Tips and Tricks

Tips for Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin means that the skin is easily irritated. This can be broken down into different categories of dry, oily, acne-prone, and many more variations. There are multiple products for sensitive skin; the problem is finding the right one. Skin reactions also differ for the various types of sensitive skin and this is the reason it can be difficult to find the perfect product for sensitive skin. There are many things that women with sensitive skin should and should not do in regards to their face and makeup.

Fragrance Free

Search high and low for products that are fragrance free. It is important to always check, because the smell does not always give it a way. Even if it smells natural, sometimes it has a hidden fragrance. The problem with fragrances is that they are more likely to irritate the skin because there are unknown chemicals in it. So, just because it smells nice, it may not always have the best outcome for people with sensitive skin.


It might seem like common sense, but hypoallergenic makeup products are the best kind for sensitive skin. At some point, people become aware of their allergies. However, the slightest mixture or dosage of a chemical could cause a reaction to any type of skin, especially sensitive skin. Picking out makeup should be like picking out a pet. Even if there is no one in the house allergic to dogs, a hypoallergenic dog would save all the risk and worry of an allergic reaction.

Avoid Harsh Chemicals

Cosmetology is not just an art, but it is also a science. Like any other science experiment, makeup products are created through the use of chemicals. Not all of these chemicals are hazardous for skin, but there are some that should be avoided. Chemicals like formaldehyde, hydroxyl acid, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfate, and oils like chamomile and calendula are all things to steer clear from when choosing a makeup product.

Use Moisturizer

Moisturizer is a way of preparing the face for makeup. Whether it is a redness relief, a daily moisturizing lotion, or any other skin softener, it will help the skin adapt to the other products. Moisturizers generally remove redness, flakiness, dryness, and relieves the skin of any discomfort. After applying moisturizer, follow up with a primer cream or powder, this way the skin can stay fresh and avoid sensitivity.

Mineral Makeup

Mineral makeup is known to be free of all harsh chemicals, as well as fragrances, that can hide harsh chemicals. Mineral makeup can be in the form of powder or liquid, and it is made up of natural elements that do not harm the skin in any way. There have been studies that have actually shown clearer skin after the use of mineral makeup. Over time, it will have a lasting impact on sensitive skin.

Powder or Liquid

For acne prone skin, using powder instead of liquid is better for the skin. It prevents oils from sinking into pores and causing more breakouts. This does not mean liquid makeup should always be avoided. For instance, some dry skin types are not bothered by liquid make up, but become irritated by dry powder makeup. Overall, liquid makeup does have a sticky setting and does not always let the skin breathe properly.

It’s All in The Brush

The makeup product that directly hits the skin is a major aspect of what causes the irritation, but it is not the only one. Makeup brushes that are used to apply makeup can cause also be the reason for irritation to any type of skin. Some makeup brushes are made with actual horsehair, and they are said to be the best types of makeup brushes for skin, but these can also make the skin oily. Thin brushes with hard or itchy bristles will obviously cause irritation to any skin type. The best makeup brushes that are recommended by the professionals are lightly feathered brushes, these types of makeup brushes tend to work well with most skin types. For women that still enjoy and would prefer to use liquid makeup products, Beauty Blenders are sponge like products that can be used to apply liquid makeup effectively without harming the skin.

Test the Product

Following the guidelines for steering clear of harsh chemicals, allergens, and fragrances are important. But not all of them will affect skin types negatively. When browsing through a makeup store, test out different products. Most stores have free samples, and some even offer to test it out on the skin. Testing makeup products before committing to them in order to see reactions and see the outcome before purchasing them is the best way to go.

Two Way Street

If products are taken care of, they are likely to return the favor. Once the right products are at use, be useful of them. Store the products in a cool, dry place. If makeup is left in a bathroom and collects condensation, a powder can become a liquid. Leaving makeup products uncovered or open can leave room for chemicals in the air to infect them. It is also important to clean makeup brushes after each use, this is because the oils from the skin remain on the brush after every use.

Skin Care Comes First

Finding the right makeup for sensitive skin is only half the battle. Taking care of the skin is the most crucial part and the foundation of healthy skin. Face washing daily is a good way to maintain healthy skin and fight off the sensitivity. A common mistake is leaving makeup on overnight. Makeup remover wipes, as well as home remedies can leave the skin feeling fresh, even after a long day of wearing makeup. There are other products like BB cream to keep the skin healthy when wearing makeup is part of an everyday routine.

The essential role of skin is to be a protector. Damaging that protection can only cause more harm and hazardous effects. Sensitive skin does not cancel out makeup. It just means research, testing, and reading ingredients, are necessary steps involved in order to keep the skin healthy and less irritated.

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