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

Acne plasters, or spot stickers – do they work and which ones are the best?

Although they have the super cool nickname of pimple patches (or of course acne stickers), they’re actually called hydrocolloid bandages. If you haven’t heard of hydrocolloid technology, it’s what’s used in blister plasters to help cushion painful sores on the skin and “suck out” the fluid inside, so that the plaster absorbs it, instead of the blister popping and scarring the skin.

In pimple terms, this hydrocolloid technology works in exactly the same way. Their cellulose base not only helps to absorb fluid from the blemish, but also keep damaging bacteria and excess water out, so the spot has time to dry and heal.

Some of them rely on simply hydrocolloid technology (which absolutely works perfectly), but if you had some more stubborn spots you couldn’t shift, some of them also contain popular blemish-fighting ingredients such as Salicylic Acid and Benzoyl Peroxide. While some skin types can be sensitive to these ingredients, the good news about acne stickers is that they contain such tiny doses, they make a difference without irritation.

One product of choice has to be the CosRX Acne Master Pimple Patches, which have become a beauty blogger favourite. Not only are they super affordable, but they work brilliantly, and hail straight from the country who developed these little miracle circles.

A little more down the premium skincare line are the Peter Thomas Roth Acne Patches, which are also enriched with Salicylic Acid to help fight bigger and more inflamed spots at their source.

The Sarah Chapman Skinesis SOS Spot Stickers come from one of the most trusted facialists in the beauty industry, and contain Vitamin C to help fight dark marks and pigmentation; reducing the appearance of scarring post blemish.

Acne plasters – do they work and which ones are the best?

Although they have the super cool nickname of pimple patches (or of course acne stickers), they’re actually called hydrocolloid bandages. If you haven’t heard of hydrocolloid technology, it’s what’s used in blister plasters to help cushion painful sores on the skin and “suck out” the fluid inside, so that the plaster absorbs it, instead of the blister popping and scarring the skin.

In pimple terms, this hydrocolloid technology works in exactly the same way. Their cellulose base not only helps to absorb fluid from the blemish, but also keep damaging bacteria and excess water out, so the spot has time to dry and heal.

Some of them rely on simply hydrocolloid technology (which absolutely works perfectly), but if you had some more stubborn spots you couldn’t shift, some of them also contain popular blemish-fighting ingredients such as Salicylic Acid and Benzoyl Peroxide. While some skin types can be sensitive to these ingredients, the good news about acne stickers is that they contain such tiny doses, they make a difference without irritation.

One product of choice has to be the CosRX Acne Master Pimple Patches, which have become a beauty blogger favourite. Not only are they super affordable, but they work brilliantly, and hail straight from the country who developed these little miracle circles.

A little more down the premium skincare line are the Peter Thomas Roth Acne Patches, which are also enriched with Salicylic Acid to help fight bigger and more inflamed spots at their source.

The Sarah Chapman Skinesis SOS Spot Stickers come from one of the most trusted facialists in the beauty industry, and contain Vitamin C to help fight dark marks and pigmentation; reducing the appearance of scarring post blemish.

REPOST // When is it time to see a professional Dermatologist?

The skin is the largest organ of the body.  Although it is one continuous layer covering and protecting your insides, it isn’t uniform. From the skin on your face to the skin around your nails, on your scalp, over your arms and legs, elbows, and feet, every nook and cranny has unique issues and potential problems.  Taking care of your skin and the various problems that may show up, can be challenging. Thankfully, whether it’s acne, dandruff, calluses, wrinkles, oily skin, dry skin, or red bumps (keratosis pilaris), these problems are relatively easy to take care of on your own with over-the-counter products. But, not every skin difficulty can be resolved without the help of a dermatologist.  But when the problem is not so easy to resolve – when is it the right time to see a professional?

If you’re wondering whether or not your skincare concern is something a doctor should evaluate, use the following criteria to determine if an appointment with the dermatologist is warranted:

1. Cystic acne or stubborn acne that won’t go away with over-the-counter products. An anti-acne product containing benzoyl peroxide and another containing salicylic acid (both of which are available without prescription), when combined with a gentle, healing skincare routine, can keep most mild to moderate breakouts under control. However, if after 2 to 3 months of consistent use, they aren’t working for you, then seeing a dermatologist is a must.

2. Red marks left over from acne or blemishes. Generally, red marks left over from a blemish resolve on their own, and gentle skincare products containing antioxidants and salicylic acid can absolutely speed the process. For unknown reasons, red marks sometimes do not respond to these wonderful over-the-counter products. A dermatologist can step in with laser or light-emitting treatments that can make a significant improvement, potentially eliminating the mark(s) altogether!

