Our skin, the biggest organ of our body, is constantly changing as we age, change diets, travel, and go through drastic hormonal and emotional change through life. Unless you want to blast your system with chemicals, having porcelain skin is a genetic blessing and we have to get past the idea that we all should have it. The wonderment of our Universe is that we are all completely different, and therefore we should have different standards of beauty for each and every one of us. So if you’re like me and have a genetic history of acne in the family, you’ll have good moments and bad, but comparing yourself to an airbrushed magazine cover, or a reality tv show will never do you justice.
Getting your skin mapped will open up clues as to how you need to care for your unique skin. Dermalogica offer this, and can prescribe a tailored skin regime to address your varying skin landscape. I did this for the first time almost a decade ago and couldn’t believe how much more this helped me than years of going to dermatologists who loved to prescribe a one-size-fits-all solution to my problems. Ever since, I have looked for all-natural organic alternatives to these prescribed products. Some work, some don’t, but life is one long trial-and-error isn’t it?
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7 years ago I discovered the incredible impact on my skin that regular masking had. It was all thanks to Sarah Hudson at her skin clinic in Beecroft NSW, Australia. Essentially she mapped my face, something that I urge everyone to do, so that the right prescription could be applied to my skin regime. A five minute mask, done 3 times a week will have your skin refined, your pores unclogged, and look super smooth. A basic clay mask with kaolin clay or any other superfine clay will not be aggressive on your skin and is gentle as anything. I use
A black soap cleanser is all natural and made to balance the skin’s oil levels, while very subtly lifting off dead skin cells, trapped dirt, and oil. It also puts a lot of moisture back into the skin with shea butter, as well as Iron and vitamin B from plantain skins. So whether you’re concerned about spots, lines, or bumps, this ultra gentle exfoliant will take care of business. Black soap is a special cleanser that takes a little getting used to for some, but this one by Dr Wood is formulated for all skin types – even sensitive skin. You might never switch out this cleanser for anything else again. Try
This next part is an essential burst of moisture and vitamins onto your skin, straight after your towel dry. I have always been a fan of
This is a wonderful moisturiser that has anti-fatigue properties for skin under stress. It is a powerful anti-oxidant so for people who fly a lot or are under the elements, this is for you. It is for dry skin so I always use it in winter when the air is much drier. Try
This other moisturiser,
‘Brume Hydratante Fraicheur’ by Nuxe is much more suitable for oily skin or for people who are living in hot and humid climates. I use this moisturising mist when I am in the tropics as a cream moisturiser is too heavy for the heat. I would pat my skin dry with my hands after the spritz of toner before liberally spraying this on my face and leaving to dry.
I also use
Dr. Wood’s Pure Black Soap in liquid form for my body in the shower. It is a wonderful cleanser and very ultra gentle exfoliator to lift dead cells and dirt off the surface to give your skin a breather.
My naturopath friend suggested zinc to me one day when I was on the road and in need of serious damage control after breaking out. I was amazed to find how effectively a zinc supplement can help nip breakouts in the bud. This
Hemp Protein is a new discovery of mine that I now swear by. It contains all the best fatty acids (EFAs), omega-3s and omega-6s in the healthy ratio 1:3. It goes into my daily morning smoothie and I definitely notice how much healthier I look, feel, and function.
Maca is your best friend if you are trying to bounce back from a hormonal imbalance. Hormones control so many factors in health: how much you eat, how you feel, how much oil your glands produce, and even how your fat is metabolised. So whether you’re a gal or guy, its super important to pay attention to your body function that is controlled by hormones. Our hormone levels vary all through our lives, from childhood to old age. The tricky thing is that we can only monitor the effects of a hormonal imbalance, so if you are noticing abnormalities in your behaviour like overeating or breakouts (especially around the chin, jaw, and neck) these are key indicators that your hormones are out of whack. Maca is a superfood that stimulates production of the right hormones in the body, and it has pretty immediate effects. If you feel your skin is behaving hormonally, you might want to give a teaspoon of maca a try in your day.