Why did I see such a big improvement when I first started a new skincare routine?

 

You very well might be correct in what you are seeing. What can happen with people is their skin can reach a visible plateau where they forget what their skin looked like before they started using new products. For example, let’s say your goal is to brighten your skin and you recently started using an exfoliating acid serum and a vitamin C serum, which you have never used before. These types of products will give fast  results, and it’s not uncommon for us to hear from our customers “I just started using your products two weeks ago and I can already see a huge difference!” What occurs is that once these type of products have started to fade unwanted pigment from your skin and create a more even-toned look, there are fewer results that you might see over time. It’s simply a perception situation in that what you are seeing now is the new normal.

Can my skin products lose their effectiveness over time?

The simple answer is, no. Your skin doesn’t build up an immunity to skincare products over time. They don’t just one day decide they aren’t going to work anymore. This is because there is no direct mechanism for your skin to become immune to the effects of products. When you apply a product, your skin’s receptors will take it in, and, assuming it’s a well-formulated product, it will go to work immediately to perform its function.

However, there is an exception. In the case of using topical prescription retinoid, your skin can build up a tolerance which will result in fewer negative side effects over time.

STOP DOING THESE THINGS TO YOUR SKIN IF YOU WEAR MAKEUP

  1. You shouldn’t be going to bed with your makeup on.

It’s important to know that your skin is incredibly dirty at night due to:

  • sebum (oil) that secretes through your pores
  • bacteria from touching your face all day with your hands and dirt under your nails (without even realizing it)
  • makeup from setting powders, primers, blushes and liquid foundations

Letting your skin marinate in dirt, oil, and makeup all day and night can lead to clogged pores, breakouts, and contribute to a dull-looking complexion. It’s so important to cleanse your skin every night and perform a nighttime routine for your skin type.

2.     Don’t count on cleansing wipes to remove your makeup.

Despite their convenience, I never suggest cleansing wipes (only), to remove face makeup because they don’t truly clean the skin. Instead, they smear dirt, bacteria, oil, and makeup across it. A cleanser without the addition of any water will break down and dissolve the dirt in the oily portion of the soap (surfactant) molecule only and remove it onto the wipe. However, it’s the actual rinsing action from water that removes it and cleans the skin. Essentially, using a wipe is like applying cleanser to your face with soap and then not washing it off.

3.     Stop thinking that makeup is bad for your skin and that you need to let it breathe.

For starters, the skin doesn’t have a respiratory system so the concept of the skin “breathing” is a myth. The real truth is that face makeup when in the form of powder or liquid foundation, gives additional protection from the sun, even if it doesn’t list an SPF number. Since protecting your skin from UV light during the day should be priority #1, makeup can be extremely beneficial. Of course, you’ll want to choose the right type of makeup for your skin type to ensure it’s the best fit. (especially if your skin is not acne prone).

4.     Stop tugging on your eyes when removing mascara and eye makeup.

Why is the eye area the first place on the face to show aging? It’s because the skin is very thin and it gets the most wear and tear from smiling, squinting and rubbing. (For those who are taking in and out their contact lenses every day, this adds additional stress to the skin tissue.) It’s very important to be mindful of being delicate with the skin especially when removing eye makeup.

Pro tip: Saturate a cotton pad with an oil-free liquid eye makeup remover and hold it onto the eye area for 30 seconds to melt away the eye makeup and mascara before gently wiping away.

5.     Don’t neglect your makeup brushes.

I know it takes effort but if you’re not washing your makeup brushes at least once a month, they are truly filthy and are introducing dirt, oil, and bacteria to your skin every time they are touching your face. This is definitely not helping your skin’s health. Ideally, you would be washing them weekly or even more often for acne-prone skin types, but if you’re hardly ever washing them, then make it a goal to at least do it once a month. (As I’m writing this, it’s also a reminder that I’m long overdue for washing mine!) If you’re using a Beauty Blender (those trendy, bouncy makeup sponges), be sure to wash those after each use and replace it after three months.

6.     Don’t allow your makeup to interfere with the natural healing process of a blemish.

The goal with any blemish is to make it go away as fast as possible with the least amount of scarring, right? Well, I’m here to tell you that your makeup could be causing a problem. When you have a blemish, there is infection and inflammation, and when makeup and concealer are applied, the oils and synthetic perfumes can travel into the blemish and further the aggravation. (In addition to touching your face all day with dirty hands!) After applying sunscreen, wipe the affected area with a damp cotton swab and apply a thin layer of your treatment. This creates an invisible seal over the blemish to prevent makeup applied afterward from disrupting the healing process..

