Women who have sensitive skin tell me all the time that they often skip washing their face because their skin gets so red and irritated after that it’s not even worth it. Luckily, there are quite a few cleansers out that will remove impurities on your skin without causing a reaction so you can have clean skin that’s calm and free from redness. Here are my top 4.
If you’re sensitive and on the oily side, or even breakout-prone, you want a fresh, clean feeling without the dryness so your moisture barrier is still completely in tact. Foaming Facial Cleanser from Clean & Clear ($5) coats your face in soothing lather while it removes all traces makeup (even mascara) and leaves your face feeling comfortable and calm.
Simple’s Kind to Skin Purifying Cleansing Lotion is formulated using Vitamin B5 for moisture, and Allantoin to calm and protect. This fragrance and dye-free formula has a creamy lotion texture that would be a fit for normal to dry skin. If you wear a lot of stay-in-place makeup, you’ll need an additional makeup remover, but most women who are sensitive can’t wear the makeup it doesn’t remove.
Whether your skin is always sensitive, or if you’re just temporarily so because of a peel or surgery, you should try Cell Ceuticals’ ($35) Extremely Gentle Skin Cleanser, a lightly foaming cleanser with a serum-like texture. It’s great for those who want a cleanser with some additional benefits like Amino and Lactic Acids which moisturize the skin while giving some gentle exfoliating benefits too.
If you like a rich, creamy cleaner with natural ingredients, go with Gentle Cream Cleanser from Noah’s Naturals ($8). They use their very own Acai Complex which is packed with vitamins and antioxidants that makes skin super smooth, bright, and moisturized.
If you’re still a little skeptical about using a cleanser on your sensitive skin, you can’t go wrong with Jane Iredale’s Magic Mitt which removes all makeup (even waterproof mascara) using only water and no cleanser. It’s made from a special micro-fiber that breaks down impurities on the skin all on its own.