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How to choose skincare products for sensitive and dry skin?

A sensitive and dry skin doesn’t have to be the end of the world. It just needs a little extra attention and extra love!

We know the right product for your skin is out there. You just need to know how to find them and what to look for. What are the key points when finding skincare products that suit your skin type? Why is moisturising important? We will discover all of these points in this article. 

What is a sensitive and dry skin?

How can you tell if you have a dry or sensitive skin or sometimes, even both? Here are some characteristics:

  • Dry skin: your skin will feel dry, flaky and tight after cleansing. This type of skin can easily develop wrinkles, fines pores, irritation and even, sensitivity when temperature variations.
  • Sensitive skin: your skin is usually very dry, tight, easily inflamed and irritated. This type of skin can easily develop reddish and scaly areas. It can be itchy and really fragile.

If your skin ticks all the characteristics, then you will need to dedicate extra care to your routine to protect it. 

The importance of moisturiser

Pro tip when you have a sensitive or dry skin: keep it moisturised. On a daily basis, this is essential to prevent and treat your skin. Moisturisers hold water and act as a temporary barrier. It protects the outer layer of the skin from harmful effects of sun, wind and other environmental factors.

It is even more important to moisture your skin when you are prone to eczema and need a daily support to prevent itchy and reddish skin. If you are actually looking for some advice on how to relieve itching during eczema crisis, we wrote a really helpful article about it. 

Focus on natural products

When you have a sensitive and dry skin, you tend to not react well to fragrances and negatively to most products. This is why for your type of skin, less is more.

  • Rose water: The cleansing step is as important as the moisturising part. Rose water works so well for dry and sensitive skin. Its moisturising and soothing properties help improve tone and texture of your skin.
  • Shea butter: Its nutrients have a calming and anti-inflammatory effect on the skin. Shea butter doesn’t seem to cause skin allergies which makes it ideal even for the most sensitive ones.
  • Aloe vera: Aloe vera gel soothes the skin and reduces soreness and everyday life discomfort. It can even help prevent cracking and flaking.
  • Coconut oil: One of the most versatile skin ingredient! It moisturises, heals wounds and scars quicker and it is a great solution to fight chronic skin disease thanks to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. 

Few additional tips

Don’t forget to check the ingredients of your skincare products as some of them may contain harsh ingredients.

  • Along with moisturising your skin, make sure to protect it with additional clothes infused with zinc oxide. They are specifically made for extra sensitive skins that are prone to eczema crisis.
  • When exposed to sun, choose for a moisturiser that contains a sunscreen of SPF 15 or even higher to protect your skin from sun damage. 


 Even though sensitive and dry skins are the most delicate ones, oily skins can also be susceptible to skin dryness. Chemicals found in beauty products can be damaging from the way they are produced to their negative impact on the environment.

This is why, even if you don’t have a sensitive or dry skin, it is always good to opt for natural alternatives to feed and take care of your skin.


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