Like all skin types, sensitive skin needs to be hydrated, as well as protected from the sun and the environment. Unlike most other skin types, sensitive skin also has a few extra ‘requirements’. As the name suggests, sensitive skin is very fragile and prone to irritation. Things like certain ingredients, foods, chemicals around the house, and even stress can cause sensitive skin to flare up.
Protecting sensitive skin is extremely important, as exposure to the sun, pollution, wind, cold or heat can irritate it. However, it’s also important to choose products with non-irritating ingredients, which can aggravate the skin. Ingredients that are too heavy can clog pores and overload the skin, while certain synthetic ingredients are known to cause a reaction in people with sensitive skin.
This might all seem very frustrating, but thankfully, most skincare companies today are aware of the specific challenges that sensitive skin faces, and they have formulated products catering specifically to sensitive skin. So you can now enjoy gorgeous skin, without worrying.
Below are some of our favorite day creams that will protect and hydrate sensitive skin, without irritating it.
1. Murad Correcting Moisturizer SPF 15 – This lightweight, hydrating moisturizer contains soothing chamomile flower oil and provides UVA/UVB protection. It also contains a light, color correcting tint to neutralize any redness.
2. Derma e Vitalizing Moisturizer SPF 15 with Tamanu and Pomegranate – This moisturizer is free from irritating ingredients like parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, and lanolin, but rich in protective antioxidants and nourishing ingredients like pomegranate, tamanu, green tea and aloe. The added sun protection makes this great option for daytime.
3. Dr.Hauschka Rose Day Cream Light – Sensitive skin is often accompanied by dry patches, and choosing a light moisturizing cream with nourishing ingredients will hydrate and soothe any dryness. This day cream contains rose petal extracts to soothe and rose petal wax to lock in moisture. It also contains avocado, wheat germ and sesame oil for added suppleness.
4. The Organic Pharmacy Men Moisture Cream – Sensitive skin doesn’t just affect the ladies. Many men suffer from sensitive skin, and constant shaving can make the situation worse. This daily moisturizing cream is formulated for men, and contains green tea, shea butter and vitamin E to hydrate, repair and calm.
– Rebecca Harrison