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Monday, April 02, 2012

Sea salt and acne

April 02, 2012 6 Comments

Recently I re-discovered a natural acne treatment I used years ago, but for some reason I stopped using.  I used to treat my acne with sea salt.  Yes, sea salt.  
Sea salt helps destroy the bacteria that lead to acne while also calming overactive oil production. 


Use sea salt for treating acne because regular table salt can irritate your skin.  Table salt is heavily processed to eliminate minerals and usually contains an additive to prevent clumping.  Sea salt contains beneficial minerals including; zinc, iodine, calcium, sulfur, potassium and magnesium.  These minerals will cleanse and nourish your skin, reduce inflammation, and heal skin tissue.
There are a few different ways to use sea salt.  I do not suggest using sea salt as a toner or scrub because those methods tend to irritate and dry the skin.

These are the methods I use…

Method 1:
Sea salt soak
  • Wash your face.
  • Warm a cup of distilled water. 
  • Add about one tablespoon of sea salt, stirring until it dissolves.
  • Soak a wash-cloth in the salt water solution and squeeze out the excess moisture.
  • Lay the wash-cloth on your face and relax.
  • Keep the wash-cloth applied to the acne for at least five minutes.
  • Rinse your face and apply a moisturiser.

Method 2:
Sea salt steam
Add one or two tablespoons of sea salt to your facial steam (using the bowl and hot water method).  For instructions check out Facial sauna


Tips:
  • Use a fresh solution each time.
  • Treat you face with sea salt twice a weekOveruse of salt water will dry your skin and can lead to more skin problems.  
  • If you suffer from body acne, try adding a cupful of sea salt to you regular bath.  Do not forget to moisturise you skin afterwards.

Of course, if you have access to the sea, go swimming!  If you have any questions, leave a comment or contact me.

XOXO
Euphrasie85

Friday, August 26, 2011

Overnight spot treatment: Calamine lotion

August 26, 2011 30 Comments
Hello everyone!

In this post, I will talk about Calamine lotion and how it can be used as an overnight acne treatment.

Calamine lotion is a mild astringent and antiseptic.  It relieves the symptoms of mild sunburn and is commonly used for minor skin irritations (itching, pain, and discomfort).  It works by soothing and protecting the skin. The active ingredient in Calamine lotion is Zinc oxide.


Topical Zinc oxide is used to treat diaper rash, minor burns, severely chapped skin, or other minor skin irritations.  Zinc is a natural astringent that helps tighten the skin, therefore, reducing the appearance of large pores.  Astringents help dry the skin and reduce inflammation.  Zinc can also help reduce the irritation and itchiness attributed to acne.  Zinc also controls the amount of oil produced by the sebaceous glands.
Zinc oxide naturally protects the skin from sun damage.  So, when purchasing sunscreen for your face, make sure the ingredients include zinc oxide.

Application:

Wash your face (or any affected area) as usual and gently towel dry.  It is very important to shake the bottle well before using it.  Apply Calamine lotion to the affected skin, using a cotton swab.  You can apply more than one coat if you want.  Let the Calamine lotion dry and leave it on overnight.  Wash your face, as usual, the next morning.

Tips:

Do not use around the eye area.

You can use a small, clean make-up brush for easier application.


Leave your comments below.  I hope this was helpful!

XOXO
Euphrasie85