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.
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:
*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).
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!
Authentic Mom xoxo