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Best Kept Secrets To Clearing An Acne Breakout For Good

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Acne can be a real issue for some of us, with regular breakouts and even scarring to contend with you might always be looking for the next best thing to clear your skin for good. While heading to your doctor and seeking medical treatment can be one way to go, I thought it was worth sharing with you some alternative methods for prevention and clearing that acne for good. I hope they work for you.

Using an oil-free face wash

Prevention is key and one of the ways acne can build up over time is caused by oil and bacteria getting into your pores and causing the blemish. So using an oil-free face wash daily is an excellent way to gently exfoliate away any dead skins cells that can block pores.

A facial brush is your secret weapon

Using a facial brush on your skin is another way you can degrease your skin naturally. The rotating brush can also help lift any dead skin cells enabling you to wash you face clear once used.

Consider a laser treatment

In some extreme cases, it may be worth seeking advice from a beauty professional that deals with things like laser treatment. The lasers can treat, in most cases, the route of the problem and help avoid any further scarring in the future. There are many Laser Beauty Medical Spas to attend that offer a wide range of services. Going for a consultation would be a good place to start.

Use DIY beauty methods

I am all for cruelty-free products, so using DIY methods seems like a natural step to take. Considering pantry ingredients like honey, yogurt, fruits, and even eggs can all have a positive effect on your skin and acne breakouts. There are many websites offering a step by step guide to creating your own facial washes, face masks, and cleansers. All with varying results to target different areas. Homemade scrubs are also really good for the skin. You might find that ingredients like honey and avocado work very well with all skin types.

Keep your bed linen fresh

It’s all well and good working hard on different treatments but your bed linen, and specifically your pillow case, can keep bacteria on their for days. So change your sheets regularly to ensure your skin stays cleansed.

Look at your diet

Cutting back on sugary foods is another great way to avoid acne breakouts. But having a more balanced healthy diet is always going to help with your skin tone. Consider avoiding any processed foods and try and increase your intake of green leafy vegetables. One thing many people recommend is to cut out any dairy products from your diet. Although it would be worth checking with a medical professional before making any changes to your diet.

Stay hydrated

Finally, make sure you drink plenty of water and cut back on the amount of alcohol you might drink. Water is a natural detox to flush out your body of toxins and is a proven method to helping clear up skin problems.

I hope these tips help you clear up an acne breakout.

Thanks for reading, as always <3

xoxo, Rae

December 7, 2016
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Summer vs. Winter Skin | Guest Post

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untitledRight now, all the women in the world suffer from same problem: changing seasons and changing skincare routines. What is coming to your country right now, hot summer or freezing winter? Whatever it is, don’t worry, I will write about both of them. Enjoy.

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Summer skin

You are probably aware of the fact that your skin is way more dry during summer than it is during the winter. First of all, you spend much more time outside than you do during the winter and that may cause the dehydration of your skin. It can even lead to hyperpigmentation. This happens when the amount of melanin in your skin increases. Your skin and nails become darker than normal, and it is caused by skin injuries, sun damage or inflammation. Mediterranean, African or Asian people with darker skin are more prone to this disease. Healthy tan is a myth – having tan means your skin is damaged.
This is why it is very important to take good care of your skin during summer months and here is how you can do it:

Do’s

  • Use sunscreen on a daily basis – It doesn’t matter which skin type you have or how your body reacts to tanning – ALWAYS wear sunscreen with at least 30 SPF. Reapply it at least three times a day, every day. And remember, you can get sunburns even when the sky is cloudy.
  • Moisturize – moisturizers exist to protect our skin from all rough elements out there. During summer months, with extremely high temperatures, our skin can become very sensitive and dry. Use light moisturizer with hyaluronic acid for recovery and tone it with alcohol-free toner.
  • Wear protective clothingMake sure that you always have your wide brimmed hat and sunglasses along with unbleached or woven T-shirts to protect yourself from sunburns.
  • Hydrate – Instead of pouring coffee in your mouth as soon as you wake up, drink four glasses of water. It will save your skin from dryness, dullness and breakouts, and it is very good for your metabolism.
  • Tone – This part is really important if your skin is oily or acne-prone. The toner will prevent your skin from producing the unnecessary oils. Make sure it is alcohol-free, though. Apply the toner on a cotton round and tap it gently on your face.

