I have really really really pale and really really really sensitive skin. So finding make up and beauty products can end up being a bit of a nightmare. I also often get ‘fat red face’, as i call it, when going from freezing cold to hot temperatures. So during winter i permanently look like a child that’s gone mad with their mum’s blusher.
So I’ve been on a mission to find the ultimate beauty products for sensitive skin. And, it’s actually very surprising how many ‘sensitive skin’ products are actually still very harsh on the skin. i’ve been through a number of different brands in the last year to see which work best and now there’s quite a growing collection of reject bottles and tubes in the bathroom. The resulting top ten beauty products for sensitive skin, for me, are:
- Liz Earle hot polish cleanser (£14) – I love this, it’s my ultimate face wash, it deep cleans and makes my skin feel really soft. It doesn’t leave my face dried out or red, which is the main issue for me at the moment. It’s actually not explicitly marketed at sensitive skin types, but it was recommended to me by a friend. I also like the little ritual with the cloth. The only downside would be there’s not really a heads’ up when it’s running out, it’s just suddenly empty. sad face.
- Avene Extremely Gentle Cleanser (£8) – Does what it says on the in, if i’ve had an allergic reaction so something, which unfortunately happens in the experimental phase, this is the only cleanser I can bear to put on it. It’s very gentle, you don’t even need to wash it off. However, for me, it’s not ideal for long term use as my skin can get a bit oily and over a few weeks use this won’t be strong enough.
- First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser (£14)– This is another really nice cleanser that is gentle on the skin and leaves it feeling soft. as a side note their lip balm is also brilliant. This and the Avene are basically stop gap cleansers until my skin has calmed down again.
- First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Polish (£18) – smells weird but bear with it as it works wonders. Really great cleanser that leaves skin deep cleaned. The only reason I no longer use this on a daily basis is it’s more expensive than the other ones.
- Caudalie Moisturising Toner (£15) – This my daily toner now, and good value for money. Have a travel sized one for holiday as well. To be honest I haven’t really bothered trying many others as this just does the job.
- Simple Cleansing Wipes (£3.50) – These are brilliant, gets everything off including waterproof mascara. I feel like they have enough cleanser in them, own brand wipes often feel a little dry, especially the ones in the top of the packet! I have tried others when seduced by their bright coloured packaging but always end up with these again.
- Avene Skin Recovery Cream (£12.50) – Very soothing moisturing for hot feeling, irritated skin. love this, have in my handbag for emergency redness outbreak.
- La Roche-Posay Rosaliac UV Legere Fortifying Anti-Redness Moisturiser (£16.50) – Green tinged as is to treat redness of the skin. Is very effective and one of the very few moisturises that doesn’t make my skin oily.
- La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo (£15.50) – Great cream for blemish prone skin, also combats the brown marks left by spots. I was actually amazed this helped as i don’t really have any faith in ‘spot creams’. It’s not a miracle worker but it does reduce appearance of blemishes and help them heal quicker.
- Thermal Spring Water Sprays (around £10) – Would really recommend using water sprays to soothe irritated skin, I carry a little one round in my handbag as they don’t spray enough to smudge make up. I use either the Avene Thermale Spring Water Spray and La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water. Especially if you like a hot shower or live in a hard water area. This is idea to use after toner and before moisturiser.
What products have you found that work really well? Or are there any to steer clear from?