Sensitive

SENSITIVE SKIN has lots of different causes, triggers, symptoms and looks – it can be genetic or environmental, life-long or temporary, dry or oily. From serious conditions including rosacea and eczema to self-inflicted sensitivity brought on by hitting the retinol or chemical peels too hard, discomfort and redness are two things nearly all sensitive skin has in common. Reducing inflammation, strengthening the skin barrier, and protecting the skin from getting more aggravated are top priorities. Avoiding stressors is important too (hot water, cold weather, chlorine). As much as we love DIY, some jobs are best left to professionals. Don't forget you can always doctor up.

 

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The Essentials

Three basics are the backbone of any daily routine.

01. Cleanse
02. Moisturize
03. Sunscreen

 

01. Cleanse


Very obvious, but keep it gentle. Stick with lukewarm water, and pat dry with very soft cloth. Don't rub, don't scrub. Keeping skin clean helps because it removes dirt, pollution and bacteria that can irritate your skin.

 Emulsifying Oil Cleanser - $75   Pre-Cleanse Oil  Oil-to-milk cleanser takes off makeup and sunscreen, rinses easily

Emulsifying Oil Cleanser - $75

Pre-Cleanse Oil
Oil-to-milk cleanser takes off makeup and sunscreen, rinses easily

  Rinsable Cleansing Balm  - $70   Cleansing Balm  Moisture-rich balm melts off makeup and sunscreen, rinses easily.

Rinsable Cleansing Balm - $70

Cleansing Balm
Moisture-rich balm melts off makeup and sunscreen, rinses easily.

 Purifying Cleansing Cream - $36   Cream Cleanser  Light cream works for skin with mix of dry and oily, or any combo-normal.

Purifying Cleansing Cream - $36

Cream Cleanser
Light cream works for skin with mix of dry and oily, or any combo-normal.

 Face Foam - $28   Foam Gel  Great for combo-normal or oily. Unscented and only 11 ingredients.

Face Foam - $28

Foam Gel
Great for combo-normal or oily. Unscented and only 11 ingredients.

 

02. Moisturize


Moisturizer is a key step for sensitive skin – even if it doesn't feel dry – because your moisturizer can be a valuable protective layer between irritated skin and the aggressors coming at you from the outside world.

  • When its protected, your skin gets a break from fighting off intruders, reducing inflammation and redness
  • For dry skin, look for moisturizers using plant oils high in linoleic acid (such as sunflower, safflower) which boosts skins own natural moisture-making machine
  • For oily and combo skin, make sure to choose non pore-clogging options. Shea butter is non-clogging way to add  protective layer (cocoa butter and coconut oil are not your friends)
  • For dry, oily or combo, go light on the plant oils highest in oleic acid (avocado, olive, almond). These may disrupt the protective barrier layer that you want to strengthen
 Super Sensitive Skin Stuff • $38   Light Lotion  Great choice for oily or combo skin. Absorbs easily, not at all sticky.

Super Sensitive Skin Stuff • $38

Light Lotion
Great choice for oily or combo skin. Absorbs easily, not at all sticky.

 Naked Oil • $36   Facial Oil  Rosehip oil blend nourishes dry or combination skin. Essential oil free, preservative free.

Naked Oil • $36

Facial Oil
Rosehip oil blend nourishes dry or combination skin. Essential oil free, preservative free.

 Essential Bio-Technological Moisturiser • $62   Silky Cream  Works well for dry or combo skin. Potent moisturizer, wears well under makeup.  Night cream version also.

Essential Bio-Technological Moisturiser • $62

Silky Cream
Works well for dry or combo skin. Potent moisturizer, wears well under makeup.  Night cream version also.

 Calming Moisture • $50   Smooth Cream  Designed to soothe inflamed, dry skin. Essential oil free, fragrance free.

Calming Moisture • $50

Smooth Cream
Designed to soothe inflamed, dry skin. Essential oil free, fragrance free.