3. Itching and rashes that won’t go away. Eczema and other types of dermatitis are accompanied by uncomfortable or even painful inflammation, uncontrollable itching and irritation, or flaking skin that won’t go away. Be sure you aren’t allergic to or having a reaction to the products you use, and make sure you use fragrance- and dye-free products, which is really important for all skin types. If you’re doing that, but the problem still doesn’t go away, then see a dermatologist. A dermatologist can prescribe medications that may finally take care of these bothersome skin dilemmas. You can try applying an over-the-counter cortisone cream to see if that does the trick, but if not, then bite the bullet and make that appointment.

4. Skin disorders and skin that won’t heal. Psoriasis, chronic seborrhoea and dandruff, severe, diabetes-related cracked calluses that don’t heal and become infected, wounds that don’t repair themselves, and rosacea that gets worse are all issues that are best addressed by a dermatologist. Regular skincare products can help maintain the overall health of your skin, but prescription-based oral or topical drugs may be needed to ensure successful and continued resolution of these pesky, unattractive skin burdens.

REPOST // Face Mapping – What are your spots trying to tell you?

It may seem a bit primitive by today’s medical standards, but face mapping (the idea that where spots develop on the face is closely linked to organs around the body) is still often used by Dermatologists to examine clients to ascertain exactly what is going on underneath the surface of the skin, and to root out anything more sinister as to why the skin is behaving the way it does.  I personally have always referred to this map whenever I have a breakout, as it is usually always linked to how my body is performing at the time.  It also serves as a little comforter, knowing there is always a reason behind the mysterious spot, and it’s not just because I ate that small piece of chocolate!

Face mapping or reading, traditionally stems from ancient Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine.  Back in the day, it was used as a diagnostic tool for prominent leaders and scholars. They believed that the face represented the fortune, health and energy of a person and that by closely examining the condition of the skin and facial shape, like a sleuth you could suss out a person’s character including their physical, mental and emotional state.  You could also have the necessary tools and requirements to change your fate and direction.

It works by having the face divided into three main zones – upper, middle and lower.  Any malfunctions within the organs and the systems – immune, excretory, endocrine, digestive, circulatory, nervous and respiratory – will show up on the face in the form of breakouts, redness, dryness or irritation.

***

FOREHEAD – BLADDER AND INTESTINES: The upper part of the forehead reflects the bladder, and the lower part, the intestines and digestion. Issues in this area could relate to constipation, irritable bowel syndrome and urinary tract infections.

WHAT TO DO:

  • Change sleep cycle, this is ideal for your liver. Ideally go to bed regularly before 10pm and wake up early around 6am
  • Drink plenty of water to flush out toxins
  • Eliminate alcohol or consume less
  • Eliminate sugar and carbonated beverages
  • Eat more raw food and take probiotics – think kimchi, sauerkraut
  • Chew food well to improve digestion
  • Practice 30 minutes of light exercise every day – outdoors is particularly beneficial. Yin Yoga is ideal.
  • Practice relaxation or meditation techniques for 20 minutes each day
  • Make sure hair products are not irritating the hairline

EARS AND TEMPLES – KIDNEYS: Dehydration, poor lymphatic circulation. When the kidneys are involved, it indicates a deeper level of ageing and stress.  Nourish the kidneys with proper hydration.

WHAT TO DO:

  • Drink plenty of water – add a squeeze of lime or lemon
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol
  • Eliminate sweetened and caffeinated beverages
  • Make the salt switch from processed table salt to sea salt
  • Cooling foods like cucumbers and melon are ideal
  • Eliminate processed food, fast food and junk food
  • Practice better skin hygiene – cleanse regularly especially during summer and when perspiring.

BETWEEN THE BROWS – LIVER AND STOMACH: Too much boozing, fatty liver, diseases like hepatitis, jaundice, gallbladder problems and dehydration could show up here.  Acne in this area can also be the result of eating too late at night, especially heavy, fatty foods.  Flaking and dry skin are linked to dehydration and overworked kidneys.  The liver is working too hard to remove toxins from consumption and pollution.

WHAT TO DO:

  • Exercise, but avoid overly strenuous exercise that can be heating
  • Yoga is ideal and brisk walking
  • Get more sleep 7-8 hours
  • Avoid alcohol and smoking
  • Eat lighter foods and cut back on dairy and red meat
  • Avoid late night snacks
  • Get plenty of fresh air

NOSE & UPPER CHEEK – HEART AND CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM: Acne and oiliness can be connected to circulation, blood pressure and cholesterol.  Skin conditions like rosacea tend to show up in this zone.  Indoor and outdoor air pollution, bad circulation, and high blood pressure can all play havoc with this area of the face.  Maintain healthy cholesterol levels and blood pressure.

WHAT TO DO:

  • Increase cayenne, garlic, and reishi mushroom
  • Increase green tea and chlorella
  • Eat less pungent foods
  • Eat less meat and salt
  • Eat temperate foods that are not too hot or cold
  • Get more exercise and fresh air every single day
  • Massage the area around your nose to improve circulation
  • Check vitamin B levels and maybe take a practitioner recommended supplement.

