more sensitive to products that you use,” says Stephanie Venn-Watson, CEO of Seraphina Therapeutics. “Exfoliants are very abrasive and remove not only products, but the outer layer of dead skin along with the natural oils that your skin produces. If you’re removing those barriers too frequently through excessive washing and exfoliation, you’re going to essentially rub your skin raw, dry it out, and cause it to be extremely sensitive – even toward products that had previously not bothered you.”

Use Cleansers, Not Soaps

Did you know there is a difference between cleansers and soaps? For people with sensitive skin, this can make all the difference! Soaps are made of glycerine or similar products that can dry out and irritate sensitive skin.

“Look for gentle cleansers,” says Miles Beckett, CEO and Co-Founder of Flossy. “You don’t have to use soap to clean your skin. Cleansers without exfoliants, acids, soaps, or fragrances are the best options for people with sensitive skin. These cleansers aim to help remove dirt and makeup without stripping all of the natural oils and protective barriers from your skin.”

Natural & Safe

There’s a misconception that natural products are more gentle on skin. While you should look for skincare products made for sensitive skin with as few ingredients as possible, there are actually some “natural” or “organic” products that could irritate your skin just as much as harsh chemicals. Because these are naturally occurring oils and materials, there’s often a higher chance for allergic reactions to occur. Talking with your doctor or dermatologist about the skincare products you use is often a great starting point if you’re trying to create new skincare habits.

“It might surprise you, but essential oils can actually be really harmful for sensitive skin,” says Dr. Michael Green, Chief Medical Officer at Winona. “Citrus oils like orange, lemon, and grapefruit are often used in soaps and cleansers for their fresh scent, but they’re very reactive to sunlight and can cause burns and irritation hours after the product has been used. Additionally, common essential oils like tea tree, lavender, bergamot, and chamomile can cause intense allergic reactions in people with sensitive skin. It seems backwards, but sometimes the best products for people with sensitive skin contain no natural ingredients at all.”

Take Quick, Warm Showers

While a hot shower can feel amazing after a long day or a strenuous workout, it can also be very irritating to your skin. If you have sensitive skin, you should avoid taking hot showers or prolonged baths in water that is much warmer than your body temperature as these can cause your skin to dry out and become more sensitive to cleansers, makeup, and other products that you use.

“While it may not feel the best, a shower temp between 96-99 degrees Fahrenheit is recommended for people with sensitive skin,” says Fred Gerantabee, Chief Experience Officer at Readers.com. “Many of us are tempted to up that temp to the 105 range, but if you have sensitive skin, those few degrees can make a massive difference. You’ll also want to avoid soaking in the tub more than once or twice a week and never for more than 15-20 minutes to avoid damaging the outer skin cells which leads to dry and sensitive skin.”

Moisturize And Protect

Sensitive skin is more vulnerable to dryness, burning, cracking, and irritation. Because of this, it’s important to take all of the necessary precautions to protect it from any environmental factors. A great skincare habit for sensitive skin is moisturizing regularly and applying something with an SPF factor of at least 30.

“Using a quality moisturizer in the morning and evening is a great way to keep your sensitive skin healthy,” says Brooke Galko, Marketing Coordinator at PUR Cold Pressed Juice. “Find a good moisturizer that is made for sensitive skin and use it on a regular basis. For morning moisturizers, look for something with an SPF rating of 30 or more to protect your skin from the sun too.”

Conclusion

Developing skincare habits for sensitive skin is an essential step in maintaining healthy skin. As your body’s largest organ and first line of defense against outside factors, it’s important to make sure you’re keeping your skin happy and healthy.

If you’re prone to irritation because of your sensitive skin, there are some great habits to develop to prevent this from happening as much as possible. Spot test new products over a period of a few days and make sure the ingredients aren’t something that will irritate you. Keep in mind that natural products can cause irritation too. Look for cleansers instead of soaps and avoid exfoliants which can cause damage to the outer layer of skin. It’s also a great idea to protect your skin with moisturizers and SPF. Finally, as you shower or bathe, make sure your water temperature isn’t too high.

