There are times when even the hardiest skin becomes sensitive. While this typically manifests in Actual Conditions like eczema, acne or rosacea, any burning, stinging, peeling or roughness can be signs than our skin is feeling a little delicate. And when a not-so-hot looking skin problem occurs, it’s all too tempting to try to fix by any means necessary. But rather than seeing skin issues as an aesthetic problem, look at it more as a symptom of skin under stress. Being kind can be the best way to soothe it back to its best. And here’s how.

Water

It’s a well-known fact that water will make 96% of life’s complaints better – and skin is certainly one of them. Drinking more hydrates your organs and helps your liver and kidneys work better. If you’re struggling to get as much as you should, a green or herbal tea can help you up your intake, alongside delivering antioxidant benefits too.

Rosewater

If it seems like anything you apply is just worsening the stinging, rosewater may be your solution. It’s extremely soothing while also boosting hydration, which can make skin look smoother and less peely and speed up the healing process. I’m pretty convinced the best one on the market is from Heritage Stores. Spray liberally throughout the day.

Clay

While clay can be seen as drying and irritating, using it in a gentle form can help draw out impurities, reduce inflammation and kick-start healing. A great choice for compromised skin is the Auromere Rejuvenating Mud Bath & Mask. It comes as a giant tub of mineral-rich powder which, when mixed with water, creates a smooth paste. It dries without tightening and removes easily with a warm washcloth. Skin looks noticeable soft, clear and calm afterwards.

Check Your Water Temperature

I’m certainly guilty of enjoying the sensation of a steamed flannel across my chops, but for now just be careful. Hot water can irritate – and over washing can leave skin stripped and sans natural defences. Go lukewarm or go home.

Niacinamide

Niacinamide is a powerful redness reducer and can help fade post-inflammatory pigmentation too. The Ordinary and Glossier both have wonderful niacinamide serums, but for a concentrated dose I love the Banobagi Vita Genic Jelly Masks, which boast niacinamide as their fourth ingredient. Hot tip: post use, keep hold of the pouch. There will be enough serum left for a couple of day’s applications.

Pause Actives

If skin is compromised, just give it a rest with your acids, retinoids and vitamin Cs. I’m sure you know this anyway, but applying potentially sensitizing ingredients onto sensitized skin is just not sensible. Got it?

Sub Moisturiser For Oil

If you’re using a moisturiser with baddies such as colour or fragrance, pause. (And maybe stop.) Going for something simple and one-ingredient could be a good way to moisturise without irritation, and moisturised skin will likely heal faster and better. I highly recommend jojoba oil, which I extremely similar in composition to natural face oil – gross but true.

Stay Protected

If you’re going outside, it’s even more important than usual to be using some sort of SPF if your skin is already inflamed. A great choice if you’re all red ‘n’ sore is the Dr. Jart Cicapair Color Correcting Treatment, which offers a physical sunblock of 30, alongside a handy anti-redness tint.

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