Firstly, eliminate any unnecessary products from your skincare regime. The average woman uses five to six skincare products, so exposing her skin to more than 100 chemicals a day - and you could be sensitive to any one of these. All you really need for good skin is a cleanser, a moisturizer with a sunscreen and, depending on your age, an eye cream. Everything else is superfluous - and, in the case of harsh products like alcohol-based cleansers and toners, retinols and alpha-hydroxyl acids, may cause more problems than they solve.   Secondly, make sure you avoid products containing ingredients most likely to cause sensitivity. These are usually fragrances, colors and preservatives (particularly formaldehyde), though technically you could be sensitive to anything. One relatively painless way of reducing the risk, is to use only those products from ranges that say they are hypoallergenic. Natural products may suit you, as they often containing calming ingredients like chamomile, cornflower, milk and liquorices’.   Thirdly, treat your skin with care. Make sure you cleanse gently to remove make-up at the end of the day as reactions tend to occur when you overexpose your skin to any product. Use very light, creamy cleansers or, preferably, facial wipes, which minimize your contact with product ingredients. Restrict cleansing to once a day to help maintain the skin's own protection. Use a specialist eye make-up remover, as facial cleansers may include ingredients that will irritate your eyes. Moisturizing is important: the drier the skin, the more prone it is to sensitivity. Apply a light moisturizer twice daily. To treat other problems like ageing or spots, do it just once a week and stick to one product. If your skin reacts, water down the dose by mixing it with a moisturizer or an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream. If you still get a reaction, stop.   If choosing a skin care product for a sensitive skin one should search for the following ingredients:
  • Only a few ingredients
  • Little or no fragrance
  • Methylparaben or butylparaben as preservatives
  • Use face powder, which has few preservatives and minimal risk of skin irritation.
  • Use a silicone-based foundation for minimal skin irritation.
  • Do not use waterproof cosmetics, because you need a solvent to remove them.
  • Use products with fewer than 10 ingredients.
  • Use black eyeliner and mascara, which appear to be least allergenic.
  • Use pencil eyeliner and eyebrow fillers; liquid eyeliners contain latex and may cause an allergic reaction.
  • Use earth-toned eye shadows, which are generally less irritating to upper-eyelid skin than darker colors such as navy blue.
  • Throw out old cosmetics, which can spoil or become contaminated.
  • Do not use nail polish if there’s any risk you’ll touch your eyes or face with it before it dries.
If you have sensitive skin, avoid products containing:
  • Antibacterial or deodorant ingredients
  • Alcohol
  • Retinoid or alpha-hydroxyl acids.

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