Skin That's Both Dehydrated and Sensitive? Then You Should Try These Serums

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Sensitive skin is usually subject to the "you can't sit with us" vibe from a lot of skincare products. No one deserves to be left out from the beauty conversation, but as so many skincare products come packed with potent ingredients that can irritate skin, it can often feel that way. 

If your skin is dry or dehydrated on top of being sensitive, then it can feel even more frustrating to find a balance of ingredients that will add ample moisture without suffocating the skin. But serums can really help, especially if you choose wisely. There are plenty of formulas out there that contain just enough of an active ingredient to make a difference to the moisture levels of the skin without sending sensitive complexions into an irritated frenzy. We've done some digging and pulled out the best hydrating serums for sensitive skin.

HyaluB5 Serum
La Roche-Posay HyaluB5 Hyaluronic Acid Serum $30.00

With mighty moisturizer hyaluronic acid and repairing vitamin B5, this product leaves users with plump and smooth skin, sans irritation. 

Avéne Hydrance
Eau Thermale Avène Hydrance Intense Serum $38.00

This serum is as thirst-quenching for your skin as reuniting with your water bottle after a HIIT workout. The calming formula restores the skin's barrier and softens, without weighing your face down with product. 

daily soother booster
MV Organic Skincare Daily Skin Soother Booster $25.00

This is an all-in-one, first-aid kit–worthy remedy for sensitive and dry skin. The skin-saving formula is brimming with organic ingredients like calendula and chamomile oils meant to nourish, reduce inflammation and calm redness, all at the same time. 

Key Ingredients

Chamomile is an herb. It contains high levels of an antioxidant known as apigenin, which helps calm, heal, and soothe skin.

Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum $49.00

This option proves that lightweight formulas can still deliver intense moisture. Once you feel how refreshed your skin is after using Caudalie's serum, you'll be counting down the minutes until you can reapply it. 

Evercalm serum
REN Clean Skincare Evercalm Anti-Redness Serum $52.00

Whether you're having milk and cookies or a hot chocolate, milk is an instant comforter, and it works similarly in this serum. Milk proteins are meant to work on reducing flaky skin while the rest of the moisturizing formula tackles redness and inflammation.

Ca+C serum
Odacité Ca+C Sensitive Skin Serum Concentrate $39.00

Camelina and chamomile oils team up in this serum to reduce inflammation and redness while healing the skin. They also work together to create a relaxing scent that will calm you down when your skin is overreacting. 

Hylamide Sensitive Fix Booster $14.00

Consider this your own version of taking a chill pill; it's just what your sensitive skin has been looking for to help with irritation. It contains plant extracts that are meant to reset the pH level of the skin to help ward off sensitivity.

Simple Hydrating Booster
Simple Water Boost Hydrating Booster $7.00

There's a reason Simple is a brand known for its expertise in dealing with sensitive skin, and this booster offers irrefutable proof as to why. When applied before your moisturizer, the Pentavitin in this formula promises to stop moisture from escaping from the skin.

hydrating milky serum
Pixi Hydrating Milky Serum $24.00

A must for dehydrated skin that's anxiously awaiting a glow, Pixi's rose-infused serum contains softening aloe vera and moisture-boosting glycerin in its delicate formula.

Sensitive Skin Soothing Serum
Murad Sensitive Skin Smoothing Serum $65.00

The feeling of tight skin is nearly as uncomfortable as the classic fingernails-on-the-chalkboard scenario. Fortunately for us, Murad has a solution in the form of this calming serum that locks in moisture and dials back the redness that so often goes hand-in-hand with sensitive skin.

Before you even think about giving up on your skin, give one of these multi-tasking serums a try to make your routine more effective.

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