Have you ever kept a skin diary?
Your skin is constantly interacted with by many things like the environment, cosmetics, diet and even emotions. All of which can trigger and/or aggravate skin conditions like rashes, acne or even dryness. Keeping a skin diary can be helpful with tracing these reactions to their causes. It, of course, does not replace medical diagnosis but can be helpful and will certainly help you understand your skin better.
A skin diary is simply a place where you note how your skin feels, looks and what interactions it had during the day. You can use a diary/journal, notebook or even your phone. After doing this for a while, you should start seeing patterns that will help you understand reactions your skin is having. A minimum of 28 days is recommended but you can keep one as long as 3 months.
If this sounds like a good idea, let's start you off with some questions you can answer in your diary daily:
- How many hours of sleep did you get? (Note when you went to bed and when you got up.)
- How well did you sleep?
- How did your skin look and feel when you got up and before bed?
- What did you use in your morning and night skincare routine?
- What meals did you have (breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between including drinks)?
- How was your mood during the day? Was it a stressful or easy breezy day?
- Where are you in your menstrual cycle (If you're female, of course)?
- What was the weather like? Did you spend time "enjoying" the weather or were you indoors?
- What did you wear during the day? (especially if you have sensitive skin)
- Did you exercise? What kind of exercise did you do?
These questions are a guide. Feel free to add as many more as you want of just stick to them.
Please note (again) that a skin diary does not take the place of medical advise. If you have a skin condition that persists, please schedule a visit with a dermatologist (and take along your skin diary to help with whatever questions they may have).
Till next time...