Friday, 31 August 2012

Thea's View Of Acne - What Causes It And How To Get Rid Of It

 Acne Tips by Althea Giscombe, the founder of Thea Skincare

What are the symptoms of acne, why do they cause such problems for sufferers?

Acne is a condition that can affect anyone at any time in their life. Although it is mainly associated with teenagers and young adults (reports indicate that up to 85% of people between the ages of 14 and 25 have had acne at sometime in their lives) it can affect other age groups also such as women who are going through the menopause.

Acne can be a confidence-reducing problem for sufferers because it is a condition that is very visible for all to see!

The symptoms of acne vary in its severity from fully blown acne, where the skin has spots with heads that have yellow pus on their surface, to just a few pimples of the face.

The main symptoms of acne are:

Black and whiteheads
Yellow lumps on the skin
Dry, itchy skin, scaring and blemishes.

It's obvious to all and very distressing to most sufferers as the symptoms are clearly visible. Plus, most people that have acne have it on their face (even though you can have acne on other parts of the body too); acne in other parts of their body can generally be hidden but on the face it cannot!

What Causes Acne?

The human body is a wonderful and dynamic natural machine but when it does not function properly it can cause us havoc.

We all have hair follicles in our skin. These are connected to very tiny glands called the sebaceous glands. These glands produce oil called the sebum whose job it is to keep our skin and hair naturally moisturised. 

People with acne have a disorder that causes the oil glands to produce too much oil. The glands then become blocked and bacteria builds up. The bacteria, combined with the dead skin cells lying on the face, cause infections that we call acne.

3. What sorts of products and regimes should consumers use at home if they suffer from acne?

If you suffer from acne, avoid any skincare products with alcohol in and try to use chemical free skincare lines wherever possible. Alcohol and chemicals can all aggravate the skin and worsen the problem.

Have and stick to a simple, regular skincare routine; it only takes 5 minutes to cleanse, tone and moisturise in the morning or night and you'll see the benefits almost instantly. 

Cleanse twice a day with a good natural foaming face cleanser, tone your skin and use a good anti-acne moisturiser.

Give yourself a deep cleanse once a week, with a face steamer or a bowl of hot water and a towel over you head - this opens the pores to get rid of the excess oil and impurities that are lying on the surface of the skin.

Use an exfoliator twice a week, remembering to choose one that's alcohol free and gentle. 

100% natural acne skin care products by Thea Skincare

What should they avoid doing and what sort of products and ingredients are bad?

Avoid foods that are particularly fatty or have a lot of sugar. I know someone who has become a Vegan and his acne skin has improved considerably due to significantly reducing his fat intake!

Drink a lot of water each day and if, like me, you find it hard to drink water then drink herbal tea 3-4 times a day to flush bacteria and other toxins out.

Eat plenty of vegetables and fruit; make juices from different combinations of fruit and vegetables to detoxify the body.

Can any lifestyle choices or changes help?

Exercise is great for refreshing the blood and ridding the blood of some of the toxins that can cause acne.

Try to have a professional facial treatment once a month or if it's not affordable give yourself an at-home treatment. A deeper skincare treatment once a week at home can help to remove the excess oil under the skin and can improve acne considerably.

Have a simple but regular skincare routine and stick to it every day. Throw out all the products you have in your cupboard that are loaded with alcohol and other chemicals too!

How can the chances of recurrence be minimised?

Like anything, getting rid of acne is not easy. You will need to review what you eat; it's vital to do so as certain types of food could make our acne worse.

Exercise 2-3 times a week and have a simple but consistent skincare routine with a deeper skin care treatment at least once a month. Finally, drink lots and lots of water!

I'd love to hear your own tips on how you overcame acne - leave a comment below! 

Monday, 20 August 2012

Michelle Obama Lookalike Becomes Fan of Thea Skincare

Dionne Rose is the UK's own First Day, a doppelganger for the White House's Michelle Obama over in the US. However, not only does Miss Rose look almost exactly like Miss Obama but she was also born in the same year, has two children and has taken a hands-on role in mentoring academically-challenged children, just like Michelle Obama.

Michelle Obama is loved not only in the US but internationally too, and do you know why? Of course, there's all the great work that she does as an advocate for increased awareness about poverty, nutrition and healthy eating. However, there's also the fact that she's become a fashion and style icon around the globe!

Dionne Rose has signed up with five agencies as a professional Miss Obama lookalike, but just how does she make sure her skin stays in tip top condition, glowing with health and vitality just like her American counterparts does? With Thea Skincare of course!

Rose has become a huge fan of Thea Skincare's popular Face Renew System range, a collection of 100% natural, organic skincare enriched with fruit enzymes to revive and brighten dull, tired looking skin instantly.

We spoke to Rose to find out just why she loves our natural skincare products...

How have you become a Thea fan and what is it that you particularly like about the brand?
“I have been using the Thea Natural and Organic Enriched Range - Face Renew System Fruit Enzyme cleanser, moisturiser and exfoliator - for a few months now after it was introduced to me by a friend after I mentioned I looking for something new tried and tested for my skin care. The organic and natural ingredients really appealed to me as I had never tried this before. After initially trying the range with having such sensitive skin I was surprised to have no reaction, my skin felt clean and bright. I would highly recommend anyone to try ”.

What do you think are the most important factors when buying a beauty cream? 
“An important factor when buying a cream is to test it first and find something which you think may suit your skin tone and sensitivity. With having such sensitive skin I like to try a sample to see how my skin reacts to the cream initially”.

How do the Thea Skincare products compare to the products that you have been using in the past?
"The Fruit Enzyme Range is very light and refreshing and not heavy or greasy like some creams I have tried in the past”

Do you have a high maintenance or low maintenance beauty regime and what is the reason behind it?
“I think I have a low maintenance beauty regime, I cleanse every night and morning, moisturise and use a exfoliator once or twice a week using the Thea Skincare Fruit Enzyme Range. Since I have started using the range I have noticed a difference in my skin tone and complexion which is now looking more even ”

What are your all-time favourite products?
“I love Sanctuary body cream and one of my favourite perfumes is Beyonce Heat”

What beauty items would you find in your handbag?
"I always travel with my face powder, perfumed cream and lip gloss in my bag."

Check out the Face Renew System skin brightening skincare range that Dionne Rose has become such a fan of!