SOOTHE YOUR SKIN

When shop­ping for skin­care prod­ucts, look for these friendly in­gre­di­ents that won’t cause red­ness or break­outs.

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For those with sen­si­tive skin, you will un­der­stand the fear of try­ing out new skin­care prod­ucts. You never know when you might suf­fer from red­ness, itch­i­ness or se­vere break­outs. The next time you shop for skin­care prod­ucts, look out for these in­gre­di­ents to avoid ir­ri­tat­ing your skin.

ALOE VERA

Be­ing a nat­u­ral mois­turiser, aloe vera can be found in many skin­care prod­ucts. You can even ap­ply pure aloe vera gel to your skin di­rectly. And yes, it does more than soothe sun­burns. Aloe vera is packed with vi­ta­mins, min­er­als and an­tiox­i­dants that hy­drate and soften your skin with­out clog­ging your pores. It com­bats dry and flaky skin with­out leav­ing a greasy film, mak­ing it suit­able for all skin types. Ac­cord­ing to re­search by Mazan­daran Univer­sity of Med­i­cal Sciences, aloe vera gel is able to sig­nif­i­cantly im­prove acne prob­lems.

SQUALENE

This nat­u­ral oil is found in many hy­drat­ing skin­care prod­ucts. It ef­fec­tively locks in mois­ture and boosts skin elas­tic­ity, as well as soft­ens and smoothens skin. The best part? It has a light, non-greasy tex­ture to en­sure it doesn’t clog pores and cause break­outs. Squalene also plays a part in giv­ing many skin­care prod­ucts their smooth and spread­able tex­ture, to al­low easy ab­sorp­tion by the skin.

CAL­EN­DULA EX­TRACT

Cal­en­dula be­longs to the marigold fam­ily. It comes with an­tibac­te­rial prop­er­ties that help clear skin and pre­vent acne break­outs. For those with dry skin, cal­en­dula ex­tract is an ef­fec­tive source of hy­dra­tion. It is so gen­tle that you can even use it to soothe puffi­ness around your eyes with­out caus­ing ir­ri­ta­tion.

GREEN TEA LEAF EX­TRACT

Green tea leaf ex­tract is so well-known for im­prov­ing com­plex­ion, it is of­ten re­ferred to as the foun­tain of youth for skin cells. Re­searchers from the Med­i­cal Col­lege of Ge­or­gia found that green tea leaf ex­tract is able to re­ac­ti­vate dy­ing skin cells. Green tea con­tains cat­e­chins, an­tibac­te­rial agents that pre­vent acne. It also has anti-in­flam­ma­tory prop­er­ties to soothe red­ness.

ALLANTOIN

Allantoin is a sooth­ing chem­i­cal com­pound found in many skin­care prod­ucts, so keep your eyes peeled for it. It gen­tly re­moves dead cells from the sur­face of your skin, al­low­ing your skin to ab­sorb mois­ture more ef­fec­tively and pre­vent­ing wrin­kles. Allantoin also soothes itchy and dry skin. It is an an­ti­ir­ri­tant that is suit­able even for those with ul­tra-sen­si­tive skin.

SHEA BUT­TER

The rich and creamy tex­ture of shea but­ter is su­per mois­tur­is­ing and sooth­ing, thanks to its high con­cen­tra­tion of nat­u­ral vi­ta­mins and fatty acids. Shea but­ter de­liv­ers in­tense hy­dra­tion to your skin and pro­tects the skin’s nat­u­ral mois­ture bar­ri­ers. It also con­tains a com­pound, lu­peol cin­na­mate, that pre­vents in­flam­ma­tion – per­fect for those with acne-prone skin. Plus, the earthy and nutty scent of shea but­ter is sure to draw you in.

OAT­MEAL

Oat­meal has nat­u­ral anti-ir­ri­tant prop­er­ties, mak­ing it per­fect for those who are prone to eczema as it mois­turises and im­proves the skin’s nat­u­ral bar­ri­ers to re­duce itch and in­flam­ma­tion. Try soak­ing some grounded oats in luke­warm wa­ter to soothe skin ir­ri­ta­tion. If ex­fo­li­at­ing is too harsh on your sen­si­tive skin, the gritty tex­ture of oats is a good sub­sti­tute.

HONEY

Sweeten up your skin­care rou­tine with honey. You may have re­alised that this sweet stuff is in­fused in many of your beauty prod­ucts. Honey is jam­packed with an­tiox­i­dants that have anti-in­flam­ma­tory and anti-bac­te­rial prop­er­ties. It is also su­per gen­tle, mak­ing it suit­able for all skin types.

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