so, i know EVERYONES body is different...perfect example...my sister started taking apple cidar vinegar tablets a few years back because of something she'd read that said it boosted overall health. all her life....25 years...she had horrible, cracked, thin, peeling nails. she couldn't grow them long and always enviously admired my healthy long pink with white tip nails. well, about three weeks into adding ACV tabs to your regimen her nails started growing stronger and longer than she'd ever witnessed and even nicer than mine. so, i started taking it, and all it did was give me two recurrent yeast infections until i realized it was too much acid for me. (even though it says it alkalizes your body!)
well, so to my point: i've decided to try a new regimen for myself and it really seems to work this time.
note: i am in the entertainment industry, which means, a ton of stress AND my skin has to look good at all times. IT CERTAINLY HASN'T OVER THE LAST YEAR, WHICH I KNOW HAS HINDERED MY SUCCESSES IN THIS INDUSTRY OVER THE LAST YEAR.
so, anyhow, this is the regimen:
gym: 3-4 times a week, 30 min. of solid cardio, 15-20 minutes in the sauna
face steam: with about 20 drops tea tree oil and 1 to 2 cups bottled spring water in only stainless steel cookware
nighttime topical: retin-a at night, alternating .01 and .04 strengths
daily skincare: arbonne skincare line, the adult formula (orange containers) which is very NON ALLERGENIC, because my face is allergic to practically everything, especially anything with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. this seems to feel just fine on my skin day and night.
water: 1-2 liters/day
------THE MOST IMPORTANT ADDITION TO MY REGIMEN-----
MULTI VITAMIN, LIQUID MULTI BY COUNTRY LIFE
LIQUID CALCIUM/MAGNESIUM/D3 BY COUNTRY LIFE
CARLSON'S COD LIVER OIL
ARTICHOKE TABLETS 1-2 TIMES A DAY WITH MEALS
CAL/MAG/D3 TABLETS EVERY ONCE AND AWHILE ADDTL TO THE LIQUID
VISUALIZATION: AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE (ONCE A DAY AT MOST) EVERY TIME I STEAM MY FACE I CLOSE MY EYES AND MENTALLY VISUALIZE LOOKING INTO THE MIRROR AT MY FACE AND SEEING A PERFECT, GLOWING COMPLEXION....FLAWLESS, AND I FEEL ALL THE FEELINGS ATTATCHED (I know this sounds a little anthony robbins personal power-ish and "the secret"-ish!)
but it works!!!
so, the reason i believe it's working: i believe my body was calcium deficient b/c i rarely consume dairy based on the fact that my body doesnt digest it well. because of the retin a on my face and the side effects from being directly in the sun, i also believe i was deficient in vitamin D, i believe my liver is being helped with the cod liver oil and artichoke tablets. the Liquid for of multi vitamin is more actively available for my body and therefore is absorbed better. and finally, the tea tree is topically assisting in the cellular turnover and purging. note: zits ARE NOT coming to the surface, they're instead, drying up and just going away!!! just seriously going away.
i am amazed every morning i awake to see them disappearing!!! gradually!
please, if you read this try it!!!!! try it!!! try! what do you have to lose????? Nothing! only GAIN!!!!
also, i'll be sure to post before/after photos of my skin AND a follow up in a few weeks! good luck!!!