My Top 15 Picks for a Sensitive-Skin Safe Skincare
As someone with hypersensitive skin that seems to have a negative reaction to practically everything, I've struggled finding products that wouldn't cause me additional irritation, redness, stinging, burning, or stripping. I've listed 15 of my top picks that not only proven to be gentle and safe, but also great for calming, soothing, and hydrating as well as assisting with other common issues that come along with sensitivity.
Redness Solutions Daily Relief Cream
The "first" product that I tried that completely changed my mind about skincare (for the better). This was the start of it all, the one product that finally gave me hope in having relief for my hypersensitive skin (and all the problems that come with it). This is what convinced me start developing a consistent skincare routine, which continues on to this day.
Power Calm Hydrating Gel Cleanser
Many "gentle" cleansers that are formulated for sensitive skin, may do a great job on not irritating our skin -- but they often miss the mark when it comes to actually cleansing. This product is my favorite because it is gentle, calming, while still doing surprisingly decent job with washing off everything its supposed too.
I recieved a few sample sizes of this and after only using it for half a week, I went out and bought the full size product! I'm so impressed with the difference this cleanser has made for my skin, and in such a short amount of time. My skin has cleared up significantly, looking glowy and plump like never before (just view the video of no skin -- I'm not wearing a single drop of makeup). This has helped tremendously with my dryness and redness, which is a huge bonus since I've yet to meet a cleanser that has done this great of a job. My skin is silky soft and smooth to touch. It doesn't leave my skin feeling sticky or tacky, and washes off with ease. It has also done wonders even with how sensitive my skin is. There has been zero irritation, inflammation, or additional redness. I highly recommend this product!
Pure Fit Cica Clear Cleansing Oil
This is great, esepically for those wanting/needing to double cleanse without stripping their skin. This left my skin feeling fantastic, which is rare whenever I double cleanse.
☘Ingredients: This product is formulated with various types of oil such as Soybean oil, Jojoba oil, Sunflower oil, Oat oil, Olive oil, Avocado oil, Sweet almond oil and many more. It also contains some Citrus oils. As this product is from Cosrx Cica-7 line, this product also contains highest concentration of CICA-7 complex. ☘Claims: 1. A plant based cleansing oil. 2. It removes makeup and clears clogged pores to prevent blackheads and whiteheads. 3. It removes 99% environmental pollutants such as fine dust. 4. It can be used daily. ☘Who can use: All skin type can use this product including oily ( it's a light weight cleanser and it doesn't feel greasy) and sensitive skin type ( contains citrus oils so do patch test before purchasing it). 💦Texture: This cleansing oil is super light weight and texture is quite watery which is why it feels relaxing while massaging. 🍊Scent: This oil is heavily fragranced. It has a strong citrus smell to it. ☘My experience: This cleansing oil is extremely light weight. It does a good job at removing sunscreen, makeup, dirt or any impurities left on my skin throughout the day. I don't wear mascara, so can't say about that. Since I wear light makeup almost every single day, I need to do double cleansing everyday for removing my spf and makeup. That's why I look for a cleansing oil / balm which doesn't take much time to cleanse my face and want this cleansing step to be done as quickly as possible. The reason why I like this cleansing oil so much because this product emulsifies super fast and also washes off quickly without leaving any residue behind which saves times. It didn't string my eyes and didn't make my vision blury even if the oil gets into my eyes. After oil cleansing, my skin felt soft. This product has a strong citrus smell. The smell doesn't bother me so it wasn't a problem for me. Overall, I really enjoyed this product. ✔Pros: 1. Removes sunscreen and makeup gently 2. Doesn't cause any breakout 3. Didn't string my eyes 4. Emulsifies super fast and also washes off quickly.
Cicaplast Baume B5 Soothing Repairing Balm
This is a true life saver in a tube! It was the product that rescued my skin barrier more then once. It is powerful and effective, without causing any irritation.
This is an amazing product that delivers phenomenal results. It has really helped my skin barrier, overall healing my skin when no other product has been able too. My mind is blown with how this immediately provided my chronic dryness and extreme sensitivity with relief and maintained that relief for a long time!
