The Bad Skin Day Survival Kit

I think I've had just about every kind of bad skin day possible in 2016 so far! I decided to compile a list of the products that genuinely made an immediate difference for me. Whether it's a breakout, dryness or dull and lacklustre skin; there's something in this post to help your bad skin day.

The Dry, Sensitive Skin Kit

Lush BB Seaweed Face Mask | £6.75

This is a really great all-rounder but especially if your skin is feeling sensitive and dry. I find it very calming on angry, red skin and it leaves my skin feeling nice and soft. I love products that give me a deep cleanse without stripping my skin and this does just that.

The Body Shop Aloe Calming Toner | £9.50

This is really replenishing after cleansing and soothes my skin when it's dry and sore. Pretty much anything containing aloe vera is going to be great for calming sensitivity.

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra Fluid* | £17.50

I know I talk about this all the time but I really do love it! It's so moisturising and calming on angry, red, sensitive skin. It was such a relief on my sore, flaky skin and helped to retain some hydration throughout the day. I tend to use this like a serum before my moisturiser. 

Too Faced Hangover Primer | £27

This is the perfect primer for tired, dry skin. It contains coconut water and has a cream-like texture. It really helps to retain the moisture in my skin as well as helping my base look natural and not cling to dry patches.

Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser | £29.50

When I was having my rash issues and the ensuing dry skin, this was pretty much the only thing I could comfortably wear! It's so natural and skin-like but still evens out any redness and imperfections. It's also hydrating without being greasy or shiny. If your skin is really uncomfortable and sensitive this is one of the most gentle bases you're going to find.

Amazing Cosmetics A Little Amazing Concealer* | £19.50

For any stubborn redness creeping through and on dark circles, this is my favourite full-coverage, hydrating concealer at the moment. It just masks everything, but unlike most complete coverage concealers it doesn't have a drying finish and feels quite light on the skin so doesn't cause irritation.

Pur Minerals Cheek Stain in Rose* | £16

This is definitely one for dry skin, so if you're prone to shine I'd probably steer clear. However I loved this when I was having my skin issues as it adds a subtle wash of rosy pink with a nice shimmer to the cheeks. The formula isn't thin or greasy; it's sort of like a gel and is so hydrating on the skin. It looks so pretty, dewy and natural, really bringing a healthiness to drier skin. It's also packed full of antioxidants to help your skin look fresher.

The Spotty, Oily Skin Kit

The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Mask | £11

I'm not sure if this was around previously but recently the Body Shop updated a lot of its skincare packaging and I decided to pick this up on a bit of a whim. And, my goodness, it is incredible! I've been reaching for this over my Superfacialist Salicylic Acid clay mask lately, and you know I love that stuff. This is highly invigorating on the skin and although it's a clay mask it doesn't harden or dry the skin out. I leave it for around 10 minutes before rinsing and my smaller spots and blemishes are gone by the next day and the huge ones are significantly reduced. 

Salcura Antiac Activ Gel Serum* | £9.99 | post

For a concentrated treatment on problem areas that I can easily wear during the day without messing up my makeup; I go for this. It has a light gel-cream texture that absorbs quickly and immediately calms the angriness of a breakout. I start to notice my skin clearing up within 24 hours of my first application of this. I also love that it's not harsh or stripping on the skin; you almost forget you're wearing it until you realise your spots are disappearing!

Soap & Glory The Fab Pore Daily Micro-Smoothing Moisture Lotion | £12

It doesn't matter how oily your skin is: moisturise! It's all about picking the right one that will balance the texture and natural oils of your skin. If you try to dry your skin out too much it can actually have the opposite effect and produce even more oil as your skin tries to overcompensate. I really recommend the Fab Pore on oily or combination skin that's prone to blemishes. It's light and moisturising but still leaves your skin feeling velvety and less shiny. It really helps the appearance of large, visible pores that generally come with spot-porne skin too.

