Do you have sensitive skin that often turns red or feels itchy? Or, does it just get irritated easily with the use of new or unfamiliar products and things?
Whatever the cause may be, believe me when I say I completely understand what you must be going through because,
That is what my skin is, which means I have been there and still do experience it.
In other to make it easier and to help you find comfort in your own skin, I have put together these 20 Best Skin Care Products for Sensitive Skin.
Many of them are products I have used and experienced myself, and
The rest of them are most favoured (in terms of effectiveness) and best picks of people with sensitive skin like you and me.
Best Skin Care Products For Sensitive Skin – My Top Pick Face Products
1. Oatmilk Mellow Facial Cleansing Bar
Oatmilk Cleansing Bar does indeed deserve the number 1 spot in the cleanser category.
It was made with 100% organic Oatmilk that was soaked by the manufacturer to extract beta-glucan—a significantly essential remedy for skin redness and irritation.
As you start your sensitive skincare routine with this product, you would feel and see your face is soothed as it keeps your redness at minimal.
Would help you reduce irritation even before using the leave-on products.
Some of the ingredients contained in this bar are castor oil, shea butter, sunflower oil, cocoa butter, and pumpkin seed oil.
All of which are moisturizing and extraordinarily rich in fatty acids that are needed in other for the cleanser not to strip your already sensitive skin of its natural oil.
Of course, I would not do justice to it without mentioning the fact that,
It is a multipurpose cleansing bar that has been formulated not only for sensitive facial skin but also for the whole body.
Plus, you gents can use it as a shaving bar as well!
Coupled with the fact that it is an organic product that is free of toxic ingredients, I rechecked and verified it by comparing its ingredients with the toxic ones on Skin Deep.
Also, it is also a vegan-friendly product that is free of gluten and paraben. And, it has not been tested on animals which makes it cruelty-free.
2. Cucumber Milk Facial Cleanser
Hey, you make-up lovers, this might be what you have been looking for; a product that is a combination of both makeup removal and a cleanser. Yes, that is what it is!
Gentle enough on your sensitive face as it cleanses off the impurities from makeup and the surroundings.
Cucumber Milk Cleanser is formulated with aloe leaf juice, oat, cucumber extract, seaweed extract and other ingredients all of which their properties make them very soothing and calming to the skin.
One thing to note is, this cleanser unlike many others does not foam but do not worry,
There are many who have sworn by how effective it is when it comes to cleansing. And that it leaves the skin feeling fresh, smooth, soft, and supple thereafter.
I think you would also love it!
Furthermore, its pore tightening effect might just be another reason for one to decide to go for it.
3. Pomegranate Supreme facial Cleansing Bar
This cleanser is made with 100% organic pomegranate oil, rooibos, and rhodiola. These ingredients are known to be super-rich in antioxidants.
The antioxidants in it would help prevent skin damage, sensitivity, or ageing due to free radicals.
It would also help in rejuvenating, brightening, and renewal of skin cells.
Ideal for those of you with ultra-sensitive skin.
If you have some patches on your skin due to extreme dryness, or you have rough bumpy skin, you may want to try this bar as it is formulated for such skin conditions.
Also, it is a multi-purpose cleaner that can be used as a shaving bar and body cleanser.
Whenever you are in need of that cleanser you could easily drop in your travelling skincare pouch, this might be the right one because of its portability and the fact that you would not need to go with an extra body cleanser.
Be informed that there are essential oils in it, so you may want to go for something else if you are sensitive to them.
But, most of the reviews from its user clarified that the fragrance from the bar is naturally fresh and not concentrated.
4. VANICREAM Gentle Facial Cleanser For Sensitive Skin
This product does not have parabens, formaldehyde, fragrances, dyes, lanolin, or any other preservatives. It is also free of sulfates, amides, gluten, betaine, and amines.
Also, it is a non-comedogenic cleanser that would not cause you to have acne. Also, it is non-foaming and there are no oils in it.
Because it was not made with any harsh chemical or ingredient, that makes it very gentle and ideal for sensitive skin.
The two base ingredients are water and glycerin both of which are excellent moisturizers and hydrators for the skin.
It has thousands of reviews on Amazon and most of the users are happy and satisfied with it.
Someone even considered it “most underrated for sensitive skin” because according to him/her and many others,
This vanicream gentle facial cleanser is one of the best and most effective face wash that has tremendously helped in treating various skin conditions like redness, acne, roughness, and eczema etc.
5. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
Cetaphil gentle skin cleanser is a face wash that is non-irritating and soothing for sensitive skin types.
It helps to remove all makeup residual and dirt from the environment.
Also not comedogenic and it is hypoallergenic. This means it would not cause any allergic reaction nor would it cause you to breakout.
Cetaphil is a dermatological tested soap-free cleanser that cleanses without stripping moisture from the skin.
Among its 1000+ reviews on Amazon, there were many users who claimed it did calm their rosacea and sensitivity, and some who claimed it does not do much.
Another thing I want you to note is, unlike many other products in this article that are organically made or free of ingredients like parabens and sodium lauryl sulfate, those ingredients are present in this cleanser.
Though it is not my ultimate favourite choice amidst cleansers, it is indeed amidst the best face wash for sensitive skin.
6. Klairs Supple Preparation Unscented Toner
Here is my #1 favourite toner! Love it to the point that I dedicated a full review article that detailed my overall experience to it.
Formulated with ingredients such as water, aloe leaf extract, licorice root extract, sodium hyaluronate, beta-glucan, rose flower extract, etc.
This product is a lot like a serum, and it is so hydrating, calming, and soothing.
I did have a fun time while using it! To learn more about my experience with this product, check out my review of it.
The toner I ordered was the other version of it that has essential oils.
But, this one is the unscented version and the composition is the same aside from the absence of essentials oils for people that are sensitive to scents.
Also, it is a cruelty-free, PH balanced, and vegan-friendly toner that absorbs super well into the skin.
7. I’m From Mugwort Essence
This Mugwort Essence is another favourite of mine! Though not a toner, from my experience with it, I believe it can replace a toner.
It is a soothing essence that is made with 100% Mugwort extract.
It is the only ingredient present in it, which is another thing I love about it.
This essence is an excellent hydrator for dry sensitive skin.
The calming effect provided by it is such that it helps to minimize the redness of the skin after being irritated and keeps acne at bay.
For that reason, it is ideal for those with acne-prone sensitive skin.
It has a water-like consistency but a bit denser than water!
The smell I believe should be a Mugwort smell, pardon me, it was the first Mugwort product I ever came across and can’t tell what a Mugwort really smells like.
However, I can say the scent is not a pungent one, it is herb-like.
8. Serene – Sacred Water Tonique
Sacred water Tonique is a toner that has been specially formulated for ultra-sensitive skin.
There is no ethyl alcohol present in, instead, it is made with rose and holy basil distillate water infused in natural and organic herbs such as gentian root, gotu leaf or stem, and hops flower.
The formulation is completed with glycerin and citric acid.
Remember, glycerin is a natural humectant that attracts water to the skin.
Because of that property, it is an essential ingredient in this toner for sensitive skin caused by extreme skin dryness as it would moisturize, hydrate, and rehydrate the skin whenever needed.
The citric acid serves as an antioxidant that would help protect your skin cells from damages caused by free radicals that occur because of environmental pollutants and toxins.
You know this our evolving world is filled with lots of pollution and toxins that are threatening to the skin, which is why it is necessary we use products that would always keep us safe.
9. Cucumber & Ginseng Facial Mist
If you are like me that love having some spa moment at home with slices of cucumbers of my face, then you how soothing and rejuvenating it feels!
Cucumber is richly packed with vitamin C and other nutrients that would not only help to brighten your skin but also help to fight skin irritations.
while at the same time providing the skin with a boost of hydration.
You could see how excellent this one ingredient is for sensitive skin, and you would like to know it is the key ingredient along with ginseng and seaweed in this facial mist toner.
I haven’t even started with mentioning the skin benefits of ginseng and seaweed yet.
One of the most important properties of ginseng on sensitive skin is its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects that calm and minimizes skin redness.
As a Korean beauty lover, myself, I know how much they care for this ingredient, and I could also testify to the soothing effects of Korean skincare products formulated with ginseng from the ones I have owned and used.
Yet again, this facial mist is made with another Korean medicinal herb, the seaweed.
Seaweed in itself is a humectant that absorbs moisture from the surrounding and would deliver it deeply into the skin layers.
10. Bulgarian Rose Phytonutrient Elixir
This product is designed to be an all-day moisture replenisher.
It can be used to instantly hydrate your skin by simply spritzing it on whenever the skin feels dry and dehydrated.
