The closure of beauty salons combined with the boredom of lockdown has seen sales of skincare rise dramatically, and we’re all experimenting with our skin more nowadays.
And in a quest for quicker, better results, it’s all too easy to slather on the strongest percentage you can get your hands on, but it may be doing more harm than good. An aggressive skincare routine can damage the skin barrier, resulting in dryness, redness and sensitivity.
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Fortunately there are some easy steps you can take to get your skin back to its happy place. First, strip your skincare back to basics: no active ingredients (i.e. retinol, vitamin C, acids), no fragrance, nothing that promises to brighten, resurface or renew.
Then use simple, soothing, barrier-repairing products only until your skin’s back to normal. La Roche-Posay’s Toleriane range, from £12.50, is a favourite with beauty editors. It’s specifically designed for super-sensitive, reactive skin and includes a whole routine, from a cleanser and mist to serum and moisturisers.
Here’s what else to add to your SOS skincare kit…
A calming moisturiser
Specifically designed to soothe sensitive skin and reduce redness, Balance Me Moisture Rich Face Cream is made with 100 per cent natural ingredients such as nourishing shea butter and rosehip oil, and antioxidant-rich Arctic cloudberry extract.
You’ll find a travel-size tube of this moisturiser in this month’s brilliant OK! Beauty Edit box, along with six other soothing skin, hair and body products. It’s worth over £50 in total, but you can get your hands on it for as little as £13.*
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A cleanser the won’t strip the skin
SVR is another French pharmacy brand that has a great range for sensitive skin, and SVR Sensifine Baume Demaquillant, £15 here, is the perfect cleanser for times like these. Made with just nine ingredients, it has a comforting, balm-like texture that gently yet effectively removes make-up.
A skin-balancing spray
Already a favourite with skincare professionals and celebrities, Clinisoothe+ Skin Purifier, from £14.95 here, contains high-quality hypochlorous acid, an ingredient proven to calm many skin concerns, from rosacea and perioral dermatitis to acne and eczema. Experts have found this wonder product to be especially effective at treating mask-related skin issues like irritation and “maskne”.
A comforting night cream
It’s not just human intervention that can aggravate the skin; winter weather can also cause irritation, too. One company that certainly knows its fair share about keeping the skin happy in cold weather is Finnish brand Lumene . Its new Arctic Hydra Care [Arktis] Moisture & Relief Rich Night Balm, £26.90 here, contains Nordic oat butter and seed oils which aid the skin’s overnight recovery process. Like a cocooning cashmere blanket for sore skin, it’s equally soothing on seasonal or self-inflicted sensitivity.
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