Hopefully, these ideas have given you a good idea of ways to develop skincare habits for sensitive skin.

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As a mom, it’s important to you to take care of your baby’s sensitive skin.

But just how do you do that? Do you have to use special products? Are some ingredients in those products potentially dangerous?

Baby’s Sensitive Skin is Different from Your Skin

You probably already knew this to be true, but your baby’s skin is different from yours. Not only is it new and flawless and tender, but there are important differences in how the skin is structured and how it behaves.

Baby’s Skin is Structurally Different

For example, a baby’s skin is structurally different than adult skin. The cells are smaller and the collagen fibers are thinner. Clinical findings have shown that the outermost layer­—called the stratum corneum—is 30 percent thinner than it is in adults. The epidermis, as well—the top layer of skin—is 20 percent thinner.

That means whatever you put on a baby’s skin may more easily penetrate the skin and sink into the deeper layers, potentially making its way to the bloodstream. So choosing your skincare products carefully is even more important when you’re using those products on your baby.

Baby’s Skin Has a Weaker Outer Barrier

Baby’s skin has a weaker skin barrier making the skin more tender.

A newborn’s self-protection mechanisms are not full developed. As a result, babies and children need extra special care to keep their skin hydrated and healthy.

As the baby gets older, the “acid mantle” forms on the surface of the skin and acts as a protective barrier against bacteria, viruses, harsh chemicals, pollutants and other potential irritants.

Baby’s Skin Loses Water More Easily

A baby’s thinner outer layer of skin also means that it may more easily dry out than yours. That outermost layer is not as good at holding water in.

Recent studies showed this to be true. Baby skin was found to have higher rates of transepidermal water loss (TEWL) than adult skin. It was also found to absorb water more than adult skin—a result of that thinner layer—but to then lose this water at a faster rate.

Baby skin contains fewer natural moisturizing factors and lipids (fats) than adult skin as well, which also contributes to moisturization levels.

Baby Skin is More Vulnerable to UV Damage

A baby’s skin—up to the age of one or two—has not yet developed its full protective melanin content. Melanin is the skin’s pigment that helps protect from the sun’s damaging UV rays. In a baby’s skin, the melanin is just getting started. That means that the skin is not as well able to shield itself from the sun’s radiation.

Sun protection for babies, then, is extremely important. Hats, long-sleeved shirts and pants, and socks and shoes, are a must when going out in the sun. Finding shade for your baby or putting the child in a shaded stroller is also recommended.

Baby UV Damage

How to Care for Baby’s Sensitive Skin

Considering all these differences, you can see why it’s important to carefully care for your baby’s skin during the first couple of years of life.

We have some key tips on how to do that.

1. Always Protect from the Sun

As noted above, the baby’s skin has not yet developed the melanin it needs to protect itself from damaging ultraviolet rays. That means it’s best to always keep your baby out of the direct sunlight. Use clothes, hats, umbrellas, shade, and covered strollers.

Babies one to six months old are best protected in these ways, rather than with sunscreen. Though zinc oxide is considered a safe sunscreen for children, while a baby’s skin is still developing, it’s best not to expose it to the sun at all.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend that you not use sunscreen on a baby under the age of 6 months.

2. Be Cautious About What Skin Care Products You Use

Harsh ingredients in skincare products like fragrances, alcohols, preservatives, and petrolatum products can be particularly damaging to a baby’s sensitive skin. Remember that the outermost layer is not yet developed. That means whatever you put on baby’s skin will likely penetrate the skin and sink into the bloodstream—at least some of it.

So read the ingredient list and use only natural, non-toxic, safe products on your baby’s skin.

Are CV Skinlabs’ Products Safe for Baby’s Sensitive Skin?

