Q. MY SKIN IS FREAKING OUT – WHAT ARE MY CHOICES IF I DON'T WANT A MEDICATED SOLUTION?
A. If your skin is so super irritated that even water makes you wince, cortisone creams aren’t the only option. “Rescue balms are extremely rich in texture and leave a protective film that will hold in moisture and shield against wind and irritants,” says skin therapist Diandra Politano, who uses Medik8’s Ultimate Recovery Intensive Skin Repair Cream on particularly compromised or stressed-out sensitive skin types during treatments. “It can really speed up recovery following a professional treatment like a peel. But all sensitive and dry skin will benefit from using them as an overnight treatment or a face mask,” she adds. Look for a formula containing zinc oxide, vitamin E or arnica.
Soothing Balm, $69, HYDROPEPTIDE, hydropeptide.com.au Sensitive Skin SOS Complex, $150, ELIZABETH ARDEN PRO, 1800 808 993
Ultimate Recovery Intensive Skin Repair Cream, $79, MEDIK8, medik8.com.au Cicalfate Post-procedure, $34.95, AVÈNE, avene.com.au