What Are The Best Skincare Ingredients For Irritated Skin?

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Do you struggle with irritated skin? Whether it’s because you are addicted to trying every new beauty trend and skin care ingredient, or your environment triggers redness and dry skin on the regular, your skin may seem temperamental but it doesn’t have to stay that way.

If you are wondering how to soothe irritated skin, there are skincare product options out there that will help reduce the appearance of redness, calm your skin, and address irritation. You just have to find them. These are the best skincare ingredients for calming and soothing irritated skin and how to incorporate them into your skin care routine.

The Best Calming Skincare Ingredients

To start solving your irritated skin, take a good long look at the bottles and tubes of skincare you use already or are shopping for. Even if it says it’s safe for sensitive skin, it doesn’t mean it’s doing your already irritated skin any favors. Look for the following calming skincare ingredients on the label to actually help visibly reduce signs of irritation and support your skin barrier repair process.

Natural Oils

Natural oils such as Camellia oil, Sunflower Seed oil, Safflower oil, and RoseHip Seed oil mimic the natural lipids in your skin and can help to replenish the skin’s natural barrier, which can protect against signs of irritation such as dryness.

The list of natural oils great for sensitive skin doesn’t end there. Oils of Olive, Almond, Borage, and Linseed feed the skin with nourishing lipids too, while Jojoba Oil intensely moisturizes the skin. You can find these multi-purpose oils as well as Sunflower Seed Oil in our Evercalm™ Overnight Recovery Balm—a must-have for anyone with irritation-prone skin.

Incorporate it into your skincare routine on nights when your skin needs extra soothing and wake up to supple and healthy-looking skin in the morning. When morning comes, reach for our Evercalm™ Global Protection Day Cream which features Camellia oil as well as Blackcurrent Seed Oil and Seabuckthorn Berry Oil, which are rich in omega fatty acids to help nourish, soothe, and soften the skin.


The benefits of prebiotics include calming, decreasing skin sensitivity, increasing resistance to aggravators that cause irritation, and strengthening the skin barrier to help shield against those aggravators.

Get the prebiotics your skin type needs with our Evercalm™ Anti-Redness Serum, which contains inulin: a prebiotic that restores the natural balance of healthy bacteria on the surface of your skin. Our Evercalm™ Gentle Cleansing Gel also contains prebiotic oligosaccharides and inulin to support the good bacteria your skin needs.

Kelp Extract

Kelp extract is full of essential nutrients and minerals that can help soothe and hydrate the skin. When combined with Lingonberry seed oil and Arnica Flower extract in our Evercalm™ Anti-Redness Serum, it is also a great option for those wondering how to reduce redness on the face.When you’re seeing red, combat it with this serum. Simply apply it after cleansing and before moisturizer daily for the best results.

Give the skin on your body the best of kelp too by using Atlantic Kelp & Magnesium Body Wash, a clean body wash that will help nourish, soothe, and tone your skin all over.


Beta-Glucan, which can be derived from yeast, is a powerful, yet gentle, natural skincare ingredient that moisturizes the skin and reduces signs of sensitivity by boosting the skin’s natural barrier.

You can find this important active ingredient in our Evercalm™ Ultra Comforting Rescue Mask, which can help to instantly alleviate the key signs of sensitive skin, as well as our Evercalm™ Gentle Cleansing Gel so every step of your routine can work to soothe and balance your skin.

To address irritation quickly, cleanse your skin with the gentle gel cleanser, then apply the mask and leave it on for 10-15 minutes. Follow with the Evercalm™ Global Protection Day Cream for a layer of protection against dehydration and environmental pollution, which can lead to irritation. You can follow this simple routine regularly or anytime your skin needs rescuing.

Ingredients that Rebuild the Skin

As you can see, a lot of these ingredients focus on supporting the skin’s natural barrier. This is because this barrier is your greatest defense against any potential irritants. When it’s strong and functioning well it blocks harmful pathogens and environmental pollutants floating in the air from penetrating your skin and causing irritation.

The bottom line? The best skincare ingredients are those that support your skin’s natural function. Our bodies know what they’re doing, they just need a little help sometimes. Give your skin a helping hand by making these calming skincare ingredients a regular part of your routine. Shop our skincare for sensitive skin collection to find products that work with your skin, not against it.


About the Author

Camille Poggi is a doctor in Pharmacy (PharmD.) and is passionate about skincare and how the skin works in general. She specializes in the cosmetic industry and worked for renowned companies in France like L’Oréal and Chanel before moving to London. After being a training manager for 4 years, Camille is at ease with explaining how products work in the skin and how to adapt her speech according to the audience.

She joined REN in January 2020 as International Training Manager and moved to the Research & Development team earlier this year to be the new Scientific Education Manager. A tailored-made role where she assesses and leads all technical communication and ensures scientific compliance is always met. She’s also involved in new product development from the earliest stages. Finding a way to create sustainable skincare products and making sure the message is properly delivered and understood is definitely a big challenge but also her favourite part working for REN.



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