Many of you have asked about our CV Skincare products and whether they are safe for baby’s skin. We’re happy to report that yes, they are!

We were careful when designing these products, screening for any harmful ingredients and fragrances, and making sure we included no ingredients with links allergies, dryness, irritation, or sensitivity.

All the products are hypoallergenic, as well. That means you can use them with confidence on even the most sensitive skin—baby’s skin.

We have received many testimonials from moms saying how soothing and nourishing our products are for their babies. It’s also nice that we have such a simple product line. You can use all four products depending on what your baby needs:

Rescue & Relief Spray

A healing moisture spray that’s great for cooling hot rashes, even sunburns, and soothing irritated skin (baby excema). It also helps reduce itching on contact, which particularly helpful as you don’t want your child disturbing their already fragile skin barrier by scratching.

Calming Moisture

This nourishing and moisturizing formula is perfect for baby’s face and scalp. If your baby has cradle cap, apply calming moisture a couple of times daily to keep the skin healthy.

Body Repair Lotion

Rub this soothing lotion over baby’s arms and legs daily to keep skin hydrated and healthy. It’s perfect for eczema, psoriasis, rashy or flaky skin, dry skin, and for applying right after a bath.

Restorative Skin Balm

This repairing balm helps soothe, heal, and protect damaged, severely dry and cracked skin. It’s ideal for diaper rash. You can also use it on bug bites, poison ivy, chapped skin, rashy skin, and any areas needing some extra TLC.

3. Try to Avoid Letting Skin Get Too Dry

Because of that thin outer layer, baby’s skin may be more vulnerable to dryness. Keep an eye on it. If you see patches of dry skin developing, address those with a safe moisturizer. Just make sure that it’s free of perfumes and dyes that can be irritating to baby’s sensitive skin.

4. Bathe Carefully

The AAP and other health organizations recommend these tips for bath time:

  • Don’t bathe every day. Three baths per week during a baby’s first year may be enough. Bathing more frequently can dry out the skin.
  • Use an infant tub or sink. They are safer than a bathtub for the first six months of a baby’s life.
  • Check the water temperature before putting the baby in. Make sure it feels warm, but not hot. Remember that baby’s skin is more sensitive to heat than yours. Plus, hot water will dry the skin.
  • Use soap sparingly. Soaps can dry out the skin. Use only mild, neutral-pH soaps without additives, and rinse the soap away from the skin right away. Use only mild shampoo or body wash on baby’s hair.
  • Clean gently with a soft cloth.
  • After bathing, pat the baby dry before putting on clothing. If he or she has dry skin, apply moisturizer immediately after patting dry.

5. Avoid Contact Dermatitis Triggers

Many babies struggle with contact dermatitis, which is a type of allergic skin reaction. You may see red and swollen skin or skin that’s dry, cracked, and peeling, or a rash that is itchy with scaly patches.

Try to avoid common triggers for contact dermatitis like harsh soaps and detergents, fragranced products, and certain synthetic fabrics. Dermatitis needs to be moisturized daily. Use skincare products with safe and effective ingredients to help counteract the dryness and flaking.

What steps do you take to care for a baby’s sensitive skin?

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If your skin is tender and irritated, what you need are some skin-soothing ingredients.

But just what are they?

What are Skin-Soothing Ingredients?

Skin-soothing ingredients are those that help calm reactive skin, reducing inflammation and redness and allowing the skin to feel more comfortable again.

If you have skincare solutions with these ingredients in them, your skin should look and feel calmer when you use them. They work to diminish redness and blotchiness, stopping any sources of distress that are causing your skin to react.

As a bonus, many skin-soothing ingredients can also help reduce the signs of aging!

Best Skin-Soothing Ingredients

The following skin-soothing ingredients can be used by all skin types, even those with sensitive, reddened, and irritated skin. They are gentle but effective and will help you feel better about how your skin looks and feels.