 

03. Sunscreen


Every. Single. Morning. Sun and heat are no good for sensitive skin. Zinc oxide sunscreens give the best protection, and are less likely to irritate than chemical sunscreens. Use daily to hugely decrease cancer risk, and prevent the routine UV damage that shows up as wrinkles later on. Even if its cloudy or you'll mostly be inside.

 5-in-1 Moisturizing Sunscreen - $45   Tinted BB Cream  Broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection. SPF30.

5-in-1 Moisturizing Sunscreen - $45

Tinted BB Cream
Broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection. SPF30.

 Moisturizing Sunscreen and Primer - $45   Primer-Like Finish  Broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection. SPF30.

Moisturizing Sunscreen and Primer - $45

Primer-Like Finish
Broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection. SPF30.

 
 
 
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Your Best Extras

Soothing, strengthening and protecting are top goals for sensitive skin. Dryness and breakouts happen to sensitive skin too.

 

Boost Moisture & Strengthen Skin Barrier


B5 (panthenol) boosts skin hydration and helps skin function better. Linoleic acid helps skin produce more of its own natural oils (the stuff we need to make a strong skin barrier, which keeps moisture in and irritants out).

 Ideal Moisture Level Serum - $68   Hydrating serum  Hyaluronic acid serum with B5 hydrates and builds moisture from within. Softens look of fine lines. 

Ideal Moisture Level Serum - $68

Hydrating serum
Hyaluronic acid serum with B5 hydrates and builds moisture from within. Softens look of fine lines. 

 Naked Oil • $36   Facial Oil  Rosehip oil blend nourishes skin. Linoleic acid and antioxidant rich. Essential oil free, preservative free.

Naked Oil • $36

Facial Oil
Rosehip oil blend nourishes skin. Linoleic acid and antioxidant rich. Essential oil free, preservative free.

 London Mask • $92   For super stressed skin  Soothing mask with B5 calms and moisturizes. Luxe choice for skin with irritation, dryness and/or breakouts.

London Mask • $92

For super stressed skin
Soothing mask with B5 calms and moisturizes. Luxe choice for skin with irritation, dryness and/or breakouts.

 
 

Reduce Irritation


Oat, chamomile, comfrey – and the actives derived from them – beta-glucan, bisabolol, and allantoin are a few of the better known anti-inflammatories and work to bring down irritation and redness. 

 Calming Moisture - $50   All-over irritation   Best moisturizer all-over dry, inflamed skin. Essential oil free, fragrance free.

Calming Moisture - $50

All-over irritation
Best moisturizer all-over dry, inflamed skin. Essential oil free, fragrance free.

 London Mask • $92   For super stressed skin  Soothing, moisturizing mask with allantoin. Luxe choice for skin with irritation, dryness and/or breakouts.

London Mask • $92

For super stressed skin
Soothing, moisturizing mask with allantoin. Luxe choice for skin with irritation, dryness and/or breakouts.

 Rescue + Relief Spray • $15   Irritating situations  Soothing mini-mist for aggravated skin (sunburns, heat rash, itchy days, razor burn).

Rescue + Relief Spray • $15

Irritating situations
Soothing mini-mist for aggravated skin (sunburns, heat rash, itchy days, razor burn).

 Restorative skin balm • $15   Spot treatment  Petroleum-free cure-all for abrasions, mystery itches, chapped lips. Like vasaline, only better!

Restorative skin balm • $15

Spot treatment
Petroleum-free cure-all for abrasions, mystery itches, chapped lips. Like vasaline, only better!

 

Acne or blackheads


Clay, green tea and jojoba beads treat acne and blackheads without irritating skin like some other common remedies (salicylic acid, retinol, tea tree oil).

 Detox Mask • $30   Clay & green tea mask  Clay + green tea help with breakouts, while avoiding acids that may not suit sensitive skin. 

Detox Mask • $30

Clay & green tea mask
Clay + green tea help with breakouts, while avoiding acids that may not suit sensitive skin. 

 Gentle Facial Exfoliant • $39   Gentle exfoliant  Jojoba wax spheres take away surface buildup. Smooths rough areas.

