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  • Zinc: My Go-To Supplement for Acne 


    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:

    • Acne
    • Hair loss
    • Dry skin
    • 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:

    • Oysters (raw)
    • Chickpeas
    • Lamb
    • Pumpkin seeds
    • Sunflower seeds
    • Plain yoghurt
    • Lentils
    • Cashews
    • Quinoa

    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.

    Olivia x

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  • My Week in Bali: Detox Retreat

    Detox Retreat
    Holidays. They’re one of those things that you always think about doing, but never get the time to do. There’s never a “right time” for a holiday because life goes on and there’s always something to catch up on when you’re home.

    Truth be told, we need rest. It’s important to give your body time to recover and heal in order to de-stress and detox the body. Rest and recovery also play a vital role in keeping your skin clean and clear.

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    The Organic Eco Village

    My choice of paradise was Desa Seni Resort located in the beautiful Canggu, Bali. From the moment you arrive, you will be inspired to live a healthier life. Think organic vegetables, perfectly manicured gardens and a custom detox menu. The grounds and menu however, were just the beginning.

    Desa Seni Health Resort is located just 15 minutes away from Seminyak offering a true cultural experience. The resort is organic, eco-green, and offers some traditional Balinese healing treatments.

    The Detox Program

    Desa Seni invites you to choose between multiple detox packages including intermittent fasting, rebalancing the self and detoxification. My choice was the 8-night detox package.

    My package included:

    • Custom detox menu made with organic vegetables (breakfast, lunch, dinner and two snacks)
    • Daily yoga (sometimes twice daily!)
    • Daily acupuncture with the amazing Dr. Thomas Sladek (highlight of my trip)
    • 2 Chinese cupping treatments
    • Daily Chinese detoxifying herbs
    • 1 Reflexology Treatment
    • 1 Desa Seni Massage
    • 1 Salt Scrub

    My Experience at Desa Seni: Life Changing

     They say you get worse before you get better and I definitely agree with this. The first few days of the detox, I was incredibly grumpy and emotional. I chose to stay on the resort and completely commit myself to the detox so I could experience the best results.

    By doing this, I stuck to the diet 100% and did not have any distractions or comfort food. This was probably the thing I noticed the most. When you take the comforts and crutches away, you really can focus on healing yourself.

    The daily Yoga was fantastic. It encourages you to still the mind, let go of things that have happened in the past and strengthen your body. I think it’s a perfect type of exercise to combine with this type of healing program as it’s not overly strenuous on the body while it is trying to heal.

    I literally felt as though all the toxins in my body were coming to the surface in the first few days of the program. By the fifth day, I started to feel incredible. I had more energy, I felt lighter, could think clearer and my skin was looking amazing.

    The daily acupuncture treatments were my favourite part of the detox. The knowledge that Dr Thomas Sladek has on the body is fantastic. I asked lots of questions during my treatment and we discovered a weakness in my body that I am now working on improving here in Australia.

     

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    Information on Desa Seni

    If you are interested in visiting Desa Seni on a package please visit http://www.desaseni.com for more info.

    I chose this resort based on my own personal research and was not paid to write this review. This is based on my own personal experience and I will only ever recommend products and services that I truly believe in.

    Olivia x

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  • How to Avoid Hormonal Menstrual Acne

    How to Avoid Hormonal Menstrual Acne
    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.

    No Sugar

    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.

    Olivia x

     

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  • 4 Yoga Poses To Clear Your Skin

    4 Yoga Poses To Clear Your Skin
    Acne can be caused due to poor diet and lifestyle, as well as hormones which are majorly affected by stress. Yoga has amazing health benefits for your body and can even help to clear your skin by releasing stress in the body.

    These four poses help to increase blood circulation to the head and face area, which in turn can lead to clear, glowing skin.  Don’t worry if you have never tried yoga before, these are fairly simple yet still offer the maximum benefit to your skin!

    My Top 4 Yoga Poses to Clear Skin:

    Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana)

    • Stand up tall with your hands by your side.
    • Place your hands on your hips and inhale.
    • As you exhale, soften your knees and fold down slowly from your hips.
    • Place your hands onto your legs, ankles or the floor.

    Corpse Pose (Savasana)

    • Lie on your back with your feet spread slightly apart
    • Inhale deeply and hold it while tensing your whole body
    • After tensing your body for a few seconds, exhale and release as if to let go of your stress

    Seated Forward Bend Pose (Paschimottanasana)

    • Sit down with your legs stretched out in front of you
    • Stretch your lower back and raise your arms above your head
    • Slowly bend forward
    • Place your hands on your lower legs, ankles or feet

    Cross Legged Pose (Sukhasana)

    • Sit on a yoga mat or cushioned surface
    • Arrange your legs in a cross legged position
    • Place your hands on your knees with your palms facing up and your index finger and thumbs gently touching

    Try these poses at home for 5-10 minutes every morning as a perfect way to start your day!

    Have you tried yoga before? Did you have good results? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

    Olivia x

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  • Is Your Liver Causing You Acne? Top 5 Tips For A Healthy Liver

    Tips For A Healthy Liver

    For most people, clear skin is something they take for granted. Truth be told, there are millions of people just like you who are affected by skin conditions including acne. It affected me for five years and I tried just about everything to clear my skin.

    Eventually I came to understand that there is not just one single cause of acne. It’s caused by compromised organ and hormone function and must be treated naturally.

    Love Your Liver, Love Your Skin!

    In my opinion, your liver is the most important organ in the human body. It is responsible for detoxing the entire body. Big job when you think about it. Your liver acts as a filter and literally cleanses your bloodstream of toxins you are exposed to on a daily basis.

    We are exposed to toxins everywhere we look. Synthetic skincare products, caffeine and food additives, just to name a few. Our liver has the very important job of cleansing our body of all these nasty toxins.

    But what happens if your liver is not functioning properly? If your liver is not functioning properly, it cannot process toxins from your body. What happens next is a build up of toxins in the blood stream. These toxins are expelled from your body however they can. Even through your skin.

    Top Five Tips For A Healthy Liver

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    1. Eat organic food as much as possible

    Your diet is one of the largest burdens for your liver, as it works hard to eliminate any toxins found in food. Many foods are contaminated with chemical additives, growth hormones and pesticides.

    By eating organic foods as much as possible, you limit your intake of these nasty toxins. Opt for organic fruit, vegetables, chicken and oats.

    2. Use natural skincare products and cosmetics

    Your skin is the largest organ in the human body so it’s only natural that you need to be mindful of what it comes into contact with. On a daily basis your hands are exposed to many products including hand wash, hand lotion, shampoo and more.

    Whenever possible, use natural skincare and cosmetic products. This includes any hand, hair, body, skin care and makeup products. Swap your foundation for a natural makeup made with organic mineral powder.

    3. Use natural household products

    It’s easy to forget that toxins are everywhere you look, even in your household cleaning products. That’s why it’s very important to choose a natural alternative and always protect your hands by wearing gloves when cleaning.

    4. Avoid alcohol

    Alcohol may destroy liver cells resulting in potential liver damage. Liver damage can cause inflammation, alcoholic hepatitis and fatty liver health. Alcohol consumption can also cause dehydration, which in turn dehydrates the skin resulting in fine lines and wrinkles.

    5. Avoid smoking 

    It will come as no surprise that smoking may harm your livers ability to process and eliminate toxins. It can also make liver disease induced by alcohol worse. These two go hand in hand.

    Remember, fighting acne is a journey and it involves looking after yourself from the inside AND out!

    Olivia x

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