Skin Recovery Update & Favourites

Hi guys, last Sunday’s post was all about the tragic state my face was in after a cold sore outbreak decided to explode all over my face. I’ve had a few questions regarding recovery and how my skin is healing, so this post is going to be my skin recovery update and favourites. By favourites, I mean the products that helped me regain moisture and got my skin looking slightly healthier.  

Skin Recovery Update

It’s been seven days since I wrote that post and six days since I finished my course of tablets. The day before I finished my tablets, my skin wasn’t looking much better at all. It was blotchy, peeling, sore and still had one small patch of open blisters. I was getting incredibly frustrated because I knew I only had one day of pills left and thought I was going to have to see a doctor again.  

*please skip the next paragraph if you don’t have a strong stomach* 

Then, that same day, I got in the shower. Nothing ground-breaking there, but I’d been avoiding long showers since my skin god bad. Very hot water makes dry skin crack and irritated anyway, which I didn’t need in my current state. And I was also nervous about touching my skin/ wiping my face in the shower and making it spread even more. But my hair had seen as much dry shampoo as it could take and I finally had to risk it. When I got out of the shower, all of the dry skin on my face started to peel off. It looked like curdled milk as I wiped my face.  

To deal with that situation, I took a clean wash cloth and some lukewarm water and gently started to wipe off the dead skin. Much to my surprise, when I wiped the surface dry patches away, it revealed very healthy skin underneath. There was only the small patch on my chin that still had the open blister that hadn’t healed. I suddenly felt a lot better about myself, any previous concerns about potential scarring disappeared and I realised my face would be better very soon.  


My skin was still red, really blotchy and very dry, but it was no longer broken or peeling. I decided to risk moisturising my face other than the little patch on my chin, and my at home skin recovery process began.  

To start with I was just using almond oil*, pure 100% almond oil. I know that’s an ingredient my skin likes, obviously pure oil is going to be very moisturising and I wanted something with no frills to test the water and see how my face would react. Well! I slathered myself in almond oil for the next three days or so. And by slathered, I mean I was pouring it on my hands and practically bathing my face in it.  

skin recovery update


On Thursday, after two weeks of having a bare face, I finally decided to wear makeup! I went with Rimmel Wake Me Up* for a couple of reasons. It has a fairly light coverage so if areas of my face were still too dry to put anything on, it wouldn’t be too obvious. And it’s got quite a dewy finish so my dry patches should be able to handle it. It dried down very matte, so it was a good choice, anything less dewy and my skin wouldn’t have been able to take it.  

Skincare Recovery Favourites

Of course, wearing makeup, I had to start taking it off too. I opted for the Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm* as the first ingredient on the label is almond oil, which is what my skin had been used to.  

As my skin was still so dry, I wanted to make sure I was using moisturising products that weren’t going to irritate it. After my cleanser, I used La Roche Posay Cicaplast B5 Baume* on the driest areas. I’ve mentioned this product a few times before, I’ve had one in my collection for years now and it never fails me. The thick cream is very moisturising and the B5 in it helps speed the skin recovery process. It’s designed for eczema prone skin, so it’s perfect for situations like these. 

For the rest of my face, and my dry patches, I relied on my Sarah Chapman Ultra Recovery Booster*. I mean, the clue is in the name. It’s a thick serum full of fatty acids and calming anti-inflammatory ingredients like oat flour. This formula is one of my favourites in winter anyway, but it contains all of the essential ingredients my skin needs right now.  

As of right now, that’s all I’m using. I’m going to slowly start reintroducing products as my skin heals and build my routine back up to what it was. At the minute, my skin is still very dry but it’s no longer red and blotchy and no longer broken in any areas. So, I am seeing progress!  

Have I mentioned any products you use here? What are your winter favourites for dry or broken skin? 

Until next time,  


*links marked with * are affiliate links



  1. 4th November 2018 / 8:10 pm

    So glad your skin is getting better Sophie! I mainly rely on prescribed steroid cream for the winter when my skin gets super bad but as of right now it’s not too bad!

  2. Emma
    4th November 2018 / 8:45 pm

    I am so glad your skin is on the mend! It’s surprising how the weather and other factors effect our skins condition. I have sensitive skin but “luckily” the weather doesn’t play much part in how my skin is. I do stick very religiously to a skin care routine (ok maybe I miss a day here and there!) Thanks for sharing your advice Sophie.

    Emma |

  3. 4th November 2018 / 8:46 pm

    Great post, I love reading about skincare saviours! I am intrigued with the almond oil, it sounds wonderful.

  4. Asher Downer
    4th November 2018 / 8:49 pm

    Good post my dear!

  5. 4th November 2018 / 9:19 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear that you go through such a horrible experience; I have cold sores and my last one was really horrid.

    I’m so glad that you’ve found products that work for you and that you’re healing so well. You’re so brave to share it with people, thank you so much.

