Skin mapping is an ancient practice rooted in Ayurveda and ancient Chinese medicine, dating back thousands of years. It highlights the connection between internal health and complexion. Seeing the face as a map, split into areas in order to pinpoint any the cause of lustre, dullness, dark circles and of course, breakouts. The belief is that being aware of what's' happening on the outside, will allow you to make the necessary dietary or lifestyle changes in order to achieve brighter, more vibrant skin!
Read on to discover the four areas of the face prone to blemishes and what could be going on inside and outside to cause them.
According to Chinese medicine, the area above your brows is linked to the digestive system, and may indicate you are stressed, as the gut is often referred to as our second brain! Try adding a little more gentle exercise to your routine (yoga, anyone?) and getting some quality shut-eye. An irregular sleep schedule can increase stress levels. This means less Instagram scrolling before bed! Create a more calming bedtime routine to help you unwind and relax, this can include taking time over removing your make up and cleansing in the evening.
The cheeks, according to Chinese medicine, are connected to your liver and lungs. This might explain why your cheeks tend to get flushed after you work out (or is that just us?) Keep your lungs, and liver, healthy by hitting the gym post-work, instead of Happy Hour (sorry!) As always, removing your makeup before sweating will help keep skin clear! A sweat-sesh with a face full of makeup will only irritate your skin further and counteract all the good work you are doing!
Chinese medicine also differentiates between the right and left sides of the cheeks, with the left being linked to the liver. Spicy food or excess sugar can trigger acne appearing on the cheeks. Ayurvedic practitioners suggest that 'cooling’ foods such as melon and cucumber can help counterbalance too much heat accumulated in the body that might be causing those pesky pimples. Step away from the hot sauce!
It's also important to keep in mind that breakouts on the cheeks might be caused by dirt and bacteria from your hands or mobile phone. So, make sure to frequently wipe down your phone after use and using a Cleansing brush will help to create a barrier between oils and dirt that accumulate on the hands throughout the day.
These flare ups are usually due to an imbalance in the spleen, digestive system, or kidneys, which can be easily tempered by eating plenty of fruits and veggies!
Stock up on the good stuff (your tummy will thank you too!) And sometimes these breakouts can be associated with hormone levels being a little out of kilter. If you do make sure and get your 5 or even 10 a day and still have issues, it might be worth getting your hormone levels checked!
If you tend to always get spots between your eyebrows or nose area, these can be associated with the kidney, stomach, or spleen (we're noticing a theme here!) The solution? Cut back on spicy foods, excess meat and salt. Replace with plenty of fruits and veggies, focusing on foods that are high in fibre and good fats.
It's also worth noting that pores on the nose are typically larger than on the rest of the face, meaning spots here can be a result of a build-up of dirt and beauty products. A daily cleanse and weekly deep clean and exfoliation will help. Our Barefacedcleansing brush uses rapid oscillations and vibrations help pull dirt and impurities out of pores, leaving skin totally clean and clear. The vibrations in the Pulse Lift™ Toning mode stimulate circulation for toned, bright skin helping to refine pores and make them less likely to clog with excess dirt and product!
Before you start obsessing over the location of your breakouts and dry patches, it's worth taking a moment to assess your skincare routine. If the symptoms still occur after seven days of daily cleaning and then it's time to look at seeing if there are other underlying issues!
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