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Friday, September 30, 2011

Fighting cellulite!

September 30, 2011 0 Comments
What is Cellulite?
The truth is almost all women have the dreaded “orange peel-skin” look. Cellulite is found in both overweight and slim women but excess weight makes it even worse.  Cellulite is the accumulation of fat, fluid and toxins that develops under the skin.  It is mostly a women's problem because men tend to have lower percentages of body fat.

orange peel

There are various anti-cellulite treatments, that include pills, suction machines, creams, wraps and even liposuction.  Still, lifestyle changes through diet and exercise are the best way to help reduce cellulite and fat cell size.  

A good anti-cellulite diet includes eating low-fat, low-carb, high fibre foods especially fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.  Although cellulite is hard to eliminate totally if you follow these tips you should see a significant improvement.

  • Drink eight glasses of water per day to flush out any excess sodium that causes fluid retention.  Water flushes toxins out of the body and improves circulation.
  • Eat fruits and vegetables to increase your daily fibre intake.
  • Don’t smoke.  Smoking causes poor blood circulation and contributes to premature ageing and sagging of the skin.
  • Limit coffee and alcohol consumption.
  • Do not eat sugar and sugary snacks.
  • Do not eat fried and fatty foods.
  • Avoid canned foods and other foods high in salt.  Salt increases water retention and makes cellulite worse.
  • Drink herbal teas.
  • No not drink sodas.
  • Eat five small meals four to five times per day.
  • Maintain a normal, healthy body weight.
  • Boost your circulation by using a brush, loofah or a massage glove daily.  Skin brushing (and dry brushing) helps remove dead skin cells, stimulates circulation and boosts your lymphatic flow.  For best results brush every morning using long strokes towards your heart.  You could also massage your skin with almond oil.
  • Moisturise: Putting on any good moisturiser twice a day will help to plump up the skin.
  • Exercise:  Do some sort of cardio for thirty minutes and stretch daily.
  • Now you have the tips you need to begin your body reshaping process and eliminate cellulite.

woman's thighs

You can also try this DIY: Anti-cellulite scrub

If you know any other anti-cellulite tips, leave them as a comment!


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Smooth as a baby’s bottom!

September 27, 2011 5 Comments
A couple of weeks ago, I stumbled upon a skincare forum and a few users were talking about using diaper rash cream on their faces.  They were raving about the amazing effect it had on the skin.  Some of them also claimed that this cream heals acne and prevents breakouts.

I was a little sceptical, to tell you the truth, so I decided to do a little research.  If it’s safe to use on babies skin, it is probably safe to use on your face, right?  As it turns out, the active ingredient in diaper rash cream is Zinc oxide!  (A few weeks ago I wrote about the benefits of Zinc oxide, in an earlier post.) 
So, I decided to give it a try.  I went to the nearest pharmacy and I chose a Zinc and Castor oil ointment. 
Zinc and Castor oil ointment

Castor oil provides a soothing and moisturising effect on the skin.  Its antioxidant properties help to cleanse the skin and remove toxins.  When used regularly, Castor oil helps flush out oil glands and may help alleviate adult acne.
I use this cream in the evening for a couple of hours before bedtime.  I apply a thick layer of cream on my cheeks and chin, where I tend to breakout.  From my experience, diaper rash cream really helps acne to heal faster, and it also leaves the skin as smooth as a baby’s bottom!  But when it comes to preventing breakouts, I am not so sure. 
This ointment can be used by people of every skin type. 

Zinc and Castor oil ointment
As you can see, the ointment is quite thick! 


If you do not have acne-prone skin, I suggest using it once a week as a skin-smoothing/softening facial mask. 

For those with acne-prone skin, I recommend using it on active acne to help it heal faster.  Leave it on as long as you can. 

If the cream comes in a pot, like the one shown in the pictures, do not put your fingers in it.   Always use a cotton swab, to avoid contamination!

I do not suggest using it as an overnight treatment, as the cream will rub off on your pillowcases.

Give it a try and let me know how it works for you!


Friday, September 23, 2011

Workout skin care: Make-up and working out

September 23, 2011 0 Comments
Happy weekend, everyone!

I already posted two blog posts earlier today, but I still wanted to give you a few tips. 

Today’s topic is workout skincare.  Should you wear make-up to work out?  Is it bad for your skin?

