Skin Care

  • How To Get Rid Of Hormonal Acne After The Pill

    How To Get Rid Of Hormonal Acne After The Pill

    Are you thinking about coming off the pill or birth control but want to avoid your skin going crazy? Or have you recently come off the pill only to get two or three months down the track and have your skin erupting in cystic acne?

    Want to get rid of hormonal acne after the pill? Read on:

    Learn how to prevent and cure your acne after coming off the pill, naturally. Now I will be honest, curing this type of acne is harder to treat than other types of acne due to your body trying to balance its hormones again. But you will get there, and a lot faster with these tips on how to get clear skin fast.

    Take A Zinc Supplement

    One of the first things you should do is go out or online and buy yourself a decent Zinc supplement. Why? Because zinc is directly involved in the metabolism of different hormones in your body. Low levels of zinc increase the conversion of testosterone to DHT (dihydrotestosterone) in your body which is one of the androgens that contributes to the cause of hormonal acne.

    You might notice that your skin is SUPER oily after coming off the pill which is the perfect breeding ground for more acne. This is because the increased DHT causes the enlargement of the sebaceous gland which increases the production of acne-causing sebum or oil!

    Dosage: Take 25-50mg of Zinc per day for best results in conjunction with the clear skin meal plan and advice in my eBook here.

    Limit The Caffeine 

    Swap your morning latte for a calming herbal tea instead. Tea’s like dandelion root, nettle, liquorice and cardamom all help to reduce inflammation in the body and support your liver and kidneys.

    You want to assist your body in healing and balancing your hormones so it’s best to avoid caffeine during this time. Why? Because caffeine increases your cortisol (stress hormone) levels and can wreak havoc on your endocrine system – leaving your body feeling stressed.

    The last thing you want to do during this time is place any more additional stress on your body, particularly if you are already suffering from hormonal breakouts. That in itself is stressful enough.

    Avoid All Toxins 

    Avoid all toxins, including the ones in your food AND your beauty cabinet. Be mindful that you are consuming the largest amount of toxins through what you eat so it’s so important to follow a clear skin meal plan like the one in my eBook – Clear Skin Project.

    One of the secrets to curing hormonal acne for good is avoiding toxins and drinking lots of water to assist your body in eliminating what it needs to. If you don’t avoid toxins and drink enough water, you may make your skin worse as when your body can not eliminate toxins normally, it can excrete through your skin instead.

    Be mindful that you can also be exposed to toxins through your beauty cabinet including harsh chemical skincare products, makeup and household cleaning products. Look out for ingredients like: SLS/SLES, mineral oils, parabens, PEGS, artificial preservatives, fragrances, parfum and colours.

    Click here for the top list of ingredients to avoid.

    Add More Maca To Your Diet

    Maca powder is widely known for its history of promoting hormonal balance in both males and females. Most women will notice a decrease in PMS symptoms (YAY!), increased fertility, and improved skin.

    Maca is high in minerals and essential fatty acids, making it the perfect supplement for hormones and has relatively no side effects. If you plan on taking maca powder to help clear your hormonal acne naturally, you should start with a small dosage.

    How much do I take?

    Maca is a powerful superfood that can give you more energy than you re used to and can quickly support hormone balance. Ideally, you should start with around 1tsp of maca powder per day and then increase to 3 teaspoons over a period of 1-2 weeks. If you find that you are more hyperactive than usual or your acne becomes worse, you can lessen your dosage to suit your needs.

    Remember that natural remedies take a few weeks to hit your system properly so there may be around three weeks before you notice the changes affecting your body properly and improving your skin.

    Get Your Beauty Sleep

    We’ve heard this one time and time again, but in the case of treating hormonal acne – this really does work. One of the side effects of not enough sleep, is your body craving all the wrong foods. When this happens, you’ll more than likely feel tired and eat poorly based on not having enough energy to prepare your meals properly.

    In order to allow your body to balance its hormones correctly and clear your hormonal acne for good, you must get a minimum of 8 hours of sleep every single night. The optimum hours for sleeping are 10pm-7am so try to be in bed winding down with a cup of herbal tea or a book by 9:30pm every night.

    It’s really important to listen to your body during this time and allow it the rest it needs to balance your hormones naturally. Your body needs time to adjust to not being on the pill anymore and will be using extra energy to recover and heal.

