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How to Create a Skin Log

Just like with a food log or monthly expenses report, we suggest keeping a log for your skin.

When you wake up in the morning, take note of the condition of your skin. Does it look dry, flaky, rashy? Are their any reddened areas? Breakouts? Excessive oil? Write down your findings and take note of where any suspicious activity seems to be happening (chin, left cheek, around the nose, etc.).

Jot down what you eat and drink during the day (even water), including the quantity. In particular, take note of anything that varies from your normal diet. 

It may seem excessive, but we want you to log your activity, be it a long plane flight or a brisk workout, or a day of nonstop phone calls. As with your diet, pay special attention to any unusual activities or events, not to mention if they were unusually strenuous or stressful. If you spent most of the day out of doors in bright sunshine when you are usually behind a desk, write it down. Record the dates of your menstrual cycle as well.

Get the picture? Armed with this information, say after two weeks of logging this valuable information, you’ll be able to see what things in your life might trigger issues with your skin. It makes sense that the wrong food or a surge in monthly hormones can bring on a breakout but other internal and environmental factors can play into the health of your skin as well. Talk over your findings with your esthetician—Jill loves to talk about this and you can play skin detectives together—who just might be able to craft a skincare regime that works beautifully with your lifestyle.

What to log each day:

  • Skin: hydration level, flaky, rashy, areas of breakouts
  • Food: what, how much, when
  • Activity: what, when, where (outside, airport, office)
  • Weather: sun exposure, temperature
  • Period: dates, length, duration

 

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