Beauty, Health, healthy habits, Natural Skincare Solutions, Skin Health, skincare

The superfood that gives you amazing skin

Hello again lovelies,

One of the best ways to achieve good skin is through proper diet. Clean eating has a huge impact on the way that our skin looks, and without question, there are certain foods that I have noticed to have a huge positive effect on my skin. One of those happens to be a superfood powder known as maca.

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Maca, also known as peruvian ginseng, is an adaptogen, so therefore it does wonders for regulating your hormones. A huge culprit of acne or troubled skin is irregular hormones. If our hormones are out of whack, our skin will be too. That’s why going on the birth control pill works so well at clearing up acne; It helps to regulate your hormones. Maca helps to balance you in a completely natural way, so if you’re having skin issues (particularly around your chin and jaw area) maybe give maca powder a try.

Yes, it is a little bit steep in price, but I feel like it’s truly worth it. It’s not only amazing for your skin, it’s also great for your general health and energy levels.

My favourite ways to consume maca is either in my morning green smoothies or in my coffee. It has a somewhat honeycomb type of taste that may take some time getting used to, but I’m at the stage where I really enjoy the taste and actually crave it.

Have you tried maca before? πŸ™‚

Love,

Tabitha

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Why Gentle Cleansers Are Best

Hello Lovelies,

Today I wanted to talk about probably the most crucial step in skincare: cleansing.

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Cleansing is the most important step because all other skincare is pretty much useless if you apply it to dirty skin. It’s like a blank slate for your skin. You get to start fresh every morning and night, wash off all that grime and dirt and pollution and give your skin some love. All those serums and moisturizers are indeed chockfull of amazing ingredients, but they need a clean, clarified surface in order to penetrate. This is why the double cleansing method has become such a craze. Clean skin = healthy, glowing skin.

We need to ensure we’re giving our skin a deep clean every day, but I still think it’s important to remember that we don’t want to strip or irritate our skin either. For that reason, I prefer to use gentle cleansers. Gentle cleansers are great because they won’t disrupt your skin’s PH, and they’ll keep your skin in a calm and happy state.

Yes, they’re not always the best at removing your makeup, but thats what cleansing balms and micellar waters exist for.

Harsher cleansers, such an exfoliating cleansers or cleansers targeted for acne are great once in a while, but I don’t believe that they should be used for everyday use. I was once using this crazy charcoal based cleanser (which was all natural), and it contained some pretty astringent ingredients and essential oils, like peppermint. That first night i used it, I was convinced it was a miracle, but with continued use my skin became so red and irritated. Because my skin was so stressed out, it became to overproduce oil, thus causing it to break out even more.

This is why I only stick to gentle cleansers. Also, if I happen to work out in the middle of the day and need to shower, I don’t have to worry about the repercussions of a third cleanse. My skin just stays calm and happy.

If you still have those treatment cleansers that you love, you can and should absolutely still use them, but perhaps only once or twice a week. Your skin will thank you, I promise.

So what constitutes a gentle cleanser?

I say anything mild. Cleansers with short ingredient lists, that are fragrance free and not full of crazy chemicals.

Here are some recommendations for gentle cleansers:

  1. Good ol’ Cetaphil.
  2. This one by Marcelle. (My current obsession).
  3. Clinique‘s Classic.
  4. Paula’s choice (this one has rave reviews on the internet).
  5. la Roche Posay (this brand can do no wrong in my eyes).
  6. Equate‘s dupe for the Clinique. (Just as fab, just way cheaper).

Hope you find your perfect gentle cleanser! πŸ™‚

Love,

Tabitha

 

 

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The Tea Series: Spearmint Tea = Zit-Free Skin

Hello, Lovelies,

In my last instalment of the tea series, I will be singing the praises of my ride or die tea; spearmint tea. If you deal with acne and troubled skin, this is the tea for you.

mint tea

Spearmint tea is one of the most effective remedies for troubled skin because of all the mint varieties, it is the most potent in killing bacteria (the stuff that causes skin ailments). So while peppermint is wonderful, spearmint is especially good if you’re drinking it as a way to alleviate skin troubles. It is incredibly anti-inflammatory, making it great for individuals who also suffer from red skin or rosacea. It is a very cooling herb, making it comfortable for everyone to drink. I say that because I went through a phase where I had really bad allergies and reactions to everything; I had just went vegan and my system was so out of balance. I would eat healthy foods like sweet potatoes, zucchini, tomatoes and avocado and my face would feel inflamed after and it was driving me absolutely insane. It was the craziest thing. Most teas were so hot and warming that they made me feel like I was on fire, and the only tea I could drink was mint tea. It not only helped to alleviate my symptoms, it would literally always soothe and cool my entire body down. (I started eating meat after three years of veganism and my body is far happier and more balanced. I don’t eat dairy or gluten though).

