I have been through stress recently - had to undergo a termination - and I don't know if it's the stress, the carb-rich diet I seem to be eating as I'm too drained/tired to cook, or the hormones that's sending my skin bonkers. I keep getting these big lumpy spots which don't go away until I squeeze the gunk out, and my skin otherwise looks tired and scaly.
What should I be using? And is an eye cream worth getting to see if it can make me look less tired, or is my friend right in saying they're a 'manufactured product'?
I've never found an eye cream that works yet - you'd be better off eating a better diet and drinking lots of water to bring the sparkle back to your eyes. Skin wise I find a cream cleanser used with a cloth or muslin is very effective for clearing the skin. I also find that my skin is better when I do exercise - I think it's the sweating that clears the poures out. I also find that exercising helps me clear my head when I'm feeling stressed out or frustrated.
I recommend a hot cloth cleanser- try Superdrug's Vitamin E hot cloth cleanser. Absolute bargain (£5.99, I think) and it has sorted out my ropey skin fantastically. I have yet to find an eye cream that does anything to make me look less tired. I think it was Linda Evangelista who used an ice cube wrapped in a muslin to de-puff the eyes. Worth a go. YY to a diet rich in fruit, veg and water and definitely give the fish oils a go. They're excellent for sorting you out inside and out. Hope you are ok. S x
Thanks all - I was going to start running this week but I fell over and did my knee in, so I'm going to have to wait for it to heal up.
I was wondering if sugar was making a difference - DP#s back used to be quite spotty, but it's cleared up since he started eating less chocolate. I have been oil cleansing but I wasn't sure whether that was exacerbating the problem...
Attack from the inside - drink loads of water, herbal tea etc and cut out refined sugar and wheat, eat loads of fruit and veg. I was going to suggest Liz Earle hot cloth cleanser but having read Shoeprincess's post re Superdrug I'm tempted to give that a go myself. Get a good multi vitamin too. Good luck with everything. And resist the urge to pick and squeeze, but if you can't slap on a good anti-bacterial/antiseptic like Bruledine (sp?)
I use the sanctuary hot cloth cleanser - it's not as cheap as the superdrug one so might give that a try myself but it is cheaper than liz earl so another option for anyone wanting to try a different / cheaper alternative.