Sensitive Skin 101

Produced by Allure with Burt’s Bees

We all want to say that we’re sensitive. But that our skin is? Not so much. Unfortunately, it doesn’t take a lot to make our skin spiral out of control: Sensitive complexions can be caused by dryness, harsh products, a breakdown of the skin’s protective lipid barrier, scratchy scarves (seriously!)—and we’ll just leave it at etc. You get the point. But no matter the cause, there are a few things anyone with sensitive skin can do to avoid that annoying redness, irritation, and itchiness and achieve the healthy skin we all deserve.

First and foremost, wear a sunscreen, moisturizer, or BB cream, like Burt’s Bees BB Cream with Noni Extract SPF 15, containing broad-spectrum, chemical-free UV protectors zinc oxide or titanium dioxide with at least SPF 15 every single day; the sun irritates your skin as much as an itchy wool sweater. Next, look for soothing ingredients in your products, like the cotton extract in Burt’s Bees Sensitive Daily Moisturizing Cream. And don’t skimp on moisturizer; use it day and night to reinforce that protective lipid barrier.

You also want to see the words hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, and soap-free on your products, as is the case with Burt’s Bees Sensitive Facial Cleanser with Cotton Extract and, with regard to eye cream, the phrase “ophthalmologist tested” which you’ll find on the packaging of Burt’s Bees Sensitive Eye Cream with Cotton Extract. If you do have a reaction, dermatologists recommend putting your cleanser, moisturizer, and eye cream in the refrigerator; the cool temperature will calm things down. —Emily Davis