The general rule is; don’t work out with full face make-up:

I know that you want to look your best whatever you’re doing, but your skin needs to breathe.  You should always cleanse your face thoroughly before exercising.  Be sure to remove all foundation, since it will melt and mix with the sweat to block pores and cause blemishes.

woman jogging in the park

If you are one of those people who wouldn’t be caught dead without make-up, use mineral make-up.  Mineral make-up is talc-free and won’t clog pores!  You could also use a tinted moisturiser.  Also, make sure that your mascara is waterproof.   

makeup foundation

It’s important to cleanse again after exercising.  You should rinse your face with cold water; this will tighten the dilated capillaries that have expanded during exercise.  Always follow with your usual day cream.


Does your skin need some extra TLC after summer?

September 23, 2011 0 Comments
Autumn/Fall is already here and it’s time to pamper your skin after summer. During fall, the skin needs extra nourishment and protection.  Summer’s blazing sun, hot dry heat and forgetting to apply and re-apply sunscreen can damage and dry the skin.  As the seasons change, so do the needs of your skin.  

autumn leaves

Your skin tends to retain less moisture because of the cooler, drier air.  During this time of the year, many people experience various skin issues including; dryness, fine lines, dull skin tone, sun and/or age spots, flaking and irritation.  Follow a few guidelines and you could have problem-free skin all year round.


Post-summer skin looks dehydrated and dull, so exfoliation is extremely important as it gets rid of the dead damaged cells.  This step will prepare the skin to absorb more moisture and nutrition.  You could do this at home using a scrub/exfoliant, or using an at-home peeling or you could have a professional peeling done.


Moisturise at least twice daily after cleansing.  Drier skin types should choose a thicker cream-based moisturiser meant for dry skin.  Along with your face, you also need to take care of your body.  Always apply moisturiser onto your damp skin, after bathing.  Remember that even oily skin needs a good moisturiser.

Intensive Skin Treatments: 

Use serums and facial masks.  Choose a replenishing mask or a hydrating mask.   Prior to using masks, you need to exfoliate your skin (do not exfoliate more than twice a week) and prepare it for treatment.

Sun Protection: 

Although the autumn sun is not as strong as it was in summer, it is still essential to use your sunscreen regularly.  A sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 is required even during the colder seasons.


The skin tends to be dehydrated so, drink lots of water. 

Do not use toners containing alcohol as they over-dry the skin.

Healthy lifestyle = healthier skin.  Remember, we are what we eat!  Eat foods rich in vitamins and minerals, do not smoke and drink alcohol!

Don't forget to check out My favourite make-up trends for this season!


My favourite make-up trends for this season (A/W 2011-2012)

September 23, 2011 0 Comments
Fall/Autumn-Winter 2011-2012 make-up trends

Summer is over, and with the new season come new make-up trends.  The main trends in make-up for this season can be described as natural, elegant and sexy.  This fall and winter, every girl can find something suitable for her personality.

One of the main trends is definitely, the natural look:

Nude lips and bare face

Pink/nude lips are very popular, combined with barely-there makeup.  This fall you can forget about intense, bold coral or pink blushers.  Make sure you have a flawless face, using the right shade of foundation or tinted moisturiser and a good concealer.  For this look do not overuse powder, looking natural is the key.

Natural eyebrows

Forget thin, over-plucked eyebrows.  This fall it's all about full, natural broad (almost bushy), brows. Neither too neat nor too messy.  So you should be more careful with your tweezers, but the shadows and brow pencils may also come in handy.

Giorgio Armani Fall 2011

Warm colours

This season’s trend is warm fall makeup in brown and orange colours that are perfectly suited for this time of year.  For a sophisticated look, just dust some medium-toned brown or beige matte eyeshadow on both the upper and lower lids.  


This fall, it's all about simplicity and clean lines.  This season eyeliner has a retro look, clean/neat eyeliner and double eyeliner.  This eye make-up is reminiscent of iconic model Twiggy!  This look is simple, yet very sexy.

Bold lips

Bold coloured lips are also a major season’s trend.  All shades of red are very popular this fall.  I recommend combining this bold look with natural eye make-up. 

Nanette Lepore Fall 2011

The natural look is my favourite trend; it looks great and is suitable for all occasions.  Remember, natural make-up never goes out of fashion! 

Does your skin need some extra TLC after summer?  Don't forget to check out my Skin Care Suggestions for Autumn!


Monday, September 19, 2011

Hair and Make-up Suggestions

September 19, 2011 0 Comments
Hello everyone! 

In September 2010, I started this blog, Skin Care Suggestions.  I post skincare tips and advice for different skin types.  I also write about my experience with skincare products, treatments and home remedies.

