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Top 3 Skin Saviours for emergency skin!

As much as we might try to always follow our skincare routines diligently, sometimes we’ll wake up with bad skin. Whether our skin looks dull, tired, or we’ve woken up with a massive pimple (or more than one!) bad skin days exist – and there’s not much we can do to prevent them.

So what can you do when you wake up with a skin emergency and need to fix things ASAP? For tired skin, dull skin, pimples and spots, we’ve got all the answers below.

Skin SOS: Tired Skin

If you’ve woken up with tired skin, your sleep quality might be to blame! It’s recommended that all adults get around 7-9 hours of shut-eye per night, and it’s even better if you can try to sleep during the same hours every night. The body’s circadian rhythm is important!

However, if you’re struggling to get that all-important shut-eye – and as a result you’re waking up with tired-looking skin – there are a few steps you can take to improve your sleep quality and get that glowing complexion back. We’d recommend This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray for starters: using an aromatic blend of Lavender, Chamomile and Vetivert, this pillow spray can help you fall into a deep slumber. Perfect for catching up on all that beauty sleep you’ve missed!

Tips for Tired Skin

Alongside using a pillow spray, here are some other tips for managing and improving the appearance of tired skin:

  • Use a Vitamin C product. Vitamin C has natural brightening properties and helps even out any dark spots, including any under-eye circles induced by a poor night’s sleep.
  • Keep your skin hydrated. A good moisturizer can mask all kinds of imperfections, so make sure to keep your skin plumped up and hydrated throughout the day.
  • Use a highlighter and go easy on bright colours. When your skin is tired, bright colours are often just going to wash out your complexion further. Use a highlighter to contour your face, and steer away from any bold colours for a day or so.

Skin SOS: Pimples

Is there anything more annoying than waking up with a pimple? (especially after diligently taking care of your skin.) While it can be aggravating, pimples are a part of life; they can occur due to hormonal changes, stress, or even dirty pillows and bed sheets.

If you wake up with pimples or a new spot, we’d recommend using Dermalogica’s Skin Clearing Wash immediately to clear your skin of any bacteria and dirt. Enriched with Salicylic Acid to clear the pores, along with menthol, camphor, and tea tree to soothe redness and inflammation, this face wash is your go-to for combatting acne and hormonal pimples.

Dermalogica Clearing Skin Wash

Tips for Acne-Prone Skin

Aside from using a great anti-acne face wash, here are some further tips to preventing and treating pimples and acne:

  • Change your pillowcases and bed sheets frequently
  • ALWAYS take your make-up off before bed
  • Keep your skin hydrated to avoid an overproduction of sebum
  • Don’t pop your pimple – you can end up spreading bacteria and causing scarring
  • Avoid abrasive spot treatments – stick to gentle cleansing

Skin SOS: Dull Skin

Dull skin can be hard to pin down, but it might look a little something like this:

  • Pale skin
  • Lack of natural colour in the cheeks
  • Deeper undereye circles
  • Dry skin, rough patches
  • No natural glow

Dull skin can be caused by a number of different factors, including poor hydration, not enough sleep, not enough vitamins in your diet. Changing up your habits can help restore your natural glow, but what can you do if you need a quick fix?

We’d recommend Malin+Goetz’s Detox Face Mask: enriched with nourishing Vitamin E and brightening Vitamin C, this mask lifts off any grime, dirt, or bacteria that might be lingering on your skin and causing dullness. The formula also uses amino acids and almond extract to nourish and condition the skin, leaving you with an instant glow and the perfect base for make-up. A real quick fix!

Malin+Goetz Detox Face Mask

Tips for dull skin

While a mask can be a useful quick fix in combating dull skin, here are some other tips and habits to keep in mind when it comes to maintaining a natural glow:

  • Exfoliate regularly. Exfoliating will slough off any dead skin cells, bacteria and dry patches, leaving you with a radiant complexion.
  • Drink lots of water. For glowy skin, it’s important to keep your skin hydrated from within.
  • Use light foundation. When your skin is feeling dull, don’t overload it with heavy foundation – that’s just going to exacerbate the problem. Use a highlighter, a radiance primer and light foundation instead.
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