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Best Skin Care Routine for Dry Sensitive Skin

MIRA BEAUTY • updated Dec 15, 2020
Best Skin Care Routine for Dry Sensitive Skin

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Finding the right skincare products for sensitive skin is a science. As much as you’d like to buy every moisturizer in the beauty aisle and try a different one each night, that would make your skin go crazy.

So it’s important to discover the best ingredients and skin care products that work for your routine - without causing redness, irritation, or flakiness. Another thing to know? Sensitive skin is less of a type, and more of a trait. You can have oily sensitive skin, for example, or combination skin that gets sensitive when exposed to certain ingredients. But one of the most difficult to deal with is dry sensitive skin.

Lack of moisture doesn’t only produce the painful “tight” or “tingling” sensations after you cleanse, it can also cause rough patches or trigger flare-ups of conditions like eczema or rosacea… all of which happens more quickly with the dry sensitive skin type. But it doesn’t have to be this way, as long as you find the right skin care routine.

Find the best cleansers, moisturizers, and more for your dry sensitive skin below.


Gentle Skin Cleanser by Cetaphil, $14

Gentle Skin Cleanser by Cetaphil
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Simple, effective, and formulated to be soothing on even the most sensitive skin, the Gentle Skin Cleanser is one of our favorites. And soon it will be yours, too! It’s formulated with mostly water and a few other under-the-radar ingredients, washing away oil, dirt, and makeup while leaving your face feeling fresh. Most importantly, Gentle Skin Cleanser will deep clean and remove impurities without stripping your skin of its natural oils, because the last thing you need is extra dryness. Cetaphil is an affordable, high-quality brand with some of the best skincare products for sensitive and dry skin, and MIRA BEAUTY guests agree. 93% say that this cleanser is gentle, hydrating, and brightening, while 91% think it’s perfect for any skin care routine for sensitive skin.

Hydro Boost Hydrating Cleansing Gel & Oil-Free Makeup Remover by Neutrogena, $10

Hydro Boost Hydrating Cleansing Gel & Oil-Free Makeup Remover by Neutrogena
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You may have heard about Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost moisturizer and how it’s a holy grail product for dry skin, which is 100% true. But haaaaave you met the brand’s cleanser of the same name? This lightweight gel features one of the best skin care ingredients for hydration, ever: hyaluronic acid. HA holds up to 1,000 times its own weight in water, basically flooding your face with moisture with zero risk of irritating your dry sensitive skin. Hydro Boost also contains Glycerin, which helps to seal moisture into the skin and leaves your face feeling radiant and refreshed. You won’t just be washing away makeup and impurities as you lather this soothing cleanser into your skin, you’ll also be giving skin the hydration it deserves as you casually start admiring your brighter, smoother, and more radiant complexion. Are you ready to collect the entire Hydro Boost by Neutrogena lineup yet?

Vegan Milk Cleanser by Milk Makeup, $30

Vegan Milk Cleanser by Milk Makeup
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If you know a bit about Milk Makeup, you know that the brand uses only the most clean, 100% vegan ingredients that look and feel good on your skin. And if you’ve ever tried the brand’s innovative makeup products, you know you’re in good hands with the Vegan Milk Cleanser. Wash away dirt and impurities with Desert Milk™, made from Kalahari melon, baobab, jojoba, and aloe vera to hydrate and retain moisture. This cleanser also contains a blend of vegan milks, including Fig, Oat, and Argan, to provide antioxidant protection while soothing dryness and calming your complexion - making it the best cleanser for your skin care routine for sensitive skin. The best part? Vegan Milk Cleanser is formulated to have the ideal pH (between 5.5 - 6.5) to thoroughly cleanse and restore balance to the skin without drying it out.


