My Go to products when I break out!!!!

We all have moments when we breakout, for some its during that time of the month and for others its just random. For me in particular I take the piss with my skin, my love for groundnut and nuts is never ending, even though it breaks me out I still over indulge and can’t seem to cut it off. Clearly I have no respect for my skin….maybe its because I know what to do/use when the need arises.

 

Your diet really does show on your face……….that saying “you are what you eat” is so real and because my skin is Acne prone I need to be so careful of what I eat, anytime I eat badly it shows up on my face…sadly I am just too stubborn to stop some things.

 

So over the years I have mastered the art of treating my Zits, I have found the right combination of products to use, so basically when my skin is in a good place I use my normal products and when its in crisis I also have different products. For the purpose of this post ill share the routine for when my skin is in crisis.

 

Starting with my cleanser I switch to the Acne.org cleanser, this is a very good water-soluble cleanser its silky texture and low-lathering formula makes it suitable for all skin types, breakouts or not. Although this doesn’t contain anything special for those with acne, it’s still a great cleanser that doesn’t leave skin dry or tight (Avoid anything that dries out your skin when you break out).

Cleansing is an important step in any anti-acne routine, I like that it doesn’t have the regular salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Those anti-acne superstars are wasted in a cleanser because they’re rinsed from skin before they have a chance to work. I put it on for 10 seconds then wash it off. cleanser-8oz_1

 

Toners For some reason when my skin starts breaking out I always skip toners but if I had to use 1  then it will be the Obagi T pads because it has salicylic acid. But to be honest I hardly ever use it.zo-skin-health-offects-te-pads-review

 

Masks: This is one of the most important steps for me I absolutely love using Sulfur masks because Sulphur is a natural antibiotic and it inhibits bacterial growth, meaning it sucks up air so bacteria can’t grow. It works best if you have mild to moderate acne, It really isn’t effective for severe acne or cystic breakouts.  So, if you have red pimples, or blackheads, or a combination of the two, sulfur can improve your skin and I particularly love the Acne free sulfur mask and the Origins out of trouble Mask.img_0347

 

Treatments: This is the most important step for me, I suffered a severe acne breakout years ago and this is one treatment that helped me, I can never run out of this product as its one of my holy grail for pimples. I love that it’s a combination product it combines clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide, It helps to decrease the number of acne pimples. Clindamycin is an antibiotic that stops the growth of acne-causing bacteria. Benzoyl peroxide can also stop the growth of bacteria as well as reduce oil production in the skin, helping to keep your pores open. And one thing I notice while using this product is minimal scarring maybe its because of the benzoyl peroxide, I don’t know but its AMAZING!!! This product is called Duac.img_0349

 

 

 

Dealing with Scars: Most times acne leaves scars whether it’s brown or black spots depend on your skin type and how you scar, brown spots fade quicker than black spots as they are not deep scars. For me after the pimple is gone I use Melamin by Zein Obagi to help clear the marks. Melamin contains 4% Hydroquinone, and is used for the treatment of pigmentation problems. It helps to even color tone by inhibiting melanin production, and helps gradual lightening of hyperpigmentation.melamin_0_1

 

Another product that I continue using is the Vitamin C serum, which attacks the free radicals in the body and does some hardcore damage management, I find that it helps with fading the scars over time.img_0352

 

And Lastly I always never forget to wear a sunscreen while using this product because it makes your skin sensitive to the sun.img_0353

 

 

I hope this information can help someone out there that has been struggling!!! some of these products are available on the site.

 

 

P.S Before you use any of these products please do a patch test..

 

 

Layering your Skincare products!

thumb_img_0346_1024Plenty of people buy lots of new products and use them at random to find that it has made no difference to their skin’s appearance. This is because slapping on skincare products in any random order is probably one of the biggest mistakes a beauty lover could make. To get the benefits of each item, there is actually a correct order to layer skincare products.

 

An easy way of remembering the order of your skincare application is by going from light to heavy. Before any heavyweight creams, products with the lightest consistency should be applied first. Keep reading below to find out how to layer you skincare products correctly, for optimum use.