Dont’s

  • Don’t expose to sunlight if your skin is going through changes – If you notice some of your moles changing, a discoloration of any kind or rough red patches anywhere, immediately visit your dermatologist. These are all signs of an early stage of skin cancer.
  • Don’t put all your trust in Aloe vera Some people believe that putting Aloe vera on their burns will cure them. Aloe vera is just a temporary relief so you don’t feel the pain from the burns.
  • Don’t sunbathe if you have sunburns – NEVER. As long as you feel the burn you should avoid the sun.

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Winter Skin

Unlike during hot months where skin gets greasy and dirty much easier (the heat expands your pores), during cold months your skin becomes much more prone to damages because it starts to tighten. You will need much more than coat and gloves to protect yourself.

Do’s

  • Moisturize – during cold months our skin is painfully dry and it needs to be moisturized all the time. Before putting the moisturizer on, use an alcohol-free toner to give your skin all the water it needs and then apply moisturizer. Reapply it at least 3 times a day.
  • Protect your skin – Just because it’s winter, it doesn’t mean that the sun stopped shining. It still does, and it still damages your skin, but this time you don’t notice it. This might come as a shock, but UV radiation is even bigger during the winter. Apply sunscreen with SPF 30 on your face, neck and hands daily for an ultimate protection.
  • Pamper your hands – Wear gloves honey. Your eczema-free hands and non-brittle nails will thank you.

Dont’s

  • Don’t forget about your lips – UV lights can, besides skin cancer, also cause lip cancer. Always apply lip balms or lipsticks with a high amount of SPF on your mouth, before going out.
  • Don’t take hot showers – Yes, I know, hot shower after a day of freezing is the best thing in the world, but that hot water can strip the natural elements from your skin and make it even dryer than it already is. Use lukewarm water instead – you’ll get used to it.

I hope you enjoyed the post! A big thank you to Mia for contributing this piece 🙂

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Mia Taylor is a fashion and beauty enthusiast from Sydney and she loves writing about her life experiences. Travelling and enjoying other cultures and their food with her husband is a big part of her life. She is always on a lookout for new trends in fashion and beauty, and considers herself an expert when it comes to lifestyle tips.
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December 1, 2016
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Good Skincare: Start now, or later?

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red-woman-girl-brownEvery time an anti-aging advert appears on the TV or online,  does it seem to you the models are getting younger and younger? Is this a simple ply by those behind the ads to make us believe how well the products work or do we actually need to think about our aging skin while in our teens?

It’s an unfortunate truth that those with the softest skin – babies – are the ones who appreciate it the least. Children’s skin is loaded with healthy collagen and elastin fibers, the proteins that give skin its strength and flexibility, Youthful skin also has plenty of hyaluronic acid, a substance that fills in the spaces between cells and keeps skin hydrated.

There are two types of skin aging: intrinsic and extrinsic.

Intrinsic aging occurs in everyone and is characterised by dryness and thinning of the skin as you get older, which leads to sagging, fine lines, and wrinkles. This type of aging develops gradually and at a fairly steady rate so it’s generally not visibly evident until adulthood.

Extrinsic aging is caused by external factors, most notably UV radiation from the sun and tanning beds, which can lead to prematurely aged skin. This accounts for up to 90% of what we think of as “normal” skin aging. Almost all of the roughness, deeper wrinkles, discoloration, and age spots we associate with aging is caused by sun damage. The good news is that it is preventable by lathering on sunscreen whenever you’ll be exposed to the sun’s harsh rays and opting for self-tanner versus jumping into a tanning bed.

So when do we start? Many International companies such as Jeunesse Global and well respected magazines such as Marie Claire and The Huffington Post, promote products and activities that promote anti aging based at a younger audience.

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If you’re a teen, there are basic skincare habits you should follow. Apply sunscreen regularly to all sun-exposed skin. Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, which have essential nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants to help protect skin from environmental damage. Finally, wash your face twice a day to remove any dirt, oil, makeup, or other chemicals that build up before they can irritate or damage your skin in the long run.

As boring as it is, be sure to get enough sleep. There really is some truth in that whole beautyrest theory. It’s during sleep that the body performs many essential maintenance and repair processes and clears away much of the potentially harmful chemicals that build up from daily environmental damage.

2016-09-30-15-21-40If you’re in your twenties, upgrade your daily moisturizer, adding a product supercharged with antioxidants and that hyaluronic acid I told you about. Before late nights in the office (or out on the town!) start taking a toll on those under eyes of yours, invest in a hydrating and caffeine-packed eye cream, gel, or roll-on serum.

Beyond that, if you are just beginning all of the above can only be a good thing but the secret is to understand that no matter how you appear on the outside, beauty really is only skin deep.

I hope you learned something new from the post!

Thanks for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

November 22, 2016
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