What I Do: Alison's Sensitive Skin Care Tips

How I keep my complexion calm when I’m on the road.


Alison Sudol, Singer and Songwriter

Alison's beauty stats: 24; fair, super-sensitive skin; red hair

"I'm the front woman of the band A Fine Frenzy. And with a new album to support, Bomb in a Birdcage, I'm spending most of my days on a tour bus surrounded by guys. Honestly, the best beauty secret for me is drinking enough water, not smoking, not drinking, and eating organically. I rarely drink alcohol, and I have never smoked a cigarette in my life. But on the road, sometimes it's Waffle House or nothing.

Here's how I manage to keep up my beauty regimen — well, at least the sensitive skin care part."

dermalogica precleanse
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Dermalogica Precleanse

"I have to wear a good amount of makeup every night, and this is amazing for getting all of it off. Unfortunately you have to do this with the door closed because you end up with everything mushed all over your face, so you're basically gray."


$33, amazon.com

La Prairie Age Management Balancer

"Sometimes I forget to use it, but this toner is really good after cleansing. The one that I have is for age management. That's not really a concern of mine now and I don't know why, but it works!"


$80, nordstrom.com

dermalogica ultracalming cleanser
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Dermalogica Ultracalming Cleanser

"This is super-mild and washes off cleanly. The other good thing is that it doesn't foam — it's an emollient — so if the bus sink breaks and I don't have water around, I can just towel it off. I'm not kidding."


$31, drugstore.com

Crème de la Mer

"This is my splurge item. I was having trouble for awhile with my skin being so dry. Most moisturizers were just not really penetrating; I would put them on and still be dry. This is the only thing that has worked. It's almost mystical. I went to New York in the winter once, and my peacoat was rubbing up against my cheek and it gave me kind of a burn — that's how sensitive my skin is. I put Crème de la Mer on it and it was gone in like an hour. It lasts so long, you don't even have to use very much."

$130 for 1 oz., cremedelamer.com

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Dermalogica Soothing Protection Spray

"Whenever I feel a little dry, this is great to spray on. I have it in my carry-on when I fly. They don't confiscate it because it's small!"


$33, nordstrom.com