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Wednesday, October 05, 2022

Know your ingredients: Niacinamide

October 05, 2022 0 Comments

Hello everyone!


Today I am starting a new blog series titled Know your ingredients, in which I will highlight a specific active ingredient


I chose to focus on niacinamide as my first ingredient. Why? Because if I had to pick one active ingredient that I can safely recommend to anyone, it would be niacinamide. 


Also known as vitamin B3 or nicotinamide, this ingredient can be used by almost everyone. Niacinamide is a versatile skincare ingredient that is used for a wide range of skin conditions. Niacinamide also helps the skin produce more ceramides, helping maintain a healthy skin barrier. Its anti-inflammatory properties make it ideal for treating acne, rosacea and other inflammatory conditions. Because of this, it is recommended for those with sensitive skin. Besides, niacinamide helps reduce the appearance of pores by regulating sebum. It can help combat hyperpigmentation and even help smooth lines and wrinkles. These properties make this super ingredient suitable for all ages, from teens to those with mature skin.


skincare serum
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Niacinamide has very low irritancy although, in high concentrations (10% and over) can cause flushing and irritation in sensitive skin. I use a 15% niacinamide serum in the morning because I know my skin can handle it. Then, I use a different serum at nighttime. However, it can be used morning and night. Studies show that niacinamide is effective at 2% - 5% concentration. You can layer a niacinamide serum with other serums but always be careful when mixing two potent active ingredients. By doing so, you increase the potential for irritation.


Adding topical niacinamide to your skincare routine is simple and low-risk: Buy a product that contains it, and apply it as directed. 



Do you use niacinamide in your skincare routine? What is your favourite active ingredient? Leave a comment and let me know!


Talk to you soon!




Wednesday, December 01, 2021

What are the benefits of activated charcoal?

December 01, 2021 1 Comments

 Hello everyone!


Activated charcoal is a type of charcoal that’s processed to make it more porous. The World Health Organization has approved activated charcoal for the emergency treatment of overdoses or poisonings. Due to its powerful toxin-clearing properties, activated charcoal is a popular treatment for a variety of conditions.


There are many health benefits of activated charcoal, such as; eliminating gas and bloating, teeth whitening, skin surface cleaning and more. Activated charcoal that comes from a natural source is not only safe but effective for detoxification.


Activated charcoal is readily available in the market in various forms:

  • Powder
  • Tablets
  • Pills
  • Capsules
  • Liquids suspensions

activated charcoal powder

These are the top uses of activated charcoal:


Teeth whitening and oral care


The most popular use of activated charcoal is teeth whitening. Activated charcoal promotes good oral health and maintains the pH balance in the mouth.


Many oral health products that contain activated charcoal claim to have various benefits, such as being:

  • antiviral
  • antibacterial
  • antifungal
  • detoxifying


Detoxify skin


An activated charcoal mask is excellent for clearing the skin from acne and blemishes. It also acts as an anti-ageing ingredient by trapping impurities that cause skin ageing. Researchers have reported that activated charcoal can help draw microparticles, such as; dirt, dust, chemicals, toxins, and bacteria, to the skin surface.


Filtering your water


Many popular water filters use activated charcoal, including the Brita filters. It works the same in water filters as it does in the body; by binding to toxic materials and filtering them out of your water.


Alleviate gas and bloating


This use of activated charcoal is not known by many people. Activated charcoal works by binding the byproducts from the food that causes gas and discomfort.


Because activated charcoal is not absorbed by the body, it can carry the toxins bound to its surface out of the body.



Activated charcoal is considered a universal antidote. To date, there have been no adverse reactions noted with activated charcoal in any of its various forms. However, one should take the advice of a health care professional about any concern regarding its internal usage. 


People taking medications should talk to their doctor before taking oral activated charcoal products. These products may interfere with the absorption of medications.



Talk to you soon!




Thursday, January 28, 2021

Prevent (and treat) skin problems caused by face masks

January 28, 2021 2 Comments

Hello everyone!


Wearing a mask to help protect against Covid-19 is a must.  By now we are all accustomed to wearing a face mask every time we step outside or whenever someone visits out household.  But wearing a mask can sometimes be a pain; literally.


