Answer: There are five different types of sensitive skin, but they all share one characteristic– they don’t seem to like make-up. Here are some easy to follow guidelines to be able to “rouge up” without irritation:
Sensitive Skin and Perfumes Don’t Mix
Select only fragrance-free skin care and make-up. Fully half of all sensitivity reactions are due to fragrances and scents in our cosmetics. And don’t be fooled by so-called natural or botanical scents. These actually may be especially big troublemakers. Both Almay and Clinique have full line of truely fragrance – free products.
Sensitive Skin and Shimmer
Leave products that shine and shimmer on the shelf. The glittery mica flakes in eyeshadows, lipsticks, and foundation which catch the light can provoke irritation.
Sensitive Skin and Gluten-Free Products
If you have eczema, gluten in routinue skin care products and make-up can trigger flare-ups. Studies have shown that people with eczema have a 300% increase risk for gluten allergies.
Sensitive Skin and Preservatives
Preservatives which are needed for all liquid or cream skin care products can trigger twitchy skin. Because they do not contain water, dry mineral based foundations, blush and shadows ( like Bare Minerals) need far less preservatives and can be better tolorated by irritable skins. Even better, they provide good quality sun protection which is especially important for sensitive skin.
Sensitive Skin and Cosmetic Labels
Become a compulsive label reader and avoid irritating ingredients like alcohol, camphor, mint and vitamin E. Yes, that vitamin E Apparently its a major skin allergen. Who knew??
Keep your skin calm by using fragrance free cleansers on your face and body. Aveeno brand cleansers also contain colloidal oatmeal which short circuits sensitivity reactions. California Baby Sensitive Skin Cleanser also excludes dairy, soy, peanuts and true tree nuts in their formulations.
One final thought. Buy your cosmetics from a company with consumer friendly policies. Sephora, CVS as well as Bath and Body Works will cheerfully refund you money if a purchase does not work for you– an especially important feature if your skin tends to over react.