How To Brave Winter With Sensitive Skin

Ever since my teens I’ve been in constant battle with my skin. It gets red, dry, peels, cracks, and itches. Then winter comes around (which is where healthy skin goes to die) and I tend to approach it with a “this means war” mentality. Slathering on handfuls and handfuls of moisturiser, foundation and anything I can get my hands on.

But last winter, I finally realised that maybe instead of engaging in open combat with my skin, I should show it some lovin’. So after much experimenting I’ve found a few amazing products that are perfect for my sensitive skin.

Even if you’re tough as nails, it’s worth having a look at these products because when it comes to the chilly season, even the most resilient complexion can turn into a barren wasteland.

1. Day face cream: “Simple” Hydrating Light Moisturiser 125ml, $9.99

This light moisturiser is part of Simple’s “Kind to Skin” range. This means it has no perfume, no colour and no harsh chemicals. It’s great for skin that’s easily irritated and isn’t too oily, meaning it sits well under your foundation without causing all your makeup to slide off. Added bonus: it’s SPF 15+ and you can buy it here.

2. Night face cream: “QV” Face Nurturing Night Cream 50g, $18.99

QV’s night face cream honestly feels like velvet . It’s perfect for sensitive skin, absorbed quickly, and leaves your face feeling fresh and luxuriously smooth. It’s also colour and fragrance free, and you can get it right here.

3. Body moisturiser: “Sorbolene” Moisturiser With Vitamin E 1L, $7.95

It’s amazing how the most basic (and cheap!) products can be one of the best. My GP once told me that sorbolene has the perfect pH level for your skin, so not only is it a fantastic moisturiser, it can also be used in the shower instead of a body wash or soap. Grab it here.

4. Foundation: “Innoxa” Satin Sheen SPF 30+, $28.95

Foundation is a tricky thing. Matte makeup can cause already dry skin to look scaly and flaky, while some liquid foundations make oily skin look, well, even oilier. But alas, I give you your happy medium. Innoxa Satin Sheen is fragrance free and has been dermatologically tested. To me, this foundation feels like a tinted moisturiser, looks like a matte foundation, and leaves you with a healthy (not oily) glow. To try its velvety goodness go here.

Do you have sensitive skin? What do you use?

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  • Reply Kamagra Monday 9th January, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    Simple makes some great products…….. I love their wipes

  • Reply Europe-pharmacy Monday 18th April, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    Thanks for nice information sharing with us i love tips of oily skin , this is very useful tips for summer , keep sharing

  • newbie
    Reply newbie Wednesday 2nd January, 2013 at 10:47 am


  • lanalang
    Reply lanalang Saturday 22nd December, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Simple makes some great products, I love their wipes.

  • jodyxo
    Reply jodyxo Saturday 14th July, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    the innoxxa foundation sounds great!! i’d love to try it! x

  • Reply T1NA Sunday 1st July, 2012 at 9:45 am

    i love the clinique moisture surge range, helps keep my really sensitive skin from flaking!

  • Reply thugsy Wednesday 27th June, 2012 at 9:52 am


  • Reply grainne11 Tuesday 19th June, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    I will definitely give some of these products a try. Thanks for the tips

  • CandyFairy
    Reply CandyFairy Wednesday 13th June, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Wonderful products. I love them all actually. <3

  • Reply pn1986 Wednesday 13th June, 2012 at 1:10 am

    Thanks for the list!!

  • Reply diamond0901 Tuesday 12th June, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Thank you, I needed this list

  • Reply Through My Looking Glass Tuesday 12th June, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    I’m always on the look out for sensitive skin solutions, will be definitely trying these out. Will report back on

  • Nicole
    Reply Nicole Tuesday 12th June, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Nice not to have to break the bank for good products .. 🙂

  • Reply genckm Tuesday 12th June, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Such a timely article!I love winter fashion but the drying wind is just so harsh

  • Luci
    Reply luci321 Tuesday 12th June, 2012 at 10:15 am

    I have sensitive skin- loving Clinique day cream for night (it doesn’t have spf) but have found a nice face serum is a must!
    Def keen to try the Innoxa foundation, looks great

  • Reply julzjulzz Tuesday 12th June, 2012 at 9:03 am

    thanks for this!

