Our skin doesn’t need a ton of stuff. What it needs: moisture – to function at a basic level. Water not only makes up 60 per cent of our bodies and keeps us alive, it’s also integral to how our skin performs, looks and feels.
These face moisturisers are for sensitive skin, which is prone to dryness, redness and irritation. What keeps such reactive skin from being quick to flare up is its first line of defence – the protective barrier. So the more balanced your skin is with moisture, the less sensitive it will be.
Avene Tolerance Extreme Creme ($69.90)
Easily absorbed, and with only seven ingredients, it quickly hydrates drier sensitive skin without a heavy after-feel. Its emollients and glycerine support the function of the skin barrier, helping to defend against infection, irritation, allergic reactions and dehydration.
Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Cream ($71)
Three kinds of herbs and four types of minerals soothe the skin, protect it against environmental damage, and mimic its lipid structure to ensure optimum absorption of the cream. Available at Sephora stores.
Prive Skinworks Honey Soothing Cream ($40)
It brings fast-acting relief to inflamed skin with all-natural ingredients (calendula, tea tree oil, propolis, manuka honey and aloe vera) that have anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-itch properties. Use it to soothe the discomfort of eczema, insect bites and even minor cuts and burns.
Dr.Ci:Labo Aqua-collagen-gel Super Sensitive ($65 for 50g; $130 for 120g)
Free of fragrances, colouring, alcohol, parabens, mineral oils and petroleum surfactants, it can be used even by the most easily irritable skin.
Uriage Eau Thermale Light Water Cream ($34.90)
Equilibrium – not having too much of anything, including water – is key to your skin’s health. This cream helps sensitive skin to maintain an ideal moisture balance. Coupled with a hydro-thermal complex, it replenishes moisture in the skin barrier to strengthen it against environmental aggressors.
This story first appeared in the August 2017 issue of Her World magazine. Styled product image: Kenneth Wong.