Keeping a Skin Care Journal

August 07, 2014

Keeping a skin care journal can be an incredibly useful tool for monitoring troubled skin. It can reveal how diet, lifestyle, environment, and mood can effect the condition of your skin alongside the products you're using on it. An analysis of your journal can help you understand why certain routines or products do not work for you while they work for others with the skin complaints. For serious skin complaints it's advised you discuss the results with a skin care expert.

Document your skin care routine and the changes in your skin for at least 3 months.
Ask yourself the following questions each day:

1. What time did you go to bed?
2. What time did you rise?
3. How well did you sleep?
4. How many hours did you sleep?
5. What did you do/use for your morning skin care routine?
6. What did you do/use for your evening skin care routine?
7. Did you use anything else throughout the day?
8. What did you eat for your meals?
9. Did you eat any snacks?
10. Did you exercise?
11. How much water did you drink?
12. How much caffeine did you drink?
13. What was your mood like?
14. How were your stress levels?
15. What was your environment like?
16. What did your skin look up when you woke up?
17. What did your skin look like when you went to bed?

By monitoring your skin for at least three months you can see how your skin changes, whether it improves or deteriorates, and how the use of products are affecting your skin. By keeping track of external factors (such as environment and stress levels) alongside internal factors (for example, hormones and diet), your journal can provide an insight into what may or may not be going wrong and perhaps reveal factors you hadn't even thought of that are having an effect.

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  1. This is a very interesting and great idea! Thanks for sharing.

    Michelle xo

  2. I can't believe I have never thought of this! This is a fantastic idea and I will be trying it out as soon as poissible. It'll help with understanding my diet as well! Thanks!

  3. this is a great tip in general. Think people should learn to pay more attention to what they put on or in their body and how it affects them, keeping a journal like this will make you more aware of how your body/mind reacts to certain things! lovely article Sophie!

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  5. I've never thought of doing something like this. Usually, I leave my skin changes up to memory, trying to figure out what I ate or what I might have done that caused me to break out. A really neat, productive idea!

    Sofia |

  6. Jasmine Brink-Li8/07/2014

    This is great! I will start doing this tonight. I need to start a bunch of journals to monitor progress why not one for my skin? Thanks for sharing ! x

  7. that is such a great idea, but I am not sure if I would answer all these questions consistently for months. But I do kind of keep an eye on my lifestyle and think back what I might have differently when things go bad with my skin.

  8. Samantha Erin8/07/2014

    Great idea!

  9. Lets Talk Beauty8/07/2014

    What a great idea, it like a mini experiment. I love keeping lists & this just appeals to me.

  10. You're a genius. Definitely need to get on this bandwagon.

  11. This is such a great idea. I definitely notice differences in my skin depending on what I'm eating and how much sleep I get. Mostly it is my evening skincare routine that determines how my skin will be the next day. Great idea x

  12. Glad you enjoyed the post. I definitely feel my environment, stress levels, and the foods I eat have a great impact on my skin.

  13. Ha, I'm not sure about that! But I'm glad you enjoyed the post.

  14. Definitely! A mini experiment is a lovely way to look at it.

  15. Perhaps focusing on certain questions would be better? Or personalising the questions more could be a nice solution

  16. Absolutely - I think we miss a lot when we don't write things down.

  17. I definitely leave it up to my memory.. and I almost always forget some things!

  18. Definitely - it would illuminate quite a lot about our lifestyles I think. Not just the condition of our skin but our moods or our diets.

  19. Super glad you found it useful!

  20. Thanks for reading!

  21. Valeria Hel Capellaro8/10/2014

    There's no space in my journal for all of these questions, I need a new one!

  22. that is a good idea. I dont know why I did not think about it haha.

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