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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Beach bag essentials

June 23, 2013 0 Comments
Hello everyone!  
Summer is finally here, and here in Malta this only means one thing; the beach.  Keep reading to uncover my beach bag essentials.   

The most important thing you have to keep in mind when going to the beach is, of course, sun protection
Note: According to the EWG (Environmental Working Group), the best sunscreen is clothing, because there are no chemicals for the skin to absorb! 
My check list: 
  • A floppy hat, to protect my head and my hair from the sun.
  • Sunglasses help keep the eyes shielded from the harmful sun rays and also keep me from squinting, which cause wrinkles.  Tip: Be sure to choose sunglasses that have UV protection.
  • Cover-up/Beach dress
  • Beach towel
  • Sun-blocks/sunscreens, for more information read Sunscreen 101!
  • Lip balm with sunscreen is important to keep lips from getting chapped.
  • A hair sunscreen product or a leave-in conditioner with  high UV filter.  Read Summer hair care for more information!
  • Wet wipes
  • Flip-flops - Tip: Choose shoes that you can get wet and rinse off easily.
  • Water bottle: It is very important to stay hydrated throughout the day. 
  • Baby Powder: For getting off stubborn sand.
  • Phone/Mp3 player: Everything is better with music!

Have fun and be safe!


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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

New name, New look

June 19, 2013 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

As you probably noticed, my blog just got a makeover!  I changed the name from Skin Care Suggestions to Cosette's Beauty Pantry.  This blog is evolving into so much more than just skin care suggestions, I felt that the previous name no longer fit the blog's concept.  I hope you like the new name as much as I do!  NOTE: Although the name has changed, the URL is still the same. 

NEW logo!
NEW Facebook Page!


Sunday, June 16, 2013

A natural way to cleanse and heal your face

June 16, 2013 2 Comments
Hello everyone!
Most cleansers contain chemicals that can be harsh especially on sensitive skin.  They strip away moisture from the skin making it dry or flaky.  If you have oily skin and use harsh cleansers, it will cause the oil glands to produce more sebum, making your face oilier. 
Did you know that oil can be used for facial cleansing?  Oil cleansing can be used on all skin types and it is very beneficial to oily/acne prone skin.  It may sound strange to use oil on oily skin but in reality oil reduces sebum (oil) production and balances moisture.  If you’re suffering from acne, this method can work wonders for your skin.  The oil cleansing method can clear the skin from issues like oily skin, dry skin, sensitive skin, blackheads, whiteheads and other problems caused by mild to moderate acne.  It also leaves your skin healthy, balanced and moisturised.
So what oil/s should you use?
Some people use a mixture of oil is used like; castor oil, olive oil, grape seed oil or coconut oil. Personally I like to use extra virgin olive oil.  

Olive oil has a very similar PH to human skin, and is very nourishing with high antioxidant content.  It moisturises, nourishes, and heals the skin.  It dissolves the oil on your skin, pulling out impurities that build up in your pores.  The quality of the olive oil that you use is a very important factor.  You need to use a high quality extra virgin olive oil.
How to use:
  • Rub about a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil into your face, in circular motion.  Take particular care anywhere you have blackheads.  Massage the olive oil in for around 1-2 minutes.
  • Wet a clean face cloth with hot water, as hot as you can stand.  Press the face cloth to your face and hold it there for a minute or so.
  • Wipe the excess oil with the wet face cloth.
  • Rinse your face with cold water.
  • Pat your face dry. 
  • You do not need to apply a moisturiser.
What are “blackhead” and “whiteheads” exactly and why does the oil cleansing method work?

From Wikipedia:
A comedo is a clogged hair follicle (pore) in the skin.  It is caused by the hormone androgen increasing sebum (oil) production.  The excess oil glues bits of shedded keratin (skin debris) together, blocking the pore. 
A comedo may be open to the air ("blackhead") or closed by skin ("whitehead").  

The oil you massage on your face loosens and dissolves the hardened sebum blocking your pores!
Since I started using the method, my skin is glowing, it's blackhead-free, it's plumper than before and  my acne scars are slowly fading away! J  If you want healthier skin and a flawless complexion, I suggest you start cleansing your face with extra virgin olive oil ASAP!

Have you used this cleansing method before?  Leave a comment and let me know!


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Preventing inner thigh chafing

June 12, 2013 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

One of the more uncomfortable, yet frequent challenge faced by most women in the summertime is the issue of inner thigh chafing.  If you are out and about in skirts, dresses or short shorts, chances are you've suffered from the red rash that can develop on the skin between your thighs.  This happens when the inside of your thighs sweat and then rub together.  
Some women swear by baby powder, which works only for a short while.  Others wear shorts or nylon thighs/pantyhose underneath their dresses.  Wearing more clothes is not the best solution in super hot, humid climate.

A more effective preventative method:
To keep your thighs from chafing when you wear a dress or a skirt, apply an anti-perspirant to the inside of your thighs. You can use roll-ons or sticks. The anti-perspirant keeps your thighs from sweating therefore preventing a nasty rash.  Keep the anti-perspirant in your purse for long days out, you may need to re-apply.  
If you already have inner thigh chafing, I suggest applying aloe vera gel daily.  Allow your skin to heal before trying this preventative method.  Never use antiperspirant on damaged skin (razor burn, rashes or cuts).
If you have more suggestions, leave a comment below!

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