Losing weight but gaining acne? Why it’s perfectly normal to have a breakout during a lifestyle change…

You’ve started to eat healthier, smaller meals, and taken up regular exercise. The scales are going in the right direction but now suddenly you have acne (usually around the chin) but why? Well, you’d be interested to know that it’s actually a really common side effect of weight loss. But don’t worry it won’t last forever! Here’s what’s causing it…

Change in food – Introducing a diet full of fruits, vegetables and whole grains are crucial to a healthier you but it takes time for the body to get used to this injection of fresh vitamins & minerals. As the body starts to process this much needed lifestyle change, the effect can be a small breakout as the toxins are forced out of the body and anything that isn’t facing the toilet makes its way to other areas. Unfortunately, this is usually the face! Thank you mother nature! Try to avoid dairy, meat, pasta and bread for a while to allow the skin to balance. Also avoid ‘fad diet food’ such as only liquid diets, all-protein or cabbage soup diets as these create a nutritional gap that affects the skin negatively. Drinking plenty of water is also a great way to flush the body through, but again you’ll see an initial outbreak which will go over time.

Hormonal levels – As the body loses weight, the sheer dramatic change and shift of fluids can create a bit of a hormonal flux that is perfectly normal. Again, it is just the body’s way of sorting itself out and getting into a rhythm. The fact that the acne is dotted around the chin area, is its way of showing you exactly that. Don’t panic though! All of this is only temporary.

Exercise – Plenty of people have gone back and forth with studies and evidence on sweating clogging up your pores. The main principle behind this is that as you sweat, the sweat brings dirt and oils from the surface of your skin into your pores for them to get clogged. Here are a few simple things you can do to make sure your skin has a good chance of remaining clear; 1. Wash your face as soon as possible after you exercise with water and a clean towel. For a more thorough clean use a gentle exfoliante. 2. Make sure your gym towel is always clean for each session and don’t share with another gym user.

Toxins – There is another argument that experts have mentioned that I find quite interesting. As the body lets go of the fat in the cells and expels this either through breathing or bodily waste, a certain level of toxins held in the fat is also realised causing an usually high level that can find its way out through the skin. Many men for example tend to find an increase of acne on the shoulders and back, whilst women it will be the chin and cheeks. This is one theory that personal I find most plausible.

Dry Body Brushing – what is it and how to do it…

Quite simply dry body brushing is the process of brushing dry skin (so before you shower) with a natural bristled brush. This exfoliates the skin, reducing the presence of unnecessary dead skin cells on your body; however, dry brushing too often or too hard can cause skin irritation and infection. Be sure you know the facts about dry brushing, as well as the best methods before beginning the process.

As we grow older, our skin becomes less efficient at shedding layers of dead skin cells. Dry body brushing is a fantastic way of exfoliating these away. Alongside smoother skin, regular body brushing encourages cell turnover so that your limbs will look and feel supple, and whether you wax or shave, a quick brush is fantastic at keeping pesky, ingrown hairs and clogged pores at bay.

While dry body brushing won’t completely rid your legs of cellulite, it helps to mobilise and contribute to the even distribution of fat deposits under the skin – and if you stick at it, it’s proven to give your limbs a much smoother, and firmer, look and feel.

Dry body brushing can also stimulate the lymphatic system, and by doing this, we are directly assisting in removing pathogens. This strengthens our immune system and lessens our susceptibility to illness. Dry body brushing encourages important blood flow, and this has a plumping effect on the skin which really helps reduce the appearance of cellulite.

Important Things To Note…

▸▸ Many beauty and wellness sites advise dry brushing twice a day, but this can be harmful. When skin is brushed too often or too harshly, bristles cause micro cuts. These can easily become infected. Also, dry brushing more than once a week breaks down protective barriers in the skin. This leads to dryness and irritation.

▸▸ Dry brushing does affect skin conditions. People with eczema or chronic dry skin should avoid dry brushing. However, if you have a condition called keratosis pilaris in which the skin is inflamed with rough, red bumps, dry brushing could potentially remove the dead skin cells that cause such bumps.

▸▸ Dry brushing begins with the bottom of your body and moves upward. By starting on the bottom of your body and moving upward, it is thought that you increase drainage to the lymph nodes and increase circulation to the heart. This may help remove unwanted toxins from the body and improve blood flow.

▸▸ Move to your arms and then to your torso. Continue to work with your brush. After you’ve worked your way up your legs, move on to your arms. Remember the process: You’re moving towards your heart with each stroke. Start with your hands and move towards the shoulders. Once again, use long and smooth brush strokes. Give rough areas, like the elbows, extra attention. Make sure dead skin falls away.

▸▸ Move on to the back. This can be difficult, as some areas of the back are hard to access. Make sure your brush handle reaches far enough to touch your mid-back and other hard-to-reach areas. Move from the buttocks up to the shoulder blades. Finally, move on to the torso and sides. Brush up your rib cage, moving towards the heart. On your sides, move from your hip to your armpit.

▸▸ Dry brush your face, using somewhat smaller and gentler strokes. Move from the forehead to neck. Nipples or breasts should also be dry brushed with a softer brush to avoid irritating more sensitive skin.

