Wednesday, March 14, 2012

My Essentials: Skin Products

I have very sensitive skin, but didn't really learn much about it until last year. (We're talking I break out when the Tide-to-Go pen bleeds through my shirt...) I had an extremely bad allergic reaction last winter, I had bright red splotches all over my face to, get this, Eucerin facewash for sensitive skin!!! I mean who does that happen to?! We think it's the citric acid in products that was irritating my skin (who puts citric acid in a facewash for sensitive skin?!) so I had to stop using pretty much everything, because it was in everything I was using (facewash, moisturizer, body wash, shampoo, hairspray...)  

After my dermatologist told me I couldn't wear makeup until the allergic reaction cleared up, I had to rock the splotches to work with NO concealer OR blush.  The whole no blush almost did me in...  But with the help of the products below, my skin cleared up and now, has never been better! I've noticed since I've been using these products my skin hardly breaks out.  I'm guessing it's because they lack a lot of the harsh ingredients that most skin products contain and they are made for sensitive skin.  They contain no fragrance, no dyes, and are free of common chemical irritants.

Vanicream Skin Cream
This is the BEST cream to help dry skin and to keep it from getting dryer. It's also the thickest.  and when I say thick, I mean it feels like you are putting Cool Whip on your face, but once you get used to that, it is the best.  You can put it anywhere for some serious moisturizing.  I put it on my face every night before I go to bed and my face is never dry anymore (that was another issue pre-allergic reaction)  It also lasts for-ev-er and isn't expensive.

CeraVe Moisturizing AM Lotion
Pre-allergic reaction, the moisturizing lotions I was using under my makeup were leaving my skin dry before the day was over.  Since I NEVER the leave the house without SPF on my face, I knew I had to find a good one for sensitive skin and this one, my friends, is it!  It contains controlled-release ingredients that release moisture all through the day so my skin is never dry by 5 pm anymore!

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser
I also use CeraVe's hydrating cleanser.  Some skin cleansers leave my skin feeling dry right after using them, but not this one, it's amazing.  It's super moisturizing and just overall feels good to wash your face with.  It also does a good job at getting my makeup off, which is a plus. 

Exuviance CoverBlend Concealer
This isn't a lotion or cleanser, but while we are on the subject I have to share my concealer.  After the episode with my skin last year I had to overhaul my makeup too.  I needed a good concealer that would work on sensitive skin and wouldn't dry out the skin under my eyes.  I love this one!  It goes on really creamy and blends well, it also lasts for-ev-er.  It also contains anti-aging ingredients, which is always a plus!

What products for sensitive skin work well for y'all?

I did not get compensated to say any of these things I just wanted to share these products with any of you that may have dry skin or need a break from the harsh chemicals in most products.  I would highly recommend any products from either of these lines!


nomo wino daph said...

I am so glad to see this post! I break out so easily, only use all natural/organic on my body/face. I actaully have an appt tomorrow at the derm for my eczema! I wonder if they make something for that??

Thanks for sharing:)

Caitlin C. said...

I love CeraVe products! And wow your skin is super sensitive - I'm sure you looked beautiful without makeup but I look TERRIBLE without my foundation haha :)

Pink, Green, and Southern said...

I thought I was the only one who broke out from Tide pens! They make me bright red and itchy. I use Johnson's Baby shampoo to wash my face with and I love it. I'll have to try that concealer. It sounds fabulous!

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