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How to Treat Cystic Acne in your 30’s

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How to Treat Cystic Acne in your 30’s

How to Treat Cystic Acne in your 30’s and get your all-natural glow again.

You can remember your teens like it was yesterday – going through your body’s changes, hormones, studying, having that crush on that cutest boy/girl at school.Some of us had those awkward braces to wear for straightening our teeth. Does that ring a bell? Probably the worst part about our teens is the acne break outs. Just when you think it’s all sorted, another one rears its ugly head and screams at you when you get up … ‘ GOOD MORNING I AM A NEW ZIT & I AM HERE RIGHT ON YOUR FOREHEAD, NOSE AND CHIN FOR EVERYONE TO SEE’ … Oh-M-Gee, Totally Cringeworthy.

How did you feel during those times? Embarrassed, self-conscious, frustrated, worried about what people where going to think of you? What was the first thing you would do? Ok, 3rd thing, because the first thing was probably want to crawl back into bed and hide, the 2nd thing you wanted to do was POP IT and so the 3rd thing you wanted to do was cover it up.

But what if you’re a boy or as we say in Australia, a young fella, bloke? You can’t put on foundation or cover up without being laughed at… or can you?Some kids were ‘lucky’ when the didn’t get so many on their face, but they had them on their shoulders and back.During the winter time when no-one sees them it’s no big deal, but when the summer arrives, that hidden factor suddenly comes to the surface for everyone to see.

My parents grew up in Sicily, Italy, and were eating a lot of whole foods from the land, which were not processed or spoilt by Commercial pesticides.When we were teenagers, the association to the foods we were eating with allergies and skin problems were not linked.It’s ironic because our parents had such great skin with a natural, healthy glow about them, whilst the generation after us were showing a different story.Many were overweight and their skin was showing more spots, acne or other problems.

Whilst I write this, I want you to understand that I was one of those teens – overweight, spots, eating secretly when no-one was watching and trying to overcome not only issues like Acne, but Eczema as well.

Today I have noticed that this ‘teen cycle’ is happening again in people’s 20’s, 30’s and often in the 40’s.I’m sure if you hated it then, you will be feeling even more frustrated and self-conscious as an adult with kids looking like a teenager, right?But why is it happening? There are a number of Reasons why:

The foods we eat – Sometimes what we are eating no longer agrees with our internal gut system. It’s become sluggish and is working like an old car that needs to have its oil changed.
Our bodies are changing – There’s no date for when this should start to happen to us, but it will at some stage begin.
Stress – This can be the biggest killer. Stress can mess up our minds, our relationships, our work environment and ultimately our bodies.
Skincare routine – Often we use products that are too harsh as they strip the necessary natural oils from our skin’s reserves. In doing so, the skin’s oils are taken away, causing the body to reproduce more oil to replenish what’s missing.This tends to create a vicious cycle:the body replenishes the oils – we are told to remove the excess – the body reproduces the oils – we remove them again – etc.
Hydration – Are you drinking 2 litres of water a day to keep your body replenished?
Time – Do you have unrealistic expectations and are you wanting everything to go away quickly?

How to help and manage these:

Maintaining a well-balanced diet where there is a lot of healthy varieties & colours is a great way to keep your body functioning at all levels. This is particularly important if you are suffering from other ailments like Allergies and Intolerances, Hashimotos, Diabetes & even more serious conditions like Cancer. Whilst some of you can still have your indulgent ‘cheat days’, try to ensure it’s not every day.

Being aware of our body changes and what is happening from the beginning will help with the next phase of life. Whether our changes are monthly related, hormonals or the commencement of the pre-menopausal stage, our bodies will begin to adjust.Seeking out others who have already been on that route is also a great idea – why suffer when learning from someone else’s journey can save you the hassle?

Try to de-stress and unwind to allow our minds to calm down, giving our bodies a chance to rebalance. Some love to do Yoga, Pilates, spa treatments, massage, running, hiking or just getting some rest. Whatever activity you choose to do, keep a journal nearby where you can write what’s bothering you as part of the de-stress process.

