Last week I published ‘The Best Cleansers For Rosacea‘ and here’s the next post in the series, where I share my thoughts on the best moisturisers for rosacea. I always stress the importance of finding the skincare that works for you… and that doesn’t just mean finding the products that suit your rosacea, I also know that it has to be the right price point as well as being easy to find. But there is so much information out there, so many products that claim they’re great for sensitive skin, so where do you even start? I can help.
DISCLAIMER: I am not a dermatologist, or a doctor, but I am a person who has lived with rosacea for 16 years and has learned a lot about it in that time. My blog is not a step-by-step manual for rosacea, it should be seen as more of a jumping off point: something to guide you and steer you in the right direction. You must always use common sense with regards to your skin type, tolerance levels, application etc.
FYI, I have rosacea type 1 which is mainly under control through trigger management, as well as stress management, and finding skincare like the below that works for me. If you have questions about rosacea in general, this post is the mothership, covering skincare, make up, triggers, lifestyle, psychological impact and everything else you can think of.
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THE BEST MOISTURISERS FOR ROSACEA
La Roche Posay Toleriane Ultra Fluid – If I had a pound for every time I’d mentioned this moisturiser, I would… probably just buy stocks in La Roche Posay. This is my staple moisturiser that is always on my dresser. It’s what I take away with me on holiday, what I go back to when my skin is unhappy, what I rely on when I don’t know what else to use. It comes in a pump bottle with a sealed inner tube designed so that no air or contaminants can get in which means the product can be formulated without preservatives, which can sometimes be an irritant. It is also recognised by the British Allergy Foundation.
Avene Tolerance Extreme Emulsion – Slightly more liquid-y (totally a word) than the LRP moisturiser, but just as light and soothing on the skin. The whole Tolerance Extreme range is seriously lovely, with all of the products containing minimal ingredients – this moisturiser contains only 6 ingredients which is pretty unusual. The weird-looking sterile DEFI cap keeps out bacteria and contaminants which means no preservatives here either.
Medik8 Advanced Night Restore* – This is the moisturiser I use on the nights when I apply my Crystal Retinal. It’s a really luxurious-feeling moisturiser that leaves my skin feeling intensely hydrated and soothed. For me personally, it’s a little too rich to use every night, but a few times a week this is perfection. It does contain lavender, sweet orange oil and neroli so if you are particularly reactive to those its worth bearing in mind, but I have had absolutely no irritation from using it. You can find more information on the ingredients here.
NB: The following products all fall under the ‘moisturiser’ umbrella, but I see them more as treatment creams. I tend to use these when my skin is particularly irritated, dry, or stressed.
La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 – This is another product that I’ve recommended for years, I even dedicated a whole blog post to it here. It contains Panthenol/provitamin B5, as well as zinc and madecassosside, and is soothing and repairing while being gentle enough to use on nappy rash, sunburn, scrapes, or a damaged skin barrier. It has a fairly thick formula so I wouldn’t wear it under make up, but for make up free days, flights, and mask evenings it is great.
Avene Cicalfate+ Restorative Protective Cream – This is a pretty new discovery for me (at least compared to some of the others in this list) but it quickly became a firm favourite. This would be a great cream if you were working on repairing your skin barrier as it leaves a light, unnoticeable film on the skin that protects and soothes the skin throughout the day. It feels quite thick on first application but soon sinks in and feels lovely on the skin.
Avene Skin Recovery Cream – Yet another firm favourite of mine for many years, this is another product that’s marketed as a moisturiser but I use it more like a mask. It’s lovely and soothing on the skin, and quickly reduces feelings of tightness and discomfort.
What do you think are the best moisturisers for rosacea (or sensitive skin in general)? Let me know in the comments below!
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