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Treat Yo’Self: 7 Beauty Splurges To Make This Week

On mornings marred by unexplained itchy spots and redness, these anti-inflammatory concoctions that soothe, hydrate and protect are your first line of defence.

When it comes to skincare, the occasional splurge shouldn’t be something to feel guilty about – especially, especially so when your skin is going through a tough time and only the best things will work. For me, I recently suffered an allergic reaction to a product – I haven’t figured out what yet, nrfggh – for the past two weeks and I have to admit, the red bumps and itch are really getting to me. Times like these, anti-inflammatory is the way to go.

The simple ones aren’t hard to find. Brands like Cerave, La-Roche Posay and Cetaphil are awesome drugstore brands known for coming up with life-savers that are fragrance-free, contain a good mix of humectants and occulents as well as being really great for sensitive skin. They’re super affordable as well. Avoiding common irritants that could agitate the skin like exfoliants or AHA/BHA products until the swelling passes would be a good choice.

Then, we have the luxe ones. This week, we focused on things that can help that redness and irritated skin clam down, with the use of anti-inflammatory, restorative, and anti-microbial products. Not only can you use these when your face isn’t cooperating, it’ll also help prevent future blemishes from popping out and surprising you. Prevention is always better than cure. (Bonus: Many of these also have anti-aging properties, too.)

Oskia Super 16 Serum

This fragrance-free formula from Oskia is a serum that is infused with 16 nutrients and bio-actives. One of three includes bakuchiol, derived from Indian babchi seeds that are traditionally used for its healing properties. It also boosts collagen production and reduces pigmentation without any irritation or sensitivity.

Dr. Barbara Sturm Calming Serum

The Dr. Barbara Sturm Calming Serum has a plant-based blend that counters irritation and inflammation. When used daily, it strengthens the skin’s natural defences and helps with redness and burning, too. Things like sun burns, irritation and dry skin are all things this serum will bring calm to.

Natura Bissé NB.Ceutical Tolerance Recovery Cream

For sensitive skin users, this is a cream that is rich in antioxidants to help with inflammation and strengthening. It’s soothing, hydrating and leaves your skin refreshed. Plus, with ingredients like aloe vera, mango and shea butters, your skin will thank you.

Sarah Chapman Ultra Recovery Booster

With omegas and essential fatty acids, this booster is a calming serum that will help with all that skin protection and inflammation, as well as leave you with a supple glow. It’s also has pre and probiotic complexes that boosts the skin’s microbiological balance. And it’s rose scented!

Youth Corridor Hydrating Soothing Mask

This soothing and hydrating mask will be the saving grace when your skin starts to react before an event. Leave it on for five to ten minutes and your skin will be refreshed, hydrated and brightened. With well-known anti-inflammatory ingredients like aloe vera and chamomile, this gel formula will calm your skin down in no time at all.

Kypris Beauty Clearing Serum

If you’ve experienced inflammation after threading your face, try this serum that has a blend of green tea, lavender and chaparral to soothe irritated skin. This formula is better suited for oily and acne-prone skin types and is enriched with amino acids that help to nourish and strengthen the skin.

Grown Alchemist Balancing Toner – Rose, Ginseng & Chamomile

This toner might take the cake for how natural the ingredients are. Every ingredient is a plant-based extract with certain key ones like ginseng, aloe vera and chamomile that help to reduce inflammation and soothe the skin. It’s also got Vitamin C in the mix for protection against pollution.

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