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11 Beauty Products For Skin That Needs To Chill The Fuck Out

Time to calm down.

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1. First Aid Beauty Instant Oatmeal Mask, £14

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Definitely check out FAB's whole range if you have easily-irritated skin – I love their hydrating daily serum and their ultra cream a *lot* – but if you can only choose one item, I'd go for the Instant Oatmeal Mask. It's a great quick fix to calm down any sudden flare-ups, and it'll leave your skin really hydrated too.

Plus, it smells ~divine~ despite being fragrance-free, which is welcome news for someone who has resigned herself to only using beauty products that smell of, erm, nothing.

2. La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra, £14.85

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This magic cream is clinically proven to reduce sensitivity – so it's not just that this won't make your sensitivity worse, it'll actually help make it better. I've been using it for the last year, and can confirm it's great. The only thing is that it's pretty thick, so I'd use it on specific irritated spots, or as a night cream.

3. The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2%, £8

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Deciem (the guys behind Hylamide, Niod, Fountain...etc) have just launched a new line of skincare that features problem-solving wonder ingredients done simply, with no fragrance or weird ingredients to inflame your skin, and without the hefty price tag (heads up, they have lactic acid, vitamin c treatment, and hyaluronic acid all for around the £5 mark).

The advanced retinoid is particularly good – retinoids are amazing for anti-aging but notoriously irritating, but the two kinds of retinoid they use in this actually minimise irritation.

4. Avene Micellar Lotion, £12.50

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Micellar water is awesome, but not all micellars were created equal. For sensitive skin, I don't think there's many above Avène's. It's ultra-gentle, but still effective. The only bugbear is that this *does* have a small amount of fragrance in it – this doesn't irritate my skin, but if you want a completely fragrance-free alternative, go for Bioderma's Sensibio H2O.

5. Pureology Hydrate Shampoo, £15.35

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I don't know if anyone else has this, but my sensitive skin also means I often have a ridiculously itchy scalp. The only things that have helped it over the years have been using this scalp treatment, and cutting sulphates out of my shampoos – Pureology's is the best sulphate-free shampoo I've used, mainly because my hair actually feels clean after using it, as well as itch-free.

6. Aveeno Bath and Shower Oil, £7.99

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Sulphates (what makes most products foam) can be highly irritating to sensitive skin. If you have problems with eczema, irritation or itchiness I'd try cutting sulphates out of your day to day routine – it did wonders for me. This bath and shower oil from Aveeno is sulphate-free, full of skin-soothing colloidal oatmeal, and will still get you clean.

7. MV Organic Daily Skin Soother Booster, £60

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Yes, looking at the price of this kind of makes me feel a bit ill inside. BUT, this is the most amazing oil treatment for sensitive skin, using skin-soothing ingredients like chamomile and calendula. You don't need to use it everyday, just as an SOS in times of extreme need. Plus you only need a few drops each time. Translation: you can make this last for bloody ages.

8. Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser, £28

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Pai is another company that specialises in products for sensitive skin. They're totally free from pretty much every skin irritating ingredient you can think of: parabens, sulphates, fragrance, too much essential oil...etc. I've used their hydrating cleanser and can confirm it is very good – gentle enough to not irritate, but still gets your skin really clean.

10. Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater, £6.50

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Both aloe and rosewater are extra soothing skincare ingredients. It's also pretty cheap at £6.50 – I resent paying too much money on anything that's a large percent water. This spray is reasonably priced, and has a really decent amount of aloe, rose extract and herbs in it alongside the deionised water.

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