When it comes to skincare hacks I know we’ve all heard it before: wash your makeup brushes, remove makeup before bed etc. Nothing really surprises us, unfortunately our skin can, which brings me to my current situation. My skin, out of the blue, is drier than prison bread. It has been oily/combination forever so I honestly don't know what to do. Is it dehydrated? Is it a cry for help? Seriously, what is up? This dilemma spurred a post idea, what do you do when your skin is in trouble and in need of a quick fix? I have my cousin’s wedding this weekend and my skin, which is also suffering from a few breakouts, will not do. We all have our own secret arsenal when we need our skin to pull it together and I would love for you to share some of your own secrets below in the comments. For now, I will share mine.
Exfoliate. Even if you have dry skin as long as you use gentle, natural products this shouldn't cause any problems. I highly recommend Burt's Bees as a brand, their Deep Pore scrub is beautifully creamy but nice and grainy without being harsh on the skin. I blew through this generous amount in no time at all. A great product to use both day and night. Be sure to massage in gently as you don't want to irritate the skin or inflame existing breakouts even more.
Hydration. Moisturising is important whether you have oily or dry skin, but if you have dry skin you want thicker, richer more radiance-inducing creams. I recommend the Skin Effect Active Day Face Cream, supposedly a £7.99 dupe for the £70 Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream. Not only do you want to apply more product than usual, if your skin is feeling particularly dry, you also really want to allow the product to sink into the skin. Let it work its "magic".
Oils. Oh my God, oils are everything. Especially for dry skin. I completely abandon my usual skincare routine and strip it down to the bare necessities. Oil will never do you wrong. I like to remove my makeup with coconut oil, it feels amazing on dry skin and before bed I saturate both sides of a cotton pad in Extra Virgin Olive Oil and apply it all over my face and neck. There are loads of beauty oils on the market right now but you can always concoct your own. I use sweet almond oil after showering all over my body to keep my skin smooth and soft.
Face Masks. If you are looking for a quick fix face masks are where it is at. Any tea tree mask is my go to for acne and breakouts. They feel really refreshing and instantly soothe my raging skin. Another plus is how inexpensive they can be, Asda, Superdrug and many other stores have one-use face masks ranging from 50p-£2 and surprisingly they can be really good. I love a clay mask too, anything that detoxifies is up my alley. Of course, with my recent dry skin I am eager to try out more hydrating face masks. I have heard great things about Glam Glow Thirsty Mud. You can even use Thirsty Mud overnight as a skin treatment.
Face Mists. Not my favourite because until now I have just considered them to be overpriced and unnecessary which honestly they still are. But, I can't deny that they do feel amazing on your skin throughout the day. Especially when your skin is feeling, dry and rough a spritz of a mildly fragrant mist is refreshing and reviving to the skin. Instant perk up. I love drenching my face with Tata Harper's Hydrating Floral Essence after washing my face in the morning. I let the mist absorb into my skin while I pick out makeup and clothes and then add a few more sprays to my beauty blender to help work the foundation into my skin. I am sure you can easily and cheaply make your own too.
Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post. I would love to know what skin type you are and if you do have dry skin please share your own tips and tricks with me to get your skin looking and feeling better. I would really appreciate it. I have so much going on right now and won't be with my laptop this weekend - (follow me on Snapchat: alittlekiran) - so I will try and get a few posts up for you but I am not promising anything. If you have any requests for future posts please share them below. I would love some feedback. Hope you're enjoying your week. Take care.