The Best Skincare Routine for Sensitive Skin

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Everyone’s skin can feel overly sensitive on occasion, but why is it that sensitivity seems to flare up just in time for that first date, job interview or big night out? It doesn't have to be that way! With a consistent, daily skincare routine that’s tailor-made for sensitive skin, you’ll be ready to fight off the first signs of irritation when they appear—or prevent them in the first place!

1. Remove Makeup the Gentle Way

How do you say goodnight to those smoky eyes without causing nightmares for your sensitive skin? When skin is sensitive, it’s often more prone to redness and irritation, so keep friction to a minimum. A makeup remover that’s specifically designed for eyes will have just the right blend of ingredients to dissolve and lift makeup—yes, even stubborn waterproof mascara—quickly, effectively and gently, without the need to rub. Try Simple® Micellar Cleansing Water—hold a soaked cotton pad over your eye for a few moments, then simply whisk away. 

2. Cleanse Consistently

We get it—you’re tempted to skip steps in your skincare routine to avoid upsetting your sensitive skin. The thing is, when dead skin cells are left on the skin’s surface they can get trapped within the pores and irritate sensitive skin even more. Keep skin clean and pores clear with a daily face wash like Simple® Water Boost Micellar Gel Wash. It’s packed full of micellar cleansing bubbles that gently glide over the skin’s surface and lift impurities as it cleanses and hydrates! It’s one of our favorite face washes for sensitive skin. 

3. Relieve and Reduce Redness

Skin sensitivity may leave you feeling a little red-faced. Wondering why? When skin becomes irritated, blood rushes to the skin’s surface to help fight and heal inflammation—and while redness can be a little annoying, it’s actually a pretty clever way for your body to do its job. Irritants like artificial colors, fragrances, UV rays, alcohol and stress can be especially unsettling for sensitive skin, so it’s best to avoid these when possible, to reduce redness. If your skin does gets hot and bothered, use a cool washcloth after you’ve cleansed to give it a much-needed time out. Look for ingredients with anti-inflammatory properties to help reduce redness and restore the balance to upset skin. 

4. Use a Moisturizer Made for Sensitive Skin

The best moisturizers for sensitive skin keep moisture within the skin while also protecting against environmental factors such as pollution, weather and harsh chemicals, which can make sensitivity levels soar. The best cream for sensitive skin is one that’s non-comedogenic (meaning it won’t block pores) like the Simple® Replenishing Rich Moisturizer. Warm it between your palms first to help it glide over your skin. Bonus: Applying it to damp skin will help it absorb quickly and seal in surface moisture for extra hydration points!

5. And … RELAX!

If you want skin that looks like it had its beauty sleep (even if you rolled in at 2 a.m.), it’s time for a do-it-yourself facial massage. The beauty of this trick is that you can do it at any point in your routine to ramp up your product’s prowess—just use your regular cleanser, scrub, serum or face cream. Massages are known to boost blood flow, reduce puffiness and restore that rosy glow, making it your skincare routine’s friend with benefits. All you need is a few minutes, warm and clean hands and enough product for your fingers to glide over the skin. Work your fingertips in small, circular motions across the T-zone, temples and neck—for an added ahh, follow up with a scalp massage (once you've cleaned your hands of course)!

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