I have loved Aveeno’s sensitive skincare line! None of the products have made me breakout!
I’ve talked about how important skincare is to me for years on the blog (especially after turning 30). I spend lot of time researching the most important and effective ways I can care for my skin now so that I can have long lasting results. I decided it was time to take my research one step further and speak with a professional about skincare. I had the pleasure of teaming up with Aveeno, and met for a one-on-one consultation with Dermatologist Lisa Chipps, M.D. in her beautiful Beverly Hills office.
Prior to our meeting, I was introduced to Aveeno’s line of skincare products tailored specifically to sensitive skin. I have spent the past three weeks incorporating this line into my daily beauty routine morning and night. I wanted to make sure to test this line long enough to see how if affected my skin. I have very sensitive skin, and have always burned easily. I have used many creams and washes on my face over the years that have caused me to break out, so I am always on the hunt for products that are effective yet gentle on my skin. I was so thrilled to find that none of these products caused me to break out! There were two front runners in this skincare line that I highly recommend:
Aveeno Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer SPF 30: If I could pass along one takeaway from my meeting with Dr. Chipps it would be to wear sunscreen every single day, even if you aren’t going to be in direct sun. I have always worn sunscreen on my face, but I struggled to find a daily lotion that doesn’t make me break out. I was so thrilled that this daily moisturizer has the recommended SPF 30, and it is 100% mineral based. The secret ingredient in this line is called FEVERFEW, a purified flower extract that helped reduce the redness in my complexion as well as protect it from harmful UV rays.
Aveeno Ultra-Calming Hydrating Gel Cleanser: I switched out my face wash for this cleanser for the past three weeks and it is so calming and gentle! It also gets the job done. Some cleansers are gentle on my skin, but don’t remove my makeup very well. This one did a great job of removing my makeup and hydrating my skin.
I had a handful of questions I wanted to ask Dr. Chipps during our meeting, but I also reached out to a lot of you over on my instagram stories and asked you to send in questions too! So I went in with a laundry list for her. I got through as many questions as I could! Aveeno posted a lot of our interview over on their Instagram stories a few days ago, but I wanted to list out a few of the things I learned in this post as well for you to reference. The first 4 questions listed were mine, and all of the others were questions you submitted.
What kind of SPF protection do I need in my face lotion to make sure it lasts all day? The most effective sunscreens are ones that contain zinc and are broad spectrum mineral-based. SPF 30 is the lowest SPF you should apply (SPF 15 won’t do the trick), and you should apply it every single day regardless of whether or not you will be outside (rays come in through windows that damage skin as well…I didn’t even think about this!)
Why do some face lotions make me break out and others don’t? Many sunscreens with chemicals are harder on skin and can cause breakouts. Aveeno’s Ultra-Calming SPF Moisturizer doesn’t contain any chemicals, and I think this is what helped allow me to wear it without the breakouts.
If my makeup has sunscreen, do I still need to wear lotion with sunscreen? Yes! Makeup that contains sunscreen isn’t as effective as face lotion with sunscreen. The sunscreen lotion should be applied first, and then the makeup over the top. Day to day activities don’t require additional applications of sunscreen, but make sure to reapply if you are in the sun all day, at the beach or a sporting event.
What types of foods affect sensitive skin more than others? I noticed I break out more when I eat chocolate/sugar. Any other foods I should stay away from if I want clear skin? Sugar is a major cause of breakouts! However, every person’s skin is different and there isn’t an easy way to say that one particular food makes everyone breakout. A majority of food-based breakouts are caused by sugar though.
What order do I apply my skin care products before makeup? Moisturizer, Serums, sunscreen, etc.? Serums, sunscreen, moisturizer (or a face lotion with sunscreen), followed by makeup.
How to reduce pores? Use cool water on your face after you are done washing it in the morning and night. Hot water can be drying on the skin and open up pores.
Whats the best intense moisturizer for dry/cracked skin? Should it be a different product? If you are struggling with dry skin during the day, try applying a nighttime face cream like Aveeno Ultra Calming Nourishing Night Cream on your face during the day! Night creams have added moisturizer, so they work wonders for dry skin during the day.
What procedures should you be starting in your 20s and 30s to prevent any damage/make skin look amazing? Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen! Water will definitely help the quality of your skin, but that is more of a short term option. Sunscreen will help prevent wrinkles and damaged skin for years to come.
How can you reduce redness/treat rosacea at home? Are there foods that make it worse or trigger it? Rosacea is usually triggered by spicy foods, hot beverages like coffee, and alcohol, so try to avoid those foods!
How can I tell if my breakouts are hormonal? Most hormonal breakouts occur on the chin and bottom of the face.
I wish I had the time to get through all of the questions, but I learned so much chatting skincare with Dr. Chipps. The main takeaway from this consultation was that sunscreen is the most important thing to prevent wrinkles, and I need to apply it every single day! I usually wear sunscreen everyday, but not always SPF 30. I’m so glad I found such an amazing moisturizer with SPF 30 I will continue to use on an everyday basis!