Oh the distress I’m under!
I don’t know what’s going on, it’s like my skin’s going through a winter phase on its own, despite the humid weather in Malaysia, though it has been a little chilly these days. My only guess is I have been traveling 3 weeks straight consecutively and so ever blasted by indoor air conditioning.
This has never really happened before but my skin all over, from my face to every other parts of my skin, is DRY DRY DRY. And mind you, I use really pharmaceutical grade lotions and creams only. A concoction of Physiogel, Cetaphil, Rosken and body wash entails Sebamed. Nothing can go wrong, right? RIGHT?
– Note that all of them are indicated for dry to very dry, dry to extra dry.
Just last week one morning, I used my Sebamed cleanser and I got lazy with the rest of the applications, within 5 hours, fine lines surfaced on my face! My skin just looked so harsh and brittle. Eww, THE HORROR… (tongue rolls out)
And it is sooooo NOT helping that, me and my stupid decision to “pack light”, I ended up not bringing any of my serum/essence/softener. I can only rely on sheet masks to get myself through.
How bad does the skin get?
Okay, this is what went down. Last week, I stayed with a couple of roomies that really enjoyed the bliss of air conditioning. That night before dinner, we headed over to Parkson (again, mega air conditioning in the mall), and guess what, my skin broke by 7pm! By that point whatever lipid, water was just dried out of my body. My skin was no more than a 3000yr old mummy discovered in the desert.
Since it’s gonna be a few more days before I head back to the comfort of home, I bought myself some emergency kit.
The Hydration Kit
- 3W CLINIC SNAIL MUCUS LIFT ESSENCE – There’s so much rage with snail mucus. When I first saw it I thought they used live snails in their potions. Somewhere I read it has strong anti-inflammatory effect (I’m actually breaking out from Biotherm Aquasource, will blog about it, soon), I thought this would be a good way to go.
- HAMILTON SKINTHERAPY CREAM (INTENSE MOISTURISER) – 10% Urea. Hmm, really? Splashing urine excrete on skin, did I just get a snake bite? Here’s the highlight, it is FREE from Fragrance, Colour, lanolin, Propylene Gycol, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, Sodium Laureth Sulphate. But but… you win some, you lose some. It is DEFINITELY NOT Paraben-free.
Hamilton Skin Therapy Cream Intense Moisturiser – I just applied it as I’m dying of thirst. It is definitely moisturising! It is even “oilier” than Cetaphil Moisturising Cream. Which is just what I need to give my skin an instant boost and the much needed protective layer from the air conditioner. It feels really good. I would recommend it to people who work in the office and suffer from chronic dry skin. But if your job, or your daily acitivities are more of outdoor nature, you will be OILY in the sun.
As for the snail mucus? Shall blog about it soon!
If you have any suggestion on an instant dry skin relief (for really severe dry skin), do share. My skin is feeling the Christmas spirit a little too ahead of time.