Sensitive skin can be a nightmare, and here at MooGoo we know all about it. Making a cream for one person with Psoriasis is how we started. That definitely needed something gentle and healthy. While we’ve got a lot of products to help out you sensitive folk, we also want to offer you a few tips that you can use to help relieve some of the symptoms you may be experiencing throughout the day. 

 

 Hot Showers

We all love a steamy shower in the morning (especially in winter). You probably know hot water can actually dry out the skin and can also damage the skin’s surface, all leading to drier, itchier, and more irritated skin. Maybe that’s why all those older people jump in the ocean in winter?

 

Tip: Keep the showers on the cooler side. Cold showers (sometimes referred to as a Scottish shower) are also good for your hair and helps seal your hair cuticle, making it lay smoothly and help with frizz. It’s also good for circulation as the shock to the body requires you to pump blood around to regulate your body temperature. Just Google Ice Man Wim Hof to find out why cold water is now becoming super cool (yes, pun intended). It is like a gym session..it isn’t that comfortable at the start but it feels wonderful when it stops.

 

 

 Over - Exfoliating

If you suffer from dry skin, eczema or other skin issues, exfoliating the skin to remove any dead skin cells may seem like the best thing to do, but be careful because it’s very easy to overdo it. Over exfoliating can cause you to not only remove the dead skin cells, but your new ones too. This then can cause your skin to become sore, red and irritated. 

 

 Tip: Try to keep your exfoliating to 1-2 times a week at most, and try not to use anything too harsh on your skin. Many exfoliating products can scratch the skin and cause more damage than good. Exfoliating has some major benefits so to make sure you’re not overdoing it, ensure that you’re using a gentle exfoliating product (like our Gentle Exfoliating Powder) or a soft, silicone cleansing pad with gentle bristles and your favourite cleanser can help do the trick.

 

 

 

Chemicals

Firstly we know everything is a chemical. But they aren’t all equal. Parabens for example aren’t the same as Hops. Propylene and Ethylene Glycol aren’t the same as Olive Oil. These ingredients can be used for similar functions, it is up to you what you choose. But you need to read the ingredient label and not just trust the olive leave motif on the front means it’s all honky dory. 

 

 

Tip: Be extra careful with cleaning products. Remember that cleaning products aren’t usually required to share their ingredients to claims such as “all natural” or “gentle” are a little hard to verify. Dishwashing liquid, even those with natural claims on the front, almost always use SLS, Choose gloves without the powder if sensitive as many people are allergic to that.

 

 

 

Removing Makeup

Usually your make up removal routine goes hand in hand with your bedtime routine. The majority of people remove their makeup not when they get home, but when they go to bed. Wearing makeup for a long period of time can irritate and clog the skin as it’s basically being covered with a layer of product all day long. (That is why we created Dusty Girls makeup to be healthy). Between foundation, powders and concealers, the skin puts up with a lot.

 

Tip: Try and change things up, instead of taking your makeup off just before bed, try taking it off after you get home from a hard days work and get changed into those comfy sweatpants you love but would absolutely die if anyone actually saw you in. Or go a day on the weekend without any makeup at all. These small changes will allow your skin to have a few extra hours of makeup-free goodness and let your skin breath (a bit of fresh air can do wonders to the skin and the soul). You can also use this extra time to pamper your skin with a hydrating face oil (we have a few) and a nourishing overnight cream like our Night Cream.