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Sensitive skin? 8 skincare ingredients that won't cause redness and breakouts

The next time you shop for skincare products, look out for these ingredients to avoid irritating your sensitive skin.
 

If you’ve got dry, itchy or easily irritated skin, look out for these friendly ingredients in your skincare products. They won’t cause redness or breakouts.

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For those with sensitive skin, you will understand the fear of trying out new skincare products. You never know when you might suffer from redness, itchiness or severe breakouts.

The next time you shop for skincare products, look out for these ingredients to avoid irritating your sensitive skin.

1. Aloe vera

Being a natural moisturiser, aloe vera can be commonly found in many skincare products. You can even apply pure aloe vera gel to your skin directly. And yes, it does more than soothe sunburns. 

Aloe vera is packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that hydrate and soften your skin without clogging your pores. It combats dry and flaky skin without leaving a greasy film, making it suitable for all skin types. 

According to research by Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, aloe vera gel is able to significantly improve acne problems.

2. Squalene

This natural oil is found in many hydrating skincare products. It effectively locks in moisture and boosts skin elasticity, as well as softens and smoothens skin without causing irritation.

The best part? It has a light, non-greasy texture to ensure it doesn’t clog pores and cause breakouts. Squalene also plays a part in giving many skincare products their smooth and spreadable texture, to allow easy absorption by the skin.

3. Calendula extract

Calendula belongs to the marigold family. It comes with antibacterial properties that help clear skin and prevent acne breakouts.

For those with dry skin, calendula extract is an effective source of hydration. It is so gentle that you can even use it to soothe puffiness around your eyes without causing any irritation.

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4. Green tea leaf extract

Green tea leaf extract is so well-known for improving complexion, it is often referred to as the fountain of youth for skin cells. 

Researchers from the Medical College of Georgia found that green tea leaf extract is able to reactivate dying skin cells. Green tea contains catechins, antibacterial agents that prevent acne.

It also has anti-inflammatory properties to soothe redness.

5. Allantoin

Allantoin is a soothing chemical compound found in many skincare products, so keep your eyes peeled for it. It gently removes dead cells from the surface of your skin, allowing your skin to absorb moisture more effectively and preventing wrinkles.

Allantoin also soothes itchy and dry skin. It is an anti-irritant that is suitable even for those with the most sensitive skin.

6. Shea butter

The rich and creamy texture of shea butter is super moisturising and soothing for sensitive skin, thanks to its high concentration of natural vitamins and fatty acids.

Shea butter delivers intense hydration to your skin and protects the skin’s natural moisture barriers. It also contains a compound, lupeol cinnamate, that prevents inflammation – perfect for those with acne-prone skin.

Plus, the earthy and nutty scent of shea butter is sure to draw you in.

7. Honey

Sweeten up your skincare routine with honey. You may have realised that this sweet stuff is infused in many of your beauty products.

Honey is jam-packed with antioxidants that have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. It is also super gentle, making it suitable for all skin types.

8. Oatmeal

Oatmeal has natural anti-irritant properties, making it perfect for those who are prone to eczema as it moisturises and improves the skin’s natural barriers to reduce itch and inflammation.

Try soaking some grounded oats in lukewarm water to soothe skin irritation. And if exfoliating is too harsh on your sensitive skin, the gritty texture of oats is a good substitute.

This article was first published in Shape Singapore.

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