July 29, 2015


stress and acne

Many people agree that stress can trigger breakouts and acne. Excited about the date coming up? Next morning you wake up with a painful, big and angry looking zit on the nose. That time of the month? Many break out around the chin. Students stressing over exams or people overwhelmed with work and family find these stressors can be the triggers of hormonal acne.

Some people may not feel the stress emotionally, and feel it is simply the normal lifestyle we lead. However, the body is constantly in the fight or flight mode to help us cope with the fast pace and daily demands. Having your body at this stimulated rate for too long can cause stress related illnesses, injury and can certainly show in the skin in the form of inflammation such as acne, rosacea, psoriasis or eczema.  

Taking time out for recreation and relaxation every day is important to counteract the stress hormones and allow the body to repair and regenerate.

If you suffer from acne avoid skin stressors such as microdermabrasion, microneedling, aggressive AHA peels, UV, alcohol, smoking, sugar, dairy foods, wheat, gluten and processed foods.

Skin care and treatments to look for include massage and anti-inflammatory facials. High frequency, LED light therapy, mild salicylic acid peel, and lymphatic drainage massage are powerful treatments to help with acne and inflammatory problems.

To counteract stress try yoga, burn aromatherapy oils to help your mind relax, drink green tea, and plenty of water to flush out toxins, plan to have a good nights sleep and go for a walk daily or include some other mild to moderate exercise to help the body recover from stress.

Stress triggers acidity in the body, which triggers inflammation so choose more alkaline foods. Eat more fresh green salads, colorful vegetables and fresh oily fish which are all high in antioxidants. Focus on including bright colored green and red vegetables, which have a powerful anti-inflammatory effect on the body. Avoid sugar, processed foods, soft drinks, coffee, alcohol, wheat, gluten and dairy which trigger acidity and inflammation in the body. High acid and inflammation will lead to not only skin problems but are also linked to diseases such as diabetes and cancer. The skin is only the first sign that things are not quite right. Listen to your body. Take care of yourself. 

skin benefits of drinking lemon water

Don't hesitate to ask your beauty therapist for skin care treatments and advice on best ways to treat acne, and talk to a naturopath about the best ways to detox and help your body fight acne and stress through optimum nutrition.

Have a beautiful day!
Jana x

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July 1, 2015

When you look after your skin, you are looking after yourself

From time to time when I consult with a client and I have made my recommendation on how to best care for their skin, they tell me that they just don't have the time. They are too busy looking after the family, working, running around. 

There is an old saying, to love others, first you must love yourself. By extension, I argue, in order to have the enthusiasm, the drive and the energy to look after others, first you need to look after yourself. Your family love you and not only want, but NEED to see you happy. They feel most secure when you are at your best because they feel they are in the best of hands.

exercise for a healthy skin
Psychologically, feeling good about yourself makes a big impact on your outlook on life. When you are feeling your best, you perform your best. Eating healthy, exercising regularly to stay fit and taking the time out for recreational activities will give you a much needed break you need to replenish your energies. Looking after your mind and spirit with regular meditation and other relaxing activities plays a huge part in reducing  stress and rejuvenating your spirit.

Looking after your skin every day is a little self-love ritual you deserve. Right after you brush your teeth, cleanse, tone, moisturize and protect with sunscreen. Cleansing is just basic hygiene and good moisturizers will provide essential nutrients your skin needs to look it's best.

Our skin is reflection of our health - physical, dietary and psychological, so by looking after your skin, you are looking after yourself. It may be just the boost you need to get you through the day.

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Have a beautiful day!
Jana x

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