Luckily, there are a lot of options for someone who has sensitive skin, says dermatological nurse and celebrity aesthetician Natalie Aguilar. “All of my clients have a serum in their routine, as serums are fluid-like in nature and can deliver active ingredients deeper into the skin,” she explains. “This allows actives to treat and calm my clients’ sensitive-skin conditions such as redness, dryness, irritation, and inflammation.”
Anthony Rossi, MD, a board-certified dermatologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, says serums that are devoid of irritating filler ingredients, such as parabens and sulfates, and ultra-concentrated additives, such as retinol, work well for sensitive skin. “Even though retinol has benefits, it may be too harsh for those with sensitive skin,” he says.
Serums are usually higher in active or absorbable beneficial ingredients than heavy creams. And because of that, SkinSpirit lead aesthetician Karen Fernandez says that it’s important that your serum is high quality with natural and medical-grade ingredients.