Looking for foundation for rosacea and sensitive skin?

I got just the story for you…

Recently, my good friend texted in me in sheer panic:

Val, My skin gets red and dry in the winter but its super sensitive – which foundation can I use???

Hmmmmm. I like challenges, so I asked her a few questions and started my research.
My friend’s skin is very sensitive and her rosacea tends to flare up in the winter months. She wanted a product that was light feeling, covered her redness and didn’t irritate her skin.

Well, what is rosacea exactly? Rosacea is characterized by flushing and persistent redness; typically on the cheeks; often accompanied by extremely sensitive skin and dryness.

Super sensitive skin equals a massive of list ingredients to avoid. Please read ingredient lists carefully on your chosen cosmetic products and always do a patch test before smearing it all over your face.
While it’s almost impossible to list all of the ingredients that can potentially trigger reactions for those with rosacea, the following is a good general list to consider. Keep in mind that not everyone reacts the same to any of these elements:

Acetone
Alcohol or SD alcohol followed by a number (Ingredients like cetyl alcohol or stearyl alcohol are standard, benign, waxlike cosmetic thickening agents and are completely nonirritating.)
Ammonia
 Arnica
Ascorbic acid
 Balm mint
 Balsam
 Bentonite
 Benzal konium chloride
 Bergamot 
Camphor
 Chamomile
Cinnamon
 Citrus juices and oils (such as grapefruit or orange) 
Clove 
Clover blossom
 Cocoa butter
Coriander
 Cornstarch 
Eucalyptus
 Fennel
 Fennel oil 
Fir needle
 Fragrances of any kind
 Geranium
 Horsetail
Lavender
 Lemon 
Lemongrass
 Lime 
Marjoram 
Melissa 
Menthol
 Mint
 Oak bark 
Papaya
 Peppermint 
Phenol
Sandalwood oil
 SD alcohol, ethanol alcohol or isopropyl alcohol
Sodium C14-16 olefin sulfate 
Sodium lauryl sulfate
TEA-lauryl sulfate
 Thyme 
Wintergreen
 Witch hazel
 Ylang-ylang

Essentially, I was looking for a hydrating foundation with a short list of ingredients to lessen the chance of an allergic reaction.

Here are my top finds:

COVER FX Total Cover Cream Foundation

COVER FX Total Cover Cream Foundation – What it does:
This foundation provides an all-day radiant finish that nourishes and protects with antiaging benefits. The buildable formula can provide medium to full coverage and offers SPF 30, full UV protection, and all-day wear.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Synthetic Fragrances
- Synthetic Dyes
- Petrochemicals
- Phthalates
- GMOs
- Triclosan

What else you need to know:
This clinically tested formula is free of gluten, mineral oil, and talc.

La Roche Posay HYDREANE TINTED

La Roche Posay HYDREANE TINTED (tinted moisturizer) – Tinted moisturiser that reduces skin sensitivity and enhances skin radiance.

Sensitive skin.

The complexion is delicately enhanced and even, naturally radiant. The skin is moisturised and soothed, more supple and comfortable.

LORAC Natural Performance Foundation

LORAC Natural Performance Foundation – gives you picture-perfect coverage that stays put throughout the day. Besides being oil-, paraben-, and fragrance-free, it’s loaded with the botanical actives xyleine, premier olive leaf extract, and vitamin A to help protect, nourish, and soothe sensitive skin.

Hourglass Illusion Tinted Moisturizer Oil Free SPF 15

Hourglass Illusion Tinted Moisturizer Oil Free SPF 15 – Ultra-rich and deeply moisturizing, Illusion offers moderate coverage to help even out skintone and create a natural, flawless finish. Added Instalift® at 3% lifts and visibly tightens the skin within one hour of application. Hyaluronic Filling Spheres™ at 3% help minimize the appearance of wrinkles while increasing skin’s hydration levels to deliver a healthy, dewy radiance.

SOOTHE™ Regimen – Use this skincare Regimen to soothe your sensitive skin and maintain healthy-looking, even-toned complexion. A complete Multi-Med® Therapy solution, the SOOTHE™ Regimen is developed specifically for sensitive skin. Our patent-pending RF Cold Fission™ Technology replaces harsh emulsifiers used to create traditional creamy moisturizers, and patent-pending RFp3 Technology, a powerful combination of skin-soothing peptides that can calm dry skin and reduce visible signs of redness.