3-Step Gentle Skincare Routine for Sensitive Skin

Everyone deserves healthy, youthful-looking skin, but for many, that’s easier said than done. With everyday environmental pollutants and stressors contributing to irritation, dryness, and damage, you might be struggling to care for sensitive skin.

That’s why it is so important to develop and incorporate a gentle skincare routine that nurtures and strengthens your sensitive skin. However, not all skincare routines are created equal.

Creating an effective skincare regimen is all about taking care of your skin with products that focus on removing buildup from the day, repairing damage, and replenishing moisture. Keep reading to find out the best skincare routine for sensitive skin and our top recommendations.

Sensitive Skincare Essentials: Our Skincare Recommendations

When it comes to building a skincare routine for sensitive skin, these are our must-haves:

Colorescience skincare recommendations for sensitive skin

Below, we’ll break down why we recommend each of these skincare solutions:

Barrier Pro™ 1-Step Cleanser

Barrier Pro™ 1-Step Cleanser has been specifically formulated to clean and remove dirt, makeup, and mineral sunscreen in a single step. Using pink pomelo extract (grapefruit extract), the cleanser effectively and gently removes excess oil, pollutants, makeup, and mineral sunscreen.

This multi-benefit skin barrier-boosting solution is designed to help support your skin’s microbiome and promote gentle exfoliation for smoother, softer, and healthier skin for all skin types. This makes it a great option for those with sensitive-skin skincare routines.

Barrier Pro™ Essential Moisturizer

Barrier Pro™ Essential Moisturizer is more than just a moisturizer; this formula was developed in collaboration with skincare professionals for all skin types. This moisturizer contains healthy, rejuvenating ingredients like prickly pear extract and calming botanical herbs that help your skin go beyond hydration and enrich it with antioxidants that neutralize free radicals to prevent visible skin damage.

By supporting the skin’s microbiome, Barrier Pro™ Essential Moisturizer strengthens the skin’s protective barrier, improving resilience to irritating environmental aggressors, all while hydrating and refining skin texture resulting in a more vibrant, healthy, and youthful appearance.

All Calm® Clinical Redness Corrector SPF 50

All Calm® Clinical Redness Corrector SPF 50 is a 3-in-1 formula that instantly neutralizes the appearance of redness with subtle green undertones. It also contains BioSolace®, a proprietary blend of specialty ingredients that provide ongoing relief from sensitivity and the appearance of redness.

Woman looking at red skin in mirror.

With SPF 50 protection, it also guards against UVA/UVB rays, which can trigger redness.

Total Protection® No-Show™ Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50

If you prefer no color coverage, we recommend Total Protection® No-Show™ Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50 with All Calm® Multi-Correction Serum in place of the All Calm® Clinical Redness Corrector SPF 50, which is tinted. Note that there’s no need to apply Total Protection® No-Show™ Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50 and All Calm Clinical Redness Corrector SPF 50.

Total Protection® No-Show™ Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50 is the barely-there sunscreen of your dreams. The ultra-lightweight formula is perfect for those with sensitive skin and features advanced non-nano zinc oxide that deliver high-performance protection from UVA/UVB, HEV (blue) light, free radicals, infrared light, and pollution.

Total Protection® No-Show™ Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50 not only protects your skin but includes nourishing antioxidants, soothing bisabolol, and hydrating silver ear mushroom extract to absorb into your skin and work from within to improve the natural appearance and leave the skin feeling velvety soft.

Plus, with its sheerest-of-the-sheer texture, the all-mineral sunscreen blends into skin so beautifully you’ll forget it’s there.

An Easy Sensitive Skincare Routine

Morning and night skincare routine

A personalized skincare routine, especially for someone with sensitive, dry, or acne-prone skin, doesn’t have to be time-consuming or complicated.

Step 1: Use a Gentle Cleanser

The first step in creating a healthy skincare routine is using cleanser to help gently exfoliate and clean your face. This ensures you have a clean surface to apply the rest of your treatments, moisturizer, and sunscreen.

Barrier Pro™ 1-Step Cleanser is formulated specifically for sensitive skin and is a perfect gentle cleanser to start out your skincare journey. Here's how to use it for proper face-washing technique.

