As SELF’s beauty editor, one big part of my job is testing out a ton of new, exciting products. As much as I enjoy that, though, I have to be careful. I’ve had sensitive skin for basically as long as I can remember and, when I developed rosacea in my early twenties, it just got even more reactive.
So, in order to do my job without constantly aggravating my skin, I have to take a few precautions. I know my skin’s major triggers and sensitivities, I read ingredients labels closely, I patch test new products before putting them on my face, and I’m careful to only add one new product to my routine at a time so I can monitor the way it’s affecting my skin.
But in the background I also make sure I stick to a solid, consistent routine made up of simple, gentle skin-care products to keep my sensitive skin as calm as possible. And, I make sure to keep an arsenal of calming, soothing, and moisturizing products just in case my skin decides to be difficult and flare up. (In the unfortunate event that does happen, I also make sure to be patient with my skin and hold off on adding anything new until it heals.)
Below is my exact everyday skin-care routine. Although it may change here and there as I swap in a weekly mask, acne treatment, or new product, this is what I always come back to because it does so much good for my skin. Of course, your mileage may vary with these products because everyone’s skin is different. But these are the ones I go back to over and over again because I know I can count on them to my skin at its healthiest every day.
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