How to deal with super sensitive skin

Here's what to do if your skin is dry, irritated and blotchy

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If you suffer from sensitive skin: beauty shopping can be an absolute nightmare. 

That foundation your friend recommended? The exfoliator Kylie Jenner swears by? A false tan to fake a summer glow? Not in this lifetime, hunnay.

'Cos if you're a sensitive skin sufferer, you'll be fully aware of the dry, irritated, itchy and blotchy symptoms that can follow on from using overly harsh products. And yeah, it's annoying beyond belief.

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BUT there are some things you can do to help your sensitive skin from breaking out. And it basically comes down to knowing what's right for you and what ingredients to avoid. 

Time to get checking those labels, babes. 

Three things to avoid:

Fragrance

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Added perfumes and fragrances can be a nightmare for sensitive skins as they're often a major cause of irritation. Brands like Clinique, Avène and La Roche-Posay are perfect for sensitive skin, as the majority of their products come completely fragrance-free.

Foaming Face Washes

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Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES) are foaming agents often found in foaming face washes and cleansers. These can leave your skin feeling dry and tight. Opt for a creamy wash-off cleanser or micellar water instead. 

Oils

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Added oils in beauty products are designed to 'lock-in' moisture, but they can also trap dirt and sweat into your pores - leaving sensitive skin types battling rashes and spots. Check the ingredients for petroleum, petrolatum or paraffin or shea butters - and steer clear. 

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