Want to know how to stop spots, ditch dry skin and banish blemishes? Skincare expert and touch therapist Sarah Jones talks you through the secret signals your skin is telling you
Sometimes no amount of drinking water, cleansing, toning and moisturizing can cure bad skin. Which is why skincare expert Sarah Jones - who has a host of celebrity clients including Ferne McCann and Gemma Collins - has taken a unique approach to beauty – and as the saying goes, it starts from the inside.
Sarah’s approach is based around the idea that your skin reflects your emotions – so anything you're affected by in the past and present will show on our skin
Her secret to skin vitality is not just a healthy lifestyle – from a good balanced diet, regular exercise and keeping hydrated – she also thinks the true magic formula also includes finding a level of inner peace, positivity, confidence and overall balance.
Sarah says: “Have you ever noticed that your skin reacts badly when you’re under stress? I can sometimes point to a spot and say, 'This is from that terrible traffic jam I got stuck in yesterday.' Or when you’re giddy with good news, people often comment on your skin, saying you’re “glowing”. Don’t underestimate how emotions play a huge role in how our skin behaves.”
To help you sort your own skin complaints Sarah has shown what emotions are behind each blemish.
This is ultimately linked to deep-rooted stress, self-criticism and a little sadness. A particular memory may also be eating away at you. You’re likely to be a kind and caring person that does everything for the people around you, but forgets to look after yourself. Don’t forget to prioritize yourself even if it’s just having a bath once a week, and if you want to overcome trauma in your past you may want to see a counsellor.
Cold sores and breakouts of spots
These are both are an indication of unexpressed anger, festering inside. It may be worth taking a little time to try and isolate what it is that’s annoyed you recently. Coldsores and spots are life’s way of telling you that you have just gotten off balance so it’s time to readdress this as try and curb whatever it is that’s made you angry.
The painful and difficult dry, cracking, crusting and red patches on the skin is often difficult to treat and a real battle. Sarah believes this is a sign that you feel suffocated in your thoughts and over whelmed in your emotions. It may be time to take stock of how you are feeling, write down how you feel and fine a way you may be able to tackle each emotion.
Oily skin and acne
When you have oily skin you’re also prone to large pores you’ll also have regular but small breakouts. This is a sign that you’re not relaxed and you put a lot of pressure on yourself emotionally. You may also be prone to judging yourself a lot. It may be time to work on your confidence and surround yourself with people who make you feel good.
Sensitive skin, red and angry skin
This is often the most problematic and fragile of skin types. Sarah believes this is because you are battling hurt and pain. People with sensitive skin are often shy and reserved who hate confrontation. Start by working on your self esteem by trying new things and coming out of your comfort zone.
Sarah also offers touch therapy sessions, an hour-long relaxing treatment where she gentle touches and assess your skin using oils and the power of touch to help you heal. Each session is different and will be sculpted to suit you and your skin. After the sensual relaxation Sarah will then explain your skin condition and complaints and what part your emotions are playing. She will help you unlock pain from your past and help direct you about combatting difficult emotions in the future.
Sarah says: “The concept of listening to your skin may sound a little strange, but think about it along the same lines as trusting your intuition order to truly care for your skin you have to listen to it - a principle that is built on love, touch, gratitude and grounding.”