When Life Give You Oranges, Use Them to Fight Acne-Secrets from My Husband’s Vault

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My husband suffered with acne, as most of us have at some point in our lives.  He has teenage acne, and now in my late 20’s, I have a sudden onset of adult acne.

I’ve been schlumping around the house all, “Woe is me! My face hurts, damn the hormones, damn them to hell!”  while my husband sits on the couch thinking for ways to get me to stop.

He suggested Vitamin C.  Ingesting Vitamin C and thoroughly washing his face helped with his own acne problems years ago.

I did a little research, and found that the best way to get your daily dose (to help your skin) of 100mg of Vitamin C per day is through natural resources.

Facingacne.com suggests if you refuse fruits and veggies, you can get your Vitamin C two other ways, “Take vitamin C with bioflavonoids or Acerola with Vitamin C USP. One capsule or tablet per day is enough.
Use skin care products that provide the form of vitamin C known as palmityl ascorbate. But be sure to buy it in tube form and to close the tube tightly to prevent the oxidation of the palmityl ascorbate by exposure to the air.”

YoDerm.com explains how Vitamin C works for acne:

How Exactly Does Vitamin C Help Your Skin?

“The science behind the effects of vitamin C for acne:

  • Breakouts: Free radicals (environmental toxins and bacteria) are one of the root sources of acne, but vitamin C can work to clear out these harmful toxins.

Free radicals break down the proteins and fatty acids that make up the skin, disturbing the normal pH of the skin and harming the sebaceous glands. This increases the production of sebum, leaving the skin open to breakout-causing bacteria. As an antioxidant, vitamin C breaks down these free radicals and reduces them to harmless compounds before they can damage the skin.

  • Inflammation and redness: One of the more noticeable effects of taking a vitamin C supplement is the clearing of redness caused by skin inflammation.

Your immune system releases inflammatory chemicals called leukotrienes to destroy acne-causing bacteria, but the bacteria have a “decoy” system that sometimes causes the chemicals to redirect towards the skin and cause redness. In large doses, vitamin C works to calm the immune system rather than stimulate it, preventing it from destroying healthy skin rather than the bacteria in your pores.

  • Acne scars: Vitamin C helps rejuvenate the skin by promoting collagen and elastin production, essential proteins needed to generate new skin.

Collagen and elastin are the main proteins that makes up your skin; when not produced in sufficient amounts, the integrity of the skin is affected. Without vitamin C the proteins weaken, causing the skin to become more susceptible to acne scars as well as preventing existing scars from healing.”

I personally haven’t tried this method for helping with the inflammation for my acne problems, but I do have a giant bag of oranges from my latest trip to Trader Joe’s… So on that note, cheers to orange smiles!

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…Creepy orange smiles…

Obviously visit your dermatologist before starting skin regimens, and research, research, RESEARCH!

Have you tried any natural acne remedies?

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Ugh! Coconut Oil For The Hair *Sigh*

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Today I was in the zone.  The house cleaning zone.  When I’m doing a deep clean of my house, I try to multitask, and part of my multitasking today was letting coconut oil sit in my hair and moisturize while I cleaned.

Badddddd idea.  

I get that coconut oil works great for some people, it did nothing for me.  As soon as I applied it to my hair I knew it was going to be a bad idea.  The smell of the coconut oil did not mesh well with my body chemistry and just smelled terrible.

Since I assaulted my hair with my homemade sea salt spray the other day, I thought that it would be a good idea to add some moisture back in.  

My hair before the coconut oil treatment.  This is having slept on it in a claw clip.

My hair before the coconut oil treatment. This is having slept on it in a claw clip.

 

Just applied the coconut oil, already regretting that decision.

Just applied the coconut oil, already regretting that decision.

After applying the coconut oil, I rolled my hair into a claw clip, added a little heat from the blow dryer, and snapped on a shower cap. After letting the coconut oil sit in my hair for a while, I took a long shower, washed my hair multiple times, and let it air dry.

After air drying for a while, I decided to style my hair as I normally do.  I have naturally thick and curly hair, and I normally flat iron it straight.  

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After flat ironing: Gross-ness

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I am super unhappy with the results.  My hair is still heavy and oily at the roots after washing it multiple times.  When I wash and style my hair normally, I usually add Argan Oil to the bottom half of my hair and then heat style and it works out nicely for me.  The coconut oil is just too heavy and did not make a difference in how my hair feels, so the trouble wasn’t worth it for me.  

After styling.  It is hard to tell in the picutre, but my hair is super oily at the roots and heavy,  Not flowy at all  I guarantee if I went outside in the heat, my hair would become an even oilier mess!

After styling. It is hard to tell in the picutre, but my hair is super oily at the roots and heavy, Not flowy at all I guarantee if I went outside in the heat, my hair would become an even oilier mess!

However, coconut oil treatment will work for someone who has really dry hair and scalp.  Since I tend to get oily at my roots two days after washing, I did not need the extra moisturizing.  I will stick to my normal routine.  

 

Have you used coconut oil on your hair or skin?  Is there a lighter homemade hair treatment you suggest?  Will you be washing your hair two days in a row like me?  

Happy Saturday night!

Beauty Secrets from My Husband’s Vault

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Yes, I said from my husband’s vault!

I have known my husband for over five years. and he still surprises me daily with some of the things he says.  Over time he has given me suggestions on products to use and facial care routines to follow, and I gladly try out his methods.   

As an oily girl, I am always dab-dab-dabbing my face all day to keep oil at bay.  I usually make sure I have spare napkins and tissues floating around in my purse to help me out when time comes.  I’m sure if you were to follow me with a camera all day, and look at the footage, I’m either dabbing my face, touching my hair, or giggling like a maniac. 

With that said, I don’t know how this conversation came up, but he told me that he uses TOILET SEAT COVERS to dab away at his sebum!  Whaaat? 

Apparently I’ve been living under a rock because it is a common things that people use to keep oil at bay.  It definitely makes sense to use.  The consistency of the paper is just right to absorb oil, and it’s FREE!  Well at least it’s free for me.  (Sorry office building)

Since I work in an office building with a shared restroom, I decided to put it to the test.  I took two toilet seat covers and cut them up into small pieces. 

I placed two toilet seat covers on top of each other

I placed two toilet seat covers on top of each other

I  then folded them over a few times to get ready to cut.

I then folded them over a few times to get ready to cut.

After I was all done cutting, they were stacked neatly so I could place them in my makeup bag.

After I was all done cutting, they were stacked neatly so I could place them in my makeup bag.

I tried dabbing my oil after cutting the toilet seat cover into small pieces.  The paper itself is slightly thin and would definitely work for you if you are only slightly oily. 

What one sheet looks like before dabbing.

What one sheet looks like before dabbing.

This is after dabbing my forhead.  I had foundation and powder on, so that's why it's pigmented.  Gross I know, but I had to show the whole process!

This is after dabbing my forehead. I had foundation and powder on, so that’s why it’s pigmented. Gross I know, but I had to show the whole process!

I tried them while I had makeup on, and I feel I would need quite a few pieces to absorb makeup and oil.  However, having these saved in my makeup bag will help me if I’m in a pinch.  While I probably won’t cut any to use again once I use up what I saved, I would use a toilet seat cover to dab if I didn’t have anything else on hand, say at a sporting event or a mall excursion.

Do you follow beauty advice from your partner?