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SOS Skincare Gems You Should Know About

sos must-have skincare

Whenever you're ready to hit that SOS beauty button, these little guys will save the day. I have selected my absolute crème de la crème, tried and true, must-have skincare saviours, which I always reach out for in case of emergency. Hope you discover something new today and other than that, just keep on scrolling!

When You Break Out

eminence soothing chamomile tonique review

One valuable skincare lesson I've learned over time is: prevention is better than cure. Although my skin is dry, I still get those dreadful "blind" pimples, which are a pain in the back to deal with.

You might remember me talk about Eminence Soothing Chamomile Tonique a few months back (read here); now that I've been using it religiously for several months, I want to say that this stuff is amazing for both: exfoliating and clearing.

This toner is a mix of glycolic and lactic acids, that are slightly dissolved by a mix of chamomile, licorice, aloe and many other wonderful organic herbs. It does tingle a bit on the skin (as most exfoliating acids do), but causes no irritation. If you are afraid of actual exfoliating serums, starting with a toner like this could be a nice baby step. You can see instant results right the next day: skin appears clearer, brighter and spots are reduced in size (they are also not as painful and red).

I use this toner at least twice a week to keep breakouts at bay and couldn't recommend it enough. Suitable for all skin types.

When Your Skin Is Upset

kiehls ultra facial cream review

Whether you've over-exfoliated or just got a bad reaction from a certain skincare product, I think we're all familiar with"upset" skin symptoms: irritation, hypersensitivity, allergies, breakouts etc.

I have been using Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream for more than six years now; as soon as I run out of it, I immediately restock; what makes it so magical, you ask?

This cream is not just a fabulous solution for dryness (since it replenishes skin hydration by absorbing moisture from the air), but thanks to its gentle formula, it also soothes skin that feels angry and irritated. Being a blogger, I do test a lot of skincare and sadly there are times when a certain product can aggravate [my already sensitive] skin. Whenever that happens, I immediately reach out for my holy grail Kiehl's friend and find that it helps bring my skin back to normal in no time.

This cream also contains squalene, which will restore protection barrier, reduce irritation and leave your skin feeling smooth and happy. Depending on your skin type, you can choose between a lighter/richer version of this godsend formula.

nivea creme review

Another little gem is a 1-dollar Nivea Creme. Yes, you read that right. I have to thank my friend Jenny for this wonderful rediscovery; please head to her blog to read everything there is to know about this fantastic little beast.

In two words: whether you want to believe it or not, this 1-dollar cream is a dupe for almighty Crème de la Mer (170 USD). Contrary to popular opinion, I have never been fascinated by La Mer skincare in general. Don't get me wrong, I don't mind splurging on skincare if it really makes a difference, but judging from what I see/read (and it is not just us bloggers talking, but also skincare professionals, read article here), there is truly not that much of a difference between the two. If anything, Nivea wins for a) having same functional ingredients, yet being more affordable b) giving better results (this guy has been around for 100 years for a reason y'all).

You can use it on your face or body; I reach out for it on days when I feel like my skin could use some extra loving. Unlike Kiehl's, this cream works best overnight, almost like a very hydrating leave-on mask. As a result skin feels smooth, calm and happy. Couldn't ask for more!

When Your Lips Are About To Fall Off

lucas' papaw ointment review

Every Aussie swears by Lucas' Papaw Ointment and there is a reason why: this shhh is brilliant! I bought a small tube of it while I was in New York; didn't have high hopes for it, assuming it would be just a generic, petrolatum-based lip balm. Boy, I was wrong.

First of all, have no fear this balm is not toxic and is actually approved by FDA and European Pharmacopoeia (i.e. it is a safe product free of polyplasdone, polyvinylpyrrolidone, talc, shellac, palm oil, glycerin or sodium lauryl sulphate). The star ingredient here is papaya, which comes directly from Queensland.

Since this formula has antibacterial properties, you can use this ointment pretty much anywhere on your body in case of burns, sun damage, rash, cuts, wounds, insect bites etc. As for me, I think it is the best remedy for painfully dry, cracked and irritated lips. This balm is quite rich, so it will last all day or night. I have had a reaction to a certain lip product not long ago, which really irritated my lip contour and Papaw was the only thing that helped. It also worked wonders on my mosquito bites; don't even sleep on it!