Happy Lunar New Year! Wishing you a healthy and joyous year of the Monkey!

Lately, a lot of my clients have been experiencing “unpredictable” skin conditions that they’ve rarely experienced. If you have sensitive skin, you’re most likely going to experience this the most.

Unpredictable skin is usually a reaction to many things- daily stress, sudden change of climate, change in diet, allergies, dehydration (internal and external), illnesses and even hormonal changes.

If you can relate to this, here are the best things you can do to “reset” your skin.

1. Avoid using harsh irritants such as peels, fragrances, synthetics, alcohol, and toxic chemicals- this will aggravate the skin even more. This is the time to repair and should opt for calming ingredients such as chamomile oil, carrot seed oil and rose oil. Be certain that the products you are using don’t have problematic ingredients that are known to cause irritation.

2. Give your skin a break! Don’t bombard your skin with too many products. Wash your face with a gentle cleanser (plant and non-alcohol based) and apply a natural face oil until skin becomes better. This is a way to let your skin heal naturally and repair itself. Do use sunscreen daily as this will protect skin from the sun which is known to cause irritation.
Remember Simplicity is Key.

3. Avoid triggers such as scrubbing, extreme cold or hot water, steaming or icing the face, loofahs, bar soaps, astringents/toners that contain alcohol. These will trigger your skin to flare up even more.