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.

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.

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.

sacha buttercup

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!

Retinol and Retin A: The big Difference and Which One Your Skin Needs!!!!

One of the most important parts of a person’s body is their skin. This is why you find loads of products in the market that actually help women maintain younger looking skin. This assists in helping us avoid any signs of aging and other skin problems like acne and pimples. However, it is necessary that you are aware of the ingredients present in the product for you to identify if it is safe for your body or not. And believe you me, it is extremely important to know all that.

In order to help you find the right product for your skin, you need to test out various products and sometimes they come out right and sometimes they don’t. The best part is that you don’t need to experiment anymore. I have tried many products and I can safely tell you which products would or would not be best for you depending on your skin type. Let’s try and discuss two of the most popular products that are being used by most women, the retinol and the Retin A.
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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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