In my on-going search for cleansing and moisturizing products for my extremely sensitive skin, I found Estee Lauder's Verite Line, created specifically for sensitive skin. Actually, my physician sister purchased three products from the line; they were a little out of my price range. I got the light lotion cleanser, the calming fluid, and the moisture cream.
Cleansing is the first step in good daily skin care. The cleanser in the Verite line is a lotion, and can be applied to damp skin with (clean) fingertips and rinsed off, or be applied with a cotton ball to dry skin and swept across like a make-up remover. It doesn't foam or lather, but does an exceptional job of cleaning without drying. It is designed to maintain your skin's moisture balance, and contains no irritants like emulsifiers, alcohol, or artificial fragrances. The 6.7 ounce bottle is $23.50, but it should last at least three months with twice daily use - after which, Estee Lauder says, your skin will no longer be so sensitive that it requires this special system.
The Calming Fluid is the treatment step of skin care, and the "core product" of the Verite line. A 1.7 ounce bottle retails for $60. Again, a very small amount is all that is needed; you simply use one pump of the product, and apply over your face, using upward motion. It is supposed to restore the skin's natural lipids and repair the moisture barrier that truly sensitive skin lacks. and to improve visible signs of aging. I don't have a lot of visible aging signs to improve, but this product goes on feeling cool and soft, and it really does feel good.
The final step in skin care is moisturizing, and the moisture cream ($50 for 1.7 ounces) is a thick rich cream that "intensely moisturizes" the skin, reduces redness, and leaves skin feeling smooth and firm. I'm not sure how un-firm my skin was before, but this is a great moisturizer, and it does leave my skin feeling softer and cooler. There are several other products in this line, such as an eye-specific cream, but these three are the basics of good skin care.
I only gave this line a 4 of 5 stars. It does most of what it claims to do, and is certainly gentle to my sensitive, irritable skin; I doubt its claims of anti-aging and wrinkle reducing, but maybe that's because so far I don't have too many wrinkles to reduce. I also think the price is exorbitant; if I'm going to spend more than I would at a drugstore, I'll spend it on another line, like L'Occitane, which looks almost cheap in comparison to this and is much more natural.