Love the skin you’re in… even when it’s finicky and reactive as hell. Whether eczema, air pollution, or stinging skin-care products are the cause of your irritated skin woes, our board-certified dermatologist friends have indulged us with countless tips and products over the years that will keep your skin looking healthy and happy.
Keep some general no-nos in mind, like fragrances, dyes, sulfates, and alcohol. (When in doubt, patch test.) Instead, douse skin in moisture-attracting buddies like glycerin, hyaluronic acid, and shea butter, as well as lipid-replenishing ceramides and fatty acids. (Do you hear that? Your skin is breathing a deep sigh of relief.) This year’s sensitive-skin-friendly Best of Beauty winners might not be the sexiest offerings on the market but that’s entirely the point. Dependable and “boring” is the goal if it means you won’t experience painful, angry flare-ups all over — trust us.
Lather yourself in Olay’s Eczema Soothing Body Wash and let a soothing blend of oat extract and niacin nourish and soften your body while you rock out to Olivia Rodrigo in the shower. Itchiness? We don’t know her. And waterproof mascara doesn’t stand a chance when it’s up against Simple’s Kind to Skin Micellar Cleansing Water, which breaks down the toughest formulas without leaving skin feeling stripped or raw. We love this aptly-named product so much that this is the second year in a row (and third year overall) that we’ve awarded it a Best of Beauty honor. That’s amore.
As always, consult your dermatologist for your specific skin-care concerns — you’re a unique being, after all — but check out our favorite, carefully tested products below that’ll appease sensitive skin day and night. And for the rest of your beauty needs and curiosities, read our full list of Best of Beauty 2021 winners. —Sarah Han
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