Skincare SOS: My Safety Net When Everything Else Fails

Skincare SOS

My skin becomes a little hard to please between winter and spring every year. That’s not news. When the weather stayed bad all the way till the end of May however, my skin had another bone to pick with me. Aggravated by a bout of stress, I woke up one morning to extremely irritated skin. It was dehydrated and fragile like I had never seen before. I own many products that make skin better when it is OK to begin with, but when my skin felt the way it did, I needed my safety net products.

Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser, Caudalie Instant Foaming Cleanser

I call these my safety net products because while they don’t seem to make a dramatic difference when things are peachy, they can fix the problem when something more potent might make it worse. Cleanser-wise, Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser has been my go-to for the past 8 months or so. I cannot recommend it enough for the gentle cleansing and ease of use. I know that some avoid foaming cleansers like snakes, and for the most part I understand. However, I still reach for Caudalie Instant Foaming Cleanser for a quick wash in the morning. Even when my skin was desperately dehydrated, the cleanser managed to keep it soft and ready for the rest of the routine.

A quick heads-up: Caudalie Instant Foaming Cleanser has been repackaged and reformulated recently. The bottle you’re seeing here is the older version.

Caudalie Vinosource SOS Thirst Quenching Serum, Caudalie Vinosource Moisture Recovery Cream

Caudalie Vinosource has seen my skin through several crises, and this time it was no exception. I might prefer Vinoperfect Radiance Serum to S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum on a daily basis, but the generous dose of hydration S.O.S provides was just what my skin needed! I don’t usually need something as rich as Vinosource Moisture Recovery Cream (it targets dry skin), but it really turned everything around after two uses! It is rich and soothing, but not so rich that it smothers my skin. In short, once again Caudalie Vinosource saves the day!

Hourglass N° 28 Primer Serum, N° 28 Lip Treatment

Last but not least, Hourglass also played a role in getting my skin back on track. I mentioned how well my skin reacts to  28 Primer Serum when I reviewed it. I tend to skip makeup altogether when my skin is in distress, but I thought I’d try (I believe many people still need to look presentable even when their skin isn’t feeling its best)! My skin was so dehydrated that it drank up more of the primer serum than usual, and it was so soothing for my skin! I used the primer serum all over my face, and since my skin was so dehydrated, my T-zone stayed shine-free for hours! And guess what? At the end of the day, my skin felt and looked better than it did in the morning. I cannot recommend Hourglass Nº 28 Primer Serum enough for dry and dehydrated skin!

I got curious when Hourglass Nº 28 Lip Treatment came out and decided to give it a go. I liked it enough, but it’s hard to sound convincing considering this is by no means a cheap lip balm. I don’t tend to reach for a lip balm during daytime. When my skin went crazy however, I needed one, and this one worked! Within 15 minutes of application, I could feel my lips soften and plump up. The 24KT gold-plated applicator feels cool and soothing on the lips. The consistency of the lip treatment is slightly thick but not unpleasantly tacky. I don’t feel the need to reapply too often, as the hydrating effect lasts a while.

All in all, at this price point, it might be hard for most to use this as a regular lip balm. When there is an emergency like this however, Hourglass Nº 28 Lip Treatment could make a real difference!

A couple more photos:

Hourglass  N° 28 Lip Treatment

Hourglass  N° 28 Lip Treatment applicator

The ingredient list in case anyone is interested:

Hourglass  N° 28 Lip Treatment ingredients

How about you? What do you reach for when your skin is not feeling its best?

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx


  • ValleyDoll

    My next purchase will definitely be the Caudalie sos serum, it sounds so good and not that pricey!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Eva, the SOS serum is SO reasonably-priced indeed! We get a very good deal here in Belgium!

  • Caise

    I’ve never tried any Caudalie products! shame on me!

    when my skin feels dehydrated (which almost never happens) I always use Bioderma Hydrabio range

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Daria, you should try something from Caudalie and see if it works well for you! I’ve been using the brand for around 10 years now because my skin is very happy with it!

      I haven’t tried much from Bioderma except for the micellar water. I should look into their other products as well!

