When I think of sensitive skin, or products to use on sensitive skin, the first thing that comes to mind is french skincare. French pharmacy brands are well known for their simplicity and offer a variety of products for those who either have
- specific skincare concerns such as eczema or rosacea,
- sensitive skin, whether that be towards the sun or even natural ingredients like essential oils, or
- if you’re just somebody who wants a simple skincare routine that cleanses and hydrates the skin effectively then this might suit you well.
What I love about french pharmacy brands is the approach that all skin should be treated as sensitive skin, so no harsh chemicals or fragrances are used. So you are less likely to break out when using these products. All products mentioned are, surprisingly, not french but they follow in the same vein. Let’s begin in order of a typical skincare routine.
So one of my main skincare concerns which I’ve suffered from on and off since a baby is eczema. I’ve had eczema on my face as well as my joints growing up and it’s obviously something I’d like to keep at bay. As an adult, I seldom have flare-ups but when I do, I usually get an irritable dry red patch above my lips on my mustache area (not that I sport a mustache..okay maybe I do sometimes). The cleanser I always revert to in these situations is the Eucerin Mild Cleansing Milk. This is a really good cleanser for dry skin in general as it is quite moisturising. It’s the only cleanser I’ve tried that actually heals my eczema patches so this cleanser is gold (albeit having terrible packaging).
You either do it or you don’t and quite frankly, I’m on it and then I’m off. But every time I go back to toning I’m like why did I ever stop! It just adds that extra layer of hydration and we could all use that, right? So tone up people! Hydrated skin always looks more youthful. My toner of choice at the moment is the Avene Lotion Hydratante Deep Moisture Lotion, which does no more than it says; it hydrates the skin. I love using it because it’s such a fuss free product. It also has a really comforting feel to it once absorbed. I pour a bit straight into my palms and pat that onto my face and voilà, hydration!
This was the one category I really wanted to find a french brand for. I’ve been trying the Avene Hydrance Optimale Aqua Gel-Creme specifically to test out french skincare but in all honesty, the moisturiser I recommend for all skin types, sensitive included, is the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream. I’ve been using it on and off for years and it must be my favourite moisturiser yet. It’s deeply hydrating with a light texture and I can’t imagine this irritating the skin. It’s definitely a skincare staple!
So now that the standard 3 step system is complete (if you’re old school like that) I just had to mention an exfoliator because it’s become an essential part in my skincare routine, so much so that I’ve been doing it 2-3 times a week. When it came to choosing an exfoliator for sensitive skin, this was a no-brainer. I chose an exfoliating K-Beauty mask.
Korean road shop brand Skinfood has received quite a bit of hype in the past for their wash off masks and I’m definitely an advocate for their rice mask. It’s a gentle exfoliating mask which brightens the skin and removes excess texture and dry patches. It also leaves my face feeling soft and moisturised. I love the simplicity of the rice, as it ever so gently exfoliates the surface. I’ve been using this mask for at least 6 months now and it’s definitely one to try if you react to chemical or more abrasive exfoliating products.
And that sums up my go-to products for sensitive skin! Hope you found this helpful 🙂
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