Dealing with super sensitive skin

At the moment, my skin is the most over-reactive it’s been in years – it’s unhappy with anything which even hints at foaming and having seemingly random dermatitis episodes. So while I’m waiting to see if I can have another round of patch testing to see if any shiny new allergies have developed (Sodium Lauryl Sulphate being the prime suspect), I’ve had to switch up my skincare routine quite considerably – lots of French pharmacy incoming!

A.M.

OUT – L’Oreal Skin Perfection Awakening Eye Cream

IN – Avene Soothing Eye Contour Cream

The L’Oreal eye cream was fine, nothing special (I only bought it because a Superdrug pricing error had it for £1.70), but it had started to feel like it was dragging my skin when I put it on, and I definitely needed something soft and hydrating as I could feel the skin around my eyes starting to be sore and dry. Avene can always be trusted to be extra kind to skin, and so far my eyes are far happier with the new cream.

OUT – Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster

IN – La Roche Posay Redermic C10

I know how much better my skin is when I’m using a vitamin C product, so I didn’t want to move away from one if I could help it – especially when it may need some extra help repairing itself. The Ole Henriksen was just too fragranced and not hydrating enough for my newly sensitive skin – it was really starting to sting so it had to go back in the cupboard. La Roche Posay products are designed to be used on more sensitive skin types, and the C10 contains hyaluronic acid and Vitamin E  alongside the 10% Vitamin C – perfect to combat the tightness I’d started to feel while keeping up the general brightening of a Vitamin C treatment.

STAYS – Clarins Blue Orchid Treatment Oil, La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo Unifant

So happy that I can continue using both of these – the oil is still working wonders for dehydration (I have generally dehydrated skin, aside from the separate dryness I’ve had more recently), and Effaclar Duo Unifant gives a lovely subtle coverage while working to keep my skin clear.

P.M.

OUT – Superfacialist Rose Peaceful Skin Night Cream

IN – La Roche Posay Toleriane Ultra Nuit

I still totally love the Superfacialist Rose range, and it’s one I will most likely go back to when I can, but for the moment I just find the fragrance irritates my skin. So on with some more LRP – the Toleriane Nuit is so soothing, smoothing and hydrating – I think that this is the swap that’s made the most difference (apparently it’s proven to make skin less sensitive). It contains glycerin and niacinamide, so it’s working to do more than just make skin less angry.

STAYS – Superdrug Simply Pure Hydrating Serum, La Roche Posay Redermic R

The Superdrug serum is still the biggest bargain out there (currently £2.69 and on buy one get one half price), and I’m super impressed that my skin is still happy with it at the moment (if it wasn’t, it would have been another LRP swap to Hydraphase). And luckily still OK with Redermic R – though I’ve been avoiding using it anywhere particularly dermatitis-y, as I don’t want to risk it with retinol until I’ve (hopefully!) had a dermatology referral.

CLEANSING

OUT – Superfacialist Rose Hydrate Calming Creamy Cleanser

IN – La Roche Posay Toleriane Dermo-Cleanser

Another Superfacialist Rose for LRP Toleriane swap! And again, I love the Rose Hydrate cleanser, but just can’t be doing with the fragrance right now. Toleriane takes it back to gentle basics and is designed for intolerant skin. Using this after I’ve washed my hair is a must as I’m having reactions to so many shampoos at the moment so my skin is much happier when I’ve cleansed away any potential residue.

STAYS – Sanoflore Aciana Botanica Makeup Remover Oil Jelly  – love this product! I use this as a first cleanse/makeup remove in the evening and then follow up with the Toleriane.

for really upset skin – Avene Cicafalte Repair Cream.

I don’t like being without a tube of this in my bag. It’s specially for upset, irritated skin and is super soothing and emollient as well as having antibacterial properties to help repair. This gets applied to the super dry/dermatitis patches and really does help (and it also worked wonders on my red, allergic to tissues nose when I had a cold too!).

At the moment, the swaps are keeping my skin relatively happy – I’d definitely recommend any of them for anyone with sensitive/sensitised skin.

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