 

STEPS I TAKE TO AVOID NEGATIVE REACTION TO NEW SKINCARE PRODUCTS!!

STEPS I TAKE TO AVOID NEGATIVE REACTION TO NEW SKINCARE PRODUCTS!!

Now because of my job and love for skincare products I am constantly trying out new skincare. Sometimes they turn out great and other times my skin pays for it badly, so ill share the steps I take before trying out a new product. Now if you have sensitive or acne prone skin, incorporating new skin care products into your routine can be a scary thing simply because you just don’t know how your skin will respond, even if it’s a product for your skin type, things can just go wrong. Here are some things you need to know when trying out new skin care products.

1) Know your skintype: its really important to know your skin type before you try any particular product. This is my first basic rule (For example, so many people with oily skin always use products for controlling their oil, when in fact they really need to focus on putting water-based hydration into the skin.) basically if you know your skin type you would not need to try some skincare products.

2) Perform a patch test. If you have extremely sensitive and allergic skin, it’s always recommended to do a patch test for compatibility prior to using any new products. When you’re trying a new line you’re excited to dive right in and use everything, but if you have a negative reaction to something you’ll never know what it was. You might make some of your own assumptions, but it’s really hard for you to determine for sure.
The side of the neck is a good starting point for true compatibility because it’s thinner and generally more reactive. The idea is that if it can be tolerated on your neck, then you can feel confident that it will be okay on the face. Also, should you encounter a negative reaction such as an itchy, red rash, you might want it to appear on the neck rather than on your face.

Note: The product category that allergic skins are most reactive to are products that you would leave on the skin (moisturizer, serum, toner, eye cream) as opposed to a cleanser that you apply and rinse right off. Also, if you are doing a patch test with a product that contains Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Salicylic Acid or other AHA’s, it is normal that the skin may be slightly pink but this should usually subside within 10-15 minutes, especially if moisturizer is applied on the skin over it.
What to do if you have an allergic reaction? If you ever use a product and break out in a rash, you can apply cold plain yogurt to the affected area, Leave on 15 minutes rinse and repeat every three hours. Also you can use hydrocortisone.

3) Introduce your products slowly. When using new products, even if you have patch-tested and no negative reaction has occurred, I still believe that it is best to only introduce one new product every five days. This way, if a negative reaction should occur, you are able to pinpoint which product it may be, and then you will have this helpful knowledge for future skin care purchases.

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HOW TO GET GLOWING HEALTHY SKIN!

HOW TO GET GLOWING HEALTHY SKIN!

As the skin ages, everything tends to slow down. This includes blood circulation, oil production and the natural exfoliating process of the skin. This is what is responsible for dull skin.  In addition, pigment cells rise to the surface with age, so the skin develops brown spots which cause the skin to not look even-toned.

No worries there’s a lot that can be done to counteract dull skin. In this post, I’ll share my favorite tips to get your skin looking fresh and glowing in no time.

  • Only use low-foaming, sulfate-free cleansers to wash your face

Cleansing your skin in the morning and at night is essential for optimal skin health. However, you need to pay attention to the type of cleanser you use.

Many foaming and gel-based cleansers are formulated with ingredients like sodium lauryl sulfate,  or ammonium lauryl sulfate. These are cleansing agents that cut oil from the skin. While you do need to remove oil from the skin, these sulfate ingredients are simply too strong and will strip water from the skin after every washing. This leaves the skin feeling tight and creates irritation. This eventually leads to a damaged moisture barrier that contributes to your skin’s dull, dry appearance. When it comes to cleansing, the rule is more lather, more drying; less lather, less drying. Be sure to look for cleansers labeled as ‘sulfate-free’ and ones that don’t have a shampoo-like bubbly lather. Furthermore, bar soaps are an absolute no-no.

  • Repair your moisture barrier so the skin will appear light reflective

When you want the skin to have the look of a radiant glow, you want to make light bounce off of the skin. If your skin is dry and flaky, it means you have a damaged moisture barrier. When this happens, your skin develops tiny, invisible cracks that allow not only moisture to escape but also allow light to penetrate. This prevents light from bouncing off the skin’s surface so the skin will not have that ‘lit from within’ look. Instead, you end up with that undesirable dullness we all dislike. Aside from using only gentle cleansers, you have to take steps to repair your skin’s dryness and close up these cracks. The best way to do this is by using the RIGHT type of moisturizer. Now most of you would think this is for people with dry skin but you can have oily skin that is dehydrated. It’s a fact that hydrated skin is healthy skin, so start looking at your ingredient labels to find the perfect moisturizer for your skin.