    If you are finding it hard to wind down after work or school, try these simple tips:

    1. Run a bath with 2-3 drops of lavender essential oil.

    2. Burn 2-3 drops lavender essential oil in an oil burner before you go to sleep.

    3. Make a cup of chamomile tea before you go to bed, to relax yourself into dream time.

    4. Write all your thoughts and to do lists down in a journal before you go to bed so you’re not going to sleep worrying about what you have to do the following day.

    5. Listen to some relaxing music or meditate for 20 minutes before hopping into bed.

    Follow A Clear Skin Meal Plan

    This would have to be the MOST important step in curing your hormonal acne naturally after coming off the pill – I cannot stress this piece of advice enough. It is VITAL that you follow a clear skin meal plan, avoiding all the wrong foods and eating all the right ones.

    Your diet is a huge factor in curing hormonal acne quickly. If you follow a meal plan like the one in my eBook you will have much faster results in clearing your skin for good.

    Why? Because certain foods can make your acne worse and in turn will make you lose even more confidence. The last thing you want to do is lose hope and then go back on the pill in a desperate plea for clear skin again! Do not give into this temptation. You have decided to come off of the pill for a reason, so don’t feel tempted into going back on it just so you can put a temporary fix on the problem for a while – it will still be there when you try again next.

    By avoiding certain acne trigger foods and increasing your intake of acne curing foods, you are helping your body to clear your skin more quickly. Foods like pasta, white bread, pizza, cakes and sugar are things that you are going to be craving during this time – these are also the worst possible foods for your skin.

    By increasing your intake of fresh fruit and vegetables and consuming healthy grain choices like brown rice, quinoa and coconut flour – you are reducing the amount of inflammation in your body and improving your skin. For a full list of foods to eat, foods to avoid, a downloadable shopping list and a 14 day meal plan – you can check out my full guide here.

    Let’s Get Started

    Now you have these top tips on how to get rid of your hormonal acne and clear your skin for good, you can put them into action.

    If you feel that you need more help, one-on-one coaching or a copy of my full guide please feel free to email me [email protected] or click here for my full guide. It’s the best investment you’ll make and something that you can keep for the rest of your life – constantly reviewing when you need some extra skin advice.

    The full guide explains the exact foods you need to eat and avoid to clear your skin and end the breakouts. It’s been created using hours of research and tried and tested foods for acne.

    I tell you what not to eat, what to eat and how to plan your meals for the program. It includes three main meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) plus two snacks for in-between main meals.
    Please feel free to comment any questions below, I’d love to hear from you and your questions about getting rid of hormonal acne after coming off the pill! x

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  • DIY Aloe and Lavender Facial Mist

    DIY Aloe and Lavender Facial Mist
    Aloe vera juice, lavender and frankincense have cell-renewing properties to refresh the skin and leave you looking glowing and youthful!

    Use this DIY Facial Mist as often as you like to set your makeup, refresh your skin or even apply before your rose hip oil!

    Ingredients:

    • 1 tsp distilled witch hazel
    • 10 drops lavender essential oil
    • 10 drops frankincense essential oil
    • 250ml aloe vera juice
    • Spray bottle

    Method:

    1. Combine the witch hazel with the essential oils in a spray bottle of your choice.

    2. Shake well.

    3. Add the aloe juice and shake again.

    4. Mist your skin as often as you wish.

    Tips:

    • Use to set makeup for the day. Simply mist your face after finishing your makeup application and it will make your skin look more natural and radiant.
    • Use before you apply your rose hip oil to make sure your skin is nice and damp.
    • Whenever you’re feeling tired or in need of a refresh, mist your face.
    • Pop in the freezer overnight and allow to defrost during the day for a refreshing wake up call during the Summer months!

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  • Natural DIY Pore Strip For Blackhead Removal

    Natural DIY Pore Strip For Blackhead Removal
    DIY beauty products can be easy to make and cost effective too! DIY pore strips are no exception and use just a few ingredients from the kitchen! Remove blackheads FAST with this amazing natural DIY pore strip for blackhead removal and stop paying $7 a pop for store bought pore strips.

    Ingredients:

    • 1 tbsp unflavoured gelatin
    • 1-2 tbsp milk
    • Mixing bowl
    • Face brush

    Method:

    1. Mix gelatine and milk together in a small mixing bowl to create a paste. Add more milk if you feel it’s too chunky but no more than 2 tbsp in total.
    2. Place microwave safe mixing bowl in the microwave and zap for 10-15 seconds. It will get creamier in the microwave.
    3. Stir it around and apply it immediately to your face (make sure it’s not scorching hot, however!). It hardens up quick so you’ve got to be fast!
    4. Leave for 15 minutes or until hard and then peel off. You’ll know it’s time to rinse when it starts to break when you smile or try to talk!
    5. Cleanse any remaining mixture off and follow with your daily moisturiser or serum.

