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A Skin Obsessive's Secret Weapon

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THE EDITOR Lead video producer Angel Lenise

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I don’t play when it comes to my skin. I had an eight-step regime before it was a thing. The facials I give myself are better than any I’ve experienced at a spa. I’ve never met a blemish I couldn’t conquer in less than 24 hours. Still, the care and attention I put into my skin hasn’t trumped how sensitive my face can be.

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I use gentle, yet effective cleansers; natural toners; clarifying serums and concentrates; super-hydrating moisturizers and eye creams; spf, always; sheet masks several times a week; and indulge in a good facial oil a few nights a week. But nothing soothes my skin best during a hypersensitive situation than good ol’ H2O. No, not just the eight glasses I’m supposed to drink every day. I’m talking Avène’s Thermal Spring Water face mist.

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Although my skin looks great at almost any point in time, a simple trigger—dusty climates, allergens, dry atmospheres, and even long plane rides—can send it into stress mode. I can dry out, flake up, and get hives in an instant (my grandmother had a chronic skin condition during the latter years of her life, and I do believe some of those traits have been passed on to me). The only thing that offers me comfort in those moments is this facial mist.

I have a bottle in both of my bathrooms at home, my purse, and stashed away in my perpetually-packed travel toiletry bag. As soon as I feel an itch, or a welt, or heat rising in my face—indicative of a potential flare-up—I reach for this. A few spritzes and what could’ve been a disaster instantly settles. It could be a placebo effect, but when your skin’s on fire, whatever puts it out will earn its keep.

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Even if your skin isn’t as sensitive as mine, you’d appreciate the refreshing pick-me-up that this offers. Plus, if one can invest hundreds in the best lotions, potions, and elixirs on the market (ahem, self) one can also break out $15 to do what the most-premium products can’t.

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