 

Step 1: Cleanse

Without a good cleanser, your entire skincare routine could suffer. Its purpose is to eliminate all the impurities that water can’t tackle on its own. It frees your skin from dirt and other impurities, contributes to radiant complexion, and improves your skin’s ability to absorb other products from your routine. An Ideal cleanser should be enriched with vitamins and nutrients to hydrate and nourish your skin at the same time.

 

Step 2: Exfoliate (1–2 Times Per Week)

Most experts recommend exfoliating once or twice weekly to tackle built-up dirt and oil, reduce dullness, and sweep away dead skin cells (which promotes healthy cell turnover). Scrubs gently buff away dead skin, while chemical exfoliators and peels give pores a deep clean. When using a scrub, focus your exfoliating energy on areas with blackheads or flakiness (especially nose and cheeks), since those are the areas that get clogged the most.

 

Step 3: Toners

Most people underestimate the power of toners, but this product should be a standard part of your skincare routine. It removes the final traces of dirt that cleanser missed or didn’t reach. Toners also prepare the skin for products you will apply after. Now, it’s important what type of toner you’re going to choose. Some toners contain too much alcohol and only dry out your face e.g. even if you have oily skin, acne toners with too much alcohol could only increase oil production.

You should go for toners that are made of safe and natural ingredients. Remember, toners should also be versatile and offer some other benefits as well. To ensure that your entire skincare routine achieves its full potential, you should go for toners such as the Pixi glow tonic as it has glycolic acid in it that helps exfoliate your skin.

 

Step 4: Apply Serums

Serums are effective products that are formulated to address specific problems. Due to their lightweight formula, they are applied before moisturizer. Why? It’s because moisturizers are heavier and your skin wouldn’t be able to absorb, Rahdha beauty Vitamin C serum aims to decrease fine lines and wrinkles. Serums are versatile; you can get different products for different purposes.

 

 

Step 5: Eye Cream

The skin around your eyes is sensitive and doesn’t have sebaceous glands. That is why fine lines and wrinkles appear there first. Products like Radha Intensive youth Eye gel are specially formulated to care for delicate skin around your eyes. It helps puffiness, dark circles, and has anti aging properties.

 

Step 6: Moisturize

The role of moisturizer is to lock the moisture into your skin thus keeping it hydrated and smooth. When you wash your face with cleanser and then use toner or serum, your skin already gets much-needed hydration, but that moisture has to stay inside. Without moisturizer, it would just evaporate. Make sure you get moisturizer formulated for your skin type. Each skin type has different needs and purchasing moisturizer that addresses the needs of your skin is important

 

Step 7: Protect

After moisturizer, it’s time to apply sunscreen. You need a good-quality product to protect you from the sun even when you are not exposed. However, if you don’t have too much time in the morning for a longer skincare routine like a lot of my clients, you can be more practical. For instance, you can use a moisturizing sunscreen, products that protect you from the sun while providing the same moisturizing benefits as moisturizers.

 

I hope this helps everyone…

Things I Will Not Try (Facial Oils + With Foundation)

Facial oils are becoming increasingly popular in the beauty world. You can find celebrities, beauty gurus, favorite bloggers and vloggers talking about how they’re a must-have beauty item. Using oils to create a flawless and smooth foundation look is the newest beauty fad; however, it is one of the beauty trends I will not try.

 

Many beauty gurus rave about the importance of the oils and how they can transform your makeup routine and create a flawless foundation coverage; however, that isn’t the case for everyone.

 

One of the most popular oils is the Farsali Rose Gold Elixir; it is an elixir that has 24 karat gold flakes, it not only nourishes your skin but also gives you a healthy, natural luminous glow. Plus, it has anti-agingproperties. Ingredients include rosehip, vitamin e, and orange peel.

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For those with dry and normal skin, using oils under your foundation can give you a glowing, dewy effect. But this doesn’t happen with oily skin. It makes you look shiny, oily, and sweaty, not luminous( there is a thin line between the glow, shiny, and sweaty).

 

When using facial products, you need to understand your skin and how products, like oil elixirs, will affect your skin. Products are designed with skin types in mind. Most beauty products will only work well with one type of skin (or maybe 2 hahaha). Once you know what type of skin you have, you are more educated to choose products that work for you, and understand why some products won’t work.

