Sometimes it’s hard to follow the rules.
Take exfoliation, for example. We know we gotta do it, but if we have sensitive skin, that ain’t so easy. That’s skin that turns red just by looking at it. It screams in pain when you wash it.
How can we go the extra mile and get those dead cells off without traumatizing our skin even more?!
I hear ya, girlfriend. And I’m here to help. Exfoliating sensitive skin is SO hard but doable. Here are your three options:
1. Exfoliate uber sensitive skin With A Washcloth
When all else fails, try a washcloth. It’s by far the gentlest option there is. So gentle, even most people with sensitive skin can use it daily. But if you find your sensitive skin can’t take even that, cut back to once or twice a week.
How do you use a washcloth? With your fave cleanser. And apply moisturizer afterwards.
Just make sure your washcloth is completely dry. A damp washcloth may seem innocent enough, but it’s actually a playground for bacteria. Those pesky little nuisances thrive in humid environments!
2. Exfoliate mildly sensitive skin with Lactic Acid
If your skin can take something that’s a little more heavy-duty, go with lactic acid. It’s an alpha hydroxy acid (AHAs) that dissolves the “glue” that holds skin cells together and hydrates skin to boot. Out of all the AHAs, it’s the gentlest.
The only problem? It’s hard to find an exfoliant or serum with just lactic acid. Usually, it tags along with his other AHAs friends, like glycolic acid. You could use those too, but I find lactic acid alone is gentler.
Just don’t use it more than once a week. Your skin can’t take more exfoliation than that.
- DHC Renewing AHA Cream (£30.80): available at Feel Unique
- The Inkey List Lactic Acid Serum (£7.99): available at Cult Beauty and Feel Unique
- The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2% (£5.50): available at Beauty Bay, Cult Beauty and Feel Unique
3. Exfoliate Sensitive And Acne-Prone Skin With Salicylic Acid
Cursed with both sensitive skin and acne (cos, you know, bad things never come alone)?
Then your best bet is salicylic acid. It’s a superexfoliant that gets inside the pores and removes all the crap that clogs them up and makes us breakout. It also has anti-inflammatory properties so it can soothe your sensitive skin too.
When you’re dealing with sensitive skin, less is always more. Use small doses (no more than 1%) once a week.
- Paula’s Choice Calm Redness Relief 1% BHA Lotion Exfoliant ($27.00): available at Feel Unique, Nordstrom, Paula’s Choice and Selfridges
- Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% Bha Liquid ($29.00): available at Nordstrom and Feel Unique.
- The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution ($5.30): saailable at Asos, Cult Beauty and Sephora.
How do you exfoliate your sensitive skin? Share your tips and fave products in the comments below.
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