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
- Activity: what,
when, where (outside, airport, office)
- Weather: sun
- Period: dates,