AN EMERGENCY FIX FOR UNHAPPY SKIN
I have nightmare skin. It's oily, acne-prone and sensitive all at once and it reacts to countless products and ingredients, meaning that every time I introduce a new skincare or beauty item into my regimen I have to watch out for the warning signs and act quickly if I notice any irritation. I've learned to manage it reasonably well over the years, but every now and then something trips me up, which has unfortunately happened over the past couple of weeks. First of all, I switched to a different translucent powder in Porto which I reacted to, pretty badly. Since getting back on Tuesday eve I've been trying to calm it down, however I then went and tried out another new powder which aggravated it further. What I should've done is reverted to a tried-and-tested powder which I know works for my skin, but no. In fact, what I'd normally do in times like these is go right back-to-basics with my entire skincare and makeup until I've calmed everything down. However, I didn't do that this time and my skin paid the price.
To top it all off, when I was getting ready in a half-comatose state this morning I somehow managed to completely forego moisturiser and SPF in my routine - something I never, ever do - meaning I was wearing a full face of makeup on top of nothing but a bit of serum. Very clever. Within hours of leaving the house, my already-irritated face was a hot, dehydrated and itchy mess. By the time I got home from work I was close to clawing my skin off. As I was leaving work I made a mental list of items I had at home which I knew would soothe my skin, then I ended up doing the following as soon as I walked through the front door and it really worked. Within minutes, my skin was transformed, largely thanks to Superdrug's brilliant Simply Pure range. (NB this post is absolutely not sponsored in any way, shape or form. I just think that the range is brilliant.)
The very first thing I did was massage balm cleanser into my face (I'm currently using The Body Shop's Chamomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter, which I really rate) then I used a hot flannel to gently cleanse and remove any make up. Next, I rinsed the flannel in more hot water and held it over my face for a few moments to really draw out impurities. I then gently patted my face dry with a towel and applied a few drops of Hylamide's Sensitive Fix, which I've had for a few years and only use occasionally. It's a a real hero product in times like these and really does what it says on the tin (bottle).
Next up, I used Superdrug's Simply Pure Leave On Water Mask. I picked this up very recently (it's a new addition to the Simply Pure line) but hadn't had reason to use it until now. It has a clear, jelly-like consistency and is odourless. It felt cooling on my skin, and within around five minutes it had been almost completely soaked up. I gently massaged any remaining product into my skin, which had instantly re-hydrated and plumped up. This stuff is pretty incredible.
Next, I massaged a pump of Simply Pure Hydrating Serum into my skin (to help it absorb as much moisture as possible), then finished with a generous pump of Simply Pure Light Emulsion Moisturiser, another new addition to the range. I've recently been using The Ordinary's Natural Moisturising Factors + HA for my morning and evening moisturiser, but today I wanted to go right back to basics and soothe my skin as much as possible. This did the job perfectly. In combination with the other products my skin was left feeling fresh, calm, hydrated and soft. Fingers crossed it's all sorted, for now. I've definitely learned my lesson... Next time, back-to-basics, no messing!