Overcoming Sensitive Skin

Living with sensitive skin can be really tough. Often it is very painful, unpredictable and expensive. When you experience skin troubles, you would do almost anything to experience relief and often that means trying every new product and crazy skin treatments under the sun which unfortunately for many often leads to disappointment and discomfort.

Who are the main culprits?


We can’t stress enough to pay attention to what’s in the product, rather than the claims made on the label. Knowing what ingredients are used in a product is so important (even if you don’t have skin troubles) so you can find out what is triggering your flare-ups or prevent them from happening in the first place.

Synthetic fragrances are a big ‘no, no’ when it comes to choosing products for sensitive skin. Did you know that one listing of a synthetic fragrance on a product can contain up to 4000 different ingredients? That is insane! (and also, probably why your skin is protesting).

Silicone or ingredients ending in ‘cone’ in general are from the same family. They cause problems for those with skin troubles (Dimethicone, Trimethicone, Methicone are just a few). Why? Because, Silicone acts as a barrier and can trap sweat, sebum, bacteria and more. If these are trapped in the skin for long enough it can lead to breakouts and congestion. Silicone also slows down cellular renewal which can decelerate the healing and skin recovery process. Silicone is used to create the illusion of smooth, moisturised skin. Although it is effective in making the skin feel silky and products easily spreadable it does not actually deliver real nourishment to the skin.

An ingredient commonly found on the back of a skin care or makeup label is Phenoxyethanol, this is an affordable synthetic preservative which has a longer shelf life than many natural alternatives, hence its popularity. According to the EWG, Phenoxyethanol is considered as a high concern for irritation around the skin, eyes or lungs and is considered toxic or harmful if used around the mouth or on the lips. That’s enough to make use not touch the ingredient with a 10-foot pole.

It is important to take note of which ingredients are in your products as this could be triggering your skin flare-ups or preventing you from achieving the healthy radiant skin you’ve been working so hard for. If you would like more information on ingredients you can always get in touch with us, we’re not-so-secret ingredient nerds and could go on about them all day!

What can I do?


Knowledge is power, as we just mentioned – read the label! Study up on the ingredients you don’t recognise and educate yourself so you can make a conscious decision for the health of your skin. At Dusty Girls, we like to keep things simple and make life easy breezy for you which is why we list all of the products (and their simple names) on the product and our website because who really knows what Leptospermum Scoparium is (its Manuka by the way).

Are we just another company overpromising and underdelivering?
Absolutely not. And we can prove it to you. We don’t promise you any miracle transformations after switching to our products but we can certainly tell you what the ingredients we use are and what they have the power to do. We also like to rave about the results we get from customers. Let’s use Courtney as an example.

Courtney suffers from extremely sensitive and easily irritated skin. She's also a makeup lover! She has 'spent countless dollars on products claiming to be beneficial and suitable for sensitive skin'. She's also spent 'countless nights crying over my inflamed skin'.

She told us, "Whenever my skin was clear, I'd tempt myself to a hint of foundation, only to pay the price for the next 7 days. I had almost given up complete hope. I'd try new foundations and products and was greeted with that incredibly familiar burn, the one where I knew my skin was tearing itself apart."

During one of those times when her skin was reasonably calm, Courtney tried Dusty Girls Mineral Foundation Powder. As you can imagine, she didn't have much hope. She left it on for a few hours and was "met with nothing but confidence and comfort".

Courtney now wears her Dusty Girls Mineral Foundation regularly, and as you can see from the picture she looks absolutely beautiful! Just as importantly, her skin is happy and calm, even after her makeup comes off. That's exactly why we created our Dusty Girls Makeup range.

What Next?

If you have sensitive skin and you are sick and tired of collecting products that you use once and can never use again, we encourage you to try Dusty Girls. Our entire collection is designed for women with sensitive, blemished or troubled skin and will work to restore skin health and maintain vibrant skin bursting with moisture.

We understand that sometimes a product can’t always be suitable for absolutely everyone which is why we offer a satisfaction policy so you can try with confidence and if it’s not quite right for you, let us know and we will sort the rest out.

Any questions about our products or ingredients? Or maybe you want to share your skin journey and experience using Dusty Girls? Let’s hear, send us an email at info@dustygirls.com.au