I'm a Cancer, and according to age-old astrological beliefs, that means I have the tendency to be exceptionally sensitive. Some examples? I tear up when I see a baby wave to a stranger on the subway, and there's literally no way I'm getting through Titanic without a box of tissue by my side. And every once in a while, my skin takes on the tender trait towards my moisturizers, too.
And when that happens, I instantly turn to formulas that are free of artificial or synthetic fragrances, which are known to be a common irritant to sensitive skin types. So if you are sick of the burning or blotchiness your tropical-scented face cream is causing you, consider trying one of these gentle, light, and artificial fragrance and perfume-free formulas instead.
Simple Protecting Light Moisturizer
This brand considers themselves the "sensitive skin experts," so it's always a safe bet to turn to them for moisturizers and cleansers during an unfortunate tender phase. This particular formula is made without harsh chemicals, dyes, and synthetic fragrances, so you can stay hydrated without any reactions on the side.
Simple | $10
Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer
Cetaphil is a drugstore classic. And while the affordability of the brand's products draw you in, you'll stick around because the products work. This moisturizer gets the InStyle stamp of approval because it's light as a feather, non-comedogenic, free of perfumes, and layers well with foundation.
Cetaphil | $12
CLINIQUE Pep-Start Hydro Rush Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20
Clinique's beauty products are allergy tested, which means you can breathe applying the brand's moisturizers if you're prone to irritation. This new oil-free formula has a "moisture barrier" technology, which reportedly locks in the hydration. And as you might have already guessed, it's 100 percent fragrance free.
Clinique | $30
Pestle and Mortar Hydrate Lightweight Moisturizer
If clean and green beauty is your jam, in addition to saving your sensitive skin, you should get acquainted with Pestle and Mortar. While it's not oil free, it is made with jojoba, which is known to absorb easily into your skin, and gives your face a dewy glow. It's also free of artificial dyes and fragrances, mineral oil, sulfates, and parabens.
Pestle and Mortar | $74
Skin Laundry Essential Daily Moisturizer
A solid go-to, this moisturizer from Skin Laundry's Essential Moisturizer is made with hydrating Japanese apricot extract, which acts as an anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant, as well as hydrating shea butter and hyaluronic acid. And if you have a sensitivity to SPFs, this fast-absorbing lotion is void of it. Just don't forget to apply the one your skin can tolerate before you leave the house.
Skin Laundry | $30