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Do's & Don'ts
Do protect your skin with the Dayenne Day Cream and Dayenne Sunscreen when out of doors.
This will counteract the damage caused by the sun's ultraviolet radiation and chemical air pollutants.

Don't touch your face with dirty hands
Your facial skin has enough to deal with without you accidentally adding dirt and bacteria from your hands.

Do keep your skin well moisturized with the Dayenne Day Cream during the cold, dry season.

Don't skip meals.
Develop better eating habits.
Consume smaller portions for good health and better skin.

Do cleanse your skin with the Dayenne Cleanser or Dayenne Soap at the end of the day.
This will remove grime, make-up and pollutants that have collected on the face during the day. If make-up is kept on too long, it will irritate the skin, clog pores and cause eruptions.

Don't consume excessive amounts of caffeine
Usually you think of caffeine as primarily being in coffee and tea. However, soft drinks are greater culprits. Caffeine increases stress and can be diuretic. This means that it takes water from the system. This results in more work for your kidney and bladder organs, which can show on your face.

Do exercise regularly
Exercise not only boosts endorphin levels but it increases blood flow to the skin thereby nourishing the skin cells with oxygen. Exercise also helps eliminate impurities through the skin by the way of perspiration. Moderate sweating also cleans the pores from inside. This in turn will aid skin health and reduce further outbreaks of acne. Exercise rebalances hormones and reduces stress – both of which are precursors of acne.

Don't sunburn
The sun is the skin's worst enemy. Ultraviolet rays from the sun dry out the skin and damage the collagen fibres. Exposure to skin can deplete the skin of moisture and interfere with the skin's normal ability to retain moisture.

Do drink six to eight glasses of water daily.
The body's vital organs and cells need water. It is important to replace lost water and maintain skin moisture. Water also flushes out toxins and wastes from the body. Ensure that the water that you drink is pure so that it is non-chlorinated and nonmetal-ionized. Filtered water is cheaper in the long run than bottled water.

Don't use pure petroleum jelly and its byproducts, cocoa butter or oil as a facial skin moisturizer, if it is not water soluble
Oils are not moisturizers and will not make the skin soft and supple. They will hold existing moisture in, but if heavy or thick, can clog the pores, causing eruptions.

Do breathe properly.
Early practitioners of yoga believed in the wonderful results of breath control. Proper breathing is said to cleanse and purify the internal vessels. It also vitalizes the energy centers of the body. Controlled breathing, according to yoga practitioners, has the power to make the face ‘glow like the sun'. To breath properly, the stomach and ribcage should expand on inhalation and deflate on exhalation.

Do eat properly
A vegetarian diet supplemented with nutritional supplements will produce healthy skin. As a general rule, eat raw, steamed or lightly stir-fried vegetables, fish and chicken. Intake of red meat, candy, desserts, sugar, tea, coffee and soft drinks should be limited.

Do eat a high-fibre diet.
Fibre is essential for healthy digestion and elimination. This is very important as it keeps the colon cleansed and rids the body of toxins.

Do eat more raw foods
Cooking often destroys essential nutrients and enzymes in food. Consumption of natural and organic foods such as fruits, salads and sprouts will assist the skin to clear and heal faster. As an option to raw foods, choose to quickly stir-fry or lightly steam your food rather than baking, boiling, grilling or deep-frying.

Do eat fresh foods
Fresh foods contain vitamins that have a significant benefit on acne. Fruits have high water contents and fruits such as grapes, pineapples and strawberries contain alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA's) which help exfoliate the skin naturally thereby removing the dead skin cells that clog up the oil glands.

Do eat foods rich in zinc
Zinc is essential in regulating the oil-producing glands of the skin. Zinc also possesses antibacterial properties that reduce flare-ups. Foods containing zinc include nuts, soybeans and whole grains.

Do eat slowly and chew the food thoroughly
Chewing food slowly allows it to mix with the saliva properly. This enables smooth digestion. Drink water 20 minutes before a meal or 2 hours after a meal. The water should be at room temperature.

Do get adequate sleep
The simplest good deed you can do for your skin may surprise you: sleep! Scientists and mothers around the world agree that a good night's sleep — at least eight hours — can do wonders for your complexion. How? A healthy, well-rested body has the resources to build a strong immune system. While a robust immune system won't prevent acne altogether, it can help fight infection so your lesions clear up more quickly. Luckily, your body isn't picky; uninterrupted sleep in the daytime is just as beneficial. So if you work late, sleep late — and try to maintain a regular schedule.

Do take time to relax.
Stress may trigger of many skin problems.

Do reduce the consumption of high glycaemic index foods and refined carbohydrates
The glycaemic Index (GI) is a measure of how food affects your blood levels. The faster a food breaks down during digestion, the higher the GI. Examples of foods with a low GI are sweet Potato, Lentils, Soybeans, Brocolli, Asparagus , heavy mixed grain bread, long grain rice, cherries, plums, peaches etc.

Do supplement your diet with Omega-3 fats
These maintain healthy cell membranes and ensure the transport of nutrients into cells. Omega-3 fats can be found in flax seeds, mackerel and sardines.

Do avoid Omega-6 fats of vegetable oils
These include oils such as corn oil, safflower oil, soybean oil and cottonseed oil. These promote inflammation of the skin.

Do drop saturate fats and partially hydrogenated fats
These cause damage to body tissues and promote inflammation. Saturate fats are solid at room temperature and usually come from animal sources. Cut back on red meat and butter. Eliminate partially hydrogenated fats as they are even worse for they replace unsaturated fats in cells. Avoid packaged snack foods, chips, crackers and cookies that contain these fats. Avoid fried foods. Never eat margarine.

Do eliminate all processed foods from your diet
Processed foods contain low levels of enzymes and a high iodine content, both of which are known to worsen acne. Hence, it is sensible to avoid all ready-to-go and tinned meals.

Do cut down all forms of refined sugar in your diet
Sugar impairs immune function. Recent research shows that individuals with acne could not metabolize sugars effectively and their tissues' glucose tolerance was seriously flawed.

Do try to eliminate dairy products from your diet for 6 weeks
Acne may develop due to an allergic reaction to dairy products and the fat content of the dairy products may worsen the condition. Modern dairy and animal products often contain steroids and hormones that can affect the body's natural hormonal balance. If you are allergic to dairy products, eat plenty of sour products such as low fat bio-yogurt, to maintain a healthy intestinal flora.

Do avoid foods that increase ‘heat' in the body
These include spicy foods, garlic and coffee.

Do skin brush
Skin brushing helps slough away dead skin cells and increases the blood flow to the skin. This encourages lymphatic drainage. It helps release the toxins near the skin's surface into the blood stream and out of the body via the lymphatic and digestive systems and not through the skin. Buy a body brush and use it dry every day before you shower. Brush with long strokes towards the heart. Do not use on the face (the bristles are too harsh for the face). Brush gently over any areas of your body affected by acne.

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