1. Bisabolol

Derived mainly from the chamomile plant, alpha-bisabolol is famous for helping to soothe the skin. It is a naturally occurring compound that is the primary constituent of the essential oil from German chamomile.

This ingredient helps tame irritation, calm inflammation, and even fight off bacteria and other microbes. It’s high in panthenol (a B vitamin), which helps moisturize and heal the skin. It’s been used for centuries to condition the skin while reducing dryness, flakiness, and damage.

We also know that bisabolol can stimulate the skin’s healing process, helping it heal itself.

Skin-Soothing Ingredients 2. Curcumin

Curcumin is one of the main compounds in the turmeric root. Turmeric is related to ginger and is used to create a bright, yellow-orange spice called curry. But it also has powerful health benefits to the skin because of the curcumin in it.

We know, for instance, that curcumin can help heal wounds by decreasing inflammation and oxidation. If you have irritated skin, curcumin can be a powerful ally in helping it calm down.

Curcumin can also positively affect collagen, stimulating production and helping to encourage regeneration and skin firmness. Its powerful anti-inflammatory properties can even help you with eczema and psoriasis flare-ups, as it calms the skin’s reactions.

If you have acne, you should also look for turmeric. Its antimicrobial properties help keep pores clean and clear-up acne breakouts while reducing acne scarring.

Skin Soothing Restorative Balm3. Beta-Glucan

Derived primarily from oats, but also from yeast, fungi, and seaweed, beta-glucan is often used as a skin-soothing agent. It’s a polysaccharide (complex sugar) that you may ingest in food, but you can also apply it to your skin.

This ingredient has several properties that help soothe skin:

  • Humectant: It attracts water to the top layers of skin, helping to moisturize and prevent dryness. This also helps to reinforce the skin barrier so it’s less likely to react to irritants. Beta-glucan is considered just as good at this as hyaluronic acid, if not better.
  • Regenerator: Some research shows that beta-glucan can help in the treatment of dermatitis, eczema, bedsores, wounds, and burns.
  • Plumper: Because it’s deeply moisturizing, it can help penetrate the skin to effectively plump up fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Antioxidant: Beta-glucan recruits immune cells to attack unwanted outsiders from pollution, UV rays, and more. This can help protect sensitive skin.

Skin-Soothing Ingredients 4. Aloe Vera

This ingredient has a stellar reputation as a skin-soothing agent. It’s moisturizing and protective, and also rich in vitamins that help shore up the skin’s outer barrier. These include vitamins A, C, E, and B12, which also help lock in moisture without exacerbating oiliness.

Aloe vera absorbs easily, which means the skin benefits from it immediately. Its anti-inflammatory properties help reduce redness and swelling, and it also helps support the production and release of collagen to help heal wounds faster.

We also know that aloe vera is an effective antioxidant, protecting the skin from damaging free radicals. Use it to help repair sun damage and slow down the aging process in the skin.

5. Sea Buckthorn Oil

This natural oil comes from a flowering shrub (Hippophaes rhamnoides) also called the Siberian pineapple. It produces small berries that can be cold-pressed into pulp or oil.

One of the unique things about this ingredient is that the berries can contain up to 10 times more vitamin C than an orange, and they are the third-highest source of vitamin E among plants. Both of these nutrients are key for calming and protecting sensitive skin. Vitamin C and E are also antioxidants that protect the skin from free radical damage.

Sea buckthorn oil is a powerful moisturizer. It contains linoleic acid, a fatty acid that is found naturally in sebum (skin oil). The skin drinks it up, which improves overall moisture levels and prevents moisture loss.

All of these properties make sea buckthorn oil very soothing. You may be surprised to find that it also fades your hyperpigmentation and improves overall skin tone.

Skin-Soothing Ingredients 6. Calendula

Calendula is another natural ingredient derived from marigold flowers. The oil contains healthful flavonoids that act as antioxidants, protecting the skin from environmental damage.

