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    Apr 19, 2020

    21 Skincare Products For Anyone With A Sensitive Nose

    Alexa, file "lotion with a distinct grandma perfume smell" under things I hate.

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    1. A Neutrogena gel cream packed with hyaluronic acid to improve dryness and provide ultimate hydration for up to 48 hours. If you're looking for a ~tall glass of water~ to quench your face thirst, look no further than this fast-absorbing and oil-free formula.

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    Promising review: "This is such a lovely, basic, hydrating moisturizer, plus no fragrance or parabens which I really appreciate and a very minimal ingredient list. I have oily, acne-prone skin and I apply this cream onto wet skin right after cleansing morning and night." —Target reviewer

    Get it from Target for $16.49.

    To learn more, check out "I Found The Best Face Moisturizer Out There, And It's Only $15".

    2. A daily Vanicream moisturizer ideal for both face and body. If you've ever struggled with eczema, itchy skin, or clogged pores, then this paraben-, formaldehyde-, dye-, and fragrance-free product is bound to become your new holy grail.

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    Promising review: "Best moisturizer ever! My skin is dry, sensitive, and acne-prone. This has been my all time favorite after using so many irritating moisturizers that feel like they're burning my skin. Very light and fragrance-free, so it really cuts down on irritation." —veronicas

    Get it from Target for $13.49.

    3. A vegan and cruelty-free Versed face mask with two superstar ingredients: turmeric and red kaolin clay, both of which work in harmony to tone, brighten, and tighten your complexion. Masks that are super effective for $10 > masks that are just "eh" for $30+ .

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    Not to mention the squeezable packaging is amazing — it contains 12+ applications, doesn't take up a ton of space, *and* doesn't require scooping product out of a jar.

    Get it from Target for $9.99.

    4. A Bioderma cleansing water capable of drawing impurities to the surface like some kind of skin-adored magnet. This stuff truly banishes all remaining traces of foundation — the kind you thought was picked up by your cleanser but, alas, it was not.

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    Promising review: "I've re-purchased this item multiple times — it removes makeup, cleans my face, and has no scent. Having tried other brands, this is hands down the best." —Verified purchaser

    Get it from Dermstore for $14.90.

    5. A Milk clay mask that, in addition to calming, moisturizing, and balancing the oil on your complexion, is a summer breeze when it comes to application: simply remove the cap, swipe on some goodness, and rinse off after 10 minutes. No product wasted or smeared all over your hands.

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    Packed with quality ingredients like cannabis sativa oil, aloe, and kaolin clay, you'll truly fall in love with this product at first swipe.

    Promising review: "I have extremely combination, sensitive skin that has reactions to just about everything — I have adult acne, dry patches from eczema, and an extremely oily forehead. So finding products that work for all these issues without adding others is hard. After trying this out, I think I found my holy grail!! My skin has NEVER looked this clear and fresh in my entire life (I’m 30). I’ve used this it as a mask and spot treatment several times and it has yet to disappoint. I’m in love!" —AmandaBrookeLem

    Get it from Sephora for $26.

    6. A cruelty- and fragrance-free One Love Organics balm consisting of plant-based, cold-pressed extracts (think coconut oil, mango butter, jojoba, and chia) that can be used as a makeup remover, brow tamer, moisturizer, leave-on mask, and leave-in conditioner. For a skincare routine that feels eerily similar to a facial, you'll want to try out this splurge-worthy blend ASAP.

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    Promising review: "I got introduced to this balm at a facial and liked it so much that I ordered it to have at home. I use it as my morning cleanse and first cleanse at night. I wipe it off with a warm washcloth and then do the rest of my skin care. I have really dry skin especially in MN winter, and this is moisturizing, plumping, and doesn't clog my pores. Highly recommend!" —Verified purchaser

    Get it from Dermstore for $49.

    7. A daily face (and body!) Cerave moisturizing cream that checks off all the boxes: it's hypoallergenic, noncomedogenic, fragrance-free and packed with hyaluronic acid and ceramides to provide non-greasy, 24-hour hydration.

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    Promising review: "Cerave saved my skin after experiencing redness and irritation from using high-end products with added fragrance. I decided to eliminate all fragrance from my skincare and the difference is amazing! My skin is clearer, brighter, less itchy and has a smoother texture. I also love that this cream hydrates without leaving a greasy or sticky film. Wonderful product!." —Target reviewer

    Get it from Target for $14.49.

