Best Face Washes, Moisturisers and Skincare Products to Buy for Sensitive Skin in Singapore
Sensitive skin can be hard to manage! If you are constantly wary of new ingredients to add to your sensitive skincare routine, know that it is a tough battle for most. Even more so when you add health issues like eczema or rosacea to the mix - what do you choose and what not?
And then there’s the weather! While most brands will suggest deep moisturising formulas for sensitive skincare, Singapore’s humidity can spur other issues such as acne, breakouts and oily skin.
We’re so excited to run this list with you as it contains the best sensitive skincare products in Singapore that work for our tropical climate. Some are formulated within Singapore (including the prestigious National Skin Centre!), whilst others are globally known brands that can soothe and nourish without leaving your skin sticky! Read on to find out more.
When a product is formulated at the National Skin Centre, Singapore you know it’s right for your skin! A boon for those with sensitive skin, Suu Balm sell a range of skincare solutions developed specially for people with dry, itchy and eczema-prone skin.
With over 1,000,000 tubes sold globally, their hypoallergenic products work to match your skin’s pH levels and are free of parabens, steroids and artificial fragrances. This means Suu Balm’s products are suitable for all and any skin type - especially sensitive skin.
For those who need a sensitive skin cleanser, take a look at the Suu Balm Gentle Moisturising Facial Cleanser. Soap, SLS/SLES, preservative and fragrance-free, this product contains gentle and premium ingredients to cleanse and moisturise all while soothing tender skin. Built with a rapid and cooling itch relief formula that uses a derivative of menthol- menthyl lactate, it soothes the skin without stinging the eyes. Made with moisturising shea butter and Sodium Hyaluronate-hydrophilic that has water-retaining technology to keep your skin hydrated, you’ll find the cleanser will leave your skin squeaky clean without any dryness. In fact, a study done by the brand showed that 94% of users found the Suu Balm Gentle Moisturising Facial Cleanser moisturizing. For 83% of users, the Suu Balm Gentle Moisturising Facial Cleanser is gentle and non-irritating on the skin.
For a sensitive skin moisturiser, the Suu Balm Cooling Itch Relief Facial Moisturiser is a good choice. Built with a rapid and cooling itch relief formula, it soothes the skin without stinging the eyes. The moisturising effect comes from premium moisturising ingredients - 5 different types of ceramides and Safflower for natural hydration. Safflower contains Linolenic and Linoleic acid that helps reduce redness and hypersensitivity.
And don’t worry, as this moisturiser is built to be non-sticky, lightweight and comfortable for use in Singapore’s humidity. 88% of users find that Suu Balm Cooling Itch Relief Facial Moisturiser relieves itchiness on their face in less than 5 minutes!
While 88% of users find it lightweight and easily absorbed into the skin. An overwhelming 100% of users find this sensitive skincare product moisturising!
Suu Balm is available for purchase on their website, Guardian, Watsons, and Unity pharmacies.
*Surveys conducted in 2019
Derma Lab's newly launched overnight intensive recovery range, the Tolerance SOS Recovery Serum and Cream duo, helps sensitive skin when it falls into a headlong crisis mode. The Tolerance SOS Recovery duo gives skin an overnight intensive recovery to improve dry, rough and sensitive skin.
Derma Lab Tolerance SOS Recovery Serum helps to relieve skin itch in 40 seconds. Ideal for dry and reactive skin, this recovery serum is enhanced with an exclusive international patent-pending Neuro Biome Technology that restores the skin barrier and modulates skin's microbiome balance to reduce skin itch while alleviating redness and inflammation. It is also ideal for skin that has undergone post-laser procedures too.
Derma Lab Tolerance SOS Recovery Cream is formulated with a Biomimetic Lamellar Liquid Crystal Technology that acts like a second skin to recreate a natural skin barrier, this recovery cream acts like a reservoir, releasing biomimetic water into skin. It intensively moisturises and relieves skin comfort for up to 72 hours. This salve also comes with an airless pump jar that preserves the formula’s integrity from bacteria and is ideal for allergy-prone sensitive skin.
Derma Lab products are available at Watsons, Fairprice, CK and online on http://shopee.sg/dermalab.sg.
