As discussed in my recent Beauty Waters post, water is essential to life and good skin. In the same way we put our digestive system through its paces after a large and indulgent meal and our heart after a vigorous workout, the body’s largest organ – the skin, is also given a daily workout against the elements.
Our skin experiences on average about 17 different thermic shocks a day; meaning we expose ourselves to sudden and harsh temperature changes, pollution, stress and differing levels of humidity throughout the day without giving it a second thought. It’s a battlefield out there for the skin! I was interested to know what I put my own skin through…
Many of you will be familiar with the Clarin’s Hydra Quench range that recently got reformulated into the new Hydra-Essentiel Range. The focus of the range is hydration, naturally, but it has been tweaked so that once applied the products work to retain water levels in the skin so the face looks fresh and radiant throughout the day.
The key ingredient is a succulent little plant discovered by Clarins in Madagascar. Its ability to hold onto water is miraculous despite going through harsh temperature changes year round. The Organic Leaf of Life extract is in the Hydra-Essentiel range to help boost our ability to retain hydration.
After receiving the new Hydra-Essentiel range to test out and learning about the abuse we give our skin on a daily basis I was interested to keep a diary of an average day and count up all the thermic shocks my own skin goes through…
Thursday 2nd March
My House, 7AM
My day starts with a my alarm, a strong black coffee and me wondering why on earth it’s so hot? Living with 2 other girls we are constantly at odds with how high the central heating should be. I’m a fan of a colder bedroom at night so I can be snuggly under the sheets. Often I wake to find the heating has been on all night and my skin is dehydrated after my long and hot sleep. I get up and abuse it some more by playing havoc with my adrenal levels with a cup of caffeine. My poor skin never gets a break!
Thermic shock count: 2
Home – Ham Yard Hotel, 10AM
I always enjoy my morning beauty routine of a splash of cold water followed by my skincare and light makeup and as I head out the door (it’s 6 degrees today) to my first meeting of the day I’m pretty confident that the products I used will support my skin for whatever the day throws at me.
More than ever it’s important I am always putting my best face forward, as a Blogger and YouTuber my face makes up a significant portion of my brand and business! I’m also a firm believer that good makeup starts with a smooth, plumped and hydrated face.
My 10.30am meeting is in a lovely hotel in London where I drink my second cup of coffee and add lashings of Tabasco to my eggs. My skin is pretty sensitive and tends to flair up when I’ve eaten too much spice but my skin holds it’s own and remains un aggravated.
Thermic shocks: 5
Ham Yard Hotel to Notting Hill, 12PM
As a predominantly dehydrated skin type I opt for the Hydra-Essentiel Silky Cream for Normal – Dry Skin (SPF today as I am shooting outside for a few hours) and the Bi-phase Serum before makeup. However there are 3 different textures for different skin types in the range including a Cooling Gel and Milky Lotion with SPF both for normal to Combination skin. Everyone can use the Bi-phase Serum.
When shooting for the blog hydration levels need to be high and dullness and dry skin is a definite no! Especially when I’m wearing a lot of makeup for a shoot.
After having a quick briefing in a local café with the client and photographer we head outside into cold and smoggy London to shoot the first look.
Thermic shock count: 2
Notting Hill on set, 3PM
We’ve shot 3 outfits now and I’m cold to my bones and multiple outfit changes in a tiny basement toilet is a pain in the ass. Have you ever found that by 3pm you start to get the tell tale signs of dehydration on your skin? Your makeup starts to slide or crack and redness or discolouration starts to show through? At this point in the day the skin is stressed and thirsty despite drinking numerous glasses of water (okay and the odd coffee and soda 😉
At the 3pm mark I will probably coming to the tail end of a shoot. My makeup will have been touched up a few times and I shoot outdoors mostly which means my face and body are subjected to the cruel cold winds of the UK not to mention the alarming high levels of dirt and pollution we have in London. This is where is need my skincare to come into its own and continue to protect and hydrate me. A quick mirror check and my skin still looks smooth and makeup remains intact.
Thermic shock count 6
Notting Hill – Dry-By London, 5PM
We’ve wrapped and I’m hungry, tired and probably a little stressed out having checked my inbox on my phone and seeing about 40 emails needing attention. I’m also tubing it (case in tow) which means I’m down on the underground at rush hour where the temperature significantly rises with all the hundreds of commuter bodies surrounding me. It’s a drastic thermal change for me after spending four hours being blown about outdoors.
Thermic shock count 2
In the chair at Dry-by, 6pm
Time to grab some dinner on the fly and a blow-dry at one of my favourite salons, Dry-By London. This is a chance for me to unwind and have some me time and re-set myself after a busy day although I am bashing out some emails at the same time.
I get a dreamy head massage and get through 2 glasses of Prosecco during my appointment which I really didn’t plan on doing but I guess I needed it! We all know the dehydrating and irritating effects alcohol can have on skin, but I’m not giving it up anytime soon so my skincare better still be working for me as I accept my second glass beneath the hot blast of the blow dryer. Looking fly, back on the tube home.
Thermic shock count 3
Central London – Home, 7PM
I’m home back in the warmth and it’s time to take my day off my face with a relaxing double cleanse routine with warm water and a face cloth. My skin certainly doesn’t reflect the aggro it’s been through today. My makeup is still intact albeit the coverage isn’t the same as it was when applied but my pores are still small, not open and large like they are gasping for a drink. Despite my two gasses of alcohol I’m not as flushed as I usually am.
Thermic shock count 2
I sit in bed and tackle a few last emails and edit some photos before I turn in. I reach for my book but decide I am too tired so opt to listen to a little headspace meditation track as I drift off. Forget to turn central heating off so do that then lights out!
Total Thermic shock count: 22