Sensitive skin is an extremely common condition that can be caused by many things, whether that be your skincare routine, allergies or hereditary problems. When you have a rash or breakout, it can cause your skin to feel sore, tight and uncomfortable, as well as making you feel self-conscious. While it may seem impossible to find a solution to your skin problem, there is most definitely a treatment, whether that be in the clinic or home remedies, to reduce redness and sensitivity. To lend you a helping hand, we have come up with a range of skincare tips for sensitive skin.

Bianco’s Top Skin Care Tips For Sensitive Skin

It can be easy to spend a fortune on high-end beauty products only to find that they either cause further problems with your skin, or don’t work at all. This can be extremely frustrating for many reasons, and can make you lose faith in finding a solution that suits you and your skin problem. The key to finding a solution is to first understand your issue, as some conditions may be irritated further by certain chemicals or treatments. This makes it extremely important to seek the advice of a professional before placing anything on sensitive or irritated skin. You can find a host of articles and medical advice on the NHS and Healthline, but we would suggest either visiting our beauty clinic in Milton Keynes for facial advice, or speaking with your doctor.

Seeing as there is a long list of reasons as to why your skin may be feeling a little sensitive, we have come up with a range of ways you can minimise irritation and care for your skin. Here are some of our top tips:

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Avoid Over Cleansing

If you have oily skin or a breakout on your chin suddenly appears, the first thing you start to do is cleanse and exfoliate to scrub away the excess oil and dirt. Although it is important to use a facial cleanser and exfoliator on your face, you should try to avoid overusing these products, especially when experiencing a breakout, as it can encourage the skin to produce more oil. Your skin needs oil to keep soft and moisturised, and by rubbing off all of your natural oils, you can cause the skin to become sensitive and sore. Not only this, but if you are constantly getting rid of the top layer on the spot, then it is even more likely that you will experience scarring after the spot has healed.

The oil on the surface of your skin acts as many things, such as a barrier and moisturising agent. Without it, our skin will feel dry, flakey and extremely sore. For this reason, if you are to cleanse and exfoliate your skin, it is always important to make sure that you moisturise after to replenish the skin and add back some oil to stop the skin from producing excess oil to compensate for what it has lost. Face creams such as the Vaseline Intensive Care Repair have been specifically designed with sensitive skin in mind, so be sure to apply a layer to the skin after every face routine, in the morning and evening. You can find some of the best moisturisers for sensitive skin on Byrdie, where they have listed the top 16 face creams of 2020.

If you don’t yet have a face routine, then you can follow this simple and easy to follow method, which we advise you complete every evening before bed:

  • Gently remove makeup using micellar water and a cotton pad. Garnier’s cleansing water is ideal for sensitive skin, providing you with a soft touch and hydrating the skin.
  • Use a soft cleanser and an electric cleanser, trying to avoid those with tea tree as it can sting when applied to sensitive skin. We would highly recommend using the Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser which helps to remove oils without drying the skin.
  • Only use an exfoliator every second day, or even once a week if your skin is particularly sensitive. This will help to remove oils without scratching the outer layer of the skin, making it feel sensitive. The Boots own No.7 exfoliator is perfect for sensitive skin, as it only has a few exfoliating balls, acting more as a creamy face wash with a gentle exfoliation.
  • Always apply cream to your face, no matter how oily your skin might feel, you will need to moisturiser.

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Patch Test Before Use

When you have sensitive skin, most things can cause a flare-up, creating either a red rash or itchy skin. For this reason, patch testing is an essential part of trialling anything that you might put on your skin, this even includes things like makeup wipes. While you may go out on a shopping spree for new skincare and hair dye, it is important that you do not rush home to try it all out without completing a patch test first. Through a patch test, you are able to identify whether a product is going to irritate your skin, which is extremely important when applying it to an area such as your face. You may even find that you will have to patch test on different areas of your skin as some places can be more sensitive than others. For example, you can find that the skin around your eyes will react completely different to the skin on your cheeks, making it important to find a variety of products to suit every area of your skin.