Aside from that, you can also use it as a toner after cleansing the skin.
Formulated with ingredients such as rose water—an excellent skin toner that would not only brighten your skin but is also gentle on it.
Oat beta-glucan—by now you know the importance of this ingredient on sensitive skin—it is remarkably effective for calming all sorts of sensitivity.
The other soothing, hydrating, and antioxidant-rich ingredients this facial elixir is made with are; water, aloe leaf juice, seaweed extract, grape seed extract, vitamin E, and olive.
Also, it is free of all –bens and –fates with no added artificial fragrance or mineral oil.
To have that glass-like dewy finish, just spritz it on your face after makeup application. And it is best for dry, mature, and sensitive skin types.
11. Bright – Eye Vitalizing Nutrient Serum
From its name, you know this serum is for the eyes’ area, right. But, why would I have to use a special or different serum for the eye area? Asked you!
Well, I also thought the same before I dug deeper into what it is designed to do only for it to prove itself to be worthy of being amidst the best facial products for sensitive skin, and I, after realizing those many benefits and effects could not shy away anymore.
So, if you don’t mind, let’s dive into its claims and theme together, shall we?
First thing first, let me quickly remind you of this;
The skin around the eyes is the first place where signs of ageing become conspicuous due to how sensitive and delicate it is.
Some of these signs include dark circles, puffiness, wrinkles, and fine lines. Chances are, you are experiencing one of these signs as you read.
With that being said, you can understand and see why we need to take exceptional care of the eye area.
And, that is the vision behind the creation of this serum!
Bright-Eye Vitalizing Nutrient Serum was carefully crafted with extremely rich antioxidant-filled ingredients, vitamin C, and even oils that are well-packed with omega fatty acids.
All of which are designed to serve a certain purpose and benefit to the skin.
Like the antioxidants found in ingredients like grape seed and vitamin C are meant to brighten up the skin as they improve its elasticity.
After that, they further protect the skin from the negative effects of stress (dark circles for example) and stressors.
The fatty acids rich sources like pomegranate, rosehip, red raspberry seed oil, and even the carotenoid source like the sea buckthorn extract are meant to target and prevent premature wrinkles and fine lines.
All-in-all, these ingredients all work synergistically to make your eyes’ sparkle with elegance and youthfulness yet again!
12. Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Serum
Klairs rich moist soothing serum is a go-to serum of mine! Just like its name implies, it really does sooth the skin.
You know that kind of soothing you feel at once as you slather it on your face, that’s the feeling!
I use it both morning and evenings whenever my skin starts to react sensitively due to weather.
And, I love how it makes me feel, especially at night, when I apply multiple layers to use as a face pack.
The result is a smooth, soft, and firm skin the following morning.
From my experience, I think this serum is perfect for dry, and sensitive skin types because of its very moisturizing and hydrating effects.
If your skin is sensitive but on the oily side, you can still use it, but just keep in mind that a little would do more than enough at calming your irritations and deliver the needed moisture.
Another thing I like about it is how it cools my skin down when the weather is super-hot, and my skin feels hot.
It has a gel-like texture that is not sticky but allows one to easily spread it on the face during application.
I love to either pat it in or apply in a circular motion until it is fully absorbed into my skin.
13. Timeless Vitamin C Reconstruction Concentrate
If you have extremely dry flaky skin, sensitive or damaged, wrinkled, and pigmented skin, then this product might just be the right and the most perfect one you have been looking for!
The timeless concentrate is an oil serum with a very thick consistency.
It is richly made with vitamin C and E for a perfect balance skin reconstruction, renewal, and multiple antioxidant benefits to the skin.
Also, vitamin C would help in clearing up your hyperpigmentation and it would even out your overall skin tone.
It does not stop there.
Pomegranate oil happens to be the base of this product, which aside from its added antioxidant that protects the skin from damages, is extraordinarily rich in fatty acids that would help to soothe your sensitive irritated skin.
Following that is the grand entrance of Chia seed oil, Blackberry seed oil, and baobab amidst its notable ingredients.
The three of them are present to deeply moisturize very dry skin and keep irritations like flakiness or others at a minimum.
Furthermore, they would help the skin barrier to restore its natural oil, which means you could finally bid dryness a goodbye.
All these seeds oils combined made for the elegant fruity aroma the serum eludes.
I am sure, you could have a guess at this one after reading my description of the ingredients.
