Is your skin constantly inflamed no matter how much TLC you give it? Do you experience itchiness, get the tingles or breakouts? Reactive skin that flares up frequently not only makes your complexion look aggravated, but also perpetuates a cycle of continuous stress that takes its toll on your skin if left untreated.

If this sounds familiar, it may be because you have sensitive or sensitised skin that is intolerant to certain skincare products, even in trace amounts. Knowing whether you have sensitive skin or sensitised skin can help in being able to offer skin the care it needs, or to avoid ingredients that trigger redness or inflammation.

Is My Skin Sensitive Or Sensitised?

Having sensitive skin often means it’s genetic, and it’s likely to be inherited. Those with sensitive skin are prone to itching and inflammation, especially when products it comes in contact with, whether it’s skincare or just daily household cleaners, contain ingredients which trigger these symptoms.

Sensitised skin, on the other hand, are triggered by environmental or lifestyle factors. Over time, these factors can result in a damaged skin barrier, making it susceptible to irritation and redness.

How should you treat sensitive or sensitised skin?

The best way is by choosing safe and gentle products that contain only vital ingredients and sourcing for formulas that are preservative-free and fragrance-free.

Understanding this, trusted skin specialist Eau Thermale Avène—the brand who brought us the naturally soothing and anti-irritating Eau Thermale Avène Thermal Spring Water—has come up with two skincare ranges that are specially formulated for people with hypersensitive and allergy-prone skin: The Tolérance Extrême range and the Intolerant Skin range.

These unique ranges from Eau Thermale Avène are specially formulated to soothe skin that is damaged and prone to irritation. Some of the products from the Tolérance Extrême and Intolerance range feature an air-tight packaging to prevent air from entering.


This proprietary Sterile Cosmetics Technology allows them to formulate products with minimal ingredients and without any preservatives, which are often thought to potentially trigger skin sensitivity.

In fact, the Tolérance Extrême Emulsion only contains six ingredients, significantly reducing the occurrence of skin irritation while hydrating and protecting skin.

For Sensitive Skin

If you have naturally sensitive skin, chances are that your skin is easily irritated and, more often than not, have a reaction every time you use a new or unsuitable product. That is why the skincare you use on daily should be free of preservatives, formulated with only the essential ingredients, and be extra gentle on the skin—just like the products from the Tolérance Extrême range.


Try the Tolérance Extrême Emulsion, $69.90 for 50 ml, a lightweight and milky crème that allows for optimal fusion with the skin while delivering essential moisture. The products in the range are so soothing that it’s also suitable for women who have undergone dermatological procedures such as peels or laser treatments.

Other products in the range include Tolérance Extrême Cleansing Lotion, $59.90 (200 ml), Tolérance Extrême Cream,$69.90 (50 ml), Tolérance Extrême Mask, $69,90(50 ml).

For Sensitised Skin

If you don’t have sensitive skin, but find that your skin is red and splotchy, your skin could be sensitised due to external factors, such as environmental pollution or unsuitable products. The outcome may look different for everyone, but common symptoms include redness, rashes, itchiness, tautness and adverse reactions to more potent products.


The Intolerant Skin range contains parcerine, which instantly relieves sensitive skin reactions by decreasing reactivity and restoring the hydrolipidic film. Try the protective Skin Recovery Cream, a light-textured formula that rapidly calms irritation.

Other products in the range include Extremely Gentle Cleanser Lotion, $30.50 (200 ml).

Eau Thermale Avène products are available at available at Watsons, Guardian, Unity and Shopee.
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