Last Thursday saw my sister and I at the Dermalogica store at Cavendish Square, undergoing Face Mapping. This is a unique Dermalogica process where a Professional Skin Therapist uses Face Mapping to divide the facial landscape into fourteen zones. Each zone is examined to determine where conditions such as congestion, breakouts, dehydration, and/or hyperpigmentation are present.
After your analysis is complete, the therapist takes you through the findings, and prescribes the right products to target areas of concern. Catherine, the wonderful woman who did my Face Mapping explained to me clearly the state of my skin and could tell exactly what I was struggling with, in terms of skincare. For me, it turns out my face was very dehydrated.
Did you know that only 1% of the water you ingest goes to the skin? Neither did I, but as Catherine explained, that’s exactly why we need to be proactive and apply the necessary products to ensure our skin is getting the moisture it needs. In addition, she pointed out that solving my dehydration problem would also solve my aging concerns (as I get older I’m on the lookout more and more for wrinkles). As an example, she told us to imagine a balloon losing air – you start to see lines appears as it shrivels, but just give it some air and it’s all smoothed out again.It’s the same with your face.
While the Face Mapping was taking place, Sir Juices were available to sip on, along with wine by Deetlefs Wine Estate, while HQ supplied the delicious canapes. To top all of the above off, the Tea Merchants a provided a range delicious exotic cleansing teas to enjoy (I tried all of them and recommend you stop by the store, as I am going to be doing to buy my favourites of the night).
Later during the event, we were given a tutorial on how to massage the new phyto replenish oil – a feather-light treatment oil works in three phases to strengthen, hydrate and shield for healthy, luminous skin. We were given a sample and I honestly love it. For someone who’s skin is as thirsty as mine, it’s resulted in softer, more radiant skin. Your skin isn’t left feeling oily like a lot of other products and can even be used over makeup (we were all hesitant to try it the evening, but after a reassuring “you can use it over your makeup” we all participated happily in the tutorial) and I have been using it every night.
But what really took away from the evening was what Food & Managing Editor of Women’s Health Magazine, Amy Rankin, had to say about cleansing from within. It’s fine to slap on some products and hope for the best, but you need to listen to your body, and treat it with the respect it deserves. When speaking about food, she mentioned that instead of looking at food as a number of calories, you need to reevaluate your outlook at view it as nutrients for your body instead. It’s sort of like the saying about if you want beautiful flowers to grow, you need to make sure the soil is good and contains enough nutrients to support it. Once you think about why you’re eating, you’ll learn to enjoy what you put in that much more.
With regard to exercise, she mentioned that you need to find something you enjoy. What may work for someone else may not necessarily work for you. Exercise isn’t a chore, and once you find something you love, you’ll look forward to it that much more. And this is pretty much how I feel about Adventure Boot Camp. And while boot camp may not be for you, there might be something else you enjoy, like yoga, or running or CrossFit. As Amy pointed out – we live in a society where the more busy you are, the better, and that we’re living in a society where turning down events because we’re so busy is seen as a badge of honour, when in actual fact you need to learn take time out for yourself. You need to learn to listen to your body, especially when it’s crying out for rest.
And this is what I’m learning as I’m getting older. While I may not be as thin as I used to be, I’m a lot stronger and healthier (I have muscles I didn’t even know I could achieve, and can do push-ups without crying – a huge milestone). I’m still learning how to listen to my body, to give it what it needs (apparently stress and lack of skin are also something I need to work on for my skin) but I’m getting there, slowly. For once I’m really happy with my body.