I’ve often talked about my personal obsession with skincare products and how particular I am about the products I use. Don’t believe me? Check out this post and this post (but after you’ve finished this one, of course). Today, I thought I’d take you on a quick tour of the stuff I use every single day to keep my skin from completely turning against me and, I don’t know, growing scales or something.
The acne started when I was 14. Unfortunately for me, it didn’t let up for a while. I was prone to breakouts in the most uncomfortable and irritating places on my face. The truth about my skin is that it’s complicated, demanding, and easily influenced by everything I eat, touch, and with which I interact.
My entire life, I’ve been plagued by difficult skin. As a baby, my parents had to use special soap or I’d break out in eczema before the bath was even over. Heading into my teen years, I was treated to a lovely decade-or-so of awful acne. No matter what I did or how much I washed my face, the acne persisted.
As I began navigating my twenties, I started developing eczema on my hands whenever the air was too dry. This was especially true during the winter months. The skin on my hands became so irritable and red that I had to take a prescription for cortisone cream.
All this to say, I truly understand the daily struggles of people who live with skin that just never wants to cooperate. The focus tends to fall on your face because, of course, that’s where everyone looks when they talk to you. But your skin is one of your largest organs and needs to be treated with the same respect and courtesy that you give to your heart or your liver through the foods you eat.
Managing my skin has never been easy. I react in obscene ways to most facial cleansers and anything with a slight scent usually burns my skin in the most uncomfortable ways. A few years ago, well into my twenties, I visited the doctor. He gave me a prescription of cream for my still-unsettled acne and recommended Spectro as an incredibly mild, yet effective, cleanser. I haven’t looked back. Even now, at the teen-plus age of 26, I live by Spectro Cleanser for Combination Skin. It’s as gentle as washing your face with water and yet manages to give you the deep-clean feel of any other product.
Eventually, I fell into a routine of regular skin care. I added the Olay Oil Minimizing Clean Toner with Witch Hazel, applied liberally with a cotton pad. I follow that up with a light coat of Olay Moisturizing Cream for Sensitive Skin.
Perhaps the most luxurious step of the entire process comes in the form of Life Brand Hydrating Facial Sheet Masks. For those in Canada, you can get 3 for $5 at Shoppers Drug Mart. I only use 1 or 2 of these each week, but the moisture they bring back to my skin is absolutely incomparable.
Ultimately, t’s important to find what works for your skin. Are you prone to excessive oil? Maybe your skin dries out worse than a camel’s crack in the desert. Make sure you do your research, find the products that work for you, and never settle for anything less than the best. Trust me, your skin deserves it.
Disclaimer: I’m no professional. This is just me telling you what I do to treat my sensitive skin. Always consult a doctor before trying new products.
Travelling is something meant to be enjoyed and not feared. Being prepared with some well-researched travel tips is a great way to take the stress out of the journey. Whether you’re travelling to London, Paris, Hong Kong or beyond, these 5 items are something every avid traveller should have in their bag.
A Good Book
Any seasoned traveller is used to long lines, delayed flights and other unexpected annoyances. In times like those, it’s great to have one of your favourite books on hand to pass the time. Not only will you be able to occupy your mind, but reading something familiar is a great way to de-stress when all you want to do is pull your hair out. Telegraph has a great list of the best travel books of all time.
A Laptop and Notebook
You never know when inspiration might hit because something as simple as a cluster of graffiti in Paris can bring out your creative side. It’s always a good idea to be prepared with either a laptop or a notebook in case you want to record your thoughts and feelings about what you see. You can also take down any information you might need for later.
A Camera or iPhone
I never know when something is going to catch my eye or when I’ll see something worth photographing. That’s why I always make sure to have a camera with me. Smartphone cameras can give you photographs that are just as high-quality as the most professional cameras, making iPhones a great alternative for a traveller who wants less to carry.
According to one esthetician, the recirculated air on airplanes only encourages dehydration. When you enter different climates (or an airplane where the air tends to be incredibly dry), your skin can react in less than flattering ways. The best thing I can recommend is to always carry a small tube of moisturizer.
A Light Snack
You never know when you’re going to be stranded in an unfamiliar location. With that being said, having something nourishing in your bag to snack on when you get hungry is an easy way to keep your blood sugar at the right level and avoid ill-timed headaches. Visit BuiltLean for some tips on how to eat healthy while travelling.
What’s one thing you always carry when you travel? Comment below!