Soothing solutions for sensitive skin

PUBLISHED : Friday, 10 October, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 10 October, 2008, 12:00am

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Winter winds are harsh against sensitive skin, but irritation and redness can be a thing of the past with the right products.

To ensure long-term hydration, treat your skin weekly with an Aveda (bottom from right) Intensive Hydrating Masque (HK$360) to lock in moisture. The oil-free formula contains sodium hyaluronate, which retains up to 1,000 times its own weight in moisture, as well as aloe, kelp, lavender and rosewater to help soothe and tone the skin.

For everyday skin maintenance, MTM Soothing Serum (HK$680) effectively penetrates the skin for intensive moisturising, but is mild enough to be applied twice a day after morning and evening cleansing. Designed specially for sensitive skin, the serum moisturises while also enhancing the skin's resistance and its ability to protect itself.

An ideal cream to follow the serum would be the Natura Bisse Sensitive Cream (HK$820). The name says it all - the alcohol-free and oil-free formula soothes the skin and reduces redness as well as the appearance of other symptoms of skin irritation. Free of chemical perfumes, the cream contains tea extract for anti-stress purposes as well as other ingredients to regenerate and revitalise the skin and protect it against environmental irritants.

For a quick fix, the Guerlain Duo Correcteur (HK$320) gives you everything you need to hide sensitive skin flare-ups. The pale yellow stick brightens dark circles and reduces the appearance of deep wrinkles, while the nude beige stick camouflages blemishes, brown spots, redness or other imperfections.

To ensure that your makeup is not the source of your skin problems, The Body Shop (top) Nature's Minerals collection is fragrance-free, oil-free and preservative-free. The products do not contain waxes, binders or traditional fillers found in some other mineral formulas. The Nature's Minerals Foundation (HK$189) is dermatologically-tested and has an SPF25 to protect the skin from damaging UV rays. Ingredients include Mediterranean clay for staying power, sericite for lustre, mica to hide fine lines and titanium dioxide for sun protection. Nature's Minerals Cheek Colour (HK$129) and Nature's Minerals Eye Colour (HK$109) are also included in the collection.