30 Products That Will Save Your Sensitive Skin

Stop scratching already!

1. bareMinerals Original SPF 15 Foundation

Cost: $27
There’s a reason bareMinerals is so popular. Its award-winning foundation (along with its sister, Matte SPF 15 Foundation) is formulated without binders, fillers, parabens, or synthetic chemicals. BareMinerals’ Mineral Veil powder and Prime Time Foundation Primer are also sensitive skin-friendly.

2. Laura Mercier Secret Concealer

Cost: $23
This baby will camouflage even the darkest of circles. It’s non-comedogenic, which means it won’t clog your pores.

3. Neutrogena Healthy Skin Blends Translucent Oil-Control Powder

Cost: about $11, depending on the drugstore
The vitamins A and E in this handy compact will soothe your skin and fight midday shine.

4. Almay Smart Shade Powder Blush

Cost: about $11
Almay brands itself as makeup for sensitive skin. This blush blends and adjusts to your tone while grape seed, ginseng, and ginkgo biloba ingredients nurture your skin. If you prefer a sun-kissed glow, try Almay’s Smart Shade Bronzer.

5. Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash

Cost: $6 to $8 depending on size
Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash is soap-free, so it won’t dry out or irritate your skin. Speaking from experience, it’s truly “gentle as water.” When you inevitably get this stuff in your eye, it won’t feel like Daenerys Targaryen unleashed dragons on your pupil.

6. Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture, Sensitive Skin

Cost: about $10
This drugstore staple blows away its more expensive counterparts. It’s lightweight, hypoallergenic, and fragrance-free. Best of all, it doesn’t leave behind greasy residue.

7. VMV Hypoallergenics Re-Everything Cream: Anti-Age Primary Treatment

Cost: $85
It’s expensive, but VMV Hypoallergenics is an excellent brand if irritated skin is an ongoing stress. Their products’ hypoallergenicity is supported by randomized, double-blind clinical studies. If you’re hesitant to splurge, test out 75-cent sample sizes of their products first.

8. Almay Lash Care Gentle Eye Makeup Remover Pads

Cost: about $7
Save your delicate lashes with this fragrance-free, hypoallergenic eye makeup remover. Buyer beware: You might have trouble removing waterproof mascara with this. For something stronger, try Almay Longwear and Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover Pads.

9. bareMinerals Natural Lip Color

Cost: $15
Made with natural oils, minerals, and waxes, this lipstick has no artificial dyes or preservatives. Unfortunately this may not work for those who are sensitive to plant oils. VMV Hypoallergenics has several lipstick and gloss options ranging from $24 to $27 that are a safer bet.

10. Aquaphor Lip Repair

Cost: around $4
Relieve chapped lips with this dye-, fragrance-, and preservative-free balm. Aquaphor Healing Ointment can relieve the rest of your dry skin.

11. Tom’s of Maine Soothing Mint Maximum Strength Sensitive Fluoride Toothpaste

Cost: around $6
OK, this isn’t actually for sensitive skin. But if you have sensitive teeth, this toothpaste fights the pain with potassium nitrate. Tom’s of Maine sells a flouride-free version as well.

12. Mary Kay Mineral Eye Color

Cost: $7 per color
This eyeshadow is ophthalmologist-tested for sensitive skin and contact lens wearers. As a bonus, it contains vitamins A, C, and E to help prevent wrinkles.

13. Maybelline Great Lash Washable Mascara

Cost: around $5
You’ve probably heard of this one before. Great Lash has a buildable formula and is hypoallergenic and contact lens safe.

14. L’Oréal Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner

Cost: around $9
Even if you don’t have sensitive skin, this little tube beats most high-end liquid eyeliners. It’s immune to smudging and maintains its color all day. And it’s fragrance-free, ophthalmologist-tested, and safe for contacts.

15. Bausch & Lomb Sensitive Eyes Plus Saline Solution

Cost: about $5
Sensitive Eyes Plus contains potassium, which is found naturally in your tears. It’s great for rinsing your contacts before insertion, but don’t use it to clean or store your lenses. For disinfection, try ReNu Sensitive Multi-Purpose Solution instead.

16. Aveeno Skin Relief Body Wash

Cost: $5 to $8 depending on size
Moisturize your dry skin with this dye-, fragrance-, and soap-free formula. If your skin feels extra irritated, try ditching the loofah; it’s probably stripping your skin more than any body wash could.