    Have you tried this recipe? Let me know your thoughts and feedback below!

    Olivia x

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  • 5 Natural Ways To Get Rid Of Blackheads

    5 Natural Ways To Get Rid Of Blackheads
    One of the most common complaints I hear from clients is “How can I get rid of blackheads naturally?” Thousands of products on the market promise the world but deliver nothing, leaving you feeling disappointed time and time again. You may have the most diligent skincare routine in the world but still suffer from those pesky blackheads that just will not go away! Before we get started on how to prevent and treat blackheads naturally, let’s find out more about them.

    What Are Blackheads?

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    Blackheads are small bumps that appear on your skin due to blocked or clogged hair follicles. These bumps are known as “blackheads” because the bump itself looks dark or black. Blackheads are a less serious type of acne that are most commonly noticed on areas of the skin that are oiliest. For most, that area is the “T-zone” (forehead, nose and chin), though they can also form on the cheeks, chest and back.

    Essentially, a blackhead is a pore that has been blocked and prevented from secreting what it needs to including oil and dead skin cells. When this blockage occurs, the blockage gets pushed towards the skin’s surface until it comes into contact with air. When this happens, it oxidises and turns the bump black.

    Despite what you may think, the black part of a blackhead is not a speck of dirt! The oxidisation process causes the sebum to darken and form a black or dark mark. The process of oxidisation also happens to a banana or apple. Think about when you leave a sliced apple on a plate exposed to air, over time it begins to turn the fruit brown. This process is called oxidisation and is exactly what happens to your skin when it forms a blackhead.

    There are ways to naturally treat blackheads and clear your skin for good. If you are finding that blackheads are a constant skin concern for you, the best thing you can do is follow these simple skin care tips:

    My Top Tips For Getting Rid Of Blackheads Forever:

    1. Wash Your Pillow Cases Every Week

    Remember to wash your pillowcases every week, no exceptions.

    I know how much effort it takes you to wash your hair and sometimes the every second or third day wash can turn into once a week with the invention of dry shampoo. It is SO important that you wash your pillowcases every week to ensure you are not allowing your face to come into contact with any additional oils and impurities that may cause blockages and result in blackheads.

    Make it part of your weekly cleaning ritual to strip your bedding and wash every week as dirty pillowcases can often be the cause of breakouts including blackheads.

    2. Invest In A Facial Cleansing Brush

    Exfoliating is the #1 thing you can do to treat and prevent blackheads and clogged pores. Facial cleansing brushes are a great way to deeply exfoliate your skin and draw out any impurities that are trapped underneath the surface.

    A brush helps remove dead skin cells form your face quicker, and in turn prompt your skin to produce more collagen, and gradually, you get tighter skin. Plus, it will remove any oil or impurities that’s plugging pores and allows your moisturiser and serum to penetrate skin better.

    Using a facial cleansing brush is a more affordable way to treat your skin to a facial. I’m a big fan of the Clarisonic brush which will help to remove dirt, oil, and makeup while gently exfoliating your skin.

    Be sure to slowly introduce the facial cleansing brush into your skincare routine. Try using it once or twice a week at first and slowly build up your use. Normal skin types can use it every day, however more sensitive skin types should stick with once or twice a week.

    TIP: If you suffer from severe acne, I would recommend that you opt for an organic muslin cloth instead as your skin will be too sensitive to use a facial cleansing brush for exfoliating.

    3. Use Epsom Salts On The Affected Area

    Another effective and natural way to treat blackheads is to use epsom salts.

    1. Mix one teaspoon of Epsom salt in a little hot water until the salt dissolves completely. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature.
    2. Use a cotton ball to apply to the mixture on the affected area. Allow the mixture to dry.
    3. Use a clean muslin cloth or wash cloth to gently wash it off.

    This is a great tonic to use before applying a deep cleansing mask or before your facial steam bath (instructions below) as it allows blackheads to loosen before they are naturally extracted with these tips.

    Note: You can also use epsom salts in a detox bath by adding 1 cup to your bath and enjoy for 20 minutes. Make sure you get your face wet too!

