You know that moment you try the beauty product your best friend swears by and your face freaks out and starts to burn, sting, and become super red? “Not every product is made for everyone,” Ranella Hirsch, M.D., a Boston dermatologist, says. “Your skin is considered sensitive if it becomes inflamed and begins to sting if a formula contains fragrance, has irritating ingredients (like alcohol or harsh exfoliants), or if you have existing rosacea.”
In addition, the environment also plays a role when it comes to sensitive skin, whether you’re prone to it or not. Changes in the weather can lead to less humidity, which means your skin is drier, and dry and sensitive skin go hand-in-hand.
So, along with incorporating more water in your daily routine by drinking eight glasses or more and using a humidifier (or filling up vases of water so it can evaporate into the air in your home, making it more moist), it’s also important to use products targeted toward sensitive skin that help contribute to and keep in the natural hydration your body creates. Ahead are 18 products that won’t leave your skin high and dry — or cause it to burn, sting, or become fire-engine red.
1. Simple Skincare Oil Balancing Cleansing Wipes
These wipes will keep your breakouts at bay, but thanks to hydrating glycerin, they won’t leave your skin dehydrated or make it sting.
2. Olay Foaming Face Wash for Sensitive Skin
Lather up with a soap-, oil-, and fragrance-free foaming cleanser like this one at night — your face will thank you.
3. Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush
If you insist on using an electronic cleansing brush to buff your skin smooth, then consider this one because its soft angled bristles work to gently cleanse your skin and lift any dirt, makeup, and oil off your face.
4. Avène Eau Thermale Micellar Lotion Make-Up Remover