For those with sensitive skin, redness and blotchiness is a common malady that can cause insecurity. Putting your best face forward and getting rid of your red, uneven skin tone is easy with the right steps and a gentle calming moisturizer.
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Ingredients to Look For
It’s important to get the right ingredients for moisturizing blotchy, dry skin. The key ingredient you’ll want is a humectant. Humectants will provide a seal to keep in the moisture that is retained after washing. Common humectants are urea, glycerin and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs). In the winter months when moisture is sparse, look for a rich occlusive ingredient, such as lanolin or shea butter, to pair with the humectant.
Ingredients to Avoid
What to leave out of your moisturizer is equally important for calming your red skin. Avoid moisturizers with alcohol, exfoliants and added scents. Stick with gentle formulas made specifically for sensitive skin. Look at the labels to determine if the moisturizer is made for sensitive skin. Look for hypo-allergenic moisturizers which contain fewer active ingredients to moisturize without overloading.
Natural moisturizers can be gentle and calming, but also budget friendly. Those that contain aloe are great all-natural products for sensitive skin, along with lavender and chamomile. While many popular products on the market claim to be natural, stick with the ones that contain no more than three ingredients. Glycerin-based moisturizers with the aforementioned ingredients can be found at many natural food and health stores.
When To Moisturize
Moisturizers are made to not only add moisture, but also to retain the moisture that is already present in you skin. Always moisturize after washing your face and gently patting, not rubbing, it dry. Moisturize in the morning, before you put on makeup, and at night, after rinsing away the grime of the day. If you are planning to go out into the sun, use an SPF product with zinc oxide, and apply pure aloe after a long day in the sun.
If you don’t pair your moisturizer with the right skin care regime, dry skin will prevail. As with moisturizers, a gentle cleanser is also needed. Stick with foaming cleansers in the summertime and cream-based for the harsher winter months. Wash your face in the morning and at night. If you still notice redness, switch to washing with your cleanser only at night, and simply wash with lukewarm water in the morning. Switching to hypo-allergenic mineral makeup can aid in combating blotchy skin as well.