  • Reply sallync Monday 11th June, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    I love QV, find sorbolene makes my skin itchy

  • sommy7
    Reply sommy7 Monday 11th June, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Great tips for winter skin care

  • Reply ethereal Monday 11th June, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    The foundation definitely sounds like something I should try!

  • Fashionista8P
    Reply Fashionista8P Monday 11th June, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    I dont have sensitive skin but i need added protection in winter

  • Reply Audrey1989 Monday 11th June, 2012 at 11:49 am

    This foundation is the best.

  • Reply dj23249 Monday 11th June, 2012 at 6:26 am

    some awesome tips

  • Reply Cinthia Monday 11th June, 2012 at 12:11 am

    my skin has become so dry over the winter 🙁

  • Reply mandystsai Sunday 10th June, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    They look really good, might try them out next time!

  • Reply punkemohardcore Sunday 10th June, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Must try some of this, my skin is starting to rebel, thanks winter >.<

  • Viggy
    Reply Viggy Sunday 10th June, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Great list – cheers!

  • Reply paperplane__x Sunday 10th June, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    oh wow

  • Reply cindyhu_1234 Sunday 10th June, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    I use creams from shisheido, and I find they are really helpful to my dry skin when it comes to winter or even summer. But also creams from your local pharmacies or supermarkets like nivea, l’oreal and dove are even really effective as well.

  • Reply MsKimo Sunday 10th June, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Dermalogica would be my favourite brand of skincare, great for sensitive skin. MooGoo is amazing too!

  • Reply shell0606 Sunday 10th June, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    This is perfect for me

  • Reply storm7 Sunday 10th June, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Great Article… I to have dry sensitive skin…I use Redwin It’s great…

  • Reply bigredtracy Sunday 10th June, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    I love the ‘Simple’ products – my eyes are sensitive but this product is the least irritating.

  • Reply ragdollbaby Sunday 10th June, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    I suffer from sensitive skin too sadly. The Innoxa foundation sounds like something I should try out

  • Reply AmberB Sunday 10th June, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Love the ‘Simple’ brand

  • Reply Whatthe Sunday 10th June, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Not really sensitive but my pores tend to clog up easily and cause blemishes very easily so I suppose my skin can be sensitive to pore-clogging ingredients.

  • Reply Raquel24 Sunday 10th June, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    i love tips on how to stay beautiful and hydrated during winter, i lived by them when i was in living France for winter and it just pepped me up and left me really moisturised. it’s so easy to dry out and forget to look after your skin

  • Reply LilyMok Sunday 10th June, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    I use Cetaphil moisturising lotion for the body too as well as 1 & 2.

  • Reply darcee Sunday 10th June, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Thanks. I have always used Cetaphil as a cleanser.

  • Reply jennybean Sunday 10th June, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    i have the simple one 🙂

  • Reply daysofourlives123 Sunday 10th June, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Great prodz!

  • Reply bluebird Sunday 10th June, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Sorbolene is great as a soap-free wash for those of us with sensitive winter skin.

  • Reply maggielyly Sunday 10th June, 2012 at 11:24 am

    I use Sorbolene!

  • Reply ichigolove01 Sunday 10th June, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Great list! My skin definitely suffers a lot during winter

  • Reply Trumanfan Sunday 10th June, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Innoxa! You’re a Winner in my Beauty Books!

  • Reply fifi73 Sunday 10th June, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Oh yes, not only do I have very sensitive skin but my scalpis too! I use the QV gentle face wash, the QV day cream with SPF 30 and also the QV night cream. I’ve tried sooooooo many products over the years, but now that I’ve found QV I don’t need to keep searching as this is the perfect skincare routine for me.
    As for my scalp, I was lucky enough to stumble across a brand called MooGoo, they are an Australian company that has milk based products. So again, now that I’ve found the MooGoo shampoo and conditioner I’m sticking to them! Oh and I just love their Edible Tingling Lip Balm too! 😉

    • MissSharlene
      Reply MissSharlene Monday 11th June, 2012 at 10:25 am

      I totes agree with the scalp being affected with the change of season. Oh the joys of being a woman.

  • Reply Crystal Sunday 10th June, 2012 at 10:59 am

    thanks for this great list!

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