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Friday, May 23, 2014

Environmental Factors in Skincare


I give my skin attention in amount equal to that required of a puppy. And when it acts up, I feel betrayed. What did I do to make it like this? This is all my fault, and I'm a failure. It can be self deprecating and a really difficult thing to deal with, both emotionally and physically. Then, it dawned on me. I had an experience about two weeks ago when my skin went bonkers; I looked like a pepperoni pizza. But the most strange thing about it was that I hadn't changed anything in my skincare routine, and my skin had been perfectly clear the week before. So, in my inclination to help the world, I'm supplying hope and peace of mind that it's not just your skincare routine, or even you, that's making your skin go mad. Perhaps it's on account of environmental factors that we just can't control. 

The factor that turns my skin for the worst out of all others is lack of humidity. Apparently, even though my skin is combination, it's still dehydrated; who would have thought. Normally, this results in a few or a lot of spots. To poke a dent in a solution, add a humectant, or make sure you're not just using emollient hydrators (i.e. oils, shea butter, etc.). Humectants draw moisture to the skin--compromising the lack of humidity--and some examples are hyaluronic acid, lactic acid, and glycerin. (This is why I adore the Kiehl's Skin Rescuer). On the opposite end of the spectrum is humidity overdose, resulting in some shiny looking skin. Your best bet in this situation is to use a moisturizer more prone to oily skin, like The Organic Pharmacy Manuka Face Cream--but if you're anything like me, initiate an emphasis to get the humectants in there, too. And if you're looking for even more oomph, throw on a clay mask (my favorite is the Aesop Parsley Seed Deep Cleansing Mask).

The humidity meter is what throws my skin out of whack the most, but there are other influences, as well. Your diet can show on your skin. If this is the case, maybe make more cautious decisions concerning added sugars (as in the table sugar variety) and swap for organic dairy. Perhaps a lack of vitamin D is making your skin worse for wear; I'm not the only one who admits that their skin is best in the summer. In that case, try a vitamin D supplement or up your intake in foods. Lack of sleep is another factor. And the best part is that you now have an excuse to take a nap. If stress is the case, pump your room full of lavender or wait until the weekend to alleviate.

Although I've mentioned some solutions to such environmental factors, not every one of them will work, and time is often the best mechanism of relief. Above forcing your skin back to equilibrium, it's important to remember that everyone's skin acts up at some point. A few spots or even acne doesn't make you "ugly." You will still have friends. And the people around you will still love you. So, next time you're in the complexion dump, it's not just your skincare routine that's making your skin mad. 

7 comments :

  1. Lillian I knwo how that feels! The "dehydrated skin" is just so hard to figure out. The one thing that really really works for my is the Clinique Moisture surge overnight mask. I have recently re purchased a second bottle of that thing and trust me its one of the few things that I am indebted to for my good skin! I wont say much.. just give it a shot!

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  2. Such a relatable post, really want to try that Kiehls Skin Rescuer :) xx

    A Little Treat | Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

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  3. Love love love this post! The ending is so perfect, and I had no idea humidity could be so influential. Thanks for the advice x

    http://regretfullyobsessed.wordpress.com

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  4. I'll grab a sample, especially since I'm headed to the shops today. Thank you! x

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  5. I'm glad you liked it, Zazie. x

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  6. No problem. I hope that people don't feel the same pressure to have fantastic skin, like me. x

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  7. my biggest skincare struggle is stress and inflammation the less stressed I am the better my skin is - thank God for summer break
    Allison from www.mercuteify.com

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