If you are allergic to dairy, I’ve compiled a list of the top three dairy alternatives! Even if you are not allergic to dairy I recommend trying some of these alternatives as having too much dairy can spike insulin levels which promotes inflammation in your body, resulting in inflamed skin. If you have struggled with acne for a long time, try limit your dairy intake and this way you can monitor if it is irritating your skin and causing breakouts.
Rice milk is the third most popular alternative to dairy, and with all the benefits – it’s no wonder why! Rice Milk is made from boiled rice, brown rice syrup, brown rice starch and water. Rice milk is the most hypoallergenic of all milk products, has the least amount of fat compared to all other alternatives and is naturally high in all B vitamins which are essential to your metabolism, circulation and nerve function.
Low in fat
Easy DIY milk
High in sugar
Low in protein
Oat Milk is made from oat groats and water however is not a gluten-free alternative. Oat meal is a great source of folic acid, vitamin E, calcium, vitamin D and fibre! Oat milk is best suited for tea’s, cereal and oats as it does not bind well when cooking. It’s also higher in sugar when compared to other dairy alternatives.
Oats have many health benefits
Good source of vitamins
Not suitable for those with gluten allergies/sensitivies
High in sugar
Almond milk is low in fat and calories and contains no animal by products. It’s made from ground almonds that been mixed with water. Compared to soy and rice milk, almond milk has the highest concentrations of vitamins and minerals. It contains copper, zinc, iron, magnesium, manganese, calcium, potassium and selenium. All of these nutrients are naturally occurring meaning that you can make your own almond milk and it’s just as good as the one you buy at the shops!
Please note: Almond milk is not safe for those with tree nut allergies.
Low in fat
Good to bake with!
Easy DIY milk
Not suitable for those with nut allergies/sensitivies
Nutrition is one of the biggest keys to clear skin. But how do you know which foods are best to eat to make your skin GLOW? Here are the Top 5 Alkaline Foods to reduce inflammation in your body and make your skin clear in no time!
1. Almonds & Almond Milk
Almonds are one of the healthiest foods you can eat. Remember to only eat a small handful a day and raw almonds are always best.
Broccoli is naturally high in vitamin C, vitamin A and calcium. I recommend to eat Broccoli at least 3-4 times per week to take full advantage of it’s amazing health properties. Pair it with grilled Atlantic Salmon for a real skin treat!
Beetroot has been known to cleanse the blood and detoxify the body so it’s no surprise that it makes the top 5 alkaline food list. Beetroot is naturally high in vitamin C, vitamin K and folate. It’s best served in salad, as a side and in fresh juices.
An all-time favourite fruit and rich in potassium, healthy fat, vitamin C, vitamin A and fibre! Incorporate in salads, raw treats, smoothies and more!
Not only are Carrots great for eye health, but they are also fantastic for an alkaline diet. Carrots are high in vitamin A, vitamin C and calcium. Get your carrot fix by juicing with other vegetables or chopping into carrot sticks and teaming with hummus.
So you have an eye cream but you’re not sure if you’re using it correctly? Eye creams one of the most commonly misused skincare products. To get the best results, use a high quality natural eye cream with no added chemicals.
The skin around your eye area is much thinner than other areas of your face and must be treated with extra care. Follow these simple do’s and don’ts to get the most out of your skincare regime and avoid reactions to products!
Use Your Ring Finger
Your ring finger is the best finger to apply eye cream with, as it has the lightest touch and is the least likely to tug at the skin.
Apply in Small Dots
This is where most of us go wrong. Apply small dots of product under the eye area, below the eyebrow and the inner and outer corners of the eye. Product should be applied directly underneath the eye brow, not on the eye lid.
NOTE: Do not apply product too close to your eye, your natural body heat will already push the product into your eye so it’s best not to apply product too close.
Gently Tap In
Once the product has been applied to the eye, use your ring finger to gently tap the product into the skin until it has been absorbed. If you must, use lightly sweeping strokes to gently massage product in.
Let It Absorb
Once applied, allow the eye cream time to absorb properly. Go and brush your teeth, have your breakfast or have a cup of herbal tea. It’s important to allow enough time for the eye cream to work it’s magic. 5-15 minutes is plenty.
Don’t Use Too Much Product
Don’t overdo it. As mentioned earlier, as your skin heats up during the day it will naturally push product into your eye. To avoid seeping during the day, only apply a small amount of product. Start with a small amount and add more if you need to so you avoid wasting product.
If you have acne, you should definitely try taking zinc. This is because one of the most common mineral deficiencies responsible for breakouts and acne is ZINC.
Want to know how Zinc helps cure acne? Read on:
A research study conducted by Turkish researchers compared levels of zinc in patients with acne and those without acne. Their study concluded that the patients with the most severe acne had the lowest levels of zinc and the patients with no acne had the highest levels of zinc.
How Does Zinc Help Acne?
Zinc is an essential trace mineral found in the body and is responsible for cell regeneration and duplication. When zinc levels drop too low, the body can experience various side effects and symptoms.
