Today I'm sharing the products I use on a daily basis for my sensitive skin. It's taken time to figure out what I can and can't use, so I thought it might be helpful for others to know what worked for me.
I started having a problem with the skin around my eyes beginning back in February. My eyelids were red, itchy, and flaky, no matter how much I tried to moisturize them. After an appointment, my doctor figured out that my skin was having a reaction to something. We tried switching out all the products I was using (everything from shave gel and body wash to facial cleanser and moisturizer), but unfortunately it kept coming back even after using two different medications. While I was using the meds my skin would clear up after a few weeks, but then it would come back. As a result, I'm now on a maintenance dose of a prescription ointment that I apply twice a week. Thankfully it's been able to control the flareups and I haven't had any problems since mid June. Although there are some side effects of the medication, it's definitely better than having bright red and itchy skin on my face.
Neutrogena Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover // I've been using this particular eye makeup remover (affiliate link) on and off for years. Although I've tried others, I've found that this Neutrogena one has been the best at getting off stubborn eye makeup while still being gentle enough to use daily on the skin around my eyes.
L'Oreal Pure-Clay Mask // This mask has been a relatively new find for me. I saw someone give it a rave review on twitter, so I thought I'd give it a try too. This mask (affiliate link) goes on easily and as it dries hardens. Washing it off with water is easy and leaves my skin feeling super soft. I typically leave it on for 10 minutes. A little goes a long way, so I can see this container lasting me months, even though I've been using it two or three times per week.
CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion with SPF 30 // At my first doctor's appointment when we talked about trying new skincare products, my doctor suggested that I try CeraVe (affiliate link). It's made specifically for people with sensitive skin who have allergic reactions to other skincare products. I really liked the ingredients in it, so I've continued to use it. This facial moisturizer keeps the skin on my face (and my normally dry chin) feeling great.
Garnier Ombrelle SPF 45 Sport Lotion // Between working outside and playing outdoor soccer most Sundays, I spent a lot of time outside. As a result I'm incredibly careful to apply sunscreen every time I go outside. I got my mom's skin, which means that I'm fair skinned. I burn really easily, so I have to be very careful to cover up and apply sunscreen. I've found that this sunscreen gets absorbed into my skin quickly and doesn't leave a sticky film behind. In addition, it doesn't tend to sweat off like some other sunscreens do.
CeraVe Renewing SA Cream // This cream has been a lifesaver for dry, itchy spots on my legs. It tends to get worse over the winter when the air is more dry. Needless to say, it's pretty miserable when those spots get itchy. Thankfully this CeraVe cream (affiliate link) provides some relief against the itch and also helps to moisturize those dry spots within a week or two if I apply it a couple times a day.
Aveeno Positively Radiant Cleanser // I've been using this facial cleaner for years now. Although I took a few months off while trying to figure out if any of the products I was using were the source of the irritation around my eyes, I'm back using it again. This cleanser (affiliate link) is gentle enough on my skin that I can use it daily, but it doesn't dry out my skin like others have.
Do you have sensitive skin? What are your favorite skincare products?
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My name is Fiona and I'm a CSEP certified personal trainer, yogi, soccer player, and foodie (baking is my thing) living in Calgary. Thanks for visiting Get Fit Fiona. I hope you enjoy the sneak peek into my life and the workouts and recipes that I share.