"While 2020 was a year like no other even in 2021 a combination of conditions have already aligned with the potential to take their toll both physically and mentally on our complexions. "
Wondering why your skin is worse than ever this January? According to wellness entrepreneur and the founder of The Beauty of Eczema™ Camille Knowles there’s a perfect storm going on that’s playing havoc with our complexions.
Camille explains: “While 2020 was a year like no other – even in 2021 a combination of conditions have already aligned with the potential to take their toll both physically and mentally on our complexions.
Here is why your skin might be feeling sluggish, irritated and dull right now - and how you can navigate your way through the storm to a healthier and nourished complexion in 2021.
#1 Winter weather
Cold weather, biting winds, central heating and a lack of natural sunlight and vitamin D can all be contributing conditions for problem skin. Dryness, skin flare ups, redness and irritation – all of these things are exacerbated in the winter months and the inability to get outside during lockdowns. My mantra is and always has been – moisturise, moisturise, moisturise and over the winter I ramp this up even further. Your skin needs some extra TLC right now. It needs to be nourished, protected and pampered with the hardest working ingredients, such as natural butters and omega 3 and 6, which will soothe and strengthen your skin’s defences. Look out for products which contain a prebiotic, which can also provide some vital support in the winter.
Dermatologically tested and developed especially for people in need of some extra hydration, The Beauty of Eczema™ Calming Cream contains BioEcolia®, a pre-biotic which encourages the development of beneficial skin flora - to help to grow good bacteria that leads to a healthy balance on the skin.
#2 Stresses brought on by the pandemic
Many people underestimate the role that stress and anxiety can play in amplifying common skin complaints. You may not know this but when we are stressed our body produces the hormone cortisol, which can impact on our physical health – affecting the immune system, causing insomnia, impacting our appetite and knocking our general approach to wellbeing.
Ultimately when we are feeling anxious or stressed we often turn to negative coping mechanisms such as junk food, alcohol and hours mindlessly scrolling on social media – rather than doing things that could have a positive impact on our mental health (such as healthy eating, exercise, and reaching out to friends). Over the years I have learnt to manage stress in my life with plenty of time spent outdoors in nature, journaling, meditation and dosing up on sleep. The key really is to focus on whatever works for you – whether that be a socially distanced walk in the park with a friend, dancing round your bedroom or a relaxing bath.
I’m also a huge lover of crystals and how crystal extracts in skincare could benefit to the mind, body and soul. When I was developing my own skincare range adding products and ingredients into the mix that could help with stress were very much-front of mind. Smithsonite and Rhodochrosite extracts are secret stress-busting and self-loving tools that I have added into my products to give you that extra helping hand.
Long understood as the stone for tranquillity, Smithsonite is used to help create serenity and calm. Rich in Zinc, it is thought to be a powerful healing stone, particularly important for calming and soothing in times of stress. Beautifully pink in colour, Rhodochrosite is associated with the rose, a symbol of love. Used through history to help emotional healing, encourage self-love and compassion.
If you need to take a step back and unwind whilst nourishing your skin, The Beauty of Eczema™ Pamper Me Bathing Oil features the perfect combination of these crystal extracts as well as those all-important natural oils, omega 3 & 6 and oat lipids which will give your skin a moisture boost.
#3 Wearing face masks
Although extremely important, face masks can create a hot, humid environment around the skin which leads to sweat, oil and bacteria build ups – not good for anyone with skin conditions or prone to flare ups. First and foremost, good mask hygiene is incredibly important – make sure that you are washing your mask after every wear and consider investing in one which is designed especially for people with sensitive skin. For example, breathable fabrics such as silk can help to reduce irritation. When you can, use a sensitive skin wash for your hands.
The Beauty of Eczema™ Skin Warrior Wash has been designed for people with sensitive skin (for face, hands and body) – it also contains Rhamnosoft® a fermented sugar-based ingredient which protects and soothes. It is scientifically proven to boost skin comfort, with data to show that it stimulates pleasure molecules through a chemical reaction.
#4 Eating the wrong things (and drinking too much) in Lockdown
Numerous surveys show that lockdowns and the winter months increase our propensity to ‘over-indulge’ – but it’s important to be mindful, even when we’re feeling out of routine. What we eat and drink plays a huge role in how our skin looks and feels and a few weeks of over-indulgence can really take its toll. Your skin will thank you for a little bit of balance. Eating a Mediterranean diet is the best way to nourish your skin from within, so if you’re in need of a reboot then think about upping the amount of green vegetables, oily fish, lean chicken, pulses and good fats that you are eating.
For more information and advice from Camille, and to shop The Beauty of Eczema™ skincare range, visit www.thebeautyofeczema.com