For those with sensitive skin, it’s not uncommon to shy away from the world of skin care altogether. Between dodging fragranced moisturisers and harsh cleansers, triggering an irritation can become an all too regular occurrence.
So if you’ve already found an anti-ageing serum for sensitive skin but need to fill out the rest of your routine, you’ve come to the right place to source your gentle skin care.
From cleansers to lip balms, here’s our complete guide to taking care of your sensitive skin. The only reaction you might experience? People telling you that you’re glowing.
Best sensitive skin cleansers
On the top of every dermatologist’s list, Cetaphil’s sensitive skin must-have is gentle enough to use on the entire family, babies included. This product is fragrance-free, soap-free and lanolin-free, and will effectively remove makeup, dirt, and impurities.
“This is the holy grail of cleansers if you’re on a budget or even just to have as a cleanser every few weeks to change up your normal skincare routine. I have it always as a backup. It is gentle, soft, gives your skin back the moisture it needs without promoting acne or stripping your natural oils.” – Belinda.Jane
$11.99 at Chemist Warehouse
This popular cleanser for dry to sensitive skin types contains organic chamomile extract to calm the skin and organic shea butter extract to soothe sensations of discomfort. With its gentle surfactants, it cleanses while preserving microbiota balance on the skin.
“I find this product provides a pretty deep clean to remove makeup and grime, without leaving my skin dry and uncomfortable. Overall it leaves my skin feeling fresh, clean and smooth, but I will probably stick to cream cleansers.” – Dramsay82
$42 at Adore Beauty
Best sensitive skin moisturisers
With its lightweight gel texture, this moisturiser from Glow Lab quenches dry, sensitive skin and locks in moisture. Enjoy immediate relief from inflammation thanks to the green tea and ginger root formula, while the addition of rosehip and jojoba oil will keep your complexion hydrated all day.
$20 at Big W
It wouldn’t be a sensitive skin round up without Aveeno, would it? Formulated with natural colloidal oatmeal and cooling menthol, this pharmacy favourite relieves and protects dry, itchy skin.
“This range stands true to its name as “skin relief” as it works amazingly well on dry, sensitive & itchy skin. I have used several bottles of skin relief moisturising lotion and it’s an absolute winter skin saviour.” – Sweety7
$11.99 at Chemist Warehouse
Best sensitive skin facial wipes
Easily remove makeup and waterproof mascara without irritation (even on the most sensitive of eyes). With a skin-clearing, alcohol-free formula, these wipes are a convenient solution for removing daily oil and grime on the go.
“The fact that you can use them around your eye area is excellent as the area is very tender but these wipes are very gentle and you dont have to rub your skin. Just a gently wipe and its done. My skin loves them.” – Shaper
$5.99 at Chemist Warehouse
These micellar-enriched wipes leave the skin feeling smooth, refreshed, hydrated and, most importantly, free from any irritation.
“I absolutely love these face wipes! They are so gentle, and they remove every trace of makeup, even stubborn eye makeup.” – Rose_P
$6.50 at Woolworths
Best sensitive skin scrubs
While face scrubs rarely agree with irritable skin types, the addition of Avene’s thermal spring water acts as a soothing balance to the dead skin cell-shedding sodium salicylate and niacinamide.
“It has a lovely, light rose scent and leaves your face feeling clean and fresh, but unlike some cleansers, it doesn’t leave your skin feeling tight and dry. I have a sensitive skin but this product didn’t leave my skin with any irritation.” – Kellyrox
$33.99 at Chemist Warehouse
Neutrogena Deep Clean Purifying Cooling Gel Scrub
Formulated with gentle exfoliators, this gel scrub will leave the skin deeply purified and feeling soft and fresh. Neutrogena’s unique BARRIERCARE™ technology helps preserve skin’s essential moisture and decongest pores of trapped dirt and oil.
“This cooling gel feels great to use. I love the cooling sensation when applying and it leaves my skin feeling so soft and refreshed and clean afterwards. I like the gel texture with the small exfoliators that gently scrub away impurities.” – Jordannaleigh
$6.99 at Chemist Warehouse
Best sensitive skin lip balms
Developed specifically for dry or sensitive skin, this handy tube treats and protects cracked, chapped lips. Leave it on overnight and wake up with a smooth, soft pout.
“It’s very emollient and moisturizing, but not at all greasy or sticky. I’ve gone through multiple tubes of this as it is one of the only lip balms that effectively moisturizes my lips and the dry skin around my mouth, without stinging.” – Phrophro
$4.99 at Chemist Warehouse
Enriched with cocoa butter, vitamin E, grapeseed and olive oils, this conditioning balm is a nourishing dream for an irritated pucker. The added benefit of SPF will also help protect sensitive lips from the harmful effects of the sun.
“The perfect outdoor lip balm. I also feel comforted by the spf 50. It has a non offensive and mild scent that I don’t really notice.” – Nicoler112
$4 at Woolworths
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Do you have sensitive skin? What products do you use to soothe irritation?