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Skincare and StressΒ 

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I am on holiday for 2 weeks. Yay and hooray for me! I have had the most horrific stressful last 2 weeks at work resulting in a migraine last week that I couldn’t shift. It is so so so busy at work every day that I am coming home exhausted and grumpy and with the heat and dirt of the city it has not been kind to my face or mind.

My issue is skin as dry as the Sahara. I went through a very stressful time in my life 2 years ago which resulted in me leaving my job for pastures new. The consequences of not dealing with the stress properly and hiding it from my husband, friends and family is that my body now tells tales on me to the world so everyone knows when I am stressed. I break out in eczema on my neck, eyelids, under eye area, forehead, hairline at the back of my neck, fingers, wrists, elbows and knees. It’s like an eczema had shoulders knees and toes song with a cruel side and the urge to scratch makes it all worse.

I woke up Saturday morning and looked in the mirror and it was sad. I am tired so my face is tired. I am one of those people who cannot hide my emotions or my health problems from my face so I look tired. I had purple eye circles, my sore dry skin, cruel awkward spots at the same time (how?), greasy hair and I looked just so ‘dull’ not holiday ready at all. So to start my holiday in the right frame of mind/face it was time to sort it out. I decided to take bare all selfies to show how I go about becoming me again when this happens so I can conquer the world or just leave my house…

So here is my bare face without my contacts so my huge glasses and with all my poor sore skin.

Step 1 is to break out a Lush facemask what else? Luckily the day before I had brought Lush back 5 pots so I got me a free Brazened Honey Fresh Face mask. This one is exfoliating and full of honey and spices and fruit. It would probably make a nice cake but it is excellent at waking up tired skin and as it is exfoliating it took off a lot of my dull horrid dead skin and left my face clean and refreshed. It’s also very yellow which is a happy colour.

Next I jumped in the shower for a long time. I washed my hair using my Brilliant Brunette shampoo but with my Coco Loco conditioner as I have very dry hair from all the heat and because my skin is dry my hair wanted to join in. I did all the usual stuff you do in the shower making an effort to exfoliate my skin and shave my legs as this immediately makes me feel more together. After getting out the shower I cleansed my skin with my beloved Ultrabland because this can only help the dryness and I did my usual skin care routine as recorded on this earlier post: Current Skincare Routine.

Once out of the shower you guessed I needed moisture. I needed full E45 everywhere, full face moisturiser and E45 Lotion on my face and neck as well as my skin was so so uncomfortably tight. Once this has all soaked in and I hadnt scrached for 10 minutes only then could I start my makeup.

I didn’t want to put too much on as my skin was so sore and it was another hot day. With eczema on the face as well it can make makeup cake on the dry patches and you suddenly look very old so no powder today. Ah the power of brows to make a face look finished! I used a tinted moisturiser and my Porefessional Makeup to create a nice base and to make me look healthy and alive lots of blusher, bronzer and highlighter. I did a very simple eye look with my usual cat eye liner and Mascara and brows galore as I am sparse up there

Once my hair was dried and styled I was a human again and my sore skin was soothed for now. The sad fact is that my face will only last 3-4 hours like this before I have to reapply creams and lotions. The only cure is to calm down and not get stressed. (Yeah right!)

Tadah! It’s like magic. Without products and makeup I would have hidden myself away behind the curtain literally licking my wounds. As sad and probably pathetic that is I cannot change that about myself. I need makeup and I need products that make me feel good to leave the house and I needed to spend this extra time on the first day of my holiday to feel just like myself again. A day spent with my husband wandering around the garden centre in the sun, eating ice cream and knitting in the garden followed by a BBQ with my funny parents was just what I needed.

Stress is part of everyday life and it effects everyone. I am unlucky that mine is shown physically but it also acts as a reminder that I need to slow down and focus on the positives for a while. Making myself feel better with my lotions and potions is just the first thing I do but the main cure for stress is spending some time in peace doing what you enjoy. Spending time with my family is the best cure for my stress as well as knitting and even speaking with a friend on the phone, reading a book or taking a strill in the sunshine. It all helps. Stress is a killer but it won’t get me.

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Lotions and Potions: Skincare Routine

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Lotions and Potions: Skincare Routine

So my skin and I have a love hate relationship. Since I’ve been more aware and taken better care of my skin it has got a lot less awkward but it still punishes me with breakouts whenever I have an event or an important weekend ahead. I was told recently that my skin was more dry then combination so I have been trying to battle this now instead of the combination only. Does anyone else have conflicting skin messages like me? I don’t seem to know my skin type. Anyway I have been using some of these products for a while and I have got a routine down. It may seem like a lot of steps but actually once you get a routine down it can be very speedy.

