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Beat the Summer Skin Oily Blues

3 Jul

Do you dread summer because you feel like your skin becomes its own oil manufacturing plant? Is it much worse than other times of the year? You scrub your face and apply drying agents, but it doesn’t help or gets worse? If you have oily skin or acne prone skin, summer can be tough.

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Summer Fun Affects Skin
The heat, the humidity, the sunscreen, the sun, and exercising with all those elements in play can wreck havoc on  your challenged skin issues. It’s true; the fun of summer can make skin more oily and breakouts worse. On top of that, summer is also a time when you may also relax your healthy diet regimen, eating and drinking foods that acerbate your skin condition.

Over-Cleansed Skin Effect 
When skin is oily, the oil worsens, or pimple breakouts increase, there is a tendency for many people to try to fix it by washing the face more or using drying products and soaps. However, the opposite happens. Over cleansing your face and using drying products, such as toners, pimple treatments (especially those heavy with chemicals), and harsh soaps/face washes makes the skin worse. Your body responds when your skin is over dried by making more oil to compensate. But, it overcompensates and makes too much oil. A vicious cycle begins of washing, applying skin treatments/ointments and skin cells registering dryness and vamps up oil production. You need to break the cycle to get your skin in balance. soap

Two Things To Firmly Hold in Mind
Before I get into the specifics of making oily and acne skin better during summer, you need to firmly put two things in your mind and hold to them. One is you need to keep to a regimen, not matter what. Secondly, you need to work on the problem from the inside out as well as topically. It’s the inside out that most people have trouble with and balk at. For one thing, it may require some diet changes (for the better). We’ve been mentally conditioned for years from the medical community that diet doesn’t affect the skin. This is bad information. Makes me crazy to even think that this was the propaganda from doctors for generations. Yes, let’s be clear, diet does affect the skin. Hello! Scurvy! This is just one disease doctors should have used to put two and two together: If you don’t get vitamin C, you get scurvy and one of the effects is hemorrhagic skin papules, not a pretty sight.

Enjoy Summer Fun and Keep Pimples and Oil under Control

Have A Regular Cleansing Regimen and Stick to It. Wash your face twice a day with mild cleanser, especially in the evening. DO NOT GO TO BED WITH MAKEUP ON! Never, ever. I prefer you use an organic cleanser. Use warm/lukewarm water. Do not use hot water on your face. Only time you would wash your face more than twice a day is after exercising. If you swim, rinse the chlorination off with lukewarm water, but don’t wash, and apply a proper moisturizer. If you use a sunscreen, remove it as soon as you come indoors by gently cleansing. Regularly use a very mild exfoliator. You can use a mild one daily. Don’t use a toner; they are of no benefit to the skin. And for oily skin and acne prone skin, they are too drying. They can cause the vicious cycle mentioned earlier.


Take Ice and Rub Over Your Face. You want to calm and cool your skin. I take an ice cube to my face twice a day. Once in the morning and once in the evening before going to bed. I do it for other reasons that oily skin, mature skin…. It’s great for sending to fresh oxygenated blood to the skin. Fresh blood contains nutrients. I hold the ice in a washcloth or hand towel, and travel it over my face and neck. You can also put ice water in a basin and dunk your face it. I think that’s more work. Just don’t hold the ice too long on one spot. If you have a pimple though, you can leave the ice on it for a few seconds to help calm it, and help reduce its size.

Use a Moisturizer. I know this can make some of you cringe at the idea. Moisturizer/oil on oily, acne skin?? But, a really good moisturizer balances the oils on oily and acne prone skin. We, of course, love argan oil for this. Our Argan Serum is our top seller, five years out (it also has effective essential oil). Whatever, moisturizer you use, make sure it doesn’t block pores or have unnecessary ingredients, such as preservatives or bactericidals. Lotions often have these. Again, that’s one of the reasons we created our acne line, so as not to have unnecessary ingredients that can make acne worse.

SpinachEat as Many Fresh Fruits and Vegetables as Possible. Everyday single day eat your veggies and fruits, especially include dark green leafy vegetables. Some of them are kale, spinach, dandelion greens, and lettuces other than iceberg. But, anything fresh is good. Eat them raw, steamed, or roasted to change it up, and keep your palate interested. If you eat something bad, i.e, not good for skin, cleanse your body by eating fresh fruits and vegetables as soon as you can. For example, you go to baseball game and eat hot dogs, nachos, etc. and drink beer or soda. For next few days, stick with a fresh fruit and vegetable diet. Buy or make green health drinks.

water-2.jpgDrink Water. Everyday day drink water. Researchers say you need to drink half your body weight in ounces everyday. So, if you weight 150 pounds you need 75 ounces of water every day. This is if you are not doing anything. So, if you exercise you will need more. And I think it’s good for acne prone skin to drink more, to make it healthy again. If you are dehydrated, your skin will suffer. The body will want to protect vital organs first when dehydrated, so will pull hydration from those parts of the body that it deems as not as important, such as the skin. Don’t include other beverages in this, especially alcohol.

