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Sensitive Skin and the Test Patch

Rachel Nelson Self care, Sensitive Skin, Skincare, Skincare Products

Have you ever excitedly slathered on a new cream only to have your face turn bright red and feel like it’s on fire?  Or maybe you applied your new serum, only to wake up with a red rash…or even worse, hives? Had new eye products ending with swollen eyes? And if you’ve ever experienced the itch of an allergic response, you know how miserable that is.  I need say no more.

Skin sensitivity is on the rise.  More and more people are able to successfully use fewer and fewer skincare products.  As a consumer in our current market, learn to be saavy with your skincare choices.  What can you do?

#1  Get advice from an independent esthetician like me.  We can help you understand skincare products.  With a skin type test, we can help you understand your individual skin type and why you might be experiencing sensitivity.  We can help you choose what’s right for your skin.  This is our passion!

#2  Check the return policy from your vendor.  Many companies allow up to 30 days for returns.

#3  The famous test patch.  Sensitive skin types should always test patch a new skincare product.  The body may react to a topical with an immediate response or take up to 14 days to let you know that this was, or was not, a good choice.  The ultra conservative approach is to

  • take a new topical and apply a spot to the soft skin on the inside of the arm above the elbow.  Leave it for 24 hours, looking for redness, itching, swelling or heat.  If none of these symptoms occur,
  • apply a small spot along the neck and under the ear.  Leave it for 24 hours, looking again for redness, itching, swelling or heat.  If none of these symptoms occur,
  • apply a small spot onto the one cheek.  Leave it for 24 hours, looking again for redness, itching, swelling or heat.  If none of these symptoms occur,
  • apply your product to the face, neck and decollete again observing for 24 hours.  If successful,
  • use the product and monitor the results for at least 2 weeks.
  • Enjoy!

#4  Lastly, introduce one new product at a time so that you understand what might be causing you problems.

You can step into the test patch process at any point listed above but definitely use it if you experience sensitive skin.  And for your own light bulb moment, don’t forget the skin type test!  Schedule yours today.