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7 Make-Up Tips for Sensitive Skin

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Ideally, those with sensitive skin should minimize their use of cosmetics. However, many people feel strongly that makeup improves their appearance, and they will not want to discontinue its use. If you suffer from skin sensitivity but wish to use cosmetics, consider the following tips on choosing and applying these products from award winning Canadian dermatologist Dr. Jason Rivers. 

  1. 1. Use fresh makeup. When makeup expires, some of the molecules inside decay leaving a byproduct which can cause skin irritation or even a reaction.


  2. 2. Keep your makeup tools clean. Makeup and makeup tools that come in contact with your face are exposed to bacteria that can cause irritation.


  3. 3. Use as few products as possible and only use products made for sensitive skin. Skincare formulations are very complex often including a wide variety of important ingredients from active molecules to correct signs of aging to preservatives and stabilizers that keep your cream safe for long periods of time. If you have sensitive skin it is important to keep the number of products to a minimum thereby exposing your skin to as few potential irritants as possible. Products developed for sensitive skin undertake a more thorough ingredient screening process to rule out any potential irritants.


  4. 4. Before applying foundation, use a mild chemical exfoliator as physical exfoliants like scrubs can cause irritation. Then use a clean foundation brush to mix the foundation into your moisturizer in a clean bowl or on a clean surface. Using a foundation brush is not only more sanitary than a makeup sponge, you will also spread the foundation more evenly and waste less of it. 


  5. 5. For sensitive skin, makeup artists often prefer a powder foundation, many are free of irritating fragrances and dyes. Although some people voice concerns that these will look chalky, more often than not, they actually make the skin really glow. Plus, they are applied with a brush, so you won’t tug at sensitive skin. The trick is to use a light hand: Dip a powder brush in mineral foundation, shake off the excess and sweep it over the face using circular motions. Switch to a concealer brush and blend the same product under the eyes and over any blemishes.

  6. 6. Before applying eye makeup use some of the foundation-moisturizer mixture on your eyelids, or use an eyeshadow primer that works for you, so that your eye makeup does not move throughout the day. 

  7. 7. Don’t forget about storage! To ensure your cosmetics are free of irritating bacteria store them in a cool dry place, which ironically rules out the bathroom. Never leave them uncovered or exposed to the air, and make sure to clean your brushes each time you use them.


About the Author Dr. Jason Rivers is an award winning Canadian dermatologist from Vancouver Canada. A leader in the field of dermatological research and clinical practice Dr. Rivers sees hundreds of patients a year with sensitive and intolerant skin. After over 30 years of practice Dr. Rivers was increasingly apprehensive about recommending existing products to patients with sensitive skin. A majority of sensitive skin care products on the market contained ingredients and fillers that can cause unwanted reactions in those with sensitive skin. At a loss, he decided to create his own line of products for his patients with sensitive skin. Dr. Rivers is offering a free 15-day sample kit of his skincare here. >

The Riversol Anti-Aging Sample Kit

Includes a 15-day supply of cleanser, anti-aging serum, moisturizer and eye cream. Enough to be sure Riversol is right for your sensitive skin.
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Core Benefits

Improves radiance and texture leaving skin with a youthful, healthy glow.

Replenishes moisture barrier to provide lasting hydration.

Key Ingredients

Beta-Thujaplicin, a powerful antioxidant from the Pacific red cedar

Phosphate-form Vitamin C to deliver lasting improvements on radiance and skin smoothness.

Dr Rivers used his experience as a clinical professor and a program director of dermatology at a leading Canadian faculty of medicine to begin formulating ideas on how he could better serve his patients. As his Vancouver-based practice grew into the largest of its kind in Canada, the need for a better option for sensitive skin care was validated. He formulated Riversol skincare to be a simple line yet tailored to all skin types.

The Development of Riversol Products

Working with top chemists, Dr. Rivers has finally been able to introduce Riversol, a line of products made specifically for sensitive skin, formulated without the use of known irritants. But what really sets Riversol apart is that each product contains an ingredient rarely used in skincare called Beta-Thujaplicin (Also known as Beta-T).

Beta-T is known to be a potent antioxidant that has the ability to reduce the look of sun damage and improve the skin’s clarity and texture. I have spent many years as a dermatologist working with patients that have severe sun damage and skin cancer. The more research I did, the more impressed I was with this unique ingredient. Initial samples were handed out to colleagues, friends and family. The results far exceeded my expectations. - Dr. Jason K. Rivers 

Beta-T is a derivative from the Pacific Red Cedar Tree and contains antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. It is rarely used in skincare due to its cost and difficulty to work with. Dr. Rivers and the formulation chemist devoted years to creating a formula perfect for his patients. 

Developed for, and proven through Dr. Rivers’ patients, Riversol is now available for everyone. Get a sample to try for your sensitive skin.

Key Benefits of Beta-T

Evens skin tone to reduce visible signs of aging

Reduces the look of redness

Improves radiance and texture