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I’ve played with a lot of routines since figuring out I had sensitive skin. I’ve done the Korean 10 Step, a minimalist routine, explored double cleansing, oil cleanser only, balms. Let’s just say I explored a lot. This is the 1st in a series of sensitive skin routine examples.
This Routine May Help
- If you’re having trouble finding moisturizers that don’t break you out.
- Acne that could use some calming + healing help.
- Skin that’s become progressively angrier with trying new products.
- Oily, combination, + dry skin.
- * Note: This routine does have fragrance. If you know you react, skip.
A Sensitive Skin Routine
Cleanser: CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser ($15)
This is a fab facial cleanser for supporting your skin barrier by repairing it with ceramides.
Repairing your skin barrier can help protect your skin from getting angered by irritation + acne. It can also help balance the runaway effect of oily skin or dry skin when your skin barrier isn’t at its best.
I like this non-foaming version to help the ceramides stick around + because it’s a super gentle cleanser.
Instead of a Moisturizer: Layer an Essence + Serum or Facial Oil
- Essence (Step 2): Alteya Organics Rosa Damascena 100% Pure Rose Water
Rose water is very hyped, but I’ve gotta say it’s for a reason! If you only try it for a few days, you’ll think it does nothing. If used for a few weeks or a month, you’ll see it!
Rose water is able to get oily skin or dry skin to balance its oil production. Rosa damascena has a unique ability to gently combat acne bacteria. Plus, rose water is said to improve skin turnover (healing, youthful skin).
I use this guy as a facial spray. It has a great spritzer for a gentle mist.
Image Credit: Alteya Organics
- AM Serum (AM Step 3): CosRx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence
Snail muscin is an old favorite I love to have around.
It’s great for keeping skin moisturized + it also helps speed up healing of fresh post-acne marks.
It applies like a thick serum, absorbs easily, + dries with a smooth finish.
- PM Facial Oil (PM Step 3): One Love Organics Gardenia + Tea Antioxidant Body Serum ($39)
I’m obsessed with a lovely facial oil! They do a great job of preventing moisture loss + keeping your skin hydrated.
This one smells incredibly soothing while also provides skin calming (I tested!). I love using it at night for the most luxurious feeling night regimen! Contrary to the myth, using a facial oil will not make your skin oilier. It can signal your skin to balance oil levels.
While I would happily use this for AM as well, some don’t love the glowy look that facial oils can give for day time.
SPF (AM Step 4): Village 11 Factory Daily Mild Sun Cream SPF 50+ PA++++ ($14)
A luxurious feeling SPF that applies smoothy + soaks in easily with a dry finish. Can be reapplied without change in skinfeel. This has a lovely scent that encourages me to remember to use it (I don’t react).
Hydrating squalane + calming ingredients including cica don’t hurt either.
Plus it’s one of the very few sunscreens that pass the brother test. (He won’t use 95% of them because he hates their feel.)
PM Spot Treatment (as needed): Tuel Clear It Blemish Control Gel ($42)
This is the gentlest, most effective acne treatment for sensitive skin I’ve found yet! It uses an unscented sulfur gel to gently reduce oils without drying out your skin. I both treats + calms. Full bae status.
I’ve used it for generic acne, hormonal acne, and acne hiding deep under the skin.
One of my most repurchased products! A bottle typically lasts me for months.
Image Credit: Tuel