If you have sensitive skin purchasing skincare products can seem overwhelming and scary. Knowing what to look for and what to avoid is important. Using treatments and products that focus on improving the skin barrier, moisture, and nutrients can be very beneficial for sensitive skin. In order to keep the skin healthy and still get results with other concerns like wrinkles, dryness, and blemishes you need to know what ingredients are safe to use. Here are a few that you should look for when reading labels on products.
Chamomile is probably one of the first things that comes to mind when you think of ingredients that soothe. A natural anti-inflammatory and antiseptic, chamomile can prevent infection by neutralizing germs on the skin which in turn helps reduce the severity of inflammatory conditions like eczema and acne.
Aloe Vera is one of nature’s purest moisturizers. On contact with the skin it instantly cools and soothes irritation, reduces redness and hydrates even the driest skins. I It is lightweight enough to be used on all skin types and can be found in many lotions, not just in the traditional gel form.
Oatmeal is a great skin soother and natural exfoliator. Oatmeal can gently buff away dead skin cells while also hydrating the skin to leave you with a smoother, softer complexion. It also helps to reduce inflammation caused by acne and eczema, making it a multi-tasking sensitive skin must-have.
Vitamin E is a very versatile ingredient, powerful antioxidant that protects and heals sensitive skin types. The antioxidant properties defend the skin against harmful free- radicals which can cause wrinkles so that skin stays looking younger for longer. Vitamin E will also regulate the moisture levels in the skin to reduce inflammation.
Glycolic acid is effective on all skin types. Found naturally in sugarcane and fruits including grapes, glycolic acid is a popular ingredient found in cleansers designed for dry skin. Glycolic acid exfoliates and helps to attract moisture to your skin and keep your face hydrated throughout the day.
Urea is a little-known ingredient used to dramatically soften the skin. Urea is humectant- it draws moisture from the air to hydrate the skin. It is a great additive to your skin in improving the appearance of KP or Keratosis Pilaris.
Please keep in mind, as sensitive skin comes in many forms, always be careful when trying out new skincare products. While the ingredients mentioned here may be low risk, you should still be careful when using any new products for the first time, even if they have been created for sensitive skin. Finally, remember to avoid anything that contains harsh chemicals, fragrances, and artificial colors as these are the biggest irritators for sensitive skin. If you are still feeling unsure call our office for a complimentary consultation with our Medical aesthetician, Lily. She will work with you to come up with a regimen that works best for you and your skin.