Cicalfate+ Repairing Protective Cream
Another great choice for rescuing ones skin barrier, this product is a similar alternative to La Roche-Posey Cicaplast, that provides the same great results with no irritating or triggering outcome.
I find this to be an overall solid product that doesn't cause my hypersensitivie skin any irritation, dryness, or break outs. It did help reduce redness and extremely dry patches on my cheeks. It also provided signifcant relief for my inflammation and irritation, and without feeling to thick or oily. Since I have rosacea and ezcama, it is difficult to find products that don't aggravated my already problematic skin, and this has proven to be a useful product to have on hand. I finished the entire tube and am blown away by how much it has helped my skin barrier within a months time. In the beginning I wasn't sure how I felt about this, but the results are in -- this product is not only my new Holy Grail, but a lifesaver sent from the heavens above. I highly recommend this.
Hydro Boost Water Gel Moisturiser
This is a classic! I've purchased and used so many of these products not only because they are on the more wallet-friendly side of skincare products, but because it always provides my often-irritated skin with a remarkably sensational relief.
This was the first moisturizers I had ever used and till this day, years later, I still consider it to be my true Holy Grail. It was a big deal spending money on a single item at this price point, since I was broke as a joke during those days... but I loved this moisturizer so much, I did what I had to do to keep it stocked in my bathroom. Funny how things have changed, since I now consider this on the affordable end of the price spectrum (considering what I've paid for other products that don't provide half of the positive results as this one has). I have very dry and hypersensitive skin, and this has always treated me with phenomenal care. It feels impossibly smooth and gentle, aborbing beautifully into the skin, layers well under any makeup product I've used, while immediately providing my skin with hydration and relief that keeps it feeling fantastic all day. It has never caused any irritation, break outs, or interfered with other products, and never aggravated my rosacea or ezacma.
Full Fit Propolis Light Ampoule
I remember first receiving this in one of my beauty boxes years ago, when I was barely dabbling in a skincare regimen. This product sold me on the brand, Cosrx, and the mind-blowing effectiveness of their products. They continues to be my top favorite skincare brand to this very day.
I received this in my Allure Beauty Box and had to try it right away. It was the first time trying anything by CosRx, and I couldn't wait to see what all of the hype was about. Let's just say... this stuff is amazing and it has made my face look incredible. It has no smell (that I can detect at least), slathers on with satisfying ease, absorbs beautifully into the skin, and gave me no issues when layered with a series of other brands. It had made my skin softer, helped heal some of the barrier issues I caused, and in general made my complexion feel and look so much better. For the price that this is, it is definitely worth it and I highly recommend you try it.
Advance Genifique Hydrogel Melting Sheet Mask
My favorite sheet mask to use! I have a hard time using most wash-masks since leaving any products onto my skin for to long can be triggering. I absolutely love how my skin feels and looks after using just one of these sheet masks, esepically since it provides amazing relief when I'm experiencing irritation or excessive dryness.
This mask is phenomenal and is my absolute favorite, hands down! I have tried a lot of masks, but none of them have provided my skin's Sahara-dessert level of dryness any type of true relief. This has immediately, and kept my face feeling silky smooth and incredible well into the next day. It made such a difference, I had to go out and buy some more immediately.
Topical - C
Formulated as a powder that you sprinkle in with another skincare product or with water, this delivers powerful results without irritating or aggravating your skin.
I love this product! You just add a few shakes to your serum, facial oil, or moisturizer. It blends in easily and quickly, and has given my skin great results in a short time period. Since it is in a powder form and in a dark, glass bottle it lasts a lot longer compared to other Vitamin C products. It also comes with a lot of product, making it worth the hefty price tag.
Let's Melt It Off Gel Cleanser
It's difficult for me to use most make-up removing products without them irritating or trigger my skin. This cleanser does an incredible job removing any gunk on my skin, with causing any issues.