Morning

I start with using my beloved Ultrabland by Lush. I was recently bought a Clarins skincare set and threw my Ultrabland aside only to breakout in spots and a rash so I apologised to my Ultrabland slapped it back on and got my skin back under control. Ultrabland is just a beautiful balm cleanser with a blend of beeswax and rose extract. It cares for my skin and keeps it moisturised and under control. I apply this like a cream and wipe off with damp cotton wool pads then pat dry.

Ultrabland

For toner I am currently using a Clarins toner. It is a sample size and has extracts of Chamomile. I like it as it is not drying (unlike their sample cleanser) and its smells like a spa. It’s just lovely I brush this on with a cotton wool pad and enjoy the scent. I am not loyal to a toner as I have not found one I love but I do like to use one to remove and left over cleanser and close pores, this is my current month toner and as you can see I am running out.

Clarins Toner

Serum, I use a small amount of the Nivea Q10 Plus Energy Serum. I like this because I like the gel like texture of this Serum it’s light on my skin and it helps keeps fine lines at bay and smooths dry areas. I only use a small amount as it has hyaluronic acid in it which is good for exfoliation but my skin is too sensitive to use large amounts of this.

Nivea Q10 Serum

For moisturiser I currently use two. I have the Nivea Pure and Natural Moisturising day cream. I like this because it has natural extracts of argan oil and aloe vera and is light but very hydrating. I don’t have a separate eye cream as I have never found one that makes a difference to my eyes. (The only thing that makes a difference to my eyes is lots of sleep and water.) But I put an extra layer of this around my nose and eyes. Since becoming pregnant I have developed a rash around my nose and moisturising daily is the only way to control it. Sometimes I also have to use an E45 cream on my nose as it’s so sore. Being pregnant does wierd things to your skin.

Nivea Day Cream

I also use a tinted moisturiser also by Nivea. (I’m a Nivea girl) I like this to wear under my current Porefessional Makeup and it keeps my skin moisturised all day whilst evening out my skin tone. I sometimes layer the moisturisers or will use this solely and will add the normal Nivea moisturiser just around my eyes and nose it depends on what the skin God’s have provided me with that day.

Nivea Tinted Moisturiser

And that is me ready to put on makeup and face the day. My skin feels soft and supple all day and I feel protected from the sun and pollution.

Evening

I enjoy putting on makeup and I also enjoy taking it off. My go to makeup remover is a gorgeous vitamin C infused orange scented oil by Una Brennan the Superfacialist. I just rub this straight into my skin and it melts away makeup. I wash it off with warm water and pat dry. It’s quick and simple but the orange scent of the oil makes it feel luxurious. I have rebought this oil a few times and as you can see from the picture I will need to again!

To cleanse and tone I will use the same Ultrabland balm cleanser by Lush and whatever toner I am using. There are no mysteries here.

Once my face is cleansed and toned I apply a nice thick layer of Night moisturiser. I am using the Nivea Pure and Natural Regenerating Night cream again with extracts of argan oil and aloe vera. I just love it it keeps my skin hydrated over night and it feels plumped up the next morning. I dont feel the need for an eye cream here either with this moisturiser. Nivea really do have great products and are great value for money.

Nivea Regenerating Night cream

Some evenings after I have cleansed I will use a face mask. I am not loyal to a particular brand here either but I do like the fresh face masks from Lush, especially the Catastrophe Cosmetic mask with blueberries, the spot clearing Magnaminty and the bright blue exfoliating Don’t Look at Me. (Not all at the same time of course). But I have also recently been trying the L’OrΓ©al Pure Clay mattifying mask recently which is great your skin feels very clean and fresh afterwards but I am not keen on the scent. My other favourite clay mask is The Sanctuary self heating clay mask this clears your skin and I like the heating feeling. I will buy a facemask to combat whatever skin issue I am facing that week and I will put on a face mask about three times a week. This keeps my skin balanced.

L’OrΓ©al Pure Clay mask

So that is my skin care routine. It’s not for everyone mine is very heavy on creams and moisture but it works for me. I like to do it and I have seen a difference. I do like to try new products so if anyone has any suggestions do let me know.