Common symptoms of zinc deficiency:
Low sex drive
Spots on fingernails
Loss of appetite
Zinc essentially reduces the body’s inflammatory response to bacteria. Because acne-prone skin is far more prone to bacterial infection than normal skin, zinc can reduce the inflammatory effect of bacteria that’s responsible for turning spots red.
How Much Zinc Do I Take?
The recommended daily intake of zinc is 14mg for men and 8mg for women however 40mg should not be exceeded. It’s best to take your tablet with a meal once daily.
You can also increase your intake of foods high in zinc. Try incorporating more of these foods in your diet:
Remember that zinc supplements must be taken everyday or you must be eating foods high in zinc daily so that you reach your recommended in take. If you let your levels drop too low, you can experience breakouts.
Try the supplement for a minimum of 30 days and track your results.
Do you have an experiences with zinc and clearing acne? Please let me know in the comments below.
Look no further than Epsom Salt. Yes I know, it seems bizarre but Epsom salts are actually one of the best-kept beauty secrets when it comes to clear skin! The best part is, it’s beauty on a budget. You can pick up Epsom salt at your local supermarket or pharmacy for under $5.
What is Epsom Salt?
Epsom salts, is not actually salt but a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. It has been known to be a natural remedy for a number of ailments and has numerous health benefits. Magnesium helps to reduce inflammation and aids muscle function, which is why Epsom salt is used in a hot bath. Sulfates help to improve nutrient absorption, flush toxins and ease headaches.
How to use Epsom Salt in your beauty regime
The process is very simple.
You will need:
1 tbsp Epsom Salt
Mix 1tbsp of Epsom Salts with your daily cleanser in your hands or a small container.
Apply the solution to your face and cleanse as normal.
Note: You may find the Epsom Salt dissolve as you gently massage the cleanser into your skin – this is normal.
I do this morning and night and I find it prevents breakouts and also helps to heal any active spots. If you are finding that this is too drying for your skin, reduce to 2-3 times per week or whatever feels best for your skin. Everyone is different.
Make sure you are using a good hydrating moisturiser, serum or oil afterwards to rehydrate your skin. I use Certified Organic Rose Hip Oil and follow with a natural facial serum.
Let me know your experiences with this favourite beauty tip of mine!
There are thousands of skincare brands to choose from in today’s day and age. But how do we know which one actually works? And how do we know if it is actually good for our skin?
What if I told you that 90% of your skin and makeup products aren’t safe to use? Chances are, the cosmetics you have in your very own bathroom will contain one or more of these ingredients.
Five ingredients to avoid at all costs: Here are the five ingredients you should avoid in skincare products at all costs. If your products contain these ingredients you should seriously consider a natural alternative.
SLS/SLES These foaming agents are also industrial level de-greasers. They increase dryness and roughness and may aggravate dry skin and eczema (hmm, wonder why!). They also disturb the growth process of new hair and skin.
Mineral oils Mineral oils are actually a petroleum-based product (not a mineral water substance as a lot of people think!). Mineral oils clog the pore, interfere with the skin’s ability to eliminate toxins, promote acne and other skin irritations. They also slow down the development of new, healthy skin cells resulting in premature ageing.
PEGs (Polyethylene Glycol) PEG’s are used to stabilize and thicken skincare and make up products. They are petroleum based – ew! Evidence suggests that PEG’s may be allergens to our skin and draw out moisturise from the skin.
Parabens Although inconclusive, studies have shown that parabens can be absorbed into the bloodstream and have been found in cancerous tumours, particularly breast tissue. Parabens are also noted as suspected allergens and as a cause of allergic dermatitis.
Parfum We all love a beautiful scent in our cosmetics however, artificial fragrances are made using many synthetic chemicals and can cause skin irritations. Opt for a natural fragrance like essential oils instead!
The side effects of some these ingredients include:
Increased risk of cancer
I hope this post has helped you to understand what your skincare may contain. The more natural your products are, the better your skin will respond! There is no need to be putting chemicals on our face when there are SO many great natural alternatives to choose from.
I know the feeling oh, too well! You’ve gone from being this social butterfly with clear glowing skin to a depressed, sad and anxious hermit. Putting on makeup hurts. It’s so much effort and you still don’t feel confident with a whole face of “war paint”. You feel helpless and have no idea what to do.
It wasn’t too long ago that I would have given my left arm to be cured of acne. I didn’t want to leave the house to do my food shopping, let alone go out and face the world in a social setting. So how do you deal with the social anxiety you feel on a daily basis?
Stop The Negative Cycle
We are constantly looking in the mirror thinking how ugly we are or how ashamed we are of our skin. How is that type of environment meant to foster any type of positive emotion?
Believe it or not, the times when you hate yourself the most are the best times to practice positive thinking.
Do any of these thoughts sound familiar?
I can’t do that/go there because my skin is too bad
I’m not good enough
Other people are more attractive or more successful than me
I don’t do things as well as other people do
I don’t have time to look after myself/rest
I can’t afford this
Part of the reason we are so down about ourselves is because we haven’t showed ourselves any love. As we begin to spend more time working on ourselves, confidence will gradually be rebuilt.
