There are several reasons your skin might be feeling super-sensitive: you may have over-exposed it to the sun, wind, or fluctuating temperatures, or maybe you have been a bit over zealous about your exfoliating routine, OR… you were simply born with it. No worries, below are three top remedies for fixing and calming down sensitive and ultra sensitive skin.
SENSITIVE SKIN FIX #1: Enter the Sheet Mask
|GOOD FOR: Brightening Skin Tone . Tightening Pores . Clearing Blemishes . Quick Skin Pick-Me-Up Before an Event or Party|
Sheet Face Masks are fast, easy and get to work right away. But what’s a sheet face mask and how is it different from the more conventional clay or cream-based face mask that you peel or wipe off? Basically, Korean face masks or “sheet masks” are face–shaped pieces of fabric infused with a serum (a nutrition-packed solution for your skin). The sheets can be made of different kinds of materials such as paper, fiber or gel. Sheet masks are individually packaged, since they are mostly only used once and then disposed of. They are quick, effective fixes specifically tailored to your skin type or issue. The sheet creates a seal on your skin, preventing the essential ingredients from evaporating and therefore providing a more effective penetration of the top layer of the skin (the “epidermis”).
Our favorite face sheet mask for compromised or sensitive skin is the Moksha Dear Avocado Sheet Mask from Facetory. The avocado fruit extract serves to form a protective barrier for your sensitive skin, while the mango fruit extract calms inflamed, irritated skin. Both extracts also perform much needed rejuvenation for your skin, and in addition they are complemented and combined with extracts of banana, lavender, clary, chamomile and cica. For those who are new to sheet masks, Facetory offers starter monthly, 6-month or 12-month subscriptions. For experienced sheet mask lovers, they also have several subscription plans.
SENSITIVE SKIN FIX #2: VERY Gentle Exfoliation
|GOOD FOR: Anti-Aging and Troubled Skin . Treating Wrinkles . Natural and Organic Ingredients|
Sensitive skin needs just the right kind of low-abrasive exfoliating qualities from the right kind of face mask. Luckily, we found one that many testers claim is not too harsh or drying: the Black Sugar Strawberry Wash-Off Face Mask from Skinfood. (Of course, as always you should test any product on a small patch of skin first.) Delicious-smelling, and with strawberry seed oil and black sugar, this once-a-week antioxidant face mask gives your skin a baby smooth DEWFACE finish. The black sugar used in Skinfood’s Black Sugar Strawberry Wash-Off Mask is organically produced without the use of pesticides. Rich in minerals like phosphorus, calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium, it is also has high boosts of riboflavin, niacin and pantothenic acid. Natural exfoliants in the form of Wild Berry Seeds, and Strawberry Seed Oil consisting of 80% omega-3, omega-6, and other essential fatty acids round out the mix. It helps skin synthesize the all-important, anti-aging ceramides and maintain a healthy, glowing appearance.
SENSITIVE SKIN FIX #3: Royal Honey
|GOOD FOR: Acute Skin Issues . Compromised Immune System Concerns . Skin Sensitivity Due to Climate or Seasonal Changes|
Royal Honey is just what it sounds like: an enhanced, more “regal” version of regular honey, reserved for the queen bee in the hive. Royal Honey is honey that has been aged, which makes it different from regular honey, because it has been through a 60-day fermentation process in the beehive, after being secreted by worker bees. Royal Honey has less water (so, less filler) and therefore more vitamins, minerals and amino acids than regular honey of the same amount. A professional-grade essence loaded with Royal Honey and Propolis is Royal Honey Propolis Enrich Essence from SkinFood (at last check, it had a huge amount of nutrition: 63% propolis extract and 10% royal jelly extract).
Can you buy Royal Honey and make a do-it-yourself face mask yourself? Sure, you can. See how here.