How To Care For Sensitive Skin
Beauty therapist Sarah Chapman shows you how to care for sensitive skin, which you may have if your face has broken capillaries, flushing or allergic reactions.
The signs of sensitive skin
Your skin is sensitive if you have broken capillaries in your cheeks, your skin flushes easily, or you have allergic reactions to various products.
Test products before applying them to your skin. Apply a small amount to the area behind the ear so it won’t be visible. Leave for 24 hours and check the skin to see if it’s red, swollen or itchy.
Don’t use lukewarm water rather than hot water. Use a mild milk cleanser designed for sensitive skin. Remove with water or damp cotton wool.
Use moisturiser designed for sensitive skin. Try products containing lavender or horse chesnut which will calm the skin. Your moisturiser should have an SPF of at least 15 to protect you from the sun.
Use a gentle cream exfoliator, rather than a harsher granular exfoliator and apply to your face once a week.
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How To Care For Oily Skin
Beauty therapist Sarah Chapman shows you how to care for oily skin. Oily skin is shiny and thick with open pores and blackheads.
Step 1: The signs of oily skin
You may have oily skin if you press a tissue onto the skin and you can see oil, you have a shiny face that needs blotting, or you have open pores and blackheads.
Step 2: Cleansing
This will help stop spots and blackheads. Avoid alcohol based cleansers which strip skin and encourage more oil production. Use a face wash or oil-based cleanser. Don’t be afraid of using an oil based product – oil and water don’t mix, so oil cleansers are more effective at getting into pores and lifting excess oil out. Cleanse the skin morning and evening.
Step 3: Moisturising
Don’t be afraid to moisturise – oily skin still needs to be hydrated and protected from the sun, so use a lightweight, oil free moisturiser, with SPF 15. Apply twice daily after cleansing.
Step 4: Exfoliating
Tougher oily skins can be exfoliated 3 times a week. Use a granular exfoliator, and focus on oily, congested areas such as the chin, nose and T-zone areas.
Step 5: Hydrating
Drink plenty of water as oily skin may also be dehydrated – the oiliness of the skin will hide the lack of moisture. Try to drink 2 litres of water a day.
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