Best Skincare for Irritated Skin
Irritated skin comes in many forms; redness from harsh winds, itchiness from dry weather or eczema, acne, irritation from the sun, and more. In fact, up to 70% of men and women report that they have experienced sensitive skin.
It is common for those with this sensitivity to have a challenge finding skincare that won't irritate it further. Whether looking for a serum to target wrinkles, a moisturizer that won’t make you breakout, or a post-procedure treatment, the struggle is real.
So, what kind of skincare is best for irritated skin? In this skincare blog we will cover this topic in detail, outlining the best skincare for sensitive skin in several categories.
- Best face serums for sensitive skin
- Best moisturizers for sensitive skin
- Best eye cream for sensitive skin
- Best gentle cleansers
- Best sun protection for sensitive skin
- Best skincare for after procedures
- Best toner for sensitive skin
Best Face Serums for Sensitive Skin
Targeting the signs of aging is one of the hardest things to do when you have sensitive skin, primarily because many face serums on the market can be harsh on the skin. That is because they are very concentrated, which many cannot handle.
But what if we told you that there is a way to target wrinkles and sagging with a gentle serum that won’t irritate your skin?
EltaMD Skin Recovery Serum is a top choice among people with sensitive skin who are looking for an overall great face serum. It helps calm your skin while also repairing damage and defending against free radicals.
PCA Skin Anti-Redness Serum is our #1 choice for a sensitive skin serum that actually helps reduce redness from irritation on-contact. Perfect for harsh climates where the wind and cold weather cause red, blotchy cheeks, this serum soothes your skin while improving the overall appearance
Also from the PCA Skin family, their Hydrating Serum is a fantastic serum for sensitive skin that is tender from dryness. This ultra-hydrating product is made from a specialized blend of antioxidants and moisture-binding ingredients that relieve dry skin and the irritation associated with it while leaving your skin soft and firm.
Best Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin
Dry skin is one of the most common causes of skin irritation. So it is no wonder that moisturizers for sensitive skin are in high demand. But often times moisturizers can feel heavy, clogging pores and leading for breakouts. That is why we love the EltaMD Skin Recovery Light Moisturizer.
This lightweight face lotion ticks all the boxes for sensitive skin, instantly calming irritation while going on like a cloud, not clogging pores. This gentle skincare moisturizer provides long-lasting hydration and a proprietary AAComplex that actually helps to repair damaged skin barrier, helping your skin to better protect itself. Plus, it is enriched with antioxidants that defend against free radical damage while producing soft, supple skin.
Best Eye Cream for Sensitive Skin
Even for people who don’t generally experience sensitive skin, the skin around the eyes requires a skin care product that can prevent skin irritation, as it is the most fragile and thin skin on the body. The PCA Skin Ideal Complex Restorative Eye Cream is a great solution, tackling all the challenges associated with the skin around the eyes. Sagging eyelids, wrinkles, fine lines, puffiness, and dark circles… they are a thing of the past when you add this sensitive skin eye cream to your regimen. It has a sumptuous, creamy texture that provides fast results in as little as just one week.
Best Gentle Cleansers
Cleaning your skin at the end of the day shouldn’t be a painful, irritating experience. But many face cleansers on the market are harsh, formulated to remove dirt and grime without considering how fragile the skin on our face is. With the Obagi Nu-Derm Gentle Cleanser, however, you can gently remove these impurities without going to bed wishing you had just used plain old soap and water. This gentle face wash includes soothing ingredients like aloe barbadensis leaf juice, and salvia officinalis (sage) leaf extract, while helping your skin retain moisture and elasticity.
We also love the Neocutis NEO CLEANSE Gentle Skin Cleanser. It is another gentle cleanser that is made without any additives, fragrances, dyes, or harsh sulfates. This currently-free face cleanser helps your skin retain moisture and is ideal for daily use and even after treatments or procedures that would leave your skin extra sensitive.
Best Sun Protection for Sensitive Skin
Sensitive skin and the sun are not friends. Just a few minutes in the sun can cause those with irritated skin to break out into a rash. Plus, it can actually feel like the sun is pulling out moisture. Let alone the fact that irritated skin may burn more easily, and that irritated skin + a sunburn are an awful combination. Skin protection is a must-have for everyone! Sensitive skin sufferers, however, can’t use the sunblock off the drugstore shelves, because it can just irritate the skin further.
We love the SkinMedica Essential Defense Mineral Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 35 as a reoslution to this problem. This gentle sunscreen provides the highest level of protection against UVA and UVB rays, without including any of the harsh ingredients typically found on the shelves, like parabens, oils, and fragrances. It is a sheer, lightweight sunscreen that also comes in a slightly tinted version.
Best Skincare for After Procedures
You’ve just spent hundreds, or possibly thousands on a skincare procedure and now your skin is ultra sensitive while you heal. You don’t want to stop your skincare routine, however, you need to switch to gentle products to ensure you don’t irritate your skin further. As your skin heals following a procedure, it requires skincare products that will leave it clean, hydrated, and protected from infection. The following are our top picks for post-procedure sensitive skincare:
- EltaMD Laser Balm Post-Procedure Healing Ointment: keeps the skin moist and prevents crusting.
- EltaMD Laser Enzyme Gel: cools the skin around the wound.
- SkinMedica TNS Ceramide Treatment Cream: repairs the skin and ensures it can naturally maintain its moisture.
- EltaMD Skin Recovery Toner: is formulated to reduce the risk of irritation by providing the skin with the required nutrients.
Best Toner for Sensitive Skin
A toner acts as a primer for your skin, and is a great addition to any routine. WHile they are thin like water, they can actually irritate sensitive skin. That’s why we love the EltaMD Skin Recovery Toner for sensitive skin. It has hydrating, soothing ingredients that help detoxify your skin while retaining moisture and priming the skin for your moisturizer, serum, or other products.
Your Uniquely Sensitive Skin
Irritated skin is no fun. It turns red easily and reacts negatively to many skincare solutions out there, making it hard to tackle dry skin, repair skin damage, and even protect from the sun’s damaging rays. But our collection of premium quality skincare is specifically made for those of us suffering from sensitive skin, gently addressing the target areas. We also invite you to message our cosmetic surgeon for skincare advice tailored to your unique, sensitive skin.