 

Using oils under your foundation isn’t a good idea for oily skin, especially if you live in a hot humid country. Using oil elixirs is best for normal to dry skin, but never oily skin. I understand the importance of oils and facial elixirs. They can work wonders to hydrate and nourish your skin. But I’ll stick to applying them at night (This is just my personal opinion). I am not against oils; I use the Khiels midnight recovery serum a lot at night.

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For oily skin, you should be using a primer under your foundation, not oil. Primers can help keep the oils in your skin at bay, and away from the skins surface. If you want glowing skin but have oily skin, use bronzers or highlighters  to get the desired effect.

 

With all being said, using oil elixirs with my foundation is not something I will try. They do not work on my oily skin, and with the heat in this country (I am not about that roast life). I will continue to stick to using oils on my face at night before bed to rejuvenate my skin, but never under my foundation. Unfortunately, this is one trend I cannot recommend for everyone because we all have different skin types.

 

Until Next Time!!!

xoxoxo

 

 

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT VITAMIN C SERUMS

A topical vitamin C serum is an oil-and-water-based cosmetic product that delivers concentrated vitamin C. It offers two major advantages over moisturizers: rapid absorption and deep penetration. These two traits create a distinctive characteristic of serums — their ability to produce results in less time than other products.

 

What does the serum do?

 

Acts as an antioxidant – The process of oxidation damages the skin cells. Vitamin C serums are rich in anti-oxidants that repair and renew the cells and give the skin a healthier look.

 

Helps produce collagen – Collagen binds the cells of our body. Vitamin C serum stimulates the synthesis of collagen in the skin, which will give you a tighter, firmer and less sagged feel. It is a good first-step solution to treat the onset of wrinkles.

 

Restores and regenerates – Vitamin C attacks the free radicals in your body and does some hardcore damage management. If you have any acne scars left from your previous breakout, you’ll find them fading with regular application.

 

Brightens Skin: Topical vitamin C serums can brighten age spots and hyper-pigmentation, or discoloration of the skin. The vitamin C serums act as a natural bleaching agent and lighten the skin, including dark circles under the eye. In addition to brightening skin, topical vitamin C serums can prevent mild redness associated with sun damage.

 

Protects you from the sun – Getting overexposed to the sun can cause hyperpigmentation and sun spotting. A vitamin C serum will counteract any harmful effect of the sun and also decrease the chances of skin cancer by thickening the dermis layer. But it is important to note that a vitamin c serum cannot replace your sunscreen. A sunscreen provides the much-needed SPF protection by shielding the outer layer of the skin while the vitamin c serum acts as a sun barrier from within the skin. You should apply the sunscreen as well as the vitamin C serum before going outside for prolonged periods of time.

 

How to apply it.

 

After you’ve chosen a vitamin C serum, it is important that you use it right. Correct method of application will definitely increase the effectiveness of the cream.

 

  • After washing your face start by applying the serum to your face and neck.

 

  • Let it dry for some time and then apply a moisturizer, if possible use one with a sunscreen in it. It is important that you use the serum before moisturizing and not after. This is because the serum is easily absorbed into the skin, while moisturizers work on the surface. If you use the moisturizer first, your skin will not be able to absorb the vitamin c serum.

 

  • Vitamin C serums are oil free preparations that are perfect for balancing oily skin by exfoliating naturally. Because of its exfoliating properties, it is a good idea to follow up a vitamin c serum application with a moisturizer, especially if you have sensitive skin.

 

 

The biggest disadvantage of a vitamin C serum is its instability. Light and air can denature the active ingredients and render them useless. For this reason, I recommend using topical vitamin C serums that are packaged in opaque or airtight containers. Also, be aware that products labeled with vitamin C as an ingredient may not have active vitamin C. Check the ingredient label before you buy the product.

 

 

Lastly, after purchasing the serum, it’s a good idea to keep it refrigerated. This will keep the serum from oxidizing too quickly, Vitamin C is a Major Key to Skin Success!!!!

 

 

 

7 Signs Your Skin Care Routine Needs To Be Changed..

Hi guys, so its been a minute but I am back again with my skincare banter. I am talking about this because during the course of my work I have encountered a lot of these issues, and here are 7 things I can think of from the top of my head that people deal with daily but are not sure how to handle, I hope this helps someone out there.

