We all have those days where our skin needs more than just some TLC, but a real rescue kit of products to target your skins needs. I'm usually very lucky with my skin; I've never really suffered from acne, I only get the odd blemish every now and then and I can generally count on one hand the amount of breakouts I've had. The same with dry skin; generally my skin has always been under the oily category, but every now and then I'll get some intensely dry areas (usually when I'm dehydrated or when we change seasons), where I need more than my standard moisturiser and serums. Whenever I see my skin changing, a blemish appearing or some unwanted dry skin, I reach for my emergency skin rescue kit. Products I can rely on, time and time again.
To target blemishes before they settle in, I love turning to Vichy Normaderm Hyaluspot (15ml, £7.87), which uses a formula enriched in Hyaluronic Acid and the antibacterial properties of Salicylic Acid and LHA, working to reduce the appearance of blemishes. Hyaluspot is definitely more for those first signs of a blemish, and the gel formula is easily to apply, without making the area feeling sore or irritated. If I catch blemishes quick enough, Hyaluspot easily gets rid of any signs by the next morning.
For those occasions where the blemish is sensitive to the touch and on it's way to becoming a full blown mountain of a spot, there's one product I can always rely on, the highly coveted Origins Super Spot Remover (10ml, £15). It's perfect for those 'time of the month' blemishes, with blemish-fighting ingredients of Salicylic Acid, Caffeine and Red Algae. It effortlessly reduces redness and irritation, and ensures I'm not left with any unwanted marks afterwards.
If we're talking full on, huge, mountain like bright-shiny spots (lovely, right?), then I have to up my game and I find a touch of The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil (10ml, £7) does the trick perfectly. Tea Tree Oil is a wonderful thing, and I've found The Body Shop's offering far more kind to skin than any others I've tried. It doesn't dry my skin out, nor does my skin feel more irritated from using Tea tree Oil directly onto a spot. After two nights at most, my skin is clear with the blemish all but forgotten about, whilst the Tea Tree Oil uses it's antibacterial properties to soothe the irritated area. Always a good idea to have a little pot of Tea Tree Oil around!
Of course, just popping products on to rid yourself of blemishes is OK, but looking after your skin after to ensure they don't return and your skin is in a happy, balanced state, is also important. Whenever I have had a blemish, once all traces are gone I apply Aesop Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Serum (100ml, £45), an anti-oxidant rich serum with Grape Seed, Panthenol and Parsley Seed. It works perfectly to restore balance in my skin, and also does wonders to make my skin appear clearer and brighter.
Onto dry skin and there's two products I turn to when my moisturisers, serums and masks aren't cutting it. Coconut Oil really is a miracle product for me and I have a handy little pot of Viridian 100% Organic Raw Coconut Oil (25g, £3.95) which I love to take advantage of when my skin is in need. Not only does it work wonders on cuticles, elbows and knees, (and makes amazing roast potatoes), but it works wonders for dry lips and dry skin on my face. I find applying a touch to any dry areas before my moisturiser, works wonders to really alleviate any dry, sore, irritated skin by morning.
Balm Balm Rose Geranium Face Balm (30ml, £6.99) is another wonderful multi-purpose product that helps reduce and diminish dry skin. It can be used as a moisturiser, a hot cloth cleanser, a lip balm, on dry hells, cracked elbows and cuticles. For me, I definitely prefer using this as a hot cloth cleanser and whenever my skin is looking dry and in need of something with a bit more oomph, I'll apply this as a cleanser (the consistency is much like a balm cleanser), massaging in for 2-3 minutes before rinsing off with a warm muslin cloth. My skin is left feeling intensely hydrated, smooth and softened each time, it's wonderful.
Do you have an emergency skin rescue kit? I'd love to hear what's in yours!