I’ve been rushing around like a mad person in the last couple of weeks. Family weddings in London, visiting more family outside Sydney, work and visitors in Hong Kong, it’s been go go go.
At no point am I saying that this is not fun. Jetlag schmetlag. Sleeping pills exist for a reason (just kidding), and long haul flights are the one time I can feel slightly complacent about my short and stumpy mushroom excuses for legs.
But, of course, while my brain is having fun, my skin is having a moment of self-doubt, quietly expressing its anger in a “Why don’t you love me?”-style.
As we all know, burning the candle at both ends for too long makes your skin dull, a bit ropey, and generally sad.
But fear not, fellow candle-burners, I have a solution! With a little exfoliation, and a little hydration, your skin will perk right up. Luckily for us, these come in one package:
Plain, unsweetened yoghurt enriches the skin while simultaneously exfoliating the surface of it, gently. It is packed full of wonderful ingredients which are frequently found in skincare for their benefits, but this time they are already in a tidy, dairy-made package. The combination of Lactic Acid, Zinc, B Vitamins and Calcium removes dead skin cells, tightens pores (or at least makes them look less volcanic), acts as a mild astringent, and hydrates dry patches. Overall, your skin looks more uniform, soothed, and glowing.
It couldn’t be simpler to do. Just slop it onto your skin, leave for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off with a gentle, non-drying cleanser. You might look like a liquid Hannibal Lecter for a few minutes, but it’s worth it. Follow it up with a soothing, deeply effective moisturiser, to let your skin recover while also being fed with hydration.
If you apply the yoghurt straight from the fridge, my, what a wakeup call*. If you just landed back home last night, and your plane was delayed, but you have to be at work this morning regardless, a cold smear of yoghurt is worth 87,000 cucumbers on the eyes. You can thank me later.
**Very important sidenote: Please make sure to only use plain, unsweetened yoghurt. Using anything else, for example one of those pots with chunks of mango or double chocolate layered crunchies, will result in you having breakouts faster than you can say “processed sugar”.**
*A useful trick for all morning recovery products.