Creating an effective skincare routine can be challenging, especially if you have sensitive skin. You have to be extra cautious with the products you choose… after all the wrong products can lead to all kinds of irritation, redness, and more.
The right moisturizer can calm the skin back to its usual state and can go a long way in helping to create a strong skin barrier—the secret to warding off both dryness and sensitivity.
The first step? Avoid moisturizers that contain fragrances, a very common irritant. Instead, look for ingredients that soothe and hydrate the skin. Here are a few powerful yet unassuming face creams (and a recommended body cream) that never fail to get the job done:
CeraVe: Moisturizing Cream
When it comes to inflamed or damaged skin, it’s best to stick to the ingredients that you know can repair without setting off further inflammation, and CeraVe’s Moisturizing Cream is is filled to the brim with ceramides and hyaluronic acid to bring even eczema-level rashes under control.
CosRx: Pure Fit Cica Cream Intense
CosRx’s moisturizing cica cream is infused with 7 types of centella extract to soothe sensitive skin and provide deep hydration.
Avène: Cicalfate Restorative Cream
If you’re looking to address damage or inflammation at a higher level, of course, ceramides by themselves might not be enough. Avène’s signature Cicalfate Restorative Cream works on anything from scabs and sunburns, and uses beeswax and glycerin to form a highly protective lawyer over the skin to allow the underlying layers to heal uninterrupted.
First Aid Beauty: Ultra Repair Cream
If inflammation and pimples isn’t the issue but persistent texture and itchiness is, what you might need is a dose of fuss-free emollients that wash the skin with moisture to prevent discomfort on a cellular level. First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Cream mixes the soothing power of colloidal oatmeal into shea butter and ceramides, therefore intensely nourishing and soothing the skin while providing ample moisture to ward off itchiness.
Olay: Regenerist Whip Face Moisturizer
If you’re in that sticky place between your skin being far too oily one moment and bone dry the next, what you might need is a day cream that is light in texture but heavy on results, so that your skin’s oil production can return to a place where it is naturally regulated and not so prone to being disturbed. Olay’s Regenerist Whip Face Moisturizer is a trustworthy candidate in that respect: the cream-to-liquid formulation ensures that pores do not get clogged, while the peptides within allow damaged skin to rebuild from within, allowing natural skin functions to reign supreme again.
Nivea: Smooth Replenishing Shea Butter Body Lotion
Finally, something most of us often forget is that the skin on your face is often a litmus test for the rest of you–if your face is starting to itch and fuss, chances are that your elbows, knees and shins are soon going to get dry and inflamed as well. Nip it in the bud early with a powerhouse hydrator like sweet almond oil or shea butter: Nivea’s Smooth Replenishing Shea Butter Body Lotion is perfect for transitional weather and extra-dry days alike.