Vichy Dermablend Corrective Foundation* | £18

When you're breaking out it's natural to want to pile on the coverage, however sometimes that really isn't what your skin wants. Vichy is a skincare brand I totally trust so this was the obvious way of covering up my bad skin without suffocating it or aggravating the breakout further. It gives a really full coverage that doesn't look unnatural or caked on. It's also not drying in the slightest despite the matte finish. I think this could cover just about anything without looking mask-like. Obviously it can't completely hide the texture of a breakout but it does have a smoothing effect. It doesn't look cakey and wears well throughout the day, which is essential for shine-prone skin.

Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder* | £15

I like the set the foundation and my concealer of choice with this powder. I've always been a bit suspicious of 'translucent' powders as they tend to just look white and chalky on my skin however this is incredibly finely milled and is virtually traceless once applied. I use it to set my t-zone when my skin is oily and spotty and it keeps the area shine-free as well as preventing my base from sliding off my face.

Dull, Lacklustre Skin Kit

Pixi Glow Tonic | £18 | post

I know I talk about this all the time, so I'll keep it brief! This is an AHA toner, which means it exfoliates the skin chemically without the need for abrasive scrubbing particles. It removes dead skin cells to reveal glowing, even skin. After using it for several months I also noticed it had improved the appearance of scarring on my face. A gentler option for more sensitive skin would be the Merumaya Exfoliating Toner.

REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask | £32 | post

Another favourite of mine is this mask from REN, also containing magical AHAs (as the name suggests, both glycolic acid and lactic acid). The difference it makes to my skin really is incredible. Think the Pixi Glow Tonic on steroids! When you're going out for the evening and want your skin to look fresher and more radiant at the last minute then you need this.

Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil | £16.50 (20ml) | post

I feel like this could also fit into the dry skin category, as it's a really great all-rounder. It revives my skin when it's looking tired and just lacking in something overall. It's nourishing and leaves my skin looking and feeling healthy and rejuvenated overnight when it's a bit dull and lifeless.

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation | £31.50

I don't talk about this foundation nearly enough! It's a very liquid-y formula and although it's very natural on the skin it gives a nice, light-medium coverage. It's enough to even out any redness but still looks skin-like. It's basically 'my skin but better' in a bottle. It gives a natural radiance without being overly dewy on shine-prone skin.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured in Opal | £30

To add a natural glow to worn-out skin, try out one of Becca's cream highlighters. They give the most natural, dewy glow to the skin and they aren't full of glitter. I have the shade Opal, which is a gorgeous pearly neutral-toned shade that would suit so many different colourings.

Which products do you reach for on a bad skin day?


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  1. A great well put together post! I definitely need to pick up the la Roche - Posay toleriane and the Body Shop clearing mask, they sound perfect for my skin.

    Lucy | lucyalana.blogspot.co.uk

  2. When i get breakouts and my skin is extremely oily i always turn to Vichy products, the foundation & powder are amazing! I have been using the S&G Fab Pore Moisturiser for the past few weeks and i really like it.
    Emmy | Emmys Beauty Cave | Bloglovin

  3. I will definitely choose a creamy texture when I will finally get the chance to try some Becca highlighters as they look more natural and more subtle than the powdery ones! The Bobbi Brown skin foundation sounds lovely as well! I've never tried the LRP Toleriane Ultra fluid but it sounds interesting and using it as a serum looks like a good idea!


  4. I tried TBS mask before (the seaweed one) but they're so harsh on my skin. Is The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Mask also makes your skin tingle? And does it smell strongly of tea tree like the other item in the line?

