Unfortunately pimples do not discriminate, you can get them at ANY age! We put together our top 5 tips on surviving a breakout:
1. Cleanse! Make sure you are cleansing morning and night. Look for a pH balanced cleanser so you aren’t removing your skins natural oils.
TIP: After cleansing your skin should feel soft and clean, not tight and dry.
2. Detoxify your skin! Exfoliate your skin every few days (less if you have dry sensitive skin) to remove excess dead skin cells and to smooth out any uneven areas. Use a clay mask or face steam to draw out impurities. Our Scrub is perfect to use as an exfoliator and mask. It contains a natural oats and ground walnut shells for exfoliating and white clay for purifying.
TIP: Try leaving a small amount of mask directly on blemishes over night to help reduce them.
3. Hydrate your skin by moisturizing day and night! For oily/combination skin look for a Serum and for normal/dry skin try a cream. Face oils are also amazing for your skin, and are the most pure way to hydrate your skin.
TIP: Use our Bright Skin Oil before bedtime for an intense hydrating treatment. Your skin will look bright and soft in the morning.
4. Eat healthy, exercise, drink water, de-stress and sleep! Pay extra attention to your diet and try some gentle exercise. Try going to bed by 9.30pm and eliminate alcohol, sugary treats and dairy (dairy can cause increased sebum production).
TIP: If you are super busy, even a 10 minute workout or walk still makes a difference to your body and mind.
5. Be gentle with your skin. Keep your skincare routine simple and always use natural products. Using harsh ‘quick fix’ products can cause long term damage
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Buzzwords like “pH-balanced” are common advertising tools in the health and beauty industry. When it comes to skin cleansers, pH levels do make a difference. But what does pH-balanced even mean?
What is pH?
pH is an abbreviation for potential hydrogen. A pH number measures from 0 to 14 how acidic or alkaline a liquid is — anything above 7 is alkaline and anything below 7 is acidic. Water has a pH level of 7 – it’s neutral, meaning it has the same amount of acids and alkalis, which balance each other out.
Your skin has a pH level of between 4 – 6.5
The outermost layer of your skin (acid mantle) has a pH level of between 4 – 6.5 (it often varies in different areas of the skin). It is a slightly acidic environment in which protective species of micro flora/bacteria reside. This outer layer helps your skin retain moisture and keeps germs out.
Its important to use a skin cleanser that says it’s pH-balanced, right?
Typically soap has a pH level of 9 to 12. This is too high for your skin. If the outer layer (acid mantle) becomes disrupted, damaged, or loses its acidity, the skin becomes more susceptible to damage and infection. Washing skin with high alkalinity soaps or detergents can cause the temporary loss of this acid mantle and encourage abnormal bacterial growth and dryness in your skin. It only takes a split second for an alkaline product to degrade the skin barrier enough for an irritant or damaging detergent to penetrate, long term daily use on the skin can contribute to long term issues on all skin types such as increased irritation, acne, moisture loss, skin aging etc.
So, what type of cleanser should you look for?
To help maintain the skins outer protective layer (acid mantle), use a mild cleanser with a pH level similar to that of the skin itself. You can test your cleanser yourself with pH test strips (available from most chemists).
Our skinmade cleanser has an optimal pH level. If you are used to using a alkaline cleanser it might take you some time to adjust to using a more acidic cleanser. Over time though you will see a huge improvement in your skin.