I think I may have found the best skincare routine for sensitive skin and rosacea, and while writing about it I realized it kind of turned into a TULA review. It just kept growing. I’ve been trying TULA skincare products out for about a month and I noticed immediate results in some ways (brighter, smoother-to-the-touch skin) and progressively better results in others (these fine lines didn’t plump back up overnight!).
I only recommend products I wholeheartedly believe in. These have helped me, so I want to pass the recommendation along. I know how frustrating it can be to try everything you can think of to heal rosacea and tiptoe around sensitive skin issues, only to be met with itching, redness, and even burning and flaking. Hopefully, I can cut out a few trial runs for you.
There are affiliate links in this post, which means I’ll make a small percentage off of each sale (with no extra cost to you), but TULA isn’t paying me to make this post or anything like that. I purchased the products with my own money.
My Skincare Nightmare
I was one of the lucky ones with perfect skin as a teenager. It was a little dry, but nothing I couldn’t manage with a little exfoliation and daily moisturizer. In my early 20s, life became a chaotic mess. I was stressed to the max. One day, seemingly out of the blue, I had a purple rash all over my face. My body was covered in hives. This was unusual, but I have allergies and figured a Benadryl would take care of whatever was causing the problem. Or at least time would.
My self-esteem suffered. On top of the stress, I felt hideous. People stared and wondered what was wrong with me. Nothing worked.
The next few years, I could only hope that my skin would just be pinkish and burn a little less than it did the day before. I tried everything. The hives on my body healed, but I cared more about the fact that I had to work with the public with my face looking like that. I couldn’t wear makeup because it made it worse (and looked pretty awful on top of all those flakes, wounds, and drastic difference in color from my normal skin and the plum-colored patches). Even my eyelids were affected. At one point, I think I was dealing with eczema and rosacea at the same time.
I spent SO much time researching how to heal it and SO much money buying products that, for the most part, left me underwhelmed and disappointed. Some products seemed to reduce the redness but gave me acne. Nothing was right. I tried:
- Olive oil
- Emu oil
- All the drugstore products we always hear are good for sensitive skin (Dove white soap, Cetaphil…)
- Department store skincare products designed for sensitive skin (I thought the Clinique line-up I tried would be a miracle-worker because their reputation is so good, but it wasn’t)
- Only water (even water irritated my skin)
- Black soap
- So many other things I can’t even remember them all
- A cream a doctor prescribed for me that came with all kinds of scary warnings I was desperate enough to ignore (it kind of worked, but it made me nervous)
- Boscia, which was the miracle-worker I needed. Specifically, a night cream that was discontinued a couple of years after I discovered it. If I used something “wrong” on my skin, I could put this on and wake up looking normal. I’m still in mourning for that product, Lol.
Over time, the redness lessened, but I still classified my skin as extremely sensitive because one misstep with a skincare or makeup product and I’d be going right back that road again, purple-faced and miserable. I have to be very picky about my skincare, foundation, and even blush.
What I’m Using Now
For the longest time, I was afraid to even put water on my face. I started to skip it and use Garnier Micellar Water (only the one with the pink cap) with cotton pads. This didn’t do the best job of removing makeup and my skin started to look dull over time (the moisturizers I found were good for not irritating my skin but didn’t do much to help it look especially good, either). After going through a whole bottle of the micellar water, I purchased another one but also started looking for something new.
I did not mean for this to turn into a TULA review when I first started writing, but I guess it kind of did because I’ve used so many of their products together to keep my skin looking clear and as youthful as possible. I heard about TULA skincare products a few times before I finally took the chance.
Knowing that I have sensitive skin that’s prone to rosacea flare-ups and being lost in the skincare wilderness without my Boscia night cream, I really have to do a lot of research and work up a hefty amount of courage when it comes to trying something new. However, because of the success I had with the Clinique Redness Solutions foundation for rosacea and sensitive skin in general (more on that in a minute), the use of probiotics in this gave me hope. So I took the plunge and got the Discovery Kit.
The kit contains:
- Purifying Face Cleanser
- Pro-Glycolic Resurfacing Gel
- Illuminating Face Serum
- Hydrating Day & Night Cream
- TULA Travel Bag
Brief overview of my thoughts:
- Cleanser: Great for makeup removal at the end of the day, but makes my already-dry skin feel drier so I only use it at night. I’m not big on using a cleanser on my face in the morning and generally just rinse with water now. It doesn’t make my face turn red or tingle like others have, and it rinses clean. Would I buy it again? Yes. I might try one of their other ones, like the cleansing oil, in the coldest, driest months though.
