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    May 6, 2020

    21 Soothing Staples For Anyone With Stressed Out, Sensitive Skin

    Me: just looks at a new product. My skin: why are you attacking me??

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    1. FaceTory Sun Bae Aloe Vera Sheet Masks have you ~covered~, thanks to the soothing blend of aloe extract, jojoba seed oil, and shea butter — all soaked into the breathable, cool-on-your-skin rayon material. Whew, the relief.


    I'm personally going to stock up on some of these for when I've gotten a little too much sun.

    Get a pack of five from Amazon for $6.21.

    Promising review: "I've tried some very expensive sheet masks, and this product (and brand) is really one of my favorites. These masks are really hydrating, and absorb really well. My skin was brighter and more radiant for a couple of days after usage. I highly recommend to use after a hot shower, when the skin has higher absorption qualities. I can use this on my skin when it's fragile, red, irritated, inflamed, or suffering from rosacea and psoriasis without it burning. It works much better than some of my high quality serums, and is not greasy." —Olga Ivanovna

    2. Glossier Priming Moisturizer Rich contains a blend of shea and murumuru butters, plus ceramides and fatty acids to lock in moisture — p l u s Glossier's ~Anti-Redness Complex~ to help improve texture and help you skin look less stressed.


    Get it from Glossier for $35.

    Promising review: "I have such dry skin in the winter - it becomes flaky, red, and textured. I came home to my parents' house for the pandemic and the environment here is even drier than where I live, so my skin has been SERIOUSLY suffering. But this moisturizer is so luxuriously rich! It's creamy and thick but absorbs into my skin so fast, leaving it cool and moisturized. And the scent is lovely! It's woodsy and floral, which I love!" —eschmitt

    3. Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum is like a big ole glass of OJ for your face — and unlike many vitamin C products, is good to go on sensitive skin (like mine!).

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    I put it on at night (vitamin C can cause sun sensitivity and I am already SUPER SENSITIVE to the sun, so make sure you also put on a good sunscreen in the morning!) after cleansing and toning, and before my ampoule and moisturizer. After just a couple weeks, the pigmentation on my cheeks definitely reduced, and some pesky rough texture on my chin and nose faded away. I definitely noticed glow-ier and plumper skin when I woke up in the morning. The acne marks on my cheeks are basically totally gone, and my skin feels brighter than ever. And no breakouts or sensitive reactions! Just a few drops a night is all it takes!

    Get it from Amazon for $27.19.

    Promising review: "Bought because Penn Smith recommended it. It is so fantastic for my sensitive skin. I highly recommend this product. It’s moisturizing without being heavy or sticky and it doesn’t break me out. The ingredients are high quality and have done wonders for my aging (55-year-old) skin. I’m a product junkie and have tried so many different products claiming to do what this product does and they failed miserably. I’m hooked on this product! But it you won’t regret it!!!" —Kelly Budde

    4. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel absorbs quickly into your skin, moisturizing skin with hyaluronic acid (it holds up to 1,000 times its weight in water!). Flaking skin, you have met your MATCH!


    It's fragrance-free and not too heavy so it absorbs into your skin rather than thickly sitting on top of it.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.63.

    Promising review: "I have EXTREMELY sensitive skin that is constantly in need of hydration, but I've found 99% of moisturizers, cleansers, and lotions make me break out all to hell. My skin cannot handle anything even remotely oily or heavy. My skin hates me. But this right here — Neutrogena Hydro Boost gel moisturizer is everything I could have ever wanted from a skin care item. It smells clean and you only need a little bit to completely cover your face and neck. It goes on smooth and absorbs within what feels like seconds, leaving you feeling REFRESHED. I have never had a breakout or a bad reaction to it. My mom and my younger brother both have seborrheic dermatitis and have been shopping around for a moisturizer that soothes their skin and helps with the sensitivity and the flakiness. BOTH of them have tried this moisturizer and ended up buying it for themselves after discovering it helped their skin condition so much. I love this whole set. The cleanser and the moisturizer are part of my daily routine now." —Brandi Owens

    5. Glow Recipe’s Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask works like a facial WHILE YOU SLEEP — the breathable, oh-so bouncy formula is made with soothing watermelon (duh), which has anti-inflammatory properties to reduce irritation, plus hyaluronic acid and AHAs to moisturize *and* resurface your skin while you snooze. Aaaand it won't get all over your pillow.