 

While skin issues can be linked to all manner of reasons hormones, diet, stress, etc. Sometimes all it takes to set things straight is a change in your skin care routine. Take a look at the following signs to see if your skin is a prime candidate for a product transition.

 

  1. Your breakouts worsen after treatment.

If you’ve recently started a topical course of acne treatment and your skin gets worse, the active ingredient in your product may be too active for you right now. If you have never used a product with Glycolic acid, Vitamin A or Vitamin C before, the skin in most cases needs to adjust to the extra strength. Once it detoxifies the skin, it will calm down. Reducing the use of the active product to every other night will usually help this, what I mean is allowing your skin to adjust gradually.

 

  1. Your dry skin is excessively dry.

If you’re cleansing your dry skin with a creamy cleanser, but it’s getting worse instead of better, you could have a double drying issue. The problem with some creamy cleansers is that they’re not exfoliating, nor do they contain natural oils to help replenish dry skin with lipids. Switch to a cleanser that contains more oil, or add a pre-wash that contains Argan oil, lipid oil or nut oil.

 

  1. Your oily skin is excessively dry.

It may sound like a Joke, but oily skin that flakes and feels tight and dry is actually a pretty common occurrence. People with oily skin tend to use cleansers and toners that are over stripping to the skin, causing the acid mantle to become unbalanced. This causes the body to produce even more oil to balance things out and making things worse. Switch to a cleanser that is less drying, preferably one with Glycolic acid to exfoliate the skin and remove the oil.” A hydrating serum like hyaluronic serum should also help.

 

  1. You have new freckles.

Trust me I have seen a lot of girls in Nigeria with freckles. Some may be hereditary, others hormones but if you just get it randomly then its actually hyper pigmentation due to sun damage. And the issue may be your sunscreen (or lack of it). Many people underestimate the importance of using a daily sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays. Switch to a formula that covers both types of rays, or increase the SPF if the product you use now already protects against both. To work on brown spots during your product transition, try incorporating products that have higher concentrations of Peptides and/or Kojic acid ingredients.

 

  1. Your skin is super red.

This is more prevalent in light skinned girls, while some of them may just have a natural blush and there is nothing to it, most times if your skin has an angry shade of red its an indication that something in your product ingredient list may be too harsh for your skin. Cleansers that contain sulphates or benzoyl peroxide are common culprits, so review the list of ingredients and switch to one that is free of both.

 

6.   Your skin stings or itches.

If your skin begins to sting, itch or appear blotchy, it may be the victim of over exfoliation. “These days there are so many exfoliation products that are used daily as opposed to weekly. When you strip the acid mantle, you remove the protective layer of your skin, which makes you more prone to photosensitization. Switch to a product that’s gentler on the skin and follow the directions religiously. If it says use once a week, then once a week is all it will take to achieve the best results.

 

  1. Your skin has tiny bumps.

Do you have small, white bumps on the surface of your skin? This is the No 1 indication of an allergic reaction. These types of bumps are very tiny, do not resemble whiteheads and may be accompanied by redness. For the first step, try using

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without so many chemicals in them. Look for products that have natural ingredients and are fragrance-free. To ease the transition, apply calming ingredients such as aloe vera or honey.

5 Must Have Products In My Makeup Bag!!!

I’m a bit of a makeup hoarder. I’m always trying new things, and I fall for amazing product reviews pretty easily. It’s just a bad habit!

However, I do have products that I consistently use and will repurchase over and over again. The five beauty products listed below are the ones I’ve been using for a while, and they have never failed me. Some are high-end and others are just regular brands, but they’re all my must-haves at the moment. Read on to learn what they are.

 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz

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This is my absolute favorite brow pencil. I’ve tried other ones, but this one by Anastasia Beverly Hills is a winner. My brows are dark brown, very full and thick so I always have to make sure my brow pencil matches my brow color or at least close to it. The Dark brown shade of this pencil is perfect for me because it allows me outline and shape my eyebrows without giving me a harsh look.

The pencil tip is super-small and very precise; every stroke looks like an eyebrow hair, and it makes my brows look more natural. The small spoolie brush on the other end is great too, because it’s the perfect size for eyebrows.

If you’re someone that fills in or outline your eyebrows almost every day, I recommend trying out this product.

