These products will all work hard to improve your skin. Choose the appropriate ones for your skincare concerns, and use them like medicine. By that, I mean use them as it tells you on the directions that come with the product, and be patient. Skincare can help to make great improvements in your complexion, but you do need to give it time. This is my shortlist, but I’m going to keep adding to it.
This rich moisturising cream hydrates, soothes and protects sensitive and irritable skin, and helps keep it feeling comfortable.
A great choice for hypersensitive skin, and also for post-procedure skin Avene’s Tolerance Extreme cream moisturises and nourishes without feeling heavy.
Made with just seven ingredients, it is calming even for reactive skin.
Massage into dry, clean skin when needed.
Moisturiser and Night Repair
Price: £ 12.00
A high grade, high-end hyaluronic acid serum that makes an effective ‘sandwich’ layer of hydration underneath a moisturiser and/or sunscreen. This gel is the central step of the Intraceuticals 3-step hydrating programme, but can equally well be used on its own.
Massage gently into clean dry skin twice a day, and allow to absorb before adding moisturiser or moisturising sunscreen on top.
Price: £ 73.95
A great cleanser, more jelly than gel, that’s great for all skin types and especially for redness-prone, sensitive skin and those with adult acne. Dr Sam advises that one cleanse will be enough with this super-effective cleanser.
Use morning and evening on damp skin and massage well into the face to loosen oil, sweat and old skin cells, then rinse off.
Price: £ 16.00
A gentle cleansing gel with calming and replenishing ingredients such as aloe vera and allantoin, so it will get your face clean without provoking reactive skin.
It’s good for sensitive, dry skin, post-procedure skin and any skin that feels it needs a touch of TLC.
Massage a small amount into damp skin, then rinse off with warm water and a flannel.
Price: £ 19.00
A hydrating lotion that will lock in moisture while helping to repair and replenish the skin barrier.
It is oil-free, lightweight and packed with skin nutrients and is oil-free and lightweight so works for any skin type though it’s particularly good for sensitive, reactive or rosacea-prone skin
Massage into clean dry skin twice a day. If you’re using a serum, use that first, let it absorb, then apply this afterwards.
Price: £ 58.00
Tripeptides and Willow Herb are among the key ingredients in this milky serum which helps calm sensitive red skin, rosacea and skin that tends to flush.
It also helps to strengthen the skin barrier and reduce inflammation in the skin, by defending it against skin irritants and redness-inducing triggers.
Apply morning and evening to clean skin
Price: £ 43.00
This lovely lotion is gentle, hydrating, and formulated with skin-barrier-restoring ceramides and essential fatty acids as well as plumping hyaluronic acid.
On top of this, it has a ‘botanical complex’ of natural extracts such as meadowfoam and avocado to soothe inflammation and tackle free radicals (unstable molecules that accelerate ageing in the skin).
That means this is a great choice for sensitive, reactive skin that tends to kick off for no apparent reason.
Use once or twice a day on clean skin.
Price: £ 77.50
This is a lightweight lotion with a relatively rich formula, and it works a treat, particularly on dry skin which needs some extra nourishing care, particularly with building up the skin barrier.
There’s an exfoliating element to the formula to help with tone and texture, and it also enhances the skin’s barrier function. Plus, there’s a soothing anti-irritant complex and Priori’s ‘LCA complex’ which adds hydration and a spot of antioxidant protection, too.
Massage the cleansing lotion into the face (thoroughly, not too hard), before wiping it off with a wrung-out flannel. Or, if you prefer, simply rinse it off with warm water.
Price: £ 30.00
This serum, which combines vitamin C with vitamin E and Ferulic Acid, has become a skincare classic. If you have the cash to splash, it is a brilliant choice.
What can it do for your skin? Its powerful combination of antioxidants can defend skin cells against environmental damage. It will protect the supportive collagen in skin cells, too.
The type of vitamin C in the serum is 15% L-Ascorbic Acid, and this can help promote collagen growth within the skin. On top of this, the formula can minimise the development of age spots and pigmentation.
CE Ferulic is great for normal-to-dry skin; if your skin has oilier zones, like mine, you might find it a bit heavy and like me, you might prefer its sister-product, Phloretin.
Use in the morning, on dry skin, after cleansing.
Price: £ 118.00
This has to be one of the loveliest sunscreen products available.
That is not a phrase I often type, but let me explain.
This product is lightweight and gentle, good for sensitive skin and suits everyone I know who has tried it. It also provides long-lasting, effective SPF50 protection without any hint of a white ‘cast’ or residue.
It’s even water-resistant, should you be wanting to take it on a sunny holiday, and because it settles so easily on the skin, it works beautifully under make-up, too.
Apply generously to the skin, as needed.
Price: £ 29.50
This lightweight gel-serum is packed with hyaluronic acid, which attracts water into the skin. The formula is boosted with vitamin B5, which promotes skin-barrier repair.
The product boosts the moisture content of skin and plumps up skin cells. All skin needs hydration, and this product works for all skin types.
Apply a few drops onto clean, dry skin and massage gently until it is absorbed, once or twice a day. I like to use it layered under a moisturiser or moisturising sunscreen.
Price: £ 33.00