At the studio, I take a 360 approach to each of my customized treatments, correcting and healing the skin from the inside-out and the outside-in. Food sensitivities, hormonal fluctuations and lifestyle all contribute to inflammation in our bodies which can then manifest into breakouts (don't forget your skin is the largest organ in the body). Often times, we need to "breakup" with foods for a period of time to allow our system to heal and repair. In addition having regular facials and using quality skincare products with corrective, yet nourishing ingredients will supply the skin with the tools it needs to function at its best. The Core Facial was specifically designed to correct, nourish, hydrate and heal problematic skin and is the perfect treatment to address some of the common underlying issues below.
1. Forehead: Digestion and lifestyle play an important role in this area. Inflammatory foods (sugar, gluten, dairy, alcohol, processed foods, sodium) can cause stress with the stomach, kidneys and intestines leading to breakouts in the forehead. Try cutting out these foods as much as possible and replace them with deep colored greens, berries, wild salmon, dandelion tea, and lemon water. Also boosting your Omega 3 fats can help to fight inflammation- wild fish, chia/flax and spinach are great sources. I also always recommend my clients take a quality Probiotic to support gut health.
2. Upper Browline/Between the Eyebrows: Breakouts in this area of the face tend to be characteristic of a sluggish liver and immune system. If you feel like you might be getting a cold or run down try to boost immunity with warm nourishing liquids like soups,bone broth and lemon water and using antioxidant supplements like vitamin c & zinc. Also, if you have been eating processed foods or too many saturated fats you might need to take a step back and detox to support your liver- incorporate foods like bitter, leafy greens, garlic, green tea, lemons and turmeric for healthy liver function.
4. Cheeks: Breakouts in this area are typically caused by stress to the the respiratory system [outside of the usual suspects: pillow case, sunglasses, cell phone, touching your face]. Smoking, environmental elements, stress and lifestyle are some of the factors that are contributing triggers. Try to cut out smoking, get more sleep, hydrate, exercise, protect your skin from environmental elements (serum) and practice healthy mind-body techniques, like meditation and yoga (even if it is 5 minutes!).
5. The Chin & Jawline: Hello hormones! Fluctuations in hormones during menstruation cause increased progesterone and testosterone levels and activate the sebacious (oil) glands. The oil provides food for bacteria to grow, which can lead to pesky breakouts or cysts. Try upping your masque game, use a natural spot treatment twice a day and NEVER pick. Also, reduce your dairy and sugar intake as much as possible since cows milk has naturally occurring hormones as well as sugar that spikes insulin levels, leading to breakouts (swap with unsweetened coconut milk). You can also incorporate supplements like Zinc, Evening Primrose Oil, Probiotics and Omega 3's to boost antioxidant levels and healthy fats.
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