RIGHT CHEEK – LUNGS AND RESPIRATORY SYSTEM: Relate to issues with sinuses and allergies. Pollution, smoking, and asthma will damage this part of the skin.  Get plenty of exercise, stay away from pollution, and stop smoking.

WHAT TO DO:

  • The lung meridian is strongest at 7-9 AM so this is the ideal time for cardio exercise
  • Drink lots of green vegetable juices including dark leafy greens kale, cucumber, celery
  • Drink lots of water with lemon
  • Avoid fast food and junk food and hydrogenated fats
  • Avoid sugar, mango, taro root, wine, and seafood or other foods you may be sensitive to
  • Get more fresh air
  • Use a toxin free and fragrance free laundry detergent
  • Change pillow cases frequently and ideally sleep on a silk pillowcase
  • Clean cell phones regularly
  • Practice proper cleansing hygiene, especially if you live in a polluted city

LEFT CHEEK – LIVER AND STOMACH: Exposure to air pollution and smoke, gum issues or inflammation in the mouth or tooth sockets.  Lower left cheek acne could represent dental health, so have your teeth professionally cleaned every six months and keep your gums and teeth healthy by flossing and brushing after you eat.

WHAT TO DO:

  • Maintain a normal daily routine
  • Keep a positive mood by practicing meditation and relaxation techniques for 20 minutes each day
  • Eat more cooling foods such cucumber, melons, and green beans
  • Don’t overeat and avoid processed and junk foods
  • The liver is the strongest from 1-3 AM so this is when you should be sleeping
  • The liver is weakest at 1-5 PM so make your workload easier at this time
  • Rest your eyes by palming them for 5 minutes every hour if you work in the afternoons
  • Practice proper cleansing hygiene, especially if you live in a polluted city
  • Use a toxin free and fragrance free laundry detergent
  • Change pillow cases frequently and ideally sleep on a silk pillowcase
  • Clean cell phones regularly

MOUTH & LIP AREA – ENDOCRINE SYSTEM: Breakouts are associated with hormonal imbalances and issues.  Menstrual problems or increased stress levels will trigger the release of cortisol.

WHAT TO DO:

  • Consider food sensitivities and toxic build up
  • Eat more fibre by including more fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet
  • Avoid spicy and fried foods
  • Massage the abdominal area in a clockwise motion
  • Use a natural and organic toothpaste and lip balm

JAWLINE AND CHIN – STOMACH, KIDNEY AND REPRODUCTIVE ORGANS: Pimples in the middle of the chin are associated with the digestive system.  Eating too much fat and sweet food can cause problems in this area as well as excessive caffeine and alcohol consumption.  Try to maintain a balanced diet and eat plenty of fruits and demulcent fibre (chia, marshmallow, slippery elm, aloe vera) to improve stomach health.

WHAT TO DO:

  • Reduce the habit of eating before bed
  • Avoid hydrogenated fats and processed sugar
  • Eat plenty of fibre from fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Get adequate rest and nap during the day if possible
  • Reduce stress as much as possible by practicing yoga and meditation
  • Get 20 minutes of exercise each day
  • Sleep early and wake up early and get at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night
  • Massage your body for relaxation, particularly the abdomen
  • Practice proper hygiene
  • Check toothpaste, mouthwash and lip products
  • Drink spearmint and peppermint tea

NECK – THYROID: Good cholesterol production from saturated fats is the precursor of your most important hormones.  Eating the wrong foods, being under artificial lights and disconnected from nature can disturb healthy hormone levels and balance.

WHAT TO DO:

  • Get fresh air and avoid artificial lights
  • Eat grass fed meat and avoid hormone injected meat
  • Increase saturated fats like organic ghee
  • Drink adequate water
  • Sun gazing every day in the early morning barefoot on the grass or sand is beneficial for grounding
  • Get your hormones checked for imbalances
  • Take omega 3 supplement to help regulate hormones
  • Take vitamin D and magnesium supplements both are needed for proper hormone function
  • Avoid hormone disrupting chemicals like phthalates

REPOST // Face Mapping – What are your spots trying to tell you?

It may seem a bit primitive by today’s medical standards, but face mapping (the idea that where spots develop on the face is closely linked to organs around the body) is still often used by Dermatologists to examine clients to ascertain exactly what is going on underneath the surface of the skin, and to root out anything more sinister as to why the skin is behaving the way it does.  I personally have always referred to this map whenever I have a breakout, as it is usually always linked to how my body is performing at the time.  It also serves as a little comforter, knowing there is always a reason behind the mysterious spot, and it’s not just because I ate that small piece of chocolate!

Face mapping or reading, traditionally stems from ancient Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine.  Back in the day, it was used as a diagnostic tool for prominent leaders and scholars. They believed that the face represented the fortune, health and energy of a person and that by closely examining the condition of the skin and facial shape, like a sleuth you could suss out a person’s character including their physical, mental and emotional state.  You could also have the necessary tools and requirements to change your fate and direction.

