How To Save Your Skin From A Freak-Out

Our skin is exposed to a myriad of irritants daily—some self-imposed like overzealous skincare applications (stop ignoring usage directions!) and some uncontrollable, such as harsh winter winds or disagreeable new makeup. Whatever the reason, flare-ups are not a good time. Alleviate symptoms like redness and itching with these 5 products that’ll soothe your face and body back to normal.

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In The Clear


Combat redness and irritation: A gentle hydrating cream with anti-inflammatory properties such as witch hazel and calendula extract provides instant relief.

Tip: Coconut oil makes for a great home remedy.


Use this soap-free moisturizing oil in the bath to appease constant itching. Perfect for those with eczema, it cleanses and soothes the face and body without drying skin.


Is your complexion exhausted and dull? Bring it back to life with a calming gel mask that'll restore radiance using kale extract, vitamin A and cichoric acid.

Dehydrated & Flaky

A dry, scaly face is inevitable when the cold hits. Try this quick-absorbing cream for intense hydration that penetrates deep to diminish flakes, leaving a smooth surface with a lasting barrier of moisture.


We’re all supporters of a devout skincare regimen, but overdoing it with multiple potent antiaging ingredients can cause the skin to misbehave. At the first sign of a reaction, rinse with a cooling, non-foaming cleanser specifically designed to reduce heat on sensitive skin. Give your skin a break from products afterward.