Established in 2009, Porcelain is founded by Singaporean veteran aesthetician, Jenny and her daughter, Pauline. Their highly effective solutions are formulated in-house and harness the power of natural ingredients, matched with technologically advanced formulations to restore the skin’s health.
Is your sensitive or sensitised skin leaving you troubled? Porcelain believes that skincare is a journey and correcting your concerns from the inside-out is the way to prevent the recurrence of sensitised skin. Sensitised skin is caused by repeated interactions with environmental pollutants, chemical irritation and poor lifestyle choices, and can easily cause our skin’s internal and external protective functions to fail – resulting in inflammation, irritation and accelerated ageing.
Welcome Porcelain's sensitive skin power duo that helps protect, repair and soothe irritated skin. These originally spa-grade formulations were so popular that customers lined up to use them for home use.
And now you too, can! The Porcelain Botanical Sensitive Care Toner is a multi-use product formulated with a reparative blend of botanicals such as Chamomile, Korean Mint, and Honeysuckle Flower Extract. It forms a protective and reparative barrier on the skin’s surface in just 3 seconds, thanks to its patented Skin-Like Thin Membrane Technology.
The second hero of this collection, Porcelain's Botanical Soothing Gel, is a botanical antihistamine that treats stinging or itching sensations. Made with prebiotics and 7 active botanical extracts including Peach, Peony, Yoshino Cherry and Mountain Pepper, this healing gel is rich in antioxidants, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and soothing properties.
Free of sulphates, parabens, silicons, phthalates, oils and artificial fragrances, the range is effective in soothing eczema symptoms and restoring dry, irritated, acne-prone, and sensitive skin.
Porcelain Skincare is available at Porcelain Spas and online at Porcelainskin.com, KrisShop, iShopChangi and LazMall
NUDESKIN Gentle Hydra-Gel Face Cleanser
New to NUDESKIN? A skincare line by NUDESTIX this skincare line follows the philosophy of simplistic, natural beauty for every skin type - including those with sensitive skin!
NUDESTIX is all about easy to use, multi-tasking no-makeup makeup that makes skin look like skin. Made in collaboration with a leading dermatologist to provide expertise in skin science, novel innovation and skin education; their products all about vegan-powered actives and eco-conscious packaging.
Sensitive skin types will love the NUDESTIX Gentle Hydra-Gel Face Cleanser a vegan, non-foaming, clean water-based gel cleanser that naturally removes makeup, clarifies skin, and gently extracts skin impurities without any harsh surfactants, fragrances and chemicals.
Developed with plant-powered actives for the most sensitive eyes and skin, this face wash reduces the appearance of inflammation, irritation, blemishes and dryness. It comes with Hyaluronic Acid to soften and moisturise the skin.
And if foaming face washes dry you out, you’ll be happy to hear that the Gentle Hydra-Gel Face Cleanser is non-foaming, gentle and water-based. This cleansing gel is formulated especially for sensitive, dry and blemish-prone skin and can be used for those with rosacea and eczema.
The Body Shop
The Body Shop continuously seeks to make a positive difference in the world by offering high-quality, naturally-inspired skincare, hair care and make-up that is produced ethically and sustainably. And that includes those with sensitive skin!
With close to 85% of women reportedly having sensitive skin*, The Body Shop has created the new Mediterranean Almond Milk with Oats Instant Soothing Mask.
This creamy, 100% vegan comfort mask is blended with oatmeal from the UK, known for its gently exfoliating texture. It’s also enriched with Community Trade organic almond milk from Spain and Community Trade organic aloe vera from Mexico, so it’s even kinder to sensitive skin.
Heard about prebiotic skincare? Your skin is home to microbes which form a layer called the ‘skin flora’. This soothing mask is enriched with prebiotics that helps maintain its barrier function. It relieves dry, sensitive skin from feelings of tightness and itchiness, and gently exfoliates to leave skin feeling softer, smoother and more hydrated!
Sensitive skin types will also like the Aloe range, which includes an Aloe Calming Cream Cleanser and Aloe Calming Foaming Wash. Made without preservatives, these gently cleanse your skin and leave it clean, fresh and calmed. If you prefer something more nourishing, we’d recommend the cream cleanser - this comforting rich cream product moisturises and gently cleanses sensitive skin. Watch as it melts away any impurities to reveal skin that is clean sans irritation.