    4. Use Deep Cleansing Pore Strips

    Pore strips do help get rid of blackheads by extracting them out of the pore, but they work better after the plug has been loosened up.

    1. The first thing you need to do is to cleanse your face. This will remove any oil and dirt from your skin as well as help your pores open up.
    2. Pour 1L of boiling water from the kettle into a large stainless steel bowl. You can add one drop (no more than one!) of essential oil if you have any at home, otherwise the water on its own is just as effective.  Hover your face over the bowl and place a towel over your head and bowl to trap the steam in. Note: Move your face a comfortable distance away from the bowl if you are too close and the steam is too hot.
    3. Take your pore strips and follow the instructions on the back. Usually you must use the pore strip on damp skin so it’s best to leave your skin damp after the facial steam bath.

    5. DON’T Extract Or Squeeze Blackheads

    Attempting to extract or squeeze blackheads is one of the WORST things you can do for your skin. Not only is it incredibly dangerous but you are risking PERMANENT scarring, infection and more breakouts!

    Leave the extractions to your aesthetician or qualified dermatologist. According to the Huffington Post, attempting to squeeze blackheads on your own can lead to inflammation, infection, and even scarring.

    The only thing worse than pesky blackheads is, permanent scarring.

    Diet also plays a large role in banishing blackheads for good. Make sure you are enjoying a well-balanced, nutritionist approved clear skin diet to prevent and heal any existing blackheads and break outs.

    There are foods that you should be avoiding and also eating in order to prevent and heal blackheads for good. Learn more about a clear skin diet here.

    How did you find these blackhead tips? Write to me below!

    Olivia x

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  • Does Wearing Makeup To The Gym Make You Break Out?

    Does Wearing Makeup To The Gym Make You Break Out
    We all know that wearing makeup to the gym is bad for our skin, so why do we still wear full faces of makeup while exercising? While a lot of us are time poor and are often exercising during a lunch break at work, others lack confidence in being el natural while out and about exercising. I get it, it’s a vulnerable feeling.

    This is one of the most common skincare related questions I am asked. Can I wear makeup to the gym or while exercising?

    The short answer, is no.

    When we exercise, our bodies start to release sweat making our pores relax and enlarge. If you’re wearing makeup, you’ll expect to see that not-so-gorgeous streaky foundation look on your face. It’s also increasing the chance of you breaking out.

    Your skin needs to breathe while you’re exercising, even if you’re only going for a power walk and you’re only working up a “little” sweat. Sweat + heat + open pores = blocked pores. Not everyone will experience breakouts however you may notice other skin concerns like blackheads and dull skin.

    So how exactly should you prepare your skin for a workout?

    Follow my pre-workout skincare routine below for clear, glowing skin all year round:

    1. Lightly cleanse your skin with a gentle, natural facial cleanser.

    2. Gently pat dry the skin, leaving slightly damp.

    3. Apply a small amount of your daily moisturiser and massage gently into the skin. If it’s during the day and you are going out in the sunshine, be sure to apply a moisturiser with built in sun protection.

    If you’re going straight to the gym after work, pack some facial cleansing wipes in your gym bag. It’s quick and simple to remove your makeup on the go and you’ll more than likely need this if you’re short on time!

    “But what if I can’t go without makeup?”

    Okay, okay. For those of you who feel you MUST wear makeup during your work out, I understand. In this case, it’s best to use a light, tinted moisturiser that’s not as heavy as a normal foundation and definitely do not use a pressed powder of the top. The idea is to let the skin BREATHE.

    Once you are finished your workout, cleanse your skin as soon as possible. It’s best to cleanse before your skin cools down and your pores tighten again trapping everything inside! All that makeup and sweat combining together is a true enemy of a clear complexion.

    Still not sure how to clear your skin? Write to me and I can help you. [email protected] or comment below. I’d love to hear from you.

    Let me know how you go with these skincare tips and if you notice a difference in your post-workout breakouts!

    Olivia x

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  • 5 Reasons You Still Have Acne

    5 Reasons You Still Have Acne
    You’re suffering from breakouts and NOTHING is working. You’ve tried every pill, potion, cream and tablet but you’re still suffering from acne. What are you doing wrong?

    Here are the top five reasons you still have acne and tips on how to treat them now:

    Diet

    If you’re consuming lots of processed foods and foods that are high in sugar, I can almost guarantee you will still be suffering from acne.  If you find that you are eating a well balanced, healthy diet and are still having issues it may be time to get a food allergy test. It is possible to have food allergies to “healthy” foods such as eggs, nuts or even garlic! These stomach upsets can cause your skin to flare up and result in acne.

