I count myself lucky to have pretty easygoing skin. Though it's generally not too demanding, there's a certain time of the month when I can expect a hormonal breakout that leaves me with a few spots on my chin. That, in combination with me getting a little lax about my skincare routine over the summer, meant a recent outbreak that was worse than usual. I've been turning to these products lately to help sort my skin out and get it in good shape again. This isn't my whole routine, just some of the products I've been enjoying recently (almost all French!).
I like to remove my make-up first with Bioderma. I think pretty much everyone knows this product so I won't spend too much time on it, but I find it really gentle and effective. When my skin is in bad shape, I always turn to Origins Zero-Oil Deep Pore Cleanser. I feel like this unclogs my pores and purifies my skin without drying it out too much even though it's meant for oily skin types. The only thing I dislike about it is that I have to be really careful about not getting it in my eyes. It burns! I also like to use the Cattier clay mask for a deep clean, or occasionally I'll mix in a drop of tea tree oil and leave it on for a few hours as a spot treatment. The mask makes my skin feel tighter and cleaner, but again, without drying it out too much.
Two products I love for hydration and toning are Melvita's Extraordinary Water in Orange Blossom and Caudalie's Beauty Elixir. The Melvita toner is a gel-like water that is super refreshing and has hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture. A little goes a long way with this- I squeeze two drops into my palm, rub my hands together, and then press the water into my face. The Caudalie mist is something I rely on when my skin is in bad shape, but I also just really enjoy using it in the winter because of it's nice, herbal smell. Eau de Beauté (Beauty Elixir) is described as being part-toner/part-serum. I think the essential oils do a lot to soothe irritated skin. I've just finished my second bottle of this and am currently debating if I should buy a third, or spring for Mario Badescu's Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater spray.
What are your go-to products when your skin is acting up?