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!!!!

 

 

 

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!

Know Your Skin Type before You Use Products!!!!

Do you know what your skin type is? And no, I don’t mean “fair??? or “dark???. I mean oily, dry, combination, Normal, etc? If you are like so many women out there, you probably have no idea what type of skin you really have.

All too many of us don’t know our skin type and that makes it really difficult when buying products. The majority of people only use a skincare product because their friend or someone recommended it. The problem with this is that everybody has different skin and your friend’s skin type may be the opposite of yours. This means that you can actually be causing more harm to your skin than helping it.
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THE TRUTH BEHIND YOUR STRETCH MARKS!!!

Being a mom of three, I know how it feels having a few stretch marks here and there, and although I’ve had days where I feel hopeless about them, I’ve learnt to just manage and live with them.
Stretch marks seem to cause issues for many women out there for various reasons. What I think every woman should know about them is how they form, what causes them, and the different ways you can go about managing or getting rid of them.

What are they?
Stretch marks are long and narrow stripes or lines that are formed on your skin that have a scar-like appearance. People can get them just about anywhere on their body, but women tend to get them during pregnancy on their stomachs.
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MY FAVOURITE COLOUR-CORRECTING CONCEALERS….

Concealers are without a doubt the biggest must-have products to keep in your makeup bag. It covers blemishes, hides dark circles and hyperpigmentation, and basically just makes everything look even and flawless. Didn’t get enough sleep last night? Concealer. Slept in your makeup and got a few breakouts to show for it? Concealer. Need to prime your lids or lips so your makeup stays on better? Concealer. It truly is a jack-of-all-trades.

Correctors are different from concealers, because instead of “concealing??? the problem area like what a concealer does, they neutralize the area. Sometimes it is better to correct than to conceal. You want to be able to neutralize a color before adding another color on top of it. For example, if you have dark under eye circles (black/blue), concealing a color on top of another will make you look cakey and enhance the flaw. Our dark skin tones have hyperpigmentation and discoloration. They will need neutralizing colors such as oranges, peaches and bisques to counteract the darkness and neutralize.
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UNWANTED FACIAL HAIR AND PERMANENT REMOVAL!!!

This is one topic that most women like to shy away from, like an elephant in the room no one wants to discuss or accept that unwanted facial hair can be a big problem.

I struggled with facial hair (on my chin) and I hated it. Apparently most women have facial hair (vellus hairs), which are fine, short and almost indiscernible to the naked eye. They go through the same cycles of growth, transition and rest as any other hair on the body but never grow past a certain length or circumference.

My facial hair was easily noticeable because of my complexion (such problems are worse when you are fair skinned) and in my attempt to find a quick fix, it only got worse. I tweezed them to no end and even tried waxing them away. But those unwanted facial hairs continued to sprout causing what seemed like an endless battle with in-grown hairs, hyperpigmentation, and dark spots on my chin.
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