Skin can be a fickle beast. One day she’s in her glowing glory, and the next she’s causing you to cancel all your plans so you can hide out at home. Nobody’s skin is perfect. We all have good days and bad days, and often it’s not even the same reoccurring issue that’s giving us grief! The best thing you can do is be prepared with a skin care plan to fix any issue your skin throws at you. Here are the most common ways your skin tends to misbehave, and how to get it back to looking healthy and radiant.
When you have acne and breakouts
It doesn’t seem fair after all those years as a teenager suffering from acne that we should have to battle round two in our adult years. But the reality is pimples know no age limits. If your skin is breaking out, cleaning, purifying and soothing the surface should be your top priority. Tea tree oil is a natural antibacterial ingredient that does all three. Found in the Thursday Plantation’s Acne range, tea tree oil can help purify blemished skin, fight bacteria and penetrate deep into the skin to unclog sebaceous glands. To target the odd spot, use Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Blemish Stick; for a wider-affected area apply the Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Medicated Gel For Acne; and if your skin is prone to acne regularly, keep the issue under control with a three-step skin care routine using the Tea Tree Face Wash for Acne, Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Toner and Tea Tree Face Cream.
When you’re experiencing dry patches
Even oily and combination skin aren’t immune to a dry patch from time to time. Caused by many factors like temperature changes, air-conditioning, over-stripping skin when cleansing or using the wrong products for your skin type, the best way to treat dryness is fairly similar across the board. Start by exfoliating to remove the dead skin cells that may be preventing moisture from sinking in. Next, restore your skin’s hydration levels with a cream that contains ultra-nourishing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin and ceramides (naturally-occurring lipids that help skin retain moisture). Make sure you apply your cream after your shower when skin is slightly damp, as this will help lock in even more moisture. Try Dr.Jart+ Ceramidin Cream.
When you’ve got an oily T-zone
Since your T-zone (that’s your forehead, nose and chin) has a higher amount of oil glands than the rest of your face, it’s no surprise it has a tendency to become oily. The best treatment is a targeted one. Twice a week, apply a charcoal-infused mask (it’s a great ingredient for drawing out impurities and rebalancing skin) like Garnier Pure Active 3 in 1 Charcoal just to your T-zone. Either leave the rest of your face bare, or take this opportunity to pamper it with a nourishing mask formula everywhere else. For day-to-day management of shine, always carry blotting papers with you.
This article originally appeared on Beauty Crew.