Many have reported adverse skin reactions after wearing masks daily; the most common conditions include acne, facial itch and rash.  If you find that wearing a face mask is causing a skin problem or irritation, you may be able to treat it yourself. 


waitress wearing a face mask

Here’s what you can do to treat skin problems caused by face masks at home.


1. Follow a gentle skincare routine.  Skincare plays a vital role in healing your skin. 


2. Treat your skin.   Here’s what dermatologists recommend:

  • Acne: Wash your face after wearing a mask, being sure to use a non-comedogenic moisturiser after washing.  
  • Raw, irritated skin: Apply petroleum jelly or a diaper rash cream to irritated spots on your face before bed.  
  • Sore skin behind your ears: If you can, alternate the types of mask you wear.  Find masks with different types of ties and ear loops.  


People who are already living with skin issues, such as the ones listed below, might be more likely to experience face-mask-related irritations.

  • Rosacea
  • Acne
  • Atopic dermatitis/eczema
  • Sensitivity to humid or dry air
  • Allergies


3. Stop applying products and medications that can irritate your skin.  Until the skin heals, dermatologists recommend you stop using:

  • Acne treatments that contain salicylic acid
  • Anti-ageing products
  • At-home light devices
  • Peels or scrubs


4. Don’t wear makeup.  Until your skin heals, makeup can worsen skin problems.

Since no one will see the lower half of your face, it’s a perfect time to skip makeup that can aggravate your skin.  If you really must apply makeup, use a non-comedogenic product.


cloth face mask


5. Wash your cloth face masks.
  You can remove germs, oils, and particles that collect on the mask by washing a cloth mask in a washing machine or by hand.  Just be sure to:

  • Follow the washing instructions.
  • Wash the masks in hot water, unless the instructions say otherwise.
  • Use a fragrance-free, hypoallergenic laundry detergent. (I also use a laundry sanitiser.)
  • Store your masks in a bag to keep them clean.


Besides helping to keep your skin healthy, it is recommended that you wash your cloth face masks after each use to limit the spread of germs.


people wearing face masks at work

It’s important to continue wearing a mask, even when it causes skin irritation.


Take care and stay safe!



Thursday, June 11, 2020

The best 10 DIY vegan acne treatments

June 11, 2020 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

This blog is turning 10 in a few months and that means that I have been sharing DIY acne recipes with you, my readers, for almost a decade.  I have been vegan for the last five years and yes, you can still find non-vegan DIY beauty recipes on this blog.  These are namely recipes that include ingredients like yoghurt and honey.  Since June is Acne Awareness Month,  today's post is a roundup of my best ten DIY vegan acne treatments.  This way you can find them all in one handy post.  If you want me to make a roundup post on non-vegan recipes, leave a comment and let me know.

Amongst my top 10, I included; a cleansing method, a toner, two face masks, a scrub, two facial serums, and a spot treatment.  All DIYs are very easy to make, they require very few, simple ingredients and the method is easy to follow.

acne

Below are the links for the 10 blog posts.  I also included the key ingredients (not the full list of ingredients) of each recipe or treatment for your convenience.  Visit the linked DIY for the full list and the step by step method.   In each DIY I post, I explain the properties and benefits of each ingredient and why it is used in a specific recipe.


Key ingredients: lemon and tomato

Key ingredient: I think you can guess this one!

Key ingredients: lemon essential oil and sandalwood essential oil 

Key ingredients: aloe vera gel and tea tree oil or lavender essential oil

Key ingredient: extra virgin olive oil

Key ingredients: baking soda and raw honey or coconut oil for a vegan version

Key ingredients: banana, baking soda and ground turmeric

Key ingredients: aloe vera, castor oil and vegetable glycerin

Key ingredients: coconut oil and tea tree oil

10.  DIY toner?!
Key ingredients: apple cider vinegar and green tea


You can find many more recipes and tips to help you fight acne on Cosette's Beauty Pantry; you can either use the "Search This Blog" button or click the "DIY & Natural Beauty" and "Acne" sections for more posts. 


If you suffer from acne I suggest you read my previous articles about Acne Awareness Month:



If you found this post helpful let me know.  I can write similar posts on various topics in the future if you like!


Saturday, April 18, 2020

Your ultimate guide to healthier skin

April 18, 2020 0 Comments
Hi everyone!

