Vegan Skin Care for Summer Acne

This summer was brutal for my skin, even at my age I still suffer from adult cystic acne.  My flair ups have been far and few but this summer it was non-stop. I just couldn’t completely clear up the break out and get it into submission.

I sweated more than usual this summer and with this came the breakouts. As often as I cleansed, the hair follicles clogged accumulating sebum and bacteria.   I think you get the picture.  I want to share with you some basic preventative steps that I  have been practicing this summer and finding fast relief and results.

 

1) Keep your hands away from your face. Make sure you wash your hands first before touching your face or neck.

2)  Do not pop pimples or try to, unless they are ready to be popped and use tissue.

3)  Cleanse gently with a glycerin soap and wash with cold water.

4)  Let your skin breathe. Try not using heavy makeup or powders in the summer. Touch up cover up is recommended.

5)  On those extremely humid, hot days tie your hair back in a bun, ponytail or braid so it isn’t touching your face.

6)  Use a natural spray-on sunscreen lightly and bring a hat if you are spending time in direct sun light.

7) Avoid heavy, animal-based moisturizers and products that contain a great deal of fat in them.

8)  Keep your makeup brushes clean. If you are using a towel to pat dry your face after washing, make sure you have a clean one daily or at least every other day for usage.

9).  Touch up treatments for cystic acne is different than regular acne so look into what is best for your situation.  For my cystic acne I’ll do a mixture of Manuka, Tea Tree, Rosemary Verbenone, Juniper and Clary Sage essential oils and dab them on the infected area only.  I’ve also heard Oregano, Clove, Lemongrass, Lavender and Frankincense essential oils can be great alternatives.

10) After removing your makeup and cleansing your face go ahead and dilute some “Braggs Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (with the mother) with some water and a cotton ball. Do a second light cleansing to your skin.  You’ll have to figure out what concentration is right for your skin type. I use it full strength and do not dilute it at all but I don’t recommend this for everyone.

11)  Before bedtime after you have cleansed and applied your vinegar mix go ahead and apply a vegan night cream that contains sodium hyaluronate (this is the plant-based hyaluronate acid. Use lightly and maybe kick back to three or four times a week depending on your skin needs.  YASOU vegan cell renewal night cream has been a huge asset to my summer skin care regime and my cystic acne flair ups, keeping my skin hydrated, balanced and my skin barrier intact.

12)  Use silk pillowcases – it makes all the difference to your skin.

 

I hope you find some of these steps helpful. As basic as they seem they have made a world of difference for my skin this summer.  As you can see all the steps are natural, animal-free solutions.  If you know of any other basic steps please email them to me at terry@yasouskincare.com and we’ll send you a gift.

YASOU!

Serenity Sustains You and Your Skin

Serenity is a sense of feeling calm, peaceful and untroubled. Expressions of this state of being are shared around the world through words and images in all cultures. In Greek, the word for serenity is ηρεμία. In Arabic it is written as سكينة الروح, راحة نفسية .  In China as 寧靜. And in Japanese: セレニティ, 平静, 静けさ. Philosophers from ancient to modern times have spoken of its benefits to mind and body. In a previous post we talked about how gratitude can benefit your skin. Cited in the post was some psychodermatology research that shows how emotions, mind and skin interact. While all of that holds true, I look at serenity a bit differently. Where does it come from? How can we get more of it? Just like our skin, the answers are personal to each of us.

 

Can we soak ourselves in serenity each day in the same way we adhere to a natural skin care routine? I think so. If we seek it, we will find it. We may find a serenity boost through meditation, mindfulness, physical activity or the wisdom of others. Read on.

 

Taoist take the middle road to serenity:

“I have neither hens nor foxes.”Tao proverb

 

Expectations can devour serenity:

“For serenity always prefer the cottage to the palace! – Mehmet Murat Idan

 

Understand the boldness of belief:

“If you find serenity and happiness, some people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.”
–Mother Theresa

 

Know your sweet spot:

“The love of learning, the sequestered nooks. And all the sweet serenity of books.”
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

For our skin health we know to avoid certain assaults:

  • Ultraviolet (UV) radiation
  • Stress, anxiety
  • Junk food
  • Lack of sleep

 

These same things can disrupt our sense of serenity. UV rays can damage skin and cause suffering. An anxious mind compromises skin’s protective capacity. Stress sends signals to our nerves, creating hormone imbalances and chemicals that increase oil production. Cortisol disrupts dermal proteins and weakens the epidermis, the outer layer of skin. Junk food starves skin of the nutrients it needs to stay healthy. A lack of sleep causes low energy and grumpiness.

 

Be encouraged that any assault can be assailed. Marinade your mind with comforting thoughts such as these:

“I will be calm. I will be mistress of myself.”  ― Jane Austin, Sense and Sensibility

 

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”
― Lao Tzu

 

“Be calm. God awaits you at the door.”
― Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

 

“Peace is present right here and now, in ourselves and in everything we do and see. Every breath we take, every step we take, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity. The question is whether or not we are in touch with it. We need only to be awake, alive in the present moment.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace Is Every Step

 

“Do your work, then step back. The only path to serenity.”   ― Lao Tzu

 

“Go in the direction of where your peace is coming from.”   ― C. JoyBell C.

 

Give yourself a serenity boost every day. Poetry can reflect and instill a sense of serenity. Float with this one across the sky, under a tree, into a sea of daffodils.

 

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed–and gazed–but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.”
― William Wordsworth

 

Make serenity as natural as a skin care routine. It will sustain you and your skin. Peace.  Ειρήνη (Greek), Síocháin (Irish), ᏙᎯᏱ(Cherokee), ཞི་བདེ(Tibetan)  שלום (Hebrew).

 

To your health, YASOU!