Beauty Tip Of The Day: Avoid Using Multiple New Products On Your Skin At Once

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Hello Beauties!

A short post today, but hopefully a very helpful one! One of the best beauty skincare related tips I have for you today is to avoid using too many NEW products on your skin all at once. This is especially important for people who are experiencing a breakout and have the urge to use every new product on the market to help eradicate the problem. However, this only makes your skin more sensitive and reactive, increasing irritation and making the problem so much worse. I know because I have been there many times in the past! The best thing to do is to be gentle with your skin, and avoid overusing too many new products all at once. By only introducing one new skincare item within your routine at a time, you are able to properly assess and see if that product makes a difference to your skin or is in fact an irritant. You should only switch up that one new product within your tried and true skincare routine that you know works to see its effect on your skin. This also help to avoid irritation as your skin could freak out by the overwhelming amount of new products being applied. If you experience irritation or a breakout within the time frame you introduced the new product within your regime, you at least know what the culprit is.




Beauty Tip: Limit the Amount of Products You Put on Your Skin

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With years and years of trial and error on my skin, I have definitely learnt what to do and what NOT to do. One of the biggest beauty tips i’ve learnt and practice now is to limit the amount of products I use on my skin to avoid suffocating it and clogging my pores. Layering and layering products on your skin does more harm than good. It doesn’t let your skin breathe, because you are suffocating it with all these different mixtures of ingredients. I used to use around 6-8 products with my skincare and makeup routine. Now, with my skincare routine, I only cleanse, tone, and moisturize. This has significantly helped my skin as it’s no longer irritated or clogged like it used to be. It also makes your routine ten times faster! My makeup routine now also consists of three steps. I use the same mosturizer (no added primer), my powder, and a setting spray. Keeping everything simple is the way to go!

Sue Dann, the national trainer for the German skincare range, Dr Spiller (I use their wonderful collagen cream), explains in an article why too much product is really bad for your skin. Dann explains that part of why this luxury anti-ageing brand is so successful is that, their formulations “…work with th skin you have, rather than against it.” Sue explains that;‘”Good skin, like a good relationship, is the result of good habits practised daily, over the long term. It requires regular application of home care prescribed by a skin care professional.” Basically, what she is getting at here is to stick to a simple, good quality skincare regime ritually and avoid changing up your products, as well as using a lot of different products all at once. I couldn’t agree more with her! Your skin can’t handle a lot of different products all at once. If you just stick to your simple 3 steps, cleanse, tone, and moisturize, your skin will love you!

-Read the full article here.




Beauty Tip of the Day: Body Breakouts

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Hello Beauties!

Today I thought I would share some of my beauty tips that have helped dramatically in reducing the breakouts I used to get on my body, including my back, shoulders, chest, and upper arms. I didn’t necessarily have “bacne,” but rather clogged and irritated skin on my body from harsh scrubs and soaps, leaving it very sensitive. Not a lot of attention is put on body breakouts and treatment as much as facial breakouts out there. I believe that you should treat your back like you wash your face; it’s just as important. I have done a lot of research on this topic, as well as “experimented” with several home remedies and beauty tips out there. I’ve finally gotten rid of almost all breakouts, with the occasional one or two small pimples. So, I thought I would share with you what REALLY works. Enjoy!

1. Length of Hair & Hair Care Routine

The length of your hair can really affect the amount of breakouts you get as well as where you get them. My hair used to be waist length, and I would always break out around my lower back area. Since cutting it a lot shorter, I don’t experience breakouts nearly as often or as bad. Although your hair produces natural oils that can break you out, adding other oils to your hair can significantly clog the pores on your body and break you out. Another thing to consider is your hair care routine; from shampoo, conditioner, masks, hairspray and leave in treatments. Hair products, including shampoo and conditioner, definitely played a role in my body breakouts. For the moment, I find that the UNITE hair range works perfect for me as I never notice any breakouts from it.

