First, I like to start off with a really gentle cleanser. Mario Badescu’s Seaweed Cleansing Soap is my go-to because of how careful it is with my skin. It doesn’t soap up or foam when I use it – instead, it’s very milky and creamy, and the small bits of seaweed give a super soft exfoliation to the skin. After that, I mist my face with the Mario Badescu Rosewater Spray to kind of soothe my skin and add back some hydration. Then, I use a little bit of Tea Tree Oil from The Body Shop on a cotton ball to medicate any pimples and under-the-skin spots. Tea tree oil is a natural way to dry up acne, and I much prefer it to squeezing and popping your skin. As a final step for skincare, I like moisturizing with Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel. Again, this is a very light and gentle moisturizer for the face, and I think it’s super important to use products that won’t stress out your skin when it’s already in such an aggravated state.
If I need to wear makeup on bad skin days, I like to keep it extremely light. Layering several products on top of one another won’t help clear up your face, and it will make it harder for your skin to breathe if there’s a bunch of makeup caked on top of it. BB creams are a safe bet for days like these, and I really like Tarte’s BB Tinted Moisturizer because of how light it is while still evening out my skin tone. Most days that’s all I’ll need, but on days when I’m suffering from a particularly bad flare-up, I’ll use a super pigmented concealer like the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer to help conceal any spots. I like this concealer because it takes such a small amount of product to do the job, plus it stays all day without sliding down your face or smudging.
How do you battle a bad skin day?