But I would still like to mention it is an organically made serum that is free of allergens like nuts and gluten, ethyl alcohol, and all sorts of artificial fragrances.
According to its claims, its immediate effects on your skin are, “deeply moisturized, soft, smooth, plump skin, a decrease in the appearance of redness and inflammation.”
Whereas after several weeks of using it, you would see your fine lines and hyperpigmentation disappear, and your skin would look firmer and brighter.
Before I round this up, you need to know this serum is highly not recommended for those with oily acne-prone skin because of its thick consistency that allows it to stay longer on the surface of the skin.
So, if you have sensitive skin and your skin is acne-prone, I recommend you go for “I’m from ginseng serum below”!
14. Lancome Advanced Genifique Sensitive Youth Activating Concentrate
My first experience with Lancome Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate was when I got the miniature version of it to try out along with…
My favourite floral fruity fragrance that smells so exquisitely feminine—”Lancome La Vie Est Belle Eau De Parfum.” It means “Life is Beautiful!”
It was in winter and as usual, my skin was quite sensitive with itchiness and redness.
I was out of my Klairs rich moist soothing serum and wanted something I could use for the main time as I await my order.
To my astonishment, this serum with a gel-like consistency worked great at reducing my skin redness, and my skin felt so comforted and calm without any itchiness whatsoever.
I honestly did not know it was going to be that effective!
Also, all through the time I was using it, I did not experience any acne, not even my hormonal acne.
It was like a situation-saving product that did justice beyond my expectations.
All skin types can use this product, be it oily or dry because it delivers the right amount of moisture unto the skin and absorbs well.
15. I’M From Ginseng Serum
This product is made with 7.98% concentrated red ginseng extract that is about 6 years old.
Ginseng has an anti-inflammatory property essential to reduce irritations on sensitive skin, and its fabulously rich antioxidant would help protect the skin barrier from external stress and free radicals.
Also, it is also known to give an extra boost of hydration that brings your dry dehydrated skin back to life looking more youthful and lively again.
The liquorice root extract in it with its soothing and calming effect would help to reduce skin irritations like rashes, eczema, redness, swelling, and many more.
Plus, it also has a good amount of antioxidant.
I’m from ginseng serum is best used right after the toning step by applying a thin layer of it on your skin.
To better absorb the active ingredients and improve blood circulation, you are recommended to gently place your palm on your face after applying it.
By doing that, the needed heat to achieve those effects is generated.
16. Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Cream
I can still vividly remember my reaction the very first time I used this face cream, my facial expression was more like this 🙄, and this 😮, and I could not understand what was going on.
It was supercooling to the point that I had to check the product again to be sure I am using the right thing.
That was my very first time using a product that feels chilly on my face without having refrigerated it before and not because of the weather either.
Let me let you in a secret, there would be no need for an ice pack if your face feels so hot from irritations or weather.
As a sleeping pack, just apply the serum then follow it with this cream, and you would understand what I’m saying.
It would instantly soothe your skin as it provides a moist cooling effect as if you are standing in front of a cold room.
Your face redness would be gone in a breeze as your skin feels softer, smoother, and plump.
One more thing, it allows makeup to glide on smoothly and yields a flawless glass-like finish!
I would not recommend it for oily skin types although there are some people who have reported it worked great on their oily skin.
That’s because from my experience, as someone with normal acne-prone skin in summer, and in winter it becomes quite dry and sensitive, this facial moisturizer was ultra-moisturizing for me, both in summer and in winter.
With that, I figured that moisture might be a little too much if my skin were to be on the oily side.
Therefore, if your skin type is oily and is ultra-sensitive with irritations, redness, blemishes, clog pores etc., I recommend you go for “Flawless Clear Condition Facial Oil” below.
17. Pure – Sensitive Complex
The pure sensitive complex is said to be a perfect match for extremely sensitive skin, irritation to other products and the environment.
It is said to be ideal for extreme skin dryness, and allergic reactions to gluten and nuts.
The base ingredient of this product is calendula flower water distillate.
And water that was infused with herbs such as plantain leaf, marshmallow root, self-heal stem, nettle leaf, heather flower, butcher’s broom root, and red clover leaf.
Calendula has an antibacterial and soothing effect that is very great for sensitive skin reactions like redness.
The presence of plantain leaf would allow the product to deeply penetrate your skin thereby relieving and giving absolute comfort from within.
Not to mention the marshmallow roots which would deliver moisture and hydration to your dry skin.
