Our Promise to You Things We Love Wholesale Info FAQ
Be Wild,
Be Beautiful.
Sign up for our Newsletter and
get FREE tips on how to look
and feel amazing here...

Anti-Aging Ingredients that Work for Sensitive Skin


Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is general in nature and for informational purposes. It is not meant to substitute for the advice... read more

Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is general in nature and for informational purposes. It is not meant to substitute for the advice provided by your own physician or other medical professional. None of the statements on this site are a recommendation as to how to treat any particular disease or health-related condition. If you suspect you have a disease or health-related condition of any kind, you should contact your health care professional immediately. Please read all product packaging carefully and consult with a healthcare professional before starting any diet, exercise, supplementation or medication program. Cosmetic products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. read less

Anti-aging ingredients that work for sensitive skin

Sensitive skin can describe a lot of different things. It can mean you’re prone to oily skin and thus want to avoid pore-clogging ingredients. It can mean you want to avoid harsh ingredients that affect your skin’s delicate acid mantle.

And for a lot of people with sensitive skin, it means you want to avoid scent.

What's Your Skin Score Quiz

Even when it comes from pure essential oils, scent can cause your skin to react (your skin does have scent receptors, after all). Even if your skin doesn’t mind it, some people simply prefer not to have scent with their skin products, and we totally get that.

So our most recent adventure was creating an Unscented Facial Oil, one that beyond lacking essential oils can give a soothing feeling to sensitive skin types and delivers potent antioxidants that keep your skin looking radiant. This led us to some new and unique ingredients.

The Goal of a Product Designed for Sensitive Skin

Like we said, we wanted the Unscented Facial Oil to do more than just moisturize. The ingredients in this formula are designed to:

  • Moisturize without exacerbating oily skin, and even reduce the amount of clogged pores.
  • Soothe.
  • Minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Protect skin from environmental stressors.

So here’s how we did it:

The Moisturizing Base

For some people, the switch to using oil instead of lotion as a moisturizer can be a little scary. The trick is knowing which oil is best for your skin type.

For the Unscented Facial Oil, we used the same base as we do in our facial oils designed for oily and combination skin: grapeseed oil. This oil is great for moisturizing without clogging pores. In fact, one study showed that topically applied linoleic acid, a type of fatty acid that grapeseed oil has a lot of, can actually help reduce the appearance of the size of your pores. You can read more about grapeseed oil here.

A lot of people these days favor coconut oil, and we’re big fans as well. When we include coconut oil in our facial oil formulas, we use fractionated. Fractionated coconut oil is made by removing the long-chain fatty acids via hydrolysis and steam distillation. Without these larger fatty acids, your skin absorbs the oil more easily, and it also stays liquid at room temperature, helping you get it out of the bottle and onto your face. You can read more about the difference between extra virgin and fractionated coconut oil here.

Together, the grapeseed and coconut oil provide a base that moisturizes your skin thoroughly without clogging your pores. It absorbs quickly, leaving behind nothing but a subtle glow.

Soothing Herbs

You’ll notice that the herbal infusion for our Unscented Facial Oil is a lot simpler than some of our other infusions. We wanted to stick to ingredients that work best with sensitive skin. These are the 2 herbs we chose:


Take a look at a calendula flower and it shouldn’t surprise you that it’s high in carotenoids, the compound that gives plants their bright orange color.

Carotenoids do more than that, though. They also protect against environmental stressors that can take a toll on your skin. So carotenoid-rich plants like calendula are great ingredients in anti-aging skin care.


The word lavender comes from the latin root ‘lavare,’ which means ‘to wash.’ Today, people may know it by its iconic scent without even realizing the myriad of benefits it provides, both to our skin and to our psyche. Of course, synthetically scented products don’t hold the same benefits as the truly herb infused, so you want to make sure that the lavender you smell is coming from the plant, not a chemical.

Besides being purifying, lavender also helps the skin by protecting and cleansing.

