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What everyone with sensitive skin should know about skin care products

Rules for those with sensitive skin

Do not use expired products.
Check the expiration date on the product. If it has expired, itís best to toss it. If a product has not been opened and is stored properly, its shelf life can be extended past the due date. But once the product has been opened, the ingredients start to lose their efficacy and the product can cause a reaction on sensitive skin.

Do a patch test.
Before slathering the product all over your face, try it on a small, less noticeable area like the hairline or close to the ear. If it stings or turns the area red, itís not for you.

Less is better.
The more products you use, the greater the likelihood that youíll have a reaction. You are also better off using products with fewer ingredients in them. The more ingredients the product has, the greater the chance of a reaction. When starting a new skin care routine, itís very important to try only one product at a time. If you apply too many new products at once and your skin reacts, it can be hard to pinpoint which product is to blame. So stick to one new product at a time and remember that with sensitive skin, less is better.

Use products that are fragrance-free.
Fragrance in skin care products is the number one cause of allergic reactions. What’s even worse is that many fragrances in skin care products can cause discoloration and brown patches on the skin when exposed to sunlight. So be sure to look for products labeled fragrance-free.
Avoid products with parabens.
These are preservatives found in many skin care products. They are generally listed at the bottom of the ingredients list. Some of the more common ones found in skin care products are methyl, ethyl and propyl. Many companies are removing them from their products and substituting them with safer preservatives. People with sensitive skin should avoid these preservatives whenever possible.

Check percentages.
If youíre allergic to a particular ingredient, youíre likely to have a reaction regardless of the quantity of it found in the product. But if you simply have sensitive skin that gets irritated easily, the amount matters. This is especially true when it comes to active ingredients, which are typically listed first on the ingredient list. Pay close attention to the percentages of acids and retinoids, the most common irritants found in anti-aging products. Those with sensitive skin are better of using products with weaker concentrations more frequently, as opposed to using stronger concentrations that can only be tolerated once or twice a week.

Here are some of our favorites for sensitive skin:

iS Clinical Hydra-Cool Serum iS Clinical Pro-Heal Serum Advance+ M2 Skin Care Skin Refinish 12% ZO Skin Health Oclipse Sunscreen + Primer SPF30
iS Clinical Hydra-Cool Serum iS Clinical Pro-Heal Serum Advance+ M2 Skin Care Skin Refinish 12% ZO Skin Health Oclipse Sunscreen + Primer SPF30