I recently came back from a week long trip to Los Angeles and it was summer in LA, which means, very hot and dry weather. This has never happened before, but my face was completely irritated. I think having traveled a few weeks back on two long haul flights, and then subjecting my skin to this hot weather, it finally gave up. It was done with me. My skin was incredibly sensitive to touch, had a lot of redness (which I normally don't get), some areas broke out, other areas formed dry patches. I had one dry patch on the corner of my eye lid! My upper lip and the sides of my mouth completely peeled off. I was in horrible condition. When I got home, I took some serious measures to get my skin back to normal.
The first thing I did after getting home was wash my face with a gentle cleansing foam. I used my newly purchased Pureté Thermale foaming cleanser by Vichy. It is made with thermal water and is for sensitive skin. In LA, I was using the Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser, which is normally fine for me, but with the travel and heat, it was too drying on my skin. My skin immediately calmed down after washing my face with the Vichy cleanser. I kid you not, within 10 minutes, it didn't feel as irritated.
I swapped out my regular toner, the Pixi Glam Glow Tonic, for the Avène Thermale Water Spray. Yes, it's just water, but thermal water has a calming effect on irritated and sensitive skin. I sprayed some on my face and left it there for a minute and patted it dry. Again, within minutes the redness went down.
The next thing I used was one of my Lotus soothing and moisturizing sheet face masks from Sephora. Leave the mask on for 15 minutes and it infuses your skin with a bunch of good vitamins and rehydrates dry skin. This plumped up my skin immediately. I followed it up with my beloved Bioderma Hydrabio Riche face cream, which is intensely hydrating.
My lips needed some major work. It was peeling like nothing else. I felt like layers and layers of skin from my lips just constantly came off. This went on for a few days. To get rid of all the dead skin, I first used the Sugar Lip Polish to gently buff away dead lip skin. I followed it up with I the Kiehl's Lip Balm #1, which is 90% petroleum jelly and 10% other oils and vitamins.
I did this for about a week and by the middle of the week, I saw massive improvement in the hydration and look of my skin. I'm no longer sensitive or peeling. If you ever experience incredible irritation or dehydrated skin, try the routing above. I guarantee you'll see results in about 2 days.