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.
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 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!
Last but not least, Hourglass also played a role in getting my skin back on track. I mentioned how well my skin reacts to Nº 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!
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The ingredient list in case anyone is interested:
How about you? What do you reach for when your skin is not feeling its best?
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx