5 Skin Emergencies & How To Fix Them

5 Skin Emergencies & How To Fix Them

Whether you hit the pillow in the small hours or turn to a face wipe after one too many, we’re all prone to waking up with a less-than-perfect complexion. But how do you banish blotchy skin, puffy eyes and dark circles? Here’s everything you need to know...

THE PROBLEM: Dark Circles

THE SOLUTION: Dark circles happen to the best of us and whether they materialise due to a night of overindulgence, seasonal allergies or sleep deprivation, making them disappear requires a correct and conceal strategy. Laura Mercier’s Secret Concealer is a make-up artist favourite, designed specifically to cover dark circles and discolouration, while Becca’s Under Eye Brightening Corrector is pink-toned to neutralise the blue hue of dark circles and broken capillaries.

If dark circles are your beauty bugbear, take long-term action with Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Eye, clinically proven to reduce the look of every key visible sign of eye ageing, including dark circles.

THE PROBLEM: Dull, Hungover Skin

THE SOLUTION: You don’t need us to tell you alcohol and late nights take their toll on your skin, but fortunately a whole host of miracle formulas are on hand to revive a lacklustre complexion. If you’ve woken up with pasty, lifeless skin, start by using Kate Somerville’s ExfoliKate, a genius blend of fruit enzymes and natural exfoliants that’ll reveal a brighter, better you after just one treatment. Follow with Sarah Chapman’s award-winning Skinesis Moisture Infusion Mask, packed with a potent cocktail of hydrating and reviving actives for a fresher face in minutes.

Our top tip? Keep the masks in the fridge and use a jade roller while it’s working its magic for boosted results.


THE SOLUTION: Tired eyes don’t stand a chance in the face of Bliss’ high-tech Triple Oxygen Eye Gel – it’s SL’s beauty editor’s go-to product. Packed with puff-fighting caffeine and skin-reviving oxygen, it’s not hard to see why it’s a bestseller.

Got a spare ten minutes? Apply Guerlain’s hero patches to the eye area to decongest, hydrate and smooth in a flash. And if you’re prone to puffiness on a regular basis, try sleeping with an extra pillow (being slightly elevated allows for less fluid retention under the eyes) and aim to cut back on salt in your diet, the number one eye puffiness culprit.

 THE PROBLEM: Red, Reactive Skin

THE SOLUTION: Waking up to discover a new skincare product has caused a reaction can be stressful but if you tread gently, redness will subside. Whether you suffer from sensitive skin or not, all skin types can be prone to redness, but making the effort to avoid harsh products will pay off.

Soothe a stressed-out complexion with Skinceuticals Phyto Corrective Masque – an SL fave brimming with hyaluronic acid and botanical extracts – and finish with Frezyderm’s Sensitive Red Skin Facial Cream, which quickly reverses symptoms of sensitive, irritated skin.

THE PROBLEM: Unexpected Breakouts

THE SOLUTION: We’ve all been there – whether it’s a hormonal breakout or stress-induced spot, inflamed, red blemishes can come out of nowhere. The first step? Grab an ice cube – a spot is a sign of inflammation, so applying an ice cube directly to the bump can help reduce redness and swelling.

Avoid picking or prodding your blemish and instead reach for Foreo’s genius ESPADA, which uses clever blue LED light, plus T-Sonic pulsations to penetrate below the skin’s surface and destroy acne-causing bacteria. Follow up with either a layer of Mario Badescu’s cult Drying Lotion, which gets to work on spots in no time, or Sarah Chapman’s innovative Spot Stickers, which sit undetected under makeup.

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