We understand that sensitive skin can be difficult to figure out exactly what happens to your skin and why. Enter, skin diary.
The key to understanding sensitive skin is learning the effects that everyday situations, activities, and ways of thinking can have. It is often about identifying these triggers, understanding them, and taking action to avoid or correct them.
Keeping a diary is a great way to really get to know your skin. But what exactly is it about and what should you include? Here's why and how to keep a diary.
Keep track of your skin
It can be so useful to write down how certain things affect your skin. If you keep a skin diary, you can determine the effects of both external and internal factors on your skin. External influences include stress and the environment, while internal factors include your diet and hormones.
By identifying these factors, you can create a clearer picture of your skin and recognize patterns. As a result, you will learn and understand better the triggers for these seemingly random outbreaks and reactions. You can then know what to do or avoid in the future.
How long must a skin diary be kept?
Keep a skin diary for at least 28 days. Ideally, we recommend a period of three months, as this gives you a really good overview. The longer you keep a skin care diary, the more likely you will see patterns.
Despite your efforts, at the end of this period you may find that the picture is not clear. Or would you like help with the next steps? In this case, we recommend booking a free skin consultation with one of our sensitive skin coaches. You can book your 30-minute telephone consultation online here.
What to include in a skin diary
We have listed a few questions you may want to ask yourself each day to help you fill out your skin care diary. Filling out your daily entries shouldn't take long so that it doesn't become a chore.
- When did you go to bed?
- When did you wake up?
- How well did you sleep?
- How many hours did you sleep?
- What did you do / use for your morning skin care?
- What have you done / used for your evening skin care?
- Did you use anything else all day?
- What did your skin look like when you woke up?
- What did your skin look like when you went to bed?
- What did you eat with your meals?
- Did you eat snacks?
- How much water did you drink?
- How much caffeine did you drink?
mood and activity
- Did you exercise?
- What was your mood like?
- What was your stress level like?
- Where are you in your menstrual cycle?
- What was your environment like?
- Have you been in the sun? If so, for how long?
- Were you in the wind? If so, for how long?
- Did you have the heating on?
- Did you have the air conditioning on?
- What did you wear?
- What are they made of?
After three months, take some time to review your diary entries and see what they reveal. You may be surprised at how much these factors and products affect your skin.
We want to make it as easy as possible for our customers to understand their skin better. That is why we have created an exclusive Pai x Papier journal. Receive your order absolutely free with any order over £ 35 while supplies last (September 2019).
While a skin diary may not treat your skin condition, it may only light up, which will upset your skin. Last but not least, it's a good reminder of which products your skin likes and which don't.