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  • What Type of Acne Scars Do You Have?

    What Type of Acne Scars Do You Have
    Ever wondered what type of acne scars you have? Acne scarring is what’s left behind after nodules and cysts are gone. They come in all shapes and sizes. Red, purple and skin toned.

    Acne scars can strike at any age but usually later in life as a result of picking, popping and rubbing blemishes. They can also occur without picking as a result of intense inflammation in the skin during active breakouts.

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    5 Types Of Acne Scars 

    There are many types of acne scars ranging in severity from mild to severe.

    1. Ice pick scars – These scars are thin, deep scars on the surface of the skin. They look like small puncture wounds, usually superficial.
    2. Atrophic scars – These scars are more superficial than ice pick scars. They appear as smooth, shallow pits on the surface of the skin.
    3. Keloid acne scars – These scars are bumpy, raised and usually dome-shaped. They range in colour from pink to red and are a result of overactive collagen deposits.
    4. Hypertrophic scars – These scars are similar to keloid scars. They appear as raised bumps on the skin, but are usually smaller and found on the neck or back.
    5. Rolling scars These scars are shallow, yet wide and deep in the skin as a result of several grouped acne nodules. These scars cause a wavy texture in the skin and are most commonly seen on cheeks.

    Stay tuned for a blog on how to get RID of acne scars!

    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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  • The 5 Worst Foods For Your Skin

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    Inflammation in the body is a common complaint among millions of people across the world. But you might ask – why? Inflammation is the body’s attempt at self-protection. When something harmful affects our body, our body’s response is to try and heal itself.

    An anti-inflammatory diet plays an important role in keeping your skin clear and your cortisol (stress hormone) levels in check. Research has shown that certain types of fats and carbohydrates play a major role in promoting inflammation in the body.

    5 FOODS TO AVOID:

    • White Bread

      White bread is made from refined white flour containing very little nutrients and dietary fibre, which are essential for a healthy digestive system and stable metabolism. It is also filled with added sugar and bleached using chemical bleaching agents, all which can wreak havoc on your skin.

    • Alcohol

      Alcohol is a hepatotoxic which means its a toxin to the cells that detox your body, leaving you with pasty looking skin and huge pores, as well as liver damage. It also dehydrates the skin, leaving it less plump and fresh the next morning.

    • Refined Sugar

      When you ingest sugar or foods high in sugar, you body breaks down these carbohydrates into glucose, which raises your insulin levels (hormone that controls blood sugar levels). When your insulin levels are raised, it is like a burst of inflammation throughout your body. Inflammation produces enzymes that break down collagen and elastin, resulting in saggy skin and wrinkles.

    • Fried Foods

      Oils found in greasy, fast food aggravate acne. They are also filled with artificial flavours, added sugar and saturated fats all, which spike insulin levels and lead to inflammation.

    • Processed Meat

      Sausages, bacon, hot dogs and deli meats are bad for your skin because they are FULL of artificial flavours, fat and salt. This in turn makes it hard for your body to digest and also aids in inflammation.

    5 FOODS TO FIGHT INFLAMMATION:

    • Salmon

      Salmon is full of Omega-3 fatty acids that help reduce inflammation and signs of ageing in the body. These ‘good fats’ help protect against and repair sun damage, and are responsible for health and hydration of cell membranes – giving your skin that soft and glowing appearance!

    • Leafy Greens

      Leafy greens are full of vitamins, minerals, and disease fighting phytochemicals. They also contain lots of water which keeps you hydrated and contribute to glowing skin and hair.

    • Nuts

      Nuts are filled with good fats, fibre and protein which can help make skin supple, smooth and younger looking. They also help reduce swelling and inflammation, helping treat skin disorders such as acne, psoriasis and eczema.

    • Garlic

      Garlic is a great all rounder full of compounds like Allicin, Sulphur, Zinc and Calcium all which have health and skin benefits. Allicin has anti-fungal, anti-aging and skin smoothing benefits and also increases anti-oxidant levels in the skin. Sulphur prevents infections and helps to reduce inflammation.

    • Olive Oil

      Olive oil is a good fat and has been known to reduce inflammation. It is also great for very dry skin, ingested both orally and applied topically to clean, damp skin.

    “Let food be thy medicine, thy medicine shall be thy food” – Hippocrates

    Olivia x

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  • 5 Simple Skin Tips to Help Clear Your Skin

    5 Simple Skin Tips to Help Clear Your Skin
    Do you suffer from acne or breakouts? I know first hand how horrible dealing with acne can be and you simply don’t know where to start. There is so much information available and you don’t know what works. I’ve put together this list of 5 essential tips to help clear your acne based on my knowledge of skin, nutrition and what personally worked for me!

    Follow these five simple skin tips to kick-start your journey to clear skin! These are five simple rules that I live by in order to keep my skin looking clean and clear.

    1. Eliminate processed foods from your diet
    Eliminate processed foods from your diet. A diet high in processed foods like pasta and bread cause your insulin levels to spike which in turn leads to increased sebum (oil) production in the skin and clogged pores. Opt for a diet high in fruit, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein instead. Simple healthy swaps include: brown rice instead of pasta and herbal tea instead of coffee.large
    2. Limit dairy in your diet
    Limit dairy in your diet – this includes lactose free milk. Milk contains hormones that are naturally produced by the cow and “activate” oil glands in the skin. Opt for a dairy alternative like Rice Milk or Almond Milk instead. bigstock-Almond-milk-50849717
    3. Keep hydrated every day
    Keep hydrated everyday. Drinking water helps to benefit your body in many ways, particularly in keeping your skin healthy and clear. About 70% of your body is water and these fluids carry nutrients and vitamins to your organs as well as flush toxins from your body. A build up of toxins can cause bacteria to be trapped within your skin and require lots of hydration to flush them out and prevent breakouts from occurring. Recommended daily intake is 9 cups a day for females and 13 cups for males.
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    4. Get active 20 minutes every day
    Get active for 20 minutes every day. Exercise has a number of health benefits for the body including increasing blood flow and nourishing skin cells. Regular exercise helps to relieve stress by releasing endorphins (happy hormones) and reducing cortisol (stress hormone.) If you are exercising outdoors, be sure to protect your skin with an SPF and keep hydrated with lots of H2O.

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    5. Keep your hands off your face
    Our hands are covered in bacteria that can be responsible for breakouts spreading and becoming worse. Be sure to keep your phone and sunglasses clean too as they can sometimes be culprits for spreading bacteria and germs.

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    These are some of the tips you can expect to see in Clear Skin Project, including a full 14-day meal plan with BONUS recipes. It’s these small changes that make a BIG difference in your skin. With the right nutrition, self-care and skincare you too can regain your confidence and enjoy clear skin forever!

    Have you tried any of these tips for your skin? Share your experience with me in the comments.

    Olivia x

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