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Finding the right skincare routine when you have sensitive skin can be tricky. You know you need to moisturise to stop your skin from drying out but putting too many different products on your face can cause further irritation. But by keeping things simple and picking the right products, you can have a tailor-made face routine that works for your skin type.
Your Morning Routine
Your morning routine should avoid scrubbing and focus on calming and refreshing skin ready for the day ahead. For this you’re going to need just three products: a cleanser, a toner and a moisturiser.
Step 1: Cleanse Your Skin Using a Sensitive Cleanser
Use a creamy cleanser to wipe away any residule make-up or grease from the night before. It’s best to use one that doesn’t need to be removed with water as this can trigger redness and inflame sensitive areas. Instead, opt for something like Nota Bene’s organic bergamot & chamomile cleanser that can be gently applied and wiped off using a warm muslin cloth.
Step 2: Apply a Sensitive Toner
A good toner is an essential part of a sensitive face routine as it cools and hydrates skin making sure it doesn’t dry out throughout the day. It also refreshes dull or tired skin by rejuvenating the tissue. This can help prevent signs of aging.
Nota Bene’s organic chamomile & geranium toner is packed full of ingredients specially formulated for sensitive skin. The combination of geranium water and orange blossom works to reduce any damage to the skin’s elastin fibers whilst simultaneously soothing any swelling or tenderness.
To use, moisten a makeup pad and delicately glide the toner over your face and neck. We recommended ditching the cotton pads for reusable bamboo pads. Not only are they a more sustainable option, but bamboo is also hypoallergenic, anti-microbial and anti-fungal!
Step 3: Moisturise Your Skin
Moisturising is probably the most important part of any sensitive skin routine. It’s vital to avoid dry skin and flare-ups of conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Make sure you massage a generous (but not stifling) amount of moisturiser into your face and neck each morning until it’s completely absorbed.
Again, we recommend Nota Bene’s organic bergamot & chamomile moisturiser as it’s been expertly balanced to nourish and restore delicate skin. Its jam jacked with natural ingredients like avocado oil, shea butter and essential oils which revitalizes your skin and helps prevent flare-ups.
Your Evening Routine
Follow the same 3 step cleanser, toner, moisturiser routine again just before bed. You will probably need to use slightly more cleanser than you would in the morning if you're wearing make-up. You can also afford to apply a bit more moisturiser for overnight hydration. In addition to this, add in the following step 4 two or three times a week as needed.
Step 4 (2-3 times a week): Exfoliate Gently
Exfoliating sensitive skin can seem daunting as it's more abrasive than the other steps in this guide. But it’s still essential to remove dead skin cells so your skin feels silky smooth. Luckily, Nota Bene’s organic bamboo exfoliator is perfect for sensitive skin as it uses only the fine grain of the jojoba plant to delicately cleanse the face.
This step should be added in after you’ve used your cleanser. Simple apply the exfoliator to damp skin and softly massage it in circles all over your face. Then remove it with a warm, damp muslin cloth and finish the routine as normal by toning and moisturising.