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.
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,
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