Late nights and early mornings in the library often mean that a full cleanse/tone/moisturise routine gets pushed to the back of a student's priorities. Coupled with stress, a poor exam time diet and lack of exercise this can lead to a number of skin problems. Here's what I've been using recently to soothe and hydrate my dry and breakout prone skin.

Lush Tea Tree Water is a toner water with an antibacterial effect. Ingredients such as grapefruit and juniper berry also act as astringents on the skin, and a few sprays throughout the day provide a burst of freshness.

Anatomicals Puffy the Eye Bag Slayer. And the best named product award goes to? At £6 for 3 applications these under-eye patches aren't cheapest product ever, but are perfect for a treat. Left on for 30 minutes post cleanse, they leave skin soft and hydrated and eyes feeling refreshed.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo is a cult product that works to keep spots at bay. It's non-comedogenic, so great for acne prone skin, and it also seems to reduce the appearance of my acne scars. I apply mine everyday before or instead of moisturiser.. It's very light, sinks in quickly and doesn't leave skin feeling tacky. It's now been reformulated to Duo+ which I can't wait to try as I've heard great things about it. 

The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter is a hard cleansing balm that melts very quickly on the face, and dissolves all traces of makeup as well as leaving skin feeling smooth. It's quite heavy so remove it with a muslin cloth, but it's also very gentle on the eyes and has a lovely soothing smell, great for sending you off to sleep.

Superfacialist Rose Hydrate Intense Moisture Mask does exactly what it says on the tin. Slap this on, leave for five minutes, then rinse off for smooth and hydrated skin. Ingredients such as white willow extract and vitamin E leave skin refreshed and plump, as well as working to calm down any redness.

What products do you use to sort out your skin in times of stress?


  1. I feel like I'll need all those things now. my skin has been so bad during revision :/ xx

  2. Hungry_Healthy_Happy28 May 2014 at 14:37

    I really don't look after my skin enough and that is something that I need to start doing, especially as I am just about to turn 30.

  3. I recently tried the Effacleur Duo+ too but wasn't overwhelmed with it - kinda felt like it had been hyped up to no real effect. BUT I love The Body Shop, pretty much every product!