Best Facial for Sensitive Skin

If you have sensitive skin, you probably operate under a daily list of “do’s” and “don’ts.” On the “definitely do not” list is more than likely any type of facial.

That may have been true a decade ago, but there are some really great products out there now that make facials a wonderfully relaxing and rejuvenating experience even if you have sensitive skin.

We’re going to review some of those products and by the end of this article, you’re going to be ready to give your face a real treat!

Can I Get a Facial If I Have Sensitive Skin?

Of course you can! Just as there have been major breakthroughs in recent years over anti-aging and other skin techniques, there have been exciting developments for skin with special needs, too.

The multi-billion dollar spa industry realizes that they would be excluding a major group of people if they didn’t focus on services for those people who have sensitive skin. On the same note, the cosmetics corporations recognize a need that can make them billions, too, so they’re obviously going to be creating products that people with sensitive skin can use.

What to Expect at the Spa

The quality of a spa facial comes down to a couple things. First, the technician should interview you to determine your skin type and learn about any allergies or reactions that you’ve had. He or she must ask you about challenges that you experience with your skin and what your concerns are.

If you are not having this conversation, there is a problem and you should probably find another spa. Second, some of the best facials for people who have sensitive skin are those facials that keep it simple. Look for products with minimal ingredients, and keep it as chemical-free as possible.

To clarify, you don’t need a bunch of stuff globbed onto your face. Natural products with anti-inflammatory or anti-oxidant properties will probably be fine but if you start using heavy-duty cleansers and moisturizers, you’re probably going to run into problems.

Ask the tech what kind of products they have for sensitive skin and check the ingredients yourself. By now, you know what you can use and what you can’t.

What Ingredients to Look Out For

No one ever said that a facial has to encompass the use of fifty different products for it to be beneficial to your skin. Request that the gentlest products be used. Stay away from products that are oil-based or those that contain salicylic acid or chemical exfoliants. One exception here is avocado oil. It’s extremely soothing and is generally well-tolerated by sensitive skin.

Spas offer entire product lines for people with all types of sensitive skin. You don’t have to be excluded from the spa treatments that your friends are getting; you just have to know what to ask for. Tell the technician your concerns up front and relish in the great feeling that a facial can offer you.

Great At-Home Facial Products for Sensitive Skin

Maybe you are the type that prefers to pamper yourself at home, or you simply don’t have time to make it to the spa. That’s fine, too, because there are all kinds of great sensitive skin products out there specifically formulated so that you can have a spa experience at home.

Best Cleansers

You want to make sure that your face is clean before starting your facial. Cleansers should be mild, fragrance-free and oil-free to prevent irritation and clogged pores. Also, avoid bar soaps at all costs, even if they say that they’re good for sensitive skin. Depending on your skin type, Avene has several different cleansers specifically for sensitive skin. Click here to find some great deals on their cleansers.

If you’d like to turn your cleanser into a hypo-allergenic, chemical-free exfoliating cleanser, try adding a little sugar, ground almond, ground oatmeal, or ground barley to your cleanser. Be careful though that you don’t scrub too hard and irritate your skin.

Facial Masks for Sensitive Skin

It’s really simple to make you own facial masks at home using any number of nourishing products. You can use avocado, honey, oatmeal, eggs, coffee, bananas, and even yogurt just to name a few. The yogurt is actually good as an exfoliant, too, because of the lactic acid in it.

Just get creative, find out which products work to give you the results that you want, and have fun with it – half the reason for doing a facial is to relax and escape for an hour or so!

If you have sensitive skin, please tell us what kinds of facial products work best for you in the comments section below.

6 Responses to “Best Facial for Sensitive Skin”
  1. ASHA says:


  2. Sneha says:

    I have sensitive as well as acne prone skkin.. I have done facials 2times(shahnaz diamond and nature’s gold).. but i didn’t see any type glow in face.. after 2 months i am getting marry.. Could you please suggest me some good tips for skin(especially for ace prone skin)and good facials before my wedding.. Please reply me ASAP.

    Thankx a ton in advance

    • Theresa says:

      Our article on turmeric face masks, found here, may be just the thing that you’re looking for! It’s a treatment that Middle Eastern brides frequently use to get a nice, glowing, dewy look for their wedding days! Good luck with your wedding!

  3. Kezia says:

    I found this great facial recipe that works for sensitive skin!
    Mix together 1-tablespoon honey, 1 egg yolk, 1/2 teaspoon almond oil and 1 tablespoon yoghurt. Honey stimulates and smoothes, egg and almond oil penetrate and moisturize, and yoghurt refines and tighten pores! Try it :)

    • Theresa says:

      Thanks Kezia! I’ve tried one that’s similar but used egg whites instead of yolk, and fish oil instead of almond oil. I’ll give yours a try because it sure does sound like it smells better! :) I love the way that honey makes my face feel, too. It’s a little weird while you’re wearing it, but the softness that it leaves behind is well worth it.

  4. Neha says:

    I have applied turmeric along with flour on my sensitive skin and i hv found out dat it does not suit me
    It gives me red spots after applying it on my face

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