How do I know if my skin is sensitive?

Sensitive skin has lower tolerance levels. Temperature changes, stress, pollution, sunshine and unsuitable skin care products can easily throw sensitive skin off balance. Whether dry skin, oily, or a combination of both, sensitive skin is quick to show when it’s unhappy. But there are ways to soothe and manage the condition with the best moisturizer for sensitive skin and other carefully chosen products.

1. What is sensitive skin?

You may have had sensitive skin most of your life, or have only recently experienced skin sensitivity in certain circumstances (like on a hot day) or when using cosmetic products. Figuring out whether you have sensitive skin can sometimes be confusing because all skin types are capable of being sensitive at times. So let’s talk about what sensitive skin is and its causes before getting to grips with how best to manage it.

First off – sensitive skin is not a skin type, it’s a condition. So if your skin is dry, rough and dull, you have sensitive dry skin and will benefit from following a regimen of skin care for dry sensitive skin. You might find your skin is not only sensitive, but has an oily T-zone and a dryer cheek area – this means you have sensitive combination skin, or sensitive oily skin if the oiliness extends across the cheeks. Sensitive skin can be a challenge to diagnose and manage because it varies in so many ways – from a periodic redness and mild itching to severe inflammation and skin allergies. Sensitive skin may be a short term condition or a permanent one.

You have sensitive skin if you regularly show all or a combination of these symptoms: skin redness and a tendency to blush or have flushed skin, itching and burning, dry skin that doesn't protect nerve endings as it should, and pustules or skin bumps. Having sensitive skin usually means you are more reactive to certain ingredients or products. A reaction can be as mild as itching or stinging without any redness, or as severe as swelling and scaling.

Just as skin sensitivity has many symptoms, it also has a long list of causes. Although there is still a lot that we don’t understand about the condition – most agree that sensitive skin’s barrier that holds in moisture and keeps out harmful substances is less effective.

This could be the result of genetics, extremely dry skin, aging, stress and anxiety, or an underlying condition like eczema.

2. Sensitive skin care off to the right start

Thrown off-kilter, sensitive skin needs to be rehydrated. Reducing irritation to sensitive skin can be as simple as using products that are formulated for your skin type and sensitive to the condition of your skin. Cleansers, toners, and moisturizers with harsh ingredients can irritate your skin. Sensitive skin care products are designed to help the skin hold in moisture and act as a barrier.

The vital first step to any beauty routine – cleansing revs-up your skin’s circulation to visibly boost radiance, and preps it to receive the full benefits of the treatments to follow.

The best face wash for sensitive skin gently polishes away dead surface cells, makeup, excess oil, bacteria, and pore-clogging debris, allowing your skin to breathe. You’re looking for a product that is as effective as a soap, but as gentle as a cream.

For extremely sensitive skin, try a face wash that lifts away makeup and impurities without the need for water. Clarins Cleansing Micellar Water cleanses and soothes in one step. This gentle facial cleanser creates the sensation of water-fresh cleansing, but without the water or the need to rinse! A duo of two organic Alpine plant extracts—Organic Golden Gentian and Organic Lemon Balm—soothes and softens, leaving skin visibly hydrated, supple, and velvety-smooth.

If your beauty routine includes a toner, make sure you use the best toner for sensitive skin that’s gentle and alcohol-free. A gentle toner should remove every last trace of your face wash for sensitive skin, leaving even the most sensitive skin visibly soft, comfortable, and refreshed. Use the alcohol-free Clarins Soothing Toning Lotion for dry sensitive skin that harnesses the softening plant power of Purple Coneflower and Organic Chamomile extracts to remove every last trace of cleanser, leaving skin soothed, balanced, and refreshed. The perfect way to prep your skin to absorb your moisturizer for sensitive skin.

When choosing a face moisturizer for sensitive skin, keep in mind that your moisturizer not only visibly hydrates your skin, it also decreases the risk of damage to it from the harmful effects of stress and pollution. Clarins’ Day Creams contain an Anti-Pollution Complex that can help to shield dry sensitive skin from harsh environmental influences that lead to flare-ups and irritation.

Usually, sensitive skin on the face means sensitive skin on the body. So treat the skin on your body with the same TLC you’d give to facial skin. Clarins Body-Smoothing Moisture Milk with Aloe Vera is a body moisturizer for all skin types that’s delicately scented with a whisper of sweet Neroli. This lightweight body milk melts right in for visibly soft, supple, velvety-smooth skin while Organic Aloe Vera extract moisturizes and soothes all skin types, including sensitized skin.

Clarins SOS Hydra Refreshing Hydration Mask visibly calms irritations and restores radiance in just 10 minutes! Super-quenching Organic Leaf of Life extract visibly smooths fine lines, while Hyaluronic Acid helps to lock moisture into the skin for hours of continuous hydration.

3. Take care of sensitive skin 24/7

Don’t forget that taking care of sensitive skin does not begin and end with your morning and evening skin care routine. Sensitive skin needs care around the clock so remember to take your skin condition into account when choosing makeup for sensitive skin. Look out for an innovative foundation for sensitive skin that combines makeup and skin care, and ultimately good for sensitive skin. The best foundation for sensitive skin delivers excellent coverage while being light enough to allow the skin to breathe.

In summer as well as winter, always include a sunscreen that is good for sensitive skin. Sun and heat can aggravate sensitive skin, so use a sunscreen all year round that has an SPF of 30 or higher. Clarins has broad spectrum sunscreens with SPF of 50 providing an innovative Anti-Pollution Complex.

Clarins' best skin care products for sensitive skin give you simple but effective ways to give your sensitive skin all the care it deserves!

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