A LITTLE ABOUT MY SKIN...
Hey ladies! Did you know that your skin is your body’s largest organ? I was MIND F*KING BLOWN when I recently found this out. We've got a whopping 2 square metres of it!!! Anywhoo.. I'm writing this post because I've had a few ladies asking me about my skincare regime (treatment wise) and which products I use. So for those of you interested... read on as I reveal ALL THINGS SKIN!
Growing up I was pretty damn lucky with regards to my skin, considering the amount of sugar and crazy things I consumed as a teenager. I definitely inherited mum’s smooth olive skin, with the occasional pimple once or twice a year. Maaaate, what I would do for that now!!!
Some of you may know that over the last couple of years I've been really struggling with eczema break outs on my face. I started to notice a change in the texture and sensitivity of my skin. Pimples were popping up out of nowhere and I then started to develop eczema around my eyes, which for a long time wouldn't go away no matter what I tried.
Aside from being a normal girl who cares about her appearance (and in my line of my work) having good skin is pretty damn important. I guess, your overall maintenance is important. So when my face started to flare up with eczema that wouldn't budge and random spots were popping up out of nowhere, like anyone, I was confused and began to stress pretty badly.
Wearing thick layers of make-up day in day out for work definitely didn’t help the situation. There have been moments over the last few years where I've cried because of how much pain my skin was in and more-so, the frustration it caused me. I'd wake up in the morning and the first thing I'd look at was the eczema on my face, and like what many of us are too quick to do, I started my day filling my mind with everything I hated about myself. That alone I believe is a HUGE contributor to breakouts of any kind. NEGATIVE THOUGHTS AND STRESS GIRLS!! If you're reading this and you know what I'm talking about, please try your best to give yourself a break. Stress increases cortisol levels in your body and ultimately speeds up the aging process. Remember most importantly, STRESS DOESN'T CHANGE THE OUTCOME. I know it sucks but trying to stay positive is the first step to helping you get closer to your goal.
SOMETHING YOU SHOULD GIVE A GO...
A couple of years ago a friend and I were at the gym and as usual, I was whining about my skin and who knows what else, when she interrupted me and told me to stand next to her in front of the mirror. She then asked me to point out 3 things I hated most about myself. I answered almost instantly and of course, my eczema was one of them. She then asked me to point out 3 things I love most and am proud of. I'll be honest, I was awkward and shy and didn't really know what to think or say because I had never really thought of these things and didn't feel like anything was worth mentioning. She took the lead and told me hers straight up. The confidence and positivity that shone through her was so incredible and inspiring. I loosened up and really tried to focus on the things I liked about myself and after a few moments I shared. She then asked me to focus on these 3 things every morning when I woke up for the next week. It's taken years of practice and of course I don't do it every single day but let me tell you ladies, that day ultimately changed my life. We are who we are, no matter how much we fixate on the things we don't like about ourselves. This is who we are right at this moment and learning to focus more on the things we do love about ourselves is the first step towards a positive outcome. So next time you're in front of the mirror try this; What are the 3 things you love about you? Could be anything from your bum, your freckles, your smile, your nails even! Who cares... focus on the positive and see the change.
SO WHAT PROCEDURES DO I DO REGARDING MY SKIN?
As I mentioned earlier, it was around two years ago when I really started to invest more time and effort in my skin. I then started to notice all these crazy changes. I began trialling a few different clinics, getting facials here and there, until eventually I came across the amazing Angelina at "Skin Angel" in Malvern (Melbourne) and I told her all about my eczema concerns. I've since been seeing her once every four to eight weeks (depending on my schedule) to get "laser genesis" which stimulates collagen, followed by a white light therapy treatment to help renew and boost energy in the skin. After every treatment, my skin looks and feels insanely smooth and beautiful. If ever I happened to have another eczema breakout, a trip back to the clinic would always show good results.
When I am over in Bali (my second home) I visit the lovely team at "Eden life centres". Here I also treat myself to white led light facial treatments and have just recently started the amazing DERMAPEN! (Please visit the website for more details). The manager Simone is a DIVINE HUMAN and will take good care of you. I swear by these two clinics and space out my appointments properly between the two.
Although I was visiting the clinics every month or so, I was still having the same reoccurring issues with eczema flare ups in between treatments that were not getting better. Both clinics advised me that skin is hugely affected by what you consume in your diet and that I should get tested for food allergies. I hadn’t eaten dairy for a long time because I know it doesn’t agree with me so I decided to trial and error with other food. The last year or so has been a long journey of trail and elimination and I now feel I have discovered which foods I am highly sensitive to. FINALLY, it feels like my skin is on track and under control again.
MY SKIN PRODUCTS (Not a paid collaboration)
I have searched high and low for skincare products that agrees with my body and leaves me feeling fresh without eczema or irritation. A few months ago I discovered "The Edible Beauty" and have since been using these products religiously!!! All of their products are developed by naturopath and nutritionist Anna Mitsios. They are all VEGAN, contain no nasties and are literally safe enough to eat (Yep! I hope you're just as impressed as I am). My eczema reacted to a lot of harsh chemicals so this was super important to me :) My skin has literally improved SO MUCH its crazy!!!
I actually use most of her products, but these three are my favourites:
SKIN NUMBER ONE ESSENTIALS
Ok ladies... I hope I've not rambled on for too long and that all of this has helped answer some of your questions. Please know my skin is FAR from perfect (no one is perfect) but I definitely am thrilled with how much it has improved and am really happy with where it is at now. I take a lot of pride in my skincare regime and am really excited to share what I can with you.
My Skin Rules:
- Sleep; getting enough shut eye is essential for good skin
- H20 - sprinkle a pinch of Himalayan salt into your water to help with absorption. At least 2-3 litres a day please
- Wash your make up off. No excuses
- SUNSCREEN !!!!! I wear SPF 50 on my face everyday
- A healthy balanced diet. (Understanding your allergies) I personally don't consume dairy, which I have found to have helped my skin a lot with breakouts and eczema.
- No refined sugars
- Twice a year I do a Collonic Irrigation cleanse (2 collonics a week for 6 weeks) - This helps flush all the toxins that accumulate in your gut and can help aid with a huge variety of conditions. I highly recommend "GutFit Health" in St Kilda
- Probiotics - I take one a day to fill my body with good bacteria which ultimately helps with my skin :)
- Sweat. Exercise!! Get your endorphins kicking! This promotes so of the obvious health benefits but helps with sleep and letting the body rest and rejuvenate.
- Happy thoughts and less stress!!!
There you have it ladies :) Thanks for taking the time to read!
Love and Light