The Zit That Won’t Quit

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By: Christine King Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers

With engagement and wedding season upon us men and women alike are seeking better bodies and skin. There are many photos ahead, and during this extraordinary time couples not only want to look their best, but they also want to look their best ever.

Skin breakouts are a real pain. Adults are always astounded when their face, neck or back magically breaks out, which leads to freak out, particularly when preparing for engagement and wedding photos.

There’s nothing worse than the zit that won’t quit the week of your photo shoot. Most people exacerbate the issue by picking, squeezing and beating that thing to death, which only worsens the situation both in size and the stress and drama that follows.

Being newly engaged is a thrilling and exciting time. However it’s also surrounded by celebrations, more rich food and alcohol than usual, and unfortunately missing a few workouts.  Add the Holiday Season to this concoction, and we have a potential recipe for disaster! These factors significantly contribute to the quality and integrity of your skin.

After he puts a ring on it and you float back to reality, it’s time to laser focus on resuming your routine. While still in engagement bliss, open your calendar or planner and schedule your workouts. These are some of your most essential weekly meetings. Getting a good sweat on helps detoxify and banish the toxins that invaded your body while celebrating. Be sure to immediately wash your face and any affected area without delay after exercise, even before you leave the gym.

Next, schedule your food. Yup, you heard it right, decide what meals you’re going to eat for the week and put them in your schedule. I always counsel clients to “control when you have control.” There will be more celebrations and gatherings where healthy food choices are limited. It’s human nature to indulge on these occasions. However, you have full control when eating at home. Plan it, eat it and enjoy it!

What to avoid:

-Dairy: it clogs the skin. As a bonus, it also contributes to nasal/bronchial issues and weight gain. Just what you don’t want for engagement or wedding photos!

-Whites: you know what they are: sugar, bread, sugar, etc. White’s trigger an insulin response which produces inflammation that can lead to acne. The only white to dream about is your stunning dress!

-Grease: fatty and fried foods. Invokes the same effects as the “Whites.”

What to include:

-Leafy greens: They’re full of antioxidants to help negate toxins.

-Omega 3’s: Help decrease inflammation, reduce cortisol (stress) and prevents heart attacks (a wedding is one of the most beautiful and stressful times of life)

-Water: There’s no substitute. Good, clean water helps to flush the toxins, helps with weight loss and hydrates the face to cover up any sins from the night before. Build up to drinking one half of your body weight in ounces. If you weigh 100 lbs., drink 50 ounces of water each day.

Implementing these simple measures into your daily schedule will help keep your skin and weight in check and keep you on track for phase two: getting ready for the wedding! Oh, by the way, congratulations on your engagement!

(Update on Part Two of “Magic Fat Loss.” After the hurricane delay, I fractured my foot in two places! I went for “Fat Loss” treatment number two last week, so I’ll have the final results in the December issue!)

Christine King is a Medical Exercise Specialist, Fitness Expert, and Founder & CEO of YourBestFit. The health and wellness company has helped thousands of clients recover from injuries, look and feel better and improve their overall well-being.  www.YourBestFit.com