    8. A Clinique facial mist, because soothed skin should be as easy as one-two-spritz. This aloe formula provides quick hydration and it's oil-free, to boot — no more sacrificing a matte t-zone for moisture.

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    Promising review: "I love the clean formulation of this spray. No fragrance, no drying alcohols, 100% moisture. This is NOT a setting spray; there isn't a single ingredient here to make your make up last longer. I use this to refresh my skin and, most importantly, with my hyaluronic acids." —Kbeautydude

    Get it from Sephora for $26.

    9. A Sol De Janeiro body lotion with a rich, creamy consistency that won't feel like you're wearing 100 layers of grease upon application. Hooray for lightweight formulas that are actually effective — and don't smell like grandma's perfume, to boot.

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    This fragrance-free lotion is packed with Brazilian passionflower, colloidal oatmeal, cupuaçu butter, açaí, and coconut oil to soothe, calm, and moisturize even the driest skin.

    Promising review: "This lotion is wonderful. I love that the product has zero fragrance, so it does not interfere with my fragrance. The lotion is thick but not heavy or greasy — just provides great moisture. The packaging is convenient and easy to use. I love this brand of moisturizer and this is a super scentless option." —chauny76

    Get it from Sephora for $40.

    10. An alcohol-free Thayers witch hazel toner for tackling all of your skincare concerns at once: We're talking acne, redness, unevenness, and dullness. Plus, this vitamin E, grapefruit seed extract, and aloe-infused wonder won't leave your skin feeling taut *and* is an expert at removing those pesky last traces of makeup.

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    Promising review: "I love that this product contains aloe and is unscented. I have been using this for about a year now and will never go back to any other toners! It's gentle and doesn't cause breakouts. I know I'm putting natural, healthy ingredients on my skin when I use this!" —Target reviewer

    Get it from Target for $10.99.

    11. Not Your Mother's dry shampoo especially great at vacuuming up grease and adding body sans any leftover chalky white residue. Who washed their hair, uhh, this morning? You! *giggles nervously*

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    Pro tip: Add some into your roots before bed and wake up to a completely refreshed scalp.

    Promising review: "Super effective without the high salon price! I use this for both styling and as a dry shampoo when I cannot shampoo for the day. It is so fantastic (I searched high and low for an unscented dry shampoo) and fell in love with this product! What a deal!" —Target reviewer

    Get it from Target for $4.79.

    12. The Ordinary blemish serum packed with quality ingredients for cheap. We're talking ~$6 for niacinamide and zinc PCA — both superheroes in the battle against excess oil, acne, and acne scarring.

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    Promising review: "This product is great! It has really helped improve my skin's texture and mild acne. I put it on every other evening after using toner and before moisturizer. I was expecting this to dry my face out a bit, but it doesn't at all and it gives me a great glow. The consistency is a bit on the thicker side and there's no fragrance." —mlvals

    Get it from Sephora for $5.90.

    13. A Vichy hyaluronic acid serum, because beauty sleep was *not* had last night. Just two drops of this will hydrate, plump, and tone your complexion for luminous skin that tells the world you drink a ton of water.

    instagram.com / Via @vichyusa, Target

    Promising review: "This is by far one of the best moisturizing serums out there. It feels like my skin drank a bottle of water! It is super plump and I am glowing!" —Cfanelli87

    Get it from Target for $29.99.

    14. A La Roche-Posay cream cleanser for picking up gunk while maintaining pH balance and *not* stripping your complexion of much-needed moisture. If you've got dry-to-normal skin, then break out the party hats — this formula is truly a cause for celebration.

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    This gentle daily cleanser contains prebiotic thermal water, ceramide-3, niacinamide, and glycerin.

    Promising review: "This is great for sensitive skin. It doesn't leave my skin feeling stripped or extremely dry like many other washes, plus it doesn't have any fragrance. Definitely one of the best face washes I've come across and it's affordable." —Stina

    Get it from Target for $14.99.

    15. A Youth to the People cream that deserves — no, demands — a standing ovation if you struggle with clogged pores, fine lines, and dehydration. Consider this product the new A-list celebrity in your skincare routine.