    Selene Addicted

    1. Yes it is quite invigorating as I said and I'm afraid it does smell of tea tree! xx

  5. I absolutely love your picks and I think I have suffered from dehydrated skin and lack lustre skin since this Winter (which appears to be here to stay). Some of my favourites are featured on here including LRP Toleriane, Vichy Dermablend, Pixi Glow Tonic, etc. They are all very effective and I love using them...xx

  6. What an amazing post! I love that you focus on three types of bad skin days! Who hasn't had a bad skin day!


  7. A bad skin day for me usually means a breakout so I always pop to the shops for a tub of Lush's Cupcake face mask.

    Roxie | The Beautiful Bluebird

    1. I need to re-purchase that next time I have a breakout as I've been a fan of it in the past xx

  8. The main type of bad skin day that I would suffer from is dry/dull skin and I use so many of the same products as you, but others I can think of are Oskia Renaissance mask and GlamGlow Thirtsymud xx


  9. Some amazing products here, i've been wanting to try the Pixi Glow Tonic, Vichy Powder and Too Faced Hangover Primer for ages and you may have just persuaded me to buy them! xo


  10. This is such a great post! Bad skin days are inevitable but trying some of these products will hopefully help! :)
    Paula | www.namelessgap.blogspot.com

  11. Such a lovely post!
    I love the REN mask and most TBS products (:
    Philippa x

  12. My skin at the moment is making me cry, hopefully the use of some of these products I own will help!
    Charlotte // www.charlottespicks.com

  13. Love the coverage the Vichy foundation gives! Opened a new bottle of Trilogy Rosehip oil a few weeks ago and forgot how much I love it!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

  14. Yes to Pixi Glow Tonic! I use it all the time, and I can't get away from it. I absolutely adore it!

    brooke | brooke elise

  15. I am very lucky because my skin almost never breaks out and I only occasionally get one or two spots in a year. Recently I bought Bobbi Brown Skin Intensive Serum foundation and absolutely love it! I love it so much that I think it's my HG foundation to date. I also noticed my skin looking great when I remove the foundation at the end of the day!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  16. I like to use the Vichy foundation on a good and bad skin days as it leaves my skin looking almost flawless :) My skin like to have a dehydrated phase quite often and definitely very hydrating and luminous products are a godsend on those days. x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

    1. Yeah it's very perfecting without being too thick/heavy xx

  17. This skin care post is so helpful especially since I recently caught the flu, my nose has been extra dry with flakey skin. Will be trying these out to smooth out my skin and hopefully boost its hydration levels! Great post once again Jasmine :)

    Bonnie x
    Beautiful Appreciations

  18. Such an amazing post, I'll definitely be bookmarking this for my skin disaster days :)

    Claire | Stylingo.co.uk xx

  19. Such a great post Jasmine! I love that you talk about the Pixi Glow Tonic all the time! I really want to get my hands on it! I think it would be perfect for me! I love the sound of the Lush BB Seaweed Mask too! My skin is dry most of the time so these tips are perfect for me!

    Tahana <3

  20. this was such a great post! i have been really suffering with dry and irritated skin recently so definitely need to try out some of your recommendations! xx

  21. Love your survival kit! Would love to try some of these products. xo


  22. This is such a great idea for a post Jasmine! I've got dry skin and I'm unfortunately experiencing some blemishes, so will definitely be dipping in and out a few of your recommendations! Adore the pixi glow tonic!

    Musings & More

  23. Such a fab post! I have also suffered so many bad skin days lately so I'm definitely going to be having a look into these product suggestions, very specifically the ones for oily/spot prone skin. Both the Body Shop Mask and S&G pore moisturiser sound like complete miracle workers!!

    Toni x

  24. Such a great post! We all have those days... I definitely need to try the Body Shop clearing mask it sounds like just what I need for hormonal breakouts. Completely agree about Vichy foundation/powder duo as well - love that the tiniest amount gives great coverage and stays matte all day!

    Kat | www.kathorrocks.com

  25. For dry sensitive skin, I wouldn't recommend the Body shop product actually. I used it once and I broke out in spots and hives. While it is possible I have hyper sensitive skin, to be honest, most of their products I can't deal with.

