Redheads are known to have super sensitive skin. We wear sunscreen every time we leave the house (hopefully you do!) and sit under the umbrella fully clothed at the beach. We sometimes get rashes or irritated skin from certain products –– even some fragrances can cause breakouts.
I have always found that I need to be extra careful what I put on my skin, especially my face, to help stay acne-free. It wasn’t until a couple years ago when I started wearing full-face makeup that I began to break out more and more. It’s no surprise that packing on creams and powders to your face can cause a reaction, especially in the hot summer heat.
I found certain products would just irritate my skin more if it was not formulated for those with sensitive skin. As a certified makeup artist, I was taught makeup can only look as good as your skin’s canvas.
Over the years, I developed a better skincare routine to help take better care of my face. Below are my top skin tips to make your skin healthy, hydrated and glowing:
1. Remove Makeup
I started taking my makeup off and washing my face before bed every night. Not only are you washing away the day, you are able to start with a clean slate in the morning. Opt for a makeup remover for sensitive skin, like Avene 3 In 1 Make-Up Remover (Face & Eyes).
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Lock in your serums, oils and skin treatments with a gentle face moisturizer. My favorite is Up & Up (By Target) Dual Effects Moisturizer. It’s an oil-free lotion with salicylic acid acne medication that moisturizes dry skin while helping to clear and prevent pimples.
3. Treat It
If my face is feeling extra dirty or I am experiencing acne, the best daily treatment I have used is the Clean & Clear Essentials Deep Cleaning Toner for Sensitive Skin. Apply a small amount all over your face or to the areas affected by acne. The treatment will dry your pimples right up and eliminate them in no time. It can be used twice a day –– morning & night.
To give your face an extra clean, I recommend St. Ives Acne Control Apricot Scrub. I use this in the shower because it’s messy. Works great if you get acne on your back or chest.
If are looking for a way to cover up your acne, use a green colored concealer as a spot primer before you apply your foundation. The green color will cover any redness and building a base on your skin will help more a more even look.
READ: Concealer 101 for Redheads: How To Apply and Get a Flawless Finish
6. Adding A Foundation
I recently picked up Almay’s Clear Complexion Makeup Make Myself Clear Foundation –– in Ivory, of course. I was in need of a tinted acne treatment to hide those more obvious and stubborn pimples. Because it’s a salicylic acid acne treatment, apply only to the spots you have pimples. You can also blend it into your regular foundation to eliminate dryness.
7. Keep hydrated
Drink a lot of water. Keeping your skin hydrated will most likely always help keep acne away.
8. Changing Your Pillowcases
Change your pillowcases and bed sheets frequently to eliminate extra dirt and germs from irritating the skin.
9. Protect It
Look for a sensitive skin sunscreen this summer such as Kiss My Face Sensitive Side 3 in 1 Sunscreen. This lotion is vegan and cruelty-free with nourishing oat protein. It won’t leave your skin feeling oily or sticky while of course preventing sunburn!
Take care of your skin so you can keep Rockin’ it like a Redhead!