It works by having the face divided into three main zones – upper, middle and lower.  Any malfunctions within the organs and the systems – immune, excretory, endocrine, digestive, circulatory, nervous and respiratory – will show up on the face in the form of breakouts, redness, dryness or irritation.

***

FOREHEAD – BLADDER AND INTESTINES: The upper part of the forehead reflects the bladder, and the lower part, the intestines and digestion. Issues in this area could relate to constipation, irritable bowel syndrome and urinary tract infections.

WHAT TO DO:

  • Change sleep cycle, this is ideal for your liver. Ideally go to bed regularly before 10pm and wake up early around 6am
  • Drink plenty of water to flush out toxins
  • Eliminate alcohol or consume less
  • Eliminate sugar and carbonated beverages
  • Eat more raw food and take probiotics – think kimchi, sauerkraut
  • Chew food well to improve digestion
  • Practice 30 minutes of light exercise every day – outdoors is particularly beneficial. Yin Yoga is ideal.
  • Practice relaxation or meditation techniques for 20 minutes each day
  • Make sure hair products are not irritating the hairline

EARS AND TEMPLES – KIDNEYS: Dehydration, poor lymphatic circulation. When the kidneys are involved, it indicates a deeper level of ageing and stress.  Nourish the kidneys with proper hydration.

WHAT TO DO:

  • Drink plenty of water – add a squeeze of lime or lemon
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol
  • Eliminate sweetened and caffeinated beverages
  • Make the salt switch from processed table salt to sea salt
  • Cooling foods like cucumbers and melon are ideal
  • Eliminate processed food, fast food and junk food
  • Practice better skin hygiene – cleanse regularly especially during summer and when perspiring.

BETWEEN THE BROWS – LIVER AND STOMACH: Too much boozing, fatty liver, diseases like hepatitis, jaundice, gallbladder problems and dehydration could show up here.  Acne in this area can also be the result of eating too late at night, especially heavy, fatty foods.  Flaking and dry skin are linked to dehydration and overworked kidneys.  The liver is working too hard to remove toxins from consumption and pollution.

WHAT TO DO:

  • Exercise, but avoid overly strenuous exercise that can be heating
  • Yoga is ideal and brisk walking
  • Get more sleep 7-8 hours
  • Avoid alcohol and smoking
  • Eat lighter foods and cut back on dairy and red meat
  • Avoid late night snacks
  • Get plenty of fresh air

NOSE & UPPER CHEEK – HEART AND CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM: Acne and oiliness can be connected to circulation, blood pressure and cholesterol.  Skin conditions like rosacea tend to show up in this zone.  Indoor and outdoor air pollution, bad circulation, and high blood pressure can all play havoc with this area of the face.  Maintain healthy cholesterol levels and blood pressure.

WHAT TO DO:

  • Increase cayenne, garlic, and reishi mushroom
  • Increase green tea and chlorella
  • Eat less pungent foods
  • Eat less meat and salt
  • Eat temperate foods that are not too hot or cold
  • Get more exercise and fresh air every single day
  • Massage the area around your nose to improve circulation
  • Check vitamin B levels and maybe take a practitioner recommended supplement.

RIGHT CHEEK – LUNGS AND RESPIRATORY SYSTEM: Relate to issues with sinuses and allergies. Pollution, smoking, and asthma will damage this part of the skin.  Get plenty of exercise, stay away from pollution, and stop smoking.

WHAT TO DO:

  • The lung meridian is strongest at 7-9 AM so this is the ideal time for cardio exercise
  • Drink lots of green vegetable juices including dark leafy greens kale, cucumber, celery
  • Drink lots of water with lemon
  • Avoid fast food and junk food and hydrogenated fats
  • Avoid sugar, mango, taro root, wine, and seafood or other foods you may be sensitive to
  • Get more fresh air
  • Use a toxin free and fragrance free laundry detergent
  • Change pillow cases frequently and ideally sleep on a silk pillowcase
  • Clean cell phones regularly
  • Practice proper cleansing hygiene, especially if you live in a polluted city

LEFT CHEEK – LIVER AND STOMACH: Exposure to air pollution and smoke, gum issues or inflammation in the mouth or tooth sockets.  Lower left cheek acne could represent dental health, so have your teeth professionally cleaned every six months and keep your gums and teeth healthy by flossing and brushing after you eat.

WHAT TO DO:

  • Maintain a normal daily routine
  • Keep a positive mood by practicing meditation and relaxation techniques for 20 minutes each day
  • Eat more cooling foods such cucumber, melons, and green beans
  • Don’t overeat and avoid processed and junk foods
  • The liver is the strongest from 1-3 AM so this is when you should be sleeping
  • The liver is weakest at 1-5 PM so make your workload easier at this time
  • Rest your eyes by palming them for 5 minutes every hour if you work in the afternoons
  • Practice proper cleansing hygiene, especially if you live in a polluted city
  • Use a toxin free and fragrance free laundry detergent
  • Change pillow cases frequently and ideally sleep on a silk pillowcase
  • Clean cell phones regularly

MOUTH & LIP AREA – ENDOCRINE SYSTEM: Breakouts are associated with hormonal imbalances and issues.  Menstrual problems or increased stress levels will trigger the release of cortisol.