Morning Routine (or when your face is clean and free of makeup or sunscreen)

  • Wet face.
  • Dispense 1 pump of cleanser into hands.
  • Apply cleanser to face, thoroughly cleansing for at least 1 minute. Spending approximately 15 seconds each on your forehead, cheeks, nose, chin, and eye area. Add more water if needed for increased emulsification, and avoid getting cleanser into eyes.
  • Rinse thoroughly and pat dry.

Nightly Routine

  • Clean and wet hands, leave face dry.
  • Dispense 2-3 pumps into wet hands.
  • Apply cleanser to dry face and massage product into your skin to remove makeup, dirt, and grime, and sunscreen. Add more water to increase emulsification.
  • When the cleanser is bubbling, spend 15 seconds thoroughly cleansing your forehead, cheeks, nose, chin, and eye area. Add more water if needed for increased sudsing, and avoid getting cleanser into eyes.
  • Rinse thoroughly and pat dry.

Step 2: Apply Treatments (Nighttime Only)

At night, after you’ve finished cleansing, it’s time to move onto applying treatments like serums. Serums can contain a plethora of beneficial ingredients that can help:

  • Address specific skin conditions
  • Soothe redness and irritation
  • Prevent premature aging
  • Brighten under-eye circles
  • Stimulate collagen production

As we mentioned, our recommendation when creating the best skincare routine for sensitive skin is All Calm® Multi-Correction Serum. This serum can help calm sensitive skin, improve hydration, strengthen the skin barrier, and more.

The key to treatments and serums is proper application and consistent use. To gain the most out of serums and treatments, you should apply them twice daily before your moisturizer because you want to allow them to fully absorb into the skin.

Young man applying skincare and smiling at the mirror.

Step 3: Finish Off with Moisturizer

Both day and night, you should finish off your skincare routine with a hydrating moisturizer. Most people will want to moisturize twice a day.

In the morning, use moisturizer after you have washed your face and removed all the impurities that have settled onto your skin throughout the night.

At night, use moisturizer after you’ve cleansed and applied any treatments so that it can nourish and hydrate your skin while you sleep. If you’re using Barrier Pro™ Essential Moisturizer, here’s how you use it:

  • Dispense 1 to 2 pumps to the face, neck, and décolleté area.
  • Using rotation motions, gently rub into skin.

Step 4: Always Wear Your Sunscreen (Daytime Only)

The importance of sunscreen cannot be overstated. Wearing sunscreen every day is essential to protect against the sun and its harmful effects on your skin, which can range from sunburns and premature aging to skin cancer.

Options like Total Protection® No-Show™ Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50 or All Calm® Clinical Redness Corrector SPF 50 are excellent skincare for sensitive skin that protects you against UVA/UVB rays.

In order to best protect your skin, you must establish a dedicated, daily routine where you apply sunscreen thoroughly, ensuring you cover those easily missed spots like behind the ears and the back of your neck.

To remain completely protected, reapply sunscreen at least every two hours. If you’re going to be sweating or swimming, you should reapply more often–about every 40 minutes.

What to Consider When Creating Your Skincare Routine

When creating your personalized skin care routine, it’s important to consider your skin type along with any existing skin conditions or flare ups that you experience. For example, do you tend to break out a lot or have acne flare ups seasonally or during your cycle? Do you have skin conditions like rosacea or eczema?

Keep these factors in mind when you’re looking at your treatment options and shopping for the right skincare products with ingredients that can help you achieve your best skin.

Tips for Caring for Sensitive Skin

Dos and Don’t for sensitive skin

Sensitive skin often requires extra care. Here are some additional tips:

  • Avoid washing your skin with hot water.
  • Avoid scented skincare and cosmetics with chemical fragrance ingredients.
  • Drink lots of water and stay hydrated.

Most importantly, remember to be gentle with your skin.

Keep Your Skin Happy & Healthy

Now that you have a clear plan to establish a sensitive skincare routine, it’s time to take the first step to help your skin feel and look its best. With Colorescience skincare for sensitive skin, you can protect, nourish, and enhance the health of your skin. Try it today and see the difference with your new regimen.