Redness, uneven tone and texture, dry patches? Yup, I know how you feel! Sensitive skin makes it a bummer when going to the beauty store because you can’t try those new makeup or skincare products everyone in raving about right now. Although the weather is getting warmer now, sensitive skin in the winter can be rough. I’ve found some staple products that I added to my skincare routine, that I want to share with the rest of you suffering from sensitive, dry skin, or just want something I little less harsh. You can find most these products at your local drug store and then your favorite beauty store for the rest!
- Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
Cetaphil is one of my favorite brands for sensitive skin. I found that cleansers often tend to strip my skin of the nourishing oils. But, that’s not the case with this brand! This cleanser is gentle enough to not make my face feel dry or “squeaky clean” and still leaves it soft to the touch. I use this cleanser in the morning after I workout to cleanse my face of any dirt and debris and on nights when I have no makeup to get off. Because it is so gentle it is a little tough to take off stubborn makeup, but works great for a day when you’re fresh faced!
2. Botanics Toning Spritz with Rosewater
My new found favorite drug store brand! I’ve been going through this stuff like crazy! I decided to try out this toner after falling in love with a few other products by this brand, and I’m glad I did. I spray this toner on every morning and night after cleaning my face for a refreshing mist, that calms any redness and irritation. Some toners can sting when you apply them to your face because they are full of acids, but this toner is organic and made with rose water. Rose water has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the redness or acne, dermatitis and eczema. You find this product at Ulta or Target and it’s super inexpensive.
3. Dermalogica Barrier Repair
This product is a bit pricey for it’s small size but it has definitely been worth it. I apply this barrier protectant as a spot treatment on areas that may be cracked or irritated. For many, sensitive skin can be caused by the environment surrounding them, such as air pollutants. I live in the city most of the year and noticed how my skin was much more red and dry, then when I’m on Long Island. This Dermalogica product acts as a literal barrier against pollutants, dirt and debris from entering your pores, to help any irritated areas heal quicker. It applies just like vaseline (without the stickiness) and feels moisturizing and soothing on the skin.
4. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer
I think I have raved about First Aid Beauty quite a bit, but I just can’t get over how amazing their products are. I found out about this brand a little over a year ago and just keep trying new products. It feels good when you can have faith in a brand, their message and the products they sell; which is how I feel about F.A.B. I apply this moisturizer every morning before I apply my makeup. I find that this moisturizer is very thin but very hydrating at the same time. It absorbs quickly and creates a smooth surface for your makeup that doesn’t dry out or look cakey over the course of the day.
5. CeraVe Moisturizing Cream
This product has been a life saver for me this past winter season. I only recently discovered this product after a few recommendations and it has worked miracles. My skin was beyond dry this winter, which was very unusual for me because I normally have combination skin. I was peeling from overusing my retinol cream and my cheeks were bright red from the cold air. I apply this product only at night because tends to be on the heavier side, but when I wake up in the morning my skin feels hydrated and awake. You can find this product at your local drug store or Ulta, and it is very inexpensive in price.