Hey guys. So, this is a very special post on my blog because it was written by none other than my lovely mother (see, it rhymed!) She has been such a support to me throughout this time of building my blog and has really helped me to feel confident to share my writing. So I thought it was only fair to give her her own spot during Blogmas. I’ll hand over to her!
So, I have been given the opportunity to share about something that is close to my heart – and this is an absolute privilege 😊
I love Morgie’s blog and always eagerly await her next post, especially the ones about make-up. This got me thinking – how would ‘past me’ have felt seeing a beautifully made up face with seemingly flawless skin? I have been on this planet for 54 years and for about 40 of those I have had what only could be described as problem skin. In my mid-teens I developed acne and then several years later eczema joined the party and more recently, rosacea. I am writing this not to have a pity party, but to share the things that helped me. Everybody is different of course so what works for me may not for someone else but I hope you find it interesting. So, I have put together five things that I have discovered on my ‘skin’ journey!
- I discovered when I was in my twenties that I am intolerant to dairy products. This was actually not in relation to my skin problems, but cutting cow’s milk and it’s derivatives out of my diet did have a positive effect on my skin. It really wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be either as there are plenty of dairy free alternatives available now so that you don’t have to go without, just adapt!
- I had very oily skin so I tried everything to counteract this. In essence, I believe it is probably good to try and balance your skin’s oiliness/dryness but I found that using products to dry my skin only seemed to make it more oily. There are plenty of excellent products out there so I guess it is finding the right one for you and your skin. Which brings me very nicely onto point 3 …
- Out of sheer desperation on my skin journey, I paid to have several sessions of dermabrasion. It was during these sessions that I discovered a range of skin products that have been life changing for me. I stumbled across skincare by Dr Schrammek. At that time, it was only available via skin specialists or online from overseas. A couple of years ago, I found a distributor in the UK so I order all my products from there. I will now only use these on my skin. I cleanse using the Deep Pore Cleanser from the regulating range, followed by Super Rich Tonic from the Essentials range. I also use the Essentials Optimum Protection Cream and the regulating Blemish Balm in either classic or honey tone, depending on the season. The products are quite expensive but a little goes a long way so they are really quite good value for money.
- Another life changing discovery was made when I found that refined sugar was my skin’s enemy. I used to tuck into my dairy free biscuits and cakes, oblivious to the effect it was having on my skin. I now very much limit my sugar intake as if I do overindulge, even now my skin will let me know!
- You are beautiful 😊 It doesn’t matter what shape or height you are or whether your skin is perfect or not – YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL. It comes from the inside and shines out. I used to mistakenly think that because I had problem skin that it was the first thing people noticed about me. It turned out that this was not true. We all have our own insecurities but it is important not to let them dictate how you feel about yourself. The person who you may think is looking at you and thinking about how your skin looks is most probably not doing that at all. They are probably wishing that they had your lovely eyes/hair/smile/figure etc.
So that’s it! Just a few thoughts from me I learnt along the way. As I said earlier, what works for me may not be the answer for you but it’s good to share our experiences and realise that we are not alone.
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