And the self-heal stem would help to heal your cuts and tears caused by very dry skin.
In addition to the above, it is formulated with other ingredients that are major sources of essential fatty acids like baobab oil, pumpkin seed oil, perilla seed oil, and tamanu oil.
Good to know this product does not hold any scent, ethyl alcohol, nuts, petrochemicals, gluten, and parabens.
Instead, it is made with 100% natural and botanical herbs and oils!
18. Midnight Blue Calming Cream
Price: $24.50 (30ml); & $31.00 (60ml)
Another cream specially made for extremely sensitive skin.
With the most essential calming ingredient “Guaiazulene” derived from chamomile oil, this product would instantly calm any sort of redness either from sunburn or other skin irritation you might be experiencing.
You just slather it on before going to bed and let it do its magic overnight, remember it’s a “Midnight Blue Calming Cream.”
Other notable ingredients in this product are shea butter—excellent for dry skin;
water and glycerin—would help to fully hydrate and moisturize your skin;
Jojoba oil—known to be quite like the natural oil produced by the skin.
Although this product has some good moisturizing and hydrating ingredients present in it, it is recommended you use it together with your other daily facial moisturizer if your skin is super dry.
Good to know it is vegan-friendly and is free from toxins such as artificial colouring, fragrance, ethanol, steroid, and silicon.
It has a PH of 7 (+ or – 1) and has not been tested on animals.
19. Flawless Clear Condition Facial Oil
Flawless Clear Condition Facial Oil is specifically for you friend with oily skin types that are overly sensitive with irritations such as redness, inflammation, and even clog pores.
This moisturizer is made with a blend of fatty acids and antioxidant-rich organic oils such as cold-pressed hemp seed oil, cranberry oil, blackberry seed oil, sacha inchi oil, and tamanu oil.
Hemp seed oil is an oil I can also testify to its amazing effects on acne-prone skin.
Also, it is a light oil that easily penetrates the skin rather than sits on it.
Its healing effect is such that it helped with my scars and clear up blemishes.
Also, while I was using it, it improved my skin texture and made it soft and supple.
The other oils I’ve tried that gave the same effect as hemp seed oil were jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, and tamanu oil.
But tamanu oil gave me acne (1 painful one) initially before I started to see those beneficial effects from it.
I guess it was just too rich for my skin. Or, maybe my skin was still trying to adjust to it.
As for this oil, many of its users claimed it was highly effective at clearing up their acne and preventing further breakouts.
Plus, it did not clog their pores and further helped them to reduce irritations and redness.
Even though this oil is gorgeous for oily skin types with sensitivity, it may not be ideal for you if your skin is exceptionally dry.
This is because of the light and quick-absorbing nature of the oils it is made with.
If your skin is very DRY and would like to have a smooth, supple, youthful, and gorgeous skin without any sensitivity or irritations whatsoever you may choose from any of the other recommended moisturizers and products in this article.
20. Chia Seed & Passion Fruit Facial Oil
With a base of grapeseed oil, and key ingredients of chia seed oil and passion fruit oil,
This product is formulated to deliver deep-penetrating moisture along with antioxidants into the skin layers to help fight any skin cell-damaging radicals.
Along with other ingredients like rosehip oil—known to be the most ideal oil for aging mature skin;
Lavender oil—known for its antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties, these effects would help fight irritations and reduce skin redness;
Including rosemary extract—well known for its antifungal and soothing effect;
This facial oil would make a desirable choice at the end of your skincare regimen to seal in all the moisture from your hydrating toners and serums.
Here’s an application tip for you,
When it comes to oil moisturizers, I love applying them on my damp face.
In other words, I don’t allow the product before it like my serum to be fully absorbed before using the oils.
By doing that, it yields a smoother and shine-free finish!
Also, it is free of mineral oils, parabens, sulfates, synthetic colours, and fragrances.
Now that you have gone through this extensive products list exclusively for your sensitive skin,
Which of these products do you have experience with? and which one of them would you like to try?
What’s your skin type? Is it oily and on the sensitive side, dry with sensitivity, or a combination of both?
If you are like me, does your skin type change with seasons and climatic conditions?
When does it thrive the most, and when is it problematic the most?
Leave all your responses below, it is always an honour connecting and getting to know you better.
Until next time,
Remain as gorgeous as ever. Keep loving and appreciating yourself even more.
You’re exquisitely beautiful just the way you are!
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