Stinging, burning, redness, and flaking are definitely not the qualities you look for when experimenting with different types of skin care products. However, those with sensitive skin are all too familiar with these annoying, uncomfortable symptoms.
While everyone reacts to certain ingredients differently and there are no one-size-fits-all products out there for every individual with sensitive skin, I did want to share some of the skin care products that have worked for me, that may work well for you as well.
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Clarins Gentle Cleansers: For starters, a great cleanser is a must. I personally like switching in between the Combination Skin one and the Dry Skin one, as it all depends on how my skin is feeling that day. (For reference, I have combination-dry skin that has a tendency to become easily dehydrated.)
These lather up beautifully, feel super gentle on the skin, and always leave it feeling refreshed and clean. My skin also looks super plump and juicy after using them (kind of like the same look you get when you come out of a sauna or a facial); which is lovely because I haven’t seen that happen with another cleanser before. One thing to note about these is that they do have a scent to them, so if you know your skin is reactive to fragrances, these may not be for you.
Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm: Lots of different makeup removers tend to sting my eyes, so I’m so thankful this one doesn’t because not only does it not irritate my skin, it’s also one of the best makeup removers I have ever used. It’s a paraben, phthalate, and fragrance-free balm that completely melts the makeup off of your face, without leaving a greasy film behind. All you do is scoop a small amount of product out of the jar, liquify it by rubbing your fingers together, and gently massage it into the skin. You’ll see that once it’s applied to your face, it immediately starts dissolving any makeup you had on. It’s brilliant!
Avène Intense Eye Makeup Remover: No matter how great your makeup remover is, there is always some makeup leftover, particularly around the eyelash area. Mascara and eyeliner are notorious for getting trapped in between the lash hairs and not budging, so it’s always important to go in with a second makeup remover to clean up the area properly. All I do is soak a q-tip in some of this makeup remover and brush it against the roots of my lashes, in between them, and onward. This helps guarantee that all of my makeup has come off at the end of the night.
Herbivore Botanicals Orchid Facial Oil: Up next, hydration. This stuff is amazing and is 100% natural with no added dyes, fillers, or synthetic preservatives. This facial oil is actually great for all skin types — yes, even oily. I know the word “oil” may scare some of you oily skin lads and lasses off, but it shouldn’t! Oils are actually great for oily skin types because the sebaceous glands won’t feel the need to overcompensate for a lack of oils by producing even more oils in the skin. This means that applying oils will actually help to balance out your skin. On the other end of the spectrum, oils are also great for dry skin types as well, as they replenish your complexion with tons of moisture. I like to apply a couple of drops to my face, massage it in, and wait about 5-10 minutes before starting my makeup routine.