As I have mentioned before, I do struggle a bit with my mental health. I’ve never really spoken about it before this blog but, like many other modest achievements, simply talking about low times in my life helps clear out a little bit of the fog. It’s like just by voicing my thoughts I can chase them away. I know this may seem so trivial, especially to people who suffer more than I do, but the littlest things really do help me keep a clear head and insure my goals stay in focus. Talking is one. Organising my time effectively and creatively is another. I find writing to be a necessary outlet. And, for me, taking time out for myself and my body is almost the most important thing I could do.
There is a lot of debate over skincare and whether it’s just a complete fad. For me though, skincare is Step One of pulling myself out of a grey patch, despite whether it has any actual skin-deep benefits. That morning when I actually drag myself out of my cave and take ten minutes to make myself feel and look more presentable is the open door back into the progression of my life. It is amazing to me that such a surface-level accomplishment in fact works below the surface in nourishing and clearing my mind. This simple act literally helps to cleanse my mind of that horrible grey swirling fog. The heavy negativity and dark cloudy thoughts slowly begin to disappear downthe plughole.
I am very aware that this might not help everybody. But, for me, this act of selfcare kickstarts my journey back to my good place. I think this is because this can be the first time in weeks where I’ve thought about doing something positive for myself. Now of course, it doesn’t happen instantly. It can take weeks of slowly building myself back up.
And it is a constant battle.
I imagine the whole thing like a video game. I’m walking along in the sunshine and there’s holes in the ground that I can’t see. I either happen to jump at the right time and avoid them or, most commonly I fall deeper and deeper down into the under ground caves. There are huge rickety ladders that lead the long way back up the holes, with little glimmers of sunshine falling through the further up I get.
The ladders don’t lead the whole way up to the surface, they just lead into more caves. But gradually it does get lighter and brighter and the journey up gets a bit easier. And eventually I am back on the surface, ready to move onwards again. For me, one of these ladders would be skincare. I don’t just moisturise and instantly feel like a different person. But it is a process that really begins to pull me out of my worst dark times, and that is why I thought it might be worth sharing.
Featured Skincare Products (I have dry skin):
Cleanser: Simple Water Boost Micellar Facial Gel Wash
Chemical Exfoliator no.1: Glossier Solution
Chemical Exfoliator no.2: The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% HA 2%
Skin Brightening Treatment: The Ordinary Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% in Vitamin F
Moisturiser: Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturiser
Eye Cream: Simple Soothing Eye Balm