All skin is different and all skin changes over time and across areas of the body. Some skin types are oily, some dry, acne-prone, some sensitive to various environmental and internal factors. When your skin is experiencing sensitivity, paying attention to your skincare products and their applications is non-negotiable.
Whatever kind of skin you have, it’s best to thoroughly read your skincare products’ ingredients lists to make sure that they suit your needs. For those with sensitive skin, one wrong move could lead to a flare-up that can result in red, itchy skin that lasts the whole day. And nobody wants that!
Bathtime can be the perfect time to focus on caring for your sensitive skin. There’s nothing like a good soak to give your skin that extra care and attention. It will not only assure healthy and glowing skin, but it’s also a great time for you to unwind and relax.
Here are some bathtime tips to soothe your sensitive skin.
Adjust the water temperature
If you’re using the right products but are still having a skin reaction, check your water temperature. Yes, even the temperature of the water can trigger skin irritations.
Very hot baths feel remarkably good and relaxing, but they can be a lot to handle for your sensitive skin. Hot water gets rid of the natural oils from your skin, causing it to dry out. For sensitive skin types, this is enough to cause redness and irritation. The ideal water temperature for bathing is between 89°F and 100°F or at medium heat, ideally followed by a quick cold rinse in the shower for an invigorating finish.
Follow the optimal length for baths
You may think that hour-long baths are fantastic, but they can actually rob your skin of its moisture, which is a no-no for people with skin on the sensitive side. Shorter baths are ideal to reap the mental and physical benefits while not over-stripping the natural oils in your skin.
The optimal bath time is between 20-30 minutes. You can apply Skin & Co Roma Umbrian Truffle Shower Oil to the water to replenish your skin with the hydration it needs by strengthening its natural moisture barrier while enjoying the soak.
Pick the right products
Being on the sensitive side means you need to be more cautious about the products you use, so make sure to check the ingredients and patch-test before using products on your face or the rest of your body. Watch out for heavy, artificial fragrances and dyes that can trigger a reaction or leave an itchy and tight feeling on the skin.
Look for gentle cleansers or shower products that are “moisturizing,” “hypoallergenic,” and “for sensitive skin.” Mild soaps like Acca Kappa White Moss Vegetable Based Soap are ideal for all skin types and help give your skin long-lasting moisture.
Avoid too-harsh scrubs and abrasive cleansers
Many products are formulated to get rid of dead skin cells when you wash, such as exfoliating body scrubs. It may seem like a great product to use for achieving smooth and glowing skin, but overly abrasive materials can make the skin more sensitive instead. If there’s a need for scrubbing, consider using a soft washcloth as an alternative or a gentle body wash that leaves your skin clean but never tight and dry.
We also recommend more gentle exfoliating body scrubs, like the Spritz Veneziano by Tuttotondo. Infused with invigorating orange peel and rhubarb extract, this could be the go-to weekly scrub of those with sensitive skin. The lively scent also perfect for a mood booster!
Dry off gently
Your bathtime routine doesn’t end at the final rinse. Drying your skin afterward is a crucial part of it all as well. People are used to rubbing their skin with a towel to dry themselves up, but doing so may disrupt the skin barrier and cause tenderness and redness. Avoid hastily drying your skin; instead, try patting your skin lightly to dry and use microfiber or pure cotton towels for a softer touch.
Finish off with a moisturizer
Your skin retains that much-needed H2O every after a shower or bath. To help moisturize and lock in the water stat, apply a liberal amount of cream or moisturizing product right after patting your skin dry and when the skin is still quite damp.
Smooth some Perlier Organic Shea Butter Body Mousse with Sweet Almond Milk on your skin after a shower for hydration that lasts all day or night. Wait for a few minutes before you dress up to let that moisture seep in nicely. Don’t forget to proceed to your skincare routine after!
Give Your Skin the Care It Deserves with a Better Bath Routine
Knowing these tips by heart will help you achieve glowing and healthy skin—even if you might be on the sensitive side. Doing these will eliminate dryness and dullness and unlock your skin’s full radiance.
Remember that despite those little struggles that come with having sensitive skin, it’s important to accept and love your skin the way it is. With the right products and routine, coupled with consistency, you can nourish and take care of the skin you’re in.
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