It’s often said that you are what you eat; that what you put into your body is what your body is. Feed it junk and expect to look and feel like rubbish. Same goes for your skin too. But I think your skin shows so much more than just what you’ve fed your body. Stress, stress and more stress can play havoc with your skin in so many different ways, as I’ve found out to my cost over the last six months.
Most recently, a small case of dermatitis under one eye has almost driven me to distraction. Those of you following me on Instagram and Twitter and have seen the recent #ALipADay posts will have noticed a distinct lack of full face shots, and now you know why! Not that I’m any more vain than the next person, but really, if I’m showing you a lipstick or lipgloss, there’s no need to see my painful looking eye!
So, I’ve been seeking out the gentlest, most natural of products, ones that won’t sting the skin around my eyes and even if they won’t make it better, at least they won’t exacerbate the condition or make me wince with pain.
And so I present to you the current TLC heroes – these are the little stars that are keeping my skin in good nick while I’m feeling rather sorry for myself. First off, the extra-marvellous Nuxe Nuxellence Jeunesse Serum*. I wouldn’t dream of going without a serum under the rest of my skincare, but with all those super-hi-tech ingredients, I’m worried any one of them might irritate my skin more, so I needed to find something that is proven to perform whilst using the gentleness of nature to do its thing. Whilst not quite a serum (you can use this under a serum if you feel the need), Nuxellence Jeunesse works to make the skin smoother, more radiant, plumper and gives a more even complexion. Working deep down, it repaits the skin cells’ mitochondrial DNA, slowing down the ageing process and literally recharging the cells. It’s really light on the skin, but works so well to leave a moisturised, velvety texture that you could almost forget to apply the moisturiser on top!
Over this, I’m using Melvita’s Apicosma Creme Fondante Haute Nutrition* (Ultra Nourishing Cream for Very Dry and Delicate Skin). Anything with a bit of honey in it will always get my vote and this little beauty has not one, but a “3 Honeys” patented complex, comprising 3 organic honeys: Thyme, Acacia and Orange Blossom, in case you were wondering. Each honey has its own special property: Thyme heals (gotta love that!!!), Acacia softens and Orange Blossom repairs. It smells divine, almost good enough to eat, and although it’s rich enough for dry skins, it sinks in beautifully, leaving the skin moisturised perfectly without any greasy shiny film on the surface. I’ve found it so gentle yet effetive, I’ve been using under the eye I’m having problems with. I’m sure I shouldn’t, but its doing such a good job that until I find something better (or until Apicosma bring out their own eye cream), I can’t see me giving it up!
And when my skin’s feeling really delicate, I’ll slap on a bit of Dr Nick Lowe’s Redness Relief Calming Cream*. The Menthol in the complex gives a lovely cooling sensation and the ever-so-slight tint in the cream just evens everything out, so that I feel a little less monster-like and a little more like me!
Oh, and you’ll see my beloved Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm, so gentle that it never irritates my skin yet cleanses down to every last little pore. I’ve even used this as a super-moisturising little under-eye-mask when I think noone’s looking!
I’ve also added a beautiful skin oil to the regime, which I’ll tell you about tomorrow.
What do you use when your skin’s playing up?