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How to Choose the Right Make-Up for Sensitive Skin

If you have sensitive skin, you probably know about it. Tightness, redness and discomfort are common symptoms, and you’ve likely chosen a skincare regime targeted towards your temperamental skin. But make-up is a whole other thing - can you tackle it?

If you have sensitive skin, you probably know about it. Tightness, redness and discomfort are common symptoms, and you’ve likely chosen a skincare regime targeted towards your temperamental skin. When it flares up, you possibly try to conceal your irritated complexion with make-up. But did you know this could be making the situation worse?


While no two skins are the same, there are a number of make-up ingredients best avoided by those with sensitivity. One of the most common is alcohol, which can strip the skin of moisture and cause a tight, stinging sensation. Some fragrance ingredients, regardless of whether they’re from natural or synthetic sources, can also cause an unwanted reaction, as can certain preservatives.

Choosing a natural product range is the answer, right? Not necessarily, and essential oils can sometimes be to blame for some flare ups.


When choosing make-up for sensitive skin, there are a few terms to hunt out. Fragrance- and alcohol-free are the givens. But you should also be on the lookout for products that are dermatologist-tested and hypoallergenic (allergy tested).

Many cosmetics brands fail to take into consideration the special needs of sensitive skin. La Roche-Posay, on the other hand, takes a dermatological approach to make-up, with allergy-tested products that are safe for the 70% of female pharmacy shoppers who claim to have sensitive skin. There are a variety of textures to suit coverage requirements in the Toleriane Teint face range, which is also entirely free of potentially irritating fragrance and alcohol. The range addresses all skin types with tailored formulas. It is also paraben-free.

For normal to dry skin...

Make-up tends to stick to dry skin and accentuate dryness. With the addition of hyaluronic acid, La Roche-Posay’s Hydrating Water-Cream Foundation eliminates this problem. The water-based formula glides on smoothly and keeps sensitive, dry skin comfortable and hydrated for 12 hours.

With medium-level coverage and a radiant satin finish, the foundation visibly plumps and unifies the complexion.

For combination to oily skin…

Sensitive, oily skin typically becomes shiny as the day progresses. Furthermore, make-up can aggravate and clog the pores of already acne-prone skin, leading to further breakouts. To combat this, Toleraine Teint Mineral Compact Foundation offers skin-perfecting high coverage and a broad spectrum SPF 25 in a mattifying powder formula. Perlite absorbs excess sweat and sebum, ensuring make-up stays put, while 100% mineral pigments offer corrective coverage without clogging pores.

For sensitised, fragile skin in need of high coverage…

Sensitised skin can have reactions causing redness or flare ups – and people naturally want to cover this up. The problem is that many high-coverage formulas prevent the skin from breathing.

Toleriane Teint Fluid Foundation SPF25 helps sensitive skin by simultaneously delivering ultra-high level coverage and sun protection in a non-comedogenic formula. The skin is soothed with La Roche-Posay thermal spring water, together with Neurosensine to soothe and reduce redness. Toleriane Teint Fluid Foundation helps to conceal even severe colour imperfections, such as acne, eczema and vitiligo.

So, make the make-up swap this season and enjoy skin that looks great, without worrying about the next-day consequences!

Want more sensitive skin content? Read all about soothing sensitive eyes during allergy season.

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