So with all that being said, mint tea has a very special place in my heart, and spearmint is easily my favourite kind of mint. If you find peppermint sharp, I definitely still recommend trying spearmint; it’s way more mellow. Plus those skin benefits make it worth it. If you have persistent acne, I suggest drinking two cups a day. An editor from Byrdie (an awesome beauty blog if you haven’t already seen it) drank two cups a day and claimed that her skin GLOWED. Check out her post here.

This is the one I always buy.

tea brand

BTW it’s also amazing cooled down with some added stevia. Tastes like a mint ice tea. πŸ™‚

If you missed them, be sure to check out my other post in the tea series on turmeric tea and green tea.

Love,

Tabitha

 

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The Tea Series: Green Tea = Clear Skin

Hello lovelies,

In my last post, I raved about the wonders turmeric tea has worked on my skin. It truly is my favourite tea of the moment, but due to it being a herbal tea, it’s one I typically like to consume at night or after dinner.

In the morning however, I need something that will give me a little bit of a caffeine kick. Something that will perk me up without making me jittery like coffee (which is why I only have coffee once in a while lol). So of course, I choose to drink green tea.

japanese-green-tea

Just looking at this picture makes me want some….

Green tea is a renowned health beverage for a reason. It’s a potent antioxidant, making it very effective in delaying signs of aging by warding off free radicals. It is also very cleansing for the body, and contains many anti-inflammatory properties, making it amazing for both achieving and maintaining clear skin. I drink one or two cups in the morning almost every day.

green-tea-benefits

This infographic – found on Visual.ly by restlesscookie shows how many crazy health benefits green tea has to offer.Β 

If you really want to shake things up, and make your tea even more powerful, you can do two things.

One – Try adding in the juice of half a lemon to your tea, or even just a few wedges. It’ll up the vitamin C content, and make the drink even more cleansing.

Two – give matcha tea a try. Rather than soaking the green tea leaves the way you do with conventional tea, you consume the whole leaf (matcha tea is green tea leaves ground up into a fine powder), so it becomes ten times more potent. It also gives you a stronger caffeine boost. This stuff is absolutely delicious as a latte made with your preferred plant milk.

If you want to reap even more benefits of green tea, try using it topically. You can add it to a face mask, steam your face with it, or (my favourite) use it as a toner. You can make one batch a week, and it’s seriously amazing on your skin. I find it very calming, and it really helps to reduce redness and effectively heal blemishes in a gentle way. It’s also super cheap to make.

Green tea is truly amazing, and I highly suggest giving it a try, whether you choose to drink it or use it topically on your face! Or hey, why not try both? πŸ™‚

Love,

Tabitha

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The one factor that makes all the difference when it comes to your skin

Hello lovelies,

Do you ever experience unexplained breakouts that make no sense? Your skincare game is going strong, your eating habits are on point, yet still your skin rebels. This has been happening to me as of late, and I had been trying numerous things to try and get my skin back. I was using spot treatments, drinking hot lemon water, upping my already large daily intake of greens…yet still nothing was working. It was frustrating, and the stress I had due to my skin was probably making things even worse.

And then I had a hallelujah moment. Something so simple I couldn’t believe I had overlooked it.

The past few months have been incredibly hectic for me, as I’m sure they have been for every college student out there in the world. I also have a part-time job, and coupled with the fact that I have been drowning in a sea of assignments and essays, all this homework inevitably led to numerous sleepless nights. I’m sure you guys know where I’m going with this.

sleep

Yes my friends. Sleep is the one thing that can make or break your skin.

I had been getting as little as two hours certain nights. I had completely forgotten that not Β getting enough sleep is going to have its repercussions on your skin. Your skin heals itself while you are sleeping. It also lowers your cortisol levels, which in turn keeps your hormones in check. This is especially important as unbalanced hormones will lead to various skin troubles, not to mention health issues.

So get some sleep people! I have had two full nights of sleep and my skin is almost completely clear again. It’s kind of mind-blowing. it took TWO DAYS.

Getting enough sleep is common sense, but amidst the complicated nature beauty has been shaped into, it’s sometimes hard to remember those basic principles women have been practicing since the beginning of time. I’ve been working harder to manage my time more effectively so that I can ensure that I get at least six hours of sleep every night. I could still benefit from more sleep 100%, but hey, I’m a student with lots to do. I’m doing what I can πŸ˜‰

So remember to get your beauty sleep and take some time for yourself. You deserve it!

love,

Tabitha

 

 

 

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