WHAT TO DO:

  • Consider food sensitivities and toxic build up
  • Eat more fibre by including more fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet
  • Avoid spicy and fried foods
  • Massage the abdominal area in a clockwise motion
  • Use a natural and organic toothpaste and lip balm

JAWLINE AND CHIN – STOMACH, KIDNEY AND REPRODUCTIVE ORGANS: Pimples in the middle of the chin are associated with the digestive system.  Eating too much fat and sweet food can cause problems in this area as well as excessive caffeine and alcohol consumption.  Try to maintain a balanced diet and eat plenty of fruits and demulcent fibre (chia, marshmallow, slippery elm, aloe vera) to improve stomach health.

WHAT TO DO:

  • Reduce the habit of eating before bed
  • Avoid hydrogenated fats and processed sugar
  • Eat plenty of fibre from fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Get adequate rest and nap during the day if possible
  • Reduce stress as much as possible by practicing yoga and meditation
  • Get 20 minutes of exercise each day
  • Sleep early and wake up early and get at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night
  • Massage your body for relaxation, particularly the abdomen
  • Practice proper hygiene
  • Check toothpaste, mouthwash and lip products
  • Drink spearmint and peppermint tea

NECK – THYROID: Good cholesterol production from saturated fats is the precursor of your most important hormones.  Eating the wrong foods, being under artificial lights and disconnected from nature can disturb healthy hormone levels and balance.

WHAT TO DO:

  • Get fresh air and avoid artificial lights
  • Eat grass fed meat and avoid hormone injected meat
  • Increase saturated fats like organic ghee
  • Drink adequate water
  • Sun gazing every day in the early morning barefoot on the grass or sand is beneficial for grounding
  • Get your hormones checked for imbalances
  • Take omega 3 supplement to help regulate hormones
  • Take vitamin D and magnesium supplements both are needed for proper hormone function
  • Avoid hormone disrupting chemicals like phthalates

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REPOST//Face Mapping – What are your spots trying to tell you?

It may seem a bit primitive by today’s medical standards, but face mapping (the idea that where spots develop on the face is closely linked to organs around the body) is still often used by Dermatologists to examine clients to ascertain exactly what is going on underneath the surface of the skin, and to root out anything more sinister as to why the skin is behaving the way it does.  I personally have always referred to this map whenever I have a breakout, as it is usually always linked to how my body is performing at the time.  It also serves as a little comforter, knowing there is always a reason behind the mysterious spot, and it’s not just because I ate that small piece of chocolate!

Face mapping or reading, traditionally stems from ancient Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine.  Back in the day, it was used as a diagnostic tool for prominent leaders and scholars. They believed that the face represented the fortune, health and energy of a person and that by closely examining the condition of the skin and facial shape, like a sleuth you could suss out a person’s character including their physical, mental and emotional state.  You could also have the necessary tools and requirements to change your fate and direction.

It works by having the face divided into three main zones – upper, middle and lower.  Any malfunctions within the organs and the systems – immune, excretory, endocrine, digestive, circulatory, nervous and respiratory – will show up on the face in the form of breakouts, redness, dryness or irritation.

***

FOREHEAD – BLADDER AND INTESTINES: The upper part of the forehead reflects the bladder, and the lower part, the intestines and digestion. Issues in this area could relate to constipation, irritable bowel syndrome and urinary tract infections.

WHAT TO DO:

  • Change sleep cycle, this is ideal for your liver. Ideally go to bed regularly before 10pm and wake up early around 6am
  • Drink plenty of water to flush out toxins
  • Eliminate alcohol or consume less
  • Eliminate sugar and carbonated beverages
  • Eat more raw food and take probiotics – think kimchi, sauerkraut
  • Chew food well to improve digestion
  • Practice 30 minutes of light exercise every day – outdoors is particularly beneficial. Yin Yoga is ideal.
  • Practice relaxation or meditation techniques for 20 minutes each day
  • Make sure hair products are not irritating the hairline

EARS AND TEMPLES – KIDNEYS: Dehydration, poor lymphatic circulation. When the kidneys are involved, it indicates a deeper level of ageing and stress.  Nourish the kidneys with proper hydration.

WHAT TO DO:

  • Drink plenty of water – add a squeeze of lime or lemon
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol
  • Eliminate sweetened and caffeinated beverages
  • Make the salt switch from processed table salt to sea salt
  • Cooling foods like cucumbers and melon are ideal
  • Eliminate processed food, fast food and junk food
  • Practice better skin hygiene – cleanse regularly especially during summer and when perspiring.