Change Your Pillowcase Daily. If you don’t have that many pillowcases, cover your case with a soft towel. Oil that is produced overnight get transferred to your pillow either from your face or hair. Bacteria begins to grow. At night the bacteria can make it’s way to your face.

Exercise. Exercise helps in many ways. Nutrients get distributed throughout the body more efficiently. It helps to control stress; stress makes acne worse and overstimulates oil glands. Exercise removes toxins and stimulates the lymphatic system, which helps the body fight “invaders.” Exercise also keeps your weight in control; studies have shown link between being overweight and acne. Just remember to gently cleanse face afterwards and rinse face in cold water or use ice cube treatment.

Limit Sun Exposure. The thought used to be that the sun helped acne and oily skin. But, that’s not so. The sun is not good for these to conditions. The other thing is if you also use a sunscreen you compound the problem. Sunscreen can create oils or attract dirt. And then, there’s the detrimental effects of direct sun on problem skin. Sun blocking hats are the best; those with UVB ratings. However, you may want to enjoy some sun activities. So, be reasonable and create a balance. sunTake every effort to limit sun exposure on your face. But, also enjoy those sun activities you enjoy. Maybe you have an activity, such as playing kickball that you can switch to doing in the evening. Just remember to gently cleanse your face afterwards and follow with cold water splashes or ice cube treatment.

There you  have it, a cleansing regimen, a super healthy diet, water, exercise, and keeping a balance between enjoying the things of summer you love with the realistically maintaining healthy skin. Yes, sometimes it does come down to what is more important your skin or forgoing something that will make it worse. Oh, one other thing: Don’t squeeze those pimples.

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15 Whole-Body Tips for Acne Prone Skin

21 May

I’m very familiar with the ups and downs of acne because one of my children has it.  She went through the entire gamut of traditional medical methods to heal it.  This included 2 treatments of Accutane, which had devastating consequences.  Improvements were temporary at best.  It was a whole-body approach & YSO clear skin products that got it under control for good.  Below are  some of our suggestions to get you started towards an acne free complexion.

Inflammation and out of balance hormones are major contributing factors to acne.  In order to gain control of acne, the body needs to be brought back into balance.  Contrary to conventional wisdom, diet and lifestyle do play a part in feeding acne and also in healing it.  Incorporating a whole-body approach helps to bring hormones into balance and reduces inflammation thereby helping to clear skin.  Diet and life style do make a difference.

Here are 15 tips to help you get started.  It does take diligence and commitment in order to see improvement.  And it may take several weeks or months to see those improvements as the body detoxifies and begins a return to homeostasis.

  •  Eliminate or reduce foods with added hormones, such as dairy and factory raised meats. Even organic milk contains natural hormones; skim milk has less.
  •  Reduce body inflammation and bring hormones into balance by increasing omega 3.  Fish, walnuts, ground flaxseeds, Brussels sprouts, spinach, kale, and salad greens.
  •  Do not over cleanse your face.  It will dry it out, irritate, and cause over-stimulation of oil glands.
  • Be gentle with your skin.  It’s a fallacy that acne prone skin is tougher than other skin types.  Perfumes, detergents, chemicals in cleansers, toners, etc can irritate acne, make it worse. Even things like dryer sheet fabric softeners can leave a residue on the skin.
  • Whole body approach includes exercise.  Exercise helps bring fresh oxygenated blood to the skin, which brings nutrients. Exercise sans make-up, wash face afterwards.

  • May seem counter intuitive, but the right plant oils can help balance oils in acne prone skin. Ingredients in lotions can irritate and clog pores, increase oil production.
  • Try yoga.  It’s great for bringing body into balance.  Finding the right class is important.  Find one that is not over -weighted with poses, but also has breath, meditation & relaxation as a large part of class.
  • Eat fresh fruits and vegetables daily.  Eat organic if possible.  Acne prone body has enough to fight/balance without additional chemical/hormones.
  • Keep hydrated with clear liquids aka H2O – not vodka ;).  Alcohol messes up balance in body, esp. women. Stays in body longer.  Cucumbers and melons also help with hydration.
  • Eliminate or greatly reduce granulated sugar and corn syrup in your diet.  Replace with raw honey or agave.
  • There may be other skin conditions besides acne contributing skin problem & compounding acne, such as seborrhea, rosacea, or eczema
  • Check for food triggers.  These are foods that you may be sensitive to and are not aware of.  They will cause inflammation and complicate healing of acne.  Eliminate trigger foods one at a time for a couple weeks to notice any difference.  Common ones: wheat, gluten, meat, corn, soy and dairy.
  • Reduce stress.  Learn to live from your heart/soul more and the mind less.
  • Don’t use thick make-up to cover the acne.  It doesn’t hide it and only makes the condition worse.  Know, feel, & believe you are BEAUTIFUL.  I say so!!

