My skin is sensitive on the best of days. Because of this, I have a very gentle skin care routine and I’m very careful about introducing any kind of actives into my regimen due to horrific past experiences. I’m talking a compromised skin barrier people.
And with all the stress of COVID-19 lately, my skin has really been taking a hit. I’ve found it to be more reactive and sensitised than usual, which has meant I’ve had to find fast-working solutions that will have me ready for the few social interactions I have these days. You know, like my next zoom meeting or bi-weekly expedition to the supermarket (I’ll admit, it’s hard being this in demand).
Along the way I’ve found some total gems that are worth a share. Here’s what I reach for when my skin has absolutely no chill:
Nourishing Facial Oil
Along with suffering from skin sensitivity, I’ve also been lucky enough to be blessed with a face that gets dry as a bone during the cooler months, too (yay!). So I like to kill two birds with one stone and opt for a nourishing facial oil. My personal favourites are Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil, an oil blend of rosehip seed, rosehip fruit and rosemary extracts, as well as vitamin E that helps to soothe and repair skin, and Happy Skincare’s Black Seed Oil, which is super calming on skin and can even be used on eczema and hive flare-ups.
Soothing Face Mist
I’ve always been a bit sceptical about face mists to be completely honest, but when it comes to stressed skin sometimes all you need is a simple, no-fuss spritz that will quickly cool and rebalance skin with minimal effort. I find with soothing face mists the simpler the formula the better, and you definitely want to steer clear of anything that has alcohol high on its ingredients list. Think La Roche Posay’s Thermal Spring Water. Plus, when applied liberally to cotton pads and placed on the eyes, it acts as a great treatment for tired-looking peepers.
If my skin’s stressed and looking dull, I always like to give myself a quick facial massage, nothing too fancy, just something to get the blood flowing and wake my face up a bit. I like to use a bit of moisturiser or facial oil, which I warm up in my hands before massaging into the skin using upward circular motions, making sure to follow the natural contours of my face.
If I have a bit of extra time, I also like to treat my skin with a homemade mask. I like to keep it simple: avocado and oats. Simply mash up an avocado into some oats (make sure you’ve cooked them and let them cool before applying) and Bob’s your uncle; you’ve got yourself a soothing and moisturising mask!
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Briar was a Beauty Crew intern before she joined the crew full time in 2019 as a Beauty Assistant, and as a Junior Beauty Writer as of 2020. She is a self-professed skin care obsessive, always on the hunt for the perfect mascara, and can't go past a Fenty lipgloss.