My skin journey with PortiaM

My skin journey with PortiaM

 

My skin used to be at its worse post pregnancy. Acne ruled my life in every sense of the word.

 

I remember waking up and touching my face first thing before I even said my morning prayer.  Going outdoors and to gatherings was like a punishment. The loads of make-up I had to hide behind to cover up my “horrible” skin was so unpleasant.

 

There was a lot of trial and error with various products which only aggravated my skin and safe to say, I gave up on my skin. I didn’t buy anything for it anymore, until I did enough research on products.  It was then when I came across PortiaM products.

 

My lifestyle changes for the glow

Due to my acne I had to make a few lifestyle changes. I had to cut out dairy, refined sugars, processed foods and gluten.  It was really tough at the beginning but I did it for my skin. My system eventually adapted to the new normal and my tastebuds danced to the taste of black, no sugar rooibos tea.  This new lifestyle cost a lot of discipline I the beginning, but now I am used to it and it comes naturally for me to maintain it.

 

My journey with PortiaM

The journey started when a friend introduced me to these products. The price seemed too good to be true (price range from R41.49-R158.99) but the results and testimonials are what made me swipe my card at Clicks. It was a 3 for 2 special that day and I invested in the entire Marula range.  I am using it for 4 months now.

 

The different range:

The Marula Range is suitable for normal to dry skin, acne prone and blemishes.

The Pomegranate range is for sensitive skin. The face cream in this range will also help to reverse the signs of aging.

My skincare routine

I have become disciplined in my routine. No matter how tired I am I make sure to take care of my skin. I use the entire Marula range which consists of face wash, toner, serum and day/night cream. I also use it in this exact order (with day/ night cream at relevant times).

 

Another thing I do in my skincare routine is to dry my face with a paper towel instead of a normal towel, this ensures that no bacteria comes on my face after I washed it. I also do derma rolling twice a week to improve collagen and blood circulation.

 

The results…

In the first 3 days purging (developed fine pimples) occurred but the fourth day it was gone. My skin just needed time to adapt to the new product. But this is quite rare with most of the people that use it. Patience is key. My skin was glowing and looked healthy in a few days.

 

I am using the products for 4 months now and my blemishes are lighter and the acne has disappeared.

 

Maintaining my glowing skin:

To maintain my glowing skin I make sure to always have my skin products stocked u . Due to the lifestyle changes I had to make, I also plan my meals ahead to make sure I stay on track with my eating. I am in a routine with my skincare routine, I don’t go to the kitchen in the morning without washing my face (my dad drilled this into us from a very young age) and I wash my face every night at 19h00. It started with an alarm on my phone until my brain automatically registered the time and action.

Shop the products at:

Clicks

www.portiamss.com

Dischem

Shoprite

PicknPay

Game

Checkers

Independent Pharmacies

Beauty Zone

I will definitely continue using PortiaM and keep them part of my lifestyle.

 

 

How I cured my acne

How I cured my acne

 

For many years in my twenties I had acne which has definitely gave my self-confidence a hard knock. It came to a point where I didn’t want to go out or see people. I would talk with little eye contact because I knew they were staring at my skin. I made a decision to change it but then a huge blessing came my way…

My MooiMaak journey…

I was part of the biggest make-over show called MooiMaak. There the dermatologists educated me how to heal my acne. All steps were followed, my skin was 100% clear and I was myself again. Then I became pregnant and my skin has been in the worst condition ever! Hormones and unhealthy eating (you know, pregnancy cravings and all that) played a big role.

After Mooimaak…
 At this point I had no expensive treatments, products and supplements to help me fight my acne. I had to jump on the research wagon and here is what I found…

Everything that happens in the gut comes out on the skin. That means, I first had to check my diet. Common triggers for acne are dairy, processed foods, gluten (bread, pasta, rice, etc.) and sugar. Some people can eat all of these and still be fine, but maybe…. They don’t have a leaky gut. Leaky gut has a direct link with acne. After all this I had to keep a food diary. I also included fermented foods like kombucha, kimchi and kefir to help with the good bacteria that my gut needs.

“Do not forget to drink water throughout the day. I usually drink 3litres maximum per day. ”

This food diary thought me exactly what triggered my acne and it was really hard to cut out certain foods. I miss those milky teas and cappuccinos. It took sacrifice and tears (I literally cried at times because of craving those foods). But the results were great motivation to curb it and make this my new lifestyle.
My skincare routine…
Topical I used a range of organic products until I couldn’t afford it anymore. I then used raw black soap and shea butter (this stuff is magical) only until I slowly incorporated other products into my skincare routine. I now use Portia M  skin products (it is affordable and works great for my skin) and a strict anti-blemish approach that includes vitamin C serum, derma-rolling, SPF50 sunscreen and a AHA/BHA peel 3 times a week at home. 
Below is the anti blemish mask that I use daily and it works wonders:
Anti-blemish mask:

*1 teaspoon turmeric

*1 teaspoon honey

*1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate soda

*1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
Mix all together and put on clean, dry skin. Leave for 20minutes and wash off with a dark cloth (turmeric stain badly). 

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8 hair secrets to save time

8 hair secrets to save time

 

Let’s face it ladies. When our hair looks good, we feel good. It is in fact our crowning glory. And I think all of us want to save time wherever we can, hair should not steal so much of our time.

 

  • Put conditioner from the mids of your ends to prevent build-up and let your blowdry last longer.

 

  • Sleep on a satin pillow case or use a silk bonnet to prevent frizz.

 

  • Dry your hair with a cotton t-shirt instead of a towel. It is gentler on your tresses.

 

  • Go for a regular trim. It makes your hair appear healthier and well kept.

 

  • Have a few go-to hairstyles up your sleeve for that day 3 hair. A French plat, messy bun or a high bun is always a winner.

 

  • Use accessories to keep your hair in place or to add femininity.

 

  • Use sulphate free shampoo to ensure your hair doesn’t dry out and needs extra attention as a result of damage.

 

  • Wear protective styles in winter, it allows you to sleep a little later but most importantly it protects your hair against the harsh cold weather.

 

  • If all else fails, put a cap on and add some hoops!

Love,

Authentic Mom xoxo