Chapter 31: Skin Care Routine for Sensitive Skin

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If your skin is easily irritated or you often get skin flare-ups such as redness, itchiness or dryness, then chances are you have sensitive skin. If you have this skin type you should focus on one thing: simplifying your skin care routine.

Curating a simple skin care routine that caters to sensitive skin doesn’t mean just cutting down the number of steps in your regimen. You also have to choose products that are chemical-free and made with gentle formulas.

Follow this skin care routine to help soothe and keep your skin calm. 

Steps 1 & 2: Double Cleanse with Real Barrier 

Always start your skin care routine with a gentle oil cleanser followed by a facial cleanser that doesn’t strip away your skin’s natural oils. You can skip the oil cleanser in the mornings and go straight for your main cleanser but be sure to incorporate it into your night-time routine. 

Formulated with natural ingredients like bergamot, marjoram, and chamomile extracts, Real Barrier’s Cleansing Oil Balm gently removes makeup and impurities without aggravating your skin. Unlike most cleansing balms that come in jar packaging that requires you to scoop out the product, the Cleansing Oil Balm comes in tube packaging so you can expect a hassle-free application every time! 

Complete your double cleanse with Real Barrier’s Cream Cleansing Foam. It’s sulfate-free and formulated with soothing ingredients such as panthenol, madecassoside and allantoin. Sensitive skin can feel dry, especially if you’re not using the right cleanser, but the Cream Cleansing Foam protects your skin’s natural barrier and leaves it hydrated even after washing.

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Step 3: Tone with PURITO

When looking for a toner, it’s important to always read the ingredients list first. Make sure you pick a toner that’s alcohol-free and doesn’t contain harsh ingredients like synthetic colors or fragrances. 

You can’t go wrong with PURITO’s Centella Green Level Calming Toner. This toner contains all the ingredients your sensitive skin craves, including centella asiatica extract, panthenol, and witch hazel extract. It’s also infused with hyaluronic acid, which deeply hydrates the skin and prevents moisture loss.

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Step 4: Treat your skin with SKIN 1004’s Serum

SKIN 1004 is a Korean skin care brand with a range of products that are perfect for those with sensitive skin. One of the brand’s most sought-after products is the Madagascar Centella Asiatica 100 Ampoule. Why? This ampoule is packed with Centella asiatica extract from Madagascar that hydrates and soothes skin, and repairs the skin barrier. If redness is one of your main skin concerns then the Madagascar Centella Asiatica 100 Ampoule is worth a try!

Step 5: Treat your eyes with Dear, Klairs’ Eye Butter 

Don’t forget to treat your eyes with a nourishing and gentle eye cream like Dear, Klairs’ Fundamental Nourishing Eye Butter. Dear, Klairs caters to sensitive skin and creates products using minimal ingredients without any harsh chemicals like colorants, parabens, alcohol and artificial fragrances.

The Fundamental Nourishing Eye Butter is packed with peptides that help improve the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines so it also makes a great anti-aging eye cream too. It’s also enriched with Vitamins A and E to offer maximum antioxidants for your skin. And as if that weren’t enough, this eye cream is cruelty-free and vegan friendly! 

Step 6: Moisturize with IOPE

Moisturizers are a must as they help lock in all the moisture in your skin. Sensitive skin has a weak skin barrier so it needs something that will help strengthen and repair it. IOPE’s Derma Repair Cica Cream is a dermatologically-tested moisturizer that soothes and protects sensitive skin without causing any skin irritation. This cream has a clean ingredients list so don’t worry about your skin reacting. If you want to be 100% sure, you can always do a patch test before applying the cream all over your face. 

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Step 7: Defend your skin with COSRX 

Just like people with other skin types, it’s extremely important to protect your sensitive skin from the sun. For sensitive skin, go for the Shield Fit All Green Comfort Sun from COSRX. This sunscreen will keep your skin protected from damaging UV rays all year round, thanks to its SPF50+ PA+++.

This lightweight sunscreen absorbs easily and won’t leave a white cast on your skin. To make it ideal for sensitive skin, it’s infused with Centella asiatica, tarragon, and lotus extracts to soothe irritated skin.

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Taking care of sensitive skin can be tough but once you find the right products to incorporate into your skin care routine, then you won’t have to worry about your skin acting up! Don’t forget to incorporate a weekly exfoliating and mask session to keep your skin clear, revitalized and healthy-looking!