If you are familiar with TCM (traditional Chinese medicine), you would have heard of different foods being referred to as being ‘heaty’ and ‘cooling’.
This concept is based on the Chinese philosophy of yin (cooling) and yang (heaty), and the terms 'heaty' and 'cooling' are used as a classification system to describe symptoms and characteristics of certain foods and the effects they have on our body. This is a system that has been developed over more than 2,000 years of detailed observation in TCM.
Heaty food is described as having the ability to warm and improve circulation, dispel cold and stimulate the body. But when these foods are taken in excess, “heatiness” sets in, and is responsible for symptoms such as fever, sore throat, mouth ulcers, acne, excessive thirst, redness of the skin and irritability.
We can’t say we can help much if you’re feeling the effects of heatiness but if an outbreak of acne is what you’re suffering from after the year end indulgence and snacking on Chinese New Year goodies, you might want to follow these tips to get your skin back to normal.
Wash your face
Without a doubt this is the most important and necessary thing to do for your face. A clean face is akin to a clean slate and helps to reduce the likelihood of clogged pores and minimises the chances of further irritating your skin.
Use a lightweight cleanser, particularly one that does not contain SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) so that it doesn’t strip your skin of natural oils. Skin Gym detoxifies facial skin, melting away all traces of impurities, oil and makeup whilst still being gentle, without upsetting the delicate moisture balance of your skin.
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Keep Skincare simple
Avoid using too many products at this point. Stick to a simple routine that consists of a good cleanser, toner, moisturiser and sunscreen that works for you. The last thing you want to do now is irritate your skin further with unnecessary skincare products and ingredients that may further exacerbate the issue.
Ingredients such as coconut oil, mineral oil and alcohol should be avoided as they may lead to further breakouts on your skin.
Try a facial that not only deep cleans your face but also promotes skin healing. Clear Blue facial is a trademark facial from SW1 and is perfect for those who want to keep their skin clear and problem-free. The Blue Light Therapy used in this treatment works to fight bacteria and shrink pores to help clarify skin.
Alternatively, try the Deep Deep Clean facial that combines microdermabrasion with a fruit acid wash, followed by a pore-purging ultra-sonic deep cleanse
Use a product that contains salicylic acid to treat and stop acne in its tracks. Also known as the enemy of acne, this ingredient works hard to slough off dead skin cells and dissolves blackheads and whiteheads. It can also reduce sebum production, another way to reduce acne.
One product we love is Clear Tonic, a skin-clearing toner that also refines skin and mattifies complexion; an easy to use spritz which you can use all day.
Consult a doctor
If all else fails, find an aesthetics doctor you can trust. He / she could prescribe you with medical grade products that would be more efficient in treating your outbreak.