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After a Summer spent in the sun sweating and applying lots of
sunscreen, our pores get clogged more than usual, our skin can look dull and
dry, hyperpigmentation is more profound, and pimples, blackheads and whiteheads
may become more aggressive. In addition, the change in our daily routine with
back-to-school and back-to-work stress makes acne breakouts even less tolerable
while often more frequent.
Here are some of our best-kept secrets on how to have a smooth
transition between Summer and Fall in order to keep those frustrating breakouts
Fall is a time when we advise to switch skin cleansers. For the
majority of us, our skin gets oilier in the summer due to the heat and
humidity. As such, a deeper cleansing product is often used. When the Fall and
cooler temperatures arrive, you need a gentler cleanser. Look for a non-soap
cleanser, which removes dirt, but doesn't strip away natural oils.
You can then support the skin with a gentle non-alcoholic
astringent, like our chamomile astringent.
Chamomile has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacteria properties. When
applied topically, chamomile can help reduce inflammation associated with acne,
razor bumps or irritation.
How to use: You can make your
own chamomile astringent by taking 3-4 chamomile tea bags (or 2 handfuls of the
dry plant) and brewing it into a very strong tea. When cooled, splash or use on
a cotton pad all over your face twice a day. Keep the leftovers in the
refrigerator, but use or discard in two days.
Do twice daily, and follow up with moisturizing.
Exfoliating is great to remove the outer layer of dull, dry skin
and to unclog pores and help even the skin color. There are some general
guidelines that you should adhere to when choosing exfoliators.
Try our oatmeal exfoliating mask as an effective natural
exfoliator. This mask has been used for years because it cleans and tones
the skin. Here's a variation of the basic oatmeal mask that has lavender
in it for an aromatherapy effect.
Oatmeal Exfoliating Mask
Mix well with a fork or spoon or on the LOWEST speed in a blender
until smooth. Spread on the face and neck. Lie down and relax. Keep on
for 20 minutes. Wash gently with luke warm water.
Use a non-comedogenic moisturizer on your face and body twice a
day. Contrary to what you may think, all acne prone skin, needs moisturizing so
the dry flakes don't add to clogging pores.
It is essential that you replenish your skin after sun and wind
exposure as well. Cabbage is rich in vitamins and minerals. Its deep
cleansing, anti-inflammatory and cooling action makes it a valuable mask for
acne sufferers. This mask can be used on all skin types, and should be done on
a day when you don't do the exfoliation mask.
Fresh Cabbage Rejuvenation Mask
Throw away the outer leaves of the cabbage. Rinse and chop the
remainder of the cabbage. Combine the cabbage, carrot juice, one teaspoon of
lemon juice and the olive oil in a blender or food processor and puree until
smooth. Mix together three tablespoons of the puree with the clay powder. Use
the cabbage mask once a week after cleansing, not on the day when you do the
exfoliation mask. Masks are best made and used on the same day; they don't have
a good shelf life.
To apply the mask
Close the pores using the chamomile astringent.
Stress comes in different guises, yet our bodies respond to stress
in the same way. Adrenaline is the number one stress hormone; it speeds up the
heart beat, breathing and metabolic rate to give us a necessary rush of extra
energy. Adrenaline is produced and stored in our two adrenal glands that are
situated on top of the kidneys and with long-term stress these glands will
deplete. Adrenaline moves, motivates and energizes.
Unfortunately over stressing our system releases excess stress related
hormones, enzymes and other chemicals that result in leaving our bodies
anxious, our muscles tense and our sebaceous glands over stimulated as well.
The result of this? More acne breakouts. Here are some of our favorite ideas to
Herbal Infusion for Stress
Add the dried herbs to 2 cups of boiling water in a warmed pot
with a lid. Leave to infuse for 10-15 minutes and then strain. Drink warm
throughout the day.
Remember that THE
MOST IMPORTANT STEP to really get rid of acne is to stop
the acne cycle by removing causes of acne (over secretion of sebaceous glands).
This can be done only from the inside out (topical agents cannot
influence sebaceous glands) by helping the body to manage factors (ex. hormonal
imbalance) that may over-stimulate the sebaceous glands.
Learn more about breaking your
cycle of acne!
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