#MyLittleSkincareProject - Sensitive Skin # 2

22 Sept 2013

We're now well into the second segment of #MyLittleSkincareProject and this week it's sensitive skin taking the spotlight! My sensitive skin bloggers Harriet, Scarlett and Rosie are going to be sharing with you their top products for sensitive skin. Be sure to leave a comment recommending your favourite products for sensitive skin, too, and hopefully (or unfortunately for your purses and wallets!) you will have a few lovely products to add to your beauty wishlist.

Since our last sensitive skin type post, one of our sensitive skin bloggers has decided to leave the challenge, so Harriet has taken her place. You can read up on Harriet's skin history in the now edited
MyLittleSkincareProject - Sensitive Skin # 1 post!

Scarlett has sensitive skin - Here are her top 3 recommended products! 
Top 3 products for sensitive skin

"Finding a number of products that really worked for my skin, rather than upsetting it, didn't happen overnight and I suppose different products will work differently depending on the user. However, it's nice to be able to share my findings as perhaps it will provide you (if you too have sensitive skin) with a few new options should you be looking to improve your skin, or simply fit in some new products into your routine. I've always been a bit useless when it comes to 'routines', whether it was with regards to eating (or dieting), taking off my make-up, exercising or skincare. I stick to it for a week, before veering off in another direction, so it's only been in the last few months that I have seen how important a skincare routine is - motivating me to keep to it.

Bioderma Sensibio H20 Solution Micellaire for Sensitive Skin (Escentual, 250ml, £9.99) - My one 'go to' product for cleansing, toning and taking off make-up is Bioderma's Sensibio H20 Solution Micellaire. I'm not usually one for buying beauty products because there is a 'hype' surrounding it, but I gave Bioderma a try when it first hit the UK a few months ago and I honestly haven't looked back. It's unbelievably gentle and takes off the dirt/leftover make-up without stripping your skin of the essential oils it needs. When you're a sensitive skin sufferer, using something too harsh on your skin can dry it out to the point of no return (slightly dramatic, but you know what I mean) so finding a solution that cleanses gently is key to finding what works for you long term.
Vichy Idealia Life Serum (Boots, 30ml, £29.50) - Every three days, I tend to wash my face in the shower with Simple's Gentle Exfoliator, as it removes any dead skin cells that can make your foundation look a little bumping, again without stripping the skin too harshly. Then after washing/cleansing/toning, I use Vichy's Idealia Life Serum in the place of my moisturiser, as I find that it is much lighter and smoother and leaves me with a nicer finish. It is quite pricey (I'm usually an affordable products girl) but if you find something that works for you, it's essentially 'priceless'. The entire Vichy range is hypoallergenic and suitable for sensitive skin, but still has a lovely fresh fragrance which I love.
No7 Airbrush Away Primer (Boots, 30ml, £19.50) - Before applying my foundation/base make-up, I now use a primer because I used to find that my skin would dry up towards lunchtime and look very flaky (I don't know whether this was due to it being sensitive or just dry), so to give it a little added moisture, I use No7's Airbrush Away Primer (again, it's hypoallergenic). A tiny five pence piece amount is more than enough, but it works wonders and again leaves skin feeling soft and smooth ready for make-up application.
I guess the same products won't work in exactly the same way for everyone, but hopefully if you have sensitive skin/dry skin, it's given you more of an idea of what to try and what may work! Not everything is going to change your skin dramatically overnight, but sticking to a skincare routine can work wonders! Good luck."
Rosie has sensitive skin - Here are her top 4 product recommendations!
Top 4 products for sensitive skin

