4 Serums for Sensitive Skin
In my opinion if serum were to duke it out with another skin care product, serum would most likely be crowned victorious. The reason I say that is because most serums are formulated with a higher concentration of ingredients—when compared to other formulas—meant to absorb quickly and to deliver powerful results. And while that strong potency is usually reason to rejoice for normal, oily, and combination skin types, it can be a recipe for disaster for sensitive-skinned folks due to the high potential for irritation. So, do sensitive skin types have to avoid all serums like the plague? Not exactly. The good news is that there’s a skin-boosting serum (or few!) out there for everyone—even those with sensitive, reactive skin—you just have to find them. More good news: We went ahead and did the hard part for you. Ahead, four no-nonsense serums that are safe to use on sensitive skin. You’re welcome.
SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Gel
This hydrating, soothing gel is formulated with hyaluronic acid—a natural humectant able to hold up to 1000x its weight in water—and infused with cucumber, thyme, and other botanical ingredients, making it an ideal formula for use on sensitive skin. The non-comedogenic formula can help calm and hydrate skin, as well as help minimize the appearance of discoloration to promote a fresh-looking complexion.
To Use: Apply 2-3 drops of this soothing gel to your face, neck, and chest using your fingertips.
Vichy LiftActiv Serum 10 Eyes & Lashes
This dual-powered eyes and lashes serum is formulated with rhamnose, a naturally-derived plant sugar, ceramides, and hyaluronic acid can help combat the visible signs of aging, hydrate and condition lashes and the eye contour area. Immediately, you may notice skin that’s smoother and more hydrated. After one month, notice eyes that appear more illuminated and youthful with visibly reduced wrinkles.
To Use: Apply one drop of serum to your fingertips. Close eyes and massage the formula into the entire eye contour area, finishing with one swipe from the inner eye corners outward, touching your lashes. Use up to twice daily.
Lancôme Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Serum
We love Advanced Génifique for a laundry-list of reasons—some of which are listed here—chief among them is the fact that every age, ethnicity, and skin type (yes, even sensitive!) can benefit from its formula. Its formula is designed to act on 10 key signs of youth, including skin texture, resiliency, elasticity, firmness, sagginess, fine lines, wrinkles, radiance, clarity, and skin tone. Pretty sweet, huh?
To Use: Gently apply the serum onto a cleansed face and neck, morning and night. Follow up with your favorite moisturizer.
Tip: Keep the bottle in the fridge for instant relief from environmental aggressors, like sun or wind. For a glow, mix a drop of serum into your foundation. And lastly, place a small drop of serum onto dry lips before applying lipstick to help smooth lines.
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate
Want a smoother, more radiant complexion come morning? Give this replenishing nighttime oil—formulated with squalane, evening primrose oil, and pure essential oils like lavender—a try. The formula works with the skin’s natural nocturnal activity (when it’s most receptive to repairing itself from daily aggressors) to help restore, hydrate, and replenish skin. Go ahead, say goodnight to tired-looking skin.
To Use: Apply 2-3 drops of serum onto cleansed skin. Gently press fingertips to cheeks, forehead, and chin to evenly distribute the application before gently massage it into the skin. Wear it alone or under moisturizer.