From Acne and Eczema to Glowing Skin, Naturally!: 004

From Acne to Eczema and Everything in Between…

Glowing Skin is the Result of Healthy Lifestyle and Pure, Safe Skincare



“How your skin looks is 95% lifestyle.” – Viktoriya


This is not something you might expect someone who sells their own skincare line to say; but Viktoriya made it clear that how your skin looks is more than just skincare!

She says our skin reflects what we eat, think and do (exercise and skincare for examples)…

The biggest trigger for her own skin she says was sugar. She tried everything under the sun to avoid having to give this up, but her skin issues cleared dramatically when she gave up refined sugar.

In this interview with Viktoriya, creator of Vika’s Essentials, makes it clear that the key to healthy-looking, glowing skin is a healthy life-style and pure, safe skincare products.



What inspired Viktoriya to Create her Own Skincare Line

  • Struggles with acne and rashes for over 25 years (Vika’s tips on how to clear-up acne)
  • Frustration with products that exacerbated her sensitive skin
  • Needing a solution to dry, flaky patches of skin once she turned 50 diagnosed as eczema (She’s 58 at the time of this interview – doesn’t she look amazing!? She’s her own testimonial!)
  • Not wanting to use anything but natural products– which meant ditching the prescribed steroid cream!



From Acne and Eczema to Glowing Skin, Naturally! Weight Free Wellness Podcast Episode 004

How to Treat Your Skin Based on Skin-type, Body-type and Region/Season:

What’s your skin-type?

When you awake in the morning, look at your skin the mirror.

If you wake up with oily skin over most of your face you have oily skin.

If you have normal skin all over and after you take a shower your skin feels normal or taught you have normal to dry skin.

If you have oiliness in the T-zone (across the forehead and down the center past the nose to the chin) but your cheeks remain normal or dry, you have combination skin.

The most common skin-type is Combination Skin

Combination Skin is considered out-of-balance. The goal is to find balance by suppressing oil production in the T-zone. We do this by using the right skincare routine which includes:

  • Washing the face with the right face wash
  • No soap
  • No alcohol
  • No emulsifiers
  • No preservatives
  • Exfoliate
  • Masks
  • Use light hydrators such as Vika’s toners (a light mist with specific ingredients per skin-type)
  • And using the right oils that hydrate where needed
  • Internal cleansing helps a lot too (My combination skin was helped immensely when I cleansed my liver which helped my body to properly process oils internally, which translated to my skin. Similarly, discoloration, brown spots or “liver spots” can be helped by such internal cleanses.)


It seems strange to use oils when we’ve all been accustomed to use lotions and creams.


Pure, organic oils are rich in anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals. Viktoriya explains that this is an ancient science and she chooses and blends the oils mindfully- even creating her own oil infusions which take months to develop.

She shares how she was inspired by research she learned for her own skin conditions and by ingredients used in her native country of Russia such as Sea Buckthorn which is highly revered in Russia and China for internal and external healing.


Take-aways on the types of oils used:

  • There are so many great oils- it’s good to rotate (by season especially).
  • Coconut oil is great, but it is not a one-size-fit-all solution- especially not for fine lines and wrinkles… that’s more of a job for rose, frankincense and myrrh
  • Non-comedogenic oils that will not clog pores even good for combination and in smaller amounts for oily skin. In this case use light oils to hydrate which don’t trigger more sebum production (apricot kernel oil, rose hip oil, argon nut oil, macadamia nut oil).
  • All oils are high quality, certified organic
  • Carrier oils are cold-pressed which means highest quality and performance
  • Essential oils are steam or water distilled (not by solvent/chemical process)


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When asked…

What are 2 simple things people can do right now to increase their wellness? She had a lot to offer!

  • Completely eliminate refined sugar from your diet.
  • Use certified organic products when it comes to skincare.
  • Diet- stick to 80/20… 80% raw 20% steamed or baked… mostly vegetables and some fruit. She prefers green smoothies.
  • Detoxify the body
  • Drink plenty of water – add a couple of drops of organic lemon essential oil if drinking water is difficult for you or fresh mint leaves (also naturally cooling and gently detoxing).


Other topics covered in this podcast:

Why bags under the eyes?

Viktoriya says, “I don’t like selling water…”

Why safety of skincare products should be #1

What this skincare expert thinks of sunscreen and sun exposure.


Also mentioned in the Podcast:

EWG Website (Environmental Working Group) “… a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment.”  A database of information on safe and un-healthy ingredients used in daily products.

EWG’s App – Healthy Living

Veriditas Botanicals

Eden Botanicals

Organic Infusions


Learn more about Viktoriya and her lovely, pure, organic products at Vika’s Essentials

Check out these valuable articles:

Tips for Clearing up Acne

Ten Beauty Tips

Ingredients to Avoid


About Viktoriya

Hi, I’m Viktoriya – the founder of Vika’s Essentials.  Throughout my life, I routinely suffered from acne breakouts, eczema rashes and all manners of sensitive skin issues.  Those of us with sensitive skin know how much irritation can result from even a simple artificial fragrance.  Not  mentioning how breakouts could effect the self-esteem!  As I got older the problems seemed to worsen.  Even expensive high end natural products left me with severe reactions.  Finally, I decided to find the answers for myself and looked for the answers in the alternative direction – aromatherapy and Ayurveda.  I began an amazing journey of study, research and travel all over the world.  I was fascinated to learn about the healing power of pure essential oils, natural butters and oils!  Ancient civilizations have cataloged knowledge for thousands of years, why not apply this wisdom on myself?  I did and it worked!  And thus, in 2008 Vika’s Essentials Organic Skincare was born.  Our customers care about the purity of ingredients put on their bodies and the results.  If you have sensitive, dry or acne prone skin you come to the right place!  Embrace organic and natural solutions to all of your skin care problems.

Vika’s Essentials – “Ancient science for modern life”.