Bioderma Sensibio Gel Moussant
Do you find it hard to find a sensitive skin cleanser that removes dirt and makeup effectively? The Bioderma Sensibio Gel Moussant is a non-comedogenic and soap-free cleanser that soothes and calms irritation. The soothing micellar cleansing gel reinforces the skin's natural hydration while gently cleansing and removing all make-up from the face and eyes.
With a high skin and eye tolerance, this no-fragrance product is formulated according to the ecobiology principles, which are at the heart of the parent company NAOS’ approach to respect the skin ecosystem.
There’s also an exclusive D.A.F™ complex - a combination of active ingredients which reinforces the tolerance threshold of all sensitive skin.
Enriched with Coco Glucoside/Glycéryl Oléate; an active ingredient that mimics the skin structure, Sensibio Gel Moussant has lipid-restoring and moisturising properties.
Easy to use, with its pump bottle packaging, the Bioderma Sensibo Gel Moussant glides on effortlessly onto the skin and leaves it squeaky clean minus any dryness. Just apply to wet skin, work up a lather and rinse off! Follow with your favourite sensitive skincare product.
Dermalogica Clear Start Skin Soothing Hydrating Lotion
Acne-prone skin that is also sensitive? For those of us that deal with acne and breakouts along with sensitised and irritated skin, Dermalogica’s Clear Start range is the perfect balance your skin needs. Dermalogica, the #1 professional skincare brand worldwide, created Clear Start to treat younger, breakout-prone skin. With a series of powerful, clinically proven formulas that deliver fast-acting, multitasking results, Clear Start supports skincare goals without promoting unattainable perfect skin.
What’s more, Clear Start is formulated without artificial fragrances or colours, and combines the best of science with nature to get rid of breakouts - without stripping the skin. The Dermalogica Clear Start Skin Soothing Hydrating Lotion is a lightweight yet moisturising lotion for irritated skin. The sheer, easy-to-apply formula helps soothe and hydrate away the discomfort that often comes along with a breakout. It is sulphate and paraben-free and also o suitable for Acne-prone, Normal, Oily, and Combination skin types.
La Roche-Posay Toleriane Caring Wash and Ultra Light Fluid
La Roche-Posay is the number 1 dermo-cosmetic brand worldwide and is recommended by over 90,000 dermatologists. The brand partners with dermatologists and experts to design innovative skincare solutions even for the most sensitive skin.
Their Toleriane range consists of products designed to hydrate, soothe and protect sensitive to allergy-prone skin. The Toleriane Caring Wash, as the name suggests, is a face cleanser that contains only the essential ingredients for cleansing and removing make-up. This includes cocobetaine, a gentle, cleansing surfactant combined with 4 other “skin-caring” ingredients. The milky texture helps reduce friction, is easy to rinse off and can be used as a make-up remover too. The ultra-safe formulation comes with fragrance and is the perfect cleansing solution for sensitive skin types. No dryness or stretchy skin after!
For a moisturiser, try the Toleriane Ultra Light Fluid, an intense dermatological moisturiser that soothes and repairs the skin barrier. Its light and non-oily texture, combines Neurosensine, a strong soothing agent that also targets the signs of skin irritation.
Not only that, it intensely hydrates and soothes skin from any stinging, itching, or burning sensations, including any visible redness.
And like all of La Roche-Posay’s products it comes with the powers of their Thermal Spring Water, a natural soothing and anti-irritant ingredient.
Glowfully's Healing Elixir
Founder Charlene battled with sensitive skin and eczema in her growing years and was determined to find a simple skincare line that was also effective. Her Glowfully product range is formulated without Paraben, Phthalates, Sulfates and Formaldehyde. And besides making clean beauty products that work on all skin types, they make sure these are suitable for Singapore's hot and humid environment.
This is why each of Glowfully’s products is nourishing and not too rich - perfect for sensitive skin or other complexion types.
Glowfully's Healing Elixir is a gel moisturiser that comes packed with nutrients specially tailored for sensitive skin. Bursting with amino acids, soothing aloe vera and chamomile extract; this refreshing and cooling gel emulsion is formulated to instantly quench your skin and soothe any irritation. It is quickly absorbed into your skin without leaving any residue.
In fact, much like the Healing Elixir that is a sensitive skin moisturiser, their serum, face masks and cleanser are also suitable for irritated skin!