Gentle Smoothing Oatmeal Face Scrub And Mask by St. Ives, $5

Gentle Smoothing Oatmeal Face Scrub And Mask by St. Ives
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“I have tried this product as both scrub and mask and I loved how this made my skin feel soft and smooth.” Oatmeal has long been used to treat incredibly dry, red, and patchy skin caused by eczema flare-ups, as it’s extremely soothing and calming. Even if you don’t have a skin condition like rosacea or eczema, it’s still an ingredient that you need in your skin care routine for sensitive skin. Gentle Smoothing Oatmeal Face Scrub And Mask features oatmeal and honey, with calming properties that reduce redness and restore your natural glow. Meanwhile. walnut shell powder gently exfoliates and removes dead cells, dirt, oil and other impurities that make your skin even more moody. Your skin will be healthy, hydrated, and always glowing with this St. Ives skin care product, which can be used as a face mask or a scrub depending on your mood!

Acid Potion Resurfacing Exfoliator by Moon Juice, $42

Acid Potion Resurfacing Exfoliator by Moon Juice
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Normally, we’d tell our dry sensitive skin guests to proceed with caution when it comes to acids. These skin care heroes can be risky to try for the first time, and we’re all about natural fruit extracts and hyaluronic acid… all the hyaluronic acid. But there are exceptions, of course, and this exfoliator by Moon Juice is one of our favorite skincare products for sensitive skin. The 25% AHA+ BHA acid complex is pure magic, consisting of glycolic, lactic, and salicylic acids to encourage natural cell turnover and reveal your most radiant skin, while Reishi and Niacinamide hydrate and protect against environmental stress. As environmental stress is the worst on dry sensitive skin. Our MIRA community agrees that Acid Potion Resurfacing Exfoliator is smooth, brightening, gentle, and evens out skin tone with ease.

Extra Gentle Daily Scrub by Cetaphil, $10

Extra Gentle Daily Scrub by Cetaphil
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“I started using only Cetaphil products years ago as I've found constantly they are the only ones that are gentle enough for my very sensitive dry skin! This scrub is actually very gentle, yet I feel like it really does clean well and get into your pores.” This MIRA review is 100% real when they say that Cetaphil understands dry sensitive skin, as nearly all their products are extremely gentle, hydrating, and soothing… including the Extra Gentle Daily Scrub. It pulls dirt, oil, and impurities to the surface while micro-fine granules sweep away dead skin cells, and skin conditioners and a vitamin complex work their magic on your skin. Your complexion will be smooth and radiant with this simple exfoliating solution, and 97% of guests with sensitive skin love it!


Waterfall Glacier Water Cream by Saturday Skin, $39

Waterfall Glacier Water Cream by Saturday Skin
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“I absolutely love this product. Every night and morning when I put this on, I feel luxurious and it doesn’t feel heavy. It makes my skin very soft and has helped a lot with my acne.” Waterfall Glacier Water Cream has everything you need in your skin care routine for sensitive skin, providing the ideal amount of soothing hydration, without the irritation. This bouncy gel features Alaska Glacier Water for a mineral-rich surge of moisture and protection against free radicals, Iceland Moss to calm and reduce redness while increasing hydration, and an amino acid and ferment extract blend called Xpertmoist to protect against dehydration. The insane amount of hydration won’t just keep the flakiness and redness away from your dry sensitive skin, it can help to prevent fine lines and wrinkles down the line, making this one of the best moisturizers for your early anti-aging skin care routine!

Calm Water Gel by Dermalogica, $50

Calm Water Gel by Dermalogica
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There’s no ingredient more soothing that water in your skin care routine for sensitive skin. But this isn’t just any water, it’s a refreshing gel moisturizer that provides extreme hydration and leaves skin feeling cool, calm, and collected. As the name suggests, the Calm Water Gel by Dermalogica is incredibly gentle, containing natural ingredients that moisturize your skin while minimizing irritation, dryness, and all the other not-so-fun things that happen with dry sensitive skin. Advanced hyaluronic acid technology penetrates different layers of the skin to guarantee full coverage and 100% hydration, while Calm Water Gel also contains natural ingredients like apple and cactus pear fruit extracts to protect against environmental factors and soothe your complexion. 93% of MIRA guests with sensitive skin love the Calm Water Gel, while 96% say it reduces redness and hydrates like a dream.

Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration by First Aid Beauty, $34

Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration by First Aid Beauty
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“This product is great for my sensitive, dry skin. It also helps improve my eczema and red patches that appear on my face. I would totally recommend this cream to a friend with a similar skin type.” As one of the top-rated skincare products for sensitive types on MIRA, the Ultra Repair Cream will make your dry patches and irritation disappear. Even if these issues tend to get worse in the colder months. It contains colloidal oatmeal, one of the best treatments for sensitive skin, along with Shea Butter and Ceramide 3 to keep your skin always hydrated but never heavy. While many moisturizers aren’t strong enough to treat the excessive dryness that comes with skin conditions like eczema, this First Aid Beauty essential is part medicine, and part moisturizer. You’ll start to notice these symptoms fade as you prevent future flare-ups, which we all know is a big struggle with dry sensitive skin. And if you fall in love with Ultra Repair Cream like we know you will, don’t forget that First Aid Beauty has plenty of other skincare products that are perfect for your skin type. 91% of our community says Ultra Repair Cream is great for sensitive skin, while 94% with this skin type say that it’s hydrating, and 85% use it for redness relief.


Mineral 89 Face Serum With Hyaluronic Acid by Vichy, $20

Mineral 89 Face Serum With Hyaluronic Acid by Vichy
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You can’t go wrong with hyaluronic acid, especially when looking for the right skincare products for sensitive skin. This natural substance provides all the hydration, with none of the irritation… and you’ll find plenty of HA, along with other moisturizing ingredients, within this cult favorite serum. Vichy Volcanic Water is powered by 15 essential minerals and is clinically proven to strengthen the skin’s natural moisture barrier, protecting against environmental stressors like UV rays and pollution. Working alongside hyaluronic acid, you’ll see a serious increase in your skin’s moisture levels as you enjoy a brighter complexion, even skin tone, and plumping of fine lines and wrinkles. With top ratings on MIRA for being gentle, anti-aging, hydrating, and lightweight on the skin… your skin care routine for sensitive skin will never be the same without this Vichy serum.

Herbal Hydrating Serum by Mario Badescu, $30

Herbal Hydrating Serum by Mario Badescu
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Mario Badescu has always operated under the idea that skin care should be gentle, simple, and effective - a must when trying to calm down your dry sensitive skin. Herbal Hydrating Serum is here to hydrate and energize, with revitalizing botanicals like Gingko Biloba and Ginseng extracts to refresh and protect against moisture loss. Glycolipid Ceramides hydrate even further, binding moisture to the skin and unveiling a dewy complexion. 93% of MIRA guests with dry skin approve of this serum, while 92% say that it’s gentle and hydrating.  

Rose Deep Hydration Oil-Infused Serum by Fresh, $59

Rose Deep Hydration Oil-Infused Serum by Fresh
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There are plenty of reasons why you should try the Rose Deep serum. Firstly, the bottle is simply magical and super pretty. But it’s also one of the best serums for any skin care routine for sensitive skin, leaving your face feeling refreshed, radiant, and petal-soft. This serum contains plant-derived squalane, water phase, and oil phase to protect against moisture loss while helping to soothe, calm, and hydrate - in addition to treating issues like dullness, hyperpigmentation, and acne scarring. 96% of community users say that Rose Deep Hydration Oil-Infused Serum is ideal for sensitive skin, while those with this skin type agree that it’s incredibly lightweight and evens out your skin tone with ease. It’s not always easy when your skin is both dry and sensitive, but you’ll always be feeling sweet and petal-soft with this favorite by Fresh.

Your dry sensitive skin deserves a hydration boost. Shop all the best skincare products on MIRA.