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Solving Skincare Emergencies

Skincare saviours

From unwanted blemishes to dark under-eye circles, your wakeup call can bring a whole host of surprising skincare woes. We reveal how best to combat these problems with the use of quick-fix skincare and clever makeup…

The problem: Surprise spots

We’ve all been there: it’s the morning, we’ve not had much sleep and out of nowhere an inflamed blemish rears its ugly head. It’s never a nice way to wake up, but there are quick-fix solutions to bring down the size, soreness and redness.

The solution: Target the spot head on with a specially-designed blemish treatment

While the best way to deal with spots long term is to practise an effective skincare routine, targeted, emergency treatments do come in handy. Try opting for a formula that contains salicylic acid, which dries out active blemishes and helps it to heal more quickly. Votary’s Blemish Rescue Oil – Tamanu and Salicylic contains 2% salicylic acid, along with a plant-based blend of rice, oat and tamanu oil to speed up recovery time. Another genius way to tackle single spots is with Sarah Chapman’s Spot Stickers, which quickly calm breakouts when pressed onto the affected area. You can even use these at your desk due to their invisible nature.

The problem: Under-eye circles

A bad night’s sleep, genetics and dehydration can all contribute to under-eye circles, be it darkness or puffiness. These can be treated with regular eye cream use along with other skincare solutions, but for a quick fix, we suggest turning to your makeup kit.

The solution: A three-step makeup approach

A prime, conceal, set routine is your best option for battling morning under-eye circles. Begin by tapping the Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector under eyes with your ring finger – this will help to counteract any darkness or uneven tones. Next, take the Hourglass Veil Retouching Fluid – a concealer that effectively hides darkness while illuminating – and apply to the area, again patting with your ring finger delicately. Finish by tapping a small powder brush into the Becca Under Eye Brightening Setting Powder and setting the concealer; it’s so finely milled that you’ll find it virtually impossible to overdo.

The problem: Skincare reactions

Waking up to discover a new skincare product has caused a reaction can be an alarming experience as skin can appear inflamed, red, hot and/or bumpy in texture. Our advice for how to counteract this condition? Go gently.

The solution: Sticking to ultra-soothing formulas

Unfortunately, there is no quick fix for this, but there are ways to soothe the area to make it feel much better. Sticking to calming, gentle formulas is always best in this situation; never go in with harsh acids or exfoliants. Take a three-step approach and cleanse, treat and hydrate. Begin by using Ren Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk and Dr Barbara Sturm Calming Serum, both of which contain calming ingredients such as shea butter and calendula oil (Ren) and vitamin E and sweet almond oil (Dr Barbara Sturm). Finish with a layer of La Mer; originally created to treat fuel burns, this ultra-nourishing cream works wonders on reactive, sensitive skin. The new Moisturizing Cool Gel Cream is a particularly refreshing option when skin feels hot and irritated.

The problem: Dull, tired skin

We rarely wake up to glowing, lit-from-within skin without a little help. Treat dullness with hydrating, radiance-boosting formulas.

The solution: Focus on illuminating formulas

First, focus on hydrating the skin – dehydrated, thirsty skin will never glow. Tata Harper’s Illuminating Moisturiser boosts skin with a hydrating, radiance-boosting blend that features hyaluronic acid for the ultimate glow. Follow this with a thin layer of Lancer Dani Glowing Skin Perfector; a makeup-skincare hybrid product that firms, lifts and catches the light brilliantly for a beautifully bright complexion. Finish by dusting a little of Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Champagne Pop onto the tops of cheekbones for a long-lasting glow.

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