2. Drink Plenty of Water & Green Tea with Lemon

I never used to believe that drinking water could have such an effect on my skin. Drinking 2L of water a day has honestly been AMAZING to my body breakouts. It has significantly reduced them, because drinking water flushes all the nasties out of your system. If these “nasties” aren’t flushed out, then they have nowhere to go but seep out of your pores and form into pimples (Gross!). Green tea with lemon (my miracle tea) is a wonderful antioxidant tea that really improves and heals my skin so much faster than anything I have ever tried! Occasionally, I also take a natural medicine that was recommended to me by my naturopath, to assist with irritable bowel syndrome. I’ve had this problem ever since I could remember, and this is the only thing that REALLY works. It’s called Iberogast and I put 20 drops of this into a cup of hot water, and that will be my tea. It’s made of all natural herbs, and it tastes wonderful! As before, why this is so important, is because all the “nasties” will build up in your body, and if they aren’t flushed out, they will seep out through the pores of your body.

3. Derma Roller 

Because of some marks left behind from where I picked at the pimples (bad idea!), I have been using the derma roller, and ABSOLUTELY love it! It also helps if i am having a breakout on my chest, back or arms. It stops the breakout in the process, dries it out, and reveals new skin days after. The breakout diminishes and heals much faster. I don’t think it’s specifically for the body the one I use, but it works nonetheless. I only do this about once a week or whenever I feel I really need to.

4. Ditch Harsh Body Soaps & Scrubs: Keep it Simple

I stick with the same philosophy as I do with my skincare routine; using water based products, keeping it simple, limiting the amount of products used, and use a gentle scrub 1-3 times a week. I recommend to ditch any harsh chemical soaps as well as comedogenic soaps (even the Cetaphil one clogs my pores!).  I recommend a water based, natural body wash, with a short ingredient list. I am currently using and LOVE the Kora Essential Body Wash. It’s green tea based, certified organic, and contains wonderful healing ingredients. It doesn’t break me out (which is very rare for a body wash, especially an organic one), and the oils in the product are acne healing and non pore clogging. I used to think that scrubbing furiously at the acne would make it go away, but it only makes the problem WORSE. DO NOT use a loofah! It irritated my skin so bad. Many experts also recommend to ditch the loofah; its too abrasive and collects bacteria! It’s good to use a sea salt, or pink himalayan sea salt based body scrub (Clarisea makes an excellent one) 1-3 times a week or just when you feel you need to. The key is not to OVERLY scrub or use a scrub that is too grainy and harsh. Another tip is to also use lukewarm water and avoid using any soap, body wash or scrub and just use water to avoid stripping your skin of its natural oils. I find this is when my skin is the clearest.

5. Wear Loose Clothes

As much as possible, you should wear loose clothes, preferably cotton as it’s breathable. Some fabrics can really irritate the body and make you break out. Also, be careful of harsh laundry detergents and fabric softeners you use, as they can potentially irritate the skin.

6. Healthy Balanced Diet & Food Allergy Test

A healthy, balanced diet can play a major role in the amount of breakouts you get on your body, especially if you’re intolerant to certain foods. I was experiencing a lot of bloating, and when I visited my naturopath, I took a food allergy/intolerance test, where your blood is taken from a small finger prick. You can also take a blood test for more extensive results, however the finger prick test does the job. The main thing I found that I was intolerant to was wheat. I was then put on a 6-8 week wheat free diet, which wasn’t easy at all. I noticed a significant reduction in bloating and breakouts on my body! After that, I slowly introduced small portions of wheat back in my diet, however I don’t eat it that often. Another thing that I have cut out of my diet is dairy milk, which caused so much cystic lumpy breakouts on my body and face. Once, I stopped my skin cleared dramatically. I also breakout with soy milk, so I stick to almond milk.

I hope these tips helped some of you, and your journey to clear skin on your body. I have used a lot of products to help clear my body, and have finally found the best routine. You can also find out more about the cause and treatment of the area of breakouts on your body through a Chinese Body Acne Map.





