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Fashion Month Almost Killed My Skin, But These Saved It

Unfamiliar weather, multiple plane rides, late nights – all very bad news for the skin. Luckily, I had my arsenal of swear-buys and holy grails ready.

You have the upside of fashion month – shows, shopping, quality, quality pasta – but you also have the downsides in the form of tight schedules and late nights. The most recent fashion month was our biggest yet where we made our stop in all four major cities, but biggest also means busiest. When you’re as lazy as I am, sleep becomes more important than skincare. I hear some of your gasping and cringing, but yes – there were nights where I went straight to bed without an inch of moisturiser on my face. Yes, air conditioned air. Yes, fall weather. So sue me.

I suffered the consequences of my folly, of course. My skin started to really freak out in Paris. That was when I started freaking out. Is my Ziplock bag of skincare laughing at me? Is this madness the result of me freaking out from my freaked out skin? This was war and my skin needed saving. It took the next two weeks after Paris Fashion Week to get it back to a satisfactory level, but I did it with the help of an arsenal of masks, moisturisers, serums and mists. I learned my lesson, okay! See the skincare that saved my skin and shop them all below.

Kahina Giving Beauty Moisture Mask: I love sheet masks as much as the next person, but when you barely have enough energy to take your makeup off, overnight masks that you can just leave on and go straight to sleep are godsend. This one’s got sodium hylaronate that really sends moisture deep into the skin, while vitamins and extracts from red wine grape, mushrooms and aspen bark soothe and protect the skin.

Blithe Patting Splash Mask: It doesn’t look like much, but it’s quickly becoming my favourite skincare routine step. Just pour a capful into a basin of water, mix it and then splash away to your heart’s content. Not only is the splashing bit so refreshing, skin feels smoother, softer and looks instantly brighter.

Dr Sebagh Skin Perfecting Cream: On days when I’m just too lazy for anything, I slather this on. It works wonderfully in cold weather, but it is also the kind of moisturiser that helps with oil control as it hydrates your skin. For someone who has a face that can grease a fry pan on a really bad day, this checks all the right boxes for me.

Caudalie Beauty Elixir: I can’t drink coffee, so facial mists are basically my expresso. It is especially helpful when I need hydration on the go. There are some who hate the smell of this cult-classic, but I find that the minty smell makes the mist feel even more refreshing. Sort of jolts you awake when the mint goes up your nose.

Glossier Balm Dotcom: With all the talking we have to do over the course of fashion month on top of the chilly winds, lip balms are a must. There are few lip balms in this world that have truly earned a space in my ice cold heart and Glossier is one of them. Its squeeze tube means it’s easy to pack into the tiny as heck bags we carry to shows.

Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment: Sunday Riley’s little bottles just makes me so happy. What doesn’t this lactic-acid treatment do? It exfoliates, calms angry skin, brightens and fixes uneven skin tones and spots. It doesn’t come cheap – I use it sparingly, Dr. Jart+’s Cicapair Serum (see below) is my cheaper alternative – but once you start on this, there’s no turning back.

Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment With Avocado: Oh, late nights and early call times, my familiar fashion month fiends. It is ultra-moisturising and lightweight even though its quite rich. When you’ve got tired eyes, hydration is a must. Do tap this well into your skin before your makeup just to make sure you don’t get a slip-and-slide situation.

Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Serum: Plane rides, air conditioning in hotels, pollution from the mad traffic, chilly temperate weather – all very bad news for my slightly sensitive skin. Formulated with tiger grass that specifically targets irritated and inflamed skin, this serum has become my first line of defence when my skin starts to freak out.

Kiehl’s Creme de Corps: The cold air in all four cities gave my arm a seriously pesky dry rash and Kiehl’s Creme de Corps was the only thing that got it back to normal. It doesn’t have a fragrance, which can be a drawback for some, but its just imbued with so much of the good stuff in one pump. If you have a scaly patch on your skin, apply this immediately.




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