Ensuring you are using proper skin care products is crucial to achieving clear, glowing skin. After years of neglecting my skin with apricot scrub and clean&clear, I decided it was time to become more conscious of the products I was choosing. Why do I say I was neglecting my skin? Well…I have always gone through life with the confidence that everything I was consuming and using was safe for me because everyone else was using the same products, and they were safe…right? In fact, It never crossed my mind that the apricot scrub I was purchasing was just a marketing scam - a bottle of chemicals and irritating fruit pit pieces that would damage my skin, not heal my acne. I say neglect because I was not treating my body as a shrine, or like a child that I would do anything for, to nourish and take care of properly.
Your body is the most important body in the world, and in this world it is your responsibility to take care of yourself because none else is looking out for you, especially large corporations.
Here are 3 key products that helped heal my skin, and guess what, they are very safe and are made of natural ingredients:
Viva Health Products:
Viva health is a very unique product line. I was convinced these products were amazing after meeting the creator of Viva, who was an adorable 30 year old woman, or so I thought. After speaking with her I learned that she was actually 50 years old and about to celebrate her 30th wedding anniversary. I was absolutely blown away. Of course I begged her to tell me all of her skin care secrets. A skin diet of Chinese medicine practices and simple, sensible skin care products - Viva. My skin was presented with the 4 step acne program - A cleanser, toner, spot treatment and moisturizer.
The cleanser is gentle, but powerful. Unfortunately my bottle of toner spilled in my bag when I was only half way through it, I cried…for 5 minutes. The sport treatment works like a charm and is not overly drying and the moisturizer is magic…mattifying but not tightening or drying, leaving my skin silky and smooth, overall I was not one bit disappointed with this line. My father, who is currently struggling with patches of acne is constantly stealing my moisturizer and telling me everyday that I should buy him a tub, I can’t say that I have ever had my father ask for such a thing. Bravo Viva.
- Water (Aqua)
- Coriander -To sooth, calm and care acne. It is also an inflammatory, detoxifier, has healing properties and relief itchiness and redness.
- Sugar cane- its enzymes gently dissolve dull surface cell and crystallizes acne to help the healing process
- Beta Carotene- an antioxidant and anti aging micronutrient. It is converted to Vitamin A for the maintance of healthy skin and re-new the cells.
- Water Chestnut- An aquatic vegetable that grow in marshes. Contains fiber and vitamin B6. It also can detoxify your skin
- Aloe Vera- A healing herb that improves circulation, speeds up the skin repair process, moisturizes and softens.
- Citric Acid- A cleaning agent and it also acts as an anti-oxidant and lubricant. It is a natural preservative and binding agent.
- Germall Plus- Preservative. Derived from vegetables
- Essential oil of Mandarin- Essential oil from mandarin peel. It is gentle, astringent and can benefit complexion that are prone to greasiness and/or acne
- Geranium- Treats acne, balances the P.H. of oily skin and dull looking skin.
My journey to natural skin care started with a tiny bottle of tea tree oil. Unfortunately the smell too me back to the days of sitting in the bathtub with a head full of lice and a very brave mother. I had read that tea tree oil was great for healing acne prone skin and gentle enough to use directly on the skin. I found the tea tree oil worked best in a carrier facial oil such as sweet almond oil or almond kernel oil. I felt that using tea tree oil as a spot treatment was safer and gentler on my skin than clean and clear salicylic acid treatment, and it worked!
I was so sad for my poor dry, sensitive and raw skin when I returned from muggy NYC. I could barely wash my face without it stinging and peeling, and any makeup I applied would ball up and crumble away, which made my acne a whole lot more obvious.
Like any woman, I was browsing the “Winners” skin care aisle one afternoon and found a bottle of organic face oil. Now, I know what your thinking…”Why would you put oil on your acne prone skin?” Let me tell you a bit about facial oil:
Quality facial oil has numerous benefits such as:
- Hydrating and Nourishing
- Repairs fine lines and wrinkles
- Barrier against external toxins
- If used on top of your moisturizer, it will trap in moisture.
Cheap facial oils may be harmful and pore clogging. Make sure to avoid MINERAL OIL.
Facial Oils will penetrate your skin much deeper and quicker than a cream or lotion. This means the oil will not sit on top of your skin and create a greasy look.
Facial oil will benefit an oily skin type by mocking the natural oils your skin creates. Eventually your skin will stop creating excessive amounts of oil. This will especially benefit those with acne.
I made it a routine to apply my facial oil before my moisturizer every night. I noticed a difference within 2 weeks and by a month my skin felt like butter. I did not experience breakouts from the oil or any sensitivity from the product. I even learned to create my own facial oil using oils from a local soap making shop. The best oils to use on your face should be light:
- Argan oil (great for dry, aging, oily, normal, or acne-prone skin)
- Jojoba oil (great for dry, aging, oily, normal, or acne-prone skin)
- Apricot kernel oil (great for any skin type, but especially good for normal, dry, and aging skin)
- Sweet almond oil (just an all-around great facial oil, but it takes a bit longer to “sink in” than the first two)
- Grapeseed oil (great for normal, oily, or acne-prone skin)
- Avocado oil (great for dry and aging skin)
- Hemp seed oil (great for any skin type, also very light)
To create an acne fighting facial oil combine 1 ounce of your selected light carrier oil (above) with 4-7 drops of tea tree essential oil.
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