It’s been a full-on couple of months.
Nothing traumatic, just intensely busy.
Whenever I find myself in these kind of intensely busy times, guess where it shows up physically?
Yep, my skin.
The psoriasis on my scalp has flared up like it’s been fed a super growth fertiliser, which I guess it has … in the form of stress.
But I know things are really bad when I look in the mirror and see that the skin on my face looks stressed. And it feels it too.
For some, stressed skin takes the form of break-outs. For me it’s in the form of patches of red, irritated and dry skin.
If that’s you too, here’s what I’ve been doing and using to calm the situation down.
1. I swapped facials
I’ve pretty much stuck to my monthly facial regime this year but when it came time for my last one, I spoke to my therapist and said I wasn’t keen to go with the regular Hydro Peptide peel and facial I’d been having (and loving) as my skin was highly reactive.
She agreed and we swapped to a Dermalogica Ultracalming facial.
So soothing. I could almost hear my skin breathe a sigh of relief.
2. I re-jigged the routine
As I was about to set off on a few weeks of travel, post facial I bought the Dermalogica Ultracalming facial kit to take with – $50 well spent.
The cleanser, serum concentrate and barrier repair are the heroes here. I had already been sent the barrier repair for trial. It’s like a moisturiser and super primer, melting into the skin, soothing all the things and protecting your skin from the elements.
3. I gave my skin treats
For now, I’ve dropped any exfoliation – a skincare step that I usually never skip.
Instead I’m taking a gently, gently approach to get that glow.
In the evening I’ve continued to use the super luxe Sodashi Samadara Ultimate Age-Defying Elixir. I’ve been using it sparingly every night since late May. It really has lived up to its promises of more lifted and translucent skin. (For a cheaper alternative try Trilogy AgeProof CoQ10 Booster Serum)
This, together with weekly masks using Sodashi Marine Brightening Mask to gently re-energise the skin, has helped to keep some kind of glow happening despite nowhere near enough sleep. (For a budget alternative try Natio Ageless Hydrating Mask)
4. I applied TLC as required
A few times all of the above has not been enough to calm the farm on my skin.
One night, after being sent Kosmea Rescue Balm to trial, I thought, what have I got to lose?
It’s thicker than a moisturiser and doesn’t melt into the skin like Dermalogica Ultracalm Barrier Repair but its formula of rosehip butter, everlasting oil and calendula oil worked overnight.
5. I gave my mind a little help
Yes to yoga, yes to meditation (I’m still trying to make this a habit), yes to being grateful every day … all this helps me keep a lid on the inevitable stress that comes whenever my life gets crazy.
I also call on aromatherapy synergy blends – my girlfriend Kim creates the exquisite Twenty8 blends and I swear by them as instant mood changes.
These are my current faves.
Does your skin react when you’re stressed? What do you use to calm it down?