Sometimes I swear my skin just straight up hates me. I get really dry patches on my face, as well as oily areas around my nose and no matter how much I cleanse, tone, moisturise and prime my skin will straight up reject makeup completely. Which is great, especially when my dry/oily skin is paired with some lovely spots.
That’s not to mention my eczema prone arms and legs. I’ve had eczema all my life and OMG it used to be so much worse. Particularly at the back of my knees. I remember those god-awful plastic chairs I had to sit on in primary school in my pink checked summer dress, fidgeting uncomfortably as I tried to avoid the backs of my knees pressing against the hot plastic.
Now my eczema is (mostly) in check, it only really manifests itself as dry and occasionally itchy patches on my arms and lower legs. The problem is that it is pretty present all year round, like that annoying Uni flatmate that also doesn’t go home for the summer and therefore robs you of that precious alone time you were so looking forward to. My eczema flares up in extreme temperatures and absolutely HATES central heating.
So yeah, sometimes I think my skin really has it in for me. Luckily, there are a few tried and tested products that tell it where to go.
The Body Shop Honey & Oat mask
I’ve harped on about this mask before but it really is amazing. It’s a facemask that you apply (liberally) to your skin and let it rest for 10-15 minutes. It’s one of those drying ones that make you feel like a statue because you can’t move your face. After the time is up, you massage the oaty granules into your skin to polish before removing the residue.
Idk why I go on about it so much because The Body Shop sadly no longer make this product, however, I have heard ace things about their Honey deep nourishing mask if you need a moisture boost. Pair that with an oat scrub face wash and you will probably get similar results.
Quinoderm spot cream
This spot cream does not fuck about. It’s pretty strong, and is designed for those with acne but can also be a fast-action cream for the odd breakout. Fair warning, it *will* dry out your skin, so if you have sensitive skin like mine you should be using this cream really conservatively.
Quinoderm spot cream is notoriously difficult to find, so when I’m not able to get my mitts on it (including at the moment, waaaa) I make do with a tea tree oil stick. It doesn’t work as quickly as Quinoderm, but it’s a more natural and calming way of dealing with spots. I alternate between The Body Shop’s tea tree oil stick, and the Superdrug one. These are both gels that you apply to the spots to help dry them out quicker.
Soap & Glory Kickass Concealer
Most concealers do not get on with my skin. My skin seems to reject them so the makeup sits all cakey and gross, drawing more attention to whatever I’m trying to hide. Except for the Soap & Glory kickass concealer. Not only is this formula good for covering spots and other blemishes, it’s also great for concealing eye bags.
The only downside is that the pot is small and so for the £10 price tag, it really doesn’t last long enough. Luckily, you don’t need a lot of the product to cover blemishes but I always find it’s gone way too quickly. There is a concealer crayon as well, but I find the texture isn’t quite as creamy so does occasionally result in that gross cakey effect if my skin is being particularly bitchy.
The Body Shop Vitamin E Sleeping Mask
I know this post has been a bit TBS heavy, but the majority of my skincare is from The Body Shop for a reason – they sell good products.
The Vitamin E sleeping mask is a rich overnight mask that when applied makes you look shiny enough to attract budgies. However, wake up the next morning and your skin is super duper smooth. I use this mask a couple of times a week when the dry skin patches are particularly bad, paired with the Vitamin E essence lotion which I use daily to combat flaky skin.
Aveeno Skin Relief Body Moisturising Lotion
I discovered Aveeno products a while ago, and because their formula is oat-based it works really well on my skin. I use the Skin Relief lotion as it’s designed for more sensitive skin, and I apply it once I’ve dried off after a shower. I love a hot shower, which is basically eczema’s worse enemy but I can’t bear the idea of having a lukewarm wash so I use the lotion to counteract the drying effect of hot water.
The Skin relief lotion is quite thick and rich, so you don’t need a lot of it but what’s good about it is that it’s non-greasy so doesn’t flare up my eczema life other lotions and moisturisers can (e.g. body butter which is basically like torture to my skin).
So there we go – a few of the products I use when my skin is being a knobhead. What are your go-to rescue products when your skin is acting up?
I am acutely aware that not all of these products are cruelty-free, and I am trying to make more of my skincare and makeup as CF a possible, but with sensitive and eczema prone skin, this task is much harder. I welcome and encourage anyone who has tried and tested CF products for similar/the same skin type to recommend products for me to try.