Dear Acne, soon it will be as if you never existed..

For years I have been suffering with a terrible case of acne. I tried a zillion products, such as Dermologica, Essence, Clean and Clear, Young Solution, Simple, Eucerin, Clearasil and many, many others which never worked.  These failed attempts at ridding myself of acne just left me depressed and I always found myself being super conscious of my skin. But finally, things are looking up.

 

I realised my acne was caused by a number of factors – stress, eating habits, hormones, the weather and the environment. Once I identified the factors that were aggravating my acne, I could develop a plan to minimize the effects of these factors on my skin.

 

Factor 1: Stress

I noticed that whenever it was nearing test/exam time – you know, the time we all go crazy and run around like headless chickens – my skin would go crazy and I would experience breakouts on my cheeks and chin.

To combat this I took a 10 minute break, for every 45 minutes of studying, to perform a breathing exercise (inhale for 10secs, hold for 10secs and exhale for 10secs) and to drink a glass of water. I really felt calm and collected after the breathing exercise, so whenever I feel overwhelmed or stressed, I just breatheJ

 

Factor 2: Eating Habits

Chocolate, greasy take away food,  fizzy drinks and almonds could not be eaten without me breaking out the following day.

So now I swop :

  • the greasy take away food for healthy ones such as Kauai,
  •  almonds for cashews,
  •  fizzy drinks for pure fruit juice and
  •  I only eat chocolate once in a month (sigh, extremely sad, I know).

I also ensure that I eat one fruit a day and drink at least 4 litres of water a day.

 

Factor 3: Hormones

Every month just before my menstrual cycle, I break out into tons of little pimples on my forehead, I’m using Lamelle’s  Acnevelle Capsules to counteract the effects that my hormones have on my skin. I have noticed a significant decrease in the size of my breakouts since I have been using Acnevelle, which is awesome

 

Factor 4: The weather

Whenever it was hot and humid, my skin would become very itchy and red and then slowly but surely little pimples would appear.  My skin is extremely sensitive, so the weather is bound to affect it. However, the solution was simple – use nature against nature!  I’m Indian and Indian families can’t get enough of rose water – it has some sort of healing/calming powers or whatever. Anyway, I logged on to Faithful to Nature and purchased this bottle of Rose Water and I love it. I take it with me to campus every day and whenever I feel hot or flustered, I just spray some on to my face and aaaah – instantly calm skin!

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My acne isn’t totally gone, but it has significantly improved so I believe everything I do is working for sure!

 

Do you have a problem with acne or sensitive skin? How did you combat it? Would love to hear from you guys!

 

Rae

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I use Elizabeth Arden’s Intervene Foundation to achieve gorgeous, glowing skin

For the past few years, I have been obsessed with discovering the secret to
achieving a gorgeous, radiant glow on the skin using make up – and I’ve finally got it!

Here’s what you will need:

  1. Foundation (see step 1)
  2. Foundation Brush
  3. Stila’s All over Shimmer Liquid Luminizer in Kitten
  4. Rose Water

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Step 1: Find a suitable foundation.

I have very sensitive skin, so I was searching for a product that:

  • had a sun protectant factor:
  • wouldn’t irritate my skin or make me breakout and
  • wouldn’t cake up or look like like I just painted my face on.

And so, after experimenting with foundations of different brands, I eventually found my perfect fit. Elizabeth Arden’s Intervene range of foundation in the shade ‘Soft Toast’ suited me perfectly.

Step 2: Mix 2 parts foundation to 1 part of Stila’s Liquid Luminizer in Kitten

On the back of your hand, mix 2 parts foundation to 1 part of Stila’s Liquid Luminizer in Kitten (see review here). The luminizer is essential as this is what gives you the beautiful, radiant glow. However, be sure not to add too much luminizer, you don’t want to shine that bright now .

Step 3: Spray rose water on to your face

After cleansing and moisturizing, spray a little bit of rose water on to your face. Rose water is great for toning and calming the skin, and it helps to achieve a smoother, silkier finish.

Step 4: Apply luminized foundation to wet face.

Before applying the foundation mix, ensure that the rose water has not yet been absorbed by the skin. It needs to be in liquid form in order to homogenize (mix well) with the foundation to achieve the smooth and silky finish.

And that’s it! Just 4 items and 4 mini steps to achieve gorgeous, glowing skin. Here’s to glowing skin, woohoo!

Rae