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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! 

Tips:

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!

XOXO
Euphrasie85         

Friday, August 26, 2011

Overnight spot treatment: Calamine lotion

August 26, 2011 30 Comments
Hello everyone!

In this post, I will talk about Calamine lotion and how it can be used as an overnight acne treatment.

Calamine lotion is a mild astringent and antiseptic.  It relieves the symptoms of mild sunburn and is commonly used for minor skin irritations (itching, pain, and discomfort).  It works by soothing and protecting the skin. The active ingredient in Calamine lotion is Zinc oxide.


Topical Zinc oxide is used to treat diaper rash, minor burns, severely chapped skin, or other minor skin irritations.  Zinc is a natural astringent that helps tighten the skin, therefore, reducing the appearance of large pores.  Astringents help dry the skin and reduce inflammation.  Zinc can also help reduce the irritation and itchiness attributed to acne.  Zinc also controls the amount of oil produced by the sebaceous glands.
Zinc oxide naturally protects the skin from sun damage.  So, when purchasing sunscreen for your face, make sure the ingredients include zinc oxide.

Application:

Wash your face (or any affected area) as usual and gently towel dry.  It is very important to shake the bottle well before using it.  Apply Calamine lotion to the affected skin, using a cotton swab.  You can apply more than one coat if you want.  Let the Calamine lotion dry and leave it on overnight.  Wash your face, as usual, the next morning.

Tips:

Do not use around the eye area.

You can use a small, clean make-up brush for easier application.


Leave your comments below.  I hope this was helpful!

XOXO
Euphrasie85