Sensitive skin flare-ups can occur for many reasons and this unpredictability is frustrating to live with. It goes without saying that using gentle products in your skincare routine is crucial to not trigger your skin and to prevent causing long-lasting damage.
You may have been blessed with beautiful, clear and hydrated skin throughout your teens yet find by the age of 25 that it has developed sensitivity. That is because ageing, which we can’t control, is a cause of sensitive skin. As we grow up, we experience hormonal changes and expose ourselves to new triggers in different social environments. For example, air-conditioning, that you will find everywhere, can dry-out our skin and we are all aware that not protecting our skin from the sun can cause our skin to deteriorate as we age.
As such, we have compiled a list of 3 main skin care routine steps and tips that you should incorporate to help you reduce those irritating and sudden skin flare-ups. Our members have tried two gentle, hypoallergenic products in their skin care routine, Freeplus Watery Cream and Freeplus Mild Soap A that has helped them to adopt these tips easily.
1) Cleanse your face twice a day as part of your skincare routine
Any buildup of dirt can trigger sensitive skin – even as you sleep. That is why it is important to wash your skin both in the morning after you wake up and at night. In order to not strip your face from its vital nutrients due to cleansing twice a day, the routine use of a gentle cleansing product such as Freeplus Mild Soap A is key. Try and Review member JuneL has loved ‘the foamy texture since the first try. She says it’s ‘Really suitable for my dry skin type because it’s very gentle yet can take off all the impurities’. ‘It’s pretty straightforward, ‘ says criszara. Apply a small amount on your palm and lather it then its starts foaming up. It’s mild and gentle to the skin with no strong smell and no stinging sensation.’
2) Refrain from using skincare products with strong fragrance
Perfume is a harsh irritant that can trigger redness and break-outs for sensitive skin. Even if you don’t see the effects of fragrance products immediately and believe your skin is fine, chances are that they are causing micro irritations that will adversely affect you a few years down the road. The use of a botanical rich, fragrance-free moisturizer such as Freeplus Watery Cream can help to soothe and hydrate your skin in the humid asian weather without stinging your skin. Our member cammpupot is a big fan, she told us it’s ‘perfect for tropical weather and a must try for those with sensitive skin’. Shaoxuan80 agrees with her, reporting that ‘Overall the cream works on my skin. After using my skin is hydrated and it is easily absorbed. No fragrance suits my sensitive skin.’’
3) Use water-based products in your routine to retain hydration and keep your skin cool
Micellar waters are known as the most neutral, non-irritating makeup removing products you can use. Being water-based, they give instant hydration, non-abrasive on your sensitive skin and the most natural way of keeping your skin cool which is a must in Asia’s heat and humidity. After make-up removal and cleansing, use a water-based moisturiser for sensitive skin such as Freeplus Watery Cream that will continue to hydrate your skin as you work, sleep and play. Ivykoh2 reviewed that ‘As it is more watery, it gets absorbed by the skin really quickly, leaving the skin bouncy and hydrated throughout the night’. Jasminetoh enthuses that her skin feels supple and hydrated in an instant. ‘I like that it has a cooling sensation which is perfect for our year-round summer weather throughout the day.’
Bonus Tip: Use skin products that rely more on natural ingredients
Babies have beautifully soft skin, you wouldn’t dream of rubbing it with a harsh cloth or product so why inflict that on your own skin? Natural ingredients will help to keep your skin baby soft and hydrated. In the olden days where we did not have lab-made products, many women relied on the power of herbs to detoxify and maintain clear skin, reducing redness and rashes. Freeplus Watery Cream and Freeplus Mild Soap A contain many key botanicals including Jujube Extract for it’s collagen boosting properties with Citrus Peel acting to protect from damage caused by UV. The addition of Coix Seed Extract has an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect on the skin, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Leaf Extract helps to calm and soothe whilst Peach Kernel Oil will both cleanse and soften.
Start your new sensitive skincare routine today
Now you know that a good twice-daily routine using natural, botanical products will help you to keep your sensitive skin clear, hydrated and looking its best. Perfumed products and heat are to be avoided as much as possible to avoid those nasty flare-ups. Now, sadly, there is no one-size-fits-all solution for sensitive skins as they all have different triggers. But, sticking to our 5 skincare routine steps and tips may help you to manage your skin better.
Freeplus Mild Soap A was top rated by 7 in 10 ladies for leaving them with no tightness, while 8 in 10 ladies rated Freeplus Watery Cream full stars for being non-sticky. cammpupot concludes ‘I’ve tried a number of moisturizers and I have to say that this one is the BEST so far! It’s fragrance-free, super lightweight and doesn’t irritate my skin, even in combination with other skincare or make-up products’.