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I know it would have been nice to have 5 products, but I have 6. And they are my favorite and most effective skincare products for those dire skincare emergencies.
When I say “skincare emergency” I don’t mean like mosquito bites and rashes and gross stuff like that. For those types of emergencies, you’re on your own. I’m talking about skincare emergencies that all of us have, like dryness, pimples, and clogged pores.
1. Nip + Fab Glycolic Extreme Night Pads. When I start to see little red pimples spring up, I swipe one of these pre-soaked glycolic acid pads on my face, then take the remainder down my neck and chest. Nine times out of ten, the pimples will be gone by the morning! And I wake up all glowy like I just had a facial. That feeling always sets such a positive tone to the day!
2. Zapzyt. I’ve raved about the Zapzyt Acne Treatment Gel in more detail in this post, but it bears mentioning again. Zapzyt is my go-to spot treatment for bigger pimples. Just dab a little on, and my pimples appear less red and angry in a day. In a few days that huge zit will be gone. If you’re like me, standing in the skincare aisle makes me so overwhelmed that I sometimes leave with nothing. But I’ve probably tried most of the products out there, and this one is still my favorite.
So why is Zapzyt gel better than all the others? First, it is under $5 and you get a full ounce. Second, it is water-based and doesn’t contain alcohol – which only irritates and adds to the redness of the already red/inflamed zit area. As if you need to draw more attention to an area that you are already feeling self conscious about. Apply it and feel confident that you are treating that pesky zit that everyone gets from time to time. There is also a scrub and a face wash that both have a cooling effect and work nicely. You can use Zapzyt products on your back and chest too.
3. Sand & Sky Pink Clay Mask. Sometimes my skin looks and feels congested from too much traveling, or clogging my pores with a lot of makeup. The Sand & Sky Pin Clay Mask does of great job of drying up any blemishes while dissolving the gunk in my pores. It also has a gorgeous brightening effect. I have a full review of the mask here. And it is PINK so that’s always a plus.
So the story is that I went to an Estée Lauder makeup class a few weeks ago, and all of the makeup artists were raving about this serum. They said if you went home with just ONE product it would have to be the Night Repair. So I decided to give it a shot, even though it is pricey. After three weeks of diligently using it every morning and evening, I’ve seen a huge improvement in my skin. I also decided to try the eye cream, which is also phenomenal. My skin looks so much more hydrated. And when I get a dry patch (especially around my mouth and chin lately) I just dab a little bit on and the patch virtually goes away. I’ve also been mixing it with my foundation (I wear the shade 2W1 Dawn) when I’m going for sheer and dewy look.
I know it is a pricey product, so if it is out of your price range, wait until you get a coupon or a gift card like I do. Or you can try the little mini travel size to make sure you love it.
5. Sheet Masks. Okay, so this isn’t one specific product, but a product in general. Sheet masks are fantastic for when your face looks and feels hungover. I don’t mean literally hungover – just that dry and dehydrated icky feel. Think of your skin when you get off a plane. Yeah – that. Speaking of planes, these are really easy to throw in your bag for a quick “hotel arrival” rejuvenating facial after you get off a plane.
My favorite is the Erborian Bamboo Shot Mask, but I ran out of them when I decided to write this post. A couple of other favorites are the Rodial Snake Oxygenating & Cleansing Bubble Mask, Loverecipe Acai Berry Mask, and the Feel Brilliant Bamboo Charcoal Facial Sheet Mask. I like to keep them in the fridge for an extra soothing and cooling effect.
6. Kate Somerville UncompliKated SPF 50 Soft Focus Makeup Setting Spray. I know it seems silly to have a sunscreen as a “skin emergency” product, but hear me out. We are supposed to wear sunscreen every day. Admittedly, I forget this step too often. Sometimes I just rely on the spf in a tinted moisturizer, or go without one at all, and I know it is bad.
Let’s say you just legitimately forgot to apply spf before you took the time to apply all of your makeup. The Uncomplikated makeup setting spray has SPF50, which is absolutely genius because you can just spritz it on after your make up routine makeup. You have no excuse because you won’t have to ruin or smudge anything. This spray is seriously a LIFESAVER. I have a full post on it, here (with a pretty cute outfit, too).
Do you have any “must have” products for skin emergencies? Tell me in the comments!
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