***This review is not sponsored. Everything written is my own opinion, and if you are to use this product remember YMMV.
Last week Sara went over what she likes to do in case of an acne emergency, and this week it’s my turn to tell you about mine. There have been plenty of times where I have woken up before a big event and my face has either completely broken out or I’ve landed myself with something equivalent to a third eye on my forehead. When situations like this come up there’s a few steps I take to ensure my face is clear again by the next morning or on a very fast track to recovery.
**I listed the products in my kit in the order in which I would place them in my routine**
Place in Routine: After my oil-based cleanser, water-based cleanser, and hydrating toner. For the sugar scrub, rub gently into the skin and let sit for 10-15 minutes before rinsing. For the peeling gauze, use abrasive side of the pad to gently scrub your face, and then switch over to the softer side of the pad to go over your face once more. Rinse directly afterwards.
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not very religious with my exfoliators. It’s bad, I know. I also know, that most of the time the reason for the breakouts I experience on my cheeks or on my forehead tend to be caused by sweating a lot at the gym or because I wore a lot of makeup on the weekend. Add my lack of exfoliation and you’ve got a nasty layer sitting on the top of my skin clogging my pores. The two exfoliators that tend to save my life are Skin Food’s Black Sugar Mask and Neogen’s Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Wine (Both of which I have reviewed). I like both about the same, though I tend to lean towards the peeling gauze for when I want a gentle exfoliation or if I’m feeling lazy and don’t want to sit around with the sugar mask on my skin.
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2) Wash-Off Masks
Place in Routine: After bother cleansers, hydrating toner, and exfoliation.
Usually my favorite thing to do when i’m having a horrible break out is to slather a clay mask all over my face so that it can get deep into my pores and help purge me of unwanted dirt and excess oil. Currently, I use the Jeju Volcanic or Mint Tea Tree Mellow Jelly Clay Mask from Bonvivant. (Note: I only use the mint tea tree if I haven’t exfoliated yet.) So far, these masks do a great job in targeting my problem areas without making me feel like a mummy when I wash them off. If you’re interested in knowing more about them, we did a review on them a while back. If I’m not using a clay mask, then I’m using a peel mask, such as the Elizavecca’s Hell Pore clean up mask. I use this mask a lot on my chin or cheeks whenever I have a nasty hormone break out, just be sure not to get it anywhere near your eyebrows or hair or you’ll lose it and you’ll be super sad.
After scrubbing and using clay mask I like to throw some moisture back into my face. For the past two months I’ve been trying out this Innisfree Canola Honey Mask and it’s been absolute heaven. It’s filled with lots of moisturizing ingredients and smells AMAZING. Usually you rub it into your skin for a minute or so and then let it rest for 10-15 minutes before washing it off.
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Bonvivant Mellow Jelly Clay Masks:Memebox
3)Cosrx Natural BHA Skin Returning A-Sol
Place in Routine: After cleansing, hydrating toner, exfoliation, and wash off masks.
While you can use this as just a spot treatment, I tend to use this product as a full face actives toner. The main ingredient is propolis extract which works wonders if you’ve got a red or irritated acne. Usually, I use this product every night, but I find that it’s really important on my emergency skincare nights. After two masks, it feels great to apply this to your face, especially on places that may have become irritated while peeling or exfoliating.
Sara did a review for this product not too long ago, which you can find here.
Ingredients List: Cosrx Natural BHA Skin Returning A-Sol
Place in Routine: After both cleansers, hydrating toner, exfoliation, wash-off masks, and BHA toner.
I tend to sheet mask almost every night, but there are a few masks I reserve specifically for nights when my acne is at it’s worst. My favorite mask of all time has to be My Beauty Diary’s Imperial Bird’s Nest Mask. Yes, there is the very faint smell of something aviary when you put it on, but it doesn’t compare to how great my skin looks immediately after. In close second is the Klair’s Rich Moist Soothing Sheet Mask. It’s a great and simple go-to with lots of natural ingredients, especially if you don’t want to deal with a bird nest on your face. It’s moisturizing and calms inflammation. Lastly, I like to use tea tree masks. Tea tree works great on blemishes and really does the trick on stubborn acne that seems to pop up from nowhere. My face is a little sensitive to Tea tree, however, so I tend to be very careful with which masks I use for my face. The Tony Moly mask as well as Innisfree’s tea tree mask tend to work well for me without irritating my skin.
Read Sara’s Review on the Klair’s Soothing Sheet Masks here.
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Place in Routine: After cleansing, toner,exfoliation, wash off masks, BHA toner, sheet masks, and serums
While I’m sure any moisturizer will do, I find that I feel extra safe after a break out when I use Skin Watcher’s Green Snail Intensive Cream. I’m always afraid of drying out my skin and marks left over after trying to destroy all my acne so having a little help from my friend snail mucin never hurts. This cream feels thick when applying but it doesn’t make feel like I have a film over my skin. I use this sparingly now that I’m almost out, but I never hesitate to use it when I’m having a skin emergency.
6) COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch
Product Type: Spot Treatment
Place in Routine: The very last step after placing moisturizer. Make sure lotion or moisturizer is fulled absorbed before apply patches.
When my face is on the line, this product really comes in the clutch. There are plenty of different patches out there but so far I haven’t been able to find one that does the job quite like Cosrx. Placing one of these suckers on top of an ugly pimple will draw out the pus and impurities, a perfect combat to under the skin pimples.
Read a full review here!
I’ve shown you quite a few products today, some that are very similar to each other, and ones that you may have also seen if you read Sara’s emergency acne post last week. I think it’s important to mention that I don’t use all these products every day, and there are times where I don’t use them all in a week. If I had to narrow it down, I’d say the real life savers come in the form of the Jeju Clay mask, My Beauty Diary’s Imperial Bird’s nest sheet mask, and Cosrx’s Pimple Master Patch. Sometimes life gets really busy, and I don’t have the time to fight acne all night. In these moments, the three above products help me feel better about what my face may look like the next day. While these products all work really well in getting rid of my acne, it may not be the case for everyone else, we’re all very different, as you know. When trying to get your skin emergency kit together, be sure to think about what works best for your skin and what you automatically reach for whenever you’ve got a pesky zit or inflamed blemish.
If you have any similar products that you’d think would work well in an emergency kit, please comment below, we love hearing what works well for others!
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