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14 skincare hacks for sensitive skin

Author: Elle Canada

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14 skincare hacks for sensitive skin

We tend to associate flaky, red and irritated skin with winter months – but it can also be rampant throughout sunny Canadian summers. And, according to new studies, more and more North Americans are experiencing it.

Over-cleansing may be partly to blame, says Dr. Sandy Skotnicki of Bay Dermatology Centre. "It is thought that we are creating sensitive or reactive skin because we…use too much product and soap. Our natural barriers, [like] oils and bacteria, are being removed or disturbed.”

Adds Chanel skincare advisor Dr. Amy Wechsler: “I think the environment is getting harsher and we’re burning the candle at both ends, travelling a lot, pollution’s increasing and all that bad stuff, right? The question I get asked, literally all day long is ‘what can I do with my sensitive skin? Can you help me?”

Here, they share their sensitive skin dos and don’ts.

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14 skincare hacks for sensitive skin

SENSITIVE SKIN SAVER: Don't over-exfoliate

“Less is more,” says Dr. Wechsler. “Skin should never feel tight or squeaky clean or sting. If there is something in your routine that does that, it should be stopped.” READ MORE: 15 perfect French girl beauty looks

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14 skincare hacks for sensitive skin

SENSITIVE SKIN SAVER: Do establish a routine

If you like a product, stick with it. “You don’t need to change. It’s not like it’s going to stop working. If you find something that works for you, you can use it your whole life,” says Dr. Wechsler. READ MORE: 15 things beauty editors know that you don't

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14 skincare hacks for sensitive skin

SENSITIVE SKIN SAVER: Do use face cream as eye cream

If ophthalmologist-tested, your skin cream can double as an eye cream in a pinch. READ MORE: 8 face mists to help stop you from melting this summer

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14 skincare hacks for sensitive skin

SENSITIVE SKIN SAVER: Don't pile on products

“Scientifically it makes no sense. I think by the 13th product that you’re applying to your skin, there’s no way it’s penetrating or getting to your papillary [upper] dermis at all,” says Dr. Wechsler. READ MORE: 1 bride, 5 different beauty looks

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14 skincare hacks for sensitive skin

SENSITIVE SKIN SAVER: Do look at ingredients

“Sensitive skin, unscented and hypoallergenic on labels means absolutely nothing,” says Dr. Skotnicki. “There are no legal ramifications to putting this on your label. The only thing that means anything is fragrance-free on a product label.” READ MORE: 15 beauty brands with Canadian connections

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14 skincare hacks for sensitive skin

SENSITIVE SKIN SAVER: Do keep it simple

“Most products contain 20-50 [ingredients]. Shampoos are the worse,” says Dr. Skotnicki. “Botanical is not better–poison ivy is natural! Lavender, tea tree, chamomile, ylang ylang are all documented allergens as well as irritants.” READ MORE: 7 questions you need to ask yourself before going for a facial

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14 skincare hacks for sensitive skin

SENSITIVE SKIN SAVER: Don’t use soap

“We do not need foam or suds [for clean skin],” says Dr. Skotnicki. READ MORE: 4 places you never thought to look for beauty products

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14 skincare hacks for sensitive skin

SENSITIVE SKIN SAVER: Do massage products into the face

That will increase circulation to the skin, but it’s also about enjoying the luxury of skincare. READ MORE: Giambattista Valli discusses his much-anticipated M.A.C collab

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14 skincare hacks for sensitive skin

SENSITIVE SKIN SAVER: Do quit smoking

Your mother was right. It makes you look old. And it makes your skin hyper-sensitive. READ MORE: A foolproof guide to contouring

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14 skincare hacks for sensitive skin

SENSITIVE SKIN SAVER: Do stay out of the sun

We’re not even going to explain – again – why it’s a bad idea to tan. READ MORE: Charlotte Tilbury shows us how to get the perfect smoky eye

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14 skincare hacks for sensitive skin

SENSITIVE SKIN SAVER: Do sleep

We’re not saying to skip the bar Friday night. But seven to eight hours of sleep a night is key – that’s when the skin heals. READ MORE: 3 tips to get better brows right now

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14 skincare hacks for sensitive skin

SENSITIVE SKIN SAVER: Do keep a journal

It may sound silly, but if your skin is acting up, try and figure out if there’s a pattern to it, notes. Dr. Wechsler. “Preventing something is so much better than treating it after it starts.” READ MORE: Don't ditch your moisturizer this summer (and here's why!)

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14 skincare hacks for sensitive skin

SENSITIVE SKIN SAVER: Don't gulp water

Every model claims this as her beauty secret, but a recent study said as long as you’re not dehydrated, drinking extra water won’t show up on your skin. READ MORE: 4 ways to fake supernatural skin

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14 skincare hacks for sensitive skin

SENSITIVE SKIN SAVER: Do find what’s making you react.

Dr. Skotnicki recommends to stop using everything and then slowly introduce a product a week to find the culprit. That goes for body creams, shampoos and hair products, too. “Shampoos, I think, are causing a big chunk of sensitive skin on the face. Hand and body cream will eventually find its way to the face as it is applied to the skin and then we touch our face eventually," she says. READ MORE: Get glowing with these 6 bronzers

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