Clear Skin

  • 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 Top DIY Beauty Secret For Clearing Acne!

    My Top DIY Beauty Secret For Clearing Acne
    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
    • Daily cleanser

    Method:

    1. Mix 1tbsp of Epsom Salts with your daily cleanser in your hands or a small container.
    2. Apply the solution to your face and cleanse as normal.
    3. Rinse well

    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!

    Olivia x

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  • Is Your Skincare Actually Natural? Five Ingredients To Avoid!


    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.

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    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:

    • Skin inflammation
    • Eye irritation
    • Increased risk of cancer
    • Dermatitis
    • Nausea
    • Diarrhoea

    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.

    Olivia x

     

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  • How To Rebuild Your Confidence When You Have Bad Skin

    How To Rebuild Your Confidence When You Have Bad Skin
    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!

    Need a weekly planner to get you started on your clear skin journey? Check out these free downloads: https://www.oliviajenkins.com.au/free-planner-downloads/

    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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  • DIY Acne Scar Face Mask

    DIY Acne Scar Face Mask
    Forget over-priced facials and chemical products! This effective acne scar face mask can be made in your very own home with the most natural ingredients.

    Directions
    1. Combine the juice of 1 lemon and 3 tablespoons of yoghurt in a small mixing bowl
    2. Massage onto clean, dry skin
    3. Leave on for 10 minutes
    4. Rinse well

    For best results, follow with 2-3 drops of a Certified Organic Rose Hip Oil on clean, damp skin.

    For more face masks recipes just like these click here to check out my Clear Skin Masks recipe eBook!

    Olivia
    x

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  • Top 3 Acne Myths Revealed!

    Top 3 Acne Myths Revealed
    Acne is the most common skin condition in the world yet there are so many myths on what causes it. You name it, I’ve heard it.

    “Wash your face more”

    “Leave your skin alone for a while”

    “Go out in the sun more and dry it out”

    I’m here to shed some light on this topic and share with you the Top 3 most common acne myths I hear ALL the time.

    MYTH #1: If you wash your face more, your acne will go away.

    Wrong. Acne has nothing to do with how many times per day you wash your face. Although good skincare practice is extremely important in the fight against acne, if you wash your face ten times per day your skin won’t suddenly clear overnight. Over washing can also strip the skin of its natural oils, which means moisture needs to be added back on and that leads to the need to buy more skincare products. When using a new cleanser make sure it doesn’t leave your skin feeling dry or tight.

    Tip: Cleanse your skin with a gentle, natural cleanser morning and night. Rinse well with clean water.

    MYTH #2: Leave your skin alone and the acne will clear on it’s own.

    Wrong. Leaving your skin alone and hoping for the best is not going to magically clear your acne. You could be waiting months or years for results doing this. The worst part is, results may never arrive. Acne affects people of all ages, so if you think it will go away once you get older, you may be wrong.  In order to achieve clear skin you have to be ready to overhaul your entire life, this includes the way you eat, think and things you do.

    Tip: In order to take control of your skin and regain your confidence you must be proactive in the fight against acne.

    MYTH #3: Go out in the sun more and dry your acne out. 

    Wrong. Sun damage is responsible for 95% of wrinkling so it’s recommended to always wear a sunscreen when outdoors, even in the middle of winter! Truth is, the sun can actually make breakouts worse. Particularly if you are already prone to acne! UV rays can damage the skin and weaken the barrier, causing a loss of moisture. This can lead to overproduction and overgrowth of sebaceous glands resulting in blackheads.

    Tip: Always wear a sunscreen and remember to cover your neck, décolletage and the back of your neck.

    Olivia x

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  • Acne Scarring. End The Search. I’ve Found The Cure.

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    So the acne is gone, but you’re left behind with red marks or deep scarring and have no idea how to fix it. How can you speed up the healing process of acne scarring to reveal a clear, smooth complexion once again?

    End the search, I’ve found the cure.

    How to cure acne scarring is one of the most commonly asked questions I get asked everyday. What if I told you there was a way to magically speed up the healing process and help improve the appearance of acne scarring?

    How Acne Scars Are Formed

    Acne scarring can strike at any age as a result of moderate to severe acne. In particular, the formation of cysts or nodules can cause inflammation and damage the natural collagen in your skin.

    Then there are the red marks that appear when your skin is trying to heal itself. The good news is that most red marks are not permanent and are easy to cure.

    Acne Scar Removal Products

    I’ve tried and tested countless scar removal methods over the years, some with no success at all. There are thousands of products available promising amazing results but deliver nothing. I’m here to clear the air on what works, and what doesn’t.

    Your Go-To Acne Scar Removal Product

    It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for. The product that will become the staple product in your bathroom for curing acne scarring is rose hip oil.

    Yes, oil. I’m telling you to put oil on your skin. Seems crazy huh? Truth is, brands have been brainwashing you for YEARS. You’ve been told to use oil-free products if you have acne and dry your skin out completely to help heal and prevent breakouts.

    I’m here to tell you otherwise. Oil is not the enemy and will not ruin your skin. In fact, certain fruit oils can actually re-balance your skin and give it the hydration it needs, thus minimise breakouts. The best part is that it not only rebalances your skin, but it also helps to improve the appearance of acne scarring.

    If you dry your skin out too much, it will not only become dehydrated but it will also be more prone to further scarring. The best thing you can do for your skin is keep it hydrated, both inside and out. That means you must eat foods that hydrate your body internally, drink lots of water and maintain a good skincare routine.

    The best type of oil for your skin is rose hip oil. It’s packed full of essential fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants to keep your skin hydrated and help to improve the appearance of any scarring.

    You only need 2-3 drops to reap the benefit of this magical oil. Simply massage into clean, damp skin morning and night. Follow this daily for up to three months to see best results.

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    Which One Do I Use?

    Quality is very important when it comes to oils. Although you may not think it, there is a difference between budget rose hip oil and a premium quality rose hip oil.

    Look for Certified Organic rose hip oil that has been accredited by the USDA, ACO, ECOCERT or BioGro. An organic governing body has officially accredited any oil with this accreditation and you are guaranteed to receive the real deal.

    Rose hip oil should be dark. Not clear. Rose hips are red so it’s only natural that the oil should be a similar colour. If the rose hip oil is lighter than a golden yellow, try something else. The darker your rose hip oil is, the higher the quality.

    How Do I Use It?

     There are three golden rules to live by when using rose hip oil.

    1. Firstly, rose hip oil must be applied to clean skin after cleansing or exfoliating.

    2. Secondly, it MUST be applied to DAMP skin to help with absorption. Never apply to dry skin.

    3. Thirdly, less is best. You only need to use 2-3 drops. This will be more than enough to cover your face and neck area.

    P.S Don’t be surprised if your skin purges a little after using this product, it’s known to detox the skin and release any built up grime that has been trapped under the skin.

    Have you used rose hip oil before? Did it cure your acne scarring? Let me know your experiences below!

    Olivia x

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