A patch test is easy to complete, and only takes a few minutes. Pop a small, pea-sized amount of product onto a cotton bud and place it either behind your ear or on your inner arm; these areas will be the most sensitive but are not visible or irritating to care for if a flare-up occurs. Always allow the product to dry and leave it on the skin for 24-48 hours, depending on the recommendations that can be found on the label of the packaging. If you experience no irritation, then you can start to enjoy your new purchase. However, if the area becomes itchy or you feel a burning sensation, then this will show that your skin is not suitable for the product you have and should be washed off immediately. Cleure has a fantastic guide on how to minimise skin reactions and complete a thorough patch test to avoid irritating the skin.

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Carefully Choose Your Makeup

Makeup can help you to feel confident by enhancing your features and hiding blemishes, but it can also cause those with sensitive skin even more irritation. Makeup essentially clogs up the pores making you more liable to a breakout of spots, which can further irritate sensitive skin. While it can be heart breaking to give up makeup for a little while, it will be the best thing for your skin. Considering most of the nation is still in lockdown, why not go makeup-free for a few days to allow your skin to breathe? This way, you can ensure that your skin is looking and feeling good, ready for going back to work when things get a little bit back to normal.

However, we fully understand that this is not always something that everyone wants to do, and once you have returned to work, not applying that little bit of foundation can feel like torture. For this reason, we would advise that you make sure that you carefully choose your makeup to ensure that it does not irritate your skin. If you are looking to apply a layer of foundation, then we would suggest looking for a lighter foundation rather than a heavy, long-wearing one. A combination of a quality primer, light foundation and touches of concealer over blemishes can create the same appearance of a heavy foundation, while still giving your skin room to breathe.

Always check the expiry dates on your makeup as although there is not a specific ‘use-by’ date, there is a small icon somewhere on your packaging with the number of months the product should be kept for once opened. Makeup past its expiry date starts to produce and grow bacteria, increasing the risks of infections. To minimise this risk, always make sure that your makeup is in date, and try to avoid 3 for 2 offers unless you know you’ll be using the products within the next 12 months.

One way of avoiding all issues surrounding makeup, is to have semi-permanent makeup on the eyebrows, eyeliner and lips. A range of makeup can be tailored to you and sculpted to enhance your looks and create your ideal makeup look. If this is something that you are interested in, then please feel free to contact the team to discuss how you can shape and define your look through semi-permanent makeup.

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Avoid Shaving

Something that can irritate all types of skin, not just those that are sensitive, is constantly shaving. This is much worse in the summer months, with razor rash, cuts and more causing discomfort. Luckily, there is an easy and safe solution to this problem, as laser hair removal provides you with flawless and smooth skin through only a few sessions. Bianco Beauty has a team of fully trained technicians providing laser hair removal in Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas, giving clients the chance to minimise rashes and avoid irritating sensitive skin.

You can opt to have laser hair removal completed on various locations, whether that be your arms, legs, underarm or upper lip; this will help to eliminate shaving or harsh removal creams damaging the skin while also reducing time spent removing hair. Before the treatment is completed, our professional team will first complete a patch test, ensuring that the treatment will not irritate the skin. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this treatment, please feel free to contact the team for more information about our laser hair removal in Bedford and the local areas.

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Treat Yourself To A Facial

Trying to find a facial or face mask in your local beauty store can be tricky, as most brands will use chemicals that irritate the skin and can be harsh for sensitive skin. However, a Bianco Beauty facial has been created to nourish the skin and provide a relaxing experience, perfect for those that suffer from acne. Facials such as our Gene0+ 4 in 1 super facial offers exfoliation, infusion and oxygenates while also tightening the skin, giving you a healthy and radiant glow. For more benefits to having a facial, take a look at Style Craze’s advice for sensitive skin!

If you have more of a DIY approach to your skincare, then why not try creating your own face masks using household ingredients? When creating your face masks, go for ingredients that calm and soothe the skin like natural yoghurt, banana and milk, or try out one of the many homemade masks on Prevention. Always remove face masks with a clean face cloth soaked in warm water. Warmth naturally opens up your pores, so you will be able to remove dirt gently without having to scrub the skin and cause irritation.

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Achieving Soft Skin With No Irritation

Finding products and solutions for sensitive skin can seem like a tedious task, but it is important to keep researching and finding products that can clean and soothe the skin without causing irritation. There are plenty of methods, products and techniques that you can use, whether they be homemade or you pop into our clinic for a treatment. If you would like to know more about how Bianco Beauty can help to prevent irritation while giving you the skin of your dreams, please feel free to speak with our beauty salon in Bedford and the surrounding areas.

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