For 99 per cent of us, our skin is not having a good time in isolation. Acne, flare-ups, dryness, eczema, psoriasis – it’s happening to the best of us.
For me, I’ve found my skin to be more reactive and sensitive than usual, which has meant I’ve had to find fast-working solutions that will have me ready for the few social interactions I have these days. You know, like my next zoom meeting or bi-weekly expedition to the supermarket (It’s tough being so popular sometimes).
Along the way I’ve found some total gems that are worth a share. Here’s what I reach for when my skin is at it’s worst:
Nourishing Facial Oil
Along with skin sensitivity, I’ve also been lucky enough to be blessed with a face that gets dry as a bone during the cooler months, too (yay!). So I like to kill two birds with one stone and opt for a nourishing facial oil. My personal favourites are Votary’s Super Seed Facial Oil and Kora Organics Noni Glow Face Oil which is full of antioxidants and essential fatty acids.
Soothing Face Mist
I’ve always been a bit sceptical about face mists to be completely honest, but when it comes to stressed skin sometimes all you need is a simple, no-fuss spritz that will quickly cool and rebalance skin with minimal effort. I find with soothing face mists the simpler the formula the better, and you definitely want to steer clear of anything that has alcohol high on its ingredients list. Think La Roche Posay’s Thermal Spring Water. Plus, when applied liberally to cotton pads and placed on the eyes, it acts as a great treatment for tired-looking peepers.
If my skin’s stressed and looking dull, I always like to give myself a quick facial massage, nothing too fancy, just something to get the blood flowing and wake my face up a bit. I like to use a bit of moisturiser or facial oil, which I warm up in my hands before massaging into the skin using upward circular motions, making sure to follow the natural contours of my face.
If I have a bit of extra time, I also like to treat my skin with a mask. My favourite all time is the Clarins SOS Hydra Refreshing Hydration Mask or Lano Face Base Aussie Flyer Mask which gives a gentle tingle when you first put it on but leaves skin looking epic afterwards thanks to it’s potent mix of lanolin, mint, coffee and ginger.
Got the time but not the product? Make one from what you have in the pantry! Simply mash up an avocado into some oats (make sure you’ve cooked them and let them cool before applying) and Bob’s your uncle; you’ve got yourself a soothing and moisturising mask!