A simple morning skincare routine for sensitive skin

Sep 16 2020

A simple morning skincare routine for sensitive skin

Establishing a good skincare routine is one of the most important things you can do for your skin but it’s important to not only find a skincare routine that fits in with your busy schedule – but also one that works for your skin type! Here at Jan de Vries we know and love the fact that every single person has a different skin complexion which is why we’ve created an easy and simple morning skincare routine specially tailored for those of you with sensitive skin.

Good morning beautiful skin!

When we wake up in the morning our first thought isn’t always our skin, and, let’s be honest who has time for a complicated and long skincare routine? However that doesn’t mean that your skincare routine should fly out the window in the morning! It’s important to take care when choosing skincare products – particularly if you have sensitive skin. When it comes to sensitive skin it can feel like anything and everything can aggravate your symptoms that’s why we prefer to opt for all-natural products that nourish and protect your skin. The good news is that PHB’s Gentle product range has you covered!

Step 1: A sensitive skin friendly cleanser

Why? Usually I always recommend starting off a skincare routine with a natural exfoliator but, with sensitive skin, this just shouldn’t be the case. Exfoliation can be tough and abrasive on sensitive skin – even with natural products! So instead I’d opt for a sensitive friendly cleanser which will be a much gentler way of removing dirt and debris.

Our favourite cleanser for sensitive skin? PHB’s Gentle Cleanser with Olive & Plum!This natural cleanser provides a gentle cleanse that helps to remove oils, impurities and makeup without drying out or irritating skin. The nourishing blend of plum oil and olive oil in this cleanser helps to improve the skin’s barrier and heals damaged skin. The gentleness of these natural ingredients helps to refresh skin, reduce redness as well as strengthen and hydrate skin.  

How often? Less is usually more in the case of sensitive skin which is why we’d recommend cleansing once daily without the use of an exfoliator.

Step 2: Apply a nourishing tonic

Why? Face tonics are a fantastic addition for a dry skincare routine! Tonics are best used after a cleanser to help balance out the pH levels in your skin. What are pH levels and what do they have to do with your skin? Your pH levels refer to the acid/alkaline balance in your body and, actually, the skin is one of the more acidic areas which can easily become disrupted through our diet and the use of products that may not work well with our skin.

Tonics clean and tighten pores which not only makes skin visibly smoother, but they also make it more difficult for dirt and other irritants to collect there. Finally, tonics can also provide an extra layer of hydration, giving your skin an extra little boost when it needs it.

 Our favourite tonic for sensitive skin? PHB’s Gentle Facial Tonic with Organic Rose!This gentle toner is free from both alcohol and oil and doesn’t strip away moisture but adds it through the botanical power of organic Rose. It’s also super versatile and can be used after cleansing, before and after makeup application, or any time your skin is feeling tired, stressed or overheated. Try keeping this toner in the fridge for an instant skin refresh on those super-hot summer days!

How often? It’s important not to overdo it on the toner because overuse can trick your skin into producing excess oil and can aggravate sensitive skin! So, I’d recommend using a toner once a day or once every two days to support your skin.

Step 3: Nourish your skin with a gentle moisturiser

Why? Moisturisers are simply a staple in any skincare routine! They help to hydrate and protect the skin by creating a protective barrier to the harsh external environment. It’s important to take the time to find a moisturiser that works for your skin type! What makes it tricky is that there are hundreds and hundreds of moisturisers out there – and not all of them are good for your skin!

Our favourite moisturiser for sensitive skin? PHB’s Gentle Moisturiser with Shea Butter and Apricot!This fast absorbing sensitive moisturiser is made with a special hypoallergenic formula that helps to deliver essential hydration directly to sensitive skin. Gentle acting ingredients such as Shea and apricot leave skin feeling silky smooth and protected. What’s more, the antioxidants and fatty acids help to prevent free radical damage and reduce signs of ageing.

How often? As I have mentioned before, when it comes to sensitive skin, less is usually more so I’d only recommend moisturising once daily. However, if you feel that your skin would benefit from a little more hydration it may be worth increasing this to twice daily, particularly in winter months.


Around 40% of the British population is now affected by allergies according to Allergy UK, and over-exposure to chemicals can trigger sensitivities such as asthma or eczema. Choosing natural products rather than their chemically pumped counterparts reduces your exposure to these chemicals.

Here at Jan de Vries we like to nourish and look after skin at its source rather than encourage people to cover up with makeup and hide. That being said, we do love using and promoting natural makeup that is also good for your skin so we decided to include makeup as an optional extra in your skincare routine for those of you who already wear it. Whether you have dry, oily, sensitive or normal skin, it’s important to find good quality makeup that works for your skin type.

Luckily PHB have the perfect natural makeup range that, like their skincare products, are completely natural and cruelty-free. PHB Beauty are a UK-based ethical beauty company who create nourishing, natural products that work in harmony with your skin.

After you’ve completed your morning skincare routine why not apply PHB’s organic liquid foundation? This skin-loving liquid foundation is available in a variety of skin tones, from extremely fair to extremely tanned, and is the perfect natural alternative to conventional foundations.

PHB pride themselves on making foundations that blur the line between makeup and skincare; this liquid foundation is made with completely organic ingredients and offers long-lasting and full coverage alongside a light and silky texture that doesn’t clog pores. What’s more their foundations are suitable for any and all skin types – even sensitive skin and acne!

We hope you enjoyed your morning skincare routine for sensitive skin, tomorrow we'll look at how a restorative evening skincare routine to help nourish your skin!