Your Complete Guide
to Cleansing Sensitive Skin

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Whether your sensitive skin tends towards dry, normal or combination, learning how to correctly cleanse is the all-important first step towards a calm and comfortable complexion.

Your Complete Guide
to Cleansing Sensitive Skin

Beyond simply removing dirt, cleansing plays an important role in balancing and strengthening the skin, and enhancing absorption of skincare ingredients. For sensitive skin in particular – skin prone to redness, tightness and discomfort – choosing the right cleanser is crucial. And soothing, minimalist formulas are key. Whether your sensitive skin tends towards dry, normal or combination, learning how to correctly cleanse is the all-important first step towards a calm and comfortable complexion. So, let’s get started.

Cleanse
with caution

Sensitive skin has an impaired barrier function, making it more susceptible to irritation from pollutants and allergens. The right cleanser will gently remove these impurities, while avoiding harsh, moisture-stripping ingredients. Not all sensitive skin is the same, however, and each type will benefit from a different formulation.

Normal-to-dry
sensitive skin

If your sensitive skin is normal to dry, try a gentle cleansing milk. Soap-, fragrance-, and preservative-free, new La Roche-Posay Toleriane Caring Wash contains a single, well-tolerated surfactant, Cocobetaine, to effectively remove make-up and impurities without causing dryness or irritation. Meanwhile, four powerful actives are enlisted to soothe, repair and protect the skin. La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water provides antioxidant protection; Panthenol is intensely soothing; Niacinamide targets the causes of itching and strengthens the skin barrier; and Ceramides help preserve skin moisture.

How to use: Using a small amount of the cleanser, create a lather with wet hands. Gently massage into the face, avoiding the eye area. Rinse and pat dry, without rubbing, using a soft, clean towel.

Normal-to-combination
sensitive skin

For normal to combination skins that enjoy the fresh sensation of a foaming cleanser, without the usual dryness, Toleriane Foaming Gel is ideal. With a skin-friendly pH of 5.5, the cleanser is free from soap, fragrance and preservatives, gently removing all traces of make-up, oil build-up, and impurities. Glycerin helps maintain the skin’s moisture balance, leaving the complexion soft, supple and calm.

How to use: Create a foam in your hands using warm water. Massage into the face, avoiding the eye area. Rinse well and gently pat dry.

Dry, ultra-
sensitive skin

Ultra-sensitive, dry skin needs extra care, and a true minimalist formula to cleanse and remove make-up. Enriched with moisturising glycerin, Toleriane Dermo Cleanser contains just eight high-tolerance ingredients. Free from fragrance, tensio-active ingredients and preservatives, it has a soothing rinse-off or rinse-free milk texture that is gentle enough for even the fragile eye area.

How to use: Pat on the skin with fingers, massaging gently in a circular motion. Carefully wipe off with a cotton pad, without rubbing. Alternatively, rinse off and follow with your moisturiser.

Cleanse
morning & night

At La Roche-Posay, we recommend cleansing twice daily, for several reasons. During the day, the skin faces a barrage of aggressors – sun, smoke, pollution – and defence is its main priority. At night, the focus shifts to repair. By removing dirt, excess oil and irritants, as well as potentially pore clogging make-up, cleansing before bed helps accelerate this repair process. Freshly cleansed, the skin is better able to absorb serums and/or moisturiser. For sensitive skin, it is especially important to moisturise at night as greater transepidermal water loss (TEWL) occurs as you sleep, often causing the skin to become irritated and itchy. Morning cleansing is also important to slough away dead skin cells that accumulate as regeneration takes place. Cleansing also removes the oils and bacteria transferred from your pillowcase, and increases the efficacy of your daily skincare products.

TRUE
OR FALSE

ORGANIC PRODUCTS ARE
THE BEST FOR SENSITIVE SKIN.

FALSE

Just because something is natural does not mean it won’t cause sensitive skin rashes. In fact, many natural plant extracts can bring on those all-too-familiar prickling, burning and stinging sensations. As for allergens, nature is overflowing with them.
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SUN EXPOSURE CAN
HEIGHTEN SKIN'S SENSITIVITY.

TRUE

Sun can severely impact sensitive complexions.This is because UV rays trigger oxidative stress and inflammation within the skin, causing redness and rashes. Make sure broad spectrum UVA-UVB and long-UVA protection is part of your everyday skincare routine.
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A LONG HOT SHOWER WILL
HELP SOOTHE MY SENSITIVE SKIN.

FALSE

It might ease your muscles after a busy day, but a long hot shower or soak is not a good option for sensitive skin condition. Exposing sensitive skin to hot (and cold) temperatures stimulates the release of histamine (the itch molecule), which can trigger the chain reaction of irritation. It is best to opt for brief, lukewarm showers or baths.
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Did you
know?

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Throughout the day, the skin is in contact with atmospheric pollution and more specifically ozone and PM2.5, microscopic fine particles. These pollutants can stick to the skin, and the smallest particles may even penetrate down to the epidermal cells. That is why it is essential to take action with the right skincare products to cleanse, soothe and protect your skin.

WE ALSO HAVE
A RANGE FOR THAT

Physiological Cleanser is a line of sensorial textures formulated at a perfect pH balance, to ensure there is no compromise between safety and efficacy.