Saturday, 13 July 2013

Back to my Basic Skin Care

It has been a crazy month of June for me.  My helper went home to the Philippines for her leave, as the same time we were schedule to move house.  Luckily, I was allowed by the office to work from home.  The kids are on school-vacation, as well.  Needless to say, my hands were full.

With all the packing and unpacking that needs to be done, all the outdoor activities of the kids, and the cleaning of the old house and the new flat, I had a terrible case of pimple break-outs.  It's horrible. I never had it since I was in high school.  I had tiny red pimples on my forehead, my cheeks and chin.  And worse, they're itchy!  So itchy that when I wash my face, I'm tempted to scrub them till  the get more reddish hue.

It's gotten so  bad, my kids were wondering, "Mom, what happened to your face?!"  For someone who's adept at skin care and gives friends advice on skin issues, this is downright alarming.  I knew I had to do something before it gets worse.

So here's what are my drastic measures:

1.)  Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate!  I literally measured my water intake using a 1-liter Coke container.  I made sure to finish it within the day.

2.)   Catch up on my Zzzzss.   There were so many things that I needed to do in the new flat.  If I don't control myself, I continue working until late at night.  Most of the times, I also go beyond my waking hours reading books. I recently discovered an android app where I can download free ebooks.  As a result, my sleep patter had gone haywire.  I had to literally, set the alarm at 10am, to remind myself that I needed to sleep!!

3.)  Changed my Skin Regimen to a lighter version - my regimen used to be 5-step AgeLOC Transformation Package.  It's one great anti-aging product, but I figured with my current break-outs I have to relax it a bit.  So, I change to the most basic skin care, which was Nu Skin Nutricentials line.

The package contains the following:

Pure Cleansing Gel
Deep cleanses and clarifies pores. Made from papaya enzyme. Pure Cleansing Ge's soap-free, foaming formula balances oil without overdrying, leaving skin fresh, clean, and energized.

pH Balance Mattefying Toner
A toner with oil-absorbing mineral powder to give an instant matte finish and control shine.  Made from Strawberry extract, calms the skin and tightens pores, as well.

Celltrex Ultra Recovery Fluid
Made from Olive Oil.  I used it as light moisturizer.  Good alternative if all those anti-aging serums have been clogging your pores.

Moisture Restore Day Protective Mattefying Lotion SPF 15 
My sunblock whenever I had to go out during the day to take the kids to tuition classes.  I alternate this with Tinted Moisturizer, if I needed to put on make-up.

Night Supply Nourishing Cream
My night moisturizer.  Very light.  Not sticky at all.

I have combination to oily skin.  That's why I'm prone to pimples.  However for one or two huge break-outs, I always keep a tube of Clear Action Night Cream.   It's actually part of the Clear Action System.  I apply the cream directly to the pimple.  After 2 -3 days, the pimples dries up and I maintain the cream for a week to completely heal and prevent scarring.

 4.)  Change my diet -  Cooking for my family of 5,  the easiest is fried foods.  Fried chicken, friend beef tapa, fried fish became staple in the household when I took over the kitchen.  It's fast, easy and kids love them.  However, it wrecked havoc on my skin.  I tried going easy on the frying but have more soup-based dishes.   Less frying. More steaming and boiling.

5.)  Hair off the Face - Dirty hair poking into the skin pores is actually one of the cases of pimple break-outs.  So, I try to keep a clean un-obstructive hairstyle by using clamps, hair bands, hair climps.

6.)  Quit touching my face and being anxious about my pimples - hands are dirty and constantly touching the face exacerbates the break-out. Anxiety over what I look like also stresses me out. Stress is a major cause of break-outs!

So far, my face is now slowly returning back to normal.   It helps that my helper has arrived, and the kids are now back to school.  Hopefully, it a few weeks I can return back to my anti-aging regimen!  At my age, my skin calls for more than Basic Skin Care.  However, once in a while, it is good to give our skin a breather.

If  you're interested with the Nutricentials product line, you call drop by Nu Skin Enterprises Philippines with offices at 15th Floor Octagon Building, San Miguel Avenue, Pasig City, Philippines or call 689-NUSKIN.


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