  • Use a face oil but use it correctly

Especially during Harmattan when the air is dry, moisture is dramatically reduced from the skinOne of the very best ways to prevent moisture evaporation and keep your skin looking radiant is to apply a treatment oil over your night cream. The reason why you want to put it on as the last step in your night regimen is that oils have the largest molecule, more so than any other skin care product. Because of this, oil acts like a top coat or a sealant so that everything underneath (your toner, serum, and moisturizer) stays in the skin. .

  • Be sure to use the right type of exfoliating products and use them regularly

The quickest, easiest way to instantly brighten the skin is to use an exfoliating product. By dissolving and removing dry surface cells, you instantly reveal fresher, brighter, plumper cells that reflect light and give the skin a smoother look. I personally prefer AHAs like glycolic acid and lactic acid.

  • Use a skin brightener daily

Since pigment cells rise to the surface with age, brown spots and sun spots can make the skin look dull. One of the benefits of a natural skin brightener is its ability to sedate melanin activity to fade stubborn discolored marks. My favorite type is a vitamin C serum  like the YouSkin because it’s a proven brown spot lightener.

  • Use an Illuminator

Never underestimate the power of makeup. if you love your make-up this is probably your favorite part. Take a good look at your face to really familiarize yourself with the bone structure. Once you have identified your cheekbones, brow bones, nose and chin dab an illuminator on those areas. It is all about looking natural, make sure you gently blend any excess product so it does not sit on the skin.

 

if you have other secrets please share with us!

 

xoxo

Nnenna

 

 

5 DAILY HABITS THAT AFFECT THE SKIN.

5 DAILY HABITS THAT AFFECT THE SKIN.
  1. Cell phone use: High exposure of our facial skin to our phones increase our exposure to bacteria, dust and other grimy element that can lead to breakouts in our skin. Ensure that you clean your phone screen with antibacterial wipes.

 

  1. Over exfoliating: Gentle exfoliation is the best thing that you can do to your skin. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells that accumulate on the skin surface which helps to get rid of the dull, dry skin and will reveal a youthful and fresh looking skin. But when over exfoliating happens it can have adverse affect on your skin. Too much exfoliating or harsh cleansing can worsen breakouts and exacerbate oil production.

 

  1. Hairspray and other hair care products: We know you don’t apply hair products to your face, but the residue can end up there. Next time you apply hairspray, cover your face with a clean towel to protect your skin. Also, use a sweatband when you hit the gym to keep the products from dripping down when you begin to sweat.

 

  1. Always do a patch test before using any product: It is important to do a skin patch test for all DIYs and new products. It is easy to see a new “It product” and be eager to jump on that train, however always be conscious of your skin type and know that what works for others might cause damage to your skin or just not work for you. A fast way of knowing this is through a skin patch test where you check for reactions and other adverse effects on your skin, before you use it fully on your skin.

 

 

  1. Always use a sunscreen:  You need to use sunscreen daily before going out in the sun. It is very essential to protect your skin from the harmful UV rays of sun. Prolonged sun exposure without the protection of a good quality sunscreen lotion can cause serious skin damage. It is advisable to apply a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 before going out. At the same time wear well covered clothes and carry an umbrella to provide maximum protection to your skin.

If you want your skin to look radiant, glowing and young, avoid these common bad skin habits. Also follow a good skin care regimen daily without any fail.

 

 

What are other habits you think may affect the skincare unknowingly? let us know in the comments below!

YOUSKIN, CHEAPEST VITAMIN C SERUM IN THE MARKET- 20%

A potent, multipurpose serum that combines breakthrough anti-aging ingredients like Vitamin C to help visibly minimize fine lines/ wrinkles and reduce the appearance of age spots and discoloration. It boosts collagen production, fights inflammation and helps damaged skin heal.

 

PRODUCT DETAILS

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With our NEW IMPROVED formula, YouSkin Vitamin C Serum is thin and highly effective. It will help fade sun spits & discoloration, refine skin texture, reduce wrinkle formation, and minimize existing wrinkles. It also has a high concentrated base of pure vegan hyaluronic acid to plump skin cells and protect and restore.

Our 20% Vitamin C Serum delivers powerful antioxidants to brighten and enhance collagen production to reduce fine lines & wrinkles for radiant, youthful skin.

This product is safe for all skin types and does not contain alcohol, sulfates or parabens.

CAUTION: This product may increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun. We recommend applying sunscreen prior to sun exposure.

 

PRICE: 5,000

 

DIRECTIONS FOR USE

  • Wash your face with your favorite face wash
  • Apply a few drops to the face and allow to set for 1-2 minutes. Follow with your favorite face cream and sun screen

YouSkin Vitamin C Serum

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