Give your skin the TLC it deserves with these super gentle skin and bodycare buys
Dealing with rosacea
Not-so-fun fact: April is Rosacea Awareness Month, so it is only fitting that we at herworldPLUS devote more attention to the skin condition that is hardly talked about.
Here’s the thing. It can be tough to deal with rosacea. You may feel like nothing works for you, and you’re better off not applying anything to your skin as far as possible, but apathy will probably only make things worse. While you can’t ‘cure’ the condition, there are things you can do to alleviate the symptoms.
At the very least, your skin needs sufficient moisture in order to maintain its natural protective barrier. Boosting the efficacy of this barrier helps to keep irritants out and can in the long run help to prevent flare-ups.
Aside from lifestyle triggers like stress, excessive sun, alcohol and spicy foods, all of which can worsen rosacea or cause flare-ups, there are important things to note about the skincare and makeup you use.
Keep your skin and body care products as simple as possible. You want to limit both the number of products you use as well as the number of ingredients in those products. To be safe, avoid common irritants in skincare (and makeup!) like alcohol, witch hazel, fragrance, menthol, or harsher astringents and exfoliating agents.
Whether you have full-blown rosacea or simply have sensitive and irritable skin, here are the skin and body care products that will sort you out. But as always, skincare is subjective, so if you feel like a product isn’t working for you, stop using it and consult a dermatologist, stat.
Uriage Roseliane Anti-Redness Cream, $33.90 for 40ml
Signature soothing properties of Uriage’s thermal water aside, this cream not only moisturises and helps with your skin’s protective barrier, but also contains ingredients that limit factors which may aggravate your rosacea.
For example, the formula is fortified with a complex developed specifically to regulate the activity of a protease in your skin that may cause inflammation.Even more intriguing are the ‘colour-correcting’ ginseng and red algae extracts, both of which promise to strengthen blood vessel walls to make them less visible through your skin.
Egyptian Magic Cream, $42 for 60ml or $53 for 120ml
It has all of five natural ingredients; that means no fragrances, additives, preservatives, parabens or chemicals. The primary ingredient is olive oil bolstered by a supporting cast of beeswax, honey, bee pollen, royal jelly and propolis extract.
In other words, it has all the soothing properties of honey and the nourishing goodness of olive oil, plus beeswax to ensure the moisture is locked in. You can use it sparingly on flare-ups or particularly irritated patches of skin if you find it too heavy for all-over use.
The Herb Farm Radiance Facial Serum, $59 for 20ml, and Nourishing Rose Face Cream, $49 for 50ml
You’d be hard-pressed to find a brand more ‘natural’ than The Herb Farm, considering it grows all of its own skincare ingredients on site in its literal herb farm. Another bonus: Many of the products sold by the brand are dedicated to treating various skin concerns. It only recently launched in Singapore with a range of nine products, and there are two in particular that are wonderfully soothing and protective for anyone dealing with rosacea.
The Radiance Facial Serum is a really lightweight serum that is chock-full of soothing and nourishing plant-based oils and extracts. But just because it’s oil-based doesn’t mean it’ll leave your skin feeling greasy. In fact, it absorbs really easily and you’ll have no issues using your usual moisturiser after. If you have particularly dry skin, the Nourishing Rose Face Cream will go the extra mile to nourish and protect your skin throughout the day.
La Roche-Posay Lipikar Lait Lipid-Replenishing Body Milk, $33.90 for 125ml
This body milk from the brand’s new-to-Singapore Lipikar line in particular is meant to restore the hydrolipidic layer of your skin to help it stay hydrated for longer. This is also essential for sensitive-skin types that need a stronger skin barrier.
Essentially, a weakening of our skin’s protective barrier is what leads to higher sensitivity and dryness, and this lotion comes with niacinamide and shea butter to reinforce that barrier while also deeply hydrating your skin. The milky texture is also a lot lighter and more easily absorbed than other occlusive creams, which is ideal for our sticky weather.
Like Aveeno, Dermaveen products contain active natural soothing ingredients as well as colloidal oatmeal to restore your skin’s natural protective barrier. The main difference between the two brands is that Dermaveen also offers a range for hair and scalp care that might also be worth a shot if you’ve yet to find yourself stuff that works for your hair.
But as far as its shower range goes, Dermaveen has a rather unique bath and shower oil that contains the highest level of natural colloidal oatmeal in its entire line and is perfect if you’ve been looking for a product that offers an intense layer of hydrative protection on your skin after your shower. Hesitant to fork out cash for something that may not work? Try before you buy: Dermaveen offers a free trial pack on its website so you can try it out for yourself.
This Aveeno body cleanser is dermatologically tested and contains colloidal oatmeal and other active natural ingredients to soothe and nourish your skin. It’s fragrance-, soap- and dye-free, and is also hypoallergenic so it’s gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin.
For anyone with especially problematic or sensitive skin, then this Skin Relief range is what you want. The creamy non-drying body wash in particular combines rich emollients and colloidal oatmeal to alleviate the symptoms of itching.
Avene is another brand we trust to be gentle on the skin, though this no-rinse cleanser takes that to a whole new level. This is for anyone struggling to find a cleanser that wouldn’t irritate their super-sensitive skin.
It’s a very fluid cleanser that feels extra cooling and soothing on the skin, and also contains an active ingredient called parcerine that’s supposed to reduce your skin’s reactivity.
You can of course take it all off in the shower if you prefer, but keep in mind that this cleanser is also something of a nourishing product that is going to leave your skin feeling comfortably hydrated, so you don’t want to rinse all of the moisturising goodness off.