Often reactive, sensitive skin shows signs of discomfort and sometimes is oily at the same time.
It can also be marked by rosacea, which is a very common family disease linked to a circulation disorder in the face and eyes. This rosacea can develop into marked rosacea, then into pimples.
What are the needs of sensitive skin?
For all these forms of sensitivity, washing with water is not contraindicated in itself.
“Water remains the easiest ingredient for washing. It is a neutral compound, which is not negligible for sensitive skin that supports so little. But tap water is very hard, it can dry out the skin. The simplest advice is to use suitable products, ie where it is mentioned “sensitive skin” or “hypoallergenic” ”, explains Dr. Naïma Midoun, dermatologist.
In the facts, the treatments recommended for sensitive skin are often leave-in products, milk, lotions, or micellar waters.
Why prefer micellar cosmetics? It is often found in products for sensitive skin (milk, water lotion, etc.), and for good reason: micelle is their star active ingredient. It is spherical, and its specific shape, as well as its lipophilic ends – which capture fat -, allow it to gently remove impurities and trap them inside their hemisphere without attacking the skin.
Opt for a Japanese facial ritual
The Japanese ritual is famous for multiplying non-aggressive gestures. It begins with a cleansing of the skin with oil, then a second cleansing with soap, and ends with the application of a lotion.
- Step 1 : makeup removal. To follow the ritual scrupulously, you must use oil. But cleansing milk may be suitable. The advantage? It is easier to find cleansing milk formulated for sensitive skin than oil. Apply with fingertips, avoiding the eyes. Dermatologist Dr. Nina Roos confirms this: “The idea is to remove make-up with milk, respectful of the integrity of the skin. “
- 2nd step : to wash the skin after the makeup removal step, the product to be banned is soap, which is too drying. Dermatological bread, on the other hand, is simple and non-aggressive. A lotion or micellar water will also work very well.
- Step 3: for rinsing, nothing beats a misting of thermal water. The gesture is soothing and refreshing. Joëlle Ciocco, the epidemiologist, concludes: “To be sure you have the right method, there must be no feeling of tightness or redness after removing make-up. Otherwise, the product is not suitable for the skin. “
Joëlle Ciocco’s tip for sensitive eyes: “To perfect make-up removal, rinse them with physiological serum, to apply with cotton or to pour directly into the eyes. ”
For the cleansing of the body: stop atopy
The skin of the body is less sensitive than that of the face because it is thicker and less exposed. But it is often drier than on the face.
The advice consists of choose a soap-free product for your toilet, whether it is a gel or a dermatological bar.
Should water be too hot? If you have sensitive skin, it is often advisable to avoid very hot baths, because of the high temperature which can irritate the skin. “As is often the case in the treatment of sensitive skin, it is better to use common sense”, concludes Dr Midoun.