- Resurfacing Gel: Sounds great, but I didn’t get one in my kit. Instead, I got a tube of Revitalizing Eye Cream. It’s really too soon to comment on how the eye cream works. It’s “okay” so far and my concealer doesn’t look dry and gross on top of it. I don’t feel that my dark circles are disappearing, but the skin around my eyes does seem less prone to getting dry to the point that fine lines are accentuated. Would I buy it again? Maybe. In all fairness, I can’t think of an eye cream that’s ever really blown me away. I can think of some that were terrible, though. This one is on par with the best I’ve tried in feel, moisture, absorption, and how my concealer goes on and wears all day. It doesn’t irritate my skin or make my eyes burn, is lightweight, and my skin feels moisturized.
- Illuminating Face Serum: My skin looks a little brighter. For some reason, I thought it had a shimmering effect when I first heard about it. It doesn’t. It’s extremely lightweight and feels nice, but it’s not moisturizing, so don’t buy it without a separate one of those. Would I buy it again? Yes, already did. The texture is like a thin lotion, not a gel.
- Hydrating Day & Night Cream: This makes my skin feel normal in the most wonderful way. I have dry skin but a lot of creams are so heavy, they just feel kind of gross sitting on top of my face. This one sinks in but still leaves my skin feeling moisturized, smooth, and a good canvas for makeup. Some nights, I want something a little heavier. It probably won’t be an issue in the summer, but I did order the Overnight Skin Rescue Treatment to try.
- Travel Bag: It’s super cute! I love the color. This was just a little bonus to me. It’s my favorite color and it holds more than you might think.
Other Products I’ve Tried That Aren’t in the Kit
I went nuts for TULA skincare products because I was so happy to find something that made my skin look like the pre-sensitivity days. I seriously feel like my skin looks almost as good as it did when I was 20, minus a few extra visible pores and fine lines (hey, there’s only so much we can do about the passage of time…). I’m trying these:
Overnight Skin Rescue Treatment: Mentioned above. It’s supposed to reduce lines, wrinkles, and dullness. I’ve only used it once so I can’t comment on it so far. It’s heavier, felt nice, but the verdict is still out on how it will treat my sensitive skin and rosacea over time. I woke up a little pink and itchy after I used it, but I ate some foods I’m sensitive to and didn’t drink enough water the day before.
Exfoliating Treatment Mask: Love, love, LOVE this one. I ordered it at the same time as the Discovery Kit so I’ve been able to use it several times. This is the one that gave me instant results. My skin is SO smooth and bright after I use it. This is the standout, rockstar product from the whole line for me. It’s a bentonite clay mask that exfoliates without drying your skin out.
TULA’s Effects on My Skin
My skin has seemed easier to manage since I started using these products. I can’t wait to see how it continues to improve over time. So far, it’s brighter, smoother, and I feel more confident going out without makeup. Some days, I feel darn near radiant with just the bare minimum when it comes to makeup.
The exfoliating mask alone seems to take years off my face (especially the first time I used it, after I’d been using micellar water and night cream exclusively for awhile!). So I look younger, my skin’s not red or unpredictable, and my makeup looks better when I do wear it. It’s a win!
The only thing is, I wish they would add a sunscreen to the line. All of these products work so well together, I don’t want to throw a wrench in the whole thing by using some other brand. I haven’t had the best luck with sunscreens on my face in the past.
The Foundation That Doesn’t Irritate
I tried a lot of foundations. Most of them still leave me feeling itchy and a little pink, even if they don’t give me a full-on flare-up or cause a breakout. The old Clinique Gentle Light foundation was great, but that, too, was discontinued. At one point several months ago, I went to the Clinique counter in search of a different foundation that they didn’t have. The lady there talked me into trying the Redness Solutions Foundation with probiotics and SPF in it. I was skeptical, but the sample was free and she seemed pretty confident it would be fine after we talked for a few minutes.
Two days later, I was back for a full bottle. I’ve used it, applied with a Real Techniques sponge, since (when I needed the coverage of a liquid foundation). The probiotic technology in this gave me high hopes for TULA skincare products.
Other Tips for Sensitive Skin and Rosacea
Did you know that what you eat can affect whether your skin flares up or how badly it flares up? I shared a few other tips I’ve learned and products I’ve been somewhat satisfied with over the years in my earlier post about healing rosacea. Do you have sensitive skin or rosacea? How do you manage it? What hasn’t worked for you?