As promised, I will update those on how my skin coped overseas for the first time in freezing cold weather.
Before i left i was commenting on how good my skin had been looking. Overly confident with my theory of not using moisturiser, i did not bring any on the plane with me. The two seven hour plane rides with a t-shirt on dried my skin out so much that is hurt to bend my arms. For the next two nights i started using moisturiser again to try and fix what damage i had done. Same problem arose and i was noticing my skin redder and more sore looking when i would apply the cream. So i went back to my old theory and stopped applying to see if that helped.
My arms and legs (especially legs) started getting thick circular patches of dry skin that looked cracked and was really itchy. Not too much shedding but when i rubbed my hands over it it felt very thick and scabby almost. I continued on and just let it do its thing and it did gradually get better.
My chest and neck broke out a couple of times with little red bumps and eczema patches as expected, but would go away in a few days or so. My skin was definitely not its best whilst i was away but i was distracted by the beautiful country and was determined to not let my stupid skin wreck my holiday.
As it was freezing cold and fairly windy most days i wore cream foundation (when i usually try not to at home to air out my skin and be more natural) as i thought it may protect my skin more from the harsh weather. I dont know if it did more harm than good as my face would get patchy occasionally (which is fairly normal) but i felt more confident and happy feeling like i looked my best more of the time.
Many things could of caused my outbreaks whilst away, such as constant heaters and fans blaring always whilst indoors, super hot showers every night and eating things that i am not very sure was in them (i was addicted to dried mango, which was probably high in sugar). But i did not care as i was on holidays and when it is below 1 degree no heater isn’t an option. My wonderful American friend Suzanne who is going through similar symptoms and who currently lives in Japan gave me some helpful tips when i was in skin trouble (Thank-you again!). I did notice some upsides, such as always being covered in clothes forced me to never scratch my legs and other body parts, which lead to some healing!
On my way home, my skin was still not looking too good (but was better than when i arrived), although today, five days since being home, my skin has never looked so good!! My arms are almost perfect, with very minimal rash and itch part form wrists and inner elbows, along with my legs looking so much better and even less white dry spots! My mum touched my arm and said i did not feel like a lizard which is a first in a long time.
A story about my mother is also needed as she is suffering withdrawal from anti-depressent medication and has the symptoms of a very depressed patient coming off heroine but now is not the time. Although if anyone has some good advice on how to treat withdrawal from anti-depressent medication please contact me as i would love to hear from you. She is seeing a naturopath now but she stopped cold turkey a couple of weeks ago and they say stopping so suddenly is the worst.
Anyway, since i have been in holiday mode and a little more easier on my diet, i tried dairy-free organic 70% coca chocolate for the first time in five months! oh it was soo good. and now i cant stop! I am currently unwell due to ‘that time of the month’ which leads to a great excuse to eat more chocolate! Which brings up another pro, not having any major flare whist having my period! Which i haven’t had happen yet, unless it is too early to tell (fingers crossed).
So right now i could not be happier (besides my poor sick mother), and i hope this sticks around for uni which is starting next week! Please send more good-luck my way 🙂
I will post some photos of my skin at its worst during my Japan holiday. Sorry i took a lot!
Here is to meeting the six month mark soon – half way to a year, i never ever thought i would make it this far!
Hang in there red-skinners