The first line of defence when it comes to protecting sensitive skin is an ultra–rich formula that will provide the nourishment it needs. A daily regime that soothes dryness and redness with nutrients and antioxidants will help rehydrate and rejuvenate.
The top five products here are all handpicked by professionals for their properties to sooth skin while helping to strengthen the skin barrier.
It’s important to look at your regimen as a whole, from cleansing to moisturising and intensive care in a serum, and look for product properties including gentle formulations, soothing peptides, nutrient-rich moisturisers and hydrating serums that accelerate recovery.
These highly efficacious products are targeted toward sensitive skin that help contribute to and keep in the natural hydration your body creates.
Your skin is considered to be sensitive if it becomes inflamed and begins to sting if a formula contains fragrance or has irritating ingredients (such as alcohol or harsh exfoliants) or if you have existing rosacea. The environment also plays a role when it comes to sensitive skin, whether you’re prone to it or not.
What to stay away from
Stay away from products that are overly abrasive, such as scrubs that contain aluminium oxide crystals, walnut shells, or pumice; astringents and toners containing irritating ingredients; scrub mitts; overly cold or hot water; steaming or icing the skin; and facial masks containing irritating ingredients.
Salon tested for skin type
Sensitive skin does not react well with all types of ingredients in products. It
is very important to know
the ingredients present in the product you’re buying
to avoid any skin irritation which can occur after using. Many salons do skin tests just to find out the right product that shall suit your skin type.
Joe Lewis, president and CEO of US CosmeceuTechs, says: “You see beauty trends coming into the market with ‘essences’, multitasking beauty
masks and patch technologies for advanced penetration. Also, new delivery systems for
retinol to find less irritating product formulations.”
“Better technology, better delivery, better results will continue to blur the division between cosmetics and topical drugs,” says scientist
Joe Lewis, president and CEO of US CosmeceuTechs.
Neal Kitchen, VP of strategy and development at HydroPeptide, says that – in order to stick to
a beauty regimen and make sure it works over an extended period of time – it needs to be enjoyable and simple.
“Use products that you love and create a regimen you can stick to consistently and daily.”
From left to right: HydroPeptide Soothing Balm, Elizabeth Arden PRO Gentle Facial Cleanser, (top) HydroPeptide Soothing Serum – Redness Repair
& Relief, DECLÉOR Harmonie Calm Soothing Milky Cream and PRIORI Advanced AHA Barrier Repair Complex.
Photography by Sevak Babakhani.
HydroPeptide Soothing Balm ($65)
This balm nourishes dry skin with a nutrient and peptide-rich emollient that comforts and soothes. It can also be used as a cleanser.
Elizabeth Arden PRO Gentle Facial Cleanser ($69)
This light-lathering cleanser also gently exfoliates skin to leave it soft, soothed and radiant. Ideal for all skin types.
HydroPeptide Soothing Serum – Redness Repair & Relief ($199)
This serum helps to strengthen skin’s natural defences, restore hydration and promote rapid recovery thanks to soothing peptides.
DECLÉOR Harmonie Calm Soothing Milky Cream ($120)
A soothing moisturiser, this day cream relieves dryness and redness by tackling the source of skin fragility.
PRIORI Advanced AHA Barrier Repair Complex ($79)
Infused with potent antioxidants such as vitamins A, C and E, this repair complex is also formulated with ceramides, cholesterol and essential fatty acids.
See our Salon Guide for details on where to purchase these top-five products for sensitive skin.