Irritated skin is more than just uncomfortable—it’s a sign that something is off. Maybe it’s caused by a change in weather, the introduction of a new skin-care product, or a flare-up of a skin condition like eczema. No matter the cause, if your skin is feeling itchy, red, flakey, or scaly, it means your barrier is compromised and you want to do something about it. The Tula Skincare Super Soothe Moisturizer is a great place to start.
The Tula Skincare Super Soothe Moisturizer ($26) is gentle and extremely moisturizing. It’s packed with colloidal oatmeal, a favorite among dermatologists for its skin-soothing abilities. “Colloidal oatmeal is very calming and anti-inflammatory for sensitive skin,” says Julie Russak, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City. “It can relieve irritation and itching.”
It also includes aloe vera, an ingredient Ivy Lee, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in Pasadena, California, describes as extremely hydrating and soothing. “That’s why we’ve used aloe for eons for post-sunburn relief,” says Dr. Lee. And because irritated skin is often a sign of a compromised skin barrier, aloe is a great ingredient for keeping the skin safe from infections as it also contains antibacterial and antiviral compounds.
The formula also contains squalane, “a natural substance our skin contains, and improves skin barrier function and adds hydration,” says Rachel Nazarian, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City. Plus, it acts as a lubricant on the skin, giving it a soft and smooth appearance.
Finally, it’s got probiotics, which may keep the skin microbiome healthy.
“We’re starting to understand a little bit more about microbiomes,” says Dr. Lee. “Before we thought any microorganism that was on the skin was a bad organism. And now we know that there are microorganisms that live on the skin and that they help create a healthy environment. When that’s disrupted, when there’s more or less of the balance, that’s what can cause inflammation and that’s what can cause disease. So the thought is, if there is a happy community and balanced community of microorganisms on the skin, then that’s great and optimal for skin health, so maybe if we apply postbiotic or prebiotic ingredients on the skin, that we can restore balance for skin that is inflamed or irritated.”
When your skin is irritated you want to stay away from any actives that can make the issue even worse. Luckily, this cream is free of potentially irritating ingredients like fragrance, parabens, and sulfates. And even though this cream lays the moisture on thick, the formula is non-comedogenic so it won’t clog your pores. Next time your skin is feeling like it needs some healing, reach for the Tula Skincare Super Soothe Moisturizer.
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