Itching, redness, spots, tightness … Difficult to feel good for reactive skin, and therefore sensitive. It’s also not easy to find the right beauty routine when each change of product causes imperfections. Here are four natural actions to take care of your reactive skin and help it strengthen its protective hydrolipidic barrier.
Ban chemicals in the bathroom
The chemicals present in cosmetics attack reactive skin. Sort the products you use and eliminate those containing parabens, sulfates and preservatives.
Replace them with natural products from organic farming. Use soap enriched with papaya extract as it has calming, restorative and soothing properties.
Establish a face routine for reactive skin
Reactive skin is not a type of skin, it is the way your epidermis behaves. You may have dry, combination, or oily, reactive skin on your face. In all cases, you must choose products suitable for cleaning your face.
Micellar waters, hydrating mists, lotions, serums are the most essential products for the skin to be less reactive to free radicals and even balance them.
You can use a hydrating mist before applying your cleanser to the face, neck and décolleté. They refresh and help to feel clean. If you are performing a water rinse, then spray with thermal water or chamomile floral water to soothe your skin.
Complete this routine with a Vitamin C, E or argan oil moisturizer suitable for your skin type and needs.
Protect your reactive skin from external aggressions
To avoid redness, rosacea and hyperpigmentation spots, you must protect your skin from external aggressions such as the sun, cold or changes in temperature.
Try to keep your skin in a temperate environment: air conditioning or heating to the maximum, a shower that is too hot or too cold is all irritations that make your skin react.
Finally, the sun dries the skin and causes spots, in particular on sensitive reactive skin. When you go out, apply a protective cream on your face and if necessary on your body. If you are wearing makeup, apply a cream enriched with a sun protection filter (SPF). Remember to renew the application every two hours!
Choose the right foods
Whether you have reactive skin due to stress, a hormonal change or birth, a healthy lifestyle limits attacks and allows the skin to better defend itself.
Meals that are too rich or too spicy cause pimples and redness.
Balance and diversify your diet by adding fatty fish like mackerel, salmon and sardines. They help the skin to strengthen the hydrolipidic film from the inside. Better protected, it reacts less and you feel less discomfort. You can also consume oleaginous fruits (almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts) which play the role of anti-inflammatory drugs.
With these principles, you will relieve your reactive skin in the long term and learn to live with it much more easily!