Feeling sensitive? How to calm skin now and relieve symptoms in the future

February 15, 2024

Sensitive skin includes a wide range of issues—from skin that easily flushes and allergies to certain ingredients to rosacea, a chronic skin condition that shows as persistent redness on the nose, chin, cheeks or forehead. (Rosacea can also also include small bumps or pimples, spider veins, and watery, irritated eyes.) Whether seasonal or severe, sensitive skin can be just as isolating and embarrassing as acne. Fortunately, there are steps you can take with your skincare routine, such as incorporating skincare for sensitive skin, (and your lifestyle) to keep skin calm and collected.

Step 1: Cleanse
Cleansing is the ever-important first step in lifting impurities and balancing the skin. Look for a gentle, non-foaming, cream-based cleanser that can be used on dry skin. Why? Because water, especially at higher temperatures, can further aggravate sensitive skin.

Step 2: Treat
Serums and targeted treatments for sensitive can help soothe and balance skin that feels tight, itchy or inflamed. Sensitive Skin Soothing Serum contains hyaluronic acid to restore moisture—this is essential because hydration can help relieve dryness (a precursor to skin that feels sensitive). And, it multitasks: we love Sensitive Skin Soothing Serum as a soothing post-shave treatment.

Step 3: Moisturize
As we mentioned, hydration is essential to relieving the look and feel of sensitivity. If you’re looking for a way to boost much-needed moisture and help repair your skin’s barrier, reach for Nutrient-Charged Water Gel. It’s ultra-lightweight and absorbs easily into skin without the need for excessive rubbing that can cause friction and redness. And, it’s clinically proven to repair skin’s barrier in 30 minutes.* Doctor’s tip: Applying your moisturizer to damp skin will also help seal in moisture.

Step 4: Protect
Sensitive skin is no different from any other skin type when it comes to UV defense. In fact, a SPF can help shield against environmental aggressors like blue light and pollution that can aggravate your skin. Protect your skin by adding a mineral SPF into your skin care routine for sensitive skin. Why go mineral? Even thought they’re considered actives, they’re gentler on skin than chemical sunscreens.

The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent the views of Murad, and are for informational purposes only, even if the advice of physicians and medical practitioners are included. This article is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment, and should not be considered specific medical advice.

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Jacki Marzano is SoCal-based storyteller and head copywriter at Murad Skincare. She's shaped the voice of some of the most recognized beauty brands in the business, has a penchant for sharing homemade cookies, and believes SPF is the secret to getting carded well into your 40s.