Sensitive skin is often a troublesome skin condition for many people. You may develop red patches or dryness after using certain products. Perhaps you have a condition such as eczema or psoriasis that can cause intolerable itchiness or irritation. Regardless of your issues, there is a collection of products and remedies that can cure your ailments. In this article, we will be discussing the role of active ingredients in skincare and how they can help soothe and calm sensitive skin.
What exactly does ‘Active Ingredients’ mean in skincare?
Active ingredients are simply described as substances that are able to cause a biological change in a manufactured product. Many active ingredients are modified or mutated to allow them to communicate with the skin cells in a very specific way. It should be mentioned that these types of substances are used in a wide variety of skincare products, including medical and natural products.
Examples of Active Ingredients in Skincare
As mentioned previously, active ingredients are commonplace in a variety of skincare products. Here are just a few examples of active ingredients and some recommended products that include these respected ingredients. As always, all of these products are available on the Dermoi! online store.
One example of an active ingredient is aloe vera. This powerful substance instantly helps to calm and soothe sensitive skin, allowing for less irritation and inflammation. The ‘Transformation Face Cream’ from Jan Marini Skin Research uses aloe vera for its healing properties, giving the skin an improved smoother and firmer surface. This product is now available for just £59.95.
Bakuchiol is a powerful botanical ingredient and is often described as an alternative to retinol. This is because it is gentler and kinder on sensitive skin but still contains incredible anti-aging benefits. The ‘Bakuchiol Reface Pads’ from Indeed Labs uses bakuchiol and niacinamide to help hydrate the skin and repair damaged cells, leaving you with younger-looking skin without any irritation. The ‘Bakuchiol Reface Pads’ are now selling for just £17.09.
Thirdly, the ‘Eclipse SPF50+’ from iS Clinical contains zinc oxide, a powerful active ingredient that helps to provide a physical barrier against sun damage by absorbing harmful UV rays. As a result, your skin is protected against the abrasive nature of the sun and keeps your skin looking healthier and younger. The ‘Eclipse SPF50+’ is the perfect sunscreen for any skincare routine and costs just £28.80.
Many skincare products use shea butter as an effective way to moisturise and heal dry and damaged skin. For example, the ‘Retexturing Treatment’ from Exuviance is now available for just £38.95 and incorporates shea butter and 5% glycolic acid to help exfoliate dead skin and reduce inflammation in irritated skin. Therefore, your skin is able to become more hydrated and less likely to develop dry patches or a rough surface.
What is the best skincare routine for sensitive skin?
If you suffer from irritated or sensitive skin, it is advised that you follow a simple, yet effective, skincare routine to help prevent any further damage to your skin. For example, start your skincare routine by cleansing your face with a gentle cleanser. It is recommended that you wash your face twice a day, once in the morning and before you go to bed. Next, apply an alcohol-free toner to help remove any impurities left on your face after the first cleanse. An alcohol-free toner is recommended to prevent your skin from drying out or reacting adversely. Then apply a high-quality moisturiser to help soothe skin and reduce any rough or dry patches that have formed upon your skin. Finally, apply a layer of broad-spectrum sunscreen to help protect the skin against harmful UV rays and prevent the visible signs of aging.
How can I make my sensitive skin stronger?
The best way to improve the quality of your sensitive skin is to avoid potential triggers or irritants that could harm your skin even further. For example, if you notice that your skin becomes overly inflamed in hotter temperatures, it is advised that you wear sunscreen daily in order to protect yourself from abrasive sun damage. Also, you may benefit from taking shorter and cooler showers in order to limit your exposure to heat. Moreover, it is paramount that you stop using products that contain artificial fragrances and dyes. This is because these products often cause a harmful reaction for those with sensitive skin as they contain harsh irritants.
What is the best moisturiser for very sensitive skin?
Keeping the skin hydrated and moisturised is a key element in soothing sensitive skin, as this allows the skin to be repaired at a cellular level and prevent the formation of deep wrinkles. Here are just two of our favourite moisturisers that are suitable for sensitive skin and they can both be bought on the Dermoi! online store.
Firstly, the ‘Quench Nourishing Moisturiser’ from Osmosis Skincare. This highly concentrated moisturiser makes use of advanced peptides and shea butter to help restore the skin’s hydration levels, leaving you with softer and smoother skin. Moreover, this product contains high levels of hyaluronic acid to increase moisture retention in the upper layers of the skin, helping to create a plumper complexion. The ‘Quench Nourishing Moisturiser’ is now available for £59.95.
The ‘Hydraluron Moisture Jelly’ from Indeed Labs is now available for just £21.59 and is the perfect remedy for dehydrated skin. Using hyaluronic acid and algin, this lightweight moisturiser helps to combat water-loss within the skin and instantly nourishes the skin’s surface. As a result, the ‘Hydraluron Moisture Jelly’ offers immediate hydration for smoother and plumper skin.
How to find ingredients in cosmetics
If you know of any particular ingredients or substances that trigger an adverse reaction in your sensitive skin, it is a good idea to steer clear of them at all costs. At Dermoi! we use our online store to list every key ingredient and its effects for every product, ensuring that you can experiment with new skincare products without the risk of harming your skin. Moreover, it could be beneficial to research certain key ingredients on online databases, such as the EWG Skin Deep Cosmetics Database, which offers empirical studies on a variety of different ingredients in the cosmetics industry. Furthermore, if you are enquiring about a specific skincare brand or product it may be useful to contact the manufacturer, either through social media or using the contact details listed on the particular packaging.
As the remedies for sensitive skin begin to build up, it can become overwhelming and difficult to decide which path to follow. Adding on to this, it can be a struggle to avoid certain ingredients or irritants, especially if you are using generic or low-quality skincare products. If you are tired of dealing with sensitive skin and would like to try more natural products, why not use one of our recommended products and see the true effects that active ingredients can have on sensitive skin?
Author: Melody Day