BETWEEN THE BROWS – LIVER AND STOMACH: Too much boozing, fatty liver, diseases like hepatitis, jaundice, gallbladder problems and dehydration could show up here.  Acne in this area can also be the result of eating too late at night, especially heavy, fatty foods.  Flaking and dry skin are linked to dehydration and overworked kidneys.  The liver is working too hard to remove toxins from consumption and pollution.

WHAT TO DO:

  • Exercise, but avoid overly strenuous exercise that can be heating
  • Yoga is ideal and brisk walking
  • Get more sleep 7-8 hours
  • Avoid alcohol and smoking
  • Eat lighter foods and cut back on dairy and red meat
  • Avoid late night snacks
  • Get plenty of fresh air

NOSE & UPPER CHEEK – HEART AND CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM: Acne and oiliness can be connected to circulation, blood pressure and cholesterol.  Skin conditions like rosacea tend to show up in this zone.  Indoor and outdoor air pollution, bad circulation, and high blood pressure can all play havoc with this area of the face.  Maintain healthy cholesterol levels and blood pressure.

WHAT TO DO:

  • Increase cayenne, garlic, and reishi mushroom
  • Increase green tea and chlorella
  • Eat less pungent foods
  • Eat less meat and salt
  • Eat temperate foods that are not too hot or cold
  • Get more exercise and fresh air every single day
  • Massage the area around your nose to improve circulation
  • Check vitamin B levels and maybe take a practitioner recommended supplement.

RIGHT CHEEK – LUNGS AND RESPIRATORY SYSTEM: Relate to issues with sinuses and allergies. Pollution, smoking, and asthma will damage this part of the skin.  Get plenty of exercise, stay away from pollution, and stop smoking.

WHAT TO DO:

  • The lung meridian is strongest at 7-9 AM so this is the ideal time for cardio exercise
  • Drink lots of green vegetable juices including dark leafy greens kale, cucumber, celery
  • Drink lots of water with lemon
  • Avoid fast food and junk food and hydrogenated fats
  • Avoid sugar, mango, taro root, wine, and seafood or other foods you may be sensitive to
  • Get more fresh air
  • Use a toxin free and fragrance free laundry detergent
  • Change pillow cases frequently and ideally sleep on a silk pillowcase
  • Clean cell phones regularly
  • Practice proper cleansing hygiene, especially if you live in a polluted city

LEFT CHEEK – LIVER AND STOMACH: Exposure to air pollution and smoke, gum issues or inflammation in the mouth or tooth sockets.  Lower left cheek acne could represent dental health, so have your teeth professionally cleaned every six months and keep your gums and teeth healthy by flossing and brushing after you eat.

WHAT TO DO:

  • Maintain a normal daily routine
  • Keep a positive mood by practicing meditation and relaxation techniques for 20 minutes each day
  • Eat more cooling foods such cucumber, melons, and green beans
  • Don’t overeat and avoid processed and junk foods
  • The liver is the strongest from 1-3 AM so this is when you should be sleeping
  • The liver is weakest at 1-5 PM so make your workload easier at this time
  • Rest your eyes by palming them for 5 minutes every hour if you work in the afternoons
  • Practice proper cleansing hygiene, especially if you live in a polluted city
  • Use a toxin free and fragrance free laundry detergent
  • Change pillow cases frequently and ideally sleep on a silk pillowcase
  • Clean cell phones regularly

MOUTH & LIP AREA – ENDOCRINE SYSTEM: Breakouts are associated with hormonal imbalances and issues.  Menstrual problems or increased stress levels will trigger the release of cortisol.

WHAT TO DO:

  • Consider food sensitivities and toxic build up
  • Eat more fibre by including more fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet
  • Avoid spicy and fried foods
  • Massage the abdominal area in a clockwise motion
  • Use a natural and organic toothpaste and lip balm

JAWLINE AND CHIN – STOMACH, KIDNEY AND REPRODUCTIVE ORGANS: Pimples in the middle of the chin are associated with the digestive system.  Eating too much fat and sweet food can cause problems in this area as well as excessive caffeine and alcohol consumption.  Try to maintain a balanced diet and eat plenty of fruits and demulcent fibre (chia, marshmallow, slippery elm, aloe vera) to improve stomach health.

WHAT TO DO:

  • Reduce the habit of eating before bed
  • Avoid hydrogenated fats and processed sugar
  • Eat plenty of fibre from fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Get adequate rest and nap during the day if possible
  • Reduce stress as much as possible by practicing yoga and meditation
  • Get 20 minutes of exercise each day
  • Sleep early and wake up early and get at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night
  • Massage your body for relaxation, particularly the abdomen
  • Practice proper hygiene
  • Check toothpaste, mouthwash and lip products
  • Drink spearmint and peppermint tea

NECK – THYROID: Good cholesterol production from saturated fats is the precursor of your most important hormones.  Eating the wrong foods, being under artificial lights and disconnected from nature can disturb healthy hormone levels and balance.

