Do you have acne? Have your tried everything? And, nothing works for more than a few weeks. Then, let me tell you all about what worked for me.
Now, acne and me, we go way back. If you want my entire back story, click HERE. If you're just interested in learning how I healed my acne, then continue reading.
Begin Healing Your Skin with this 5 Step Approach
Step #1 - Start washing your face with oil.
For the first 30 days, you want to wash your face with just oil and nothing else. If your acne is cystic like mine was, then you want to use jojoba oil. Now, don't worry, using oil, especially, jojoba oil will not clog your pores and increase breakouts. In fact, jojoba oil is very similar to the sebum your face is already producing. If you skin is oily, which is pretty common for those with acne, your body is actually over producing oil because it's needs more moisture. So, using jojoba oil will actually help your body produce less sebum. If your skin is dry and you just have occasional breakouts you can use jojoba, too; but, you can also use a variety of other carrier oils like coconut oil and olive oil.
How to wash with oil.
TIP: Say No to aggressive exfoliation! The cloth will lightly exfoliate the skin; and, this is all the exfoliation you want while the skin is healing.
Step #2 - Make your first healing serum.
You will not be purchasing any "Acne" specfic products for this routine - just a few simple ingredients your can purchase at a local grocer or health food store. With this particular serum, you'll just need three ingredients and its super easy to make and store.
Healing Face Serum
TIP: Change your pillow case every day. Acne causing bacteria spread easily; so be sure to pull your hair away from your face during the day, especially bangs if you have breakouts on your forehead.
By the way, when you start looking at natural remedies for acne, you'll find an "Essential Oil" for that. I am a huge fan of essential oils, but right now, just keep it simple. Once you arrive on Recover Lane, we will talk oils to reduce hyperpigmentation (those dark spots left where acne used to be), dark circles under the eyes, wrinkles, etc. Just be patient for now.
Step #3 - Skip Full Coverage Makeup
Yep, you read that correctly. Your skin needs to breathe and heal. The less you use in the beginning, the quicker it will heal. You are not going to "fix" years of acne overnight. Make the commitment to go at least 10 days without makeup. This can be challenging if your work outside the house, but the benefits are numerous.
After 10 days, you can use a little cover up, but no heavy coverage for atleast one month. This includes any base, whether it's a light, tinted moisturizer, mineral powder or typical foundation. Also, take a pass on blush, contour, and/or loose transparent powders.
A "Limited" Makeup Look
The following is allowed after your first 10 days if you work outside the home and feel self conscious with a totally make-up free look. By the way, we will tackle this whole "self conscious" thing in another post. ;)
TIP: Clean makeup brushes weekly. When you return to make, be sure to wash your brushes once a week. Remember, acne causing bacteria spreads easily.
Step #4 - Don't fib. I know you Pick your pimples.
I get it. This is a hard one; but it crucial! You must stop picking your face. Picking causes scarring. If you don't want scars, then don't pick. If picking is an issue for you, please implelment these tips that helped me stop picking.
Step #5 - Say Goodbye to Acne Causing Foods
I can't speak for everyone, but for myself and those I work with, food does is most cases aggrevate and some causes causes acne. So, if you really want this to work, you hae not choice but to eleminate the following two foods from your diet for the next 30 days.)
I said Simple. I didn't say easy.
That's all she wrote!
I said it was simple, I don't say it was easy. And, let me be the one to tell it to you straight...if you have severely congested skin and/or cystic acne, do not believe anyone who tells you some product they sell will clear up your skin quickly and with little to no effort on your part.
Back in the day, I wasted so much money looking for miracle potions and serums to clear up my skin. Now, once your skin is relatively clear, there are tricks to zap a zit overnight, and I will provided them and more; but, for now, you need to take control of skin. This means taking control of your health. I don't regret one minute of learning this routine - no matter the challenges along the way. I just wish I had known about it sooner. This is why I am sharing it with you.
If you have any questions leave a comment below.
Here's to a pimple free tomorrow!
Disclaimer - I am not a medical doctor/practitioner, dermatologist or esthetician. This is my personal story and the process of healing that worked for me. Please, by all means, talk to your doctor, especially if you are currenlty using mediacation for your acne.
Who says you can't wear camo after 50?
As for as I'm concerned, fashion and beauty should be agless. When did it become acceptable to think feeling good, looking great and being down right happy at 50 wasn't ours to have? Or better yet was only for the few who..." looked good for their age?"