The right skincare routine is also necessary, and when you find what works for you, stick to it. Unless your body and skin tell you it’s time for a change.Start with a gentle cleansing routine, removing your makeup, washing your face and neck.Then apply a concentrated serum if you have one, or a gentle face balm to help replenish your skin.Your skin should feel soft, especially the next morning when you run the ‘back of your hand’ over your face.I still love doing this today!!!

Please keep in mind that if you have had skin problems for a longer period of time, the overnight factor will need a longer period of time to see the results.

Water is the source of life – The reality is that water is a daily necessity, as it helps our bodies get rid of toxins, helps replenish our cells, as well as keep us hydrated from within.Remember, whilst your skincare keeps your skin moisturised, the water intake from within keeps it hydrated.

Turn back time – We all want the fairy godmother to wave her wand and make all our problems go away overnight.I know what that feels like first hand, waking up every morning to inspect how good or bad my skin looked.The reality is that if you have had a long-term skin condition, it will need time to repair, recover and to give you that glow back.

Some of you are still shocked when I explain what my skin used to look like as a teenager, covered from face to thighs in weeping and bleeding Eczema. I have no photos of that time in my life, where I saw myself as hideous, so I kept myself indoors for 2 months, away from life.To get well, I had to do things the hard way, seeking help to get my life back on track.

I had to eliminate so many foods and drinks from my diet, to clear my body of years of toxins, caused by medicine, antibiotics and foods.All I wanted was a whole lot of ‘normal’.It didn’t happen overnight.But with persistence, patience, encouragement, good will, strength, a positive attitude together with love and support, I got through to the other side.This is what I always try to reassure you with – it will happen, though be kind to yourself with diligence and managing your expectations.

Should you want help to get the long term results you want, Book a Consultationand also check out the variety of Products we offer.

What I have loved the most about sharing on the blogs and helping others with their skincare routines is the ‘Feedback, Reviews & Testimonials’. These are Your words expressing how you feel about Your skin and the products you have been using.These Testimonials are helping others feel encouraged as they read about your experiences and giving them the hope they need to try it out too. For that I can only say ‘Thank you for sharing.Some of you have been featured at the beginning of the Testimonials page, which is awesome. If you wish to be included, please send me a picture of yourself, preferably without makeup, and a blurb about your version of happy.

I have also been going to various locations to meet you in person.This has been a wonderful way of connecting and talking about how to find solutions.I recently went to Thalwil (Canton Zurich), Basel and this week I will be in Zug. You can order your products beforehand, and I will personally deliver them to you at Meetup Location.Try to come along even if it’s for a short stop to say hello.

We have also commenced a Photo Gallery of where Essentially Lili Products have been.As a family, we took a few road trips with my display jars to take pictures. In Switzerland, we went to Matterhorn (Zermatt), Brigg, Sion, Martigny, Oeschinensee, Kandersteg, Verbier, Zurich & Basel.We also went to Evian in France, Stresa in Italy. I have finally set up the Photo Gallery for fun on the webpage. I would love for you to take pics of yourself with an iconic feature where you live with your products and send them into me so that these can be added to the Photo Gallery. Whilst I want you to surprise me, I also want Global photos from Melbourne, Dubai, Seattle, Fort Worth Texas, San Francisco, Washington, London, Dublin, Copenhagen, as well as other locations in Switzerland. Thank you in advance for being part of this journey.

BLOG PARTICIPATION:

What kinds of issues are you looking to resolve?What have you found worked the best for you? What is your favourite combination of products?I look forward to hearing your stories so that we can add it to the list for improving.

p>Should you wish to Contact us for more information about our All-Natural Products, please send me an email info@essentiallylili.com

You can read more About Lili here, see the Products we offer andfind other Essentially Lili’s Blogs on our webpage.