 

Wet & Wild comfort Zone 738 Eye shadow Palette

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I love this eye shadow for many reasons, and the price is just one of them. It is full of neutrals and makes life easy for people who are new to applying eye shadows. My favorites are the bronze shade on the left, the reddish brown copper definer shade along the left, the dark sage green on the right as well as the goldish green shade on the right. I also like the blue duo chrome shadow on the bottom right but I don’t really wear blue eye shadow. It is actually very similar if not exactly the same shade as Macs blue brown pigment. All of the shades in here are very buttery and pigmented. They last all day over a primer and give me LIFE. I’m definitely obsessed with eye makeup so I love this palette. I travel everywhere with it, but I make sure I pack it properly because I know it can easily break. I have a lot of single mac eye shadows, but whenever I am in a hurry, I just reach out to this palette without even thinking, its that amazing!!!

I recommend this to people who love neutrals but want to experiment with a bit of color without being too over the top.

 

Nars Radiant Creamy concealer

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A good concealer is always a necessity. Sometimes I find that they are either too greasy or watery, both of which are never good. But this one is longwearing and very opaque; you don’t need to use much to cover up imperfections.

I use this as an under eye concealer and to highlight.  When I use it under my eyes, I always use a setting powder to help put it in place. I find that very few concealers work well under the eyes, but this one is an exception. I love it so much that I have it in 3 shades caramel my actual color then biscuit and ginger for highlighting…it’s the best concealer right now for me and I absolutely cant do without.

 

Anastasia Beverly hills Illuminator

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These highlighters are amazing! Like I have always liked highlighters but struggled with getting one that was perfect for my skin tone, they were either too gold, too shimmery or just not right. But when I tried the shade Peach Nectar it was a match made in beauty heaven, I always wanted to go to bed with it daily lol…It’s so smooth and looks beautiful on my skin it doesn’t emphasize pores at all. It comes in 4 shades Starlight, So Hollywood, Peach Nectar and Rivera. They are all very pigmented, I am not a fan of strong obvious highlighters, but with these you can make a strong highlight or sheer it out to a subtle glow. They did an amazing job with these. It’s my Favorite highlighter for now.

 

Yves Saint Laurent Mascara

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I am obsessed with lashes I wear falsies most times when I have an event to attend but on a regular day I just use mascara. I love this mascara so much I’ve bought it at least 7 times in a row now. I have to say that it is one of the best mascaras that I have ever used.

The brush is not huge like many others but surprisingly it coats each lash very well, separates, lengthens and adds volume to lashes like no other. The fact that it doesn’t smudge, clump and make my lashes stick together is key for me. With this mascara I get all the volume that I need but my lashes still look neat and somewhat natural as opposed to the clumpy, sticky mess that most mascaras make. Another plus with this mascara is that it’s nicely buildable, it dries fast so you can apply coat after coat till you get the look that you desire.

The only downside to this mascara is that the tube dries out quite quickly, so you have to replace it quicker, this becomes expensive to use eventually, but with that being said its still my favorite and trust me I have tried almost everything. I will continue to repurchase for these reasons.

So these are mine feel free to tell me yours…..

Until next time xoxo

MY BEAUTY NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS

People write down New Year resolutions in a variety of categories, like health, happiness, family and so on….I feel like beauty should have its own category too. It’s my job to be beauty obsessed and I love it, but there are always areas of improvement for me, and maybe for you, too. I think there are a few things we all need to do more this new year…some of them are things that you have heard me say over and over again… but yes ill keep ringing it in your ears till it sinks in, and trust you will thank me later. These are the things I plan to do more in 2016

1. Wear sunscreen every single day: I’m pretty good with this, I never leave my house without sunscreen on my face…I use it underneath my makeup and then use my primer on top. I’m great with applying SPF on my face, and all over especially if I plan to spend long hours under the sun, but I need to be more aware of my neck and chest, and other sneaky areas, like my hands. Be sure to apply all year round, and also I need to learn to add an extra coat of sunscreen on my hands when I am getting a gel manicure because of the UV lights used to dry the nails.