Rebuild Your Confidence with Daily Positive Affirmations
Affirmations are positive statements that you say to yourself daily. They are best done in front of a mirror so you can look into your own eyes. Sounds a little strange huh? Truth be told, this is one of the most effective ways to re-build a positive body image. Telling yourself that you are enough, you are loved and you are beautiful as you are.
It’s hard to like yourself when you look in the mirror and you just want to cry. I totally get it. But feeling down about ourselves will not make the situation any better.
The best thing you can do is beginning to rebuild your confidence again. The best results come from daily positive affirmations. It’s very simple to do and anyone can do it, virtually anywhere!
Start with some very basic affirmations such as:
I love and approve of myself.
I trust in the process of life, I am safe.
I am pleased with my appearance.
Repeat these statements over and over in front of a mirror for 10-20 minutes. If you repeat this every day for 30 days, you will start to see and feel big changes in your life. You will notice a shift in your confidence; suddenly you will notice that you’re starting to feel good about yourself again.
It’s so important to continue with your affirmations even after you start seeing results, as self-love is something that we must continue to do everyday until it really becomes a habit and our way of thinking changes for the better, forever.
Put Yourself First
That’s right. This is a healing journey and in order to help others, you must first help yourself. I am a huge advocate of being kind to others and helping out whenever you can however, I also know my boundaries and how to best look after myself. This is something you must learn to do in order to heal your body and regain your confidence.
Saying no to things you don’t feel like you don’t feel you can commit to is completely okay.
Set yourself a routine to stick to that allows time to prepare your meals properly, complete school or work commitments, spend time with your family and see friends on a social basis.
There also needs to be at least an hour of every day dedicated just for you. That could be anything from going for a walk, daily affirmations, having a nice cup of tea and relaxing, meditation or yoga. It’s up to you.
What do you feel like doing for yourself today? Cherish that time and allow your body time to relax after the stress of the day.
How Long Before I Start Seeing Changes?
Every one is different and will experience healing in different time frames. The most important thing to remember is to be patient with yourself and your body. The best thing you can do is not get angry at yourself when you don’t notice changes straight away, they WILL come.
Before long, you will feel your body becoming stronger and your thought processes becoming more positive. You realize that clear skin will come as a result of loving yourself. Nourishing your body with healthy foods, hydrating your body with lots of clean water and making positive lifestyle choices that show yourself respect.
Make some time today to write a weekly plan for yourself considering nutrition, lifestyle and exercise. Include a daily time slot for affirmations and do this for a minimum of 30 days. Share your experiences with me in the comments below, I would love to hear from you!
For most of us getting your period means you also have to deal with PMS, cramps and a shocking headache or back pain. It seems completely unfair that this is also the time we have to deal with those “time of month” breakouts!
I’m here to tell you that there IS a way to prevent these monthly breakouts from occurring. Yes, that’s right. There is a natural way to banish these breakouts for good.
What Causes Hormonal Breakouts?
Hormonal or menstrual breakouts occur during your monthly cycle or during pregnancy. This is due to the hormonal changes experienced in the body during menstruation.
It can be visible as early as 7 days before you are due to menstruate but can also clear up as soon as menstruation begins.
The common causes of hormonal acne:
Fluctuations in hormones
Poor skincare routine leading up to and during menstruation
Poor diet leading up to and during menstruation (drop the junk food!)
As we approach menstruation, our hormone levels begin to shift from female hormones (estrogen and progesterone) to male hormones (testosterone). An increase in testosterone can result in our skin being more prone to acne, particularly those painful cyst like nodules.
The shift in hormones can lead to sebaceous glands increasing in activity and manifesting oily skin. This then increases the chances of acne lesions, oily skin and an oily scalp. This is also the perfect time for inflammation and breakouts to occur.
The Solution to Hormonal Acne
The week before your period is due is the week where you are most prone to excess oil production. Your skin will look more shiny and you will be more prone to breakouts including cystic acne – those deep painful cysts usually on the chin or jawline.
Follow these four skincare tips:
Cut the Dairy
Modify your diet by reducing or removing dairy from your diet. Dairy contains cow hormones that can increase activity in your oil glands. Opt for an organic rice or oat milk instead.
This is the time where we feel like devouring a whole block of chocolate in one sitting, but I can tell you that this is the worst thing for hormonal acne. In order to prevent hormonal acne, it’s really important to keep your blood sugar stable and reduce the inflammation.
Include Protein in Every Meal
Be sure to include a protein source in every meal (doesn’t necessarily have to be meat) whether that be an egg, protein powder or lean turkey.
Exfoliate Your Skin 2-3 Times Per Week
It’s hard to find the motivation to upkeep your skincare routing when you are feeling fatigued and crampy, but exfoliation is key in preventing hormonal breakouts. Be sure to exfoliate 2-3 times per week to reduce bacteria, remove dead skin and increase circulation.