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The Surprising Skincare Ingredient That Helps Soothe Sensitive Skin

Got milk?

From inflammation to breakouts, sensitive skin can be the hardest skin type to cater for...unless you're using the right products. We've teamed up with Ulltraceuticals to give one lucky Irish Tatler reader the chance to win the ultimate sensitive skincare pack. 

Once upon a time, there was only one way to wash your face: with soap and water. Nowadays, it seems like with every day comes a new product, technique or tool that all promise you your cleanest face yet. While some methods are a godsend (here's looking at you double cleansing) and others are a complete waste of time (read: micellar waters), there's a now new generation of cleansers on the market that are touted for their non-dry and extra gentle formulas. Creamy yet light, milk cleansers are changing the cleansing game for the better...despite their misconstrued reputation. 

When it comes to clear skin, chances are you’ve heard that you should stay away from milk and milk-based foods (since those can cause acne-inducing inflammation). Milky cleansers, on the other hand, are a whole other story. That’s probably because they’re not actually named for their ingredient labels, but rather for their textures, which look a lot like something you’d add to your coffee (please don’t, though).

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Milk cleansers are made from an emulsion of water and fats which gives them their dense, milk-like texture. This unique mixture of emollient-rich ingredients is a great way to truly cleanse your skin as it gets rid of impurities, excess sebum, and even makeup without leaving your skin feeling dry, irritated and uncomfortably tight. Basically, they’re able to wash our faces and rinse away dirt, grime, and other blemish-causing impurities, all without stripping our skin of its natural oils, which is paramount for those with chronically dry skin, eczema, and acne. So, these cleaners don’t just feel better on your skin compared to their foamy and gel-based counterparts—they’re truly nicer to your skin.

Many milky formulas also offer skin-soothing properties, leaving a refreshing, cooling effect on the skin post-application, which is great for those whose skin is on the sensitive side and/or suffer from redness and blotches of discolouration. 

The only downside? Pretty much every skincare brand have launched their own milk cleansers making the decision to pick just one impossible. But because we want the best for you, dear readers, we've tried as many milk cleansers we can get our hands on so you don't have to. From our search, there's one particular cleanser that reigns supreme: Ultraceuticals Hydrating Milk Cleanser (€39). Featuring Provitamin B5, Grape Seed Oil and Vitamin E, this formula conditions and perfectly balances moisture levels thus leaving you with hydrated, plump skin. What's more, it is also formulated to gently cleanse and nourish the skin, effectively removing make-up and daily residue without stripping the skin of its natural oils making it ideal for those with sensitive or problematic skin. Use in the morning and as your first cleanse of two at night for truly visible results. 

Ultra Hydrating Milk Cleanser, €39, Ultraceuticals

However, the only way you can truly judge is for yourself. That's why we've teamed up with Ultraceuticals to give one lucky Irish Tatler reader the chance to win the Ultra Hydrating Milk Cleanser.

To be in the chance of winning the Ultraceuticals Hydrating Milk Cleanser, simply answer the question below: 

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This competition is open to the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland residents aged 18 or over unless any other age restriction is specified or implied. T&Cs apply. Closing date 01/07/2020.

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