Ten Best Clean Skincare Products for Sensitive Skin

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Since my first article on clean skincare, I’ve been researching skincare brands for sensitive skin that 1) only use high-quality, nontoxic ingredients, are easy to use and improve the overall tone and texture of my skin.

The clean skincare trend has been on the rise for the past five years, seemingly more favored now in lieu of brands that use toxic chemicals. For instance, customers with sensitive skin can benefit from clean skincare products because are free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and artificial fragrances.

YOU and your skin are unique.

In today’s beauty market, there are a lot of “clean” or “natural” beauty products touting immediate results. However, just because a product works for Person A does not mean it will yield the same results for Person B. Furthermore, sensitive skin can be due to irritant ingredients so its good to know your allergens (and steer clear of them). Genetics, environmental factors and personal health/hygiene also influence the condition of your skin.

I remember a friend of mine back in middle school that used ProActive for six months and yielded great results. I jumped on that bandwagon and guess what happened? A year later and after wasting a lot of money, my skin looked even worse. Not to rag on ProActive but in my opinion, its an expensive skincare set with a standard formula and simply doesn’t work for everyone.

Be wary of overt efficacy claims – always do your research.

As an adult who’s dealt with cystic acne since youth, I learned to research products prior to purchasing. Reviews, reviews, reviews – ALWAYS REVIEW CUSTOMER REVIEWS. If most of the posted reviews are negative, think twice about hitting BUY and compare alternatives.

Also, read the product label and see if it contains ingredients that have been clinically proven to work (products containing salicylic acid, retinol, lactic acid, glycolic acid, Vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, and niacinamide always catch my eye).

Don’t forget about SPF+ and sunscreen.

Furthermore, I can’t stress enough how important sunscreen is and should be incorporated into your daily skincare routine. There are many clean skincare products for sensitive skin that contain SPF+. With climate change, harmful UVA and UVB rays are able to penetrate Earth’s protective ozone layer. If your skin isn’t protected, the difficulty of trying to reverse the effects of sun damage to your skin will increase dramatically. Preventative measures against sun damage NOW will save you a lot of money and grief in the long run.

Find the skincare regimen that works best for YOU.

In conclusion, research the best skincare regimen for YOU – remember that just because it worked for Susie Q does NOT mean that it will work the same way for you.

Below I’ve compiled a list of my top ten best clean skincare products for sensitive skin for December. I hope that you find that one of several of these products will help to improve your skin as well. Xx Rose

1. Peace Out (vegan, clean, cruelty-free)

Acne Dots

Clean skin product: Peace Out Acne Healing Dots

These acne dots are packed with power; they contain salicylic acid, Vitamin A and aloe vera to moisturize the skin. You simply place a dot over the aggravating pimple and let it work its magic overnight. I apply them right before I go to bed and I’ve seen my zits reduced to almost nothing by the time I wake up. They’re a bit pricey but certainly worth it if you’re looking to get rid of that pesky zit quickly.

2. Tarte (cruely-free, gluten-free)

Maracuja Oil

Clean skincare product: Tarte's Maracula Oil`

Maracula oil? More like miracle oil. There are different types of skin oils out there but this one leaves your skin feeling supple and smooth even 6-8 hours after application. I like applying this oil after my moisturizer to lock in the products I put on (serum and moisturizer). A little goes a long way with this bottle and the dropper makes measuring the amount you need so much easier.

3. Fresh (clean)

Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream

This face cream provides 24 hour intense hydration; it provides the hydration you need right after applying a serum. Contains rosewater, rose flower oil, angelica leaf extract and Vitamin E.

4. Sulwhasoo (natural)

Gentle Cleansing Oil Makeup

Sulwashoo is the crux of Korean beauty brands and has been around for at least 50 years in the holistic skincare industry. The majority of the collection’s products contain it’s signature botanical blend of peony, lotus, white lily, Solomon’s Seal and rehmannia. This cleansing oil in particular is super effective in removing makeup (I love using it as the second step of double-cleansing) without stripping my skin of moisture or drying it out.

5. Shiseido

WrinkleResist 24 Pure Retinol Express Soothing Eye Mask

Shiseido is one of the best high-quality brands out on the market today; known for its popular toner, it now has eye masks that soften and brighten the dark area under your eyes, giving you a more rejuvenated look.

6. Herbivore (clean, cruelty-free)

Pink Cloud Rosewater + Tremella Creamy Jelly Cleanser

This Seattle-based vegan skincare brand has earned Sephora’s Clean Skincare stamp of approval, on top of being both PETA and Leaping Bunny certified. I love that Herbivore uses natural ingredients, plant-based food-grade cold-pressed oils and recyclable packaging. My favorite product from Herbivore is its cult classic Pink Cloud. This light and creamy jelly cleanser gently cleanses your skin without drying it out. Even though you won’t see this cleanser foam up don’t be fooled – it effectively removes all traces of makeup.

7. MILK MAKEUP (vegan, cruelty-free)

Melatonin Overnight Lip Mask

MILK is a popular vegan brand and its overnight lip mask is one of the popular ones out on the current market. You apply it before bedtime and it helps to repair, moisturize and condition your lips overnight.

8. COOLA (eco-conscious, cruelty-free, has vegan options)

Mineral Matte Face Sunscreen

COOLA face suncreen is perfect for you vegan and organic lovers; there aren’t too many vegan sunscreens out on the market that are meant to be specifically worn on the face so I was excited to be gifted this as part of a brand campaign I was working on with COOLA. Its unscented, ticks off all the marks on the CLEAN list and works as a BB creme that helps smooth out the texture of your face while protecting it from the sun.

9. Eau Thermale (clean)

Fluid Mineral Sunscreen

Clean skincare: Avene Eau Thermale

This brand was recommended to me by a dermatologist while I was in Milan and has become one of my go-to brands for sun protection products. It offers SPF 50+ protection and can be easily worn under makeup without feeling greasy and heavy. Plus, it doesn’t have that strong smell that a lot of sunscreens tend to have.

10. Ole Henriksen (cruelty-free, has vegan options)
Banana Bright Eye Crme
Clean skincare: Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Creme

This under-eye creme is my favorite eye cream of all time (I can’t express that enough). The skin under your eye is delicate and the thinnest compared to the rest of your face so anything that you’re putting on it should be light and easy to absorb. This creme is lightweight, absorbs easily and makes my under-eye circles appear lighter and less puffy, giving me a more rejuvenated and “awake” look.

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