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    This cream is powered by a powerful trio of Ashwagandha, squalane, and fermented reishi that won't irritate reactive skin.

    Promising review: "After the first couple of days using this, my skin started to feel a lot less dry. I have combo skin and have had no problems with this cream! I don’t even break out when I get my period anymore. Love the glass packaging and the fact that it's scent-free. My skin is happy." —wingedback

    Get it from Sephora for $58.

    16. Simple cleansing wipes, because you are *way* to exhausted to cleanse, tone, and moisturize tonight: These non-toxic wipes contain vitamins E and B5 to cleanse and hydrate with just one swipe. (If you have sensitive eyes and love waterproof mascara, you'll want these on your nightstand ASAP.)

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    Promising review: "i’ve tried a few different facial wipes and these are the ONLY ones that don’t leave a burning feeling on my face/around my eyes. They’re so soft and aren’t dried out at all like other ones I’ve tried. They feel amazing on my skin and I’m so happy I tried these! will definitely continue to repurchase." —kat

    Get a pack of 25 from Target for $4.59.

    17. A multi-use Glossier skin salve perfect for a) hydrating your lips by way of castor oil, beeswax, and lanolin, and b) *also* hydrating the most irritatingly dry parts of your limbs on-the-go. We're all looking at you, pointy elbows and peeling cuticles.

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    This cruelty-free, hypoallergenic salves coms in a variety of delicious scents and tints ranging from birthday cake and berry to mint and coconut — but it also comes in an unscented option if you have a sensitive nose. Hooray!

    Promising review: "This balm is the best. I have the birthday one and the unscented (for before bed because I don't like wearing scented/glittery products to sleep). The birthday one smells SO good. Both scents are super hydrating and not sticky. They make your lips slick but you don't get that gross sticky thick feeling. I predict that this will be the first lip balm I'll use up before I lose it!" —Caseyd

    Get it from Glossier for $12 (available in eight flavors).

    18. A hypoallergenic Dove body wash, because the heavily perfumed suds you've been using are irritating and drying — ergo, the time has come to *finally* swap in this soap-, paraben-, and sulfate-free bottle (it's super moisturizing, to boot).

    Target

    Promising review: "This is my go-to body wash. I have very sensitive skin and this brand and formula is the only one I can use that doesn’t dry out my skin or make me break out. It’s very creamy and doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight." —Brianna

    Get it from Target for $5.99.

    19. An SPF50 Coola sunscreen spray that provides protection sans aerosol and overwhelming scent. This non-grease formula will remain in tact despite sweat and water (so you *don't* have to reapply every .5 seconds), plus organic cucumber, algae, strawberry extracts, and red raspberry seed oil will actually nourish your skin.

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    Promising review: "I have fair skin and have to be really careful about my SPF when out in the sun. I used this on vacation in Palm Springs when I spent a ton of time in the sun and this was perfect with no scent and I didn’t get any sunburn. Will be buying this for all my vacations!" —keckberg

    Get it from Sephora for $10+ (available in two sizes).

    20. A moisturizing Avène skin recovery cream designed with sensitive skin (the kind that gets extremely red at even the mention of a new ingredient) in mind; this combination of thermal spring water and amino acids are even gentle enough for rosacea and eczema.

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    Promising review: "Avène has the best brand of products and this moisturizer is my favorite! During the winter, my face used to get random dry spots but ever since I started using this moisturizer daily, my skin hasn’t gone dry at all! Highly recommend this product. It’s also fragrance-free and so gentle on your skin, but thick enough to leave your face hydrated all day and night!" —Verified purchaser

    Get it from Dermstore for $35.

    21. A Kiehl's gel cream here to save parched complexions and have 'em crying hallelujah. This oil-free product is truly *chefs kiss* for the warmer months ahead: It has an instant cooling effect and is quick-absorbing, meaning you won't wake up to product on your pillowcase.

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    It also helps your skin retain moisture thank to imperata cylindrica root extract!

    Promising review: "The texture reminds me of aloe. It's not sticky, no fragrance, helps moisturize without feeling greasy, a little goes a long way, and didn’t irritate my acne. I feel like it helps the dry patches I have due to acne spot treatments, too, and it's great underneath makeup." —maitefigueroa

    Get it from Sephora for $32.50.

    Me @ all the unnecessary fragrances in my skincare and haircare routine:

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    The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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