Now, a year later, I will also be posting hair and make-up tips and advice on my new blog: Hair and Make-up Suggestions.  I am not a hairstylist or a make-up artist, I am just a girly girl who loves experimenting with hairstyles, cuts and colours.  I also love dressing up and wearing make-up, though I don't feel like I have to wear make-up every day! 

hair and makeup

Feel free to follow me on Twitter for updates!


Update: I merged my two blogs

Friday, September 16, 2011

Know your products: comedogenic and irritating ingredients

September 16, 2011 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

If I had to ask how many of you pay attention to the ingredients list when choosing a beauty product, the answer would probably be very few.  The main reason for this is that the majority of us (the consumers) have no idea what the scientific names of the ingredients mean.  Nonetheless, I do think that is it crucial to understand the importance of ingredients, especially for those with sensitive and/or acne-prone skin.

test tubes

But what does Comedogenic mean?  This means that the product may contribute to the production of comedones (blackheads and whiteheads), and therefore may cause or aggravate acne.  When ingredients are tested for their comedogenic or irritating level, they are ranked on a scale of 0-5. 0 means that the ingredient is non-comedogenic and non-irritating, while an ingredient that receives a 5 is the worst in terms of comedogenic/irritating levels.

Remember that all ingredient lists are in order of predominance, with the ingredients used in the greatest amount first, followed in descending order by those in smaller amounts.  So if you find a product, and you see it has a potentially irritating ingredient towards the end, it is less likely to cause skin problems.

However, the actual comedogenicity of a product cannot be predicted from its contents; rather the finished product itself needs to be tested.  Reactions are more likely to occur if the applied cosmetics are left to sit on the skin (e.g. make-up and moisturisers) and are not removed after use (e.g. cleansers)


Look for the terms “non-comedogenic” or “non-acnegenic”, and for products that are labelled “oil-free” or “water-based”.  Still, it’s important to test products for yourself rather than to believe statements made on the labels.

Below you can find a list of the most common ingredients found in make-up and skincare products.  For more details, I advise you to check my source Dermaxime, where you can find everything you need to know about the subject.

Highly Comedogenic 
Acetylated Lanolin
Algae Extract
Butyl Stearate
Cetearyl Alcohol
Cetyl Acetate
Cetyl Alcohol
Cocoa butter
Coconut Butter
Coconut Oil
Colloidal Sulfur
Cotton Awws Oil
D & C Red #17, 21, 3, 30, 36
Decyl Oleate
Dioctyl Succinate
Disodium Monooleamido PEG 2-Sulfosuccinate
Ethoxylated Lanolin
Ethylhexyl Palmitate
Hexadecyl Alcohol
Isocetyl Alcohol
Isocetyl Stearate
Isodecyl Oleate
Isopropyl Isostearate/Linolate/Myristate/Palmitate (Isopropyl alcohol is OK)
Isostearyl Isosterate/Neopentanoate
Laureth #23, 4
Lauric Acid
Myristyl Lactate/Myristate
Octyl Palmitate
Octyl Stearate
Oleyl Alcohol
PEG 16 Lanolin
Potassium Chloride
Propylene Glycol Monostearate
Red Algae
Sodium Chloride
Sodium Lauryl Suflate
Solulan 16
Steareth 10
Stearyl Heptanoate
Syearyl Heptanoate
Wheat Germ Oil

Moderately Comedogenic
Almond Oil
Apricot Kernel Oil
Arachidic Acid
Ascorbyl Palmitate
Avocado Oil
Benzoic Acid
Cajeput Oil
D & C Red #19, 27, 40
Glyceral Stearate SE
Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil
Mink Oil
Myristic Acid
Olive Oil
PEG 150 Distearate
PEG 200 Dilaurate
PEG 8 Stearate
Sandelwood Seed Oil
Sesame Oil
Shark Liver Oil
Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Sorbitan Oleate
Soybean Oil
Stearic Acid Tea
Sulfated Castor Oil
Sulfated Jojoba Oil
Wheat Germ Glyceride

Highly Irritating
Algae Extract
Cajeput Oil
Colloidal Sulfur
Isocetyl Alcohol
Isopropyl Alcohol
Laureth 4
Octyl Stearate
SD ALcohol 40

Moderately Irritating
Benzoic Acid
Flowers of Sulfur
Isopropyl Myristate
Capric Acid
Caprylic Acid
PEG 16 Lanolin
Solulan 16
Steareth 10
Tridectyl Neopentanoate

Next time you shop for a beauty product, keep an eye out!