7 quick fix products for skin in need of saving
Don’t worry, we got you
By Briar Clark
Beauty Crew Beauty Editor / October 13 2021
There are times in our hectic lives when we are faced with predicaments that require fast-acting solutions.
Whether you’re suffering due to the arrival of an unexpected and unusually large breakout, dealing with a sensitive skin flare-up or battling puffy under eyes post a big night out, sometimes you just need a quick fix.
Here, we’ve collated seven overachieving skin care products that do all of the hard work for you, tackling whatever issue you’re currently having to battle with.
Chin up sis, because we’re sending in the rescue squad – STAT.
For pesky breakouts: ZitSticka KILLA Clarifying Microdart Patch Kit
We’ve all been terrorised by an unexpected pimple or two in our time, so why not get ahead of the bacteria-laden curve and zap the zit while it’s still under the skin’s surface? This two-part zit-killing system utilises an exfoliating and skin-soothing sanitary wipe and a pimple patch with microdart technology to keep unwanted breakouts at bay. Simply wipe the affected area with a CLEANA swab and slap on a KILLA patch for a minimum of two hours to see a reduction in the appearance of any early-stage pimples.
$39 at RY
For sensitive skin flare-ups: Bioderma Sensibio Defensive Cream
Sensitive skin is a life-long battle for some, but when you have the right products on hand, you can avoid the drama of skin reactivity with ease. This defensive cream utilises ingredients that help to mimic the body's natural biological functions, allowing the skin to protect itself against external aggressors by reinforcing the natural barrier function. We’re talking skin strengtheners such as tetrapeptide, antioxidant-rich vitamin E and carnosine, plus soothing red sage polyphenols that help to minimise hyper-reactivity too.
$18.99 at Chemist Warehouse
For overzealous oil glands: RARE BEAUTY Blot & Glow Touch-Up Makeup Kit
Why carry around a powder compact and blotting papers when you could have a handy anti-oily skin kit on hand at all times? That must have been Selena Gomez’s exact thought when she tasked Rare Beauty with creating this innovative two-in-one compact that incorporates a blurring powder puff and 100 sheets of oil-absorbing blotting papers. Genius and adorable.
$45 at Sephora
For tired-looking, puffy eyes: SEPHORA COLLECTION Eye Masks
Another favourite of Selly G’s are these unbelievably affordable eye masks (just $6 a set at Sephora) that, funnily enough, her little sister put her on to. Hey, if they’re good enough to grace the under-eyes of Gomez and “get rid of any inflammation” in as little as five minutes, they’re good enough for us plebeians.
$6 at Sephora
For enlarged, clogged pores: PEACE OUT SKINCARE Pores Blackhead and Pore Strip
Dealing with large pores and blackheads prior to an event? These lifesaving pore strips make short work of any eyesores that might be currently making your life less than pleasant. With a dual-action formula that helps to minimise excess oil and refine pores, these strips take as little as six hours (but we recommend wearing one overnight for maximum results) to take effect, pulling out unwanted impurities, dirt and bacteria, while tightening the skin and minimising the appearance of pores to prevent any future build-up and blackheads.
$33 at Sephora
For dull, tired skin: Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask
When you’re feeling drab, dull and tired, the last thing you want to have to deal with is a complexion that broadcasts your current state of being to the world around you. That’s why we love this overnight mask that’s packed full of exfoliating AHAs, skin-plumping hyaluronic acid and hydrating watermelon extract. Simply apply to skin before bed and snooze away your skin woes to wake up to a bright, youthful-looking glow. Seriously, this is beauty sleep bottled.
$64 at MECCA
For cracked, dry lips: FRESH Rose Petal Soft Lip Cream
We don’t know about you, but there is nothing more irritating in our books than a particularly dry set of lips. Red, raw and cracked are not descriptors we ever want to leave our lips, let alone to explain their current state. That’s why we like to keep a tub of this skin-soothing and hydrating lip salve on-hand at all times. With a formula that utilises nourishing rose flower oil for a promise of 24-hour hydration, you’d be remiss not to add this one to at least a few of your handbags.
$34 at Sephora
Briar is the Beauty Editor at BEAUTYcrew. Her 'down for anything' attitude has resulted in more than a handful of hair transformations, and she doesn't mind being used as a guinea pig for the industry's most unusual products and treatments. Her work has also appeared on Refinery29, Girlfriend and beautyheaven.