    Get it from Sephora for $45.

    Promising review: "Miracle-worker. This mask is amazing. Even after the first use, I woke up to baby-soft, even toned skin. Not to mention it smells like heaven! After extended use, I don't need to exfoliate as often and my skin in consistently baby-soft, I have sensitive skin but have no issues with this mask. It's so good!" —Kresme

    6. Radha Rosehip Oil has thousands of five-star reviewers who say its blend of fatty acids and antioxidants not hydrates their skin, but also reduces redness, irritation, and breakouts.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.95.

    Learn more in This Facial Oil Will Solve All Your Skin’s Problems.

    Promising review: "I have super sensitive, acne-prone skin in a very dry climate. This stuff is seriously so amazing. I use it from my face to my toes. It’s completely eradicated any dry skin I had and makes me glow. I’ve gotten so many compliments on my skin since I’ve started using it, even my boyfriend noticed! I love it after chemical peels too. It gets rid of peeling and dry patches as well as soothing any redness. It’s a decent sized bottle for what you pay!" —Brynnieb09

    7. Laneige Water Sleeping Mask absorbs into your skin while you sleep, combatting dryness, dullness, stressed skin, and uneven texture without clogging your pores, thanks to its calming gel formulation. Sleeping just got even *better.*


    Get it from Sephora for $25.

    Promising review: "I am about halfway through the jar and I’m falling in love! When I use this my skin is super hydrated and glowing in the morning. It helps soothe if my skin gets irritated or broken out (usually stress related). I also tend to have dry spots on my face in the winter and this seemed to help. I use about three times a week, although when I was having severe dry skin I used it about four or five times. In addition this jar is a great value! It lasts a while and is a good price!" —sherwood

    8. Some By Mi AHA-BHA-PHA Miracle Toner (gently!) exfoliates away dead skin and cleanses pores with its mildly acidic blend of tea tree, niacinamides, papaya extract, and witch hazel — even on sensitive skin. Bye, inflammation.


    Here's what my BuzzFeed Shopping colleague, Yi Yang, has to say about this toner: "I discovered this toner at a Soko Glam PR event and have since purchased it for myself again because it’s SO GOOD for combination skin. My skin feels so fresh and clean after using it (not too oily or too dry/tight), it doesn’t break me out, and it doesn’t cost a fortune. It has tea tree (which soothes irritated and acne-prone skin) and three types of exfoliating acids (which gently remove dead skin cells). It’s amazing how much clearer and brighter my skin looks after I started using this. Highly recommend!"

    Get it from Amazon for $13.30.

    9. Burt's Bees Daily Moisturizing Cream for Sensitive Skin dispenses neatly, thanks to its easy pump action — no sticking your fingers in a jar of cream. Plus the sensitive skin–friendly formula is packed with gentle ingredients like jojoba oil (to moisturize *without* making skin greasy), cotton extract (to soften skin), and aloe vera (to soothe and reduce irritation).


    If your acne gets worse when you've try harsh ingredients, THIS IS FOR YOU! Me 'n' my sensitive skin and adult acne breakouts are OBSESSED with this moisturizer! It's the first time I haven't had to blot my shiny forehead *once* throughout the day, and my skin is super soft and plenty hydrated. Thanks, Burt!

    Get it from Amazon for $10.31.

