One brand I have recommended a few times here is Paula's Choice. They have a range for sensitive skin and the owner is a skincare fanatic and uses only ingredients that will be of benefit. That's not to say it can't cause a reaction for some people, but my skin has been really problematic for about a year now and Paula's Choice has really helped to keep things as calm as possible (I was breaking out like crazy before I changed what products I was using).
Be REALLY careful about products that claim to be for sensitive skin. You would be disappointed at the number of sensitive skin products that have known irritants in them. This link is really handy if you want to do heaps of research:
Also keep in mind, a lot of companies claim to use enriching or beneficial ingredients (like BHA, vitamin C, ferulic acid, etc), but the amount they put in is not enough to do anything for the skin. Or they add, say, antioxidants, to a cleanser and market that as being a great thing, but we only use cleanser to wash our face and rinse off straight away. Anything that had the potential to do some good for the skin went down the drain.
Opt for a mild, simple cleanser, check the ingredients. Any solvent alcohols or fragrance is a big no-no for sensitive skin. Don't trust the front of the label if it claims to be gentle, it could be bull.
Purchase a moisturizer with SPF in it, the higher the better. Or buy separate sunscreen for the face (that's even better). Sunscreen is the most powerful anti aging tool there is. It won't reverse damage (wrinkles, sunspots, etc), obviously, but it will prevent it.
If you decide to try an oil as a moisturizer, it's best to only use that at night as the oil can reduce the effectiveness of your sunscreen. And PLEASE patch test first for a few days...some people have great results, others break out like crazy. And look into how comedogenic (meaning pore-clogging) your preferred options are. Some swear by coconut oil, but it's highly comedogenic, so don't lash it all over your face straight away. Test first.
You don't need toner or eye cream. Eye-creams especially are a gimmick.
I know the crappy feeling of finding your first wrinkle . I'm 29 and have a line on my forehead and a wrinkle between my eyes.
And regarding the water, Moxy is right. Drinking heaps of water will not make dry skin...un-dry. While there are benefits to drinking water, it won't change your skin-type.
Oh and my routine is:
Paula's Choice Oil-Reducing Cleanser
Neutrogena SPF 15 moisturiser (it's the only one I've ever tried that doesn't break me out, but I'm on the hunt for something better).
Paula's Choice Oil-Reducing Cleanser
Paula's Choice 2% BHA liquid
Paula's Choice vitamin C serum (sometimes)
Neutrogena SPF 15 moisturiser
I have to keep it simple, otherwise I break out with too many products.
I wrote in a hurry this morning, so I don't disagree that some people have naturally dry skin, so no, just doing those things alone won't 'cure' dry skin...but I was think more of the anti aging stuff when I posted this morning (I just wasn't very clear!)...I also use moisturiser after a few really windy days. But you don't need anything fancy...QV or whatever.
Last edited by Full House; 20-01-2016 at 13:34.
I forgot, I also use pure Rosehip oil under the bb cream or put it on at night. It really works for my skin. I bought it from the chemist. If you have sensitive skin apparently jojoba oil is better
I agree, the anti ageing thing is a crock. It's genes and the sun. My grandmother smoked for 50 years (quit in her 60's), drank moderately until a few years ago and is 78 and has incredible skin. She is super fair, doesn't tan and having lived in Scotland most of her life has hardly any sun damage, and wears SPF since she moved to Australia. I can probably also thank my mum for drilling into me about sunscreen. I'm not religious about my arms and body but my face is almost always protected simply because I use moisturiser and makeup with SPF. My hands look over than my face if that makes sense, because I am not consistent in protecting them from the sun. My girlfriend tanned heaps when she was younger and looks about 5-8 years older than me. The sun ages people so, so much.
Last edited by Full House; 20-01-2016 at 16:22.
Like others said, two washes if I have makeup on. I also don't use anything abrasive, the dermatologist was big on only using a gentle cleanser like cetaphil and nothing 'abrasive' that kinda breaks the skin.
Last edited by HollyGolightly81; 20-01-2016 at 17:51.
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