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With a majority of adults in the UK reporting they have sensitive skin, there’s a plethora of gentle products on hand to help ease redness, dry patches and irritation.
So, you suffer from sensitive skin.
Don’t panic, you’re not alone.
In fact, approximately 60% of adults in the UK report experiencing sensitive skin, including rosacea, redness, flaky skin, irritation, dark spots and dry patches, according to Medik8, a UK-based dermatologist-recommended skincare brand.
While it may be frustrating to endure these symptoms day to day, there’s some good news. Skincare companies are well and truly coming to the party with affordable skincare solutions, designed to ease your suffering.
So, keep your head up and read on to discover your new skincare saviours.
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From essential and gentle cleansers to hydrating moisturisers and effective makeup removers, these are the best products on the market for those suffering from sensitive, irritated skin.
When it comes to caring for sensitive skin, few brands leap to mind as readily as Cetaphil. Known for its gentle, dermatologically-tested formulas, Cetaphil is a tried and true brand with specially-crafted ranges available for all sorts of skin types.
But the brand’s gentle cleanser, targeting dry and sensitive skin, is its product that consistently comes out on top.
Formulated with micellar technology, this cleanser is soap and fragrance-free, does not clog pores and leaves skin feeling smooth, soft and supple after use.
While its approach may be gentle enough to use morning and night, this doesn’t mean it lacks effectiveness. Cetaphil removes even the most stubborn makeup (yes, eyeliner we’re looking at you) and dirt, whilst preserving your skin’s natural moisture.
The icing on the cake? This cleanser isn’t just for your face. It can be used across your entire body, saving your skin from irritation — and your wallet from the need to invest in multiple products.
Also available in handy 236mL bottles and 1L bottles.
As anyone with sensitive, dehydrated skin knows, it can be hard work finding a cleanser that’s gentle enough for daily use. But, thanks to Avon’s recently launched Anew Sensitive+ range, this frustrating (and sometimes painful) search is finally over.
Carefully created for even the most sensitive skin, this cleanser was dermatologically, allergy and clinically tested across multiple skin types prior to its release.
One of our very own editors swears by this cleanser, using it each evening to remove her makeup and can attest to its smooth, satisfyingly thick yet gentle texture and natural oaty fragrance.
Priced at less than £10 a bottle, it’s one of the most trustworthy, low-budget skincare products on this list.
Maintaining hydration is an ongoing issue for many, but dehydrated skin can be a thing of the past with this intensive serum from Drunk Elephant.
Known across social platforms and press alike for its innovative use of provitamin B5 and pineapple ceramides, this product offers 24-hour hydration whilst protecting your skin against damaging free radicals.
Vegan and gel-like in consistency to enhance your skin’s protective barrier, this lightweight serum can be mixed with any moisturiser and used across your face, neck, collar and hands.
If your skin is prone to redness, psoriasis, eczema or rosacea, this serum is for you.
Designed to calm irritated skin over time, this serum is enriched with sea aster and ceramides to soothe and nourish dry, inflamed skin while omega 6-rich thistle oil also works to soften and moisturise.
Organic and fragrance-free, this lightweight, instantly calming serum is the perfect option for anyone combating stressed-out, angry skin.
These days, we are inundated with brands and products claiming to provide the best skincare, but when it comes to fuss-free, reliable products that work — it’s hard to look past Cetaphil.
Dermatologist-tested and recommended, this fast-absorbing, lightweight moisturiser is designed for the daily combat of dry skin — and it doesn’t disappoint. With hyaluronic acid as the key ingredient, this gel immediately alleviates dryness and provides a smooth, nourished base upon which to apply sunblock and makeup.
Another staple when it comes to reliable hydration, CeraVe is a household name when it comes to effective, no-frills and affordable skincare.
Using hyaluronic acid and ceramides to provide both instant and long-lasting hydration, this lightweight moisturising lotion was developed alongside dermatologists to provide top-quality, trustworthy care for those with sensitive skin.
Use daily for best results and pair with your favourite sunblock and serums for further protection and hydration.
Due to its super thin composition, the skin around the eyes is the most sensitivity-prone area of the face. As such it’s crucial that everyone — but especially those with sensitive skin — invest in a high-quality eye cream.
And that’s where products like the Anew Sensitive+ Dual Collagen Eye Cream come in.
Formulated using Avon’s exclusive, award-winning Protinol™ 5 technology — which works similarly to retinol and boosts collagen, but without irritating the skin — this eye cream boasts age-defying benefits as well as improving sensitive, reactive skin over time.
Clinically tested and proven to calm the under-eye area and reduce puffiness after seven days of consecutive use, this eye cream instantly decreases redness and tightness, while also smoothing the appearance of fine lines and those pesky crow's feet we all try to avoid.