    Promising review: "I love the Burt's Bees sensitive skin line. Ever since starting using these products two months ago, I have seen such a huge difference in my skin. My skin does not break out anymore and my skin is hydrated. I used to really struggle with breakouts on my chin and dry, peeling skin on my nose. Since I started using all four products (this, face cleanser, night cream and eye cream), my skin has drastically changed.I love all of these products. I have been using them for two months and I’m not even close to running out...and I use these items daily. I love this line. It’s affordable, all natural and lasts a long time!" —Leah

    10. CeraVe Moisturizing Cream keeps your skin from ~flaking~ on you, helping restore your skin's barrier to lock in moisture *without* ever turning greasy or oily.

    Get it from Amazon for $16.08.

    Promising review: "I have oily but flaky skin in winter. It's really annoying, no matter how much I exfoliate or moisturize, my cheeks get flaky. I can't even wear foundation or powder because it will make the flaky texture more obvious... Anyway, out of pure desperation and tired of spending money on scrubs and moisturizers, I purchased it and started using this a few days ago. It has kept me flake-free! It doesn't leave a greasy film, it sinks right into my skin. I even wore it with makeup today and my skin was smooth and flake-free. My makeup stayed nice all day. I wish I had tried that sooner, I have the same problem every winter! I apply it from head to toe. It's awesome and you get so much product for the money." —MLK77

    11. Elizavecca Witch Piggy Pore Control Serum contains 97% hyaluronic acid (which can carry up to 1,000 TIMES its weight in water), adding a soothiing boost of hydration and lasting moisture to your skin — and it can help reduce the appearance of pores.

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    Get it from Amazon for $7.70.

    Promising review: "I bought this initially because I thought the little pig was cute. This is the best beauty product I have bought in a long time. It has made my irritated, flaky skin so soft and smooth. It feels a little sticky when first applied, but give it a couple of minutes and you won't feel any residue. I have super oily skin in the summer, and this does not make it feel oilier. I am a customer for life." —Nashvegas Girl

    12. La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume Soothing Repairing Balm is your new BFF if you've ever dealt with irritated skin. Over-exfoliated your face? Got a peel but went too far? Skin way too dry and nothing is helping? Tried a new mask that did *not* turn out well? This balm has your back.


    This cream is formulated with panthenol to soothe rough skin, shea butter to visibly decrease signs of irritation. And it's free of parabens, fragrance, and lanolin!

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    Promising review: "I used this after an overzealous microdermabrasion facial left part of my face scraped raw. Seriously, it looked like I had face planted on concrete. And I am a slow healer. After tons of frantic internet research, I stumbled upon this cream. It accelerated the healing process to a few days and without scars or complications. Love the cream." —Ljtrue

    13. Miznon Snail Repair Intensive Ampoule harnesses all the moisturizing properties of the snail — with none of the s l o w n e s s. It has a super-concentrated 80% snail mucus for a powerful to improve your skin's texture, appearance, and elasticity.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.89.

    Promising review: "I have been using snail products for a few years now and they have definitely helped my fiftysomething, sun-damaged, rosacea-plagued skin. I was curious about this serum and decided to go ahead and try it. The first week of use I had a small breakout, but it could have been because it was a particularly stressful week so I decided to stick with it. After another week I could see where the rosacea was much more calm and the sun damaged parts (fine to moderate lines) were improving as well. After full month of daily use I absolutely LOVE this product!! My breakouts are fewer, my fine to moderate lines are slightly improved and the skin tone itself is also improved. With visible improvements like this in only one month I can't wait to see what six months of daily use will look like!" —hear it live

    14. Weleda Sensitive Care Calming Oil blends together skin-friendly fatty accid–rich oils with soothing arnica to make sure moisture stays *in* your skin — and uncomfortable tightness stays *out*.


    Get it from Amazon for $22.83.

