What Products You Should Use For Sensitive Skin

No matter your skin type, achieving your dream complexion is possible with the perfect skincare regime – but curating one can be a tricky task. Especially for sensitive skin types, the process of trial and error doesn’t always agree with a tendency towards reactions in skin. Luckily, we’re giving you a roadmap of how to support this skin type with a 6-step skincare routine for sensitive skin, made up of supportive and comforting formulas. Whether your sensitive skin is seasonal, genetic, or brought on by products that weren’t the right fit, we’ve got you covered. Read on to discover the best cleanser for sensitive skin and more.

Why skincare for sensitive skin is important

Sensitive skin can present itself through visible and physical changes such as tender sensations and uneven skin tone. Typically, “skin feels dry and flaky… most often people complain about increased redness”, explains Garnier Skin Active consulting dermatologist Dr. Diane Madfes. Sun exposure, harsh winds and certain ingredients in product formulas can all lead to sensitised skin and discomfort. Because of this, choosing supportive sensitive skincare products is key to helping improve both the look and feel of your complexion. Opt for gentle formulas and natural ingredients that can nourish the skin and look for alcohol-free and fragrance-free products like body wash for sensitive skin.

6-Step care routine for sensitive skin

Understanding what kind of ingredients to look for in products for dry or sensitive skin types is only half the battle. Learning how to use skincare for sensitive skin properly is key to supporting your skin’s unique needs. So, what should a sensitive skincare routine look like? Generally, the order of products may look something like:

  1. Cleanse your complexion with a gentle face wash.
  2. Use a balancing toner or hydrating face mist.
  3. Address specific skin concerns with serums.
  4. Pamper your complexion with nourishing facial masks.
  5. Boost moisture with face cream for sensitive skin.
  6. Choose BB cream instead of foundation.

From here, let’s explore how to build a routine with skincare for sensitive skin.

1. Cleanser for sensitive skin

Cleansing is the first step of any good skincare routine, and a gentle face wash is an important step in caring for sensitive skin. Garnier’s Skin Active Micellar Water collection is formulated to clear away dirt and debris on the skin while keeping complexions comfortable. Follow this 2-step approach for perfectly purified skin:

  1. Micellar Cleansing Gel Wash cleanses your skin with a soft gel-to-foam formula. Massage into wet skin using circular motions until it lathers, then rinse thoroughly.
  2. To ensure your skin is effectively cleansed, clear away any remaining makeup residue around the eyes with Micellar Cleansing Water in Oil Delicate Eyes & Skin, specifically created for sensitive eyes and skin.

2. Face mist and toner for sensitive skin

Using a toner for sensitive skin in the evenings can help rebalance your complexion, but some toners also work to create the appearance of smaller pores. This tightening feeling can be uncomfortable for those with dry or sensitive skin types, so you may prefer to skip toner altogether and instead reach for a hydrating face mist. Infused with glycerin to instantly hydrate the skin, Hydra Bomb Face Mist has a lightweight, non-greasy feel that refreshes skin while delivering a boost of antioxidants. Spritz sensitive complexions in the AM to support lasting hydrating.

3. Serums for sensitive skin

When it comes to personalising skincare for sensitive skin, serums are a powerful tool. This superhero skincare product can help you customise your care regime to address specific complexion concerns. Those with sensitive skin types typically experience dryness and can benefit from some extra skin moisture barrier support. Implementing a hyaluronic acid-enriched serum into a skincare routine for sensitive skin can help increase moisture content and visibly nourish complexions. Help achieve a hydrated, supple complexion by applying Garnier Skin Active Hyaluronic Aloe Hydrating Serum in the AM or PM. This formula is enriched with a combination of comforting aloe vera and glycerin for that glowy skin finish.

4. Face masks for sensitive skin

When it comes to visibly supportive skincare for sensitive skin, the benefits of sheet masks have what it takes to bring radiance to complexions – and quick. Designed to quench skin thirsty for hydration, Hydra Bomb Sheet Masks are powered by gentle serums designed to provide lasting moisture.

Pro tip: For best results, leave your sheet mask on the skin for 15 minutes before removing, and massage any excess serum into your complexion.

5. Moisturiser for sensitive skin

Outside of sunscreen application in the AM, moisturiser is the final step in a skincare regime. More than just nourishing your complexion, the right face cream should act as a seal to lock in previous steps. Choose moisturiser for dry, sensitive skin that has a comforting feel and delivers a final dose of hydration. The ideal face cream for sensitive skin, Pure Active Sensitive Anti-Blemish Soothing Moisturiser is formulated with glycerin for a boosted skin glow, witch hazel for a comforting effect, and zinc to help minimise the appearance of redness in skin.

6. BB cream for sensitive skin

While not strictly a skincare step, Garnier BB creams are formulated with skincare ingredients - so when you want some coverage in the morning, we recommend opting for the benefits of BB cream. Switching out your foundation and using a BB cream for sensitive skin instead can help achieve the same makeup effect, but with the added support of skincare. Infused with hyaluronic acid for lasting hydration, Skin Active BB Creams aim to blur imperfections with mineral pigments and help to lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Antioxidant rich aloe vera can comfort complexions and supports the SPF infused formula in protecting against environmental stress.

Armed with the knowledge of how to create a sensitive skincare routine, you might still find yourself looking for ways to lessen tender sensations in skin. Luckily, we’ve put together out favourite tips for comforting sensitive skin.