Sensitive Souls

September 8th, 2014

September 8th, 2014

Models’ skin has a lot to undergo – wearing layers of products for hours at a time, in varying and sometimes harsh conditions, often suffering from jetlag or symptoms of their varied hours – particularly during fashion season.  As a result, skin can often be ultra-sensitive to products, flaring up and causing more issues.  As their MUA it is your task to help create the smoothest canvas for your work.  To give you a hand, Warpaint rounds some of the best bases and moisturisers for sensitive skin.

REN’s Evercalm™ Global Protection Day Cream (£27) has sensitive souls in mind.  Light enough to absorb quickly, this gentle moisturiser works to combat redness and tightness that can accompany stressed-out skin.  No need to wait around for it to absorb, it’s ideal for levelling out skin and providing a soothed, softened canvas for make-up.


The Clinique Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator (£34) is ideal for when you have a long day of shooting ahead, with its promise of long-lasting hydration.  It is not, however, overly moisturising, so this gel-cream is ideal for all skin types.  Extra-dry skin might be better suited to something a bit stronger, while this is a good all-rounder with no irritable added fragrance – although we do wish it came in something other than a pot.


When faced with extreme redness, irritation or dryness, you might find the Kiehl’s Centella Skin Recovery Salve (£40) useful.  It uses Tiger Herb (Centella Asiatica), which contains alkaloids and minerals which are beneficial in the treatment of all sorts of skin ailments, as it is anti-bacterial, anti-psoriatic and wound-healing.  An ultra-soothing salve for the jet-setters, the weather-damaged or the über-sensitive.


It might not be a moisturiser as such, yet the Dermalogica Super Sensitive Shield SPF30 (£39) is a good option for sensitive skins if you are working in a hot climate or for prolonged periods outside.  Be warned, as it is a physical sunscreen rather than a chemical one, so does leave a bit of a white cast which might have to be worked around.  It contains no artificial fragrances and colours, and is a fairly safe bet for those who might normally be triggered by sunscreen.


The Cetaphil cleanser is lauded as being one of the best available for sensitive skins, so it should be of little surprise that the Cetaphil Moisturising Lotion (£8.99) makes our list.  Fragrance-free and non-comedogenic, Cetaphil gets it right again with this very gentle lotion, which enhances the skin’s natural moisture-protection system, and helps to restore the skin’s natural protective barrier which might have been damaged.


For flaky, eczema-prone skin, Aveeno Cream with Colloidal Oatmeal (£6.99) is ideal.  It actively, continually moisturises, and repeated use has shown a decrease in skin dehydration, as well as the irritation flakiness that accompany it.  Yet for all this moisturisation it is not greasy or heavy – an affordable skin saviour.


If you’re dealing with intense dehydration, a quick-working mask can be a lifesaver.  The Hydraphase Intense Masque from La Roche-Posay (£13.50) has been found to boost skin hydration by 65% in just an hour.  Its high concentration of La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water has plenty of anti-oxidants to soothe any irritations.


When battling redness – perhaps rosacea, or skin easily affected or flushed by heat – then Darphin’s Intral Redness Relief Recovery Cream (£43) will be your best friend.  Ultra-light, this cream has a pale green hue to counteract redness, whilst also repairing and reinforcing the barrier against skin irritants and external aggressors.  The Calm Complex™ in Darphin’s Intral line contains an exclusive combination of five active ingredients, all designed to work together to to soothe redness and inflammation.


Last but not least, award-winning SteamCream (£12.95) has a plethora of MUA fans – including Lisa Eldridge, Ruby Hammer and Jemma Kidd – for good reason.  Each ingredient in this do-all moisturiser has been selected for its soothing, calming and toning properties for sensitive skin.  And because of its fresh, steam-bound texture it uses a minimum amount of preservatives which might irritate skin.  For this season’s Fashion Week, SteamCream has just released the newest tin design, ‘Cachette’.




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By Deborah Murtha

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