6 Moisturizers for Sensitive Skin That Beauty Editors Love
I love stocking my skin-care fridge with pretty moisturizers galore, but with absurdly sensitive skin, I have to be wildly picky about what products I try. Slapping on new, buzzy cream every night for the sake of research will send my skin (and acne!) on a rollercoaster ride of cysts, rosacea flare-ups, burning and flakiness that I’d rather not subject it to. In order to keep my sensitive skin balanced — and hydrated — I’ve found that paying special attention to the ingredient list can give me a good idea of how my skin will react. My takeaways? Stay away from sulfates, dyes and fragrance and opt for moisturizers that pack in ceramides, hyaluronic acid and peptides. Read on to find six moisturizers that are recommended for sensitive skin.
Formulated without common irritants like alcohol, parabens, fragrance or preservatives, the La Roche-Posay Toleraine Ultra Moisturizing Cream works to restore and repair your skin’s moisture barrier. It has a luxuriously creamy texture and provides instant relief to skin that feels tight, dry and rough. The product seals in moisture and is great to integrate into both your morning and night skin-care routine.
If your skin is both sensitive and dry, this moisturizer is for you. With 97% natural origin ingredients, Vichy Aqualia steers clear of additives that are known to aggravate skin. Hyaluronic acid and Vichy Mineral Rich Thermal Water deliver a surge of long-lasting (seriously, up to 48 hours!) hydration to your skin. Apply morning and night to help achieve balanced skin and an enviable glow.
When my nose and the area around my mouth start to get itchy and red, I take it as a tell-tale sign that winter is approaching. Thankfully, Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream is a savior when it comes to rescuing dry skin — it’s a cult-favorite for a reason. The moisturizer feels light-weight and airy when applied and still manages to douse your skin with hydration. The formula contains squalane and glacial glycoprotein, which both work to keep skin soft and smooth in even the coldest air.
The CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion is a drugstore essential. It’s oil-free and contains hydrating ingredients like ceramides and hyaluronic acid. Plus, the formula is non-comedogenic, hypo-allergenic and even suitable for anyone who suffers from eczema.
One of my personal favorites, SkinCeuticals Emollience facial moisturizer uses natural extracts and essential oils to soothe and hydrate even the most sensitive skin. With fall in full speed and winter around the corner, Emollience is ideal for avoiding the woes of a flaky complexion.
If moisturizers typically only give you short-lived relief, we recommend picking up this Peter Thomas Roth moisturizer. Pentavitin, a hydrator, helps to create long-lasting moisture for up to 72 hours, even after cleansing. The cream also packs in elderberry, which has anti-aging properties, as well as hyaluronic acid and ceramides.