Moisturizing one’s face is hardly an indulgence—it’s a duty, especially if you want beautiful skin well into your twilight years. But the willingness to hydrate is only half the battle; the other half is finding a formula that sits well with your skin type. When your genetics put you in the sensitive category, that can be a challenge (many times, a pain). So to get things straight, we turned to our customers for their breakout-proof picks! Here’s the list of creams, gels, and liquids they came up with.

SIMPLE Hydrating Light Moisturizer, P399
Francesca, Combination Skin: “I’m so excited that this product is now here in the Philippines! I have the most unpredictable skin. Sometimes it starts off cooperating with the product, but then I suddenly develop acne or skin rashes. I’ve been using this [Simple moisturizer] before I apply my makeup and at the end of the day for around three weeks now, and so far no signs of skin irritation! This really is meant for sensitive skin. I love this, along with the micellar wipes.”

St. Ives Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Moisturizer, P249
Sarah, 29, Combination Skin: “This moisturizer is now my holy grail!!! I have super sensitive skin but it didn’t cause any breakout! I wake up fresh and dewy, too. My husband asked me if I had a good night sleep when I first used it. This is now my most-kept secret! I love everything about St. Ives products!”
Angelika, 16, Oily Skin: “This product is amazing. It’s worth the prize considering you get a whole tub of product. Its also perfect for teens out there that are acne prone and suffer from oily skin like myself because it is non-comedogenic. What I love about it is once it sets into my skin, it doesn’t leave a greasy feeling and [it’s] also perfect for sunny days because it’s a light moisturizer. Although, be careful, you only need a small amount for the whole face.”

Moisturizing Aloe Vera Juice, P400
Sharon, 35, Sensitive Skin: “I’ve been using this for a month now and it helped balance my skin. Non-irritating and does not clog my pores, therefore no breakouts! My skin looks better and oil production has toned down. I was a bit taken aback by the watery consistency (coming from cream-based skincare) but now sold on it since a little goes a long way and it’s easily absorbed into skin.”

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel, P855
Lexi, 23, Oily Skin: “Oh my, oh my, where has this baby been all my life? For the longest time, I thought I would never find a moisturizer that would sit well with my oily, acne-prone, perpetually red and sensitive skin. But Neutrogena’s gel-based formula was apparently all that I needed! It smells like fresh laundry actually, but when you get past that, the texture is superbly smooth on the skin and dries in, like, 10-15 seconds flat. And when I say dry, I MEAN DRY—there’s no sticky residue, there’s no weird gleam or shine. It [gets] absorbed just like that. Plus, you won’t be able to stop touching your face (though you must resist) because the gel leaves you with this silky-soft texture. It didn’t make me break out either! THIS IS THE BEST THING EVER GUYS. Please try it out!”

COSRX Oil-Free Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion, P1,200
Catherine, Sensitive Skin: “Despite my skin being oily, it was actually quite parched, so I had flakey patches here and there. Makeup applied so horribly. I tried other moisturizers that not only broke me out, but also did not absorb into the skin 100%. So whenever I sweat throughout the day, I would get that ‘slick’ feeling again, as if I’ve just applied moisturizer. Yuck. This moisturizer from CosRX, on the other hand, solved all of those problems! Flakey patches disappeared after a week of use. And once it absorbs, that’s it! It keeps my skin hydrated without the constant reminder that it’s actually there. The most pleasant moisturizer I have ever used, to be honest. As much as I love the scent, I’m thankful that it’s only minimal, for the sake of my sensitive skin. The refreshing zesty smell is something to look forward to every time I apply. I also noticed I’m not as oily as I was before. It only means that this is truly an effective moisturizer, despite being super lightweight! It’s everything I ever wanted in a moisturizer. So happy I gave this product a try!”

DewyTree Ultra Vitalizing Snail Cream, P1,199
Maritess, Combination Skin: “Absolutely satisfied with this product. Just a little goes a long way. No annoying or cloying scent, and the ingredients are just really natural. Doesn’t cause any breakouts for people who have sensitive skin. Not greasy.Would definitely recommend this to friends. Very moisturizing and does not irritate the skin.thick consistency but gets absorbed easily.”
Jonille, 25, Sensitive Skin: “The best cream I’ve discovered in a long time! Got this as a freebie in an order, and what a surprise, this became my holy grail product. So I purchased the full size version! I am so addicted to this stuff that I can’t go to sleep without application. However, it leaves my skin greasy so I use this in my nighttime routine. It plumps my skin, leaves it moisturized, and helps in dealing with inflammation, i.e. my cystic acne. It does not cause me breakouts and helps in fading my acne scars. My acne blemishes take forever to go away and this cream helps fade them faster. Super in love with this holy grail!”

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