We all have them. And I have them much too often thanks to stress from school — but hey, life goes on and the world isn’t going to stop because of your bad skin day, no matter how much you wish it would.
There are a number of different ways you can deal with bad skin days:
- Put some extra effort into making your hair look good (pretty hair can work wonders);
- Bring out the heavy-duty concealers and foundations (least recommended option);
- Treat the skin as best you can by using light makeup and treatment-infused products; or
- Don’t leave the house. Period.
I don’t stick to any one method and I have tried each at least once in my life– #2 being the most frequently resorted to, even though it is terrible for already-stressed-out skin. I like option #1 a lot because fab hair is always a mood-booster. Not leaving the house is just not an option when you have to (duh), and option #3 is the most sensible. Here’s my attempt at being kind to my skin on a bad day: This is what a crappy skin day looks like: bumps all over the place, dull skin, and a lot of redness and irritation. My camera was being a bit too kind to me when I took this — it really looked much worse in real life. Or just maybe it felt worse at the time. You know how pimples can throb and ache. Ugh. And here are the two things that help me look presentable without aggravating the pimple situation further: Happy Skin’s Zit Zapper Cream (1,299.00 Php) and Jason Tea Tree Oil (approx. 900 Php at Healthy Options).
Tea tree oil is a good spot treatment for pimples because of its antimicrobial and antiseptic properties. You can do tons of stuff with just one bottle of this, and one of my favourite things to do with it is use it as a prep product on my hands before applying makeup. So on my clean-to-begin-with hands, I rub about two drops of tea tree oil in. Immediately after that, I proceed to apply my base product using my fingers. That can change depending on my mood, but for days when my skin really feels like crap, I really try to use my ZZ Cream.
Happy Skin’s ZZ Cream is not a primary treatment for pimples. Let’s make that clear. It’s makeup formulated with ingredients that are supposed to help get rid of the problem while helping you look more presentable, but it shouldn’t be thought of as medication of any sort. Happy Skin says:
This non-silicone foundation does not clog pores and is infused with Grapefruit Extract. Rich in antioxidants, grapefruit is touted as the new skin care secret. It effectively prevents skin acne and sebum oxidation, the trigger that starts pimples. It keeps troubled skin soft & supple, too. Wonder food Yoghurt Extract treats and minimizes the growth of acne bumps & plugs, and also serves as a skin brightener helping lighten scars & blemishes. Licorice Stem & Root Extracts act as anti-irritants that help reduce redness & irritation, thanks to their anti-inflammatory and skin soothing properties. Salicylic Acid helps exfoliate pores and eliminate the clogging residue that causes breakouts. This contains SPF 20 PA++ and is suitable for all skin types especially blemished skin.
Sounds good, yeah? It is also formulated to dry down to a powder finish, but there are brightening particles of some sort that give life to the skin at the same time. The ZZ Cream only comes in one shade, but surprisingly it doesn’t look too light on me. Probably because it’s mostly made up of light-diffusing stuff instead of pigment. I just have to make sure to add colour to my face with blush and open up my eyes with mascara.
Here’s what I look like after applying the ZZ Cream plus some under eye concealer, blush, lipstick, mascara, and brow powder. I can still see that huge pimple on my cheek and some bumps on my forehead are peeking through, but overall it’s an improvement, yeah?
I didn’t have to go to school on this particular bad skin day as it was a Sunday, so I didn’t really feel the need to cover up that much. On most days though, it’s very difficult to resist using a lot of makeup to cover up imperfections.
How do you guys deal with bad skin days when you know you have to look presentable?