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Do You Know Dry Skin’s 2nd BF?

26 Jan

With winter comes dry itchy skin.  And if you live in a semi-arid place, such as Colorado where I live, part of the lifestyle here is overcoming dry skin and dry sinuses.  BTW, a few of other lifestyle adaptions that one needs to consider when crossing the border to live in Colorado are spandex (for cycling and running), a bicycle, a dog, a Subaru (diehard Coloradoans), and an orange/blue fashion palette (diehard Bronco fans…).  Gaining in popularity is tebowing (the official greeting stance when meeting friends on the street…).  Waning  are the cowboy hats, boots and spurs; the new couture is spandex, cycle helmet, and high-end athletic footwear.  Love Colorado; I digress though.  

Dry skin’s 2nd BF is a warm air vaporizer or humidifier.  They not only help with dry skin, but also help to keep the sinuses clear.  Place one in your bedroom; they start at around $35.00.  Some vaporizers have a cup  to put in a few drops of essential oils that will dispense into the air when the vaporizer is running.  Eucalyptus is great for colds, lavender for sleeping.

A high quality organic oil moisturizer is dry skin’s number 1 BF.

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Bird Poop – Urine – Snakes: Beauty Treatments??

28 Sep

Today for your beauty pleasure we have a smorgasbord of extreme beauty treatments.  For $180, you can get bird poop (guano) smeared on your face, for around $70.00 (plus travel expenses) you can have a massage with snakes, but the good news is the urine therapy–it’s free.  You use your own.

The Poop on a Geisha Facial
We know all you DIY’s are excited to run out and start collecting bird droppings to do your own bird poop facial.  However, this isn’t ordinary poop; the bird droppings in a Geisha Facial–the more exotic name–are special (of course).  It’s from Japanese nightingales.  The guano doesn’t come from just any ordinary nightingale either; it comes from the Japanese bush warbler.  The question is (among others) what makes nightingale poop more special than say, a sparrow or pigeon’s droppings?  Pigeons are certainly proliferating poopers.  But, in this case quality over quantity apparently prevails.  But then again, maybe nightingales are good guano makers.  You would think they would need to be for the worldwide demand of the “poop” facials….   Are there really researchers examining the benefits of bird poop and whose poop is more nutrient rich for the face?

Apparently this is not the case, as the research of the beneficial properties of nightingale excrement is more organic and very ancient.  The use of guano for the face has its roots in ancient times; the Koreans used it for removing dye from fabrics and introduced it to the Japanese.  The Japanese Geishas used it as a replacement for zinc and lead to whiten the face.  Just so you know the guano is sterilized and mixed with other ingredients.  One of the main components of nightingale excrement–urea–segues into the next extreme beauty practice–urine.

Pee U Therapy
Urea is the main chemical component of Urine.  Urine therapy has also been around for a very long time. Used on the face, it supposedly does a similar thing that bird guano does.  Users claim that it helps with acne, evens out facial tones, and moisturizes.  And…drum roll…it’s free.  As long as you don’t find yourself dehydrated out in the desert, you’ll have an ample supply.  Just in case you’re intrigued to try it, it’s suggested that mid-stream pee is best.  This is most likely to catch the more sterile part of it.  Urine is sterile until it reaches the urethra where it can pick up bacteria.  Also, it’s reportedly better to use the first pee of the morning.

We don’t want to further engage your gag reflex, but many people drink their pee for therapeutic benefits.  Proponents of urine therapy claim that urine is rich in beneficial nutrients.  Thank you, but I think I’ll stick to supplements and food.  So, the next time you run out of your face cream, toner, or whatever just catch some pee and apply….

Creepy Crawler Therapy 
Now that we have grossed you out, let’s see if we can give you the heebie-jeebies.  Snakes! Just imagine snakes crawling all over your body.  They’re slithering up and down your back, over the shoulder, up and down the legs…maybe around your neck and tickle your eyelashes.  How does this image feel to you?  Well, the Ada Barak Spa in Israel says it’s relaxing.  They use it as part of a massage therapy.  They use heavier snakes for deep tissue and lighter snakes for a more soothing…um-touch.  Just so you know, all the snakes are nonpoisonous.  Just wondering when an American entrepreneur will bring it to the states.  Can’t wait!!!

Now We Need a Beer 

Oh, sorry this beer is not for drinking.  It’s for a beer bath! Beer baths are apparently becoming a hit in European hotels. The claim is that it releases toxins through sweat…um…so does exercise. How many kegs do you think it takes to fill up a tub? How about adding beer to a hot tub and throw in some beer reveling friends, sounds like a typical college party not a spa treatment!   


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