It’s also a powerful anti-inflammatory, reducing redness, soothing eczema flare-ups, and helping wounds to heal. Use it to help skin heal from acne, sunburn, rosacea, psoriasis, or eczema.

Calendula has an almost magical ability to increase blood flow and oxygen to the skin. That stimulates healing and regeneration and can have your skin feeling better quickly. It’s ideal for sensitive and acne-prone skin, as the anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties banish blemishes and redness.

The oil is light in texture but very moisturizing. It hydrates skin to make dryness and flakiness things of the past and absorbs easily into the deepest layers of skin.

Skin Soothing Reishi7. Reishi Mushroom

Also called the Lingzhi mushroom, this natural fungus shines when it comes to taming inflammation. But it can do so much more than that.

Polysaccharides—types of sugars in Reishi—have protective and replenishing effects. They promote a healthy skin barrier while improving the skin’s ability to hang onto moisture.

Reishi also has terpenes, antioxidant compounds that have anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor effects. When working together, polysaccharides and terpenes help restore and soothe the skin while helping delay the appearance of aging.

Reishi even contains beta-glucan, which as we noted above, is highly moisturizing.

Finally, Reishi is known to help the skin become less reactive to stress from the environment. After you use it for a while, you may notice that your skin is less sensitive than it used to be.

Find All of These Skin-Soothing Ingredients at CV Skinlabs

Where can you find all these star skin-soothing ingredients? At CV Skinlabs! All of our products contain all of these ingredients, which makes sense. We created them to be soothing and suitable for all types of skin, even the most sensitive.

Do you look for skin-soothing ingredients in your skincare products?

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If you have sensitive skin, you know that it can make life difficult.

Unwanted reactions, breakouts, dryness, irritations, and other frustrations (like eczema and rosacea) leave you wondering if you’ll ever find a way to make your skin happy.

This year, we want to help you make peace with your skin. To that end, we have some recommended New Year’s resolutions you can make to improve your skin’s condition and enjoy an overall healthier-looking complexion.

Sensitive Skin ProductsSensitive Skin Resolution 1: Switch to clean beauty products.

The New Year is the perfect time to take stock of what products you have and replace any that you wouldn’t describe as “clean” with better alternatives.

Start with your cleanser, toner, and moisturizer. If any of these top three contain alcohols, harsh preservatives, synthetic fragrances, and other similar ingredients, toss them. Then look for more natural, gentle alternatives. Products with fewer chemicals and more natural ingredients lessen your chances of experiencing a reaction.

All of our CV Skinlabs products are made for sensitive skin. They are 100 percent free of ingredients linked to toxic and allergic effects. Plus, they’re filled with nourishing and anti-inflammatory ingredients that can help calm sensitive skin, and are clinically proven to increase hydration while reducing redness and irritation.

Then check your makeup too. It’s more difficult to find completely clean makeup, but it’s getting easier every day. More and more brands are responding to consumer demands for natural color products.

2. Protect your skin every day.

Though all skin types need protection, sensitive skin often needs it even more. Use a safe sunscreen like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide every day. This will help reduce your risk of skin cancer, as well as hyperpigmentation, rashes, and redness.

Remember too to protect your skin from pollution. Toxins in polluted air can assault your skin, potentially causing inflammation and premature aging. Avoid going out during the most polluted times of the day, and avoid exercising near high traffic areas. Then be sure to use a moisturizer that helps fortify your skin barrier. (We recommend our Calming Moisture or Restorative Skin Balm.)

Sensitive Skin Resolution 3: Become more aware of dirt and impurities.

Sensitive skin tends to be more reactive to dirt, impurities, and microorganisms. That means you need to be more aware of where the skin may come into contact with these, and try to limit that contact.

Some good ways to do that:

  • Clean your makeup brushes more often.
  • Clean out your makeup bag.
  • Toss old makeup products.
  • Replace your pillowcase more often.
  • Replace your washcloths and towels more often.
  • Keep your hands away from your face.
  • Wash your face every night before bed.