Let's show these naysayers how it's done!
The Natural Make-Up Look for Mature Skin.
All over the internet, from websites to make-up tutorials, you'll be told a natural makeup look is for the young - that older, more mature skin requires more camouflage. No pun intended! ;)
This is far from the truth. In my experience, the less makeup you apply to mature skin the better off you will be! You see, when you have wrinkles--and most of us do, myself included--the more makeup you apply, especially powder based formulas, the more you'll end up accentuating the wrinkles. Something most of us don't want to do - at least not intentionally, right?
So, how do you go about achieving a natural look when you're a bit older?
Just follow these simple steps!
Make sure your mascara is not made with: Parabens, Thimerosal, Synthetic and Coal Tar Dyes, Aluminum Power, Retinol Acetate, Formaldehyde and/or Imidazolindinyl Urea.
STEP #4 - Apply a natural colored blush to the cheek bones. Applying blush just to the apple of the cheeks will age you. Yep, that's right, consider this..when most put on blush, they smile and apply blush to the apple of each cheek. Now, when you are a teenager this doesn't pose as big of an issue; but, what happens to the apple of the cheek when you stop smiling? You guessed, they go south! As we age, well things start to sag, and the last thing we want to do is accentuate this. In fact, with make-up, we want to create an illusion of lifting...lifting the cheek, lifting the brow, opening the eyes, etc. When you want a dramatic effect, you select a pop of color for your cheeks, but when going for a natural glow, choose a color that's closest to your own natural flush --the color of your cheeks after a great workout is the natural hue you want to recreate.
STEP #5 - Finish up with just enough pale lip gloss to make the lips look dewy. I love a natural flavored lip gloss. Cause, let's face it, what you apply to the lips you end up absorbing whether you want to or not. Beautycounter's Lip Gloss in Bare Shimmer is my go to favorite. Infused with a delectable natural vanilla flavor, it's teardrop applicator goes on smoothly without any stickiness. You'll love it!
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Have a GLOWING and beautiful week!
Paula Davis has a BS in Journalism, MS is Marketing, is a certified Health and Wellness Consultant accredited by the AADP, a self-taught Natural and Raw Foods Chef, Natural Beauty Educator and Consultant for Beautycounter, distributor for a variety of essential oil companies and completing Yogabody's Trapeze Certification in April 2019. .
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Welcome to 2019 and the Beauty Detangled website. Here at Beauty Detangled, 2019 is going to be the year of many firsts - starting with this very blog post, introducing the upcoming 12 Pillars of Heath program beginning tomorrow, and the soon to be release Beauty Detangled Podcast making it's first appearance on iTunes in just a few weeks.
January will no doubt be exciting; and I am sure will lead to numerous obstacles. Birthing a new vision doesn't come easily. No birth ever does. In fact, if things go as they usually do, a few of these unforeseen, uncomfortable moments will probably lead to me peeing in my pants.
Did I mention, I'm nearly 53 years and a mother of five grown teenagers/young adults, who at their home births all weighted in nearly 9 pounds and a couple over ten pounds and a few ounces? Yes, peeing in my pants is a regular occurrence (but, I think I found a way to nip it in the bud - FINALLY), as is the occasional "F" bomb (I'm working on this) hence my new love for the phrase "holy flip flops" and the constant onslaught of where are you going, with who, and cover you butt if your gonna were leggings as an outfit!
So, may I officially welcome you to my life and once again to Beauty Detangled - my sixth child! I created Beauty Detangled to be a voice of reason in a world of constant, confusing media messages about beauty, what it means and how to attain it. It's my goal to unravel the illusions surrounding beauty, provide the know how to take control of your reflection in the mirror, and help every woman, young and old, reveal their natural beauty to the world. Simply, beauty is a reflection of how well you care for you body, mind and soul - you are wonderfully made, my friend, there is not flaw in you!.
I hope you will tag along, join our closed Facebook community and introduce yourselves to the group. We have so much to do! I can't wait to get started. By the way, I love the image above so much, I created a phone wallpaper for all of you. Each month, I will be creating 2-4 wallpapers to inspire and motivate. All reminding you that you were created to grow. We all are!
Hugs and blessing for an awesome 2019!
P.S. Click here's your wallpaper!