Finding the perfect skin care for sensitive skin is tricky, because what works for most skin types won’t always work for you too. So if you’re wondering why you’re still dealing with dehydrated, sensitive skin despite spending so much on skin care products, it might be that you’re using too many products on your skin, or aren’t using the right ones.
To help you find the holy grail skin care for sensitive skin, here are two important things you need to know: The skin care ingredients you need to avoid, and the skin care ingredients you need to look for.
Skin care ingredients to avoid
Is a product not helping soothe your sensitive skin or even making it worse? There might be something in its ingredients. Here are some common culprits that could trigger sensitive skin.
Harsh exfoliants. Many think exfoliating is the key to acne-free skin, but that might not be the case for everyone. If you have sensitive skin, Everyday Health suggested avoiding harsh exfoliating ingredients like alpha hydroxy acids, glycolic acid, and physical exfoliators such as granules.
Fragrance. Fragrances can be a mix of natural and chemical ingredients. Since companies aren’t required to disclose the formulation of their fragrances, it can be hard to tell what’s actually in them. Opt for fragrance-free products if you have dehydrated, sensitive skin.
Some essential oils. Some essential oils can be really potent and, therefore, harsh for the skin. Tea tree oil, for example, is safe in small, diluted doses or else could cause dryness and irritation—as explained by Marie Claire in a piece. Same goes for lavender, citrus, and mint oils.
Certain types of alcohol. Not all types of alcohol are triggering for sensitive skin, but some can be. Ethanol, isopropyl alcohol and benzyl alcohol are some common types you should avoid. They can be drying and dehydrating for the skin.
Skin care ingredients to look for
And of course, there are ingredients that could be beneficial for dehydrated, sensitive skin. Here are some.
Ceramides. Ceramides are fatty molecules naturally found in the skin. They decrease due to age, though, so when shopping for skin care for sensitive skin, look for ceramides—they could help your skin retain moisture, keeping it hydrated and soft.
Natural plant extracts. Many plant extracts could bring wonderful benefits to the skin. Mangosteen extract, for example, may help reduce the accumulation of bacteria on the skin, while calendula extract could help soothe irritated skin.
Prebiotics and probiotics. Pre and probiotics are not just for the gut. They’re good for the skin too! Healthline wrote that prebiotics and probiotics could help get the skin’s microbes back into balance, which, in turn, could help manage eczema, acne, dry skin, and wrinkles.
Glycerin and Vitamin E. Glycerin pulls water from the deeper levels of the skin into the outer layers to help moisturize it. And Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant, helping prevent cell damage.
Fatty alcohols. As mentioned earlier, not all types of alcohol are bad. Fatty alcohol, like cetyl and cetearyl alcohol, can have smoothening benefits that could help manage dehydrated, sensitive skin.
But here’s the big question—where do you find skin care products that have none of the triggering ingredients and are packed with only the good ones?
The holy grail skin care for sensitive skin
There’s a brand in the Philippines quickly gaining a cult following for its effective skin care solutions for acne-prone and dehydrated, sensitive skin.
Oxecure, a clinically-tested and award-winning dermo skin care brand, recently launched a sensitive line that introduces the #GentlePair, to help hydrate and repair sensitive skin.
The Gentle Pair consists of this duo: the Oxecure pH 5.5 Gentle Cleanser and the Oxecure Ultra Gentle Moisturizer. This holy grail skin care pairing is powered by up to 5X ceramides to help repair and support the skin’s moisture barrier, and natural extracts to help keep the skin nourished.
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The newly formulated Oxecure pH 5.5 Gentle Cleanser is an ultra-mild, non-irritating face and body cleanser. This new formulation has been improved by adding hydrating and soothing ingredients ideal for dehydrated and sensitive skin.
It’s now formulated with Multi-Calm Soothing Complex, which combines nine functional natural extracts to help hydrate, repair, and soothe your skin barrier while cleansing. It also contains glycerin, squalane, and organic aloe vera to help keep the skin hydrated and moisturized.
The pH 5.5 Gentle Cleanser is also powered with ceramides—a vital component in the skin, helping it look supple and smooth.
The NEW Oxecure Ultra Gentle Moisturizer is a lightweight, hypoallergenic, and dermatologically-tested moisturizer made especially for dehydrated, sensitive skin. It helps keep the skin smooth and hydrated, working to help repair skin barrier, soothe the skin, and help prevent itching and irritation.
This moisturizer may be ultra gentle, but it’s packed with powerful ingredients. It’s formulated with Amino Acid Aqua Technology that helps draw in moisture, ceramides (up to 5x!) that help boost skin barrier repair, calendula extract that helps soothe irritated skin, as well as pre and probiotics to help maintain the skin’s vitality and prevent dullness. That’s everything you’d want from skin care for sensitive skin.
Oxecure specializes in solutions for acne-prone and sensitive skin. The Thailand-born brand came to the Philippines in 2020, quickly growing a following among Filipino beauty enthusiasts. Since its launch just two years ago, Oxecure has already bagged over 18 beauty awards.
Looking for skin care for sensitive skin? Learn more about effective skin care solutions over at www.oxecure.ph. Follow Oxecure on social media through the links below.
Shop for Oxecure’s Gentle Pair in store at Watsons and online at Oxecure’s Shopee and Lazada official stores, Zalora, BeautyMNL and oxecure.ph.