Having sensitive skin can be a problem when you love to do makeup and make yourself look good. It is important to choose a proper skin regimen to prevent reactions from the cosmetics you are going to apply in your skin. So, it pays off to visit your dermatologist to know more about your skin, its aversions, and the appropriate contents of your makeup that will relieve skin irritations and will soothe your skin.
It is a common knowledge that every person’s skin reacts differently to various types of makeup. Unfortunately, there is no standard makeup for all that would fit each of these different skin types. But no worries, we are here to guide you on how you can still do makeup for your sensitive skin.
Here are a few tips you can follow:
1. Taking care of your sensitive skin
The first important step is always to take care of your skin. It means that you shouldn’t overdo the makeup to avoid any irritation and make sure to use a cleanser to remove the excess makeup before you sleep at night. You shouldn’t let the makeup stay overnight to keep your pores clean and itch-free.
Also, choose brands that are hypoallergenic or those that are specially made for sensitive skin. These should help you get your makeup game on without getting any rashes or itches. Don’t force yourself to use a brand that causes your allergies to appear. Maintaining healthy skin is more important than getting to use a brand of cosmetics that don’t dry your skin for about a day or two. Besides, there are other alternatives available in the market that would be suitable for your skin. Products made with antioxidants, and pure shea butter also works well with sensitive skin.
Maintaining your tools used for makeup is also part of taking care of your skin. Make sure to clean your cosmetic brushes often using water with soap and throw away old cosmetic sponges that look too worn out. Old makeup that has been left open for about a year isn’t suitable for use with sensitive skin. Don’t risk having skin allergy for expired makeup as it is cheaper to buy a new one than spend for medication.
2. Avoiding components that cause skin irritation
Makeup is composed of several components which are mostly chemicals that may or may not irritate. It’s always good to know which ingredients irritate your skin. Here are a few chemical ingredients you should watch out for when checking the components of your makeup that can be a terrible allergen to your skin:
• Acetylated Lanolin alcohol
• Benzoyl peroxide
• Beta Hydroxyl acid / Salicylic acid
• Bismuth oxychloride
• Boric acid
• EDTA or Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid
• PABA or Para-Aminobenzoic acid
• Petrolatum / Petroleum jelly
These chemicals are commonly found in skincare products so make sure you’re on the lookout for any of these familiar chemical ingredients. Sometimes there aren’t any warning labels found in cosmetics, so make it a habit to check what ingredients are used in what you buy to avoid any possible common allergens.
Botanicals in makeup are also some things you should look out for. Being a natural ingredient doesn’t mean that it isn’t an allergen for your sensitive skin. Consult a dermatologist if necessary when you buy natural products for your skin as these may have unintended side effects that can worsen your skin allergy or permanently damage your skin layers. When all else fails, go for the brands that you know are suitable for your sensitive skin.
3. Choosing the right brand
A lot of new kinds of makeup have appeared in the market, and for someone with sensitive skin, it can be a hassle to determine whether it is safe to use those kinds of makeup on your skin. It would help to ask your dermatologist for their top picks of skin products for your skin. Also, ask them for some advice on the appropriate contents that makeup should possess to lessen irritation, and maximize the glow of your skin.
Most makeup for sensitive skin is hypoallergenic, and it is a good investment for someone who loves to look beautiful or pretty. These makeups are not necessarily expensive, but it is a good deal to purchase a quality makeup that enriches your skin from the inside and makes you great on the outside.
It would help for someone who has sensitive skin to have a patch test before using a certain kind of makeup. A patch test determines the compatibility of skincare and makeup products before use to prevent inflammation of the skin. It is done by applying the makeup in your neck because it has a thinner and reactive skin if there is a negative reaction such as rash or itch, then avoid using the product. But if there is no reaction, then it can be a good product for your skin.