1: One of the major factors affecting sensitive skin is fragrance so always look for products that are fragrance free. However, don’t be fooled by a product claiming to be ‘unscented’ as the product may still have the fragrance in it but it’s just masked by yet another irritant.
2: While the name may sound scary, hydrocortisone cream contains the active ingredient hydrocortisone acetate which is a medicine used for reducing inflammation. So if you’re suffering from painful, sensitive skin, this might be the answer to your prayers. But I recommend speaking with your doctor first.
3: When using a new product for the first time always test it on a less obvious spot. That way if you do suffer a reaction nobody else will see it.
4: Always use products that are specifically designed for sensitive skin. Your cleaner should be creamy and your moisturiser should be fairly light.
5: There are often reasons below the surface that sees your skin getting dry, red and itchy so you should go see a professional, they will be able to pinpoint any problems and tell you what products are best for your particular condition.
Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream Sensitive RRP $17.49
Garnier, the BB innovator and first brand to introduce BB Cream to the New Zealand market recently announced a new BB designed to calm and soothe red, irritated and sensitive skin. Allantoin serves as the magic ingredient in the BB Cream Sensitive formula. A natural anti-irritant, it is renowned for its ability to soothe tightness and treat and correct redness. This special ingredient also supports the healing of wounds, burns and scars. The unique formula also contains uncoated mineral pigments to hide redness.
Trilogy Sensitive Skincare Range
In conjunction with launching new-look packaging, Trilogy has reformulated its popular Sensitive range to incorporate an innovative new natural active proven to soothe and calm sensitive skin. Maintaining all the skin soothing and anti-ageing benefits of the original products, the new Trilogy Sensitive formulations are even more effective at calming inflammation thanks to the inclusion of SyriCalm®, a breakthrough botanical complex developed in Germany. A blend of two naturally occurring ingredients, phragmites kharka and poria cocos, SyriCalm® is proven to reduce inflammation and strengthen the skin’s natural barrier function, increasing resilience to external aggressors. All three Sensitive products, Very Gentle Cleansing Cream, Very Gentle Calming Serum and Very Gentle Moisturising Cream are certified natural, fragrance free, essential oil free and dermatologically tested.
Weleda Almond Skincare Range
Since biblical times the Sweet Almond tree has been a valuable source of food, medicine and the precious Sweet Almond oil – a fine, unadulterated plant oil rich in essential fatty acids and the anti-oxidant vitamin E. The oil supports the skin’s natural processes, penetrating deeply without leaving a greasy residue. The Almond Facial Care range has been created by Weleda as a solution to achieving balance and harmony for a sensitive or transitional skin type. Weleda’s pure almond oil is obtained from almonds carefully harvested in California’s Central Valley.