WHAT TO DO:

  • Get fresh air and avoid artificial lights
  • Eat grass fed meat and avoid hormone injected meat
  • Increase saturated fats like organic ghee
  • Drink adequate water
  • Sun gazing every day in the early morning barefoot on the grass or sand is beneficial for grounding
  • Get your hormones checked for imbalances
  • Take omega 3 supplement to help regulate hormones
  • Take vitamin D and magnesium supplements both are needed for proper hormone function
  • Avoid hormone disrupting chemicals like phthalates

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Face Mapping – What are your spots trying to tell you?

It may seem a bit primitive by today’s medical standards, but face mapping (the idea that where spots develop on the face is closely linked to organs around the body) is still often used by Dermatologists to examine clients to ascertain exactly what is going on underneath the surface of the skin, and to root out anything more sinister as to why the skin is behaving the way it does.  I personally have always referred to this map whenever I have a breakout, as it is usually always linked to how my body is performing at the time.  It also serves as a little comforter, knowing there is always a reason behind the mysterious spot, and it’s not just because I ate that small piece of chocolate!

Face mapping or reading, traditionally stems from ancient Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine.  Back in the day, it was used as a diagnostic tool for prominent leaders and scholars. They believed that the face represented the fortune, health and energy of a person and that by closely examining the condition of the skin and facial shape, like a sleuth you could suss out a person’s character including their physical, mental and emotional state.  You could also have the necessary tools and requirements to change your fate and direction.

It works by having the face divided into three main zones – upper, middle and lower.  Any malfunctions within the organs and the systems – immune, excretory, endocrine, digestive, circulatory, nervous and respiratory – will show up on the face in the form of breakouts, redness, dryness or irritation.

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FOREHEAD – BLADDER AND INTESTINES: The upper part of the forehead reflects the bladder, and the lower part, the intestines and digestion. Issues in this area could relate to constipation, irritable bowel syndrome and urinary tract infections.

WHAT TO DO:

  • Change sleep cycle, this is ideal for your liver. Ideally go to bed regularly before 10pm and wake up early around 6am
  • Drink plenty of water to flush out toxins
  • Eliminate alcohol or consume less
  • Eliminate sugar and carbonated beverages
  • Eat more raw food and take probiotics – think kimchi, sauerkraut
  • Chew food well to improve digestion
  • Practice 30 minutes of light exercise every day – outdoors is particularly beneficial. Yin Yoga is ideal.
  • Practice relaxation or meditation techniques for 20 minutes each day
  • Make sure hair products are not irritating the hairline

EARS AND TEMPLES – KIDNEYS: Dehydration, poor lymphatic circulation. When the kidneys are involved, it indicates a deeper level of ageing and stress.  Nourish the kidneys with proper hydration.

WHAT TO DO:

  • Drink plenty of water – add a squeeze of lime or lemon
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol
  • Eliminate sweetened and caffeinated beverages
  • Make the salt switch from processed table salt to sea salt
  • Cooling foods like cucumbers and melon are ideal
  • Eliminate processed food, fast food and junk food
  • Practice better skin hygiene – cleanse regularly especially during summer and when perspiring.

BETWEEN THE BROWS – LIVER AND STOMACH: Too much boozing, fatty liver, diseases like hepatitis, jaundice, gallbladder problems and dehydration could show up here.  Acne in this area can also be the result of eating too late at night, especially heavy, fatty foods.  Flaking and dry skin are linked to dehydration and overworked kidneys.  The liver is working too hard to remove toxins from consumption and pollution.

WHAT TO DO:

  • Exercise, but avoid overly strenuous exercise that can be heating
  • Yoga is ideal and brisk walking
  • Get more sleep 7-8 hours
  • Avoid alcohol and smoking
  • Eat lighter foods and cut back on dairy and red meat
  • Avoid late night snacks
  • Get plenty of fresh air

NOSE & UPPER CHEEK – HEART AND CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM: Acne and oiliness can be connected to circulation, blood pressure and cholesterol.  Skin conditions like rosacea tend to show up in this zone.  Indoor and outdoor air pollution, bad circulation, and high blood pressure can all play havoc with this area of the face.  Maintain healthy cholesterol levels and blood pressure.

WHAT TO DO:

  • Increase cayenne, garlic, and reishi mushroom
  • Increase green tea and chlorella
  • Eat less pungent foods
  • Eat less meat and salt
  • Eat temperate foods that are not too hot or cold
  • Get more exercise and fresh air every single day
  • Massage the area around your nose to improve circulation
  • Check vitamin B levels and maybe take a practitioner recommended supplement.

RIGHT CHEEK – LUNGS AND RESPIRATORY SYSTEM: Relate to issues with sinuses and allergies. Pollution, smoking, and asthma will damage this part of the skin.  Get plenty of exercise, stay away from pollution, and stop smoking.

