A Note on Sensitive Skin

By Monday, January 30, 2012 0 Permalink

If you’re anything like me your skin can react violently to certain products – whether it’s face wash, soap, or moisturizer, there is always a risk I will end up itchy, red and/or irritated. For years I just suffered through massive discomfort because I didn’t realize these symptoms were the results of an allergic reaction. By changing to “hypoallergenic” products, which is just a way of saying that a product is known to cause fewer allergic reactions, I’ve stopped waking up feeling like my skin was on fire. I’m not an expert but I wanted to share some of the products I use regularly that have made my life so much more comfortable.

Products for sensitive skin - Aveeno Positively Ageless Daily Exfoliating Cleanser – 5oz

Aveeno Positively Ageless Daily Exfoliating Cleanser – 5oz Aveeno is a brand I have used for years that my Mom got me into, probably because she too has sensitive skin. It’s an oil-free, soap-free, hypoallergenic product as many Aveeno products are. I have combination skin – oily t-zone and dry cheeks, so I was worried that this would be too harsh on the skin and dry me out but it doesn’t. I’m addicted to massaging the beads into my nose and like that it doesn’t leave a layer of film.

Products for sensitive skin - Aveeno Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer SPF 15 - 4oz

Aveeno Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer SPF 15 – 4oz. After putting in my contacts I work a pump of this into my skin. It’s hypoallergenic and oil-free so it’s made for sensitive skin and leaves the skin soft instead of oily. Plus, even though the sun is a rare thing here in Seattle, it’s good to regularly use SPF. It’s great for day-time but I’m still looking for a good night-time moisturizer, especially in winter when my skin is extra dry.

Products for sensitive skin - Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Sunblock Lotion SPF 60+ - 3oz

Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Sunblock Lotion SPF 60+ – 3oz. When I was younger my Mom would layer sunscreen on my face before I would go swimming and after just a short time I would come crying to her saying my face and eyes were burning. I realized later that it wasn’t the sun burning me but the sunscreen itself. This hypoallergenic, fragrance free, oil free, waterproof sunscreen from Neutrogena made specifically for ridiculous baby skin like mine is one that is strong enough to fight UV-rays while still keeping you comfortable. It will make your face look whiter while you wear it but face it, sunscreen isn’t sexy but neither is sun damage.

Lubriderm Daily Moisture Lotion for Sensitive Skin – 16oz | Products for sensitive skin

Lubriderm Daily Moisture Lotion for Sensitive Skin – 16oz. Dan and I both use this daily because we have dry skin. After shaving, my legs are insanely dry and even though this isn’t the most luxurious smelling lotion it leaves my legs smooth instead of bumpy and irritated. This product is fragrance-free, dye-free, lanolin-free and is gentle on skin. We pick this up from the grocery store but drugstores carry Lubriderm products as well. I must say, it’s awesome on a sunburn.

Products for sensitive skin - Seventh Generation 2X Ultra Laundry Detergent Free and Clear 100 fl. oz

Seventh Generation 2X Ultra Laundry Detergent Free and Clear 100 fl. oz. When my doctor suggested changing my detergent to one that was hypoallergenic and fragrance-free I was kinda sad. I liked the smell of my detergent, it reminded me of home. But the difference it made on the comfort of my clothes was too much to go back to my normal brand. I even bring a travel size with me on trips because feeling good in my skin is a key part to enjoying any trip.

If you suspect that your skin is irritated by the products you’re using don’t hesitate to do research on ones made for sensitive skin or marked hypoallergenic. No matter how much you swear by a product because you’ve used it for years or think it’s great because of expensive ingredients, it’s not as big of a change as you may think and you may feel (and look) a lot better.