Dry or Dehydrated Skin?

Happy Saturday everyone 🙂 It is freezing here in Manchester but the sun is shining and I am currently having a super lazy morning, that is, lounging on the couch in my onesie with a bru!

Last weekend, however, was not so great. I normally have a mixed skin type – dry during the winter and oily during the summer. Much to my dismay, suddenly out of the blue, I ended up having a bad state of skin dehydration which left the skin on my face feeling super dry, tight and with an unpleasant burning/itching sensation. This made me seriously reflect on the amount of make-up/chemicals that I use on my face everyday, subjecting it to irritants and clogged pores. I felt like my skin needed a serious change in some of the products that I use everyday, and hence I researched what I could use to revive/hydrate my skin and this is what I learnt/have changed in my daily routine.

Firstly, I learnt that there is a difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin. Dry skin is a skin type and dehydrated skin is a skin state. The former causes flaking and the latter – tight and scaly skin. Here is a great article on the difference between the two:

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/difference-between-dry-dehydrated-skin_us_573b2ba4e4b08f96c1842349

  1. Firstly I searched for a serum/oil and day cream that was organic and irritant free. This is when I came across the brand Pai. I normally use vaseline aloe vera or Olay for my face (but found that both these products were causing a burning sensation on applying after washing/cleansing my face). Cosmopolitan has done a great article on the top 10 Vegan skincare products of 2018 www.cosmopolitan.com/uk/beauty-hair/a46238/vegan-skincare/

I visited their website and they do a whole range of serums, oils and creams that are organic, vegan friendly and built for sensitive skin. I even had an expert to chat to and give me advise and I ended up buying the back to life hydrating day cream, camomile and rosehip calming day cream and also got 2 free samples and another free product! I must admit that these products are a bit pricey but using it on my skin caused zero irritation and it does work wonders with locking in the moisture. You can even use it with your make up as a base!

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www.paiskincare.com

2. Coconut Oil 

I cannot begin to even describe what wonders this has done over the past week. It is an excellent moisturiser (with anti-bacterial/inflammatory properties) and also smells delicious. I have been applying generous amounts of this twice a day and my skin has started to rejuvenate and even clear up.

3. Hydrating face mask 

I absolutely love the face masks from Sephora, my favourites are the aloe vera, algae and lotus masks. I have used them sparingly as we don’t have a sephora in the UK, but these masks are rich and full of moisture. Leaves your skin feeling supple and dewy.

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4. Drink more water 

I think part of what caused this state of dehydration was sitting in small rooms with heating on full blast and drinking minimal water and a lot of caffeine instead. I am now making a conscious effort to drink more water to hydrate my skin/body from the inside to prevent this from happening again.

I also love green tea and could drink several cups during the day – my favourites are twinnings peppermint and jasmine green tea. I am planning to carry these to work to sip on instead of a coffee.

5. Avoid using make up everyday 

Now this has been the hardest one for me. I love makeup and cosmetics and use it everyday. However, since this episode I have actually applied absolutely zero make up on my face and let my skin breathe – and my skin am sure is thanking me for it. Once fully recovered, I would like to go back to applying make up but have promised myself that I would give myself one or even two make-up free days during the week.

I hope these tips help you as much as they have helped me. I would also love to hear what you do to keep your skin hydrated! Here is to happy healthy skin 🙂

xx

 

 

 

Tummy-tuck

No, I am not talking about cosmetic surgery, but a more ‘natural’ approach to achieving this :). For anyone who knows me, I have always wished to be a bit more leaner (ok a lot more, especially around the tummy and face) and more than that, have the motivation and will power to sustain a healthier lifestyle and also have no excuses – no more “I am too busy to go to the gym” or “I am too tired to cook – lets order a takeaway”. And boy, have I tried all sorts of diets in the past – my fitness pal (calorie counting) and south beach diet (too hardcore for me) being amongst a few. I got married last year and starved myself before the wedding to fit into my dress – but I am absolutely tired of having periods of crash dieting followed by binge eating and then feeling guilty as hell!

So recently, I stumbled across the 5:2 intermittent fasting diet. I had heard about it via my sister-in-law a while ago, I even registered a few months ago onto the site, but never really gave it a proper go! However, found some time today to read through it and see what it is all about – a diet where you fast (eat 500 calories) on 2 days and normally the rest of the week – sounds do-able right? Well, I shall find out I guess. I am planning to start today and going to fast (it’s always good to be keen on your first day :p) and try this for the next month or so to see how I sustain this, and also be accountable to myself by posting about it here!

There is also a test (very interesting) on what is the right diet for you? (BBC) – I took the test and found out that I am a 50% constant craver and a 50% feaster (not the ideal combination at all!) – so what better way to start, at least I know where i stand!

www.bbc.co.uk/guides/z2csfg8

Also, to anyone who is in a similar situation as me or has tried the 5:2 diet – any help, advice and support will be much appreciated!

Wish me luck!

PS: thefastdiet.co.uk is the link to the 5:2 diet page.

Image courtesy: weightlossresources.co.uk