How to Find Makeup for Sensitive Skin

Do you have sensitive skin? Me too sometimes. My younger daughter is the same actually but she’s prone to itching and feeling the impact of harsh fragrance first.

Recently I bought a night cream that seemed excellent and was super moisturizing. But it actually made my skin break out. So I stopped using it and gave my skin a break. Then I tried it again. Sure enough I broke out immediately again. When you are an entrepreneur running your own business and brand that’s completely not cool. And together with my daughter we have many stories like that.


Sometimes I absorb the loss and don’t use a product again but other times I am faced with returning products that don’t work. Do you have really sensitive skin? Can you relate? A lot of people with sensitive skin find themselves having to constantly return makeup due to allergic reactions, or breakouts.

No matter what the case is, more brands are coming out with lines for sensitive skin or allergies. They might cost a little bit more sometimes, but it can be worth it in the long run to have nice healthy skin. And frankly it’s simpler to find something that works the first time instead of playing the return game.

So what are you to do if you love makeup and need moisturizer regularly too? Here are a few tips on what can help your sensitive skin.


Sensitive Skin Ideas

Use Powders & Mineral Makeup

Powder foundations, blushes and other mineral makeup won’t have a lot of ingredients that some other makeup products do, which is what causes the skin to get irritated. Using powders will cause a lot less skin irritations than using liquid foundations.

Get Rid of Any Old & Expired Cosmetics

Often sensitivity can develop suddenly. Even though a certain product didn’t cause any skin irritations, doesn’t mean it won’t cause problems now. Like food, beauty products can get spoiled. This is important to remember since makeup is being applied to the face and eyes. Eye infections can result and are hard to get rid of. I know way too much about pink eye here and other eye infections. Last year I had one that wouldn’t go away and ended up throwing out all eye makeup twice and starting over.

A lifespan for cosmetics: foundations will last about a year; lipsticks lasts one year as well; toss out your mascara after four months; and your powders and blushes can last up to two years. One mistake many people make is forgetting to clean makeup brushes. It’s important to make sure makeup brushes are cleaned on a regular basis, because the dirt and germs on the makeup brushes can cause skin irritation.


Find Earth-Tone Eye Shadows

Use eye shadows that are earth-toned. For many, colors like cream, beige or tan cause less eye irritation. Many makeup artists will say that red dye used in some shadows causes problems for many people. Others may experience reactions to using purple eye shadows. These are two common and popular shades that can cause irritation to the eyes. Black eye liner and mascara products are the least allergenic of all the other colours.

Use Sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or Higher

Many dermatologists, makeup artists and skincare specialists will tell people to use products that have an SPF of 15 or higher in them. Check the amount of ingredients always too. The fewer the ingredients, the less likely the sunscreen will create irritation problems. A lot of make up brands are now making foundations that have an SPF of 15 or higher. Remember to check the labels before purchasing to make sure it has the SPF labeled clearly.

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