Sensitive SPF 40 Broad Spectrum UVA-UVB
I love for sunscreen for multiple different reasons, including that it is formula for sensitive skin. I never experienced any issues that often come with using certain sunscreens.
I'm actually genuinely impressed with this sunscreen. When I first bought it, I was extremely doubtful as I had heard a lot of mixed (but mostly negative) reviews about it. I kind of purchased it on impulse and hoped for the best, since I've been at my wits end trying to find a decent sunscreens that doesn't further aggravate my problematic skin. It also doesn't help that I have the worst luck/experiences with sunscreens in general, since they either break me out, dry me out, and/or trigger my hypersensitivity and rosacea. Even the overpriced, cult-popular sunscreens have failed my expectations (which are not that high, to be honest). Even though it has a slightly thick texture, this sunscreen went on smoothly, absorbed into my skin with surprising ease, and left no filmy layer or uncomfortable residue. It had minimal, practically non-exsistent small, layered well over other skincare products and was decent underneath make-up (although I do wait a significant amount of time between my skincare routine and when I apply makeup). I didn't find it greasy or drying, and my skin reacted beautifully which is the biggest plus in my book. It didn't cause any irritation, additional redness, or increase the sensitivity of my skin. While the bottle is on the smaller end, since the product is thick and spreads on that way a little does go a long ways; it should last you about average if not longer compared to sunscreens in bigger sizes.
Banana Bright Eye Crème
One of the few eye cream that I have been able to use that didn't cause my eyes to sting or become red and irritated -- while also delivering noticeable results with darkening up my impossibly-stubborn undelete circles.
Tonique Confort Comforting Rehydrating Toner
While some many disagree with this choice as being "sensitive-skin safe" due to it's questionable ingredients, time after time I always come back to this toner. I have yet the find another that provides the same positive reaults as this. Maybe it's the thick "milky" consistency or how it always leaves my skin feeling and looking noticeably hydrated. Meanwhile it has never caused my hypersensitivite skin negative reactions, earning a top spot on my all-time favorites list.
I have such a difficult time with toners. I all but gave up on finding one that didn't cause me any irritation, redness, or stripped my skin. That was, until I discovered this beautifully tall pink bottle of gooey goodness. The texture is a bit gooey, by the way, but still amazing. This product absorbs into the skin easily, and doesn't leave me feeling tacky or sticky. It is gentle and soothing, providing just a touch of hydration. It doesn't cause aggravate my hypersensitive skin, my rosacea, or my ezcama so you can say that this product has scored major points with me. Best of all, it leaves my skin feel prepped, smooth, and plump with just the right amount of glowy.
Snail Rescue Blemish Busting Toner
My next favorite tone, that has also provided surprising results without stripping or irritating my skin. This is also very affordable with the whole skincare line pricing all of their products signficantly lower then average while still producing great formulas that deliver noticeable good results -- earning major bonus points in my book!
A.H.A Botanical Body Soap
I struggled with body acne before I even became a teenager, and finding something that would effectively treat the breakouts on my backside without causing a negative reaction felt nearly impossible. I tried numerous products but everything left me disappointed year after year... until I came across this miracle in a bottle. I was genuinely shocked how not only did it clear up my skin, it even helped heal with severe ezama.
I have struggled with skin issues all over my body since puberty. Acne, KP, stretch marks (before I even got pregnant), chronic dryness, itchiness, you name it. I spent hundreds of my hard earned dollars trying out products that promised results, but epically failed at doing anything beneficial for my skin. Even the high end products that many reviews swore by, did absolutely nothing for me. Until I stumbled across this little treasure trove and decided, what's the harm of giving it a try? After all, it wasn't nearly as expensive as many of the other products I've previously purchased. Long story short, this was the first -- and still the only -- body wash product that has completely eliminated my body acne, drastically reduced my KP, relieved my dry skin patches, and continues to keep up those miraculous results. No irritation, no overwhelming or unpleasant smells, no uncomfortable textures or werid films left over -- this product is just a very simple, fresh, clean soap that has done a world of good for my skin.