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Does your skin get red and angry after exfoliating? Do you often breakout when you introduce new skin care products to your skin care routine? Does your face feel tight and uncomfortable after using a facial cleanser? If you answered “yes” to any or all of these questions, there’s a chance you could have sensitive skin. And that means finding skin care products that work for your skin can be a real struggle. Of course, that doesn’t allow you to skip out on moisturizer, just because your complexion might act up. Instead, it’s up to you to put in a little extra effort to find a face lotion or cream that suits your skin type. And thankfully, you’re not on your own in that task. We’re sharing our best moisturizer for sensitive skin types, below. Plus, stick around until the end to find out how to create the best skin care routine for sensitive skin.
Good news: Even sensitive skin types can use anti-aging formulas that address the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and other visible signs of aging. All it takes is picking the right skin care product. The L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Cicacream Face Moisturizer Pro Retinol & Centella Asiatica is gentle on sensitive skin, thanks to a formula that’s fragrance, paraben, oil, and colorant free. As for what it’s capable of, the lightweight, protective cream—formulated with pro-retinol and centella asiatica—fights wrinkles, resists signs of aging, improves firmness, and hydrates. What more could you want from a moisturizer?
Every morning and evening, smooth the cica cream over your face, onto clean skin, until thoroughly absorbed. Those with sensitive skin should also be sure to follow one key guideline: Introduce just one new skin care product at a time. That’s to say, if today’s the day you use our best moisturizer for sensitive skin for the first time, you shouldn’t test out any other new skin care products. To play it safe, introduce new elements to your skin care routine gradually.
Moisturizer shouldn’t make up the entirety of your skin care routine—you’ll need to add a few other steps, too. Try this simple skin care routine for sensitive skin.
Applying cica cream to dirty skin is no good, so first, you’ll need to use a facial cleanser. To avoid that dreaded dry feeling after cleansing, opt for a micellar water, like the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser – Normal to Dry Skin, which hydrates and soothes. Saturate a cotton pad with the cleansing liquid and sweep it across your skin—no rubbing or rinsing required.
You should have this part down but just in case you need a reminder, it’s time to use your cica cream.
The skin surrounding your eyes shouldn’t be treated like the skin on the rest of your face. It’s more fragile, and the skin care products you choose should reflect that. That’s why, instead of carrying your regular moisturizer up to your under-eye area, you’ll want to use a cream meant specially for the skin around your eyes. Dot on the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Miracle Blur Eye.
Sunscreen is a must for everyone, including sensitive skin types. Be sure to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF value of 15 or higher on the daily as directed. And don’t forget, to stay protected, you’ll need to reapply at least every two hours. You should take additional sun protection measures as well. Make sure to limit your amount of time in the sun (especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., the sun’s peak hours), seek shade whenever you’re outside, and keep covered with a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
A few times a week, treat your skin to a face mask. Your sensitive skin doesn’t have to prevent you from experiencing a little at-home pampering! Use the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clear & Comfort Face Mask—which is meant for all skin types—to gently cleanse stressed areas and help draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and oils.
Don’t have sensitive skin? Head on over to our article on Simple Skin Care Routines for Every Skin Type.