So today I’m going to be including a little bit of story time into this post.
The other day, while waiting for my usual bus ride to work, my skin took quite the beating. I was ambling towards my bus stop, earphones in, listening to James Bay (<3), when I saw that the entire area surrounding my stop was full of construction. There was a huge bulldozer and some construction guys fixing the sidewalks. Dust was in the air, and despite taking my allergy medication earlier that morning, I immediately felt the onslaught of a mild reaction. That was strike one.
Concerned that my bus would be taking a detour, I asked the construction workers if they knew if the bus was still scheduled to arrive, to which they answered “Of course, just be sure to stand here!” They directed me to an undisturbed patch of sidewalk. Okay. So because I’m a paranoid person, I call the bus company to confirm that the bus is still coming to which they too say “Of course! We don’t have any detours scheduled at that stop, so all should be a go!”
“Are you sure?” I ask. “Maybe I should go to another stop…?”
“No, no, everything should be fine.”
You can imagine the look on my face when the bus I was waiting for soars on by without a single glance in my direction.
Now, not only am I late to work, I need to go to a completely different stop, which sucks, but hey, I can deal. I’m a flexible, calm woman (Or so I kept telling myself). I let my work know that I’m going to be late, and I proceed to wait at the other stop. And then it becomes CRAZY WINDY. Like mother nature’s way of trying to blast off my skin windy. So I waited in this wind for literally twenty-five minutes, and by the end of the day, my face was ravaged.
This is my life of having super sensitive skin, and if this sounds like you as well, I have some helpful tips that will help to heal these annoying irritations.
- Skip the chemical-laden liquid foundations – You can return to these once your skin is back to normal, but in the meantime, it’s best to go make-up free or stick to mineral powder (which is what I did).
- Use gentle creams – I always use paraben and fragrance free skincare, but it’s especially important if your skin has had a reaction. I personally love Avene skincare because they have tons of moisturizers that create a comfortable environment for your skin to heal. This is the one I’m using at the moment.
- Keep your diet super clean – Now is not the time to indulge in cupcakes and chips. The sugar and bad fats will only worsen your skin, so be sure to eat lots of veggies, fruits and stick to whole grains. Eat a ton of healing skin foods! I particularly love to drink healing smoothies like this one.
- Don’t stress out about it – This is the hardest part, but believe me, your mind is powerful. Staying positive and relaxed will help your skin heal much faster.
- Try some Rosehip or Seabuckthorn oil – Both of these oils are all natural ways that really help to heal and replenish your skin. Both are fantastic to use at night under your moisturizer. right now I’m using rosehip oil and I LOVE it.
I hope that this post will help any of you who suffer from skin irritations like I do! If you have found some magical cure that works for you, please be sure to let me know 🙂