Skin: Acne and Sensitivity

Ok, this post is about my skin. My backward, up-and-down skin.
From puberty to now, acne has been my worst enemy. I was on a contraceptive pill since I was 15 to control it… nothing else was working. It worked wonders (even thought the odd one got through from time to time). Since my two pregnancies, I haven’t been using it again… and my acne has exploded in the last 3 months or so(face, chest and back… ergh!). So, I decided to go back on the pill. I am 15 days in, and my acne is worse now than when I decided to go back on it… which is normal. It takes about 3 months for the pill to really take a-hold and even everything out.

I also have sensitive skin. Yep, its like another nail in my tiny skin coffin. This fact alone has stopped me from using a lot of topical creams and ointments, as well as all the fang-dangle acne washes. I recently bought a product that is designed to reduce oil production, and is ‘natural’ products, with no parabens. I thought, “brilliant! this might actually work…” 3 days in and I have noticed some redness on my face…. Brilliant. And FYI: ‘spot testing’ doesn’t work for me. every area of my skin is different, and generally takes 2-3 exposures for a reaction to occur.

So, I thought I would share my progress pictures, to show you all how my skin is improving (ever so slowly!). I apologise for the massively unflattering photos of my face, I was trying to get the right angles… 😛

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Skin: What Your Acne is Telling You

Acne is something I have ALWAYS struggled with… and still do. I will post about my acne in a few days time 🙂

BadVegan

While your eyes may be the window to your soul, your skin is the window into your body. Believe it or not, the location and type of break out you’re dealing with can tell you a lot about how you can treat it!

The wonderful thing about Ayurvedic medicine is that it aims to fix the cause, not the effect. Instead of trying to cover up and quickly treat acne spots, holistic medicine says that the goal should be to cure rather than conceal.
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Where are your breakouts located?

face

Upper Zone Acne: The forehead, eyebrows, and temples.
Cause: Typically stems from internal dryness: digestion issues, dehydration, and stress.
Treatment: Drink plenty of water to keep the skin plump and healthy rather than dull and bumpy. Do moderate exercise to reduce stress. Moisturize even if you are oily: moisture calms inflammation and will reduce acne on the forehead…

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Blonde Tresses: Scissor time?

When I get restless in my life, or need to change something, it is always my hair. The majority of my life I have had long blonde hair. Every so often I chop it off and let it grow out again. I feel that I am getting to that stage… plus it’s driving me insane!

I am currently crushing on the long bob that Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting was sporting back in March. I have had a hair cut very similar to that before, and I think I want to revisit those days.

Check out this hair inspo!

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kaley cuoco womens health september 2014 02

kaley cuoco hits up joel silvers memorial day party with ryan sweeting 17

Primp: Winter Hair

winter hair care

 

Winter hair is not much fun. My colour changes, and my hair gets dry and unruly… Much like it is in Summer. I have stumbled upon tips and tricks over the last few years, and tested them out. Some work better than others and I thought I would share some of the love, and help a sister out who might be looking for a new strategy to tame her tresses.

So, without further ado, here is what I use:

1. Coconut Oil (Photo: jumplife.com.au)

I use coconut oil on my mane all year round. It is a natural hair treatment that helps to lock in moisture and restore integrity to your hair. I apply it to damp or dry hair, from the midshaft down. Put my hair up in a bun and place a shower cap on. The heat of my head helps to stimulate the oil’s movement into the hair. Alternatively, you can sit in the sun, or in front of the fire/heater. I leave it on for at least 30 minutes. Double shampoo and condition to remove excess oil. Repeat a couple of times a week and you will notice changes from the get-go. I also use coconut oil on my skin. You can check out the benefits, here.

2. Redken Real Control Intense Renew Super Moisturizing Mask (Photo: Amazon)

Redken Real Control Intense Renewal Mask, 8.5 Ounce

This. OMG. I started using this once a week, last winter. It smells divine, and really does work. I noticed a change in my hair straight away. Replenishes moisture and integrity to hair, and leaves it smooth and shiny. I apply to the bleached sections of my hair, as I find they need it the most. Leave on for about 15 minutes and wash out.  This product always has really good reviews. Definitely worth trying it out!

3. John Frieda Sheer Blonde Colour Renew (Photo: John Frieda)

Colour Renew Tone-Correcting Shampoo

This shampoo keeps my blonde on tone and not brassy or yellow. Generally, during summer I don’t need to use this as often as the sun bleaches my hair. However, during winter my hair changes so much! This shampoo, along with most purple shampoos, will really help keep your blonde bright and fresh!

4. TRESemme Moisture Rich Shampoo and Conditioner (Photo: Unilever)

I use this Shampoo and Conditioner duo in winter to help replenish moisture levels and protect my hair from the elements. I love TRESemme, and my hair responds really well to it. I stock up when it’s on sale or even better, half price!  It leaves my hair smooth and soft, and smells amazing. Also, I wash my hair every 2nd day, in an attempt to help lock in natural oils to condition my hair.

5. Top knot and/or beanie (Photo: Cupofte, Lauren Conrad)

Protecting you hair from the elements is crucial in winter. When venturing out side for extended periods I tie my hair up, of cover with a beanie. I find that this does help to reduce moisture loss and reduces dryness.

 

Do you have any tips on taming your tresses during these frozen months? Let me know! I’d love to try them out!

XO Kate

*** I am not associated with these companies. All opinions expressed are my own ***

DIY L.O.V.E

When I get crafty, I like to make little tokens for our home. A while ago I decided to create some gold infused decor for our home. As we are using the fire place now, and in a new house, I want to mount these over the fire place, or above the little sacred place I want to create.

There are so many different ideas you can recreate. Pinterest is a great place for that! 🙂

All you need is:

  • Gold paint
  • Painters tape
  • Paint brushes
  • Scissors
  • Wooden letters

Tape up the letters and remove every other strip. Make sure the tape is stuck firm. I painted 2 layers of gold paint, as one wasn’t gold enough. Wait for the paint to dry and remove the tape. Voila!

I got the paint and letters from Spotlight. Only cost me about $21. Tape I got from Bunnings and cost about $7.

I love it and so does M! 🙂

Here are some other letter/monogram inspiration I found. Click on the pictures to follow to the website.

Met een leuk stofje beplakken!

 

stenciled monogram