Check out our post on the best makeup brushes for sensitive skin!

4. Change how you exfoliate.

If you’re someone who developed sensitive skin over time, you may have noticed that your old way of exfoliating no longer works for you.

If you use harsh scrubs or products containing nuts or crystals to physically exfoliate your face, you can create microtears in the skin that later react. The result could include redness, rashes, and acne breakouts.

Sensitive skin still needs exfoliating, though, so if your usual method of exfoliation is causing these side effects, change it up this year. It’s good to exfoliate regularly, but you don’t have to live with breakouts to do it. Choose gentle products that carefully remove those dead skin cells without tearing your skin.

Good options have natural fruit acids like salicylic and glycolic to break up the dead skin layer on the surface of your skin. Other gentle options include lactic, azelaic, mandelic acid. These can actually help improve sensitive skin’s resilience while strengthening the barrier.

Sensitive Skin Toner5. Sensitive Skin Resolution 5: Use a calming toner.

There is confusion about what a toner is supposed to do. Some help remove remaining impurities on your skin after cleansing while preparing the skin for moisturizer. Most of these types of toners, unfortunately, contain alcohol and will dry the skin prematurely. This can also cause inflammation leading to a flare-up in those with sensitive skin.

Instead, use a toner that is calming and moisturizing and your skin will thank you. We suggest our Rescue + Relief Spray. A cooling, multi-use mist, it’s much more sophisticated than most toners. It contains ingredients that naturally tame inflammation while leaving behind a refreshed comfortable, smooth feel to the skin.

It also helps retain moisture, soothe irritation, minimize redness and balance out skin’s pH level. Gentle enough to use when skin is inflamed, it’s great for acne-prone or oil-prone skin. Feel free to re-apply throughout the day to wake up dull and tired looking skin.

6. Use a calming moisturizer.

It makes sense that after you use a calming toner, you use a calming moisturizer. As someone with sensitive skin, you want to be continuously on the lookout for products that will help you soothe the skin and avoid additional reactions.

We suggest our Calming Moisture, as it was made specifically for those with sensitive skin. It contains a powerful combination of anti-inflammatory and skin-soothing ingredients that help reduce redness and heal damaged skin while restoring a youthful glow.

Sensitive Skin Resolution 7: Get 7-8 hours of sleep per night.

When you are sleep-deprived, your body releases stress hormones to help you get through the day. These hormones damage the skin and can increase the risk of inflammation and reactions.

To keep your skin calm, do your best to go to bed and get up at the same time every day. Keep your room dark and cool, and banish all technology. Take at least 30 minutes before bed to do something relaxing so you feel sleepy. And when you miss out on a good night’s sleep, try taking a 20-minute nap the next day.

8. Eat a healthy diet and regularly drink water.

We often forget that the skin is the largest organ the body has and therefore is nourished and cared for by the nutrients we consume in our diet. You can do everything right in your skincare routine and still suffer from reactive, inflammatory skin if your diet is poor.

Fast foods, fried foods, and high-sugar foods are all known to spike inflammation in the body, and that affects the skin too. On the other hand, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains contain antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that supply the skin with what it needs to protect and repair itself.

Water, as well, is extremely important. If you are even slightly dehydrated, your body will draw water away from your skin to feed to your crucial organs, like the heart and lungs. That will leave your skin dry, and more likely to react to triggers.

Sensitive Skin Resolution 9: Practice a stress-relieving activity every day.

There is a new term in the world of dermatology called psychodermatology, which is the study of how emotions affect the skin and vice versa. This acknowledges what scientists know now about how the skin and the brain are connected.

If you are regularly stressed out, it’s going to show up on your skin. You’ll be more likely to suffer from breakouts, inflammation, redness, and rashes. The best way to avoid this frustrating outcome is to practice a stress-relieving activity every day.

Good options include deep breathing, exercise, journaling, meditation, yoga, tai chi, pet therapy, music therapy, crafting, and any other activity that helps you shed stress and relax.