    Promising review: "I use it for my rosacea and extra sensitive skin especially aftr intense workouts when my face is super red and irritated. This is an amazing soothing oil for the face. Very satisfied; I just wish it came in bigger container." —yessis

    15. Honeyskin Ultimate Face and Body Cream absorbs quickly to soothe and rejuvenate skin — and can help address concerns like rosacea, dry skin, flaking, and acne. We're talking key anti-inflammatory ingredients like manuka honey, Australian cehami, and shea butter.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.97 (available in unscented or a variety of six scents).

    Promising review: "Simply the best healing, refreshing cream anywhere. This cream is simply magic. I have some rosacea and since I have been using it, I seldom have any breakouts on my face. I had mild psoriasis on my elbows and it is all but gone. One day I got a sunburn and put this on and all the stinging was gone immediately and it never peeled. I have tried many top-of-the line products before this. This is simply fabulous. A friend told me that he had been recommended this by his dermatologist and it was wonderful. I believed him! Glad I got it." —Carole Ciraulo

    16. Nature Republic Soothing Aloe Vera Gel is the multi-use product you didn't know you needed until now — it's mild enough to use on your face, but also soothes and reduces irritation wherever you need it (I love putting it on my legs after shaving!).

    Sensitive acne-prone skin? This gel will keep your face moisturized while soothing inflammation and breakouts. Easily sunburned? Keep a jar in the fridge for immediate relief. Prone to razor burn and ingrown hairs? Use it immediately after shaving to prevent irritation AND moisturize your skin. I have very sensitive skin, and I can even *dry shave* my legs with this miracle product!

    Get it from Amazon for $10.70.

    Promising review: "Really great product that has done wonders for my skin! I cannot believed how much it has improved the moisture of my skin. I also breakout really easy and most facial products will irritate my skin horribly but this product has never done that! My mom is the same way and it has not caused any reactions for her either. If you have very sensitive skin, I recommend giving this a try!" —Ren

    Another BuzzFeed Shopping editor swears by this gel too! Check out her review to learn why.

    17. Cliv Max Hyaluronic Formula Ampoule is jam-packed with ingredients like sodium hyaluronate (moisturizing!), witch hazel (anti-inflammatory!), green tea (soothing!), and ~Rosa Centifolia Flower Water~ (calming and healing) to help tired, overworked skin feel revitalized.

    BuzzFeed / Maitland Quitmeyer

    When we started working from home in quarantine, I decided to work my way through a backlog of skincare products — but when I tried this ampoule (I originally got it in a FaceTory luxe subscription box), I fell in LURVE. My skin was downward spiraling due to stress and an especially weird sleep schedule, but this super-hydrating ampoule fixed some rough texture, burgeoning pimples, and overall dryness in no time flat.

    Get it from YesStyle (an authorized retailer of Cliv) for $29.90.

    18. Avène Eau Thermale spritzes right on to quench your parched skin and help reduce irritation and provide antioxidant protection. Reviewers with psoriasis, ezcema, and sensitive skin are leaving ~glowing~ reviews.


    Get it from Amazon for $18.50.

    Promising review: "Its.....a can of thermal spring water. I don't know what else is in it and don't really care because it works. I had initially received one in my Ipsy bag and fell in love with it right away. You could buy a (cheaper) can of Evian spray but this one is worth the markup. Its great for calming sensitive skin, sunburn, any type of skin irritation, cooling down from being overheated (put it in the fridge for awhile, it feels AMAZING) or even just setting your makeup if its looking too matte. If you have rosacea, it's a miracle product and you should buy this immediately. Recommended it to my mother, who was experiencing hot flashes due to menopause and she loves it too. You won't regret it." —SP077

    19. First Aid Beauty's Fab Pharma Relief and Rescue mask is a mega-moisturizing and healing treatment for your driest, most irritated skin. Bye flaking! Bye redness! Just leave it on and let the arnica and calendula work their calming magic.

