I frequently chat with friends about skincare questions, everything from the best place to find natural beauty treatments in a new city to total routine overhauls. I thought this would be a great resource to share with you all in a “Green My Routine” series. First up – sensitivity and redness!

Start your day off right – I’m a big fan of the morning cleanse, but too many products can agitate already sensitive skin. In order to keep your skin calm and happy, consider everything you’re starting the day off with. Do you wash your washcloths with a heavily-scented laundry detergent? How hot is the water you put on your face? All of these factors can aggravate the skin and potentially contribute to redness. A few tips:

Cleanse the skin with a quick swipe of rosewater on a cotton pad or washcloth (preferably one washed with unscented detergent). 

Alteya Organics Organic Bulgarian Rose Water ($25)

Kahina Giving Beauty Moroccan Rose Water ($38)

Tammy Fender Bulgarian Rose Water ($65)

If you want a deeper morning cleanse, consider a gentle creamy cleanser that can be washed off with warm, not hot, water. And remember, this includes avoiding a blast of hot water from your shower. As Caroline Hirons once put it, avoid your hot shower water like it has greatly offended you.

 

Trilogy Cream Cleanser ($38)

Pai Camellia and Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser ($50)

Osea Ocean Cleansing Milk ($54)

Feeling Blue – If you follow color theory, calm blue is the cool counterpart to fiery red. While I typically avoid lots of strong essential oils in skincare generally, I particularly love products with calming ingredients like Blue Tansy and Helycriseum when my skin is feeling painful or particularly inflamed.

Khus Khus Sans Age Face Serum ($80)

Josh Rosebrook Vital Balm Cream ($85)

May Lindstrom The Blue Cocoon ($180)

Keep It Balanced – When your skin is feeling sensitive and perhaps undergoing a redness flareup, the last thing you want is a heavy layer of makeup caked on. I love products that help balance the skin and take down the redness before you even reach for the foundation.

 

Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator ($35) 

Pai Chamomile and Rosehip Calming Day Cream ($60)

Vapour Stratus Soft Focus Skin Perfector ($60) 

There you have it – some of my favorite products for skin suffering from redness and sensitivity! I hope this was helpful and please let me know what products you would recommend, or which routine you would like to see next!