▸▸ Shower after dry brushing. Even if you do not dry brush in the mornings, it might be a good idea to shower after dry brushing. Any lingering dead skin can be washed off in a shower.

Why it’s completely normal to be experiencing a facial outbreak during lockdown…

‘Lockdown skin’ is now actually a thing. Suddenly, quite a few men and women are finding themselves battling what feels like their teenage skin again. But why, when we’re going makeup free for weeks with plenty of opportunity for sleep and naps? We’re less exposed to pollution – so surely we should all have healthy, glowing skin? This is just another added stress we all don’t need right now, so what is going on?

Skincare expert Vivienne Taslmat has recently commented that the stress of being in lockdown and having our normal routines upended could be behind skin problems. ‘What many people do not realise is that the gut and the skin are interconnected, if you are overeating or stress eating this can often lead to eczema and rosacea.’

Another key issue that Vivienne highlights is potential dehydration. Are you drinking enough water now you’re working from home? And are you drinking the right kinds of liquids? She goes on to say ‘dehydration can be from two factors; not drinking enough water and drinking too many cups of coffee, tea or sugary beverages which will dehydrate your skin.’

We should also avoid eating too much refined sugars and chocolate, because they will dehydrate the skin and can cause breakouts. Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, they will nourish your skin with a lot of vitamins, also eating plenty of dried fruits will help because of their high fibre content and antioxidants. This will also help your digestive system get rid of toxins, which is great if you want to prevent acne. The extra time we have at home means you can spend some time perfecting your skincare routine, and there’s more chance you’ll be able to stick to it every night. Make the most of self isolation to work on your skin texture, using prescribed medical grade retinol from your aesthetics doctor once or twice a week. Go to bed early if you can and sleep. You can use this self isolation time as a retreat for your skin and mind. The skin cells need time to renew and repair. Self-care is important at the moment, but don’t worry if you are breaking out or struggling with dryness. If you have bigger things to worry about right now, that is completely understandable. But making little changes to help your skin will likely help to boost you overall health and mental wellbeing too.

My current SOS emergency skin savers

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo [+] Anti-Imperfections Moisturiser

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

Holika Holika Smooth Egg Skin Peeling Gel

Holika Holika AC MILD Red Spot Patch

Why it’s completely normal to have a winter ‘breakout’

The bitter cold not only brings on the need to wrap up warm and to stay indoors with the heating up but also chapped skin, flaky lips and the dreaded ‘winter breakout’. Normally, starting around mid January onwards until the warmer spring weather comes it’s perfectly normal to experience a rough patch in your usually clear skin.

There are a number of reasons for this; If you tend to wear your hair down the extra oil your hair is producing at this time of year to stay healthy can rub against your face (mainly around the jawline and chin) and cause spots in this area, the constant change in temperature of outside to indoor heating can cause the skin to loosen then quickly become tight allowing dead skin cells to get trapped causing blackheads and spots, the stress of not having any sun and the bitter cold can mean stress related spots can occur coupled with a bad diet as we all rush for the hot chocolate and comfort food at this time of year!

So what can we do about it? Well, here are my winter life savers to get you through those winter blues.

Zitsticka

Clarins Face Treatment Oil – Blue Orchid

Patchology FlashMasque Hydrate 5 Minute Sheet Mask

MAC COMPLETE COMFORT CREME

Skin oils and serums – the secret weapon when it comes to skincare

I am often asked what is a skin oil or serum and what exactly does it do by my clients.  I consider serums to be the secret weapon when it comes to youthful, line free skin and I often use these in my personal skincare routine.  If I know I’m going to have a lot of early mornings coming up, then I’ll start my week with an intensive course of facial oils and serums just to make sure my skin is packed with moisture ready for the 5am alarm call!

Skin oils and serums are basically moisturisers that are more intense in their ingredients so do not need to be used daily, but rather once or twice a week before bed.  Because of the complex blend of oils they often take a while for the skin to ‘drink’ but once into the skin the full benefit is gained.  Skin oils & serums are fabulous for fine lines, dark age spots, dry skin and creating an even skin tone that is also firmer and smoother.  For those reasons I always recommend them to my bridal clients, as the preparation they put into their skin now makes for a better makeup application on the day of the wedding.

Here are my favourite skin oils & serums.

1. Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Supplement

2. Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Nourishing Milk

3. Bobbi Brown Extra Face Oil

4. MAC Prep + Prime Essential Oils Grapefruit and Camomile

5. Elemis Superfood Facial Oil

REPOST // Trending at the moment… Honey Belle Rose Quartz Facial Roller

What the bio says…

‘Rose quartz helps tap into the universe of love – whether it be in the form of self-love, familial love, friendship, or romantic love. This beautiful stone opens up your heart to all kinds of love and allows you to let go of negative emotions that inhibit your ability to love.

Maximise your skincare routine by incorporating this crystal roller to massage your skin. Facial rolling is a popular facial massage technique that promotes healthy, glowing complexion. Honey Belle Rose Quartz Facial Roller incorporates a natural one-of-a-kind gemstone with rose gold accents.’

