Is your skin is like you and tends to overreact to everything you slather on it? When every moisturizer your friends rave about leaves your skin feeling just as tender as you do after scrolling through the puppy hashtag on Instagram, it’s time to turn to gentler formulas.
If you have a sensitive skin type, look for lightweight moisturizers that are free of artificial or synthetic fragrances which are common skin irritants that exacerbate redness and burning. Since no one knows the crème de la crème of skincare products quite like dermatologists, we turned to the experts to find out their favorite moisturizers for keeping sensitive skin hydrated and calm.
Keep scrolling for the best moisturizers to use on sensitive skin, according to five top dermatologists.
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1. Vaseline intensive care advanced repair unscented lotion
“This product is enriched with triple purified white petrolatum which provides a protective seal over the skin, preventing loss of hydration and allowing the skin to repair itself. It carries the feel of the national eczema association and is appropriate even in people with the most sensitive and dry skin. In a lotion formulation, it can easily be applied to large surface areas and rubs in without leaving you with a greasy feeling.” –Dr. Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research, Department of Dermatology at The Mount Sinai Hospital
Vaseline | $9
3. Cerave Facial Moistuizing Lotion
“I like Cerave which is great for all skin types and especially good for patients who suffer from sensitive skin or even Eczema. It contains ceramides which are found in healthy skin and serve as the ‘mortar’ which holds our skin cells together.” –Dr. Elizabeth Hale, co-founder of CompleteSkinMD and Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology at NYU Langone Medical Center
Cera Ve | $8
4. Avene Antirougeurs Fort Relief Concentrate
If you have sensitive skin and suffer from rosacea, Dr. Palm says this moisturizer is great for people trying to obtain better control of facial redness while moisturizing. “The French thermal spring water contained in the Avene line has been known to have calming and anti-inflammatory properties for the skin. Shea butter helps to moisturizer and the botanical ingredient ruscus extract (from a shrub) helps with swelling.” –Dr. Melanie Palm, director, Art of Skin MD.
Avene | $49
5. Vanicream Moisturizing Skin Cream
For extremely sensitive skin, Dr. Tanzi recommends Vanicream lotion or cream. “This is a dermatologist-created line made specifically for people with skin sensitivities.” –Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi, founder & director of Capital Laser & Skin Care and associate clinical professor, department of dermatology at the George Washington University Medical Center
Vanicream | $14