There's a whole lot of posts out there telling you about skincare for blemish-prone, oily/combo skin, but what about us dryer girls? We get spots too, you know. Granted, my skin is generally fairly well behaved, but on the (not unusual) occasions when I have a group of unwanted red friends on my forehead, I don't want to end up drying out my skin in the long run.
We all know that prevention is better than cure, so I've been incorporating a few blemish-busting products into my daily routine. The first is La Roche Posay Serozinc (€7), a fun spray toner that contains zinc to help decongest the skin. Even though it's actually aimed at combination skin, it doesn't dry me out at all. And it's so refreshing in the mornings! I'll be honest, I haven't been using it long enough to see permanent results, but I'll report back when I have. At the moment it's just really enjoyable to use!
When I'm in need of a quick fix, I always turn to a clay mask. The Superfacialist by Una Brennan Tea Flower Clay Mask (£8.99) is the gentlest I've tried without compromising on effectiveness. If my skin is feeling extra dry, then I'll use a gh0stparties trick - I mix in a few drops of facial oil to make it more nourishing (I like Caudalie Divine Oil). It just does deep cleansing effectively - and none of that "brings bacteria to the surface" stuff - this stuff gets rid of breakouts instead of causing them!
I'm pretty sure all of us have relied on Tea Tree oil and some point in our lives. I'm not one for fancy chemically spot treatments as honestly none of them really seem to make more difference than my trusty little bottle of tea tree. It's not a miracle worker, but it helps with breakouts without drying out my skin to the point of flakiness. Nothing fancy is needed - just pure tea tree oil does the trick for about £2 per (everlasting) tiny bottle.
Exfoliation is key in preventing bacterial build up. Honestly there's nothing wrong with a gentle scrub, a lot of bloggers seem to dismiss them in favour of chemical exfoliants, but the Bioderma Hydrabio Crème Gommant (£10.50) isn't abrasive or scratchy. It gently buffs away at the top layer of the skin and you feel fresher and cleaner for it - it helps that it's aimed at sensitive, dehydrated skin meaning it's not harsh.
What do you turn to when you wake up with a few unwelcome gifts on your chin?
PS: I've just posted my Morning Skincare Routine on my Youtube channel, check it out if you haven't already and maybe even subscribe? There's a ittle 4-second glitch towards the end of the video but hopefully no one will notice too much! I've posted three videos so far and tehy're all around 2 minutes so it won't take much of your time xx