1. Always Patch Test Before Applying New Products.
Similar to airborne and food allergies, topical allergies are unique to the individual. A product that may work beautifully for one person can irritate another. We always recommend doing a patch test prior to using any product. Here’s how: place a small amount on the inside of the wrist or inner thigh and look for a reaction. If any redness or irritation occurs, stop using the product immediately.
2. Wash Wisely.
Keep skin clean and pore-clogging surface debris scarce by washing twice a day (any more can be too much for sensitive skin). Choose a mild cleanser and be gentle, rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water, blot dry with a fresh clean towel (no rubbing, please) and immediately apply moisturizer to damp, clean skin.
3. Moisturize Twice Daily.
Sensitive skin is even more vulnerable to the elements and will benefit from a protective moisturizer. Moisturize both morning and night to help prevent water loss and to help maintain a healthy barrier from the daily onslaught of environmental factors, including sun, pollution and wind.
Photography by Heather Talbert.