Your Sensitive Skin Shopping List

For some sufferers, extra complexion TLC is essential this season!

Skin irritation just won't quit. Especially in spring. So before you head to the beauty counter to source coverage, protection, repair or correction for your rosacea, acne scars or irritation, read this expert guide first!

09 Nov 2016 By Emma-Charlotte Bangay

Spring has got a target on its back when it comes to skin sensitivity. It’s a ripe time for redness, rosacea, irritation, dryness, flare-ups and general discomfort of the complexion kind.

For sufferers, sharp focus is pulled on skincare, cosmetics and fragrance when shopping, as many products are just simply out of bounds, and the do’s and do not’s are defined.

DON’T: Apply just anything

Always test any new product – be it a cosmetic or skin cream – on a patch of skin. The inside of the upper arm is a good place to start as it can be covered if irritation occurs. You should know within 24 hours if this is the case, signified by irritation, redness and any unusual lumps or discolouration.

DO: Go with your gut feeling

Even if a product claims to be natural and sensitive-skin friendly, if it is uncomfortable on the skin, discontinue use immediately.

DON’T: Be scared of skincare

By avoiding moisturiser and hydrants because you’re worried about any reaction, you may actually be worsening your skin condition. Sensitive skin is already vulnerable to dehydration and environmental aggressors, so hydration is essential.

DO: Always read labels

Never buy on a whim when the wellbeing of your skin is hanging in the balance. Always read labels. Never rely on folklore or fancy marketing! And ask questions pre-purchase. Lots of them!

DON’T: Overdo ingredients

Many experts advise only choosing products with less than double-figures when it comes to ingredients. The more complicated the formula, the more chance of complications!

DO: Watch what you wash with

Overcleaning and overzealous scrubbing can take its toll on sensitive skin. Rather than wash more often, wash wisely instead. This means finding a cleanser formulated for sensitives skin that works double time with each application.

What to Shop for Sensitive Skin


Cleansing oils up the ante on gentleness, literally gliding on and off irritated skin. Erno Laszlo Cleansing Oil is no exception, containing anti-inflammatory plant extracts to dissolve surface impurities without the need to pull and tug at the skin.

Your Sensitive Skin Shopping List: SS16 - Erno Laszlo Phelityl Pre-Cleansing Oil Pre Cleansing Treatment

Erno Laszlo Phelityl Pre-Cleansing Oil Pre Cleansing Treatment, $93 – available at Sephora.


Complexion wear and tear needs much repair! This Skinstitut Repair Balm offers it in spades with intensely healing hydration, the perfect salve for cracked and extremely sensitive, cracked and dry skin.

Your Sensitive Skin Shopping List: SS16 - Skinstitut Repair Balm

Skinstitut Repair Balm, $45 now $27 – available at Adore Beauty.


This innovative serum calms redness and irritation via gentle but highly efficacious ingredients research has shown act to reduce the key factors related to persistent redness and sensitivity. Perfect for twice daily use following cleansing.

Your Sensitive Skin Shopping List: SS16 - Paula's Choice CALM Redness Relief Repairing Serum

CALM Redness Relief Repairing Serum, $34 – available at Paula’s Choice.


The new Dermalogica Ultra Sensitive Tint SPF 30 contains a broad spectrum sunscreen with tinted earth minerals, to help protect skin whilst minimising the appearance of redness and preventing moisture loss.

Your Sensitive Skin Shopping List: SS16 - Dermalogica Ultra Sensitive Tint SPF 30

Dermalogica Ultra Sensitive Tint SPF 30, $53.50 now $47.08 – available at Adore Beauty.


Facial redness can ruin your confidence. This medium to full coverage foundation weightlessly covers embarrassing discolouration – caused by rosacea and acne – without exacerbating irritation.

Your Sensitive Skin Shopping List: SS16 - Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation

Magic Foundation, $65 – available at Charlotte Tilbury.

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09 Nov 2016 By Emma-Charlotte Bangay


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