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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? 🙂

Love,

Tabitha

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The best ways to remove ice pick scars

Hello all!

Today I wanted to talk about a skin issue that many of us have and struggle to completely eliminate. There’s no doubt that acne sucks, but what sucks even more than actual pimples is the remnants said pimples leave behind. For many individuals, the aftermath of zits can lead to a dark mark. Don’t get me wrong, post-inflammatory hyper pigmentation is never fun, but after a few months, it will eventually fade. For those of us who endure more severe acne, something far worse can be left behind in the form of textural scars. One of the most common types of texture scars is ice pick scars, which looks like little indentations in your skin. As someone who suffers from this type of scarring, I can honestly say that these are far more difficult to get rid of. So how can these be treated?

  1. Microneedling – It’s a medical procedure that involves a pen with tiny needles that puncture your skin. The purpose here is to cause trauma to your skin and trick it into regenerating and thus heal itself. It WORKS. Make sure that if you get it done by a professional though. And be warned; it does hurt.
  2. Collagen supplements – I gave this a try for a month and I surprisingly saw a very distinct difference. My skin looked plumper and overall a lot healthier. It really helped to fill in my scars internally.
  3. Laser treatments – This is the go-to treatment for correcting ice pick scarring. It’s effective, but also very costly. I haven’t tried it personally, but I’ve heard first hand from others that it did amazing things for their skin (and scarring).
  4. Peels – If your scarring isn’t very deep, peels are one for the best treatments for healing those shallow scars. There are various types of peels, from glycolic to fruit enzyme, and all work wonders. They’re also amazing for evening out your skin tone.

Ice pick scars are definitely more difficult to treat, and the reality of the situation is that you more than likely have to turn to professional help if you want to treat them completely. Do your research and stay positive! There is sure to be a solution out there to give you your best skin possible.

Love, Tabitha

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How I deal with Skin irritations

Hello Lovelies,

Seeing as I am one of those individuals who is allergic to the world and everything that resides in it, it’s inevitable that I tend to suffer from skin irritations from time to time. I can honesty say that there is nothing worse; it attacks your self-esteem far worse than a few zits ever could, and it’s also incredibly uncomfortable. I WISH I was one of those lucky few who suffered through sneezing or watering eyes.

sensitive-skin

These types of skin irritations can be hard to treat, so the first thing I do is ensure that I eliminate whatever could be causing these irritations. For instance, I’m very sensitive to certain foods. Because I have ragweed allergies, I can’t so much as touch chamomile, bananas or melons. Avocados are also problematic for me. During the winter, I find that I am perfectly fine if I eat avocados a few times a week, but during the summer, I’m insanely sensitive to them. Eating them usually results in red, flaking skin around my mouth. Not cute. So as much as it pains me, I cut out avocados from my diet during these warmer months. So stay away from whatever your trigger is.

My next piece of advice is to find a gentle moisturizer to help these irritations heal. Maybe something calming, like aloe vera, or an organic plant oil; I’m really loving Marula and Argan oil at the moment. I find keeping things simple and natural really does your skin a lot of good.

If you are prone to irritations on your body, I highly suggest wearing cotton clothes and avoiding synthetic materials like polyester.

Also be careful when it comes to what you are using to wash your face. Please use a gentle cleanser, preferably something that is sulfate, paraben and synthetic fragrance free.

Lastly, this one kinda sucks, but maybe try avoiding makeup until these irritations heal. Makeup will only aggravate your skin and make things worse. So unless you have very pure, organic makeup, put down that beauty blender. (Which doesn’t mean you can’t jazz up your eyes or lips 🙂 Just avoid face products!)

These are definitely my go-to tips when it comes to clearing up skin irritations. Just remember that irritated skin is sensitive skin; be gentle! If you suffer from them as well, what works for you??

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! 🙂

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. 🙂

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. 

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? 🙂

Love,

Tabitha

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Some Quick Remedies for Eczema

Hello lovelies,

I have suffered from eczema all my life.

During the winter is when it flares up the most. The air is dry, and the cold weather instantly leads to dry, flaky, irritated skin. My mom has the same issue. so I assume that it’s genetic. Me having eczema was probably inevitable, but that doesn’t mean that I stop searching for the best products to keep it at bay. Through trial and error, I have found a couple select products that have worked wonders. Seriously, these have proven to be overnight miracles. So, if you suffer from eczema as well, I hope that maybe one of these products will help you out as well! Okay, here we go.

Coconut oil.

coconut-oil

This is probably my favourite thing to use on irritated skin. Heck, I slathered some on a flare-up last night (from the extreme wind) and I woke up this morning with my skin almost perfectly smooth again. It’s all natural, and is also anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, which makes it amazing for your skin. I do want to forewarn you though; many individuals find coconut oil to be pore-clogging, so maybe only apply a little to a small section of skin to make sure that you can tolerate it. If you can, its awesome stuff. You can find a bunch of different brands from any grocery or wellness store. Some beauty brands even have their own as well.

Second. Cicalfate cream from the french pharmacy brand Avene.

cicalfate

It contains the emollient mineral oil with thermal spring water and zinc. This is honestly such a power combo because it’s moisturizing and ultra healing. I’ve used this stuff all over my face and it works brilliantly. It’s also great for dry, cracked hands, elbows and knees.

Last. Shea Butter.

shea-butter

I love to get pure Shea butter from the brand L’Occitane (their Shea butter is the smoothest) and it’s absolutely wonderful. It’s so thick and moisturizing, and has so many different healing properties. It’s also one of my favourite lip products.

So, if you have been suffering from dry and/or eczema-prone skin, I highly recommend trying out one of these three products. Of the hundreds (no joke) that I’ve tried, to me, these are the creme de’ la creme.

Love,

Tabitha

 

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