Glow Recipe Avocado Ceramide Recovery Serum
Stressed, sensitive skin that needs a little bit of love? Glow Recipe’s Avocado Ceramide Recovery Serum is a milky, lightweight formula that envelops sensitised skin with a protective layer of actives amongst other skin-nourishing ingredients. These include avocado extract and butter, strengthening ceramides and calming allantoin and rice milk.
Aside from hydrating your skin, this innovative skincare product soothes redness, supports the skin barrier, and nourishes the skin for a healthy balance with zero irritation.
Why Ceramides you ask? Ceramides naturally occur in our skin and make up roughly 50% of our skin’s outer layer. As we age, our skin’s ceramide levels may drop, resulting in dryness, itchy or irritated skin. This is why applying ceramides topically helps prevent and repair irritation on the skin barrier and alleviates any discomfort that may occur from using harsh actives and acids!
Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Re-cover SPF 40/PA++ CC Cream
Want a sensitive skin moisturiser plus amazing SPF coverage? Soothe sensitive, red skin and get ample SPF coverage with the Dr. Jart Cicapair Re-cover SPF 40 Cream. A colour-changing cream, it reduces redness and protects the skin from UV light and other environmental pollutants.
Not only does the Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Recover Cream hide blemishes, but it also balances out redness to leave you with an overall healthy appearance. It comes powered with Centella Asiatica Complex to recover skin health, Mineral Complex to calm sensitive skin and Herb Complex to refine skin texture and revitalise the skin.
A TikTok success, the product works best if you rub it on your palms first and then gently press onto skin. Remember to not be afraid of the green - it will change to beige once you’ve applied it to your skin!
Chantecaille Orange Flower Water
If you need a face spritz to soothe your sensitive skin, you must try the Chantecaille Orange Flower Water! An aromatic face spritz scented with pure orange blossoms, it is formulated to be gentle enough for all skin types.
Steam-distilled to capture the powerful properties of the blossoms, each spritz revives the spirit and senses with a soothing, fragrant mist that balances and refreshes the skin.
Floral scent lovers will love the distinct white blossom scent with a non-citrusy. In fact, it’s more like a light neroli or jasmine when applied.
It's also a great accompaniment for your nighttime routine. The soft mood-lifting fragrance will help you relax. Orange Flower Water is known to be calming and has been used traditionally in aromatherapy to relax and help with sleep disorders too!
CODEX BEAUTY Antu Collection
This collection was meant for sensitive skin types! CODEX BEAUTY’s Antü range is focused on protecting, restoring, and strengthening the skin barrier. It manages the reactive oxidative stress in the skin while supporting the microbiome. AntüComplex was designed to soothe irritation and reduce inflammation, especially from sun exposure and pollution.
The collection consists of four beauty products: Antu Radiance Mist - an invigorating spray that hydrates, soothes, and refines the appearance of pores; Antu Brightening Serum - a light serum that hydrates and helps skin plump and firm; Antu Brightening Moisturizer - a protection cream that hydrates, helps UV recovery, and refines the appearance of pores; Antu Brightening Night Cream - a rich, nourishing night cream that hydrates and leaves skin soft and radiant.
Those with dry and sensitised skin(including eczema) will enjoy the Antu Brightening Night Cream that quenches the skin and leaves it feeling hydrated and moisturised all night. The Antu Brightening Moisturizer is also suitable as it is light, refreshing and absorbs well.
The Antu collection is available on the CODEX BEAUTY website.
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
This overall moisturiser and repair cream provides instant relief and hydration for dry, distressed skin and eczema.
An award-winning hydrator, it has a beautiful, whipped texture that is instantly absorbed with no greasy feeling after. The colloidal oatmeal works with a variety of other ingredients suitable for all skin types and will leave the skin smooth and hydrated - even after just one use!
Eczema-prone skin types will know that Colloidal Oatmeal is one of the best ingredients to use on sensitive, irritated skin. An FDA-designated skin protectant it relieves itching and minor irritation caused by skin conditions
A consumer perception report showed that 100% of people reported a lasting improvement in skin dryness after just two weeks of use. 100% of participants also said that the product helped to soothe, moisturise and condition their skin.
Use as a sensitive skin moisturiser or apply anywhere on your body to soothe dry or uncomfortable skin!
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