10. Avoid your triggers.

After living with sensitive skin for a while, you probably have become aware of some of the things that can trigger a reaction. This year, resolve to do more to avoid triggers. These may include the following:

  • Soap
  • Detergents, including laundry detergents
  • Allergies (allergic reactions to products/lotions/plants/chemicals)
  • Fragrances
  • Bad weather (wind, sun)
  • Certain fabrics
  • Certain foods
  • Stress
  • Reactions to medications (check with your doctor)

If you’re not sure what your triggers are, make a point this year to pay more attention and get them all written down somewhere you can regularly refer to them.

What New Year’s resolutions are you making this year to help your sensitive skin?

Featured photo by Polina Kovaleva from Pexels.

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Makeup Tips for Sensitive Skin

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According to a number of studies, over 50% of adults categorize their skin as sensitive ¹, but the term “sensitive skin” means different things for everyone. In an article from the Expert Review of Dermatology, sensitive or reactive skin is defined as: “the occurrence of abnormal stinging, burning, pain, and tingling sensations in response to multiple factors, which may be physical, chemical, psychological or hormonal.”² Skin sensitivity can be an isolated occurrence or an ongoing issue caused by conditions such as rosacea or eczema. Regardless of the root cause, we all have sensitive skin at one point or another; many of us may even find winter weather to be the main case of this issue. Whether you suffer from chronic skin sensitivity or experience infrequent or seasonal irritation, there are a number of things you can do to minimize the likelihood of an abnormal skin reaction.

Sun Protection

Almost every dermatologist will tell you the best thing you can do for your skin is to apply sunscreen. This is even more true for those with sensitive skin, which may react more to external triggers like sun and heat. Additionally, Titanium Dioxide, used in physical sunscreens, helps calm swelling and is listed in the FDA monograph as one of the purest and most effective active ingredients for sun protection.

Shop Wisely

When shopping for new skin care and cosmetics, the back of the box is your best friend. You want to avoid ingredients that will make your skin react like artificial perfumes, dyes, harsh chemicals and parabens.

Cleanse with Care

Regardless of your skin type, over-exfoliating and over-cleansing can cause skin irritation. You want to treat your skin with kindness as you would the rest of your body, so here are some cleansing tips to remember:

  • Wash your face and body with lukewarm water, as opposed to steaming hot, which can dry out your skin and create redness that is difficult to calm.
  • Use gentle exfoliators and cleansers. Your face wash should be effective enough to remove makeup and dirt, without stripping the oils from your skin or forcing you to scrub hard.
  • Exfoliate, at most, three days per week.
  • When you’re done washing your face, blot the skin dry (don’t rub) and immediately apply moisturizer for maximum absorption.

Test It Out

When considering new skin care products, always do a patch test before diving in head first. This precautionary test should be done at least 24 hours prior to full application. If your skin is very reactive, you may want to patch test it for as long as a week. To do so, apply a small amount of product to an area around the size of a dime. The location of the test depends on what you are testing for; do it behind the ear to test for an allergic reaction or on your most sensitive area to test for irritation.

Feed Your Skin

They say “you are what you eat” for a reason. Skin sensitivity is not only about what goes on your skin; it’s also about what you put in your body. Depending on your sensitivity triggers, there are certain foods your doctor may recommend you avoid. But, overall, you should treat your food like you would your skin care. Try to stay away from overly processed foods with a lot of artificial ingredients. You can also help you skin stay hydrated by drinking water; if you feel thirsty, your skin feels the same way.

RESOURCES

¹ Ständer, S., Schneider, S. W., Weishaupt, C., Luger, T. A., & Misery, L. (2009). Putative neuronal mechanisms of sensitive skin. Experimental Dermatology,18(5), 417-423.

² Misery, L. (2013). Sensitive Skin. Expert Review of Dermatology, 8(6), 631-637.


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