3 Simple Tips to Help That Irritated Skin

When you notice redness in your skin, it could be due to a variety of factors such as seasonal changes, skin allergies, incorrect product use, or conditions like eczema and dermatitis. Flare-ups from these conditions can often be triggered by internal factors, causing you to feel apprehensive about using certain products on your skin. 

Preventing skin irritation, however, is crucial to controlling and preventing its worsening.

You might be surprised to learn that several everyday factors can cause skin irritation, such as heat, fragranced skincare, diet, sun exposure, and stress management. Each of these factors contributes to the way your skin looks and feels. To help prevent and treat irritated skin, we've compiled some helpful tips and tricks.

Tip #1: Keep your skin moisturised

Your skin's health depends on maintaining moisture levels and staying hydrated. A moisturiser's primary function is to seal in the naturally produced oils in your skin and prevent it from looking dull. If you want your skin to look and feel its best, keeping it moisturised is key. 

When your skin appears flaky and feels dry, you need something to help the lower layers of your skin, not just the epidermis. In such cases, moisturisers with clean actives that benefit not just the top layer but also the underlying layers are crucial. 

During weather changes, such as winter when the air is dry, you will need more moisturiser to prevent dry skin. Make sure to moisturise your skin twice a day.

Tip #2: Use fragrance-free products only

Scented products can contain chemicals or artificial additives that can potentially irritate your skin. If you want to use fragranced products, consider those with essential oils. Most essential oils are safe for all skin types. If you're unsure, opt for naturally derived oils.

Tip #3: Ingredients are everything

You need to be selective with ingredients since sensitivity can often be triggered by harsh ingredients and chemicals that interrupt your skin's barrier. Using products with clean ingredients, vitamins, and antioxidants can boost protection and calm irritated areas. Be careful not to use synthetic actives as they can have a negative impact on your skin.

Remember that simple routines are often the most effective, and applying too much can be counterproductive when dealing with irritated skin. 

Start with a simple routine to achieve the best results.

Steph Eastwood, Co Founder, Accredited Skin Specialist