6 quick skin fixers for when things go south
Because ain’t nobody got time for that
Beauty Crew Beauty Writer / September 27 2019
You know the feeling when your whole skin situation is chugging along pretty nicely, then all of a sudden one little annoying thing pops up and completely ruins it for EVERYONE? Ugh, it sucks. And what’s worse is that nine times out of 10, you’ll have a wedding, a first date, or a big event coming up and you need it to bugger off, STAT.
For these kind of situations, you need a reliable stash of beauty products in your armoury, so you can get your skin back to looking its perfect self. And we know the right guys for the job! Because in a world of last-minute invitations and copious selfie sessions, a girl needs instant results.
#1 / If your skin is breaking out…
When a big ol’ red spot sets up camp on your face, chances are you’ll immediately want to squeeze it. It’s just who we are. But we also know that doing this makes it a thousand times worse. Trust us when we say this - choosing a spot treatment with the right ingredients is a way better plan. Try Thursday Plantation Medicated Gel*. It’s a natural goodie made from tea tree oil, so it has both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. This means it’ll not only help your spot heal faster, but it’ll prevent other spots from joining the party, too.
* Always read the label. Follow the directions for use. If symptoms persist, talk to your health professional.
#2/ If you have dry patches…
If your skin has just decided to flake right off your face just for the hell of it, arm yourself with a soothing balm that’ll help nourish and replenish rough areas and dry patches, like La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5. This guy is fragrance-free, paraben-free and lanolin-free, and won’t leave your face looking all white and ghostly. Score!
#3 / If your skin is looking dull…
Skin looking a little bit meh? Opt for an over-achiever like L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Red Cream. This little slice of red-tinted delight will help fight visible signs of fatigue and dullness, giving you a healthy-looking glow. It’s also enhanced with advanced pro-retinol, which is perfect for smooth, youthful-looking skin.
#4 / If you have puffy eyes…
Do you know who is a fan of puffy eyes? No one, that’s who. Waking up with puffy eyes sucks – they make you look extra tired, bloated and like you’ve been having a few too many wines on a school night (which is TOTALLY not the case because we’re all responsible adults here, jeez). If the old cold spoon trick isn’t cutting it, you need to try Pixi DetoxifEYE Depuffing Eye Patches. These little eye masks contain caffeine to energise and increase circulation in the under-eye area, while botanical collagen works to smooth the skin for bright, well-rested eyes.
#5 / If your pores are looking even larger than usual
We get it – your skin needs pores in order for it to be able to function and all that jazz, but that doesn’t mean we’re happy about how dramatic they can be sometimes. Enlarged pores *really* know how to mess with your perfect skin goals. Besides the fact they basically invite ALL of the dirt and oil around to clog them up, enlarged pores can make applying foundation a really hard time. If you want to draw out all those toxins and shrink the appearance of large pores, reach for something like Swisse Pore Perfecting Clay Mask. It’s made with Australian pink kaolin clay and bentonite clay, which work to deeply cleanse your pores, remove dead skin cells and absorb excess oil. It also contains some stellar natural ingredients that help the pore-refining cause.
#6 / If you have oily patches on your T-zone
Oiliness and grease seriously seem to pop up at the most inopportune times. And while there are a slew of skin care products out there that’ll help tackle oily skin, if you’re already all made up and ready to go but spot some oily areas on your face, an easy fix is to use blotting paper and dab it on your T-zone. We like Fenty Beauty Invisimatte Blotting Paper because it’ll soak up all the excess oil while leaving your makeup still intact. Plus, they come in a little refillable lipstick-shaped compact that’s cute AND convenient.
Looking for more tips on the best products for oily skin? Check out the best foundations that won’t slip off your face OR clog your pores.
What’s one of your most common skin issues? Share with us in the comment section below.
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Erin Docherty is a Beauty Writer for BEAUTYcrew, Beauty Editor for Women's Health magazine and a Grooming Writer for Men's Health magazine. She has a keen interest in cosmeceutical skin care and is currently working on minimising her 9-step skin care routine – because ain’t nobody got time for that. When she’s not writing about the latest beauty news, or applying copious amounts of serum, you can find her spending all her money in Sephora.