Sad Skin Wednesdays

If I’m out and about on a Wednesday morning and just so happen to bump into a Stylist vendor outside a tube station then I know it’s going to be a good day. My to-do list can wait. I’ve got some very important reading to eyeball. And a few weeks back their beauty feature had me even more engrossed – stroking my imagery beard peach fuzz, and nodding along – than usual. Titled ‘At 3.30pm on a Wednesday, Your Skin is Sad’ and put together by the whole Stylist beauty bunch; Stylist + skincare, yep I’m listening. The piece outlined a challenge to the notion that we’re fed in the beauty world that skincare needs to be amped up at the weekends (a line I’m guilty of pushing myself, hello ‘The Weekend Post’, but what’s a Sunday without a face mask, right?), and proposed the idea that paired with a Sunday SOS session, a Wednesday skincare seeing-to is the best way to go.

‘The Wednesday Post’? Their suggestion of skincare regime tweaks had substance. And it all comes down to the not so lovely ‘S’ word – stress. By midweek our stress levels are at their most ‘I need a chocolate bar or this is not going to be pretty’-est, causing cortisol levels to rise which can lead to the skin’s strength to weaken and oxygen flow to diminish. Not fab, huh? Their prescription to hump day mind, body and soul blues? A good chillax’, no more smash-grab-and-slump sugary snacks and a souped-up Wednesday skincare routine. Here’s what I’ll be throwing on this AM and PM to push my skin over today’s bump…

This morning they’ll be two additions to my usual skincare line-up. Firstly post-toner and pre-moisturiser I’m planning a hefty dose of Vitamin C laced serum, Olé Henriksen’s Truth Serum Collagen Booster. It’s an antioxidant beefed-up formula that tells environmental aggressors to back off and I find it to layer well under and over my usual skincare old timers. Then as a bit of a primer/brightener duo I’ll smooth on Clarin’s Beauty Flash Balm. It’s one of those ‘can’t quite put my finger on it products’ but it smooths, provides a good base for whatever comes next and keeps things looking that little more glowy.

And tonight another two tweaks. A face mask? On a Wednesday? I know. Wild. I’ve pre-planned to plump for REN’s F10 Smooth and Renew* offering as it’s effective but über gentle at the same time. Similar result as their Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask but in a sensitive-souls-friendly formula. And then I’ve scheduled in an application of my latest facial oil lurve; Georgia Louise’s Sleeping Beauty Oil – that does exactly what it says on the bottle – or so I like to think. More coming up on Miss Louise’s new range tomorrow. Four products, a new skincare outlook; goodbye Wednesday blues, hello wowzer Wednesdays.

*PR Sample