This is definitely a post for girls only, boys I’ve just warned you so don’t get grossed out if you “accidentally” read this.
I’ve been wanting to write about the DivaCup for quite some time now, probably for the entire past year that I’ve been using it. What stopped me was …well, it’s not really related to skin care at all AND it is a very icky topic, even for some girls. But I’ve had a few requests to write about it and I do think it’s one of the best things I’ve discovered, so here goes!
I first found out about the DivaCup while reading a yoga magazine in Canada. It’s always bothered me how bad for the environment tampons are and I’ve always had this feeling that they’re not that healthy for my body so straight away I was interested in this little reusable device.
So what is it? The DivaCup looks kind of like a little egg cup and it’s made out of a soft silicone material. Without going into too much gory detail, you insert it similar to how you insert a tampon ..the difference being it collects the blood into the cup instead of soaking it into cotton. This can be a little traumatic when you remove it, and it did certainly take me a couple of months to get used to it. But once you get over actually seeing how much comes out of you, you’ll love it and never go back to using anything else.
The contraceptive pill would have to be one of the most common prescribed medications for acne in women. I know of quite a few cases where young girls have been prescribed the pill even before they’re sexually active, just to clear their skin.
I’m in two minds about using the pill as a treatment option. I know from personal experience that the pill can have a lot of nasty side effects, and it can in some cases make it a little more difficult to conceive a child later on in life. I also think the pill is over prescribed, especially for non-cystic acne which can quite easily be treated without the use of medications.
However, if the acne is very severe and cystic, I realize that the frustration and depression of the condition can make the pill a desirable option. And perhaps in the short term it’s okay. It certainly helped me twice in my life when I did take it for short periods. BUT, you must keep in mind that it’s very, very important to treat your acne holistically even if you’re taking the pill. Because you don’t want the condition to come back after you stop taking it. And you definitely don’t want to take the pill over many years for all the reasons I listed above and in this video-
As with antibiotics, taking the pill can make an overgrowth of Candida worse which in turn can make acne worse, or can make acne easily aggravated by simple foods such as natural sugars. So that’s something to keep in mind. I know for a fact that I still have a Candida problem from a history of antibiotic and contraceptive pill use, and a diet high in sugars and carbs. Continue reading →
I’ve had problems with PMT acne ever since …well even since I could get PMT acne. Some women, even young women, take the contraceptive pill to help clear their skin, but for those of us who don’t want to or can’t do that, here are a few natural tips that are guaranteed to work:
I don’t have an addictive personality but I do have one very bad addiction – I’m addicted to clothes shopping. This is actually quite a bad habit to have. It’s wasteful, expensive, and completely materialistic.
But, there is some good that comes out of it. My sisters (I have three of them) look forward to my ‘cleaning out my wardrobe days’ which happen three or four times a year. They love it so much that I struggle with who to tell first because the first usually gets the best freebies.
Make a night out of it
Next time I clear out my wardrobe I’m going to make a real night out of it. I’m going to invite my sisters and girlfriends around to my place for a clothes exchange. I’m going to ask everyone to bring the clothes and jewellery they no longer need or want. Then we’ll get some great food and more importantly some great deserts, and delve through the clothing and jewellery to find anything we want to keep. Everything left over can then be taken to a charity.
It’s going to be a really great girls night in where we (hopefully) all depart with a few new additions for our wardrobes.
What has this got to do with health?
Actually, a lot. Clearing clutter and disposing of unwanted items is a great way to remove some of the stress and emotional imbalance in your life. Even the private chaos you have behind closed wardrobe doors is enough to add unwanted tension to your life. Try it, clear out your cupboards and wardrobes and I can guarantee you will notice a nice little added calmness and tranquility in your life. Also helping others out by giving away something you no longer need but they will treasure is definitely rewarding to the soul.