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Thursday, 29 May 2014

Skincare for super sensitive skin.

I have had the biggest struggle finding skincare products... I have incredibly sensitive skin, to the point where I can't even use Simple Skincare or even targeted sensitive skin products without having really bad skin reactions. (I'll spare you the details).

So I went on a hunt for products that might save me some discomfort, and get my skin looking clean and fresh.

The make-up remover.

Make-up wipes are the worst offenders for me in the skin irritation stakes, and that really frustrated me because 1. I'm lazy and 2. I had no idea what the other options were.

Enter Bioderma Solution Micellaire! While it may just look like water, when a tiny bit is put on a cotton pad, caked on make-up doesn't stand a chance! It leaves my face feeling fresh and cleansed, and it doesn't dry it out. And it takes mere seconds to remove a full face of make-up, which is perfect for those time-poor or lazy ones among us. And as an added bonus, it's a cleanser too!

Price-wise, Bioderma does seem expensive at about $30 (depending on where you buy).  However, a 250mL bottle lasted me almost four months! (And that is with wearing make-up most days.)

The only downside of Bioderma, is that it's not the most efficient at removing waterproof mascara.  Which is where The Body Shop's 'Camomile Waterproof eye and lip make-up' remover comes in.  This product is a lot oilier than bioderma, but since you only need to concentrate it on your eye area, this isn't a problem.  Simply shake, put some onto a cotton pad, hold on the eye for 5-10 seconds and sweep off. Easy peasy. 

This product retails for about $17.95, but again, lasts a very, very long time.

The cleanser.

I've tried my fair share of cleansers.  Products with plant extracts, essential oils, chemicals... You name it.  But when I went back to basics, that's when I saw results.

I use the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, and while it may not have the fancy packaging or the fancy ingredients, for me, it works. Its a mild, soap-free, and fragrance free cleanser that you can pick up at most supermarkets or pharmacies for $8+ (depending on the size you get).

The toner.

This is a relatively new addition to my routine, but a good one at that.  The La Clinica Sensitive Skin Soothing Facial Mist (or here). The best thing about this is, not only is it made in Australia, all La Clinica products are made with certified organic products, so no nasty chemicals involved! 

 It has a lovely floral scent, and has extracts of chamomile to sooth the skin.  How I use this product... I spray a few pumps all over my face, then dab in with a cotton pad.

It retails for about $23.

The eye cream.

This is the only product in my stash, that I'm not really sure if it actually does anything. It's the Sukin Antioxidant Eye Serum. It is quite cooling when you dab it under the eye, so I think that's the antioxidants at work.

 Again, its paraben and fragrance free, and made from certified vegan products.

It is on the cheaper end of the eye cream market at about $19.95.

The moisturiser. 

Last but not least, my favourite moisturiser for a long time the La Clinica Clear Skin Oil Control Day Cream (or here). The packaging is lovely, and this stuff smells like lemons.  It's not overly oily or sticky like some other moisturisers, it just sinks into the skin nicely. One pump does nicely for the whole face, so this stuff lasts for ages.

This product is usually about $20.

So hopefully this helps someone out. If you have any other products which are good for sensitive skin, let me know!

Beth. x


  1. I've found that sometimes simple skincare irritates my skin too and mine isn't overly sensitive! I will have to try the camomile range from TBS, like the eye makeup remover as the Garnier micellar water doesn't remove my waterproof makeup! Have you tried anything else from the camomile range? x

    Kathryn | effievanity

    1. I haven't tried anything else from that range yet, but I've heard excellent things about the Camomile silky cleansing oil, so that might be my next port of call. :)

  2. I really want to try bioderma but it's so hard to get in the uk! xx

    Beauty Soup | UK Beauty Blog

  3. Cetaphil is amazing isn't it! I have used their products for ages now, it's a staple brand for me :)
    - C
    Claudine Converses

  4. Such a great, informative post! Liking the sound of Cetaphil :)

    Yasmeen x

  5. I so want to try the Body Shop makeup remover, it sound so lovely x

    Gemma // Miss Makeup Magpie

    1. I really like it! :) But if you're not a fan of an oily residue left behind, it might not be the one for you. That's the only downfall though.

  6. I love the Bioderma. Some people say it's over hyped, but I don't think so! I think it's great!
    Cute blog!
    Kallie - But First, Coffee

  7. Great post! I have really sensitive skin too (and used to have really bad eczema) so Cetaphil products have always been my go to. They're just so simple and get the job done.
    Thanks for the great reviews - I've been thinking of trying out the Body Shop Camomile cleanser so now I'll definitely at it to my shopping list!

    Lauren xx