Potent Seed Oils

Oils differ in their composition and thus bring different benefits to the skin. Of course, not all are created equal. Here are some oils that are unique in that they help with sensitive skin while offering other potent, anti-aging properties.

Sacha Inchi Oil

Exceptionally high in omega-3s, sacha inchi oil is said to help protect from environmental stressors, a factor that can cause it to age prematurely. We won’t say too much more about it here because we already talked your ear off about how amazing sacha inchi is here.

Perilla Seed Oil

High in antioxidants and omega-3s, perilla oil provides similar benefits as sacha inchi oil, helping to reduce appearance of large pores while delivering a beautifying dose of antioxidants to the skin. It’s also moisturizing.

Pomegranate Seed Oil

Pomegranates recently got a lot of attention for their value as a health food, with pomegranate juice quickly earning more shelving space in the grocery store.

As far as our skin is concerned, it’s the seeds that contain the magic. Pomegranate oil, from the seeds, can help give skin a more youthful appearance.

We’ve talked a bit about omega fatty acids in this article (and even more in this one), but one we haven’t talked about is omega-5. Pomegranate seed oil contains a unique omega-5 fatty acid called ‘punicic acid,’ which has been shown to have strong properties.

You’ll find all of these ingredients and more in this great product, the Unscented Facial Oil, available now!

What ingredients have you noticed work well for your skin sensitivities?

by Hope Freije


Shares 0
You Might Also Like:

Your Comment
Discussion Dos & Dont's
  • Share your thoughts.
  • Be nice.
  • Post anonymously.
  • Be nasty and mean.

Please Note: Due to our interest in FDA cosmetic guidelines compliance, all blog comments are reviewed before posting and may be removed from Annmarie Skin Care website or edited for claims that do not meet FDA standards.

COMMENTS ( 4 and counting )
  1. Jean says:

    I just purchased product and I understood that by ordering I would receive a sample of the new unscented facial oil … I received the order today but I didn’t receive the sample of the new unscented facial oil I was looking forward to trying it before I place an order for the newest oil … Thank you , jean fishbaugh

    • admin says:

      Hi Jean,

      I’m really sorry that you didn’t receive a sample. We are in the process of whipping up a new batch, so I will put you on the list to receive one. 🙂

  2. victoria says:

    I have sensitive, skin with large pores on chin and nose.
    I need an excellent skincare routine that will work.
    Also dry patches here and there on forehead
    What would you recommend?

    • Annmarie Skin Care says:

      Hi Victoria,

      Here is our quick guide for what generally works best to alleviate sensitive, dry skin. (Complete ingredient lists and instructions are on each product page of our website.)

      1-2 times per day:

      Aloe Herb Cleanser: Mildly massage into damp skin and gently remove with warm water. This creamy, pH balanced cleanser has calming properties.
      Neroli Toning Mist: Use 2-4 spritzes as often as you like for a boost of soothing hydration.
      Anti-Aging Serum: Pump a small amount into your palm. With your other hand dab the serum around your face, then gently blend in. This aloe-based formula will cool, hydrate and nourish the skin. The rose distillate, a main ingredient, creates a calming sensation.
      Herbal Facial Oil for Sensitive Skin (Formerly Unscented Facial Oil): Pump a small amount into your palm. With your other hand dab the oil around your face, then gently blend in. This product moisturizes and nourishes the skin.

      1-2 times per week:

      Ayurvedic Facial Scrub: Make a paste in your hand by blending about a half-teaspoon of the scrub powder with 2-3 pumps of cleanser and a few drops of water. Use this mix to gently scrub and cleanse your face, then rinse off. This important exfoliating step helps prepare the skin to absorb nutrients.

      Coconut Honey Mask: After cleansing apply this indulgent mask generously, including around the eyes. For deep penetration, warm skin first with a warm wash cloth or apply while soaking in a hot bath. Leave on for at least 15 minutes. Gently remove with a wet cloth and pat skin dry. This mask will truly leave your skin radiant and glowing!

      I hope this helps!