Tired of going back to the drawing board after failed attempts at finding the best moisturizers for sensitive skin? I feel you! Discovering and testing skincare products is super fun. Getting flare-ups isn’t.
So it goes without saying that gentleness should be a priority when looking for what to massage onto your skin daily. What should you look for?
What to look for in moisturizers for sensitive skin
There’s a common misconception that natural is better. Surprise, surprise! The truth is natural ingredients tend to be a bit more harsh on sensitive skin if not formulated properly (but note that there is always an exemption to the rule, of course). What do you do now? Look for products with ingredients that are known to be gentle on the skin.
Keep your eyes peeled for these sensitive skin saviors: hyaluronic acid, ceramides, glycerin and colloidal oatmeal. Looking for moisture? Check. Need some soothing action? Check. On top of it all, these are — you guessed it — gentle.
Ready to start? Here are some moisturizers for sensitive skin that contain some of these ingredients and more.
The best moisturizers for sensitive skin
1. Bioten Skin Moisture Face Cream
Envelop your skin with moisture with the help of this cream that’s formulated with HYDRO NUTRIENT 24H and natural saffron. It’s infused with skin-balancing prebiotics too.
2. Burt’s Bees Sensitive Night Cream
This night cream promises to make you wake up with calm and deeply hydrated skin. It has aloe and rice milk, which are known to be gentle hydrating ingredients.
3. Cerave Daily Moisturizing Lotion
More often than not, the best moisturizers for sensitive skin are those that prioritize strengthening the skin barrier. This oil-free one from Cerave is a prime example. It has three essential ceramides and hyaluronic acid that work hard to maintain the skin’s protective barrier.
4. Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer
No fuss, no worries. Sometimes, all you really need is something basic like this Cetaphil moisturizer. It’s as simple as it gets but it gets the job done. It warrants plus points for sun protection too.
5. Face Republic Cica Gel Moisturizer
K-beauty is all about hydration and moisturization, so it’s no surprise that this gel moisturizer from Korean brand Face Republic is on this list. It’s packed with soothing centella asiatica, which is perfect for fussy skin.
6. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
This repair cream promises to moisturize and hydrated even the driest and flakiest of skins. It also claims to relieve eczema while being gentle thanks to its paraben- and colorant-free formula.
7. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream
This ultra-hydrating yet lightweight cream is formulated with Glacial Glycoprotein and olive-derived squalane that deliver extra hydration and protection against skin-damaging factors.
8. La Roche Posay Toleriane Double Repair Face Moisturizer
La Roche-Posay has become synonymous to sensitive skin — and for good reason. Its products are made specially for those who need gentle care. This moisturizer, in particular, is not only fit for sensitive skin but is also calming and strengthening.
9. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel
This bestselling moisturizer is packed with hyaluronic acid that deeply hydrates the skin. It’s also oil-free and non-comedogenic. The lightweight, quick-absorbing texture is a bonus.
10. Physiogel Hypoallergenic Calming Relief A.I. Cream
This hydrating cream offers relief from itchiness caused by excessive dryness. It has PEA, which are lipids that have antioxidant properties.
11. Vanicream Moisturizing Cream for Sensitive Skin
On top of hydrating the skin, this moisturizer soothes redness and calms itchiness. It’s also free from dyes, fragrance, lanolin, paraben, formaldehyde, and gluten.
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Jorj is an editor by profession, a b/vlogger on weekends, and a wife to Yop and mom to Cadence always. She's powered by curiosity and is in the process of becoming her best self.