4 Products to Soothe Sensitive Skin

Coping with sensitive skin is, well, a sensitive issue. There’s lots of trial and error involved, and it can often result in unnecessary dollars spent, tons of product wasted, and endless frustration. Anyone who regularly wages war with ruddy skin, irritation, and itchiness knows this all too well.

In the interest of alleviating your stress (which, by the way, can make those sensitive skin woes even worse) and easing your skin’s discomfort, we’ve rounded up four of the most effective products for sensitive skin. The next time your cheeks, nose, and forehead decide to flare up, you’ll have just the thing in your beauty arsenal to put an end to the misery.

Moisturize Gently

A healing moisturizer is the key to soothing inflamed skin that doesn’t respond to traditional products. Pevonia Soothing Sensitive Skin Cream ($48.79) is formulated specifically to treat redness resulting from irritation and rashes. Its cocktail of aloe and propolis helps relax oversensitive patches and decongestion. Your skin does its best work overnight, so apply it liberally before bed and enjoy softer, more comfortable skin by morning.

 

Treat Specifically

Sometimes it’s just a few select areas that need a little TLC. Keep a tube of Avene Antirougeurs FORT Relief Concentrate ($29.99) in your medicine cabinet for those moments when your skin really freaks out and needs immediate treatment. Free of parabens and fragrances, it diminishes ruddiness and calms the symptoms of rosacea. It’s also hypoallergenic, so you can feel safe using it when your skin needs some serious help.

 

Cleanse Softly

Avoid cleansers that strip your skin and opt for a milder product, like bareMinerals Pure Plush Gentle Deep Cleansing Foam ($19.99). Infused with gentle elderflower and rosemary extracts, it drenches skin with moisture will leaving it soft and refreshed. A little bit goes a long way—that’s important to remember when your skin is sensitive. Avoid overusing products or doing too much to your skin in general.

Cover Up

Sometimes you have no option but to conceal sensitive skin before you head out the door. It’s a good idea to keep a potent product like Dermablend Cover Crème Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($26.99) on hand for such emergencies. Available in a whopping 21 shades (there is truly one for every skin tone!), it provides instant full coverage on even the most difficult spots. Long-lasting coverage means you’ll never have to worry about it smudging or budging, and essential sunscreen protects your skin from those harmful ultraviolet rays.

Detecting and Treating Rosacea Skin Redness

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If you have never experienced the undesirable flushed-face-look in which the redness lingers way longer than you’d like, chances are, you’ve seen it happen to someone else. Facial rosacea is a common chronic inflammatory skin condition in which the skin becomes red and looks flushed. There are three stages of facial rosacea. Depending on the stage, the redness can come and go, or persist. If left untreated, the condition will worsen. Some facial Rosacea causes may include the sun, heat, stress, alcohol and certain types of food. Facial rosacea affects more adult women than men and research shows that those of English, German or Irish decent are more prone to facial rosacea. Some common signs of facial rosacea include:

A red, rounded nose
Pimples
Spider-like blood vessels
Irritated eyes (appear bloodshot)

Three stages of facial rosacea:
Pre-Rosacea is the mildest form. The skin has a minor Rosacea redness that comes and goes. The Rosacea redness tends to be concentrated around the nose, cheeks and chin. Pre-rosacea is also accompanied by pimple-like bumps.  In pre-rosacea, once the Rosacea causes are gone, so is the redness.

Vascular Rosacea is Rosacea redness that persists.  In vascular rosacea the nose and cheeks may become swollen and enlarged blood vessels become much more noticeable. These symptoms will stick around even after the Rosacea causes are removed.

Inflammatory Rosacea is the most severe case of facial rosacea. In addition to constant Rosacea redness, inflammatory rosacea can bring pustule, red bumps and cysts.

Facial Rosacea Remedies:
Use a gentle Rosacea cleanser such as DDF Sensitive Skin Cleansing Gel, which is designed for sensitive skin.

Prep your skin with a Rosacea cream such as the Murad Correcting Moisturizer, which minimizes redness with a color-correcting tint.

Use a Rosacea cream treatment like DDF Sensitive Redness Relief that contains anti-inflammatory ingredients, reduces redness and corrects and protects skin. The Rosacea cream treatments can be applied day or night and is designed for an even skin tone.

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