January skin reboot
Don't know about you but every one around me (women obviously) is doing dry January, detox, fasting, dieting etc. It's actually quite fun to watch in the office: men are having their usual greasy sandwiches, or fatty indian curries and bringing gummy bears and chocolates to share, while women are starving themselves on raw leaves and tofu and drinking lemon and ginger teas. Not sure we will ever be able to beat the battle of the sexes when it comes to food. Anyway, although I am sharing the same chromosome as all these reasonable, sensible ladies, I honestly have not been able to change my very bad food habits which started even before Xmas. I actually can (sometimes) (over)restrict myself but not unless I have some dream beach holiday planned (currently not in the cards....) or not until I have had that awful moment of truth with THE scale. But I am not talking to the scale at the moment, let alone stepping on it, for obvious reasons. And so I am carrying on with my own diet, the post Xmas food junkie, can't live without a drink in the evening diet (am actually binging on crisps and red burgundy wine while writing to you. I know it's bad and it probably explains why I am being so flippant). But, one thing I have been able to do (possibly just to get rid of part of the guilt) is compensate with some overkill beauty routine.
The above picture is actually (and sadly maybe) a wrap up of all the products I am currently using to get some sort of skin glow back (not all at the same time of course). I am not going to pretend that using more than a £100 worth of beauty products is making me look 10 years (or even one year) younger but I kind of feel like I don't look so greenish at the moment. Of course, it could be that it's just the wine that is bringing some colours on my cheeks. But usually it looks more like a broken capillary / rosacea kind of skin tone. So not the sort of glow that I would ever consciously fancy. So based on my current experiment consisting of (a) pretend that you are pregnant and if you fancy fries, burgers or cheese (or all of these at once) then just go for it, (b) don't pretend you are pregnant and if you need one, two or three glasses of wine to get through the day, then just open that bottle, (c) these products smell so good I could cover my face with them, then just do it and (d) see what happens, eg am not actually looking so bad in the mirror today; I would say there is some hope that looking good and feeling good is not just about self deprivation, although it might involve some steep, unwanted cash outflows at the expense of some other pleasure (food maybe?)...
In terms of the routine itself, let's just say it is as complex as what you will read in any female magazine: 1. Cleanse & Tone 2. Apply mask 3. Hydrate and 4. Take pills. So I guess it's all in the actual choice of products. I am a huge fan of Fresh (US brand), most probably because their shop in Marylebone looks like an apothecary store and more importantly because I love the texture and smell. So there is a lot of Fresh listed below. But I also use a lot of the Aesop range (particularly the parsley seed series) and that's clearly because all their products remind me of fancy hotels from improbable beach resorts (think Maldives couples spa retreat), as well as pharmaceutical type brands like Avene. And being Japan obsessed I top this all up with some Muji touches.
So here it goes.