    BuzzFeed / AnaMaria Glavan

    One of my BuzzFeed Shopping colleagues, AnaMaria Glavan, loves this for her dryness and redness: "I applied like I would a moisturizer (it goes on blue but becomes sheer once spread) and hopped into bed. In the a.m.? My skin was nourished, folks. And my usual redness had gone down. I immediately thought it was placebo (I can’t help that I’m a skeptic) so I decided to continue using it near nightly over my moisturizer and...ugh, I just love it so much. My complexion feels dewy without feeling greasy, cystic chin zits are gone, I no longer have that “I’m parched” tightness when I wake up, and my naturally rosy cheeks are now mildly flushed and not tomato red by the time I hit snooze. If you’re struggling with redness, winter dryness, or tend to travel a lot, take my advice and invest in this leave-on mask. It works."

    Get it from Sephora for $32. *OR* get a full-size of this mask as part of BuzzFeed's limited-edition Birchbox for $52 (originally $62; valued at $205!). That's eight more products for just $20 more — just apply promo code BUZZFEED at checkout to score the $10 off.

    What's else is inside, you ask?

    *Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Foundation Primer (travel-size), which preps skin (or for or without makeup) to minimize the appearance of pores and overall blur the look of your skin (retails for $15).

    *Saturday Skin Pretty Pop Probiotic Power Whipped Cream (full size), a fluffy moisturizer with little beads of hydration that dissolve as you tap it into your skin for your glowiest, bounciest skin yet (retails for $57).

    *Glamsquad The Untamed Texturizing Finishing Spray (travel size), a never-sticky, translucent product to add instant touchable texture and volume to your hair — in just one spritz (retails for $12, or $22 for the full size).

    *Kevyn Aucoin The Precision Liquid Liner, which makes creating super-precise and opaque lines and wings as easy as drawing with a sharpie. Helllooooo easy cat eyes (retails for $35).

    *Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Primer (full size), a borderline miracle spray that does it all — and then some: de-frizzes, detangles, protects from the heat and sun, and prevents breakage. Whew! (retails for $28).

    *Amika Soulfood Nourishing Mask (travel size), a nourishing treatment to help dry and damaged hair in just one longer-than-usual shower karaoke session (retails for $12).

    *Glamglow Bubblesheet Oxygenating Deep Cleanse Mask, which fizzes up to form tiny microbubbles to deep cleanse and wake up your skin in just a couple minutes (retails for $9).

    *ColourPop Cosmetics Lippie Stix in Love Life, a matte lipstick in a fun, poppy red that'll have you ready for any holiday party...or just an everyday red lip. (retails for $6)

    20. Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream has cult-status for a reason. You can use it day or night to lock in moisture, improve your skin's barrier, and even out texture — it's lit'rally designed to continue to absorb moisture from the air.


    Get it from Sephora for $32.

    Promising review: "I have extremely sensitive, cystic acne prone skin. I have struggled to find a facial cream that doesn't break me out. This has not only helped rebuild my skin's barrier, but has NEVER broken me out. My skin doesn't just drink this up, but retains its moisture. Excellent for cooler months when mixed with a drop or two of your favorite facial oil. HIGHLY recommend!" —greenfrog0000

    21. Acure Seriously Soothing Cleansing Cream *gently* balances and removes impurities from your skin, whiiiiile calming and hydrating. Say farewell to harsh, stripping cleansers — bubbles may be fun, but we're sticking to the creamy stuff from now on.


    We've recommended other Acure products before (especially the brightening scrub), so be sure to check out the full line of products.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.64.

    Promising review: "I am blown away by how amazing this product is. I love it so much I absolutely 💯% will being buying this again. In just two washes, this product helped clear up some stubborn acne I had around my nose in the crease. I am excited at how much better my skin feels. I live in an area with a lot of iron in the water. So its very hard and dries how my face especially. This definitely helps to fight back against all the dryness." —Quinn

    Me, trying to convince my skin that I'm not stressed 🙃.

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    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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