Health & Beauty

What Makes Your Sensitive Skin Worse—And How To Fix It (Win!)

January 20, 2022

If there’s anyone that knows about the suckiness of sensitive skin, soothing flare-ups and ditching the itch, it’s our pals at MooGoo, who’ve been making products for skin problems and GOO-ing strong for 15-plus years, helping thousands clear up their pesky, flaky, red, sore, dry skin. They’ve also picked up a few tips along the way on how to keep skin calm, clear and comforted its when it’s overreacting. Read on to rein in reactions with seven skin-saving steps, keeping in mind that skin conditions are highly personal, and what works for someone else may not work for you (i.e., you’ll need to do a bit of experimenting to find a routine that works for you and your skin). —Vita Daily

keep your cool. Warmer temperatures bring blood flow closer to the surface and stimulate the sweat glands, which can trigger or exaggerate flare-ups, itching and discomfort on the skin. If you can, try to keep your indoor spaces a bit cooler, around 18 C to 21 C is ideal. Tip: staying warm in winter has its challenges, but one of the easiest things you can do to save your skin is to throw on some extra layers instead of cranking up the heat. Each layer of clothing keeps you insulated by trapping body heat so you can keep it cool and feel the cold. You’ll save a bit on the power bill too.

hold the hot showers. We all love a hot, steamy shower in the morning or after a long, hard day, but did you know that hot water can actually dry out the skin and also damage its surface? This all leads to drier, itchier and more irritable skin—as if you needed more of that. Maybe that’s why skin feels so good after a cool ocean dip. Tip: keep the showers on the cooler side. It doesn’t have to be cold, but if it’s causing the mirror to fog up it’s probably too hot. Cooler showers are also good for circulation. Google “Iceman Wim Hof” to find out why cold water is super cool (pun intended).

flick overpowering fragrances. Any products that include strong scents are likely to irritate your skin due to the harsh and strong chemicals used to create most fragrances. If it smells artificial, it probably is and might be best to steer clear. MoGoo has helped to develop a special kind of non-irritating fragrant oil so it can offer many lovely-smelling products without the skin reactions.

clean the slate. The most overlooked part of any skin-care routine is often the cleanse. Skin needs to be clean, but using harsh detergents can strip skin of its natural oils, keeping it in a constantly irritated state. This is why skin problems seem to stick around or keep coming back uninvited. Cleanse skin with a natural, gentle wash that gets the job done without the unnecessary trauma. Synthetic sulfates like SLS do clean, but they can also do more damage than good, leaving skin dry, itchy and screaming for salvation. Keeping skin clean doesn’t have to be a damaging ordeal. For anyone affected by skin conditions such as eczema, it’s important to maintain a healthy skin barrier function to help prevent irritation from environmental triggers and reduce the occurrence of flare-ups.

make time to moisturize. Keeping skin hydrated is more important than you may think. When skin is dry, it’s much easier for germs and irritants to pass through the skin barrier. This can cause dermatitis to develop, sensitivities to start and get those flare-ups to start firing again. Be sure to moisturize skin from head to hooves within three minutes after bathing or showering to “lock” moisture in. Moisturizing after bathing, or even after just washing your hands, helps to form a barrier on the skin, preventing those pesky germs from entering the body which can cause dermatitis or an annoying reaction to occur.

don’t overdo the exfoliation. If you suffer from dry skin, eczema, or other skin issues, exfoliating to remove dead skin cells may seem like the best thing to do, but it’s very easy to overdo it. Over-exfoliating can cause you not only to remove the dead skin cells but your new ones too. This can then cause your skin to become sore, red, and even more irritated. Tip: exfoliate no more than twice a week and avoid products with sharp particles or microplastics as they can scratch the skin surface. Opt for something more gentle and suitable for all skin types.

go face-free. Usually, makeup removal goes hand-in-hand with your bedtime routine. Wearing makeup for a long time can irritate and clog the skin as it’s being covered with a layer of product all day. Powders, foundation, blushes, bronzers, highlighters and concealers; the skin puts up with a lot. Tip: instead of taking your makeup off before bed, try taking it off after you get home or go one day a week without any makeup at all. It’s even an Instagram trend right now: celebrity selfies without makeup.

Win! A $200 MooGoo Prize Pack!

Congrats Ami B. of Cornwall ON, who will receive a $200 MooGoo prize pack! Please note: if you are the winner, you will receive a DM (direct message) in Instagram directly from Please be wary of fake accounts, which often use similar handles with an extra or missing letter, number or symbol. We will never ask for a payment or for your credit card number, and we will never ask you to click through a link. If you are unsure whether you have been contacted, via Instagram, by us or a fake account, email us before responding.


