It was a great escape away from warm humid Singapore!
Weather in Melbourne was cold, as low as 3-4 deg C and up to 10+ deg C in the day. It was delightful when the sun is up, but especially brutal when it is windy and rainy.
My skin held up very well in Melbourne. There were no flares or any significant issues that bothered me especially.
Things changed when we went to Sydney for the 2nd part of the tour.
The humidity was lower, air was dryer and the temperature was only slightly warmer.
Immediately I felt my skin was drying up, and there was a slight irritation of my dry skin.
The old me would have panicked quickly and scurried for my nearest available moisturizers. I let my skin sit through the whole 4 days in Sydney. It takes time for your body to acclimatize to the cold and humidity, and as days passed, I got more comfortable with the dryness. Zero moisturizers used. Still alive.
Other than that, my skin did flare up, but for a precise reason – diet! Ate plenty of seafood at the Sydney Fish Market, chips/steak/meat/sandwhiches. These are typical food that I do not regularly eat in Singapore (considering that they are carb heavy). I knew I would be in trouble when I ate those calamari and prawns and scallaps, and my skin let me know during the night. No big issues – I knew what I was in for before I ate those stuff anyway.
Now that I am back in Sg, I’m on a mission to get myself in the best mental and physical shape prior to my MBA studies starting in Aug. These commitments will take me away from updating this blog, but I’ll try my best to provide relevant insights related to TSW and MW as and when I can.
Overall skin-thoughts during tour:
1) Sudden change to Low humidity triggers a physical discomfort of dryness
2) It takes time to acclimatize to the cold and the dryness (1 week perhaps? So try not to be overtly reactive) Moisturizer usage is over-rated. You won’t die from not using them.
3) Cool weather does makes me feel better skinwise. Its definitely less sticky and warm, and it may help prevent flares due to heat or higher temperature
4) I do not really think about my skin problems at all during the tour. It is good that TSW is becoming a non-factor.
5) Diet plays a big part in terms of “not-aggravating” or making things worse. I recently read some ITSAN moderator blog post claiming that the statement “You won’t heal if you eat Junk” is a myth. I feel sorry for people who read the post and believed in her bullshit, and proceed to eat in a less than desirable diet and expect to heal at the same rate as those who work hard and eat cleanly. Of course you will heal, once you stop using TS. You heal because you simply stop damaging your skin, and the process of regrowth/recovery outpaces the process of skin damage.
The issue is the time and quality of your healing. If you like to have a prolonged recovery period, continue to eat junk. And if you want a whole host of other health problems, go ahead and eat junk. No sugar coating here.
And diet is not just a singular factor in determining TSW healing. Eating well makes you feel better, think clearer, sleep better, less inflammation, less itching, improves your mood and so on and so forth. It has a multi-dimensional positive effect when you eat well. Many of them, working together in tandem provides an amplified synergistic effect in your healing. This is why we see people with a varied healing/recovery timeline.
So that’s just some of my thoughts. And of course, some obligatory traveling pictures!
Just a selection of pictures from a list of over 2000 taken. Was a fun trip!