Wednesday, 2 December 2015

The Blemish Survival Kit

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With winter comes dry and sensitive skin for me and this year is shaping up to be no different. I've had a stressful couple of months thanks to a very drawn out house buying process which is still not there and the result is that my skin is absolutely horrendous and breaking out like crazy. Just what I need to help make me feel positive and happy!

There's two ways of dealing with this, a pity party for one or to take serious action. I decided to toughen up and I've put together a pretty good blemish survival kit which is really helping sort things out.

The Exterminator
When I was in New York last month I was desperate to try a few things from Kate Somerville as Sephora don't ship the brand to the UK (sob). One of a few things that I picked up was the Kate Somerville DermalQuench Clear Anti-Acne Treatment. Looking quite odd in the can, this is an aerosol that releases a foam that once applied to my skin instantly cools and soothes. It contains salicylic acid to deep clean and unclog pores and prevent future breakouts. It also hydrates while restoring the skin's natural pH balance which helps limit any further skin irritation, as quite frankly I don't think I can take any more!

The Moisture-Giver
Masks always benefit my skin greatly when its under attack and I have been reaching for the Nip+Fab Kale Fix Clay Mask* two to three times a week to deeply hydrate my skin. Formulated with the superfood kale and witch hazel to heal, this gentle clay mask really calms my skin and restores it with much needed moisture. I find that one of the key steps to healing blemishes is to ensure that they are as hydrated as possible. When my skin freaks out it dries out like a prune and looks super grey, so I'm piling this one on as much as I can.

The Protector
Another great find from the US is the Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer. My next Sephora order is probably going to include a couple of tubes of this little baby as my skin absolutely adores it. Infused with coconut water, this rather wonderful primer adds seals an extra layer of moisture to my face, smoothing over the lumps and bumps while creating an extra layer to protect from further aggressors. It really perks things up and helps hide the devastation underneath. My skin is much more radiant and glowing and I find that my foundation glides over the top and lasts all day without separating, disappearing or caking.

The Eraser
The final part of the puzzle is the Rodial Airbrush Concealer*. This arrived the day of my horrendous breakout (fate, obviously!), and I am so thankful that it did. It's a waxy formulation that seriously covers everything, but without being heavy or cakey. I've been using it both over blemishes and to brighten my under eye area and it does both incredibly well. Best applied with a clean finger, it melts into the skin and blends incredibly well. I build up a couple of thin layers over more troublesome areas and it stays put all day and doesn't dry out my skin like a lot of similar potions have done in the past. And, it's also quite a stunner in it's gorgeous little compact.

What's in your blemish survival kit?

Laura

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