Well, we are well aware of what people with sensitive skin, or those with chronic allergies or skin conditions such as eczema, go through. Applying makeup can be extremely difficult for them. This is not without reason, as their skin can become irritated from some makeup ingredients or simple things that do not affect others. What we mean is that if people with normal skin do not pay close attention to all the ingredients and steps they take when applying makeup, the same cannot be said for those with sensitive skin. So, today we have decided to provide you with a detailed guide on some things and tips for safely applying makeup for people with sensitive skin.
How can makeup be safely applied for people with sensitive skin?
Before answering this question, let us first tell you that makeup does not improve the skin and may even do the opposite. So, don’t make your concern applying makeup to hide what your skin is going through. Instead, focus on skincare as your primary goal always.
Stage One: Preparing Sensitive Skin before Makeup Application
If you want to apply makeup safely, you should always stick to the first stage, which is preparing sensitive skin before makeup application. You can do this by.
1- Thermal water is ideal for people with sensitive skin
Before starting to apply makeup, dermatology experts recommend that people with sensitive skin apply thermal water, which usually comes in the form of a spray that you can spray on your face or on a tissue and gently press onto your skin for 15 minutes.
The purpose: is to soothe irritated skin, reduce redness, and treat it.
2- Gentle and light moisturizer
After applying the thermal water, choose a very light and gentle moisturizer for your skin. Make sure it is fragrance-free to avoid irritation.
The purpose: The moisturizer enhances the effectiveness of thermal water and protects it from evaporating from your skin, meaning it protects your skin from irritation for a longer period.
The Second Stage: Choosing Suitable Makeup for Sensitive Skin
Sensitive skin cannot be taken lightly, and you cannot take risks and try something and wait to see the result. It is named “sensitive” for a reason, which means that the simplest things can affect it and faster than you imagine. Therefore, you must choose the appropriate makeup for it.
1- Natural makeup is not always the best!
Yes, there’s no need to be surprised that not everything natural suits you. In general, we are allergic to some natural things like oils, fragrances, and others. Therefore, before buying any natural makeup, check its ingredients and make sure that you are not allergic to the oils used, fragrances, or even the type of preservative.
2- What about mineral makeup?
Have you heard of mineral makeup before? It’s a makeup that relies on very lightweight ingredients in its production and is mainly designed for those with sensitive skin. It allows your skin to breathe, which reduces irritation or redness.
3- Avoid liquid makeup
Well, we do not recommend that people with sensitive skin use liquid makeup because it is usually made with a water-based foundation, which means it contains more bacteria and is more likely to catch it. Instead, go for the safety of choosing stick or compact makeup.
4- What about expiration dates?
I know most of us overlook checking the expiration dates of makeup products and use them for long periods without checking the expiration date, as if it never spoils. But the truth is the opposite, makeup products have an expiration date, and after it expires, they spoil like any other product, and when applied to the skin, they harm it. For sensitive skin, the negative effect is multiplied.
5- Choose nude colors instead of bright ones!
Don’t be surprised, I know you’re saying now, what does makeup colors have to do with sensitive skin? Let me tell you that according to skin care experts, colored makeup with bright colors often contains a high percentage of pigments with strong hold, and this undoubtedly harms sensitive skin, whether it’s eyeshadow, lipstick or blush. In contrast, nude colors have a very low pigment content and rarely harm your skin.
The third stage: is Choosing makeup tools and keeping them clean
1- Choose a sponge over a brush
No matter how soft the brush bristles are, they are still not suitable for sensitive skin and can even be irritating. Therefore, it is not recommended to use a brush, but it can be replaced with a sponge (beauty blender), which is better and gentler on the skin, and it leaves a perfect finishing touch to the makeup look.
2-Beware of latex material!
Don’t go buy any beauty sponge sold anywhere, but rather buy it from reputable places and search for the material used in its composition. If you find that it’s made of latex material, stay away from it immediately because this material is known to be extremely harmful to sensitive skin.
3-Sterilize and clean makeup tools
Sensitive skin is more prone to bacteria formed on makeup tools, whether it’s a brush or a beauty sponge. Therefore, it’s recommended to put them in a place away from dust after each use, and it’s preferable to wash and sterilize them regularly with warm water and a gentle, non-harmful cleanser for you.