The Best Facial Lotion for Sensitive Skin

Having soft skin will keep you smiling.

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Keeping your face looking glamorous and radiant is definitely a priority. You don't want it to dry out and start peeling -- how embarrassing! It's difficult to find a great facial lotion that does what you need it to, especially when you have sensitive skin. Don't worry, ladies, there are lotions for the most sensitive skin, and they exist for all budgets.

Over-the-Counter Products

We can't all break the bank to get soft, glamorous skin. Don't fret, budget-savvy readers, there are facial lotions made for you. Dr. Howard Sobel, of Skin & Spa Cosmetic Surgery Center and New York Institute of Aesthetic Dermatology and Laser Surgery, recommends Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturizer, Sensitive Skin. It's light and water-based, so it won't irritate the skin. He also recommends Eucerin Sensitive Skin Everyday Protection Face Lotion, which features microfine zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to protect the skin against UV-rays, and Aveeno Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer SPF 15. It's fast-absorbing and calms and soothes sensitive skin; it even reduces the appearance of redness. The secret isn't magic, it's feverfew -- a soothing antioxidant flower.

Higher-End Products

Some women have the means to splurge a little -- OK, a lot -- on their skin care. They want the best of the best and are willing to spend whatever it takes. Makeup artist Lauren Rose Lazaro Gulino recommends Pevonia Lavandou Soothing Sensitive Skin Cream because it not only calms and hydrates your skin, it also leaves you with an even complexion. Dr. Brian Bonanni, of Gotham Skincare and Gotham Lasik Vision, recommends SkinMedica Ultra Sheer Moisturizer. It's soothing and even heals acne without irritation. Many heavier lotions actually can cause break-outs. Curvy Socialite blogger Tamara Walker absolutely loves Naturally Me All Over Butter. You can apply it to your face, body and even your hair. It provides hydration and is completely natural.

Product Pricing

Products shouldn't have to be expensive to grab your attention. It's not "the more expensive the product, the longer it will last" the way it usually is for handbags and shoes. Allison Santhouse, a Board Certified Dermatology Physician Assistant, says when products are more expensive, it should be due to a higher concentration of active ingredients. Because less is more when it comes to skin care, she recommends buying the less expensive products when dealing with sensitive skin.


Beware certain ingredients if your skin is sensitive. These include perfumes, colors and soap in general, as well as parabens. These chemicals, such as methyl-, ethyl- and benzylparaben, are used as preservatives to extend a product's shelf life. There also are ingredients you should search for in skin lotion to help your skin reach its prime. For example, Raffaele Ruberto, owner of Mod.Skin Labs, says green tea is a powerful antioxidant that reduces the damage caused by free radicals such as sun damage, stress and pollution.

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Tamara Walker; blogger, The Curvy Socialite; New York, NY Raffaele Ruberto; Mod.Skin Labs; New York, NY Howard Sobel, M.D.; Skin & Spa and New York Institute of Aesthetic Dermatology and Laser Surgery; Manhattan, New York Allison Santhouse, RPA-C; Manhattan Center for Dermatology; New York, NY Lauren Rose Lazaro Gulino; Makeup Artist; Greater New York City, NY U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Parabens; October 2007

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