    What to try: Include more fruit and vegetables in your diet and avoid any processed foods including sugar. Check out my 14 Day Clear Skin Meal Plan HERE!

    Stress

    It’s no secret that stress causes those pesky breakouts around the chin and neck area but it’s even MORE common if you already suffer from acne. Be mindful that stressful situations can cause an inflammatory response in the body and result in further breakouts.

    What to try: Take breaks during the day and enjoy some deep breaths, meditation or light stretching.

    Lifestyle 

    One of the best things you can do for your skin is live a balanced life. Alcohol, smoking and sweet foods are all going to trigger further acne and breakouts. That’s not to say you can’t have fun! Just make sure you are not smoking (it makes your skin ugly) and if you choose to drink, opt for an organic wine over a highly sugared pre-mixed drink. It’s also really important that you are clocking a good nights sleep every night. 8+ hours beauty sleep is what’s needed every night to rejuvenate your body and skin.

    What to try: Live a balanced life and enjoy 8+ hours of beauty sleep every night.

    Skincare 

    Remember that what goes on, goes in. That goes for skincare too. Be mindful that skincare and makeup products containing nasty chemicals such as SLS, mineral oil or artificial fragrances can flare up your acne and make your skin worse. If you are using a synthetic skincare regime, I would HIGHLY recommend that you switch to a natural brand. The benefit of using natural products is a reduction in toxins that enter the blood stream.

    What to try: Opt for a natural skincare brand. Some of my favourites are People for Plants, La Mav and LUSH.

    Toxins

    An overload of toxins in the body can result in acne and breakouts. This is because your liver and kidneys have to work over-time in order to flush all the toxins from your body and purify your blood. The best thing is to reduce intake of toxins as much as possible and assist your liver in eliminating toxins. Be mindful of toxins in food, particularly pesticide sprayed fruit and vegetables and processed foods. Aim to have 7-9 glasses of water every day, remembering that tea/coffee are diuretics so consume an extra glass for every cup of tea/coffee you drink.

    What to try: Choose organic fruit and vegetables, wash produce well, reduce intake of processed foods and drink 7-9 glasses of water every day.

    Need more help? Check out my complete acne guide including 14 Day Clear Skin Meal Plan and downloadable shopping list HERE. 

    Olivia x

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  • DIY Treatment Mask for Damaged Hair

    DIY Treatment Mask for Damaged Hair
    Do you suffer from dry, damaged hair? Do you have split ends and frizzy lengths? It may be time to nourish your hair with a high protein DIY treatment mask to reverse the signs of damaged hair.

    Eggs are a great source of natural protein for for your hair and egg yolk is rich in healthy fat and protein which is intensely moisturising. Yoghurt also contains a small amount of protein and can help revive damaged hair.

    Ingredients:

    • 1 Egg
    • 4 tbsp Greek yoghurt
    • 1 tbsp Coconut oil

    Method:

    1. Crack egg into a mixing bowl and beat with a fork for 30 seconds.

    2. Add remaining ingredients and combine with a fork for 30 seconds.

    3. Coat hair evenly with the mixture, covering roots to ends.

    4. Leave on hair for 20-30 minutes and then rinse with cool to luke-warm water.

    5. Be mindful not to have the water temperature too high or you may cook the egg in your hair!

     

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    Have you tried this hair mask? Leave your comments and questions below!

    Olivia x

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  • DIY Coconut & Vanilla Body Scrub

    DIY Coconut & Vanilla Body Scrub
    This is the perfect scrub leading into summer, it will get rid of your dry skin and help to eliminate cellulite! Coconut and vanilla are a scent match made in heaven, your whole bathroom will smell amazing. I love giving this scrub as gifts, it is so personal and inexpensive plus you can package it in cute jars and personalise them depending on who you are giving it to.

    Ingredients:

    • 1/2 cup coconut oil
    • 1 cup brown sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (not essence)
    • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

    Method:

    1. In a small pan, melt coconut oil over low heat until it is a liquid.

    2. Let oil cool slightly and pour it over the brown sugar in a jar or glass container.

    3. Add vanilla extract and cinnamon, mix well with a spoon.

    4. Massage into clean, damp skin while in the shower.

    5. Store remaining product in an air-tight container. Product will last for 1-2 weeks.

    Olivia x

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