Gentle Facial Exfoliant • $39

Gentle exfoliant
Jojoba wax spheres take away surface buildup. Smooths rough areas.

 London Mask • $92   For stressed skin  Soothing mask with B5 calms, clears and moisturizes. Luxe choice for skin with irritation, breakouts and/or dryness.

London Mask • $92

For stressed skin
Soothing mask with B5 calms, clears and moisturizes. Luxe choice for skin with irritation, breakouts and/or dryness.

 
 
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Post 20's

After our 20s, skin starts to change in a few ways:
- The cycle of new skin cells coming to the surface slows, and older dead skin cells hang on longer (creating dullness)
- Skin gets drier
- Skin makes less collagen, an important skin building block that gives skin structure and support

What your skin needs now is exfoliation, hydration and all the collagen it can get.

 

Exfoliate


Jojoba beads are a great, gentle way to take away dead skin cell buildup that can lead to dry patches, or clogged pores and acne.

 Gentle Facial Exfoliant - $39   Dullness  Gentle polish with jojoba beads

Gentle Facial Exfoliant - $39

Dullness
Gentle polish with jojoba beads

 
 
 
 

Hydrate


Hyaluronic acid and glycerin are great ways to boost hydration. If your usual lotion isn't quiet enough any more, try pairing it with a face oil, or swapping it for heavier-weight moisturizer. The London mask is a super moisturizing treat for stressed skin.

 Ideal Moisture Level Serum - $68   Hydrating serum  Hyaluronic acid serum with B5 hydrates and builds moisture from within. Softens look of fine lines. 

Ideal Moisture Level Serum - $68

Hydrating serum
Hyaluronic acid serum with B5 hydrates and builds moisture from within. Softens look of fine lines. 

 Naked Oil • $36   Facial Oil  Rosehip oil blend nourishes skin. Linoleic acid and antioxidant rich. Essential oil free, preservative free.

Naked Oil • $36

Facial Oil
Rosehip oil blend nourishes skin. Linoleic acid and antioxidant rich. Essential oil free, preservative free.

 Essential Bio-Technological Moisturizer • $62   Silky Cream  Potent moisturizer that wears well under makeup. Night cream version also.

Essential Bio-Technological Moisturizer • $62

Silky Cream
Potent moisturizer that wears well under makeup. Night cream version also.

 London Mask • $92   For stressed skin  Soothing mask with B5 calms and moisturizes. Luxe choice for skin with irritation, dryness and/or breakouts.

London Mask • $92

For stressed skin
Soothing mask with B5 calms and moisturizes. Luxe choice for skin with irritation, dryness and/or breakouts.

 
 

Collagen


Along with sunscreen, we recommend antioxidants to help protect sensitive skin – and your finite supply of collagen – from damaging UV light and pollution.

 Superfood Serum • $55   Serum  Antioxidant rich serum absorbs easily. Light nutrient-rich add-on.

Superfood Serum • $55

Serum
Antioxidant rich serum absorbs easily. Light nutrient-rich add-on.

 Facial Oil • $50   Face oil  Beta-carotene rich facial oil is a favorite eye treatment, spot treatment or nutrient booster.

Facial Oil • $50

Face oil
Beta-carotene rich facial oil is a favorite eye treatment, spot treatment or nutrient booster.

 
 
 

WHAT'S NOT IN OUR SENSITIVE SKIN COLLECTION  

We keep many of the chemicals that irritate sensitive skin out of our entire store for all skin types: sulfates, problem preservatives (parabens, formaldehyde-releasers), synthetic fragrance and pthalates, petroleum and more. Our sensitive skin collection is also alcohol-free and propylene glycol-free. We choose products with low levels of essential oils – or none at all. We offer fragrance-free and preservative-free options. And we always make the full ingredient lists easy to find in case you are keeping an eye out for certain things you know don't work well with your skin. Our advice: take any new product for a test run and try one new product at a time. (check assortment for phenoxyethanol).

 
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Not sure what to choose?

We'd love to help.