In recent years, I've found my skin becoming more and more sensitive. Rashes, hives---or a bag over my head---became the norm. After multiple rounds of tests, I identified an extensive list of ingredients that my system could no longer handle. Unfortunately, these ingredients also go by four or five different names on product labels, so narrowing down my routine to a super-sensitive collection has been quite a daunting (but ultimately successful) exercise.
Now, we all know that I could have stopped at Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser ($11; cetaphil.com). It works perfectly and causes no reactions. But seriously, the world of beauty is so exciting and ever-changing, a girl's got to have choices. Working in the offices of InStyle, I'm tempted by the new and enticing all day long. As your personal guinea pig, I'm happy to share the non-reactive skin care products (some, but not all, are chemical-free, organic or all-natural) from my daily routine—and even some great color cosmetics. This is just a sampling of my favorites. Explore the links for dozens of others that might suit you.
Soap 101 Stressed Skin Remedy, $12.50; soap101.net
MV Organic Skincare Pure Superfine Jojoba Oil, $45; thedetoxmarket.com
The Organic Pharmacy Rose Facial Spritz Toner, $55; theorganicpharmacy.com
Juice Beauty SPF 30 Tinted Mineral Moisturizer, $29; juicebeauty.com
RMS Beauty "Un" Cover-Up, $36; rmsbeauty.com
RMS Beauty Living Luminizer, $38; rmsbeauty.com
Beauty Counter Lip Sheer, $28; beautycounter.com
Jin Soon nail polish in Coquette, $18; jinsoon.com