Are you a Cheeky with sensitive skin? Is it really a myth like they say it is? You know what I’m talking about right? Like the people who write in the reviews comments that it broke them out or it gave them a rash… and some folks are thinking, ‘No way, it worked for me’, yada yada. Turns out sensitive skin isn’t a myth, but it’s SUPER hard to define (Cheeky knew that!). So if you’re dealing with sensitive skin, it’s totally a real thing. For most of my childhood, I experienced the whole sensitive skin bit and then I seemingly grew out of it (for the most part, not totally). But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve been noticing more and more people referring to sensitive skin & then folks blasting them for it. It’s really quite a weird thing.
But anyways, sensitive skin is really just a catch all term and not necessarily one health condition. Folks with sensitive skin are more easily irritated by products, outside influences (sweat, sun), internal influences, etc. They will experience inflammation, redness, itching, stinging sensations, rash and even flakiness. This is often due to their compromised skin barriers – that’s generics, dryness or baseline inflammation like eczema.
So if this sounds like you, there are some things you’ll want to look out for:
- Avoid stress, anxiety and tension if you can
- Foaming products can easily irritate your skin
- Work into products slowly
- Seek mild formulas
- Check out cleansing oils
- Avoid harsh textured products
- Avoid ingredients like alcohol, sulfates, benzoyl peroxide in your skincare
- Use retinoids with caution
- Look for products that contain ceramides – they’re very helpful with maintaining and improving the skin’s barrier
- Hyaluronic acid & niacinamide ingredients will be your friend
- Your skin will love antioxidants and vitamins in skincare products
Now, if you follow those techniques, you should be on the up & up! But it never hurts to consider sensitive-skin friendly brands & products to add to your already amazing routine!
Your retinoid replacement
Dermalogica is a really great brand that focuses on ‘ultra calming’ products.
‘UltraCalming Barrier Repair is a unique anhydrous moisturizer from Dermalogica that melts gently into sensitized skin to soothe and reinforce the protective barrier. Contains no artificial fragrance or color.’
Avene is a French brand that too prides themselves in ‘skin recovery’ methods!
‘Avene Retinal 0.1 Intensive Cream visibly reduces the appearance of wrinkles to shave years off of your appearance. Patented relastide is a pro-elastin peptide that fills in wrinkles and fine lines to tone and firm your complexion while vitamin E reflects free radical damage and protects against damaging sun’s rays. Irregularities are reduced, leaving a radiantly youthful complexion in its wake.’
‘Avene Skin Recovery Cream moisturizes and soothes dry, red and environmentally damaged skin. Rich in thermal spring water, it provides healing effects to sensitive skin conditions including rosacea and eczema. Amino acids found in serine ensure your skin stays soft and moisturized with a boost of radiance.’
SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic Acid
‘SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic features a synergistic antioxidant combination of ferulic acid and pure vitamin C and E to enhance your skin’s protection against environmental damage caused by free radicals.’
EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46
‘A lightweight, oil-free sunscreen to protect acne-prone and sensitive skin.’
Some images & information compliments of their respective brands.
Other great sensitive skincare brands include:
- La Mer
- Hope in a Jar
- First Aid Beauty
- Sunday Riley
- La Roche-Posay
- Simple Sensitive Skin Experts
- Kora Organics
We’ve had many of Cheeky’s email us about their sensitive skin issues & I can say for sure that all of them had seen an improvement in their skin. Just give us a shout out in the comments section below and let us know.