Kind Regards Lili @ Essentially Lili

Check out the Gallery of Pictures – My daughter’s Art with Evanesce Balm & Magic Serum, Happy Customers Andrea & Helen, Samples to choose from, Evian the source of water and life.

Miracles in a Jar

Miracles in a Jar

Miracles in Jars

Miracles in a Jar that soothe, restore, bring relief and help resolve issues without side effects but give you back your confidence and glow.

Have you ever just wanted to look like the Super Model advertising the brand of skincare, makeup, clothing and hair products?Have you ever thought to yourself, ‘If I buy that, I will look like them?’Well, that’s what I used to do when I was a teenager, covered from head to thighs in weeping and bleeding Eczema.

I remember feeling hideous and noticing that people stared at me, a LOT.It made me feel insecure and lacking confidence, as I tried to go about my business unnoticed.

During my youth,I used all sorts of medications, cortisone, antibiotics, natural treatments, suction cups, Chinese & Herbal medicines, Acupuncture, exercise,Naturopaths, Homeopathy and finally Aromatherapy.When I suggest to my customers, ‘I know what you mean, I have tried a lot of methods to find a solution’, I’m definitely not kidding.

I imagine what it would have been like if someone had given my parents a small ‘Pot of Magic’ when I was growing up.How that may have changed my life, my experiences, my confidence and ultimately how I felt about myself.To think how being ill can have such a debilitating effect on our self-esteem, we can only really overcome this with the love and support of family & friends.

For me, the all-natural Nourishing Face Balm has kept my skin free of Eczema, dryness, irritation and redness.It keeps me moisturised all year round despite the weather conditions.During the Swiss winters, my skin is soft and fresh, whilst the summers, it’s hydrated and nourished even after a day out in the sun.It’s definitely maintained the youthfulness of my own skin as I approach the next ‘decade’, more so than when I was in my teens.

Now let’s fast forward to the past few years of making miracles in a jar.I try not to give high expectations in case people are disappointed, so I try to be a bit more realistic idea of when they should see results.What I love is when the results come even faster than what I was anticipating!The first testimonials were from women using my Signature product, Nourishing Face Balm. It had calmed Rosacea for women almost overnight, and for others, it had cleared Eczema and redness around the nose area very quickly.

I initially made Renew Balm for Eczema and Oasis Balm for Psoriasis for a lady who was suffering in Albania.I asked friends of mine to translate the ingredients and instructions in order for her to understand what to do with the products. Apparently she tried it once and gave up.

Unsure if the product was good or not, I sampled out what I had to others.The feedback for the Renew Balm was mixed between those that had quick results and others who didn’t’ want to persist with trying. Oasis Balm I used myself to moisturise my hands, when another lady based in Switzerland asked if she could have some.I sent her the remaining 5ml sample pot and waited.The next day, she posted before and after photos of the Psoriasis that was on her elbows which had almost disappeared. The transformation was so evident, it was hard to believe the difference was from the night before.This 5ml sample was enough to change not only her life, but that of her father’s in Ireland.I was more than delighted for her that the product had worked so quickly!

Another lady asked me about the Cool Eyes, which contains the Cucumber Oil and Myrrh Essential Oil.The Cucumber smells so fresh whilst the Myrrh is thick and gooey like molasses.I explained how to use the Cool Eyes in the mornings around the eye frames.

Soon after obtaining it and applying it, she told me that she had the skin condition around the eyes called Milia.Milium cysts are like a small white bump which can appear on the nose and cheeks around the eyes.They occur when keratin becomes trapped beneath the surface of the skin.

This condition had gone down since using the Cool Eyes balm.I was chuffed with that result.Another customer wrote that the Cool Eyes prevented her eyes from being irritated like other products and brands had.

I made Evanesce Balm to help someone who suffered with Acne spots and breakouts on their back.Knowing it would be difficult to apply the Magic Serum in some parts of the body, I wrote the recipe for Evanesce Balm, choosing a positive name which means to ‘disappear’ like Magic!I sent the product abroad and waited for feedback – I am not sure the product was used consistently to get the results. Others asked if I had something to help with Acne, and the sampling began again.The feedback came rather quickly – cyst type acne had cleared up, persistent spots reduced and breakouts kept under control.The age group ranged from 10 to 30s, as the ingredients were gentle enough for a youngster’s skin, as well as those who seem to be going through post-natal hormonal changes too.

