What is your Acne telling you?

 

 

1 & 2: Digestive System — Eat less processed or junk food, reduce the amount of fat in your diet, step up water intake and opt for cooling things like cucumbers.

3: Liver — Cut out the alcohol, greasy food and dairy. This is the zone where food allergies also show up first, so take a look at your ingredients. Besides all this, do 30 minutes of light exercise every day and get adequate sleep so your liver can rest.

4 & 5: Kidneys — Anything around the eyes (including dark circles) point to dehydration. Drink up!

6: Heart — Check your blood pressure (mine was slightly high) and Vitamin B levels. Decrease the intake of spicy or pungent food, cut down on meat and get more fresh air. Besides this, look into ways to lower cholesterol, like replacing “bad fats” with “good fats” such as Omegas 3 and 6 found in nuts, avocados, fish and flax seed. Also, since this area is chock-full of dilated pores, check that your makeup is not past its expiry date or is skin-clogging.

7 & 8: Kidneys — Again, drink up! And cut down on aerated drinks, coffee and alcohol as these will cause further dehydration.

Zone 9 & 10: Respiratory system — Do you smoke? Have allergies? This is your problem area for both. If neither of these is the issue, don’t let your body overheat, eat more cooling foods, cut down on sugar and get more fresh air. Also keep the body more alkaline by avoiding foods that make the body acidic (meat, dairy, alcohol, caffeine, sugar) and adding more alkalizing foods like green veggies and wheatgrass juice. Another thing that most of forget – dirty cell phones and pillow cases are two of the top acne culprits and this area is what they affect the most!

Zone 11 & 12: Hormones — This is the signature zone for stress and hormonal changes. And while both are sometimes unavoidable, you can decrease their effect by getting adequate sleep, drinking enough water, eating leafy veggies and keeping skin scrupulously clean. Another interesting point: breakouts in this area indicate when you are ovulating (and on which side).

Zone 13: Stomach — Step up the fibre intake, reduce the toxin overload and drink herbal teas to help with digestion.

14: Illness — Zits here can be a sign that your body is fighting bacteria to avoid illness. Give it a break, take a yoga class, take a nap, take time to breathe deeply, drink plenty of water and know that everything always works out!

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How to apply Sunscreen?

Ideally, sunscreen should be applied after cleansing but before makeup, so that it can be next to cells it needs to protect.

Jessica Krant, M.D.

Dr. Jessica Krant is a board-certified dermatologist and Founder of Art of Dermatology on 5th Avenue in Manhattan, as well as Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Follow her on Twitter @TheSkinMD

evanhealy

Ms. Healy’s simple yet elegant approach is refreshing. Using organic ingredients whenever feasible and natural ingredients always, her products are health food for your skin.While all of Ms. Healy’s products are formulated to be gentle and respectful of the skin’s need to “breath,” the two lines (Rose and Blue) are crafted for different skin sensitivities. The Rose line is for skin that is dry or devitalized while the Blue line is for sensitive or ruddy skin. However, both product lines are perfectly appropriate for all skin types; Ms. Healy recommends using your sense of smell and your intuition to choose the product that is right for you.

Just the Goods

Vegan and without artificial flavors or fragrances, Just the Goods also tries to balance the benefits of the oils and ingredients used with an eye to affordability.

So Just the Goods combines avocado oil and apricot kernel oil in a base of aloe vera. It’s also a good formula for skin that might be sensitive or allergic to botanical ingredients.

Created in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Just the Goods products are in simple HDPE bottles, with a glass option available.

SOTO Skin

Certified organic! And two ingredients that work together! All products are light, no greasy and fast absorbing!

 

KEY INGREDIENTS

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Aloe Vera Juice

BENEFIT

Contains active ingredients such as amino acids and polysaccharides that help cool, hydrate and soften your skin.

 

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Australian Blue Clay

BENEFIT

Has detoxifying qualities to help draw out impurities for clearer, cleaner skin.

 

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Avocado Oil

BENEFIT

Packed with antioxidants and essential fatty acids that help soothe, soften and protect your skin

 

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Borage Seed Oil

Rich in vitamins and essential fatty acids that help lock moisture into your skin while protecting against the signs of premature aging.

 

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Calendula extract

BENEFIT

Has antiseptic properties and contains vitamin A to help soothe and restore your skin.

 

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Coffee Bean Extract

BENEFIT

Contains ground beans that help buff away dead skin cells to reveal fresher, smoother skin.

 

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Gotu Kola Extract

Contains Asiatic acid (possesses antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties) to help strengthen and rejuvenate your skin while reducing the appearance of fine lines.

 

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Green Tea Extract

BENEFIT

A rich source of antioxidants to help soothe and protect your skin.

 

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Lime Essential Oil

BENEFIT

Revitalises and uplifts, helping tone the skin and reduce fluid retention.

 

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Macadamia Nut Oil

BENEFIT

Contains palmitoleic acid which helps to nourish and promote softer, younger-looking skin.

 

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Marula Oil

BENEFIT

High in antioxidants to help condition, protect and calm your skin.

 

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Pomegranate Oil

BENEFIT

Rich in Punicic acid (an omega 5 essential fatty acid), a powerful antioxidant that helps restore and protect your skin as it tones and nourishes.

 

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Siberian ginseng extract

BENEFIT

Contains complex polysaccharides (a form of natural carbohydrate) that help tighten, smooth and lift your skin.

 

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Watermelon Seed Oil

BENEFIT

Helps dissolve excess sebum and remove old cells without stripping away your skin’s natural oils.