1. bareMinerals Original SPF 15 Foundation
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.
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.
7. VMV Hypoallergenics Re-Everything Cream: Anti-Age Primary Treatment
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
19. DERMAdoctor Total Nonscents Ultra-Gentle Brightening Antiperspirant
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.
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.
28. VMV Hypoallergenics Grandma Minnie’s Kid Gloves Monolaurin Moisturizing Antibacterial Hand Gel
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.
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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