Go Molly came about when a friend asked if I could help with Flying Warts, otherwise known as Molluscum Contagious.I kept visualising how I would apply this if it were on me and thus the instructions for application came about.With persistence, my friend applied as much as her child would let her. And they slowly but surely vanished. Another mum heard about the product and got a bottle for her twins and applied as much as she could. These poor kids had been going to get them cut off for over 1 year and she was beyond sick of this condition.A few weeks later she called and asked for another bottle and brought the kids for me to meet.Raising his T-Shirt to show me, there were only a few left on his tummy – the rest had disappeared.

For me, the best part of what I do is helping others.I love researching and writing recipes of the products I make in order to help the people who ask me for help.Sometimes I get it right the first time, whilst other times I have to keep blending until the consistency of what I want is reached.The feedback and reviews together with the messages asking how to apply when the original instruction doesn’t work is all part of what I offer.It makes me feel happy knowing there is one less person with low self-esteem, yet one MORE who has found confidence and a glow.

After-all, isn’t that what life should be about?Being able to face whatever challenges you have, with your best foot forward, knowing that how you feel on the inside is mirrored on the outside.

So if you need a boost in your confidence, get your miracle in a jar from here:whether it’s for your dry cracked feet, Acne Rosacea, Irritated skin, for your kids and their delicate faces, or just because you want something that is all natural.And should you want to discuss further,you can book a Consultation session for a holistic approach to well-being.

BLOG PARTICIPATION:

Have you tried any of the Essentially Lili Products and found your miracle?Would you love to share your story?If you could have a product made to help resolve a condition, what would it be for?I would love to be able to help so make sure you let me know.

Should you wish to Contact us for more information about our All Natural Products, please send me an email info@essentiallylili.com

You can read more About Lili here, see the Products we offer and find other Essentially Lili’s Blogs on our webpage.

Kind Regards Lili @ Essentially Lili

Check out the Gallery of Pictures – Oasis Balm, Cool Eyes, Frankincense & Myrrh, Go Molly,Psoriasis before and after

Favourite Vegetable Oils

Sunflowers

Favourite
Vegetable Oils

Otherwise known as Carrier Oils, these allow Essential Oils to be applied directly to the skin safely & without causing irritations.
Sunflower is actually one of the richest Carrier Oils with so many benefits, used in Sun Kissed Serum

The Vegetable Oils used for Product making are not the kind you would normally buy at the Supermarket. Those in the stores are exposed to direct Sunlight, shop lighting and heating which can cause the oils to degrade. Extra Virgin Oil is normally stored in dark glass bottles, so taking this from the back of the row is a good idea!

As our bodies’ cell walls and membranes contain quite a lot of fats and oils, it makes sense for us to use nutritious oils in our foods and skincare products. These will help us maintain the fluidity of our cells.

Did you know that using oils as a cleanser actually helps your skin? The oil softens any sebum which
may be blocking the pores, allowing these to be removed.

There are plenty of Vegetable Oils to choose from, which vary in colour, natural fragrance, and price. Familiar oils include Apricot Kernel, Sweet Almond and Coconut. These are found in many skincare products which help repair and calm sensitive skin.

The following Vegetable Oils are some that I use in the Essentially Lili range because I love what they do for the skin:

Argan (Argania Spinosa) originates from Southern Morocco which makes this product quite expensive.It is yellow in colour and has a lot more Vitamin E (Tocopherol) than olive oil. It is resistant to oxidation with good free radical scavengers.It’s great for damaged and mature skin as it assists the restructuring of the cells.

