Keep Skin Clear In Times of Stress: Tips from a Facialist

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I went to see my esthetician last week. I was long overdue for a facial, but who can afford this kind of stuff anymore? Jan, my facialist, got laid off earlier this year when the spa she was working at went out of business. But lucky for me, she offers facials at her home for certain clients and charges less than half. Thanks, Jan!

I had to ask Jan not to yell at me for the mess I made out of my skin. I pick. I know. It's bad. Stress makes me pick more. I've been picking a lot. Jan has similar skin to me -- oily and dry, sensitive with acne. And she says she's seeing an increase of pimples on all of her clients. Damn recession is bad for our skin, too. She knows how bad the economy is -- she's been living it -- and she reminded me of some things I can do at home to keep my skin looking good.

  • Always wash your face in the morning and before bed. Be as strict with yourself about it as you are with your kids brushing their teeth.
  • Don't use a hand or body towel to dry your face after washing. The bacteria on these towels can cause breakouts. Use unscented tissues to blot face dry.
  • Hydrate yourself by drinking water. Try to avoid too much caffeine and soda.
  • In times of stress, we often reach for the chocolates. Try not to overindulge. What you put in your body, can show up on the surface. Too many junk foods and sweets can cause breakouts.
  • If you do have a breakout, don't pick or pop blemishes. Aggravating the blemish with your fingers can cause pimples to spread to the surrounding area. I can attest to this happening.

Also check out these great homemade beauty recipes from KnoxvilleDoula. There's an oatmeal face mask that's great to reduce oil and an apple recipe that zaps zits. 

Do you have any other tips to add on how to keep skin clear on a budget?

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Jmum Jmum

I was told a long time ago to change my pillow case every other night. Sleep one night on one side, flip it, then change. I never did it, cause I'm lazy, but it makes sense.


Oh, and I'm a HUGE picker, too. That's what I do while my two year old is in the tub. I have my own extractor, I'm that bad.

Lumin... LuminousMom

I've heard from every dermatologist I have ever visited and from several other sources (TV and such) that sweets and chocolate have nothing to do with skin... I hate getting conflicting info, lol! I want my chocolate and diet coke! (said in the whiniest voice possible, of course)


I pick at my blemishes too.. such a bad habit but its really really hard not to when its just sitting there mocking your otherwise blemish free face.. booo

Cafe... Cafe MicheleZ

LuminousMom, we are both right about the chocolate. Some people get breakouts from too many sweets, others don't. It depends on your body. I think too much of anything can be bad. So if we indulge in some chocolate and diet coke in moderation, we should be fine. :)


I get breakouts when I eat too much citrus. Which is lame because I love oranges!

Knoxv... KnoxvilleDoula

That's really sad about your facialist being laid off! Thank goodness she has great clients like you to support her while she works from home.


I have to confess that I DO use a towel to dry my face, but it is always a clean one, and washed in a hypo allergenic, fragrance free detergent. In fact, the recent $10 gift card I won from CafeMom in one of the parties (thanks, Cafe Mom!!) went to some fabulous bamboo face towels on 75% off clearance.


Now my bathroom AND my skin can be prettier, lol.

ashle... ashleyamanda

I use a 100 % cotton baby sheets, like the ones they wrap up newborn babies in, Those are really great for  drying our face , they are very soft and very absorbent, I got like 10 of them,  (ps, regular mayonaise is good on colored hair, makes it soft, use it for 2-3 hours, covered with plastic cap or bag) shampoo, then rinse as usual.

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