Monday, April 23, 2012

9 Soothing Ways to Treat Sensitive Skin

Photo by Jerry Friedman
Sensitive Plant

I'll admit it--I'm the sensitive sort. I'd rather solve someone else's problems than my own. I often get so engaged in conversations with other people that I finish their sentences--even if I'm not married to them. 

It's no surprise that I have sensitive skin as well. I'm super ticklish (pedicures can be problematic), and my body doesn't adapt well to extreme changes in temperature (no sauna for me at the spa). 

Occasionally, my face becomes slightly irritated after exercising and/or showering. During these times, like to use moisturizers, serums, cleansers and masks that contain soothing ingredients such as honey, aloe vera or shea butter. 

April is National Stress Awareness Month. It gives us the opportunity to de-stress in all areas of our lives--including the facial products we use. The following formulations help restore calm to sensitive and delicate skin. They feel like yoga for your face--so relax and enjoy! 

 SHINE: VB Cosmetics AbrionĂ© Honey Oatmeal Cleanser (for sensitive skin). BEAUTY: Oatmeal and honey not only moisturize and soften skin, but they also provide a comforting scent during the cleansing process. BEACON: No animal testing.

SHINE: Babor Baborganic Calm & Relax Cream. BEAUTY: Reduces redness and sensitivity with ingredients such as meadowfoam seed oil, which helps repair the skin, and Edelweiss extract, which protects and strengthens. BEACON: Supports Dolphin Aid. Contains no synthetic colorants/perfume substances, parabens or paraffins. 

SHINE: Ecco Bella Age Antidote Day Cream SPF 15 (preservative free for sensitive skin). BEAUTY: Aloe vera, jojoba oil, and vitamins E and C aid in minimizing fine lines and wrinkles. BEACON: No animal testing and vegan. Free of gluten, dyes, fragrances, emulsifiers and alcohol.

SHINE: Éminence Organic Skin Care Calm Skin Chamomile Moisturizer. BEAUTY: Comforts skin, reduces redness/inflammation and promotes healing with chamomile tea, aloe vera and shea butter. BEACON: Supports the California Clean Energy Fund and the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition.

SHINE: LATHER Honey Moisture Mask with Propolis Extract (a relief mask for environmentally stressed skin). BEAUTY: Soothes and moisturizes with honey extract, sweet almond oil and aloe vera extract. BEACON: No animal testing. Contains no sulfates or parabens.

SHINE: Ren Clean Skincare Hydra-Calm Cleansing Milk and Hydra-Calm Youth Defence Serum (for sensitive skin). BEAUTY: To protect and replenish skin, the cleanser contains chamomile flower extract, sesame seed oil and shea butter, while the serum utilizes lingonberry seed oil, orange flower water and milk protein. BEACON: No animal testing. Contains no synthetic fragrances/colors, petrochemicals, sulfates or parabens.

SHINE: Skyn Iceland Antidote Quenching Daily Lotion and Pure Cloud Cream (for stressed skin). BEAUTY: To detoxify and stabilize congested skin, the lotion utilizes aloe vera leaf juice, shea butter and jojoba seed oil, while the cream contains sweet almond oil, aloe vera leaf juice and hyaluronic acid. BEACONCruelty free and vegan. Contains no parabens, petroleum, phthalates, mineral oil, sulfates or dyes. Supports Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and Gilda’s Club New York City

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