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Day 13: The best beauty tips for sensitive skin

Learn what beauty products to favor and the best ways to care for your reactive skin!

On day 1 of the program you learned the differences between sensitive skin, allergy-prone skin and reactive skin. What all of these skin types have in common is how important it is to use the right skincare products. Unlike normal skin types, people with sensitive skin (or sensitized skin) need to be extra careful about what they put on their faces and bodies to avoid flare-ups, reactions or breakouts.

Which skincare products to toss and which to favor

Dr. Lebar says to steer clear from essential oils, perfume, alcohol, anti-acne products (they can contain harsh ingredients), harsh exfoliating products, and self-foaming cleansers. Instead, choose hypoallergenic products and ones that say they are for sensitive skin, like Biotherm’s Life Plankton Sensitive Emulsion™. Also, it’s a good idea to consider using micellar water to cleanse your face morning and night: “Hard water can cause tingling or burning sensations and can make your skin look red or feel hot,” says Dr. Lebar. However not all is lost if you still prefer to use tap water and a gentle non-foaming cleanser – just follow-up with toner (just like you would after a workout) in order to remove residue and rebalance your skin’s pH.

Stick to a few skincare essentials

When you have sensitive skin you should try to avoid changing your skincare products too often. Once you find ones that work for you and don’t cause any problems, it’s best to continue to use them on a regular basis. Only incorporate new products very slowly and do a patch test first.

Tomorrow we’re shifting gears and we’ll be discussing the benefits that massage has on sensitive skin. However, not just any massage…shiatsu!

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