Beauty Tip of the Day: Squeezing Pimples


Hello beauties! Today i’d thought I would share a beauty tip of mine to not only safely squeeze those surface pimples, but ways you can also avoid this. Now I know that squeezing should be avoided as much as possible, but when there is a clogged whitehead pimple on your face, you need to squeeze it out. If you can avoid it, don’t squeeze. The most important tip I can give you is to not use your fingers, but rather toilet paper to squeeze. This will not only avoid potential scarring, but also the spreading of bacteria. It is also more gentle on your face and more effective in squeezing the pimple. After you have squeezed the pimple (best to do this after the shower), put some ice on it to reduce the swelling. Then you can go in with your toner or you can actually put the gel from an aloe vera leaf plant onto the pimple or all over the face, as it really dries it up, whilst hydrating at the same time. Another tip, if you have a lot of clogged pores, I would really suggest going to get regular facials (steam and squeezes) to detoxify your skin.

Now, for the tips on avoiding squeezing your face when it is unnecessary! For me, there are several factors that lead me to pick my face, but I have really learnt to have more will power. Stress and habit are the main factors for me. So, I have learnt to deal with these factors by practicing yoga everyday (to deal with stress), as well as fighting my habit to pick by knowing that it will do me no good, but leave me with a red face and potential scarring. I would suggest to avoid mirrors as often as you can, so that you don’t stand in front of them picking your face away! Another tip is to keep you nails cut short to avoid picking with them, and to spread the bacteria from under your nails and to your face. I would also suggest to keep yourself occupied, because I find that when i’m bored I tend to focus on picking my face. Socialize with friends and family, read your favourite book, or watch your favourite television show. Anything to keep yourself occupied is a great way to avoid picking your face.

If, like me, you are going through a little bit of a hormonal (that time of the month) breakout phase, and you want to cover your face but heal it at the same time, wear quality mineral powder foundation. I suggest the Jane Iredale Purepressed base and no concealer or liquids. It’s very healing as well as great at covering. Whilst you wear the mineral makeup, misting your face with water throughout the day, over your makeup, REALLY clears up your pimples faster. Spraying water over the powder mineral foundation helps to also dry up your spots! On another note, if you can, try to not wear makeup for an entire week consecutively to let your skin breathe and heal. This tip is by far the best for me! Last, but not least, don’t be tempted to overuse product or be too harsh on your skin during these breakouts phases. Your skin will only freak out and produce more breakouts. I know i’ve done this numerous times! Keep your skincare simple, gentle, and stick to what you know works for you!




Beauty Tip of the Day: Aloe Vera


There are many skincare benefits with using the pure, natural gel from an Aloe Vera plant leaf. I’ve seen a difference within my skin first hand when applied topically to my skin. Luckily for me, I have an Aloe Vera plant within my backyard, allowing me to get the most natural and pure form of Aloe Vera.

There are many different benefits and uses for Aloe Vera. Personally, what I have used Aloe Vera for is to treat sunburn, pimples, as well as using it as a facial moisturizer. Aloe Vera is incredibly soothing and nourishing to the skin, high in vitamins and minerals, such as vitamins C & E.

It’s no secret that Aloe Vera has been used to treat sunburn, and still to this day is the best natural remedy. Because the Aloe Vera gel contains many essential vitamins and minerals, it allows for the skin to heal faster, making it great to heal your sunburn.

Another beauty secret, is to use the Aloe Vera gel as either an all over facial moisturizer (especially if you have oily skin), or as a pimple treatment. Simply, open up the leaf and split it, rubbing the gel all over the face. I personally like putting the gel all over, because it is very soothing, moisturizing and cooling to the skin. Although it is moisturizing, if you have dry skin, your face can feel a little tight, however your skin still maintains that gorgeous glow! It helps to dry up any open wounds, pimples, as well as flakes, in a relatively fast amount of time. It also reduces the swelling of the pimple fast!

I can’t say enough good things about this miracle plant! I would highly recommend this to anyone who is looking to quickly dry up any pimples, evening out your complexion, and giving your skin a healthy glow. However if you are to do this please use the most natural form of Aloe Vera, coming from the actual leaf.





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