How can you deal with breakouts when you come back from vacation?

Your summer vacation is over. Soon everyone will be going back to work and school, and the leaves will start to fall from the trees. The sunshine, the beach, the long walks, the open air… They’re already fading into the distance. And if that wasn’t enough, now your skin is starting to play up. It doesn’t matter whether you have oily, combination, sensitive or mature skin. All skin types can be prone to breakouts and blemishes after the summer vacation. By adopting the right skincare routine, you can get your skin back to normal. Absolution tells you how…  

Why is your skin playing up? 

Throughout the summer, your skin gets used to being in the sun, and getting lots of natural light and fresh air. So when the summer ends and your skin has to get used to a different daily environment, it can find it hard to adjust. And that’s when breakouts and flare-ups can start. Acne, small inflamed spots, blackheads, redness, pimples… They can all turn up after your vacation. But what’s behind this “rebound effect”?   

In summer, your skin is less exposed to free radicals generated by stress. The reason for this is simple: you’re more relaxed! Your skin also seems clearer and generally happier in summer, with fewer problems to deal with. This is a result of exposure to the sun’s rays, causing the skin to thicken. It’s important to remember that UV rays can damage skin cells, and therefore speed up the skin-aging process. So it’s best to avoid too much sun exposure, especially during the hottest hours of the day. And always wear sunscreen – a natural, organic one!  

The combination of heat and humidity in summer can increase sebum production, which can contribute to clogged pores. Many regular sun creams with chemical sunscreens can also make your skin more greasy, especially if they’re not always removed properly when you clean your skin.  

When you come back from vacation, your skin has to adjust to a more polluted environment, a more stressful pace of life, the blue light from screens, etc., etc. You’ve also got to get back into a beauty routine, after relaxing it a little during the warmer months… Along with these changes, your skin gradually returns to its natural thickness, and those blemishes that were “hidden” during the summer come back to the surface. This is what’s known as the “rebound effect.”


Get your skin back on track  

Excess sebum and clogged pores are not the end of the world. You can make up for the effects of sun exposure, that relaxed vacation pace, and maybe even a few skincare slip-ups over the summer. It’s just a matter of adopting the right habits and using the right products. Fall is the perfect time to start a new beauty routine that’s tailored to your needs and will get your skin balanced again.  

Start with a clean slate and use a certified-organic treatment to help restore your skin’s balance in 15 days. Rich in purifying and skin-balancing ingredients, La Cure Peau Nette should be applied to clean skin, morning and evening, before your usual face cream. Within two weeks, this regulating formula reduces shine and redness, and dries out spots.  

In addition to La Cure Peau Nette, it’s essential that you establish a regular, targeted skincare routine, with six steps: 

Cleanse – Exfoliate – Tone – Hydrate – Nourish – Treat  

Cleansing is the first key step
 for healthy skin, as it removes impurities and helps to prevent the development of pathogenic bacteria. Look for a cleanser that fights blemishes and has been specially formulated to help deal with minor skin problems. Our Le Nettoyant Pureté is a cleanser that’s ideal for all skin types. It’s loved by temperamental skin, and is very gentle on sensitive skin too. So, if you have sensitive skin and prefer to use rinse-off cleansers, this product is perfect for you!


After summer, dead cells tend to build up on the surface of the skin. They dull the complexion, clog pores, and can cause blemishes to appear. The best way to get rid of these dead cells is by exfoliating once a week (or once every two weeks in the case of sensitive skin). But make sure you choose an exfoliant formulated with ultra-fine granules! Our extra-gentle face scrub, La Crème Gommante, exfoliates without being harsh on the skin.  

Step three is toning. Many of you are not (yet!) familiar with the benefits of our botanical essences, and yet they deserve an important place in your skincare routine! While the formulas and textures are very similar to those of a regular toner, that’s where the similarities end. Our L’Essence Botanique formulas are alcohol-free and offer many skincare benefits. They wake up and tone the skin, and leave it more receptive to the products applied afterwards, such as your serum and moisturizer. If you have oily and/or blemish-prone skin, you can count on L’Essence Botanique PURETÉ, which works to restore balance to temperamental skin, tighten pores, reduce redness, and regulate the production of sebum – which can cause spots to appear when there’s too much of it!     

Even oily skin needs hydration! A lack of water – just like a lack of oil – can disrupt the balance of your skin’s hydrolipidic film. This can lead to sensitivity and blemishes. Look for a serum rich in thirst-quenching active ingredients, like Le Sérum Anti-Soif, our absolute best-seller! A favorite with blemish-prone, oily skin, it replenishes moisture for up to eight hours, restores softness and bounce, and keeps shine at bay !

The final step is your moisturizer. It complements your serum and provides your skin with a balance of nourishing and hydrating care. Face creams and oils are both excellent for restoring your skin’s balance, as long as you choose ones that are certified organic and rich in skin-regulating active ingredients. We have the perfect solution: La Crème de Santé. Not only does it balance and nourish; it also feeds the good bacteria on your skin, so they outnumber the bad ones.  

Even if your skin is on the mature side, it can still suffer from post-vacation breakouts. Not-so-young skin should opt for a pro-aging cream with antioxidant action, such as La Crème Beau Jour, and combine it with Le Booster PURETÉ to treat blemishes.  

Any self-respecting clear-skin routine must include a purifying mask! Detox and deep-cleanse your skin once a week with Le Masque Pureté Détoxifiant – a gentle face mask that draws out impurities. Enriched with radiance-boosting Green Maté, deep-cleansing White Clay, and detoxifying Birch Sap, it’s your go-to soothing and purifying mask to rescue post-vacation skin. If you have oily skin that’s been overheated by the sun, put your trust in Le Masque Velours Repulpant. For intense repairing action, leave this deep hydrating mask on overnight.  

Finally, whatever mood your skin is in, every now and again, give it a little treat before you go to bed. A few drops of our Addiction oil, made with 27 certified-organic botanical and essential oils, is an impressive multi-purpose formula that your skin will love. It nourishes, repairs, regulates, and helps to reduce minor blemishes. It also makes an excellent oil for massage, so you can apply it before performing a few lymphatic drainage techniques, which help to clear the complexion.  

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