Sensitive skin has unique needs when it comes to skincare creams because so many modern ingredients, including fragrances and dyes, can irritate the skin's surface and leave it inflamed and red. Several manufacturers offer versions of their standard anti-aging creams in sensitive skin-friendly formulations. These can help turn back the effects of time, smoothing out your complexion without irritating your face.
Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Anti-Aging UV Moisturizer, Frangrace-Free
Olay offers a fragrance-free version of its Total Effects cream, leaving out synthetic perfumes that may irritate sensitive skin. It purports to eliminate seven signs of aging, including age spots and fine lines. Anti-aging skincare expert Paula Begoun ranked it as "very good," saying it contains "efficacious" amounts of effective anti-aging ingredients like niacinamide. She also likes its smooth texture and says it's even good for acne-prone individuals.
VMV Hypoallergenics Creammmy-Rich Intensive Moisture Milk SPF 15
One of the chief causes of aging skin is the sun's ultraviolet rays, which can induce the creation of discolorations like age spots, as well as wrinkles, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. VMV's intensive cream, which "Real Simple" magazine's beauty editors picked as of the best facial moisturizers for sensitive skin, may provide some protection from the sun's rays. Besides the benefits of sunscreen, antioxidants like citric acid and moisturizers like virgin coconut oil, help plump up and firm the skin, potentially reducing fine lines. The magazine notes that it contains no irritating substances like dyes or fragrances.
Boots Expert Sensitive Light Moisturizing Lotion
Boots' sensitive skin-friendly moisturizer earned a rare "Paula's Pick" rating from Begoun, which means it's more effective than most products. She liked its skin-conditioning use of triglycerides, which is supposed to provide deep conditioners to help smooth away wrinkles by plumping up the surface of the skin. She also says it's soothing and gentle enough for even rosacea-afflicted sensitive skin. Due to its rich nature, Boots Expert Sensitive Light Moisturizing Lotion is best for all skin types except for oily skin.
RevaleSkin Night Cream
"InStyle" magazine's editors recommend RevaleSkin's night cream as one of the best anti-aging creams for sensitive skin, saying its formula is "antioxidant-rich" and can help reduce the effects of free radicals to soften the severity of your wrinkles. Because it's made without irritating ingredients, you can use it all over your face, including on the thin skin surrounding your eyes.
- "Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me"; Paula Begoun; 2009
- Real Simple Magazine: The Best Face Moisturizers With SPF
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Skin Wrinkles
- InStyle Magazine: RevaleSkin
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