    Angie | Chocolate & Lipstick | Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

    1. Personally I found it to be great - the ingredients list is pretty much aloe vera and water so definitely not stuff that would cause a problem for most people experiencing dryness xx

  26. I haven't had that many spots for so long, 2016 hasn't been good for my skin! Tea tree range is perfect for oily/spotty skin, I use a few products from this range and it helps. I tend to stay away from foundations, as I don't want to make my skin any worse. Vichy range sounds great. xx

    Ela BellaWorld

  27. On a bad day I need a high coverage foundation and mascara to open up my eyes. Lovely post as always!

    xx, A Little Dose of Makeup

  28. This is such a useful post Jasmine! My skin is also seriously playing up this year, it's terrible at the moment as I just have so many blemishes! I really want to try that Vichy foundation, I haven't tried anything by them but they sounds great and gentle.

    The Makeup Directory

  29. A very needed post! I've been having a bad skin day for the last 2 days (riding the crimson waves soon) and need some help, thanks for sharing these!


  30. This is such a handy post! I have combination skin and find that when I have bad skin days I never know what to actually put on my face so I'll be taking some tips from you next time

    Emily xx | emilyclairewrites.com

    1. I'm exactly the same - when you're combination you have to learn how to deal with your skin when it's in so many different states! xx

  31. I'm definitely all about dry and dull skin at the moment (fun fun) so this was a great read. That Lush Seaweed mask sounds interesting, will definitely check it out and the REN Radiance Mask sounds like another winner x

    Beauty with charm

  32. I definitely will try out the products in your dry, sensitive skin list! :) My skin has been really bad as well with Winter and the weather changing. The Lush face mask and the Body Shop Aloe Toner sound just what I need for my sensitive skin <3 Thank you for sharing all these products - you always have great recommendations :) xx

    Jacqueline | Sail Away to Neverland ♡

    1. Yeah the cold has caused me havoc with my skin too :( xx

  33. I forever have oily skin so tea tree is my best friend, I have Mask of Magnamity at the moment and love it. Heard fab things about Dermablend though, really want to try them out x

    Tamz | http://www.throughneweyesx.com

  34. Thank you for your comments - hope the products I recommended help you out! xx

  35. I use the Rosehip Oil from Trilogy. I just love it! Blogged about after one year of use.
    Natja from

  36. I have to admit a toner with AHA's in it provide life to my skin haha. It smoothen the skin and remove any excess dirt/oil without drying out my skin :) I am using Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid toner and I loved it soo much!

    REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask is a keeper! You should try Glamglow Flashmud Mask! It's awesome too :)

    Hana ~ Bold Expression | http://www.bold-expression.com

  37. I've not tried any Too Faced products, but I definitely think the hangover primer would be great for my skin!! I really like Alpha H Liquid Gold for bad skin days, especially spots, I tend to get the horrible "under the skin, comes to nothing, super painful" type and this does help!!

    Lauren xx - bylaurenjane

  38. I'm currently using up the Aloe Calming Toner from The Body Shop and Pixi's Glow Tonic - both great products! Will have to try LRP's Toleriane as I keep hearing good things. x


  39. Fab post lovely, some really great picks! I’m such a big fan of the Pixi Glow Tonic and I agree it really does help to improve the appearance of skin :)A big favourite of mine has to the the Lush Magnaminty face mask :)

    Charlee XO | CharmedCharlee

  40. I hear you on the problem skin! That Pixi glow tonic or any other AHA/BHA tonic will be an awesome helper for spot prone skin! One of the main reasons of spots on oily skin, is dead skin sticks around for longer and becomes dinner for spot causing bacteria. Acid based exfoliators, basically wash that bacteria dinner down the sink :D


  41. The hereditary dry skin rashes, the skin becomes very itchy and inflamed, that causes redness, swelling, cracking, weeping, flaking, crusting or scaling. Such kind of skin rashes comes and goes without any prior and obvious reason. Flaky Skin


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