7 Make-Up Tips for Sensitive Skin


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

  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. >