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The Best Products for Sensitive Skin

Cool, calm complexions

Skin feeling delicate? You’re not alone: about 45 percent of Americans describe their skin as sensitive.

When it comes to caring for sensitive skin, finding the best personal care products can be stressful and scary. Uncertainty comes with every purchase—will it sting? Burn? Make my skin even more upset? It’s often an expensive and disappointing process to find products that are gentle enough to do their job without painful side effects.

The good news is that plenty of Lush inventions were specifically formulated with sensitive skin in mind. Look for products with these soothing, calming ingredients to help your skin keep its cool.

Aloe vera to revive

This desert plant is prized for its healing qualities. The fleshy leaves contain a clear gel which soothes and cools irritated or unhappy skin. We’ve used aloe in some of our most calming, soothing skincare formulas to put sensitive faces at ease.

Skin Drink Moisturizer contains aloe vera gel and extract, plus fresh avocado, sesame oil and rose petal infusion to calm and protect the skin. For a cooling treatment, BB Seaweed Fresh Face Mask contains a blend of soothing aloe, seaweed, rose absolute and ground almonds, all well known for their calming properties. Cosmetic Lad Moisturizer was specially formulated for treating post-shave irritation, but can be used by anyone who loves a calming touch. It’s made with aloe to soothe skin and lavender honey water to heal and hydrate.

Oats to reduce irritation

Oats have been used to cool and calm the skin for thousands of years. They have a super soothing effect which helps relieve itching or burning skin. When infused in water, oats produce oat milk, which we use in loads of calming inventions.

Sleepy Face Naked Cleansing Balm is ideal for skin that needs a gentle cleansing touch with a blend of soothing oat milk, balancing lavender oil and hydrating fair trade shea butter. Ceridwen's Cauldron Bath Oil works wonders on unsettled skin due to the whole oats and fair trade organic cocoa butter which turn your bath water into a softening, milky lagoon. For skin-soothing washes, Oaty Creamy Dreamy Shower Cream is a dream in a bottle. Oat milk, lavender, rose and chamomile make for some seriously soothing suds.

Chamomile to calm and soothe

You might think of chamomile as a bedtime tea, but it also has skin-soothing superpowers. You’ll find chamomile blue oil, oat milk and rose water in Dream Cream Body Lotion , which relieves skin that’s dry, irritated or inflamed. Dream Cream also comes in a self-preserving version making it even better for skin that’s sensitive to synthetic preservatives. Chamomile is also found in Dreamtime Bath Oil which soothes and conditions the skin with fair trade organic cocoa butter and lavender oil. If it’s your hands that need TLC, Helping Hands Hand Cream is made with soothing chamomile water, fair trade shea butter and honey to help soften and soothe hardworking paws.

Dream Cream Body Lotion soothes and calms even the most sensitive skin

A woman applies Dream Cream Body Lotion to her legs

Honey to hydrate

Honey is a natural skin soother. It’s also a humectant, meaning it attracts and retains moisture in the skin to keep it flexible and hydrated.

Ultrabland Facial Cleanser is the perfect choice for easily irritated skin. This ultra-gentle blend of almond oil, rose water, beeswax and honey removes dirt and makeup and leaves skin clean, soothed and glowing. And if you’re craving a more occasional mask moment, Bunny Moon is one of our gentlest jelly face masks. This wobbly wonder is made with a soothing blend of honey, chamomile and marigold petal infusion and rose oil—as well as softening carrageenan that gives all our jellies their jiggle.

And finally, for all-over washing that’s gentle enough for the whole family, there’s Honey I Washed The Kids Soap. Made with a soothing honey and aloe vera blend, this sweet-smelling sudser soothes and cleanses in one step.

Cocoa butter to condition

This creamy, soothing butter melts into the skin to leave it supple, smooth and moisturized—the perfect trio for sensitive bits. Sink under a skin-comforting blanket of foam with a Milky Bath Bubble Bar and luxuriate in the silky, calming waters of cocoa butter, soy milk powder and extra virgin olive oil. Or pop Butterball Bath Bomb into the tub for a gentle fizzy delight of softening baking soda and flecks of hydrating cocoa butter.

We get the challenges of shopping for cosmetics when your skin seems to be sensitive to everything under the sun, and we want you to feel confident in your Lush purchase. Visit your local shop for a personalized consultation, along with the opportunity to try products before you buy. And of course, if a product doesn’t meet your expectations, we’ll happily exchange it for something that does.