Discrimination is for everyone

apples orangesI’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.

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Doctor Strange…Indeed

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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”

Single Tasking

are-you-a-single-taskerIn 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 🙂

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Is Dairy Causing Your Acne?

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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? 04-ff-export-incentive-130-ab

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

Daytime Skincare Routine

Having a simple, consistent skincare routine is the one of the foundations of clear skin. During different times in the day however, our skin needs different things. This is my simple daytime routine for acne prone, oily or combination skins.
If anyone asked me months ago what my daytime skincare routine was, I’d say I just splashed my face with water. I don’t do this anymore since my night time routine has changed & is more intense so I feel like I need a fresh start the next day. You can read about my night time routine here.

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.

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I’ve owned this for a short while. When I first used it, I thought it gave me a reaction. The cleanser I was using prior to this was from St. Ive’s and it was their Green Tea Gel Cleanser for blemished skin with 2% salicylic acid (BHA). I still do recommend this one if you can find it. I haven’t been able to find this one for a while so after I ran out of it, I gave The Body Shop’s cleanser a try again & I didn’t have a reaction this time. My breakout  could have been caused by something else. I highly recommend this cleanser from The Body Shop.  I find it refreshing & it does not make my skin feel tight & dry. Since it contains tea tree oil (which is great for clearing breakouts) it doesn’t overly dry out my skin.

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.

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This moisturizer offers just enough hydration for my skin without feeling sticky or greasy. It is a light cream-gel-like formula that absorbs quickly into the skin. If you have acne prone or oily skin, this is the perfect moisturizer for you. Just because you have acne or oily skin, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t moisturize. On the contrary, you should be doing so regularly.  Its a great base for under makeup also. It doesn’t make your foundation slip around your face like a richer moisturizer would. During the day my skin is a little oilier than at night so I find this formula easy to wear. This brand has no harmful or harsh chemicals, no parabens & no perfumes or dyes. I have never had a reaction with this product. It has a few simple ingredients that are written on the label & are all good for your skin.  If you have sensitive skin, this is the brand & product line for you. I swear by it. It is an affordable moisturizer & can be found easily.

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