Acne and aging seem to be the bushwhackers of skin issues. Anti-aging routines call for lots of moisture, which doesn’t always work so well on blemish-prone skin. When you choose a product you have to decide which is the lesser of two evils. Would you rather combat zits or smooth away wrinkles? We’ve all heard that retinols can put an end to acne as well as fend off the signs of aging but it can also cause irritation and redness and leave your skin looking like a charred tomato!
If you haven’t already heard, there is some good news about acne and aging. A group of scientists at King’s College London released a study that showed acne-prone skin may not age as quickly. They discovered adults with acne often have longer telomeres. Telomeres are chromosomal end-caps that look like little plastic tips on shoelaces whose shortening is associated with aging and they protect our genetic material from getting frayed as cells naturally divide over time. This has one thinking…would you rather deal with pimples or have a couple of lines appear on your face?
Maybe I can help correct both issues, for some sufferers out there, with a simple remedy: oil. One of the services a mechanic might suggest next time you’re in his shop is an engine flush, which is exactly what is sounds like; it flushes the gunk out of your engine. Why not do the same for your skin as you do for your car? Find an excellent oil and unclog your pores of bacteria, excess oil production and dead skin.
I use all sorts oils but if I had to pick my three favorite oils for acne-prone and aging skin they would be:
Evening Primrose soothes and moisturizes the skin while enhancing elasticity. It promotes a healthy, clear, rejuvenated complexion and addresses roughness, wrinkles, redness, dryness, and irritation. It facilitates the healing process, reduces the appearance of scars, and calms inflammation.
Tamanu oil facilitates the growth of newer skin and leaves the skin feeling smoother and softer. It soothes, repairs, and diminishes redness, scars, stretch marks, irritation, itchiness, dryness, and peeling. It prevents blemishes from forming and it protects against the harsh effects of the elements. It works to reduce age spots, stretch marks, cellulite, and dryness.
Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil
Coconut Oil can penetrate the skin easily, due to the small size of its molecules. It offers excellent emollience to dry, itchy skin and hair, remaining suitable for sensitive, inflamed and irritated skin. It creates a protective barrier on the skin’s surface, locking in moisture to soften, lubricate, and cool skin while preventing future dryness as well as fungus. It effectively soothes sunburns and blisters, removes dead skin, and promotes the growth of newer, healthier skin for a glowing complexion. I, personally, don’t use coconut oil on my face on a regular basis but use it daily on my entire body.
“Beautiful skin requires commitment, not a miracle.” -Erno Laszlo
Rebecca Louise | Realife Co