Facial rollers are currently big news in the beauty world.  They came onto the market with mixed reviews, which meant that they took a bit of a dip in sales.  But they are back stronger than ever and with a more sleek appearance, rather than the sex toy they resembled before!  And with so many benefits I can completely see the appeal x

Aluminium, paraben and cruelty-free deodorants

Firstly, I would like to explain the difference between an antiperspirant and a deodorant. An antiperspirant reduces sweating by temporarily blocking the sweat glands with aluminium salts, whereas deodorants allow you to sweat, while masking the smell. It should be noted that sweat itself doesn’t actually smell – the aroma comes from our skin’s bacteria breaking down the acid in the sweat. Is there good reason to make the switch from chemical antiperspirant to natural deodorant?

One reason is that sweating is natural – your body doesn’t do it for fun, it’s trying to regulate your temperature and keep you cool. Also, you know that yellow stain that’s on the armpits of all your white shirts? That’s the reaction between the aluminium and your sweat. Eliminate synthetic aluminium from your armpit and you’ll eliminate the staining. Another huge reason is that many chemical antiperspirants are made by companies who advocate animal testing, whereas there’s a high chance that any company who makes natural deodorant is going to be cruelty-free.

Here are my top 4 picks…

  1. Natural Deodorant Co Clean Deodorant Balm Lemon Geranium
  2. A.Vogel Salt of the Earth Natural Deodorant Spray
  3. OY! DEODORANT
  4. Orange & Patchouli Natural Deodorant

REPOST // Non invasive chemical skin peels – how to instantly rejuvenate your skin

Clients often tell me that they feel as though their skin looks tired, dull and lifeless.  Drinking plenty of water and catching up on some much needed sleep can work to reverse this.  However, water and sleep can only go so far.  If the skin has started to show signs of pigmentation, acne, wrinkles or an uneven skin tone then you may want to consider a non invasive chemical skin peel.

Skin peels have come along way from the grizzly looking peels often associated with face lifts in the early 90’s.  Now there is a skin peel for different depths, skin complaints and required end results.  There is only one thing that is important to consider before having a skin peel – who to get it from.

I personally can recommend any Sk:n clinic.  Their staff are medically trained to provide a range of non invasive cosmetic procedures including facial peels.  Meaning you are in very good hands.

What to expect from a skin peel

1. Rejuvenated and brighter skin
2. Revival of dull skin
3. Removal of dead skin cells
4. Even skin texture and tone
5. Reduced appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
6. Smoother, softer skin
7. Eliminated pigmentation and reduced effects of sun damage
8. Reduction of inflammation and breakouts caused by acne
9. Hydrated and nourished skin
10. Stimulated collagen production for plump and youthful looking skin

How to extend the life of your bridal perfume

I am a HUGE fan of perfume.  I love having a choice between scents to match my mood, occasion or even outfit.  But how can you make that gorgeous smell last all day?  Well, I’ve complied a list of top tips on how to do just that.  Hope you enjoy! x

5 Top Tips to extend the life of your perfume

1. Once you have your perfect bridal perfume don’t put it in direct sunlight, or in warm/damp place like the bathroom.  The heat will break down the scent and lessen the quality.  Instead pop it in a draw, or on top of a wardrobe away from windows.

2. Rub a little vaseline on your pulse points, as this will hold the scent better on your skin and for longer.

3. Pop your perfume on right after getting out of the shower, and before getting dressed.  The moisture from the shower will help to lock in the scent – and putting your perfume on before dressing will stop any staining coming through on your wedding jewellery and dress!

4. For a lighter scent, spray in mid air and walk through the mist.  The fragrance will distribute evenly over the body and leave a hint of scent.  Perfect for if you have a very heady perfume.

5.  Don’t rub your wrists together after applying perfume.  This squashes the top notes and makes them disappear faster resulting in a fragrance that doesn’t last the morning!

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How to extend the life of your bridal perfume

I am a HUGE fan of perfume.  I love having a choice between scents to match my mood, occasion or even outfit.  But how can you make that gorgeous smell last all day?  Well, I’ve complied a list of top tips on how to do just that.  Hope you enjoy! x

5 Top Tips to extend the life of your perfume

1. Once you have your perfect bridal perfume don’t put it in direct sunlight, or in warm/damp place like the bathroom.  The heat will break down the scent and lessen the quality.  Instead pop it in a draw, or on top of a wardrobe away from windows.

2. Rub a little vaseline on your pulse points, as this will hold the scent better on your skin and for longer.

3. Pop your perfume on right after getting out of the shower, and before getting dressed.  The moisture from the shower will help to lock in the scent – and putting your perfume on before dressing will stop any staining coming through on your wedding jewellery and dress!

4. For a lighter scent, spray in mid air and walk through the mist.  The fragrance will distribute evenly over the body and leave a hint of scent.  Perfect for if you have a very heady perfume.

5.  Don’t rub your wrists together after applying perfume.  This squashes the top notes and makes them disappear faster resulting in a fragrance that doesn’t last the morning!

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