Does your skin sometimes feel tight or hot, even when it's not 35 degrees?
Does your skin feel itchy? Does your skin easily turn red or flush, even when you haven't been served by that charming and ridiculously good-looking barista at your local cafe?
If you answered yes to any or all of the above questions, you probably have sensitive skin.
To put it in simple terms, sensitive skin reacts when it shouldn't.
These reactions can vary in type and degree of severity, but they're definitely unwanted!
If you have sensitive skin, you should try and identify triggers which cause your skin to flare up and avoid them.
It is also important to choose skincare and makeup products which are specially formulated for sensitive skin as they often are free of fragrances and other common irritants, and contain ingredients which calm angry skin and reduce the redness.
Read on to learn more about some of our favourite products for sensitive skin.
Silky smooth, just pat it on your skin and massage, then either rinse off with water or simply remove with a cotton ball or pad.
A rich moisturising cream packed full of natural calendula grown on the Jurlique farm in the Adelaide Hills to deeply calm, hydrate and nourish delicate and sensitive skin.
Available in two sizes, including a 40ml tube which is perfect for handbags or travelling.
Apply this serum after cleansing to calm fragile, irritated or intolerant skin while restoring balance, hydrating and helping to visibly smooth fine lines and wrinkles.
Fragrance-free, essential oil-free and dermatologically tested, Trilogy also does not test its products on animals.
Can be used as often as necessary, just five or ten minutes with this mask on will leave your skin feeling and looking better.
The SPF not only protects your skin from the sun's harmful rays, it also provides an added layer of protection from environmental triggers.
Use our filters to identify products which are suitable for your skin type or send us your queries via our Ask an Expert page and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.
Jojoba is like a whole food for your skin.
It's a plant extract which has the closest cellular structure to the wax esters produced by our skin. Because of this, jojoba can mimic the skin's natural oils and penetrate deep into the skin where cell synthesis and regeneration occurs. Jojoba is naturally rich in vitamins A, D and E, omega 6 and 9 and antioxidants.
Not only does it help to lock in moisture, it will also carry these skin healing nutrients to the deepest layers of your skin, improving the appearance of your skin dramatically!
Jojoba naturally has antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also hypoallergenic and can be used on even the most sensitive of skin, including on newborn babies.
Everyone would benefit from adding jojoba to their skincare routine. The benefits are immense and if you needed another reason to try it... jojoba is also affordable and sustainable.
The Jojoba Company is an Australian, family-owned business. It grows organic jojoba in country New South Wales that has no added nasties and isn't tested on animals. The jojoba bean is cold pressed so that the jojoba retains all of its vitamins and nutrients.
Here are three of our favourite jojoba products:
Jojoba Company 100% Natural Australian Jojoba, from $19.95
If you only try one new product today, make it the 100% Natural Australian Jojoba. It will heal and pamper your skin, lock in moisture and improve the absorption of your moisturiser. Jojoba can be used on any skin type. Yes, even on oily, acne-prone or sensitive skin! It will also work beautifully to heal and calm irritated skin, and may be beneficial in conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, scars, burns, nappy rash and craddle cap.
Other reasons you will love jojoba:
- It's a very effective makeup remover! Just massage it onto moist skin and remove it with a cloth.
- It doubles as a hair treatment. Mix it into your conditioner.
- Add a few drops to your skin while it's moist, particularly after you've shaved your legs. Your irritated skin will thank you.
- It's so versatile and makes a wonderful travel companion.
Because who doesn't want softer, smoother more kissable lips?
Got more questions about jojoba containing products? Use our Ask an Expert feature to ask Lesley to tailor a jojoba based regimen to your beauty needs.