7 Moisturising Tips for Sensitive Skin

7 Moisturising Tips for Sensitive Skin

When thinking of skin care, the first question that pops up is “What type of skin do you have?”  The whole regimen of skin care depends on the answer to that question.  Generally, the varieties of skin are usually labelled under commonly known heads .. oily, combination, dry, acne-prone and sensitive skin.  Once you have identified your “head”, you can work from there. For those with sensitive skin, however, there are other avenues to be explored, before arriving at the best sensitive skincare tips. Given below are a few guidelines.   

1. What is Sensitive Skin?

When there is irritation in the nerve endings in the epidermis (top layer of the skin), it results in sensitive skin.  This is when the skin’s natural barrier is broken down by various factors.  This type of skin is further classified as follows:

Naturally sensitive skin:  The trigger is genetic, resulting in conditions like psoriasis, eczema and rosacea.  

Reactive skin, which becomes warm and sore, inflamed by skincare products.  Sometimes, pimples or blisters will appear at the point of contact.

Environmentally sensitive skin:  Exposure to the sun, air pollution or cigarette smoke can cause irritation and itching.

Ageing skin:  As we get older, our skin becomes thinner, naturally, which makes it easier to irritate.

2. The Right Moisturiser:

When choosing a moisturiser for sensitive skin, select nurturing ingredients that won't irritate, such as kokum butter, known for its deep hydration without clogging pores. Ideal for reaction-prone skin, look for products that support moisture retention and enhance the skin’s barrier. Avoid irritants like fragrances, alcohol and synthetic dyes to prevent redness and discomfort. This careful selection helps maintain hydrated and calm skin.

3. Proper Application Techniques:

First, clean your face by washing with lukewarm or cold water.  Do not use hot water as it can strip the skin of essential oils.

Remove the water by patting your skin with a soft towel.  Do not dry it completely.

To enhance absorption, apply moisturiser to damp skin.  So, it should be applied soon after the skin is washed and while it is still damp.

Use gentle, upward strokes so that the skin is not stretched.  Patting the moisturiser on, rather than rubbing it in,  can lessen friction and add to supporting skin health.

4. Daily Skincare Routine:

For sensitive skin, start your daily routine with a gentle, fragrance-free cleanser and a soothing toner to balance pH levels. 

Apply an antioxidant-rich hydrating serum, followed by a non-comedogenic moisturiser. 

During the day, use a mineral-based SPF to protect against UV damage. 

At night, apply a rich cream to repair and moisturise your skin while you sleep, enhancing its natural barrier for a smoother, firmer appearance.

5. The Role of Hydration:

Internal and external hydration are crucial, as dehydration can cause dry, itchy and sensitive skin. Internally, drinking adequate water supports skin elasticity and detoxification, leading to a healthier complexion. Externally, selecting hydrating moisturisers rich in minerals and antioxidants can provide an instant boost of moisture and revitalisation. Those which Incorporate natural hydrating and barrier-nourishing supplements can further improve the skin’s moisture retention, ensuring it remains supple and less prone to sensitivity.

6. Addressing Environmental Factors:

Protecting sensitive skin from environmental stress involves strategic measures. 

Apply a broad-spectrum SPF daily to shield against harmful UV rays.

Consider wearing protective clothing and a hat. 

Use antioxidant-rich moisturisers to combat pollution's oxidative stress. 

During extreme temperatures, guard your skin with richer creams to prevent dryness and chapping in cold weather, and opt for lighter, hydrating formulas to soothe and cool the skin in heat, maintaining its barrier against environmental elements.

7. Advanced Skincare Tips:

Enhance your skincare routine by adding serums and lightweight, non-comedogenic oils like avocado oil or squalane to soothe and nourish sensitive skin without clogging pores. Choose serums with calming ingredients such as saffron to boost hydration and reduce irritation. If you experience persistent redness, itching, or dry patches, consider consulting a dermatologist. Note your symptoms, triggers, and product usage beforehand to facilitate an accurate diagnosis and personalised treatment.


Moisturising sensitive skin need not be an overwhelming challenge. By recognising your skin's unique requirements, selecting appropriate products and employing proper application techniques, you can attain a glowing and irritation-free complexion. Remember, each skin type is distinct; hence, it's crucial to heed your skin's responses and tailor your regimen accordingly. That is why we, at Karmic Skin, suggest that you embrace these strategies and relish the comfort and confidence that come with effectively moisturised, sensitive skin.

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