I've heard that at this time of year when there's a big snow storm, it should be the last big one of the year? Who knows, I'll have to see that to believe it. It doesn't mean that the snow is done but it shouldn't be as plentiful. Have any of you heard that? It could be along the lines of the poor groundhog and his "predictions". Anyway this is Canada and it snows, so really there's not much to complain about. These are the winters of my childhood. It used to snow like this all winter long.
Acne update: The food elimination was not doing anything, so I'm over it, for now at least. I completely forgot about colloidal silver. I used it all the time for other skin issues such as my eczema, which thankfully hasn't bothered me for a couple of years. So I'm going to try it on my face and for any other skin issues that are ailing me. The idea came about when I noticed a few days ago that Kai the cats eyes were watering really badly and she was squinting in her right eye. A co-worker of my sisters suggested colloidal silver as an at-home remedy to try before the vet. But thankfully her eye issue cleared up the next day, I was going to take her to the vet today, if it was weepy all weekend. She looked quite pitiful. I do think that she was munching on a house plant. Not a poisonous one but it can irritate their mucus membranes. So yeah the plant needs to be put even higher up. Oh Kai.
Have a great Monday and week! I'll do my best to do the same. Positive thoughts, positive actions, positive words. I will, I can, I am.
I've been trying to be as natural as possible in as many parts of my life that work for me. My latest trial and error effort is skin care. I have very sensitive skin and react to the wind blowing too hard.
I was very lucky to not have acne as a teenager but as soon as I hit 23/24 years old, acne came and literally slapped me in the face. Now don't get me wrong it's not as bad as it could be. I don't have cystic acne and I don't have breakouts all of the time. But for the last several years I've had more bad weeks than good. So in addition to my overly sensitive, sometimes-eczema-prone-skin, I get to deal with zits. Lovely. Something every 30-something year old loves to deal with.
For me there are several factors that affect the condition of my skin.
Stress is a big one. The more I stress about anything, the worse the breakouts are and the longer they last. Hard to not stress because having awful skin is stressful for most people.
The weather. The hotter and more humid it is the worse my skin becomes. It never gets to really dry out and the salt in sweat makes the breakout worse.
Skin care products. I've only been able to use Cetaphil products on my face for years. I don't think it's working anymore. Even if the product label says hypo-allergenic, my skin usually reacts to it. I even have to be careful of the shampoos and conditioners that I use. Not only will they react with my scalp but whatever shampoo/conditioner runs down my face will make me breakout. Currently I'm using Dr. Bronner's Unscented Baby-Mild Hemp Pure-Castile Soap, for my shampoo/body wash. A little goes a long way and so far I haven't had any bad skin reaction.
Medication can also make me breakout. I don't take a lot of medication, but if I do, I'll know in a few hours if it's making me react.
Makeup. I haven't used makeup in a little over 3 years, aside from lip balm/lip
gloss, which doesn't really count. I used to be able to use Clinique products but once I started breaking out again, my cover-up needed a cover-up. Even my lips are sensitive. If I use something with a lot of perfumes or weird ingredients my lips breakout. It's not really visible unless your right in my face but it feels like fine sandpaper. Good times for me.
So what I'm trying next is plain carrier oils. I'm using Apricot oil right now and so far I haven't had any new breakouts. Apricot oil is very light and seems to let my skin breath. I really want to try Jojoba oil, because it's said to be a light oil that is closest to the oils that your skin produces naturally. It's also said to be good for sensitive skin types and to help in the healing of damaged skin.
So I'll keep using the Apricot oil until I get some Jojoba oil. I'm not afraid of using oils nor am I worried that they will clog my pores. I think that it's the type of oil that you use. If I were to use vegetable oil of course my pores will get clogged. Anyone who's worked in a kitchen, over a deep fryer, knows what that's about.
I'll report back as soon as I can with the results.
What skin care products have you had success with? I'm always looking for new ideas.
Till next time,
Song of the Day: 'Bottle It Up' - Sara Bareilles, 2010, Little Voice