The 6 Best Moisturizers for Sensitive Skin
Curating the perfect skin care routine can be a challenge all on its own and the struggle is only amplified when you add sensitive skin into the mix. For sensitive skin types, it can be nearly impossible to tell if a product is going to cause irritation just by looking at it, which makes introducing new products into a routine pretty daunting. But when your skin starts feeling tight and dry, and you clearly need to upgrade your moisturizer, what’s one to do? While there’s no foolproof answer, your best bet for avoiding irritation is to stick with products that are formulated specifically for sensitive skin (and call it out on their packaging). One thing’s for sure, avoiding moisturizer altogether isn’t the answer. In fact, the American Academy of Dermatology suggests applying a moisturizer every morning to help prevent and reduce irritation. Not sure where to start looking for your next face cream or lotion? Click through for 6 of the best moisturizers for sensitive skin from the L’Oreal portfolio of brands.
La Roche-Posay Toleriane Daily Soothing Moisturizer
If you have sensitive skin, you’re likely all too familiar with the telltale pulling, stinging, and burning sensations that are specific to sensitivity. This fragrance-free moisturizer soothes those feelings, restoring skin comfort to intolerant skin. Formulated with the brand’s thermal spring water, this fast-absorbing cream will give you an instant hydration boost without causing irritation. This dermatologist-tested moisturizer also utilizes the hydrating, soothing powers of glycerin to combat dry, irritated skin. Of course, you won’t want to save it just for when you’re experiencing the aforementioned sensations, apply morning and evening to hydrate and protect your skin. As a bonus, if you like to steer clear of parabens, this product is paraben-free!
Biotherm Life Plankton Sensitive Emulsion
Reading product packaging may seem boring, but looking for a few key words can help you determine whether a product might work for your sensitive skin. When shopping, keep your eyes peeled for the following terms and phrases: hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, no alcohol or alcohol free, and no colorant or colorant free. All of the above are true for this Biotherm moisturizer, which soothes and reinforces sensitive skin. Not only will this emulsion calm sensitive skin, but it is specifically formulated to make skin stronger over time. By continuously protecting your skin from environmental aggressors, your complexion will be left looking healthier and more radiant.
L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care
We can all agree, accounting for your sensitive skin type as you pick out products is hard enough—and it certainly doesn’t get any easier when you start to take whether your skin is normal, dry, or oily into consideration too. Thankfully, products exist that are meant for each skin type and are suitable for sensitive skin. Depending on your complexion concerns, you can choose from the Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care - Normal/Oily Skin, Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care - Normal/Dry Skin, or Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care - Extra Dry Skin. All of these lightweight formulas are formulated with two hydrating ingredients: hyaluronic acid and aloe water.
L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care, $17.99 MSRP
Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rich Cream
Need an extra dose of hydration? Look no further. This rich face cream provides long-lasting hydration, plumps the look of skin, smooths the look of dehydration lines, and leaves skin feeling fresh. The formula draws off the hydrating properties of hyaluronic acid to leave your complexion looking fortified and healthy. And, not to be left out, it’s also been tested for sensitive skin. If you’re dealing with irritable skin but want to achieve a natural glow, this cream should definitely be included in your next skin care haul.
Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rich Cream, $31 MSRP
Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer
You’ve made a mistake and done something to your skin—like using the wrong moisturizer—to aggravate it. Suddenly, your skin is left looking red, blotchy and dehydrated. We’ve all been there, and it doesn’t mean you’re stuck with stressed, irritated skin forever. This stress-reducing moisturizer soothes temperamental skin, diminishing the look of redness while repairing the skin barrier, which just so happens to make it less susceptible to the effects of daily stressors. The formulation—with Rosa Gallica, Mannose, and Chamomile— is designed to soothe and nourish your skin.
Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer, $40 MSRP
Garnier SkinActive Hydrating 3-in-1 Face Moisturizer with Aloe
Moisturizers aren’t the only products that can be problematic for sensitive skin types. Our solution? Use products that serve more than one purpose, like this 3-in-1 moisturizer, instead of searching for all separate products that are suitable for your skin type. This day and night cream—which is suitable for sensitive skin—also doubles as a face mask, so you can moisturize and mask without irritating your skin.
Garnier SkinActive Hydrating 3-in-1 Face Moisturizer, $11.99 MSRP
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