Face wash for sensitive skin


Sensitive skin needs special care to prevent redness and irritation. Discover why some skin is prone to sensitivity and how to choose a gentle face wash.

What causes sensitive skin on the face?

Some people are born with sensitive facial skin, but there are a number of ways your lifestyle could be making the sensitivity worse.

What defines sensitive facial skin?

Most people experience facial skin sensitivity at some point in their life and it’s important to recognise the signs.

If you experience redness, flaking, scaling and extreme dryness, your skin could well be suffering from sensitivity. This may be accompanied by uncomfortable sensations of stinging, itchiness, tightness or burning.

Sensitive skin needs special care and using a hydrating cleanser is essential to soothe the affected areas and avoid making the sensitivity worse by drying it out.

The dangers of exfoliating too often

Although facial exfoliating is great for brightening the complexion by removing dead skin cells, doing it more than once a week may start removing healthy skin cells and leave the skin red and irritated.

9 possible reasons for sensitive skin on the face

  • Genetics
  • Hormone levels
  • Stress
  • Environmental factors such as UVA/UVB rays and pollutants
  • Cold & windy weather conditions
  • Indoor heating and cooling systems
  • A poor diet lacking in nutrients and water
  • Using products that don’t work well with your skin type
  • Too harsh cleansing

Easy lifestyle tips for people with sensitive skin

Rethink your showering routine

Long, hot showers may feel fantastic at the time, but may make the redness and irritation on your face worse. Try to cut down the length of your shower and use warm water instead of hot to see a difference in skin sensitivity.

Keep your skin protected with SPF

Sensitive skin can be particularly delicate when faced with UVA/UVB rays and the heat, which is why it’s crucial to wear an effective sunscreen like NIVEA Sun Protect and Moisture Face Cream SPF 50 when you’re out and about during the summer months.

Stay hydrated

Keep yourself hydrated from the inside out by keeping topped up with enough water during the day. In addition, make sure to apply a moisturiser after cleansing to lock in the moisture. NIVEA Soft has a caring formula to help calm sensitive skin.

Pay attention to the skin products you use

Certain skin products may be too harsh for sensitive skin and cause an itchy or burning sensation. Make sure to use caring products that are suitable for sensitive skin. NIVEA Fair and Glow Hokkaido Rose Whip Foam has a gentle formula that respects the skin’s natural balance for calming sensitivity.

How to find a cleanser for sensitive skin

Having sensitive skin means that it’s essential to find a gentle face wash that won’t cause irritation.

Is it necessary to cleanse in the morning and evening?

Some people claim that it’s not completely necessary to wash your face when you wake up in the morning – after all, if you cleansed properly the evening before, your face should still be squeaky clean, right? Unfortunately not. Not only does your skin continue to produce oils and sweat as you sleep, don’t forget that your pillowcase may contain dead skin cells, bacteria and allergens – not to mention the dust circulating in the air.

If you have sensitive skin, it’s all the more likely to be affected by these factors, which makes the morning cleanse a vital part of your skin routine. But make sure to choose a cleanser that will leave your delicate skin feeling hydrated, instead of dry and tight.

A truly caring cleanser from NIVEA

NIVEA Fair and Glow Hokkaido Rose Whip Foam will gently remove any traces of makeup from your skin and eye area whilst moisturising the face to leave it feeling hydrated and clean – so say goodbye to that dry and tight skin feeling.

What to look for in a face wash for sensitive skin

  • A soothing, moisturising formula.
  • A gentle face wash that effectively removes impurities without requiring you to rub too hard.
  • A cleanser that retains the natural moisture balance of the face to prevent it from drying out.
  • A formula free of soaps and other harsh ingredients.

The power of micellar water

Micellar technology is currently causing a stir in the world of skin care for its wonderfully gentle cleansing properties. NIVEA Extra White MicellAIR Cleanser has an innovative formula that removes makeup in one step – no rinsing or rubbing required.

On-the-go cleansing for sensitive skin

Not everybody’s schedule allows for a full cleanse every day. The NIVEA Micellar Wipes aim to bridge that gap with all of the cleansing power of micellar water in a handy, non-woven wipe. Remove all of your makeup in a gentle swipe to take the best care of your sensitive skin.