Whether you call them pimples, zits, or blemishes, there are different types of acne that affect teens as well as adults.  Knowing which type you have is essential to help you determine the right treatment. 

When it comes to acne lesions, there are two main types.  There are non-inflammatory and inflammatory lesions.  Blackheads and whiteheads are great examples of non-inflammatory lesions.  Below are the subtypes of acne under these two categories:

  • Blackheads: Open comedones; top of the pore stays open.
  • Whiteheads: Closed comedones protruding from the skin; top of the pore closes up.
  • Papules: Bright red or pink bumps that are tender to the touch.
  • Pustules: Often filled with pus and have yellow or whiteheads on top of a red bump.
  • Nodules: Hard pimples that are deep underneath the skin.
  • Cysts: The largest form of acne that looks like red or white bumps, where the clog is further below the skin than nodules; painful to the touch.

Note: It is possible to get multiple types of acne at once. 

Check out the infographic below to find out more about acne and how to treat it.















Friday, March 30, 2018

The beauty benefits of rosehip oil

March 30, 2018 7 Comments
Hello everyone!

What do the Duchess of Cambridge, Gwyneth Paltrow, Victoria Beckham and Miranda Kerr all have in common?  Well, supposedly they use rosehip oil to keep their skin smooth.

Rosehip oil (or rosehip seed oil) has been recently dubbed a "miracle skincare oil".  Rosehip oil, derived from the rosehip (the fruit left on the stem after the petals have fallen off), is a natural source of essential fatty acids, including omega 3, 6 and 9, as well as a rich source of vitamin E, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin A and B-carotene.  This superfine oil is absorbed easily into the skin and won’t leave behind any oily residue.

So what are the benefits of using rosehip oil?  
  • It quickly absorbs into the skin, proving moisture.
  • It can heal scarring caused by acne.
  • It can help reverse sun damage.
  • It can provide a protective barrier on the skin, preventing further moisture loss.
  • It can help fade pigmentation and even out skin tone.
  • It can help heal skin conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, and dry, itchy skin.
  • It can reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

The beauty benefits of rosehip oil


How to use:

Rosehip oil is extremely easy to use.  
  1. Wash your face.
  2. Apply 2-3 drops of rosehip oil to your face.
  3. Gently massage into your skin until it’s fully absorbed.
  4. Use morning and night.

If you’re using it to correct problematic skin conditions, you’ll see a noticeable improvement after two to three weeks.

Check out this infographic...
The beauty benefits of rosehip oil

Like many other natural beauty treatments out there, rosehip oil may not work for everyone, but it certainly is worth trying.

If you have ever used rosehip oil on your face, share your experience in the comments section below.  Don't forget to share this post with your friends!

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Treating acne with lavender oil

March 27, 2018 8 Comments
Hello everyone!

Today I want to tell you a little bit about one of my favourite essential oils; lavender oil.  Not only does this essential oil smell great and helps you relax, but it also has significant benefits for the skin.  This oil hydrates and heals the skin without clogging the pores.  Plus, it helps deal with many skin conditions from acne, excess oil, dryness to ageing.  It also promotes hair growth and a healthy scalp.  This particular post is about treating acne with lavender oil.  

What is Lavender Oil?
  
Lavender oil is extracted from the lavender plant.  It grows worldwide in Asia, Europe,  Africa, the Canary Islands, and the Mediterranean.  The uses of lavender oil are numerous.  It's an all-natural oil that works for various skin and hair problems.

How to use:
  • Mix 1-4 drops of lavender oil into 1/2-1 tablespoon of base oil (coconut oil, almond oil, jojoba oil, olive oil).  Diluting helps the oil spread more easily when applied to the skin.
  • Massage the mixture into the affected area.
  • For sensitive skin or young children, the oil should be further diluted with warm water.

  • If you are treating occasional blemishes, use pure lavender oil.
  • Using a cotton swab apply directly to the pimples.
  • It should heal within 2-3 days.


lavender oil for acne

Applying lavender oil nourishes and calms the skin ultimately treating acne, dry skin and reducing the appearance of dark spots and acne scars.  Lavender oil has antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties which help get rid of pimples and prevent future acne

I will discuss other uses of this amazing oil in later posts.  Follow this blog so you won't miss a post!  Click the follow buttons in the sidebar... 👉

Have you ever used lavender oil in your skincare routine?  

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