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October, 10 2017

How to achieve a natural skincare routine for sensitive skin


Louise @JdeV Chorley store

Finding products that won’t upset or irritate your skin can be tricky, especially if you suffer from sensitive skin that’s easily stressed and prone to redness. High street brands certainly don’t make the task any easier as their products are often full of suspicious ingredients and artificial fragrances, which is why so many people are converting to natural alternatives.

Surprisingly, many of our new customers are often amazed by the range of skincare products that are available to them but this sometimes makes decision-making a little bit harder – after all, we all struggle with what to choose when there’s too much choice available! That’s why I’ve compiled a list of my favourite skincare products for sensitive skin, including cleansers, toners, moisturisers and scrubs!

Cleansers

Cleansing is an extremely important part of the three-step cleanse/tone/moisturise routine that most of us do on a daily basis. At the end of a long day, cleansing can help to rid your skin ofexcess oil and impurities, including any residual make-up! However, if you have sensitive skin you may have found cleansers to be quite harsh sometimes stripping away vital oil and moisture, and leaving your skin with a less-than-rosy red glow.

Fortunately, there are a variety of natural cleansers to choose from and some are even specially formulated for sensitive skin types! On the lower side of our price range sits, at just £8.12. It’s a delicate concoction Sukin’s Sensitive Cleansing Lotion infused with cooling cucumber and nourishing rosehip oil. Ideal for strengthening your skin and protecting it from scavenging free-radical molecules, this lotion contains absolutely NO parabens or synthetic fragrances< – nothing but cruelty-free natural ingredients here!

At the other end of our price range there’s Dr Hauschka’s Soothing Cleansing Milk. A luxurious blend of sweet almond oil and jojoba oil, this cleansing ‘milk’ is gorgeously creamy and extremely on sensitive skin, helping to remove impurities whilst leaving skin feeling soft and hydrated. Vegan-friendly and dermatologically tested, no parabens, preservatives or synthetic fragrances were used in the making of this cleanser! Please check out the video below for more information.

Toners

Toners often mystify even the most devoted skincare enthusiast. What purpose do they actually serve and do they really help your skin? My colleague Melodie explores toners more thoroughly in her article ‘What does a toner do for your skin?’ All I’ll say for now is that toning your skin may have a number of surprising benefits but picking the right toner can make all the difference, especially if you have sensitive skin.

As Melodie recommended in her article, Avalon Organics Brilliant Balance Hydrating Toner definitely deserves a mention and, at just £8.99, it’s ideal if you’re on a budget! Not only does it contain extracts of cleansing aloe vera and calming lavender oil, it also provides a probiotic action thanks to the inclusion of kombucha.

At the other end of the price spectrum we have Antipodes’ Ananda Antix Gentle Toner at £21.99. One of our premium skincare brands, Antipodes combines sweet Bulgarian rose oil with mineral-rich Waiwera artesian water. Excellent at calming the effects of environmental pollutants, it’s perfect for soothing sensitive skin and supplying almost instantaneous hydration! Dermatologically approved, this is one nourishing toner that I’m always happy to recommend!

Moisturisers

If you have sensitive skin, the last thing you want is to deprive your skin of hydration. Having dry skin can make you more vulnerable to pathogens as well as bacterial infections so moisturising is extremely important. All of our moisturisers here at Jan de Vries are brimming with nourishing plant-based ingredients – just check out Anne’s article, ‘7 great ingredients for a natural moisturiser’ for more information!

When it comes to affordability, Lavera’s Basis Sensitive Moisturising Cream definitely ticks all of our boxes! It’s a light, gentle formula that absorbs easily into skin without leaving any greasy residues. Packed with collagen-boosting antioxidants, including vitamins C & E, it helps to refresh and soften skin using a blend of jojoba oil, rose water and witch hazel. Lavera are an award-winning brand, and at just £10.45, their moisturiser is definitely worth every penny.

Once again, our fantastic skincare brand Dr Hauschka take prime position on the list when it comes to more luxurious skincare options, at £29.50. Their Rose Day Cream is incredible at hydrating and nourishing sensitive skin, even helping to reduce redness and irritation! Infused with extracts of rose petals, rosehips and St John’s Wort, it definitely has an amazing range of ingredients that are ideal for soothing your troubled skin.

Make-up removers, masks and oils!

Okay, so you’ve got some product ideas for your basic routine but what about the extras? Having a great make-up remover on hand is always a good idea, not to mention a gorgeously nourishing face mask so you can pamper yourself at the weekend. Well, fortunately I have some wonderful recommendations for these products too and I can’t wait to share them with you!

Make-up removers

When it comes to stubborn make-up, it’s always worthwhile having an effective make-up remover on hand. We already have a list of our favourite make-up removers, but I’m going to focus more on make-up removers that are aimed towards sensitive skin.

My personal favourite in this category is definitely Pacifica’s Cactus Cleansing Tonic, which is highly suitable for a variety of different skin types! At £12.99, it’s a middle of the range product, enriched with rosemary, jasmine and grapefruit water, that gently removes tough make-up residues whilst gently refreshing and toning your skin. If you’re on the go, you might also be interested in Pacifica’s Coconut Water Natural Cleansing Wipes, which are great for removing excess oil and make-up quickly and effectively!

Face masks

Who doesn’t love pampering themselves at the weekend with a lovely, nourishing face mask? If you’ve got sensitive skin though, the chances are you’ve had some less than positive experiences with face masks! Don’t let that deter you, though; there are plenty of natural face masks that can definitely help to improve your skin and leave you with a radiant, healthy glow!

My favourite face mask for sensitive skin is definitely Green People’s Vita Min Mask, which hovers firmly in the middle of our price range at £16.00. As the name may suggest, this face mask is chockfull of antioxidants and vitamins, containing nutrient-rich seaweed and hydrating hemp seed oil to help fortify your skin against free-radical damage and even the effects of premature ageing! If you want to learn more, please check out the video below.

Oils

Oils might sound like a nightmare if you suffer from oily skin but, as my colleague Jeanette explores in her article ‘Why your face care routine should involve more oil’ having a good oil on your side can make a world of difference to your skin. If you have sensitive skin though, you may need to be extra careful as some essential oils can be quite harsh!

This is why I’d recommend rosehip oil. It’s a dry oil, which means that it absorbs quickly into your skin, and it’s absolutely brimming with vitamin C! Anne goes into more detail about the benefits of rosehip oil in her article ‘Why are rosehips so good for your skin,’ if you want to learn more.

 Kinvara are our experts when it comes to rosehip oil and their Rosehip Face Serum is rich in omega-3 oil in addition to rosehip oil, helping to repair dry or damaged skin! At £24.95 it’s one of the pricier products on this list so if you just want a no-thrills rosehip oil, I’d suggest trying Sukin’s Certified Rose Hip Oil, which contains 100% natural, organic rosehip oil and comes in at £14.24