2. Washing my makeup brushes: speaking of brushes ill like to mention their somewhat high maintenance nature. If you don’t wash your brushes regularly, not only are you leaving them open to bacteria, which leads to possibly breakouts, it also means that your brushes wont pick up pigment and work as well as it should. It can also be annoying and long but if you use a brush cleaner it is much easier and faster. So for me I’m setting a specific time (Sunday afternoon at 2pm) to do this chore every week. This gives me enough time to allow my brushes to dry naturally. Put a calendar reminder in your phone.

3. Being more adventurous with makeup (and hairstyles). It’s so easy to get into a makeup routine, but people like MakeupShyla do a great job of switching it up. Celebs on Instagram are a great inspiration for trying new things, gold eye shadow, bold red lips. Amrezy always mixes it up, glossy lips, matte, dark lips, Coloured eyeliner she isn’t afraid….. And why should she be? Its makeup she can wash it off!!!! I’m aiming to try more bold lipsticks, especially red, definitely going out of my comfort zone since I rocked nude lips mostly in 2015.

4. Book in for regular facials: Looking after your skin is a bit like looking after your teeth. While you may brush and floss regularly, you still need to see the dentist for a deep clean and check up. I have a fantastic facial routine and really good products I use on my skin, even though this might seem enough it just isn’t. I know that times are tough in this economy and it’s undeniably smart to cut back on extraneous purchases. However, this is my opinion on why a monthly facial is a good investment. Your skin is always on display and often has the power to dictate how good we feel about ourselves. Investing in proper skincare has a value that can be arguably more important than buying a new dress or going out to a fancy restaurant or even taking an expensive vacation (a facial is a mini-vacation). A facial will cleanse the pores on a much deeper level, Extractions/cleaning out the pores can help to maintain clear skin, stop acne formation, as well as can help to change the pore’s size. Often times left unchecked, pores can start to stretch and widen with the accumulation of oil and dirt. So I have decided to get a facial monthly.

5. Hair and Skin masks. Hair and skin masks are fun to use and make a huge difference for soft, shiny hair and clear skin. I really love the Dead Sea mud mask from pure body naturals at the moment. I love the way my skin feels after, its simply amazing. And I also love the Cantu hair masque, it leaves my hair moisturized and soft, I would use this once a month going forward. I would also like to apply a facemask once a week at a time that’s perfect for me.

6. Look after my natural nails: As ridiculous as it sounds, a manicure is one of the first things people will notice about your appearance, especially if you work in an office. For a while I have been using nail extensions and acrylic, while it looks beautiful it also makes my nails underneath very soft. I would like to take a break from nail extensions and grow my own nails. Strong, long and healthy!!! My nail inspiration is Ez from BIL her natural nails are amazing and ill like mine to look like hers some-day…hahahha.

These are my beauty resolutions ……please feel free to share yours with me below.

We all know Sunscreen is important, but do you know why?????

Sunscreen is known to be the most common way of protecting the skin against the harmful rays of sun. There are products that combine several ingredients that help prevent the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation from reaching the skin. Two types of ultraviolet radiation UVA and UVB, damage the skin, ages it prematurely, and increases the risk of skin cancer. As we live in a country where the weather is mostly sunny and very humid, I will bring forth all the details of sun protection I have learnt so far.
Some myths that need to be clarified
Regarding sunscreen and sun protection regime, there are two common myths that circulate which need to be made clear.
1. First of all, it is considered that sunscreen when applied, stops you from tanning (getting darker). I have often heard a lot of people say this and it is really not true. No matter how much sunscreen you wear if you are exposed to the sun for long hours, YOU WILL GET A TAN! Sunscreen/Sunblock only protects you from partial UVA/UVB rays, there is no sunblock that covers you 100% so if you don’t want to tan, stay out of the sun. Unfortunately that is the only way to do it, Sunscreen helps to prevent you from burning, not tanning.

