Natural Skincare for Sensitive Skin

Many of us associate with the term sensitive skin. Whether it’s being careful with all new beauty products, or just avoiding that one active ingredient that breaks us out, having sensitive skin can often leave us disgruntled and frustrated with the vast amount of beauty products out there. How can you know which product is right for sensitive skin? How can you guarantee that new ingredient won’t leave you with a rash? What ingredients are right for sensitive skin?

What is sensitive skin?

Sensitive skin can be a long-term concern or may be temporary with age and hormones. It’s likely that all of us will experience more sensitive skin at one point in our lives. Sensitive skin can easily be irritated and may react to certain products with redness, burning, or itching. 

With sensitive skin, proper and gentle skincare is important

While many people can have a skin reaction at some point or another to a product or ingredient, those with persistent issues are classified as having sensitive skin. Here are some of the signs of sensitive skin:

Skin easily flushes - Redness is a common sign of sensitive skin, whether it is genetic or a reaction to certain ingredients. Those with truly sensitive skin have this reaction often. 

Prone to rashes and bumps - Frequent rashes and tiny red bumps are a sign of sensitivity. 

Products sting or burn - People with sensitive skin tend to have a thinner skin barrier, allowing the ingredients in skincare products to sting or burn. Don’t overload sensitive skin with harsh ingredients. Stick with gentle, natural products.

Dry patches - Dryness and irritation of the skin may be signs of eczema, a type of dermatitis characterized by a leaky skin barrier that doesn’t effectively trap moisture. Scaling and flaking develops the longer the dryness persists. 

Itchy skin - Itchy, taut skin is a symptom of sensitive skin that can be easily exacerbated by washing with hot water. Switch to a lukewarm temperature.

Broken Capillaries - Broken capillaries are tiny blood vessels that become visible near the surface of the skin and are often seen on the nose and cheeks. Those with sensitive skin, which is thin and has fewer protective layers, are more prone to having visible broken capillaries.

Fragrance is an issue - Scented products are a common trigger for those with sensitive skin and they can quickly inflame the skin. 


Is natural skincare good for sensitive skin?

Overuse of skincare products and ingredients are often responsible for damaging the skin barrier, which leads to an even greater reliance on multiple products. When we strip our skincare back to natural, minimal ingredients from plants, the skin thrives.

Less is more

People with sensitive skin are starting to realise that instead of needing lots of products, it is possible to have strong healthy skin with fewer products. Instead of ten-step routines, skinimalists (like us) believe two steps can be enough.

Using fewer products is one thing but those with sensitive skin should look to use fewer ingredients on their skin so as to care for the skin more gently and avoid allergens or sensitivities. Use products that contain fewer, highly effective ingredients that help the skin be healthier.



Natural ingredients for sensitive skin

The key when searching for skincare for sensitive skin is to look for products that work with minimal ingredients that are naturally derived. Shopping for products with fewer artificial ingredients reduces the likelihood of a bad reaction to the new product.

The use of AHAs and retinoids have seen growing popularity over the past few years. But with overuse or lack of information, these active ingredients can damage our skin barrier and generate bad reactions or enhanced skin sensitivity. Those that overuse skincare containing acids or retinol often report heightened skin sensitivity, prolonged redness and even breakouts or rash-like irritation. Natural alternatives to these ingredients can offer a gentler option for your skin, with the same great benefits. 

Enzymes from plant sources, such as fruit, are often used in skincare products for their exfoliating benefits; they help to dissolve and unglue the bonds between dead skin cells which causes the skin to exfoliate and slough off. Enzymes offer the gentlest form of exfoliation and do so without disrupting the skin’s pH. This makes them ideal for more sensitive complexions and for our overall skin health.



A natural skincare routine for sensitive skin

We recommend following this gentle, 3-step routine to nourish sensitive skin, whilst strengthening your skin’s health.

Step 1: Cleanse

Use a gentle cleansing balm to remove any impurities and makeup. Use a warm, damp muslin cloth (or just some warm water) to rinse away. Our Calm Shift cleansing balm is gentle so won’t leave your skin feeling tight or dry.

Step 2: Hydrate

Over clean skin, spritz over our Brighten Up balancing face mist. This mist contains Pomegranate Enzymes which act as a natural alternative to AHA’s. This mist will help to exfoliate and tone your skin - whilst leaving it feeling refreshed and hydrated. 

Step 3: Nourish

Apply 2-3 drops of a nourishing facial serum. The five ingredients used in our Deep Feed serum are powerful anti-ageing oils that reduce inflammation, smooth wrinkles and intensely nourish, without leaving your skin looking or feeling greasy. You can use this serum in replace of a moisturiser.

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February 08, 2022 — Five Dot