One of the reasons that I started my eco-green journey was that I wanted to see if I could clear up my skin. I've always suffered from spots, varying from a spot here and there to break-outs that made me wish I owned a balaclava. So, when I started trying to go green I had this idea that I would suddenly have beautiful skin free from all the nasty bits and pieces that were in the conventional skincare items I was using. Of course, I forgot that for the last ten years I've been using basically the same cleanser, toner and moisturiser on my face and launched into trying all these new wonderful products with all these different ingredients.
And so my face started freaking out. And because I went full-throttle on all the different products, I haven't been able to identify anything specific as causing it. So as you might have noticed, a lot of my posts recently have been on body items or bits of make up rather than skincare, as I'm trying desperately to stick to one set of products to see what happens. (Hopefully this will be good for my face, but it's a bit boring for review purposes.)
Unfortunately, I've always had a habit of picking at imperfections. And when my face gets worse, I really struggle to not pick or poke at the worst parts. At the moment I'm in a cycle of spots erupting, me picking or squeezing, making them worse, making me pick, them getting worse and new spots emerging.
Alongside the spots, pores have been a problem for me - my focus was always my nose, you know the pores that always seem so noticeable when you're staring in the 5X mirror, but then suddenly the pores on my forehead had joined in, so I poked at them too. But the forehead is less resistant to being pushed and poked around than the fleshy nose - so that resulted in sore spots, dry skin, aggravated pores and painfully extracted patches.
As well as being a picker, I'm a toucher... I frequently pass my fingers across my face, in the mornings to check the lay of the land (ie - new spots, are there any?) and during the day leaning at a desk my fingers are always rubbing parts of my face.
With a new job, revision and exams to do I'm hoping that stress and air-conditioned offices may have been a factor - but add in the flaky-ness on the top of my head (yes, just the top) that won't seem to leave me, I'm in a little bit of a skin crisis!
So, I thought I'd share this with anyone reading to see if anyone has similar problems, and also as a sort of a public "I'm a picking poking nightmare and I'm going to try to stop" declaration which might make this attempt to cut down more successful.
What are your worst skincare habits?