My Top 3 Skin Saving Heroes

An open letter to my skin
I’ve dealt with spots on and off since high school and although I think I’ve finally come to a place where I’m pretty much OK with my skin on a general basis, sometimes my skin just freaks out and I’m left feeling like I’m 18 again, not really knowing what to do. When I test out too many skincare products that definitely aggravates things and I’m left running for the hills and retreating to the few skincare products I know work best for me. The fool-proof ones, the few gems that have never let me down and that for whatever reason, my skin seems to love. If like me you’ve got fickle skin that’s combination, sensitive and prone to breakouts- these are my problem-skin saving heroes:




ย Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while then you know that I always bang on about this product, but that’s because it’s my secret weapon. It’s salicylic acid with calamine (which basically looks like pink clay), you don’t shake the bottle you just dip in a cotton tip and apply this to any spots. It works like a charm and it’s the most effective spot treatment I’ve ever used so if you do struggle with spots, try this out!

I do find that if this hits skin that isn’t blemished then it can burn a little (not as scary as it sounds) but I think that’s because it’s quite potent, so as long as you avoid that and stick to just applying this to your spots then you’re good to go. Also, this goes without saying but avoid using this anywhere around the eye area even if you have a spot right near there because I did that once and ugh, would not recommend.




Tea-tree oil

An oldie but a goodie. Now I know this post probably sounds from the title like it’s all about facial skin, but your lip skin (is that a thing?) counts too. For me, when I get super stressed I get cold sores and it’s the bane of my bloody existence, I hate them with a passion. When I first got a cold sore it was a nasty son of a bitch and no matter what I used (I’m talking lotions, potions, spells) nothing worked.

Tea tree oil in all its glory is the only thing that worked, and it works for if you’ve got any kind of a sore on your lips or near your lips. It’s powerful enough to heal the skin, it’s antiseptic, it’s natural and best of all, it’s not going to harm your lips either because we all know that the skin there is more sensitive than say, the skin on your cheeks (or at least mine is!).



Bioderma Sensibio H20

The first time I ever tried Bioderma was when my sister went to France on a holiday and she sent me back a bottle to try, that’s how hard it was to come by in Australia back then and now it’s sold in multiple stores here- crazy! You guys all know the drill, micellar water was all the rage a while back and it seems like every brand came out with their own version of it. I tried some of the more affordable versions but as much as I wanted to love them, my skin didn’t. Does anyone else find their skin has expensive taste?!

Bioderma on the other hand is my solution to so many problems, it takes off all my makeup (including eye makeup), it’s gentle and doesn’t break me out or irritate my sensitive skin and it’s the consistency of water which makes it feel super refreshing to use. Most micellar waters break me out and leave a greasy film on my face, not Bioderma my friends, not Bioderma.


What are your favourite problem-skin saving products?

  • I have brek outs every now and then as well and love using, Mario Badescu Drying Lotion and Tea-tree oil. But have never heard of Bioderma, will defaitnly be checking out there range next time i go shopping.

    • The Sunday Mode

      If your skin breaks out easily then I think you’d love Bioderma, if you try it out let me know how you like it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Love this post and I think that going through phases where it is impossible for us to understand our skin is completely normal, I’ve even heard that it happens to skincare experts sometimes! I’ve recently purchased my first Mario Badescu item ever, and I really like it so this Drying Lotion goes straight into my wishlist ๐Ÿ™‚

    • The Sunday Mode

      Oh well I’m glad to hear that that happens even to the experts! That makes me feel better.

      Try out the drying lotion, I bet you’ll love it!!

  • I have been having such bad luck with my skin for the past 2 years! I try to do everything ‘right’ like eating healthier (not hard for me anyway) drinking lots of water, never using dirty makeup brushes, never going to bed with makeup on etc. I’ve tried so many different skincare products and even tried some oral medicaiton for acne (completely forgot what it was called but it wasn’t accutane). Recently my skin has improved (haven’t changed anything) but I’m so careful to not do anything that’ll flare it up. I’ll be trying the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion!

    -Sophie xx
    Cherries & Perfume

    • The Sunday Mode

      Oh I’ve been through those phases as well, where you try and do everything ‘right’ and nothing seems to work! I went through that a few years ago and for me it turned out to mainly be a stress and hormone-related problem!

  • phoebe

    Love your intro letter to your skin, I’ll need to write one to mine pronto:)
    I always use bioderma, I’ve tried other brands and really wanted to like them especially because they were cheaper but alas no – the others aggravated my delicate skin.

    • The Sunday Mode

      Same here! The Garnier one especially really ended up breaking out my skin sadly ๐Ÿ™

  • Your first quote made me laugh so so much! I’m totally feeling like this most of the time! I just don’t get why I can’t have a “consistant” skin if you know what I mean! :’)
    Lucie, xx

    • The Sunday Mode

      I know right! Some people have consistently clear skin and I’m like who did I piss off in another life to not get that?! haha

  • great post! The Mario Badescu seems to be a really good one!

    • The Sunday Mode

      Thanks, it’s a gem of a product ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Oh man, Iโ€™m really lucky not to get cold sores cause I canโ€™t imagine how much they would suck, especially if they come on when youโ€™re stressed cause I know for me they would just add to my stress. Thatโ€™s great that tea-tree oil works so well, because you wouldnโ€™t necessarily want to put the Drying Lotion on your lips in case it gets in your mouth! And I canโ€™t imagine that would work well for cold sores anyway since theyโ€™re totally different to pimples. At the moment when I get pimples (which luckily for me tends to only be around that time of the month) Iโ€™m really happy with the salicylic acid from The Ordinary because it does the job perfectly well, isnโ€™t too drying and is really affordable too.