Known as a brand with simple, trusted products that work — CeraVe’s Reparative Eye Cream is another must-have skincare product for sensitive skin.
Created by dermatologists to reduce puffiness and dark under-eye circles, this eye cream packs a punch — in the best way possible. Featuring active ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid to promote hydration, and ceramides 1, 3 and 6-II to boost your skin’s natural barrier, CeraVe’s eye cream is gentle and will not clog your pores.
Whether in the midst of a freezing winter or glaring summer, wearing sunblock is a crucial part of your daily skincare routine. However, for those with sensitive skin, it can be hard to find one that provides ample SPF coverage without clogging pores and causing irritation.
That's why we love this lightweight mineral sunscreen from Eucerin.
Offering high UVA and UVB protection, this sunblock is specially designed for dry skin to help combat any further skin damage or dark spots. Water resistant and perfect for applying under your morning makeup, this sunscreen protects and soothes your skin with every application.
Looking for sun protection as well as a little coverage? Then you’ll love this nifty product from Ultrasun.
Boasting both UVA and UVB protection and antioxidants, this non-greasy, lightweight lotion is designed specifically for those with dry sensitive skin, by removing any emulsifiers and helping retain your skin’s natural moisture.
Offering SPF30 and a subtle hint of colour, this product is perfect for casual days spent out and about, when makeup feels like a little too much effort.
A makeup removal product that's taken the world by storm, it's hardly a surprise to find Garnier’s Cleansing Micellar Water featured on this list.
Recognised by the British Skin Foundation and Allergy UK for its clinically tested, gentle and soothing formula suited for all skin types — including sensitive skin — this is a revolutionary makeup remover that’s sure to become a staple of your evening skincare routine.
Unlike most removers, Garnier Micellar Water easily and effectively lifts dirt, makeup and grime from your skin, leaving it smooth, supple and radiant — without any scrubbing needed.
Simply apply a squirt to a single makeup pad and gently rub it across your face and neck. You don’t even need to rinse afterwards! Easy.
Always been interested in an oil makeup remover, but scared to take the plunge? You can rest easy with this super gentle solution from Curél.
While its simple, no-frills packaging may seem underwhelming, as Japan’s most trusted manufacturer of skincare for sensitive skin, Curél products are not to be underestimated.
All Curél products work to rebuild and replenish your skin’s natural (hydrating) ceramides and reduce the likelihood of irritation. And its cleansing oil is no different.
pH-balanced, alcohol and fragrance-free, this oil gently melts makeup and dirt away, without the need for excessive rubbing. Instead, your skin is left silky, smooth and with a healthy glow that will both look and feel great.
Generally accepted as one of the main skin types, alongside ‘dry,’ ‘oily’ and ‘combination’ skin, billions of people across the world experience sensitive skin.
Often characterised by redness, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, dryness, flakiness and dehydration, sensitive skin can be a daunting and frustrating task to combat. As such many skincare companies dedicate entire ranges of products to alleviating these symptoms.
These sensitive skincare ranges are usually alcohol and fragrance-free, non-comedogenic (anti-pore-blocking) and enriched with nourishing ingredients these products.
To ensure you’re doing all you can to combat irritation and soothe your skin, be sure to read through our recommendations for the best skincare for sensitive skin — we won’t lead you astray!
While much of the population considers themselves to have sensitive skin, it’s likely many are mistaken and actually suffer from sensitised skin.
According to Medik8, while outwardly these may display similarly as red, flaky, dehydrated skin, the key difference is that sensitive skin is a genetic condition, whilst sensitised skin is caused by outside influences, such as the cold, stress or an adverse reaction to particular ingredients and products.
Though different in nature and origin, both those suffering from sensitive and sensitised skin can benefit from using gentle, fragrance-free products — like those designed for sensitive skin.
Just because you’re used to dealing with red, irritated, dry skin, doesn’t mean it has to stay that way.
By investing in quality skincare products that work to rehydrate and soothe irritations, you have the power to turn your skincare routine around — and bask in the healthy glow of your results.
Can’t afford to add everything to your collection?
Start small by adding Cetaphil's Gentle Cleanser to your daily routine, along with CeraVe's hyaluronic-packed moisturiser and Curél’s Makeup Cleansing Oil. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you see — and experience — a difference.
Prices updated on 20/12/2022. We are not responsible for any changes made to the prices listed.
With a decade of copywriting experience across NZ, Australia and the UK, Megan Smith expertly creates engaging, honest content for readers. An avid traveller and yogi, Megan is forever planning her next trip and trialling the latest fitness and wellness fads.
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