17. Vanicream Shave Cream

Cost: around $7
This stuff is free of practically everything: alcohol, fragrance, gluten, lanolin, paraben, and preservatives. And the bottle isn’t lying—dermatologists really do recommend it! It doesn’t lather up as well as normal shaving cream does, which makes it easier to nick yourself if you’re shaving in a hurry. Give yourself an extra minute to shave, and your skin will be smooth and bump-free.

18. AmLactin Moisturizing Body Lotion

Cost: $16 to $24 depending on size
AmLactin contains 12% lactic acid, which is pH-balanced for your skin and helps retain moisture. Its formula is non-greasy and fragrance-free.

19. DERMAdoctor Total Nonscents Ultra-Gentle Brightening Antiperspirant

Cost: $28
I know $28 for antiperspirant seems crazy, but this dye- and fragrance-free roll-on is a miracle worker if you have darkened underarms. Just be aware that it’ll take a few months of use before you see its brightening effects. On the other hand, if you’re irritated by the aluminum in antiperspirants, try Tom’s of Maine Long Lasting Deodorant. Its aluminum-free formula minimizes irritation, but “long lasting” isn’t very accurate. It wears off quickly in the summer and at the gym.

20. Coppertone Sensitive Skin Sunscreen SPF 50

Cost: about $7
Protect your skin with alcohol-, dye-, and oil-free sunscreen. For your face, use Coppertone Sensitive Skin Faces Sunscreen SPF 50. Proceed to sit back, relax, and enjoy the sun.

21. Free & Clear Shampoo and Conditioner

Cost: about $10 each
Free & Clear and Vanicream are owned by the same company that specializes in sensitive skin care. This shampoo and conditioner duo removes buildup without using dyes, fragrance, formaldehyde, gluten, lanolin, preservatives, phosphate, or sulfate. It’s also gentle on dyed and permed hair.

22. Free & Clear Styling and Finishing Hair Spray

Cost: about $11
Free & Clear makes sensitive skin-friendly hairsprays as well. They’re again fragrance-, formaldehyde-, gluten-, lanolin-, paraben-, phosphate-, and sulfate-free. Available in soft and firm holds.

23. Magick Botanicals Hair Styling Gel

Cost: about $9
Magick Botanicals Hair Styling Gel contains no animal by-products, corn, dairy, egg, soy, wheat, tree nuts, or peanut oils. Even better, their gel isn’t tested on animals. Safe for color-treated hair.

24. Inoa Professional Ammonia Free Permanent Hair Color

Cost: Varies depending on the hair colorist
Stop inhaling mysterious fumes at the salon. L’Oréal Professional’s Inoa hair dye is ammonia-free and odorless. It’s a bit pricier than average dye jobs, but it’ll soften and revive your damaged hair. For a cheaper at-home alternative, try Garnier’s ammonia-free, oil-powered Olia line.


Cost: $9 to $20 depending on size
Dermatologists love All Free Clear for its allergen removal properties. Its gentle, hypoallergenic formula removes pet dander and various types of pollen from your clothes.

26. Ultra Downy Free & Sensitive Liquid Fabric Softener

Cost: about $7
Reduce static and wrinkles with this dye- and perfume-free liquid fabric softener.

27. Bounce Free & Sensitive Dryer Sheets

Cost: about $4
Most dryer sheets are full of potentially irritating chemicals. If dryer sheets are a must, use an unscented product like dye- and perfume-free Bounce Free & Sensitive.

28. VMV Hypoallergenics Grandma Minnie’s Kid Gloves Monolaurin Moisturizing Antibacterial Hand Gel

Cost: $10
Grandma Minnie knows her stuff. This hand sanitizer is non-comedogenic, non-drying, and safe for pregnant or nursing mothers.

29. Campho-Phenique Pain and Itch Relieving Antiseptic Liquid

Cost: about $4
If you’re allergic to neomycin (a main ingredient in Neosporin), finding antiseptic creams can be difficult. This one provides pain and itch relief for bug bites, minor burns, cuts, and cold sores.

30. All Terrain Natural Herbal Armor Insect Repellent

Cost: $9 to $15 depending on size
All Terrain uses cedar and citronella oils to repel ticks and other insects. Their spray is DEET- and GMO-free and won’t wear off with sweat or water. It’s even cruelty-free.

Note: It’s possible to have allergic reactions to almost anything, even a product that claims to be safe for sensitive skin. The above products are merely suggestions, and everyone’s skin is different. If you’re prone to contact dermatitis ( = rashes), see a dermatologist.

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