Best city life skincare tips and products for sensitive skin

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I am going to share with you my best skincare tips for sensitive skin for city life.

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Living in any big city around the world is tough.

I currently live in London, where life can be awfully busy, which might affect your skin health sooner rather than later, especially if you are in your 30s like me.

The funny thing is that when I was still living in Italy my skin was completely different: it used to be quite oily and acne-prone (mainly in the T area) and I didn't apply moisturising at all because they all made my skin even worse.

How city life affects your skin?

"Throughout the day, pollution in the air can stick to your skin and absorb into your pores. Over time, these particles in your skin can irritate and even weaken your skin's delicate barrier." from City life and the effects of pollution on skin

I realised that my skin quickly became dry, after a couple of months of living in England. The sensitivity issues such as redness and itchiness came soon after, not only during the winter months but in the summer as well.

My nails are more brittle and my hair falls down like never before.

The explanation is a mix of vitamin D deficiency caused by a considerably lower exposure to the sunlight as well as the bad quality air of the big city.

As a result, now I need to get some supplements and be much more careful with my skincare routine.

What can we do to improve skin health when living in a big city?

The best practices to achieve healthy glowing skin when living in a big city are:

-Make sure of having a good night sleep (easier said than done when living in a noisy city),

-Staying hydrated (drink at least 8 glasses of water per day)

-Eating plenty of organic fruit and veggies

-Enjoy the sun when it's possible. Nice walks and workout sessions in the park in the warmer months wearing a 30 to 50 SPF are great ways to improve vitamin D levels.

I also invested in some good quality products for my skin and quickly became a skincare junkie.

Having a regular and targeted skincare routine is vital to keep your skin young and fresh while living in a big city and to prevent wrinkles and fine lines.

I also recommend targeted treatments: one of the best services in London is from Dermoi! where you can book clinical facial treatments (such as vitamin infusions, medi-peels and resurfacing treatments) from an expert aesthetician that will come to your home.

This is what I usually do on a daily basis to keep my skin fresh and soft:

Morning routine for sensitive skin

No matter how early I wake up, I always take my time to pamper my skin.

This is crucial to have a nice and smooth base for my make up (which I rarely skip when I am working). Taking good care of your sensitive dry skin also helps to reduce the amount of foundation and concealer I am wearing and it makes it last the whole day.

These are the steps I follow with the products that I am using at the moment:

I first apply with my fingers Kiehl's Centella sensitive facial cleanser on dry skin with circular motions and I rinse it with fresh water.

I then pat my face dry with a soft towel.

After I apply the iconic Italian Robert's rose water as a gentle toner with the help of a cotton pad. I love its fragrance but, unfortunately, it is very difficult to find in the UK!

With my skin still slightly damp, I apply a couple of pumps of Kiehl's daily reviving concentrate serum and I spread it all over my face.

For me it's time to think about the first wrinkles, unfortunately: that's why I choose Olay ultimate eye cream to de-puff and prevent dark circles. The under-eye area is the point of most concern as I already have signs of fatigue and sleepless night showing and I, therefore, apply a generous quantity.

I also recently invested in a quartz face roller: it is supposed to improve the lymphatic circulation and it helps to relax my face so I usually keep it in the fridge to increase its power.

Last step but definitely not the least: keeping my skin super hydrated during the day. As mine is desert dry, I need Kiehl's ultra facial deep moisture balm, which is super nourishing. Thanks to this amazing balm I don't feel my skin tight anymore.

I wait at least 15 min before doing my makeup to make sure that all the products will properly penetrate the skin barrier.

I also use a primer to keep my base super smooth.

You won't need to buy super expensive foundation if your skin is already perfect, on the other hand, if it's not well-prepped, even the most expensive foundation will look cakey.

Night routine for sensitive skin

Taking off my makeup is essential to achieve healthy skin, especially if your is sensitive!

I wouldn't dare to skip this step, even when I am really tired, because I know that the following day my skin would look extremely grey and dull.

If you don't believe me, check this eye-opening article from Marie Claire:

What one night of not taking off your makeup does to your skin.

Since I moved to London, I started to use micellar water instead of wet wipes and it is life-changing if you have sensitive skin!

To remove the last traces of makeup, I wash my face with La Roche-Posay Effaclair derma soothing hydrating cleansing cream.

After, I gently pat the amazing Robert's rose water toner with a cotton pad focusing in the under-eye zone. It is the best, gentle toner you can ever use!

I love Kiehl's midnight recovery concentrate serum!

It smells divine and the lavender essential oil contained in the formula helps me to relax.

I would alternate the midnight serum with a retinol serum every other night.

I usually apply only a pea-size amount, the one below it is safe even if you have sensitive skin. I never had any irritation or redness after using it.

To lock in the hydration, I then apply the Kiehl's ultra facial deep moisture balm.

I tend to do my skincare routine half an hour before bedtime because I want all the products to penetrate deeply and I don't want to waste them on my pillow!

Would you like to know more about the best skincare practice?

Check out this post:

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Weekly body and skincare routine

I do shower every day, but I only wash my hair twice a week.

When I do, I also like to do a gentle body and face scrub to take London off my skin: the air pollution is very high here, especially when commuting on the tube.

Having dead cells on my face won't let my moisturise to sink in.

My favourite item is again in the Kiehl's family range: Pineapple papaya facial scrub made with real fruit extracts.


I love to relax and enjoy my days off with a hot bath and a face mask.

I also adore the Korean OhK! face masks: they have a huge range of tissue or hydrogel face masks for every skin type and I always find them very effective.

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