Dry, sensitive skin is notoriously tricky to treat – active ingredients can cause breakouts and flare-ups, and new products may even result in redness and itching. So, if you suffer from sensitivity, how do you know what skincare will help and what will hinder?
Having battled eczema – a common long-term form of dry skin – since she was a child, beauty expert Camille Knowles knows a thing or two about keeping her complexion in check. Here, she shares advice on everything from key ingredients to the skin-friendly brands that work.
Where to start?
“If your skin is sensitive and prone to irritation, it’s important to look past the buzz words and branding and really understand everything the product contains,” explained Camille, who founded The Beauty of Eczema skincare range.
“I spent years researching the best ingredients for moisturising and hydrating. I recommend looking for products that have been specifically designed for people with sensitive skin and have been dermatologically tested.”
Treat and tame
Although Camille says prevention is better than cure (“My mantra is always moisturise, moisturise, moisturise!”) there are a few key ingredients that can help soothe the skin.
She explained: “Look for natural butters such as shea butters and almond oil, omega three and six, and oat lipids to pamper and protect the skin naturally by absorbing and retaining moisture.”
Camille continued: “The Beauty of Eczema’s Salty Soother bath salts are the ultimate mind, body and soul booster.
“The blend of mineral-rich pink Himalayan blush, Dead Sea and Epsom salts, infused with soothing and restoring oils, help to moisturise and soothe the skin.”
Make-up that cares
When it comes to cosmetics, Camille says there are lots of great products available.
“Always look out for products which have added moisturisation, and avoid ingredients that could dry out your skin such as dyes and alcohol. Plus, products derived from natural and plant-based ingredients are often best.
“You may also find applying make-up with clean fingers, rather than brushes that can harbour bacteria, will help, too.
“Every skin is different but some brands that work for me are Inika, Arbonne and bareMinerals. Always patch test first, and stop using any product that cause a flare-up straight away.”
For more, visit thebeautyofeczema.com
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