Au Naturel

Ever since I was at school i’ve had trouble with my skin! It’s the one thing that can truly get me down and a battle I can never seem to win. I’ve tried a multitude of different “cures” including the pill, some cream that contained bleach and basically made my face fall off and antibiotics.

One thing that really seemed to work from me was the dianette pill. After I started taking this my skin cleared right up and I was so happy! My confidence grew in regards to walking around without make up (although this still rarely happened!) and I felt like I could go out without being judged on my appearance. (I realise that this probably wasn’t happening but when your face resembles the crusty surface of a volcano you tend not to believe that people will look past this.)

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before and after dianette

Unfortunately, I ended up suffering with a couple of week long migraines and my doctor took me off of Dianette telling me that it would be dangerous to stay on the pill. Apparently as my migraines were with aura, this correlates to a spike in my blood pressure and continuing to take the pill during this could cause a stroke.

But not long after I stopped taking the tablets my skin flared right back up! (Not something you welcome when you’re a year away from getting married!!!) Feeling helpless and not wanting to smother my body in more chemicals I started to look for more natural ways of helping my skin.

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A friend of mine told me about the benefits of eating the right foods for the skin and avoiding ones that react with the skin. This seems so obvious in hind sight but with doctors who tell you that diet doesn’t have an affect and that its all hormone based we are led to believe that the only way out is chemical alternatives. We are brought up in a society that puts a lot of trust into western medicines but as I am going through life I am seeing a lot more results occurring from more herbal, natural ways.

So I found a website called besthealthmag.ca and a section on the right foods to eat for acne prone skin (the exact link is http://www.besthealthmag.ca/best-looks/acne/foods-that-fight-acne#l3WabzvfIRp15why.97)

The list included:
Brazil nuts
Zinc
Omega 3
Beta carotene (vitamin a)
8 servings of fruit/veg a day
Vitamin c
Vitamin e

So I then began to research foods that were rich in the above and £63 later my kitchen resembles a vegetable patch!! (I got a little over excited on the food shop front! I’m sure it doesn’t have to cost that much, but I’m experimenting.)

I also cut gluten out of my diet and they suggest dairy should go too but I’m just not ready for that kind of commitment…. Cheese keeps me sane! Especially if I can’t eat things like ice cream and sweets!

gluten free base - pizza express
gluten free base – pizza express

I then bought a rose hip cleanser from Holland and Barrett (rose otto from the Dr organic range) – again recommended by my friend Lottie who swears by the benefits, which include; anti ageing, redness reduction and scar treatment. A herbalist also recommended chamomile and tea tree, so luckily for me the cleanser contained chamomile but I am leaving the tea tree out for now as I find it too strong for my skin. Hidden away in bunch of wedding fayre stuff in my cupboard I stumbled across a sample of the aloe propolis creme from forever which was great as I had been researching this a lot and had heard this works wonders. (Check out the reviews on Amazon).

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So my new facial routine is as follows:

Evening:
Wash face with soap and water
Use soft exfoliant sponge
Cleanse with rose otto
Moisturise with aloe propolis

Morning:
Use soft exfoliant sponge
Cleanse with rose otto
(Make up wise I use the smash box oil free primer and MAC studio fix fluid foundation)

In just one day the results were great and now after 6 days it’s even better!! My skin is softer and brighter, there are less actual “spots” and it’s more just a redness. Also my skin is a lot less flakey. All in all I couldn’t be happier and plan to continue this going forward.

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after just one day

Also staying away from gluten and sugar has given me more energy, I don’t feel bloated or sick or “too full” I feel just right! 🙂

For more information on staying healthy and eating the right foods for your conditions keep an eye on lottie’s instagram page @peppercorn_pot and feel free to ask her any questions! And also check out the besthealthmag website.

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Don’t be fooled into thinking that chemicals are the only answer there is almost always a natural method! Please let me know if you try out any of the products/ideas mentioned and whether they work for you 🙂

Laura x

N.B After seeing a lot of media relating to people being honest and open about they’re skin and being bullied by online trolls it was a difficult decision for me creating this post to include photos, but I am a visual person and feel that it puts the message across better than words can describe. My hope is that this will help anyone else who has been in the same situation and educate people to a more natural way of life.

AU NATUREL – with no elaborate treatment, dressing or preparation.

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3 thoughts on “Au Naturel

  1. Looking lovely Laura!!! Well I always thought you did anyway 🙂 but your skin does look great and so much nicer doing it a healthy and natural way!

    NEVER give up the cheese!!!! You only live once 🙂

    Congratulations to you and J on your engagement!!!!!!! ❤ ❤ ❤

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