  1. Amber olak

    January 21st, 2022 at 9:09 am

    Dry skin


  2. Lisa

    January 21st, 2022 at 9:11 am

    Dry @loki.loo20

  3. Kay Burke

    January 21st, 2022 at 9:29 am


  4. Sandra J Lebeau

    January 21st, 2022 at 9:35 am


  5. Janet M

    January 21st, 2022 at 9:37 am

    I have sensitive skin. @asherares

  6. Shirley

    January 21st, 2022 at 9:45 am

    My skin get very dry and sore

  7. Jenna McDonald

    January 21st, 2022 at 9:50 am

    My skin is very dry! Thanks for this generous chance! @mcdonald5681

  8. Iris Nixon

    January 21st, 2022 at 9:54 am

    Dry skin – I work in a lab in health care and wash my hands constantly.


  9. Kirsten Lyon

    January 21st, 2022 at 9:55 am

    Sensitive skin! @lyonkirstennn

  10. Marilyn

    January 21st, 2022 at 10:22 am

    I have sensitive and dry skin

  11. Melanie Camirand

    January 21st, 2022 at 10:55 am

    My skin type is dry.
    IG : @melcami1

  12. Vivian

    January 21st, 2022 at 12:21 pm

    I have sensitive skin.

  13. Rosalie Reeves

    January 21st, 2022 at 1:19 pm

    Dry skin especially in winter!

  14. pnina

    January 21st, 2022 at 1:28 pm

    dry skin

  15. Wendy Hutton

    January 21st, 2022 at 3:14 pm

    My face is oily but body is dry @wghutton

  16. Carole D

    January 21st, 2022 at 5:15 pm

    My skin is dry with some oily spot. Very sensitive and allergie to mineral oil.

  17. Christina

    January 21st, 2022 at 7:21 pm

    Dry skin ☹️


  18. Mary Carter

    January 21st, 2022 at 7:24 pm

    Dry skin especially in winter

  19. Kristy

    January 21st, 2022 at 9:48 pm

    My skin type is combination and or sensitive if that makes sense!

  20. Vanessa Ripley

    January 22nd, 2022 at 11:44 am


  21. Winnie Tong-Luo

    January 22nd, 2022 at 8:34 pm

    Combination skin


  22. Debbie Flynn

    January 22nd, 2022 at 9:17 pm

    My skin is dry and sensitive. @missycat11

  23. Kristy

    January 22nd, 2022 at 10:46 pm

    My skin type is normal

  24. M

    January 23rd, 2022 at 1:39 am

    Combination skin @donatecoupon

  25. Nicole C

    January 23rd, 2022 at 12:22 pm

    I have combination sensitive skin, dryer during winter months probably because of the outdoor winter activities

  26. Florence Cochrane

    January 23rd, 2022 at 3:29 pm

    My skin is dry this time of year. @fossie55

  27. Tracy

    January 23rd, 2022 at 4:59 pm

    Unfortunately I have very sensitive dry, itchy irritated skin. Even after trying numerous lotions, potions and endless remedies. Having some relief would be wonderful.

  28. Carole

    January 23rd, 2022 at 5:28 pm

    I didn’t leave my tag @carolecraftyconer with my comment.

  29. Julie Kaine

    January 24th, 2022 at 7:38 am

    Sensitive skin, sensitive scalp, in all weather. MooGoo really helps. @julesinrockwood

  30. Kendra

    January 24th, 2022 at 11:10 am

    CoMbination skin


  31. Carley Haynes

    January 24th, 2022 at 11:22 am

    Love my moogoo leave in conditioner. So much better than any other brands I’ve tried!

  32. M. S. Thompson

    January 24th, 2022 at 5:29 pm

    Skin type is combination @SThompson788

  33. Adrienne McCarthy

    January 24th, 2022 at 6:26 pm

    Dry in winter.

  34. Dina

    January 24th, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    Super dry 😔😔😔😔🌵


  35. Rachel C.

    January 25th, 2022 at 4:56 am

    sensitive, oily and also dry!

    @rachelanncartwright on IG

  36. Nova

    January 25th, 2022 at 8:59 pm

    I have pretty oily skin – @superblue.nova

  37. Denise M

    January 25th, 2022 at 9:34 pm

    My skin type is combination. (@dremccrea)

  38. Catrina

    January 26th, 2022 at 12:14 pm

    @aliceltranty on IG

  39. Alina

    January 26th, 2022 at 4:17 pm

    Very dry with psoriasis.

  40. Danny Maibroda

    January 27th, 2022 at 9:13 am

    Dry and cracked skin @maibdan

  41. Xu Li

    January 28th, 2022 at 3:05 pm

    Combination @liangliangcanada

  42. Rashid Sheikh

    February 1st, 2022 at 7:32 pm

    Very dry skin

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