Sensitive skin is a struggle and can come with time if you didn’t always have sensitive skin. Side effects like redness, inflammation, itchiness, dryness, blotchy spots, and more are caused by many factors, ranging from pollutants such as smoke, chemicals to genetics, or wrong product use. If you have sensitive skin, you know how difficult it can be to try new products without irritating your skin.
That’s why we’ve created this guide of key natural ingredients to look out for that are really beneficial for sensitive skin types. Keep an eye out for the following ingredients to support your sensitive skin and give you the healthy glow you’re looking for without the irritation.
Best ingredients for sensitive skin:
Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a beloved ingredient in the skincare industry for its incredible antioxidant properties to protect the skin from environmental stressors. Vitamin C exfoliates pores to encourage skin cell turnover, meaning it brightens dark spots and hyperpigmentation at a quicker rate. Since sensitive skin is commonly caused by dryness and irritation, the hydration and protective benefits of our Vitamin C Foaming Face Wash can bring the benefits of this active ingredient in a more gentle format. Just be sure to use SPF after using Vitamin C, as it can make your skin more sensitive to sun exposure. Better yet, stick to using it at night so your skin can boost its beauty sleep!
Aloe vera is a skin-soothing must have, packed with vitamin A, vitamin C, and antioxidants to protect and calm irritated skin. Aloe vera feels cooling to the touch, which brings much-needed relief to sensitive skin. Aloe can also be soothing for sunburns, which can actually happen in the winter from the reflection of the sun on the white snow. Aloe Vera Foaming Face Washes are impressive in their ability to refine pores and hydrate the skin, making it a popular sensitive skin ingredient that has been used for centuries.
The word “acid” may be intimidating and sound counterintuitive, but the truth is that hyaluronic acid is an incredible humectant, which is a substance that holds onto water. Hyaluronic acid is special as it can hold 100x its weight in water, and holds it in the skin for all-day moisture. This ingredient is commonly found in moisturizers and face creams, but can also be used in a face wash or moisturizer to replenish moisture after cleansing.
Ubtan may not be familiar to you but is common in India to give a glow to brides and grooms for their big wedding day. It is chock full of antioxidants, natural exfoliators, and brighteners like turmeric, almond, saffron, rose, and sandalwood. These skin-soothing ingredients are featured in our Ubtan Foaming Face Wash to brighten sensitive skin.
Ceramides are fatty acids that are naturally found in the membranes of your cells. Ceramides work to strengthen your skin’s natural defense against pollutants and toxins while keeping moisture in. Ceramides can be found in face washes and moisturizers to protect the skin and keep it supple, even during the driest months.
Calendula is a flower that contains oleanolic acid and quercetin, packed with powerful antioxidant properties to protect the skin. This natural ingredient is commonly used in calming teas and sensitive skincare products to soothe, combat extreme dryness, and help plump the skin for a more youthful appearance and feel. Calendula is a very helpful ingredient and can be found in WOW Skin Science's Aloe Vera Face Wash.
Green tea is another natural antioxidant-rich ingredient that is helpful for sensitive skin. You may have heard the advice to place tea bags on tired or puffy eyes -- this works because of tea’s natural soothing properties from polyphenolic compounds, which are responsible for the soothing properties that both calm your skin and keep it well hydrated.
Mulberry is similar to many other berries in that it is a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants fight off environmental stressors that can lead to damage. Mulberry is featured in WOW’s Vitamin C Face Wash to add more brightening and rejuvenating power to the formula.
Vitamin E, also called tocopherol, is known for its vast benefits in making skin look youthful and healthy. It is a vitamin that can help your skin look supple and hydrated, working to reduce redness and irritation. For sensitive skin, hydration and redness can be a large problem, so this natural vitamin can be very helpful in a sensitive skincare routine. It is commonly used as a supporter in most skincare products instead of a stand-alone ingredient.
Oatmeal is an ingredient known for its nourishing and soothing properties. It is very helpful in itchy and dry skin to soothe the skin and enhance skin health. It can also gently exfoliate the skin, removing the layer of dead skin without scratching or damaging the natural barrier of healthy skin. Oatmeal is an excellent addition to any sensitive skincare regime.
Sensitive skin can be tricky to create a routine for without causing excess irritation. You have to be careful that you are choosing products that support your skin health and do not remove excess oil, exfoliate too much, or harm your skin’s natural barrier. Look for ingredients that serve as antioxidants, humectants, and skin soothers. All-natural products are often a lot gentler on sensitive skin, too so try to stick to all-natural skin care like ours at WOW Skin Science whenever you can!
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