2. The second myth is that people with dark skin don’t need sunscreen as they already have dark skin and tanning won’t be prominent. Well, dark skinned people need sunscreen and skin protection just like any other person. The sunscreen’s job is to stop the harmful rays from getting to the skin’s layers.
How does SPF stamped on Sunscreen work?
Most of us get confused with the SPF amount written on the sunscreen every now and then. The thing is that SPF, a sun-protecting factor, is a measure of a sunscreen’s ability to prevent UVB from damaging the skin. A good way to look at it is in terms of percentages, for example lets say SPF 15 filters out approximately 93% of all incoming UVB rays, SPF 30 keeps out 97% and SPF 50 keeps out 98%.
Choose the right sunscreen for your skin type
There are many good companies that are making sunscreens and when you see a number of different sun protections, you get confused and ask yourself which one to really use. So here are some tips to choose the right one for your skin.
1. If you have a combination/oily skin, choose the sunscreen that doesn’t make your skin oily, preferably one that is matte. On the other hand if you have dry skin, you need to get one that moisturizes your skin.
2. In all cases I recommend a broad-spectrum sunscreen offering protection against both UVA and UVB rays.
3. You can choose sunscreens in different forms; they come in creams, lotions, sprays and gel forms. Make sure you select the right type for you so it makes it easier to apply. My skin loves lotion, so I am always up for it.
4. If you are planning a holiday or a weekend outdoors, make sure to get sunscreens with higher SPF values and remember to reapply every 2hours.
With all this sunscreen information, you will be able to select one that serves you right. I personally use SPF-50 matte creams on my face because I have oily Tzones, and SPF 30 lotion on my body…oh and I stay away from the sun as much as I can.
Evaluate your skin type, and then choose something that suits you and makes you happy.
Remember be smart about when and how long you stay in the sun.

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Till next time xoxoxo

BEN NYE BANANA POWDER VS. SASHA BUTTERCUP SETTING POWDER

Review time!! Which one of the two is going to win the toss up: The Ben Nye Banana Powder or new Sasha Buttercup Setting powder. I am going to give my thoughts and opinions and you be the judge. For women who have not yet heard about the Buttercup Setting Powder, it is the newest setting powder from Sasha Cosmetics line. Because of the raving reviews about it, I of course had to try it out.

SASHA BUTTERCUP SETTING POWDER
The Sasha cosmetic Buttercup powder is quickly winning hearts of makeup gurus and ordinary people alike. Formulated especially for exotic skin tones, this powder has properties that have got makeup gurus raving about it. The powder is fine milled, super soft, and feels velvety; it literally glides on your skin, softens the appearance of pores and fine lines, blends easily, can be used as a setting powder after foundation or concealer and does not look cakey. It is for everyday makeup wearers, it blends so well that you might as well want to replace other setting powders with Buttercup. It is perfect for setting medium to dark toned under-eye, or apply liberally all over the face, and stops the oil from coming through during the day. Buttercup is completely flash friendly, reduces shine, absorbs oil and keeps your face matte for hours.

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BEN NYE BANANA POWDER
Ben Nye Banana Powder is on the chalkier side, but is no doubt a beautiful powder. Ben Nye is more of a stage makeup, suitable for those who are professionals at blending. Moreover it looks better in images therefore the powder is better for photography purpose. It tends to look cakey or ashier when not blended properly, however it is great for under eye brightening as it sets the concealer without creasing.

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MY VERDICT
Overall i think Buttercup has a softer touch and is more user friendly. The best part is that you won’t have to break the bank to purchase it. Ben Nye had been my favorite until I found Butter cup which definitely stole Ben Nyes place. The biggest plus is how beautifully it settles on my skin giving a flawless natural finish instead of the harsh yellow cast that Banana powder did. The bad part about Ben Nye was that it used to dry out my skin. My under eye area is quite dry with tiny creases, which I need to set properly. What I have noticed with Ben Nye is that the more I apply it the drier the area looked. So I highly recommend Sasha Cosmetics Buttercup Setting Powder as an everyday use makeup accessory that makes your skin look super smooth and super glowy!

Until next time!

FOR MOTHERS….. HOW I RETAINED MY 6YR OLD DAUGHTERS HAIR LENGTH

Written by: Enitan Agidee of the Healthy Hair Studio by Enitan in London.

This articule is to encourage parents to take better care of their little one’s hair.

I have been able to retain my 6-year-old daughter’s hair to tailbone length hair with the aid of great techniques and healthy hair care.

What exactly does great technique mean, you ask? Her hair is VERY dry as you can see more clearly on the ends of her hair in the Nov 2013 pic in comparison to a more moisturized and hydrated longer strands 3 months later.
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