    Naomi xo

  6. 5th November 2018 / 5:06 pm

    I’m glad your skin is healing!

    I’ve been meaning to try the La Roche Posay Cicaplast B5 Baume for a while now – I think I really need to now!

  7. 5th November 2018 / 5:16 pm

    I am starting to realize that my skin is not bad at all! I would have panicked should my skin had peeled like that! Great to read yours is getting better though! SOme interesting products there too!

  8. 5th November 2018 / 5:17 pm

    So glad to hear you’re doing better and your skin is healing, I guess sometimes it just takes some time and definitely keep up your routine. I use oils on my hair and have recently found a new oil for my skin, which has bergamot and also gold flakes!! which is meant to replenish skin quite well, can’t seem to remember the name right now but if it’s good I can tweet you the name. Hope your skin continues to recover. Thanks for giving us a little update x

  9. 5th November 2018 / 5:37 pm

    I’m glad to hear your skin is getting better Sophie, that’s great news! I never knew almond oil was so good for the skin, it sounds like a really healthy product to use and it clearly works too. It’s interesting to know what is good for healing the skin, thanks for sharing your advice <3 xx

    Bexa |

  10. 5th November 2018 / 5:48 pm

    That’s great that your skin is betting better! I’ve had the worst breakouts recently and have been trying to get my skin back to normal. I’ve heard so many good things about using almond oil on your skin, might have to give that a try! Xx

  11. 5th November 2018 / 6:08 pm

    Glad your skin is getting better and that you were able to wear your make-up too, sounds like you’re making good progress. I always dread hot showers as well to be fair, I suffer with dry skin so when I have a shower I always have red blotches on my face but a good while ago I went to the doctors about it because at one point it got really bad so I was prescribed a steroid cream to use for 2 weeks and I was given doublebase moisturiser gel which I still use to this day but it helps tons!

    Chloe xx

  12. 5th November 2018 / 6:21 pm

    Whew your skin has gone through a rollercoaster but yay for your skin being healthy underneath!

    I used to put almond oil on my face before, but stopped, not sure if I should get back into it or not! The good thing is that you let your face breathe a bit for two weeks before getting back into wearing makeup, must have been so nerve-racking not knowing how your skin would react to it though!

    So glad to hear your skin is getting better, Sophie!! My winter favorite is my First Aid Moisturizer, keeps my skin from feeling dry 🙂


  13. 5th November 2018 / 6:45 pm

    This time of the year can be murder on the skin, I usually have some terribly dry and cracked lips too. Fun times! I’am glad to hear your on the mend though and some of these products sound very useful! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Michelle Blackadar
    5th November 2018 / 6:58 pm

    im so glad that you are starting to see progress with your skin! I’m sorry that it has been giving you such trouble. I wonder how the glamglow thirsty mud mask would work on your skin, my skin loves it! xx

    mich /

  15. 5th November 2018 / 7:54 pm

    Ouch, Sophie, you’ve had a horrible time, I’m so sorry. I’m glad things are improving now though and I hope that continues. We have completely different skin types, mine is quite oily, especially my T zone, so dry cracking is not something I ever experience, thankfully! xx

    Lisa |

  16. 5th November 2018 / 9:12 pm

    Gosh Sophie, I’m so sorry to hear your skin has been so bad! It sounds painful 🙁 especially peeling off?! My skin has been quite dry since having surgery and I’ve been using Emma Hardie cleansing balm which is always lovely for removing makeup and slathering on The Body Shops intense vitamin e cream which is so beautifully thick but sinks in so quick! I struggle with oils sometimes but I absolutely adore almond oil, it’s such a gorgeous nourisher!
    Alice Xx

  17. 5th November 2018 / 10:05 pm

    Oh no! So sorry to hear that your skin went through such an awful time :/ I’m glad to hear that it’s recovering!! I’ve never heard of almond oil before; I’m very intrigued for sure x

  18. 5th November 2018 / 11:44 pm

    Oh wow. You’ve been through so much. I hope you’re not in a lot of pain anymore. I get so irritated when my skin gets dry because it peels. I began to notice it within these colder weeks! I’m glad you have a regimen though. That’s good! I’m developing mine right now. Try Mario badescu skincare products! They work well.

  19. 6th November 2018 / 5:20 am

    Nice post. I always enjoy reading skincare post.

  20. 11th November 2018 / 6:22 am

    I’m so glad that your skin is getting better. I’d never actually heard of almond oil being used for skin before!

  21. 18th November 2018 / 4:33 pm

    Using oil must be so enriching! I love coconut oil, would recommend it if you haven’t tried it! xx

  22. 18th November 2018 / 9:01 pm

    Yay to your skin recovering now! I’ve not tried any of these products but my go to is a steriod cream prescribed from my gp!

  23. Lea
    19th November 2018 / 8:53 pm

    I haven’t heard of most products you use but the balm sounds so lovely and great for this time of year when we all get a little bit more dry skin etc.
    Loved the post. xx

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