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I'm looking for some new skin care products for sensitive skin so I need products that are gentle and won't irritate my skin. I'm looking for basically everything (Cleanser, Exfoliating scrub, moisturizer, toner (idk if this is necessary?), shaving gel and anything else you guys recommend). My skin is sensitive like a mentioned but it's also prone to pimples however they are only mild.

I'm a uni student so please don't recommend the crazy expensive products, I mean if it's pricey and it lasts a while it works then sure but nothing too insane :)

All recommendations will be greatly appreciated 

Thanks,
Jordon

post #2 of 5

www.kiehls.com

 

It aint cheap, and it won't work miracles, but its good.  Also, it can be used sparingly as you mentioned.

 

Also, Nivea products are good, not sure if they make a toner and all that, but I use their after-shave balm as a facial moisturizer.  I used to use keihls facial fuel, but this stuff is way cheaper and easier to get.  The Nivea shaving cream is soothing, but I notices that it doesn't seem to soften up the hair as well as others such as barbasol, which is an important quality for a shaving cream to have, at least for me.  (So I switched back to barbasol)

post #3 of 5
I've always had good luck with the Cetaphil cleanser and the moisturizer. The bottles last for a long time. The cleanser doesn't lather, so it's kind of weird the first few times using it (and it doesn't really feel as if your skin is clean, but that's because it's very gentle). I don't "know" if it's available in Australia - although Google seems to indicate that it is.

Otherwise, I get my exfoliation from shaving. I use a double-edged razor and shaving soap with a brush. It gives me less razor burn than using "regular razors." Just a merkur razor with Derby blades, and Van der Hagen soap. I don't recall what specific brush I use; it's some boar hair thing I picked up along the way (maybe online?).

The razor and blades can be bought online. Usually Target has the Van der Hagen soap and a kit (bowl, brush, etc.) for the uninitiated.

Otherwise, I don't put anything else on my face. I, too, have incredibly sensitive skin, and a lot of products either give me acne or chemical burns, so I know how difficult it can be to find stuff that works. Best of luck!
post #4 of 5
I second cetaphil.
post #5 of 5

I have been in the military for 15 years now so I shave my face almost every single day.  Here is what works for me:

 

-Shave immediately after getting out of the shower.   

-Use a badger hair shaving brush

-Put a dab (lima bean sized) of Kiehls sensitive shaving cream into your palm and wet your brush in comfortably hot water

-Make your lather and apply with brush

-Use a good razor like a Gillette Pro Glide

-Wet the razor in COLD water only

-Shave in a downward stroke- as few passes as you can make

 

Here is why this works-

Having a hot shower preps that face for shaving

The right cream will protect your face from the razor getting to close which can cause abrasion and irritation. 

The brush will lift your facial hair making it easier for the razor to shave

Hot water keeps your skin supple and moist

Cold water on razor keeps the steel tight so it flexes less

Shaving down (or in the same direction as the hair grows) will reduce irritation.

 

*You can try Aveeno sensitive shave gel- it's cheap and does a good job

*Experiment with razors- even try a 1960's style safety razor or even a straight razor, but be careful because you can shave too close and give yourself a bad breakout. 

*If you don't have time to shower you can make your own hot towel.  Just take a good clean hand towel and wet it then stick it in the microwave for 20sec or so to make it steam and use it to warm you face.

 

It really comes down to your personal skin type.  Are you sensitive to the product that you use or to the razor or is it the method?  Experiment with the method and see how you feel after a week.  Then try different products.   

 

Good luck

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