Skin Mapping – Revealing the Truth Behind your Breakouts.

Skin mapping, also known as face mapping, is a technique originally used in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda.  It is believed that the face and our skin is a direct correlation to our health.  Skin is the body’s largest organ and it communicates with the internal organs fundamentally determining what shows up or doesn’t show up on our faces.  Hormones, genetics, nutrition, and environmental factors additionally take part in the health of our skin.  The concept is that the face is a mirror of our health and different areas of the face are connected to specific organs.  Skin mapping assists in navigating you to look beyond the surface and treat the underlying cause of the skin condition.

If you consistently breakout on your……

FOREHEAD
The forehead is a window to the liver and gallbladder.  Breakouts here indicate your digestive system is having a hard time breaking down food.  Excessive fat consumption and/or too much alcohol, toxins, stress, and irregular sleeping patterns may be the cause of breakouts in this area.  Balance your system by minimizing rich foods and alcoholic beverages and by drinking plenty of fresh filtered water.  Warm water with a lemon first thing in the morning will help wake up the digestive system and rehydrate the body. Milk thistle, dandelion, and burdock root are often used to help support liver and gallbladder health.  Incorporating food enzymes, fermented foods, leafy greens, and good quality sleep can help to improve the condition of the skin, and your overall health.

BETWEEN THE EYEBROWS
The area between your eyebrows, also known as the “third eye,” is said to be connected to your stomach and liver.  Poor digestion and toxic buildup may lead to blemishes in this area.  I would recommend trying an elimination diet to rule out any allergies or intolerances and or consider a gentle cleanse.  Reducing caffeine, alcohol, and sugar can also improve digestive health.  I also suggest taking a good quality probiotic and digestive enzyme, as well as adding fermented foods, leafy greens, and anti-inflammatory foods to your diet.

TEMPLES AND BROW LINE
The temples and brow line correlate to the kidneys.  Dehydration and/or overworked kidneys are to blame.  Low back pain typically goes hand-in-hand with these symptoms.
Try drinking more water and including superfoods such as kale, spinach, parsley, cabbage, berries, and algae in your diet.

UNDER THE EYES
The area under your eyes represents the condition of the stomach, kidneys, and liver.
If you’re experiencing puffiness and/ or dark circles under your eyes, consider reducing or removing alcohol, caffeine, and sugar from your diet.  Drink plenty of water and detoxifying tea, incorporate grapefruit, leafy greens, milk thistle into your diet and make sure you are getting enough quality sleep.

BRIDGE OF NOSE AND UPPER AREA OF CHEEKS
The bridge of your nose and upper area of your cheeks is said to be connected to the heart.  Rashes like rosacea commonly appear in this area.  Try replacing unhealthy saturated fats with healthy fats loaded with omega fatty acids to boost your HDL (good cholesterol) and reduce your LDL (bad cholesterol).  Raw nuts, avocado, salmon, flax seeds, and chia seeds are all great options.  Breathing exercises are great for providing a cooling effect on the skin, helping it to retain it’s natural glow, improving the digestive process, and removing toxins from our system.

MIDDLE-REGION OF THE CHEEKS
The middle region of the cheeks is a window to the stomach and lungs.  This area of the face is notorious for rosacea as well as breakouts and hyperpigmentation.  Common allergens like wheat, corn, and dairy could be the cause, try alkalizing your body by eating plenty of green vegetables and reducing acid-forming foods like alcohol, caffeine, and sugar.  I highly recommend adding green juice, apples, carrots, spirulina, and chlorella to your everyday eating habits as well as making the time to include breathing exercises.

LOWER CHEEKS AND NOSE
The lower cheeks and nose get bossed around by the liver and stomach.  Wrinkles, breakouts, and skin rashes can usually be blamed on food intolerances and toxic buildup.  Eating a clean diet, adding in vegetable juice/ green smoothies, and fermented foods will help to reduce the breakouts in these areas.  I also suggest integrating proper food combining to your daily regime, as this will help to efficiently assist in digestion.

MOUTH REGION
The mouth region is connected to the stomach.  Consider food sensitivities and toxic buildup.  You may want to try a gentle detox and/or an elimination diet and add more green vegetables and fiber to your meals.

JAWLINE
The jawline is a window to the ovaries and/or colon, and breakouts here
can be triggered by hormonal stress, especially in women.  A consistent menstrual cycle can help keep hormones and circulation healthy.  While menstruating, women should include a lot of greens and hydrating foods.  Try a balanced, low glycemic diet of lean protein, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats. Keep stress levels under control and ensure that you are getting quality sleep.

LYMPH NODES
The lymph nodes can measure our stress levels and can often determine if the body is trying to fight off illness. Our glands swell when they are fighting off bacteria a sign that our bodies are working to process the bad stuff.  Practicing self-love, getting lots of good quality sleep, a balanced diet, Pilates, yoga, breathing exercises, and meditation can all help to reduce the emotional and physical stress that interferes with your body’s natural healing process.

Skin mapping is a very specific technique, it all comes down to balancing your baseline health,  improving your immunity, determining food sensitivities, and discovering the approach that truly works for you.  No two people are the same, and every individual will require a different ritual for optimal health, both inside and out.  What worked for me was moving my body every day (Pilates, Yoga, rebounding, & hiking), drinking plenty of filtered water, green smoothies, and juices, along with eating a mostly plant-based diet to assist me with better digestion, blood sugar levels, more energy,  less inflammation, and better sleep.  Additionally, I switch my skincare routine over to my handcrafted cleansing oils and face balms,  I also started using organic chemical free makeup.  I have noticed extremely positive results since making these changes.

Jade Rolling

Jade rolling has been around since the seventh century in China, it has been used as a beauty implement for youthful, smooth skin.   With healing and protective properties, the Jade roller has amazing benefits for the skin as well as the lymphatic system.  It’s an uninvasive, budget-friendly tool to help increase blood flow,  circulation, encourage lymphatic drainage, improve the skin’s elasticity, reduce wrinkles and delay the aging process.  The Jade roller also works to ward off negative energy and balance your body’s chi.

The motion of the roller on the skin increases circulation, and blood flow causing your skin to be luminous while eliminating toxins and boosting immunity.

You can massage the rollers over the face, feet, legs, arms and breast area.  They can be used on their own or in combination with a massage, facial, manicure, pedicure or reflexology treatment.  Jade is naturally a cold stone, however placing in the fridge will boost the healing powers and aid in your efforts to increase circulation, drain congested lymph nodes, rid the body of toxins and waste, help to alleviate tension headaches,  stimulate collagen production, and reduce inflammation.

Benefits include:

  • Increased lymphatic flow and help with detoxification and drainage
  • Increased circulation to the face and reduced puffiness, wrinkles, and black circles around the eye
  • Stimulates acupuncture and reflex points on the body to assist with healing
  • Reduced inflammation following dermabrasion or peeling facial treatments
  • Reduced problem cellulite area

I’ve been using the Jade roller diligently for a few minutes every morning and night using moderate pressure, beginning at the centre hairline, going either left or right slowly towards my ear.  Repeating 6 times on each side before moving down to roll another line.  Continuing rolling in lines from the corner of the eyes to the ears.  Then I work from the nose out to the ears.  Then I roll out my lips and chin area to the ears.  At the chin, I roll along my jawline out to the earlobes.  I then move onto the rolling long strokes from the collarbone to underneath my chin.

Jade roller has become a nightly ritual that has a calming effect on me, makes my face feel and look healthier, I’ve also noticed that when rolling my skin, my skin care oils are  absorb more effectively thus using less product.

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