    • The Sunday Mode

      Oh god yeah, and you know that the stress has brought on the cold sore so you try not to be stressed to make it worse and then that ends up stressing you! Such a crappy cycle. I’ve gotten the drying lotion in my mouth before and yeah…not so tasty! haha

  • I love the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion as well – it’s a total life saver! Buche de Noel by LUSH [which is their Christmas cleanser] is honestly the best face cleanser I’ve ever used and is perfect for problematic skin. It has brandy in it and it just dries up all of my spots and makes my complexion glow! I only wish they brought it out year round because it’s incredible.

    Sharni xo
    A Girl & Grey

    • The Sunday Mode

      Oh wow that sounds great, sounds like something you’d want to stock up on as well!

  • LOL at the quote! Same problem here, girl :)) Anyhow I haven’t yet to try the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, which seem to receive lots of good reviews. Will definitely get my hand on one of those the next time I have pimple (which I hope never again)


    • The Sunday Mode

      Oh amen to that, if my current pimple is the last one I ever get I’ll die happy (too dramatic?) haha

  • I love using tea tree oil, it’s always a life saver with blemishes

    • The Sunday Mode

      I usually just use it for cold sores but maybe I’ll give it a go for breakouts as well!

  • Yiotou_La

    I agree with the quote, sometimes my skin is the best and other times (like now) feels tired and dull and needs extra products to restore hydration. I haven’t used tea tree oil but it was a staple in my routine a few years back!


    • The Sunday Mode

      I know right, I wish my skin could at least be consistent and not so up and down!

  • Bernadette

    Yes! I love that mario badescu drying lotion. It’s literally the best. I actually have some on my face as I type this. Bioderma is so nice as well, I’m loving the bioderma wipes. It’s literally bioderma but soaked in large face towelettes. It’s like the best of both worlds. Lovely post. x

    • The Sunday Mode

      Oh my goodness I have some drying lotion on my face as I’m typing this as well! I’ll have to check out those bioderma wipes!

  • Amy James

    Great post! Never tried any of theses products before, so will defiantly be adding them to my wish list. Also, love your post layouts, if you don’t mind do do you make all your fancy images in photoshop or do you use a page builder plugin? either way your very talented.

    • The Sunday Mode

      Wow thanks Amy that’s so nice of you to say! I made this particular layout by just adding the text to the images in Photoshop, then importing them into the post ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sophie Sierra

    Your skin saving heroes all sound totally amazing, I’m noting these down! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Tea-tree oil sounds like a lifesaver, my lips get so dry and chapped during the colder months and I had this horrible cold sore a few months back so if it returns I’ll know what to reach for ๐Ÿ™‚ Ahh have always heard amazing things about Bioderma, but being the beauty novice I am I’ve never tried it haha. I deffo must change that! It really does sound so soothing and worthwhile <3

    My skin often looks dull and grey so my problem-skin saving product would be No7 radiance revealed exfoliator, it always gives me an instant brighten and uplift ๐Ÿ™‚

    Sophie | soinspo xo

    • The Sunday Mode

      Ah someone else you knows the horrors of the dreaded cold sore! I hope tea tree oil works as well for you as it does for me ๐Ÿ™‚

      That No7 products sounds awesome, the next time I’m in the UK I’ll need to stock up on No7 products!

  • I’ve heard quite a bit about the drying lotion, I need to give it a go! I have been OBSESSED with the nicinamide from The Ordinary. It has literally transformed my skin! So good! x

    • The Sunday Mode

      I’ll have to look that product up, that sounds like an awesome product!

  • #sweetreats

    My life-saving product which generally keeps my face as clear as it can be is micelluar water. For me, it’s not too harsh on my face and it doesn’t remove all my face oils which I require on my face it gives my skin a fresh feeling.I only need to apply it to my face once a day b4 going in with my moisturizer. Another trick I usd when I have bad skin day is WATER! I don’t know about you but water is the only thing I need for my spots to go away.๐Ÿ˜…

    #sweetreats xxx

    • The Sunday Mode

      Oh lucky you! Even when I drink a lot of water usually just that isn’t enough for my spots to go away sadly.

  • Bioderma is the best and I really do love it. I want to go back to using this again as it is so effective x

    • The Sunday Mode

      Agreed, it’s the best! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Love the little letter to your skin. Mine would read “Can you not resemble a shrivelled prune, please?” Anyway, apart from a little dryness, my skin has been alright for most part but my husband has senstive, acneic skin and I’ve seen him struggle to find the right products. Also, he swears by the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, it’s such a oldie but a goodie, isn’t it?

    Lavanya | Elle Files

    • The Sunday Mode

      haha oh man that made me laugh out loud, I’m sure yours doesn’t look like a prune! Yes! The drying lotion is such an oldie but a goodie, I hope they never stop making it.

  • You’ve definitely helped put Mario Badescu on the radar for those of us who hadn’t heard of the brand before via your blog, I’m genuinely curious and was literally going to buy it before my skin finally cleared up! Due to some other serious health issues, I’ve had to completely clean up my diet and a result my skin has totally transformed. I wish it was that simple when I had acne as a teenager haha! Love the letter to your skin, by the way ๐Ÿ™‚

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice | Worldwide Giveaway: Passionata Lingerie Festive Lulu Bralette Set! x

    • The Sunday Mode

      Oh I’m so sorry to hear about your health issues but the skin transformation sounds brilliant! What are you eating woman? Tell me your secrets! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • A healthy mix – though in particular, a LOT of oats, chicken and apricots, haha. Avoiding gluten, wheat and preservatives (wherever possible!). I have a feeling ditching the fizzy drinks has helped a looooot…

        Gabrielle x