"Garnier Skin Baturals Moisture Match Goodbye Dry Ultra-Hydrating Rich Cream (Boots, 50ml, £5.99) - If like me, you were cursed with sensitive skin that's also super dry, you'll know moisturisers are your best friends. Garnier Moisture Match in Goodbye Dry is specifically formulated for very dry skin. It absorbs into the skin super quick, is very hydrating, and it doesn't irritate my skin one bit! It's made with shea butter, which is known for it's soothing properties, so goodbye to any irritated skin! 
L'Oreal Paris Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution (Boots, 200ml, £4.99I love micellar solutions, as they take off any make up so easily compared to face wipes which always made my sensitive skin inflamed and red. It's super gentle, so I haven't had any problems with this at all, it's even gentle enough for me to remove any eye make up too! It helps unclog pores too, so it's a deep clean that doesn't leave my skin feeling sore. I doubt I'll ever use a face wipe again! One cotton pad with this on easily takes off my make up. 
Body Shop Warming Mineral Mask (The Body Shop, 100ml, £10) - Although I was wary of buying this, as it contains fragrance which can lead to skin irritation, I took the plunge and bought it after reading loads of great reviews online. I found it effortlessly made my skin feel super soft and smooth to touch. I didn't notice any inflammation after using this - it just makes my skin feel very, very clean. I love this mask as it doesn't 'set' and go hard like some, which I feel doesn't help with any sensitive skin or dry skin I might have. As it's all natural too, there's no nasty chemicals!
Nivea Creme (Boots, 50ml, £1.49) - This little pot is my skin saviour. It's a super thick creme which easily soothes any sore skin (it even works on red noses when you have a cold!). It easily hydrates my skin and gives it a bit of TLC. I love using this on my cheeks (where my skin is most sensitive and dry) in the winter as it's so heavy duty and I love the fact it's not full of nasty chemicals."
Harriet has sensitive skin - Here are her top 3 product recommendations!
Top 3 products for sensitive skin

"Finding products to soothe and treat sensitive skin can be quite a feat. Over the years I've managed to amass a number of products that have made the cut - they're gentle, soothing, moisturising and most importantly of all they don't irritate my skin. Here's my top 3.

MooGoo MSM Soothing Cream (MooGoo, 270g, £17) - This is a relatively recent addition to my skincare arsenal but it has, quite simply, changed my life. I hadn't heard of the MooGoo brand (it's Australian) until I saw someone raving about it and, after being sucked in by its impressive claims and ingredients list, ordered myself this giant bottle. It's a specialty cream designed to treat sensitive skin and the problems that it can bring with it like eczema, dermatitis and pityriasis rosea. It's unscented and formulated with MSM (organic sulfur), sweet almond oil, allantoin, Vitamin E, Aloe Vera and Honey. The product page provides a full list of what each ingredient offers the skin. This is rich without being heavy, and truly soothing. It hydrates my skin whilst cooling and soothing the redness and has made an absolutely enormous change; my skin is much more even in tone, far more supple and all-round healthier. I can't sing its praises enough. It's not the most glamorous brand, nor packaging, but it really truly works and has made such a massive difference in caring gently for my skin.

Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum (Luxury Hair and Beauty, 30ml, £26.10) - As I mentioned in my introductory post, keeping my skin really hydrated helps in turn to stave off the sensitivity that dryness brings. This is my hydration hero - the one product that works continuously and quickly to provide moisturisation that goes the distance. I apply this religiously morning and night to ensure my skin is always hydrated and it really combats dryness and settles redness. It's only a 30ml bottle and it doesn't last a long time, so it is a fairly expensive option - but it's an investment and for me, every penny is worth it. This is my third bottle and I can't see myself switching it up anytime soon.

RMK Cleansing Balm (Birchbox E-Shop, 100g, £29) - I was so excited when I first tried this cleansing balm about a year ago. RMK is a Japanese brand and as a complete Japanophile, as well as how wonderful their products are, I've fallen a bit in love with them. This cleansing balm is super easy to manipulate over the skin so there's no dragging, it smells softly of roses (a slightly 'mature' style rose scent but nothing offensive) and glides across the skin removing every single trace of product in its wake. I've tried Emma Hardie, I've tried Clinique, I've tried Elemis, but this cleansing balm is easily the best for my skin and leaves it feeling super moisturised, supple and plumped out. It contains naturally moisturising grape seed oil, jojoba oil and avocado oil and my skin absolutely reaps the benefits. I was at first concerned that the fragrance in this might irritate my skin, but it's very gentle and it hasn't so far. My favourite cleanser for sensitive skin by a country mile!"

Thank you Scarlett, Rosie and Harriet for sharing your product recommendations with us all! I am dying to try the RMK Cleansing Balm that Harriet recommended, just because I am a total sucker for a good cleansing balm. If you've tried any of these products, let us know what you think to them, and why not tell us what your top products are for sensitive skin? Don't forget to check out the previous posts, too!

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