Sensitive skin care: What is the best moisturizer for sensitive skin?
Learn which moisturizers are the best for sensitive skin.
What is the best moisturizer for sensitive skin? To determine this, it must first be determined what the nature of sensitive skin is and what ingredients must be avoided which may facilitate a reaction. There are many products on the market targeted specifically for this skin type. A little trial and error on the user’s part will aid in finding the line best suited for them.
Sensitive skin reacts to a high percentage of products used on it. The reaction may be a rash, redness or blotchiness, itchiness or breakouts among others. Any situation where the skin does not seem to be in its normal state should first be examined by a doctor to be sure it is not something like rosacea, eczema or more serious condition. Once it is made clear the skin is of the sensitive type the user can and should proceed carefully to find products that are right for it as the fact still remains that it needs to be cleansed and moisturized to keep it in the best possible condition.
Other factors besides topical treatments need to be considered when it comes to sensitive skin. Avoidance of the sun is imperative for all skin types and an SPF should always be utilized during the day. Food allergies or sensitivities may also be a factor and should be considered. This will allow for a more comprehensive approach to this type of skin’s care.
Substances to be avoided would be alcohol of any kind, fragrances of any kind and this may include ones that seem “natural” such as those from plants or herbs as they may be irritating and soaps or colorants. Lines of products that claim they are hypoallergenic or made specifically for sensitive skin may be given a try, as there is some sophistication to the way they are formulated. But it should be noted that there are no regulations or stipulations on what a skin care line or cosmetic can claim. Based on this the user should not relegate him/herself to use of these types of products only. The jar may say “for sensitive skin” and the user may still present a reaction or the jar may say nothing at all and the skin remains calm.
Having said all of this, we get back to the question first presented. What is the best type of moisturizer for sensitive skin? It is one that is gentle, water binding and usually fragrance and color-free. It provides the skin with good hydration without causing any kind of reaction perhaps even improving its appearance. The choice is a personal one and different products may work or not work for different people. Some suggestions for lines that claim to be useful for this skin type would Almay or Clinique. Some products that are well known for their anti-irritant qualities would be Lubriderm, Keri Lotion, Eucerin cream or lotion, Aveeno and Neutrogena creams and lotions.
Of course word-of-mouth is always useful. If you know someone with sensitive skin, ask him/her about what products work for them. It is possible that they will work for you too. Sensitive skin is temperamental and no one product can be recommended, but the lines and products mentioned above have been around for a long time and may be found useful. It is a matter of what works best for the individual.