Many of you have been reading this blog long enough to know about my very long struggle with acne and the not-less-than-miraculous way my skin finally cleared up.

But, for newcomers, here are a few hints: it is much less about using all the acne-clearing products in the skincare aisle and suffering through Accutane, and much more about
1) living a healthy lifestyle, which includes eating whole, unprocessed, and preferably organic foods, drinking tea and red wine, and getting proper sleep,
2) eliminating as much stress as possible and find efficient ways to cope with what remains (because sometimes you can't avoid stress completely)(mine, so far, include sleeping properly, taking bubble baths, listening to relaxing sounds, and doing things I love,)
3) MOST IMPORTANT: being careful not to be aggressive with your skin. That means finding a care routine that doesn't cause it to become irritated and produce more oil. For me, it includes not constantly washing it with tap water, using cold cream to cleanse it, and definitely not running away from skin treatment oils.

I've already told you that I use coconut oil as a moisturizer. I do use other products every once in a while, but my most basic one is coconut oil, and it really does miracles when my skin is dry and irritated, especially during the winter we're having now. And lavender essential oil makes an amazing treatment against the !*#&!) blemishes that appear around my period.

However sometimes my skin gets a little too dry and flaky, and this is when I need a treatment that exfoliates it well enough so it can fully receive the coconut oil's benefits, but without irritating it and making it worse.

I did struggle to find any decent product to do the job, and I would have never thought that my ultra-sensitive skin would be a good candidate for a chemical peel. The very idea of it was rather hilarious, until Exuviance very kindly sent me one of their Firm-NG6 Non-Acid Peel.
The first time I tried it, I was prepared to cancel all my plans for the next two days, in case I would have a horrendous reaction to it and look like I was on the brink of death. I had a washcloth ready in case it began to itch or burn horribly, and I applied a thin layer of it, I was shaking with apprehension.

And to my great surprise, it was one of the gentlest exfoliating products I had ever used. I waited a few minutes and followed with coconut oil, and, seeing no horrendous reaction, I began doing this routine every day. And now, after many weeks of using the Firm-NG6 Non-Acid Peel, I can truly say that it helped my skin look clearer, brighter, smoother, and that, even around my period. I do feel that it makes my skin more receptive to the natural treatments I do (including this honey-avocado mask), and creates a better base for make-up application.

I am happy to say that the Firm-NG6 Non-Acid Peel is now a permanent part of my skincare routine, and it will remain so for a very long time. I absolutely recommend it to all of you, so please visit the Exuviance website to read a full description of this wonderful product, view directions as to how to use it, and purchase it if you'd like to give it a try!


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