Sensitive Skin Stash: 5 Must-Haves In Your Makeup Kit

Members of the sensitive skin club understand the struggle of hearing about a great skincare product only to discover that it causes your skin to break out. Those people don’t choose to be born with it and would be rid of it if they could.

Having sensitive skin means you constantly need to be aware of what products you allow to touch your skin. There’s nothing worse than waking up with skin irritation the morning after you used a popular product that others praise.

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If you suffer from skin sensitivity, chances are you’ve had your fair share of encounters with makeup products that just don’t agree with your skin, no matter how much you wish they would.

Fortunately, skin sensitivity doesn’t mean you can’t wear makeup. You may need to pay more attention to what you use, but there are makeup products out there that’ll work for you.

Makeup Essentials For Sensitive Skin

Everyone’s body is different, and skin sensitivity differs between individuals. It could be having issues with dry skin, sensitivity to chemicals, sensitivity to the sun, skin allergies, or reactions to specific substances. Bad practices can harm your skin, even more so for those with sensitivity.

Subsequently, it’s important to understand that finding products to work on your skin may take lots of experimentation. For example, you may still have a reaction to a certain hypoallergenic product, meaning you need to try something else.

That said, there are some things to include in your makeup kit that may help you:

1. Sun Protection

SPF is essential to any skincare regimen, especially if you struggle with skin sensitivity. Applying sunscreen before your makeup can help protect your skin from harm and damage caused by the sun. It may help prevent any further damage to skin that’s already acting out.

Choosing a good sunscreen from the numerous options may be tricky. Sunscreen lotions risk ruining your makeup. If that’s a concern, consider trying a safe powdered sunscreen.

2. Choose Synthetic Brushes

Makeup brushes are standard in kits. You may be unaware that some brushes can cause allergic reactions. Brush bristles made from animal hairs are popular. Unfortunately, the transition to a brush doesn’t remove the potential of having animal allergies. Animal hair brushes may be the cause of skin irritation, itchiness, or rashes.

If you suspect that animal hair brushes are contributing to your skin irritation, synthetic brushes, particularly those labeled as hypoallergenic, are a must-have in your kit.

3. A Gentle Pre-Cleanser

Prepping your skin before applying makeup can make all the difference for your skin. Including multiple cleansers with different properties can help tailor your makeup kit to your sensitivity needs.

Selecting a cleanser to use should depend on multiple conditions. For example, an oil-based cleanser may be more appropriate during dryer seasons. No one solution will work for everyone. This is one of those things that may require some trial and error before you find what works.

Remember that your skin naturally produces the oils it needs. For most people with sensitive skin, any cleanser that strips your skin of its natural oils is a gateway to irritation.

4. Soothing Moisturizer

Hydration is key to keeping healthy skin. Always apply a good moisturizer if you’re going to wear makeup. People often don’t realize the number of chemicals that most commercial brands toss into their products. These chemicals can have adverse effects on sensitive skin.

Natural and organic moisturizers that have soothing ingredients may be your best option. A good example is any moisturizer with ingredients such as mango butter and shea butter. Always take a look at the ingredients before applying for the first time. Testing on a small area is a good way to tell if your skin will react badly. An excellent way to know exactly what’s in your moisturizer is to make it yourself.

5. Sensitive Skin Cream

As much as you prepare and take precautions, makeup always risks skin irritation. Regularly applying makeup is bound to affect your skin at some point.

Prepare for this by investing in a good face cream that’s made to heal sensitive skin. This is separate from the moisturizer mentioned in the previous point. This cream should be something made specifically to treat the skin problems you’re experiencing. Include this in your makeup kit and apply it before you sleep or any other time you aren’t wearing makeup and feel it’s needed.

You can do trial and error, shop around looking for a cream with specific qualities, or visit a dermatologist for advice or a prescription.

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Skin sensitivity might be inconvenient, but it doesn’t have to stop you from wearing the makeup you love. All you need to do is pay special attention to the things in your makeup kit. Use the five essentials listed here to cater your makeup kit for your skin.

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