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I watched the whole season & I am reeling from the emotions. I cannot pull myself together yet so I had to write about this! Spoiler Alert if you haven’t seen it before… Continue reading “Hannah Welcome To Your Tape”
I’m usually embarrassed to talk about this subject because I know a lot of people have it worse. The reason I decided to bring it up today is because I’ve noticed its something I have to deal with almost every week. If you don’t know me, I’m of East Indian decent but I was born & raised in Grenada. I’ve been called Syrian, Middle Eastern, Muslim – basically anyone from that region of the world. That’s not the bad part.
It’s a line we always hear during the safety briefings at the beginning of a flight. While you hear about oxygen masks, you will always be told to put your own mask on before helping others. Why is this important? Continue reading “Put on your mask first”
A great movie can always get my soul to turn. Sounds dramatic I know but we are talking about the movies here. I am not someone that likes to just pick a movie & start randomly watching it. If I’m going to sit down for 2+ hours I want to be either entertained or enlightened – about anything new really. I love to learn. On a 16 hour flight from Hong Kong to New York I had nothing but time. I saw the title “Doctor Strange” & I recognized it from Marvel comics. Although I steer away from action movies (not my favourite genre) I love movies based on super hero/heroine comics but that’s not what caught me. The synopsis intrigued me so I watched it. spoiler alert (if you haven’t seen it yet & are interested, please stop here) Continue reading “Doctor Strange…Indeed”
It’s a bold statement, but its deep…so I’ll explain.
If you suffer with acne, breakouts, pimples, blackheads, whiteheads – do you find your skin is at its worst in the cooler months? I’m on a tropical island so we don’t have a winter, but from December til about March it’s cooler than it usually is from the rest of the year. I definitely struggle more with my skin in these times.
In a world where everything is fast paced & everyone is constantly on the go, how do we stay sane & achieve goals? The distractions are endless. Social media, the news, politics, people telling you what you should be doing etc needs to be filtered out. I don’t know about you but for me, I’ve been finding life very “noisy”. I found myself constantly being busy, running around, doing 10 things at once & yes still, I wasn’t being productive. I was just “Busy”. I hated it.
Recently, I took a few days off. Off as in OFF. I stayed at home, I did some personal growth work & even though I was still connected to the world I got so much done. Then I thought back. How was I able to do this? What was the REAL reason I was able to accomplish some growth? It’s actually because I was single tasking. I woke up at 7am & I carefully, purposefully went about my day. I did one thing at a time & I concentrated on it & savoured the moment. Sounds silly right? Like one of those coffee commercials? Well it was actually amazing & did wonders for me. I felt like in a couple days, I grew so much. I brushed my teeth, I made some coffee, I sat down. I wrote in my journal, I made a list on Keep on my phone for my tasks for the day, I turned on my laptop & I only opened one tab. When I was finished with that, I went onto another. I didn’t keep checking my phone. I focused on each task & only that task. This is what you call Single Tasking. Doing one task at a time, doing it well & then moving on. I didn’t feel stressed & I didn’t feel “Busy”. (I think I really dislike that word “Busy”)
What resulted from doing this as a habit for a few days was life changing. No I’m not being dramatic, it actually was. I now know that multitasking is a brain killer. You literally run around all day & at the end of the day not much really happened for you. Multitasking has its place. There are times when its needed & you achieve results. Single tasking however, when it comes to you & growth may be the way to go. It certainly showed me something brand new! How about you? Are you a constant multi-tasker or a single-tasker? Let me know 🙂
Thanks for reading x
Maintaining clear skin is a part of my life. When I write posts about acne, its always from observations & personal experience. I have tried many things inclusive of medications & topical solutions but I admit quite happily that the source of my relief comes down to a few minor adjustments to my diet, lifestyle choices & simplifying my skincare routine. I am always learning something new & I am always happy to share!
Has dairy played a major role in causing my acne?
From everything I’ve read & observed, my acne is inflammatory. This means that my skin is prone to reacting to inflammation hence causing clogged pores & breakouts. The simplest way to eliminate the breakouts, is to lower my intake of foods that are known to be inflammatory. Dairy is notorious for causing inflammation & can certainly trigger acne.
Milk comes from animals that are pregnant, so their bodies are surging with hormones. The hormones are responsible for causing inflammation. Anything you consume that contains milk with aggravate your skin & cause breakouts. This includes but is not limited to milk, cheese, butter, buttermilk, ice cream, chocolate, eggs etc. If you are a fan of dairy, as I am, this will make you very sad. I used to drink at least a full cup of milk a day which is usually in my coffee or tea. Sometimes, I’d have more than that if I would have cereal at night as well. So we are talking about 2 cups of milk a day. Sometimes it would be more when you count butter, cheese, chocolates (all favourites of mine). My skin would be red, flare up, & be irritated, itchy, bumpy & it depressed me as you can imagine. I honestly didn’t see an end to my acne because of its severity and especially as I have had clear skin most of my life. Acne has been affecting me since 2014 – so its been 2 years & ongoing.
Do you need to eliminate dairy altogether? It depends. Everyone reacts differently. For me, after experimenting with different amounts, I know I can have just a quarter cup per day & maintain clear skin. I know if I had none at all, my skin would be even better, but I do love milk especially in my daily cup of coffee or tea. On days that I have cheese, I try not to have milk & vice versa. When I consume past a quarter of a cup, I can see it in my skin right away. It looks clogged & textured & the minute I cut back again, my skin is clearer.
If you are suffering from acne or breakouts that are red, itchy, painful & inflamed & sit mostly beneath the surface of your skin & doesn’t come to a head, you probably have inflammatory acne & you will 100% benefit from observing whether dairy is a major cause of your skin issues. Give it a try & let me know if this helped you. I’d love to hear from you 🙂
Take care x
Sometimes people ask me what my day time routine is & I’m almost hesitant to let them know that I don’t do that much to my skin, nor do I need to. As long as you have a solid night time routine, you can take it easy in the day. I swear by a 2 step system: cleanse & moisturize.
All you really need to do is know your skin type & then use a cleanser that caters to this. Most clenasers will be labelled what skin type they are best suited for. If you have dry skin, you will benefit from a hydrating cleanser. These usually are oil based, or a milky consistency & offer moisture while cleansing your skin. If you have oily skin, you will benefit from cleansers that remove dirt & oil & deep clean pores. Some are mattifying as well. Combination skin types will benefit from gentle cleansers that clean your skin thoroughly but don’t strip it of its moisture. Blemished, sensitive & problematic skin have their own specialized cleansers that combat a variety of issues. Sometimes with a cleanser, you will have to go through a trial & error method. Everyone is different & so are their needs in skincare. I have tried several cleansers over the years. I have acne prone, oily skin & I have used many cleansers that have made my skin worse. Either they strip my skin too much or they have ingredients that further irritate my skin.
In the day I stick to two products & I use a pea-sized amount of each of them. My cleanser of choice is from The Body Shop & it’s their Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash.
My second & final step is to moisturize. I have used several moisturizers over the course of a few years & I haven’t found anything that is as gentle yet effective as Simple’s Kind To Skin Hydrating Light Moisturizer.
If you don’t currently have a skincare routine I highly suggest you start and this is a pretty simple way to get your skin used to a routine. Its simple , effective & if you have problematic skin, its a great start to help you on your path to clear, problem-free skin.
Thanks for reading! x