My Favourite Skincare Ingredients | Dry + Sensitive

Hey everyone, yes, this is another post where I complain about how sensitive my skin is. I’ve spoken a lot about how I try to avoid certain ingredients in my skincare, and I’ve spoken even more about how sensitive my skin is. So, I thought it was about time I told you the things I actually like using. Some of them will be obvious by products I’ve already featured, but these are my favourite skincare ingredients that I look for when trying new products.

They are listed in no particular order and I’ll leave a few of my favourite products containing each ingredient below.

1. Hyaluronic Acid

Having dehydrated skin can be harder to manage than dry skin (for the difference between the two click here), but this miracle ingredient is the quickest fix for it. And what makes it even more amazing is that it gives instant gratification. It isn’t an ingredient that takes weeks to see results, you use the product at night and look better the next day. Even if you don’t have dehydrated skin, it’s great to have on hand for those days you’re not quite looking your best.

Related Post: Save, Spend, Splurge | Hydrating Serum Edition

Clinique Moisture Surge Serum

Sarah Chapman Hydrating Booster

2. Oatmeal

Oatmeal is great for dry and sensitive skin. It’s soothing and calming and great for reducing irritation.

Top tip: if you ever burn yourself (minor burns, not broken skin) make an oatmeal and almond milk paste. The oatmeal combined with vitamin e helps the skin heal and reduces the burning sensation as well as reducing redness and swelling.

Sarah Chapman Ultra Recovery Booster

Aveeno Baby Body Lotion

3. Almond Oil

I love almond oil as a main ingredient in my cleansing oils/ balms and all of my oils for face and body. It’s high in vitamin e, so great for skin repair. It’s natural and doesn’t have much of a fragrance, meaning it doesn’t cause irritation in the way essential oils like lavender does. Another major bonus is that it is quick to absorb while still being deeply nourishing.

Omorovicza Cleansing Balm

They are my top three specifically for dry and sensitive skin. There are obviously many more ingredients that I love (and loathe) in my products, so I might do a part two to this post in the future talking about specific ingredients I look for in other products. Do you have any specific ingredients you look for in products? I’d love to know what you like using.

Until next time,




  1. 27th March 2018 / 7:04 pm

    These are all great sophie! I have dry skin, and I usually just use lotion and wash my face every morning, but I want to find a skincare routine that works for me, one that makes my skin feel soft throughout the day, some of these are great ideas, such as the almond oil.

  2. 27th March 2018 / 7:09 pm

    It’s always so interesting to read and learn about these different products in your posts. It also makes wonder if I’m doing enough to look after my own skin as I only really use an exfoliator, cleanser and a moisturiser!


  3. 27th March 2018 / 7:13 pm

    Hi, i love Aveeno products but have yet to try their suncream, I shall give it a try this summer.

  4. Lisa Dimaline
    27th March 2018 / 7:15 pm

    I have dry eczema prone sensitive skin & have always sworn by Almond Oil Fantastic on cuticles too! Didn’t know that about Oatmeal though will give it a try Thanks Sophie


  5. 27th March 2018 / 7:20 pm

    I have oily but dehydrated skin so I also love hyaluronic acid but I need my BHA and AHA peels and essences too! 🙂

  6. 27th March 2018 / 8:10 pm

    I’m going to look into more Oatmeal based products! I have super dry and sensitive skin, and while I do have some products that have it in there, I’m definitely going to look into adding more! Great post xxx

    Melina |

  7. 27th March 2018 / 8:56 pm

    I haven’t hit that stage yet, for the moment I’m still “playing” around with oils to see which suits my skin the best 🙂 however, I already know my skin loves vitamin e and oatmeal, so the vitamin e skincare range from Superdrug is one of my fave lol


  8. 27th March 2018 / 10:11 pm

    Love this! I have very difficult skin, mostly oily but my eyebrows and around my nose and mouth is very dry, so finding skincare that works is so difficult! I love the look of the balm xx

  9. Ariana
    28th March 2018 / 12:01 am

    These are some great options. I love hyaluronic acid too because I have the same type of skin.


  10. 28th March 2018 / 9:34 am

    I haven’t tried the other two ingredients but I completely agree with you on hyaluronic. I have been using sheet masks with this ingredient (after reading your posts, so thank you) and it’s wonderful on my skin.

  11. 28th March 2018 / 10:31 am

    I have really weird combination skin. My forehead nose and chin are so dry that my cheeks are really oily. You’re really teaching me a lot as to be honest I’m absolutely lost it comes to skincare.

  12. 28th March 2018 / 12:32 pm

    Thank you for sharing this. I never quite know what ingredients I should look out for when buying skincare products. This has helped me a great deal Xx

  13. 29th March 2018 / 10:28 am

    It amazes me how knowledgeable you are about skincare! I could definitely use some almond oil in my skincare routine xxx

  14. 30th March 2018 / 4:41 pm

    These are all great tips. I have super dry skin and it’s so annoying. I love the oatmeal idea!❤

  15. 1st April 2018 / 4:16 am

    I love all three ingredients you have listed :)!
    My skin is a mix between dry and oily depending on the season! It totally sucks, but I really love products with hylauronic acid in! All my masks have it in :)!


  16. 1st April 2018 / 4:16 am

    I love all three ingredients you have listed :)!
    My skin is a mix between dry and oily depending on the season! It totally sucks, but I really love products with hylauronic acid in! All my masks have it in :)!


  17. 3rd April 2018 / 9:21 am

    This is such an informative post, thanks for all the great tips! I have dry skin, particularly in winter, so I’m always on the look out for products to help me.

  18. 12th April 2018 / 5:55 am

    YES! I love hyaluronic acid. It’s such a life saver for dry skin. I’ve never tried almond oil before though…

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