First Aid Kit: Skin Fix

First Aid Kit: Skin Fix

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Bioderma Sébium H20
REN Micro Polish Cleanser
LUSH Oatifix Fresh Face Mask


I returned from my trip to Paris with more than a belly full of good food, cheap wine, and a bag full of beauty products. My skin was hating life and it was letting me know in every way possible; breakouts, blocked pores, irritated red patches, and nasty blemishes. When I returned home I vowed to deal with the state of my skin as swiftly as possible, banishing the blemishes as quickly as they had arrived.


The weather in Paris was erratic; we experienced high levels of humidity, sweltering summer days, overcast light showers, and even a huge thunderstorm that left us drenched from head to toe. High humidity can be extremely disruptive to the skin, causing blocked pores, spots, and breakouts. Equally, low humidity can cause the skin to become dry, dull, and tight. High levels of air pollution interferes with the skin's ability to regulate moisture levels resulting in irritation and redness.

My skin was suffering. I usually have a 'normal' complexion - no oil, no dryness, and rarely a pimple - but the constant changing of humidity levels resulted in my skin becoming blocked, causing breakouts and oily patches. The contaminants from air pollution meant my skin was becoming imbalanced, displaying signs of irritation.

For the first three days after returning from Paris I followed a rigid skin care routine. I swiped Bioderma Sébium H20 all over my ruined face. Bioderma Sébium H20 is specifically formulated for oily skin, cleansing and regulating secretion (oh, gross) by gently removing excess sebum. REN Micro Polish Cleanser gives a second, deeper cleanse and provides gentle exfoliation. After using this product my skin always feels softer and instantly looks brighter, but considering Paris left it feeling ravished I felt I needed an extra step - the LUSH Oatifix Fresh Face Mask. This dreamy smelling face mask for sensitive, delicate skin made from oats, almonds, and bananas leaves the skin feeling completely nourished.

Once the skin is thoroughly cleansed, exfoliated, and plumped back to its softer self, a light toner is applied - Caudalie Beauty Elixir - followed by an intensely rich moisturiser - Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask - helping the skin to rehydrate. This rich, creamy moisturiser smells divine and soothes the skin overnight. As a final step a light application of Homeoplasmine to aid dry lips.


After three days my skin was pretty much back to normal (aside from a couple of residual, yet-to-fade marks). No more oily patches, redness, or breakouts. This wicked combination of products used and applied religiously restored my skin back to 'normal' and stopped me from freaking out.


What is in your skin's first aid kit?


First Aid Kit: Skin Fix

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Caudalie Beauty Elixir
Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask
Homeoplasmine

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  1. I personally use the proactiv system, and have yet to find anything that completely clears my skin. I might just try some of the products you mentioned, as I always find your reviews helpful and insightful.

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    1. Oh wicked - I'm glad you're finding my blog helpful. Thanks for your comment.

      The Proactiv System seems a little intense for me personally. Since I have naturally "normal" skin I don't tend to need anything too hardcore when problems arise. A bit of intensive treatment over a couple of days usually fixes things.

      I definitely recommend trying to stick to natural products where possible though - Origins and REN are fantastic for providing high quality skin care.

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  2. I pretty much depend on coconut oil to do most of these things. I can always tell if I haven't used coconut oil on my face at all (hello 1.30am bedtime after a night out and falling asleep with make up on) and I have pots of it everywhere.

    I am 100% stopping at Lush in my way home for some of this face gunk though I might have it for breakfast as well.

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    1. COCONUT OIL. I totally forgot about that! I used to use it on my hair all the time. I've never tried it on my face though, maybe I should. Also: DON'T FALL ASLEEP WITH YOUR MAKE-UP ON, that's just nasty.

      Oatifix smells so good I'm often tempted to eat it. It can't be that bad for you right..? Also: Cosmetic Catastrophe is A-MAZING too. Except it draws all the gunk out of your skin and you'll feel pretty bummed out for a few days while your skin sorts itself out. Totally worth it though.

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  3. I love the 'cosmetic catastrophe' blueberry mask from lush, it takes care of any redness and seems to help with spots as well. It's pretty much the only one I buy and have traded in my five pots for a free one a couple times...I've also started using Clarins lotus oil (it's for oily/combination skin but there are three different oils) and it's really livened up my complexion!

    Dannielle @ Chic-a-Dee

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    1. I usually go for Cosmetic Catastrophe too - they were all out when I went to trade my pots in. I like to use it once in a while as a deep cleanse for my skin.

      I haven't tried the Clarins Lotus Oils.. I am so into oils right now it's ridiculous. I shouldn't buy anymore but I'm already googling it..

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  4. head over heals in love with your blog Sophie! x

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    1. I am thrilled - I've really been enjoying reading your blog.

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