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If you have sensitive skin, you probably know just how difficult it can be to find the best skin care products for your skin type—and that includes facial cleanser. While cleansing your skin should be part of your daily skin care routine, you may find that using a face wash in the morning and night can leave your complexion feeling irritated. So, what can you do? Here, learn all about our best face washes for sensitive skin, plus, how to determine if you have sensitive skin, and how to care for this skin type.
Before diving into the routine that is right for sensitive skin, it’s important to get the deets on this skin type. How can you tell if you have sensitive skin? The best thing you can do to help determine whether or not you have sensitive skin is to pay attention to how your skin responds to the skin care products in your skin care routine. For example, does your skin look red and feel irritated after using a skin care product formulated with fragrance, alcohol, or soap? Over-cleansing can also cause your skin to look red, so keep that in mind as you work your way through your skin care routine.
If you do have sensitive skin, there are a few things to consider. So, take the following tips into account.
The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) suggests avoiding skin care products formulated with fragrances, soap, or alcohol if you have sensitive skin. Read the label to check your face wash before trying a new one. Consider using a no-rinse cleansing option like micellar water in the morning and a rinse-off facial cleanser at night before bed. Micellar water is one of the best face washes for sensitive skin because it works with all skin types, whether you have normal, oily, dry or combination skin.
The AAD advises using a cream-based moisturizer if you have sensitive skin. Apply it to damp skin to help lock in hydration. As with picking a facial cleanser, look for a moisturizer with a formula that’s designated as being suitable for your sensitive skin. You can also opt for a facial oil or face serum to moisturize for your skin. Here are our best facial moisturizers for sensitive skin.
L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Cicacream Face Moisturizer Pro Retinol & Centella Asiatica: This face moisturizer will leave your skin feeling noticeably more hydrated. Formulated with Pro-Retinol and Centella Asiatica it also fights wrinkles and resists signs of aging.
L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition – Day/Night Cream: This moisturizer is designed for those with sensitive and mature skin. Enriched with calcium and precious oils, the cream penetrates below the skins surface to leave it firmer and silky with a healthy glow.
L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition – Golden Balm Face, Neck & Chest: Also part of the Age Perfect line, this moisturizer is ideal for mature skin. The Golden Balm intensely moisturizes your skin to nourish and strengthen. The product penetrates your skin to give you long-lasting hydration and comfort.
L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition Advanced Skin Repair Daily Serum: A facial serum can also be used to moisturize your skin. This face serum for mature skin is enriched with Bio-Peptides to leave you with nourished, toned, radiant, and younger-looking skin.
L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care – Normal/Dry Skin: This oil-free formula, which quenches skin with moisture and locks it in, is suitable for sensitive skin. It will give you long-lasting intense, yet lightweight, hydration.
L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care – Extra Dry Skin: This moisturizer is for when your skin is feeling super dry. Also suitable for sensitive skin, it will leave you with fresh, healthy-looking skin.
Ready to get your sensitive skin care routine in order? Like we said before, you’ll need to start by finding the best face wash for your skin type. Remember, it may be a good idea to avoid certain ingredients in your skin care products. Looking for a face wash to use on your sensitive skin? We have a few that are perfect for the job!
Try the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser – Normal to Dry Skin, which is free of oil, soap, and alcohol and even says right on the packaging that’s it’s suitable for sensitive skin. This facial cleansing option won’t strip the skin and cause dryness, rather it’s gentle on skin while removing makeup and dirt in one step. Skin is left feeling hydrated and soothed, in addition to being perfectly clean. To use, saturate a cotton pad with the liquid and sweep it over your skin. No harsh rubbing required.
If you have mature skin, the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Nourishing Cream Cleanser is a gentle daily cleanser that is perfect for you. The facial cleanser replenishes oils while removing any traces of makeup so your skin is left smooth and soft without being over-dried.
Of course, using one of the best face washes for sensitive skin to cleanse your face shouldn’t be the only step in your skin care routine. No beauty regimen is complete without a face scrub and face mask. The L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Face Scrub is suitable for sensitive skin and will give your skin a gentle, yet effective exfoliation. The formula is a blend of 3 pure sugars, finely crushed cocoa, coconut oil, and rich cocoa butter. The scrub is buttery-soft and can be used on both your face and lips. Use it 3 times a week to have your skin looking refined and feeling softer, smoother, and free of any impurities. The L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clear & Comfort Mask will clear your skin and comfort any stress-induced damage. With 3 pure clays and seaweed, the creamy formula is gentle enough for your sensitive skin while also leaving it clean, clear, purified, and looking healthier.
Now that you have your skin care routine down, you may be wondering if there are certain makeup products you should be scoping out for your sensitive skin. Since sensitive skin is often prone to redness, keep a lookout for products that have a green tone to color correct your skin. Sensitive skin can also be irritated by products containing different oils and fragrances, so using makeup that is oil-free will keep it from becoming aggravated. Some of our best makeup products for sensitive skin can be found below.
L’Oréal Paris Studio Secrets™ Professional Color Correcting Primers Anti-Redness Primer: This primer will counter any redness on your ace and leave you with a flawlessly even skin tone. The primer glides on smoothly to improve the look of your complexion while also helping any face makeup you put on afterwards to stay put.
L’Oréal Paris Magic BB Anti-Redness (For All Skin Tones): This BB cream is formulated with beautifying beads that have color-transforming pigments to counter any redness. The ultra-light lotion is multi-tasking, evening your skin tone while also hydrating it for a flawless, bare skin finish.
L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Super Blendable Foundation: If you’re looking for face makeup with greater coverage that won’t irritate your skin, this is the product for you. The formula is free of oil and fragrances, making it a perfect pick for sensitive skin types.
L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Color Correcting Crayon in Green: This concealer has a formula that is lightweight and easily blendable. The green tone will counteract any red, blotchy skin as well as blemishes. Just be sure to follow with foundation or concealer in a shade that matches your skin tone—you don’t want to be left with a green tinge.
After a long day, you can remove all of the above makeup using micellar water as a gentle, non-irritating makeup remover option. There’s no harsh rubbing required, so removing your makeup doesn’t have to be an activity that will cause a flare up for your sensitive skin.
Has all this talk of sensitive skin reminded you that it can be ultra-frustrating when the most-hyped skin care hacks won’t work for your skin type? If that’s the case, we have just the thing for you! Here are 9 Skin Care Hacks for Sensitive Skin.