WHAT TO DO:

  • The lung meridian is strongest at 7-9 AM so this is the ideal time for cardio exercise
  • Drink lots of green vegetable juices including dark leafy greens kale, cucumber, celery
  • Drink lots of water with lemon
  • Avoid fast food and junk food and hydrogenated fats
  • Avoid sugar, mango, taro root, wine, and seafood or other foods you may be sensitive to
  • Get more fresh air
  • Use a toxin free and fragrance free laundry detergent
  • Change pillow cases frequently and ideally sleep on a silk pillowcase
  • Clean cell phones regularly
  • Practice proper cleansing hygiene, especially if you live in a polluted city

LEFT CHEEK – LIVER AND STOMACH: Exposure to air pollution and smoke, gum issues or inflammation in the mouth or tooth sockets.  Lower left cheek acne could represent dental health, so have your teeth professionally cleaned every six months and keep your gums and teeth healthy by flossing and brushing after you eat.

WHAT TO DO:

  • Maintain a normal daily routine
  • Keep a positive mood by practicing meditation and relaxation techniques for 20 minutes each day
  • Eat more cooling foods such cucumber, melons, and green beans
  • Don’t overeat and avoid processed and junk foods
  • The liver is the strongest from 1-3 AM so this is when you should be sleeping
  • The liver is weakest at 1-5 PM so make your workload easier at this time
  • Rest your eyes by palming them for 5 minutes every hour if you work in the afternoons
  • Practice proper cleansing hygiene, especially if you live in a polluted city
  • Use a toxin free and fragrance free laundry detergent
  • Change pillow cases frequently and ideally sleep on a silk pillowcase
  • Clean cell phones regularly

MOUTH & LIP AREA – ENDOCRINE SYSTEM: Breakouts are associated with hormonal imbalances and issues.  Menstrual problems or increased stress levels will trigger the release of cortisol.

WHAT TO DO:

  • Consider food sensitivities and toxic build up
  • Eat more fibre by including more fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet
  • Avoid spicy and fried foods
  • Massage the abdominal area in a clockwise motion
  • Use a natural and organic toothpaste and lip balm

JAWLINE AND CHIN – STOMACH, KIDNEY AND REPRODUCTIVE ORGANS: Pimples in the middle of the chin are associated with the digestive system.  Eating too much fat and sweet food can cause problems in this area as well as excessive caffeine and alcohol consumption.  Try to maintain a balanced diet and eat plenty of fruits and demulcent fibre (chia, marshmallow, slippery elm, aloe vera) to improve stomach health.

WHAT TO DO:

  • Reduce the habit of eating before bed
  • Avoid hydrogenated fats and processed sugar
  • Eat plenty of fibre from fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Get adequate rest and nap during the day if possible
  • Reduce stress as much as possible by practicing yoga and meditation
  • Get 20 minutes of exercise each day
  • Sleep early and wake up early and get at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night
  • Massage your body for relaxation, particularly the abdomen
  • Practice proper hygiene
  • Check toothpaste, mouthwash and lip products
  • Drink spearmint and peppermint tea

NECK – THYROID: Good cholesterol production from saturated fats is the precursor of your most important hormones.  Eating the wrong foods, being under artificial lights and disconnected from nature can disturb healthy hormone levels and balance.

WHAT TO DO:

  • Get fresh air and avoid artificial lights
  • Eat grass fed meat and avoid hormone injected meat
  • Increase saturated fats like organic ghee
  • Drink adequate water
  • Sun gazing every day in the early morning barefoot on the grass or sand is beneficial for grounding
  • Get your hormones checked for imbalances
  • Take omega 3 supplement to help regulate hormones
  • Take vitamin D and magnesium supplements both are needed for proper hormone function
  • Avoid hormone disrupting chemicals like phthalates

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dealing with occasional blemishes…

We all tend to suffer from blemishes, red marks or spots from time to time.  Whether it’s because of climate change, stress levels or a hormonal imbalance, none of us are completely blemish free – but whats important to note is that it’s perfectly normal and just a fact of life.  I personally take a very relaxed approach to my skin these days, as in the past I have become over anxious at the condition it was in.  What you’ve got to remember is what you see very close up in a bathroom mirror is not necessarily what other people see, and we shouldn’t allow ourselves to stress over the little things.  I’ve popped down my own skin routine, which I follow quite loosely, as I find the less I ‘mess’ with my skin the better it feels and looks.

My personal skin routine

– I tend to give my skin a really good cleanse every 2/3 days where I like to use Clinique cleanser in no.3
– I then like to use a nose strip by Biore every 2 weeks and exfoliate every 2 weeks too
– If I see any spots appearing I dap a bit of Elizabeth Arden 8hr cream, which instantly heals and calms down the redness
– Every morning & night I use a small amount of Bobbi Brown’s Intensive Skin Supplement
– I usually moisturise everyday with MAC Comfort Cream