  • Kiss & Make-up

    What a nice selection of SOS products! I don’t think the Hourglass serum would work for me, but I’d love to try the Mineral Veil primer.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Melissa, if your skin is oilier I can see the primer serum might be too nourishing for you. It normally isn’t as oil-controlling as I’d like it to be for my T-zone, but when my skin got severely-dehydrated it saved my life!

  • Icaria

    Those are good basics Sunny. I’ve never tried anything from Pai (not sure it’s available here). Love that foaming cleanser, it’s my go to in the shower. When my skin goes nuts, which it rare, I use either argan oil or a thick layer of Nuxe Crème Fraîche.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Helene, Pai isn’t available here but you can get it online easily! I haven’t tried the NUXE cream but I’ve heard great things about it! When I run out of my Caudalie tube I’ll look into that!

  • Redhotjillypeppers

    The Caudalie serum is great. For me, Nuxe and Etat Pur seam to do the trick when necessary.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Jill, good to know! I haven’t tried so much from either brand yet, though I do love my NUXE lip balm!

    • Redhotjillypeppers

      *seem :p

  • Memoiselle

    I can see how much love you have for Caudalie. Their divine oil is amazing too! I like it :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Meryl, I’m so hooked on Divine Oil! I’ll write about the new products in that range soon!

  • Marijke

    Love the caudalie vinosource serum! When my skin is dry and irritated, i always use my Avène Skin Recovery Cream! The best!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Marijke, thanks for the recommendation! I’ll have to check that out now!

  • TracyBeautyReflections

    Nice! I love the Hourglass No.28 primer and lip oil too-I use them every day now.
    When my skin starts to act up, I turn to Aveene products or La Roche Posay-they always soothe my skin!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Tracy, strange as it is I haven’t tried so much from La Roche Posay! I love Effaclar K a lot (I’m on my third tube), but I haven’t explored the line much beyond that. I think it’s time to do it!

  • MyLuciteDreams

    Loving the Hourglass Hydrating Serum as well! Such a great selection of products, I must try the Pai cleanser!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Taylor, my new 200ml bottle just arrived! It’s a really versatile cleanser. You can use it for a quick wash in the morning as well as a more thorough cleansing ritual in the evening!

  • Lily

    I still haven’t got round to trying those Caudalie yet! I need to use up my current skincare first. They’re working great, but I’m still very curious :-)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Lily, if you’re looking for hydrating and nothing else, Vinosource is a great option! This line doesn’t do anything fancy, but it keeps its promise!

  • Jenni @ lifeandlensofbeauty

    love this kind of posts and learn about new products. I’ve been curious about Caudalie vinosource line for a while, i guess i should just go ahead and get the foam wash! have you tried their grape water spray?

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Jenni, while you’re at it, try the serum and the quenching sorbet! I’ve used up several tubs of the sorbet already! It’s pure hydration!

      Do you mean the Beauty Elixir? I have. I know many rave about it, but I wouldn’t say it’s a must-have. It’s nice to have in the purse when the weather is warm (quick pick-me-up), but it does contain ingredients like alcohol and peppermint oil which could potentially irritate.

  • Liz

    I’m testing out the SOS Serum and not quite sure how I feel about it. I wanted to love it immediately but my skin is so finicky.

    I think Hourglass should come out with a line of skincare. Both primers are so good on the skin, it’s a little scary to think what they could with actual skincare products.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Liz, I hope the serum will turn out to work OK for you!

      I second that. I would normally never wear makeup when my skin is freaking out, but the primer serum not only allowed me to do that but also made my skin better by the end of the day!

  • Sofia

    Its funny how half the products here are from Caudalie, because since the last few months my “when all else fails” products have turned into Caudalie ones too!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Sofia, they just work for me whatever happens! Glad to hear you’ve found your safety net as well!

  • Larie

    I’ve been looking for a new cleanser – something that is more gentle, since I use a cleanser after a traditional makeup removing wash. Will have to look at Pai again!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Larie, you really should try Pai! For the moment I’m having a bit of breakout (I suspect it’s this oil-controlling lotion I tried once a couple of days ago), and that’s the cleanser I reach for!

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