Sensitive skin is a permanent skin type for some, while many people also experience newfound sensitivity at different points in life. Both the sudden onset of sensitivity in skin and ongoing symptoms can be supported and addressed by specialised skincare. For this skin type, specific ingredients are recommended to ensure that skin is supported and cared for in the right way.
Specially formulated serums for sensitive skin can help to combat its reactive nature. Redness, discomfort, dryness and uneven skin texture are all common symptoms that can be helped by face serum for sensitive skin. This is thanks to serum’s unique ability to penetrate deeper layers of skin.
A number of causes can trigger sensitive skin. To address signs of sensitivity and accompanying concerns like ageing or breakouts, all La Roche-Posay products are formulated with sensitive skin in mind. Ahead, see our best serums for sensitive skin, whatever the main concern.
WHICH SERUM IS BEST FOR SENSITIVE SKIN?
The ideal sensitive skincare routine features alcohol and fragrance-free formulas. Each skincare stage should promote moisture content while addressing specific concerns, and serums for sensitive skin are no exception. Whether you’re seeking a serum for sensitive acne prone skin or a formula to help manage rosacea, certain ingredients can help to care for sensitive skin alongside other skin goals:
· Hyaluronic acid: A humectant which hydrates skin.
· Niacinamide: Otherwise known as vitamin B3, this nutrient helps to balance skin, especially against excess oil-flow and helps visibly reduce redness.
· SPF: Essential to every routine, sunscreen helps to protect skin against UVA and UVB radiation.
· Neurosensine: Soothes and comforts skin.
· La Roche-Posay thermal spring water: Mineral rich, with selenium as a supply of nutrients and antioxidants for skin.
SERUMS FOR SENSITIVE SKIN BY CONCERN
Serum routines change depending on skin’s needs, but the recommended order of application remains the same. Along with other skin types, those with sensitive skin can layer serums to enhance ingredients and address multiple concerns. Explore face serums for sensitive skin in the Toleriane range and more.
HYDRATING SERUM FOR SENSITIVE SKIN
Persistent dryness is a common experience for sensitive skin. To mitigate this, hydrating formulas can be implemented to support the skin moisture barrier. One of the most hydrating skincare steps, a hyaluronic acid serum for sensitive skin is a rich humectant which draws moisture into skin. Hyalu B5 Hyaluronic Acid Serum has a hydrating water-gel texture to reduce dullness and plump skin with moisture. Along with hyaluronic acid, vitamin B5 and glycerin are combined to hydrate and care for sensitive skin, to provide balance to complexions.
ACNE SERUM FOR SENSITIVE SKIN
Although some anti-acne products may place pressure on sensitive skin, a niacinamide serum for sensitive skin has multiple benefits for acne-prone skin and is gentle enough for daily use. Pure Niacinamide 10 Serum For Dark Spots helps to regulate oil-flow whilst reducing redness associated with breakouts. The effective concentration is developed to suit sensitive skin types, and the inclusion of HEPES helps to gently exfoliate dead skin which may clog pores. To follow, niacinamide-infused Effaclar Duo Anti-Acne Moisturiser helps to care for acne-prone skin.
BRIGHTENING SERUM FOR SENSITIVE SKIN
Choose a vitamin C serum for sensitive skin to address dulled complexions or uneven skin tone. The antioxidant works to protect skin cells, hydrate and improve the appearance of uneven skin tone. La Roche-Posay’s vitamin C formulas are specially designed to encourage radiance in sensitive skin - Vitamin C 10 Brightening Serum contains 10% pure vitamin C alongside neurosensine and thermal spring water for balanced results.
ANTI-AGEING SERUM FOR SENSITIVE SKIN
To address signs of ageing like fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots on skin, retinol is one of the most effective ingredients. The La Roche Posay retinol serum for sensitive skin is also formulated with niacinamide to support this potent ingredient. Retinol B3 Anti-Ageing Serum helps to visibly renew sensitive complexions with both pure retinol and gradual release retinol. For added hydration, we recommend layering your retinol serum with Toleriane Ultra Dermallergo Hydrating Serum. This helps sensitive skin retain moisture and counteracts any drying effects from retinol.
ANTI-REDNESS SERUMS FOR SENSITIVE SKIN
Sensitive skin can often be prone to redness. Anti-redness serums therefore feature across many sensitive skincare routines. Rosaliac AR Intense Anti-Redness Serum has been developed for daily use and is a highly effective face serum for sensitive skin. Included in the minimalist formula are supportive and effective ingredients like neurosensine, ambophenol and La Roche-Posay thermal spring water. Light reflectors and natural extracts can help to reduce visible redness.
HOW TO APPLY FACE SERUM FOR SENSITIVE SKIN
It’s important for all skin types to customise a skincare routine properly. This means knowing which time of day your serum should be applied, and where it should sit in a routine for optimal benefits. Serums for sensitive skin have varying application recommendations, including:
· Day vs night application
Check the recommended directions for usefor each serum before use. Typically, a vitamin C serum for sensitive skin belongs to morning routines, to protect skin against daily aggressors. Meanwhile, a retinol serum for sensitive skin is recommended for evening routines.
· Always follow with broad-spectrum SPF
Hypoallergenic, fragrance-free sunscreen should always be applied as the final step in skin routines. In Australia especially, skin requires daily sunscreen use in order to stay strong and radiant. See more on how to choose sunscreen for sensitive skin.