As someone with sensitive skin, I know all too well how certain products can cause redness, irritation, and even rashes and swelling. (And they can sometimes turn on you suddenly, after years of using them with no problems—which is why, YSL Touche Éclat, you’re pretty much dead to me now. Le sigh.)
One line I’ve had absolutely no trouble with is La Roche-Posay, which specializes in treating sensitive skin. What’s the secret? Thermal spring water, which actually comes from the town of La Roche-Posay in France. I was lucky enough to visit on a press trip back in 2007, and we got to not only bathe in the water, but also gulp some down from a fountain in the centre of the village. The water is extremely high in selenium, which soothes inflammation and has natural antioxidant properties. In fact, it’s so beneficial that La Roche-Posay (the town) is home to a medical spa where people from all over France come to find relief for severe burns, eczema and other skin conditions.
The latest spring water-infused product from La Roche-Posay (the brand) is Hydreane Teinte, a tinted moisturizer that reduces skin sensitivity. (It’s the tinted version of the Hydreane skincare line—which comes in Light and Rich versions—for sensitive skin.)
I tested the lightest shade, Sand (it’s available in two others) and found it gave my skin a nice, even glow, with perhaps more coverage than most tinted moisturizers offer. (However, if you’re looking for full coverage, try La Roche-Posay Toleriane Corrective Fluid Foundation. I actually used to use it as a concealer, since it’s fairly opaque and has a nice, creamy consistency for easy blending.)
One caution with Hydreane Teinte: it’s quite moisturizing, so it’s perfect year-round for drier skin types—but us combination or oily girls may want to save it for the winter months, when skin needs extra hydration.
Priced at $25.50 for 40 mL. Available at drugstores across Canada.