Avocado (Persea Gratissima) contains essential fatty acids that our body needs but cannot produce. These help create and rebuild new cells, contain omega-3, omega-6 fatty acids, Linoleic Acid (LA), Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA).So if this is what Avocado does for our bodies from the inside, the outside
is going to love it just as much.

Avocado originally came from Central America, but now is grown around the world. It is rich in Vitamins A, B1, B2, D, E, and Beta carotene. Classified as a monosaturated oil, Avocado is best suited for dry skin conditions in topical applications. It should be green in colour if unadulterated and it comes from the flesh of the fruit. It is great for rehydrating, regenerating and helping the elasticity of the skin.With other carrier oils, Avocado enriches the vitamin and protein content.

Calendula (Calendula Officinialis) has anti-inflammatory properties and promotes wound healing.It is used in sun and after-sun products, as well as to help children with nappy rashes, grazes and Mums who are nursing.

Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis) comes from the seeds of the plants which are grown worldwide.It is very rich in Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA), a fatty substance used for skin conditions like Eczema.Evening Primrose is used in various skin products, creams, bath oils and hair conditioners as it helps the skin’s elasticity and therefore repairing damaged, dry and aging skin. Taking supplements can also be used to help calm skin conditions from within.

Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis) is actually a liquid wax. Jojoba resembles the sebum of the skin very closely and is naturally rich in Vitamin E. This helps promotes the glow in our complexions, as this oil is very light and is absorbed quickly.

Sunflower Oil (Helianthus annuus) has very little scent compared to other vegetable /carrier oils, and absorbs easily into the skin, leaving very little residue. Sunflower Oil has high concentrates of Vitamins A, B, D and E, as well as minerals, lecithin, insulin. It is a great product for the skin, adding UV protection qualities together with the unsaturated essential fatty acids.Sunflower is amongst the ingredientsfound in Sun Kissed Serum to help with the effects of the sun for those that have been ‘kissed’.

Wheatgerm Oil (Triticum sativum) is obtained from the germ of the wheat.It is extremely high content in Vitamin E which is a natural antioxidant and preservative, together with essential fatty acids, Vitamins A, B & D. Wheatgerm helps promote circulation and increase blood flow, which is great for damaged or scarred skin.It helps form new cells to improve appearance of skin, and to help repair sun damage to the skin.

Wheatgerm is found in our Vitamin Rich Range to help with skin that has Acne / Rosacea, has been irritated, damaged and needs some love and affection. The Vitamin Rich Mens Face Balm and Vitamin Rich Womens Face Balm and Evanesce Balm for those that have Acne which needs treatment.

Vitamin E (Tocopherol Acetate) is a natural preservative and a strong antioxidant. It is used in various skincare products such as acne, lip balms, anti-wrinkle, cleansers and peels for sensitive skin.

What I find amazing is how much goodness these Vegetable Oils have.Their wonderful properties boost our skin’s reserves with goodness and help maintain the elasticity whilst promoting cell regeneration.Combined with the Essential Oils, there really is no need to include other unnatural ingredients to our blends.In future blogs, I can share more information about how wonderful these Vegetable Oils are, in the quest of choosing the best ingredients for making the Essentially Lili Skincare products. If there are any Oils that you would like me to include, please let me know below.

BLOG PARTICIPATION:

Which of the Vegetable Oils mentioned above surprised you the most? What is your favourite and why? What Vegetable oils would you like me to share about? Some of the other oils I use in Essentially Lili Products include Baobab, Tamanu, Castor or Macadamia

If I could make you Massage oil, what would you want it to be made of? And which Essential Oils would you like as the fragrance? I would love to hear your ideas!

Should you wish to Contact us for more information about our All Natural Products, please send me an email info@essentiallylili.com

You can read more About Lili here, see the Products we offer and find other Essentially Lili’s Blogs on our webpage.

Kind Regards Lili @ Essentially Lili

Check out the Gallery of Pictures – includes Vegetable Oils with Essential Oils, Vitamin Rich Womens Face Balm, Sunflowers in Zurich, Avocado & Samples of Liquid Gold