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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!




Saturday, January 22, 2022

Beauty hack | You need to put this on your lips!

January 22, 2022 0 Comments

Hello everyone!


My previous post was about preventing chapped lips caused by wearing face masks. This post is also all about lip care. This time I want to share a beauty hack with you!


When it comes to anti-ageing skincare, lips tend to be neglected. Ironically, lips are one of the first and most prominent areas that show signs of ageing. As we age, lips start losing volume and lines and wrinkles accumulate over time. If you're a smoker or someone with the habit of puckering your lips, wrinkles can form sooner than you think.


female puckering lips


The skin around the eyes and on the lips is very similar. In fact, you can find many eye-lip combo creams on the market. Both areas are made up of the thinnest skin on the face. Because the skin is so thin, these areas also lack sebaceous glands. Since the skin on these areas doesn't produce any oil, both areas are more prone to dryness, which means that they’re also prone to showing signs of ageing faster than other parts of the face. Additionally, the lip area is constantly moving, so like the eye area, it's even more prone to lines and wrinkles.


Related posts: Eye cream or no eye cream?


This is why it makes sense to use your eye cream for both the eye and lip area. Eye cream is made with extra-nourishing ingredients. You just have to add your leftover eye cream or serum to your lips (and upper lip) after dabbing your eye area!



Will you be using eye cream on your lips too? 





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!




Friday, November 12, 2021

DIY: Anti-ageing serum

November 12, 2021 0 Comments

Hello everyone!


I am 36 years old and, I know that you cannot get completely rid of wrinkles, fine lines, and other ageing signs. However, you can slow the process down and make your skin look youthful. In this post, I want to share a homemade anti-ageing serum that will help reduce the signs of ageing


Ingredients: 

  • 4 tbsp aloe vera gel
  • 3 capsules vitamin E 
  • 2 tbsp rose water
  • 5 drops lavender or rosehip essential oil (optional)
  • 1 tbsp glycerin


The essential oil is optional because some people with sensitive skin avoid using them on their faces.


Method:

  1. Place the aloe vera gel in a bowl. 
  2. Add vitamin E capsules. 
  3. Add rose water and mix well. 
  4. Add glycerin and mix again. 
  5. Lastly, add 5 drops of essential oil. 
  6. Store this anti-ageing serum in a clean, airtight container. 

This anti-ageing serum has incredible benefits for your skin as it is made with all-natural ingredients. Keep reading.

anti-ageing serum

About the ingredients:


Aloe vera works as an anti-ageing agent. It has Beta Carotene, Vitamin C and Vitamin E that keep your skin soft and smooth.


Vitamin E has antioxidants that are good for your skin. It keeps your skin healthy and soft. 


Rosewater not only cleans your skin but also hydrates it. 


Glycerin moisturises your skin and keeps dryness at bay.


Lavender and rosehip essential oils help in reducing the appearance of ageing.


When to use:

The best time to use this DIY serum is before you go to bed. Wash your face then, take 2-3 drops of serum and massage it all over your face and neck. 


If you want to slow down the ageing process:

  • avoiding smoking
  • avoiding spending too much time in the sun
  • staying hydrated
  • eating foods that are rich in antioxidants such as; blueberries, raspberries, apples, broccoli, cabbage, spinach, eggplant, and legumes like red kidney beans or black beans

Talk to you soon!






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Monday, November 01, 2021

Ten (10) key skincare tips for autumn

November 01, 2021 1 Comments

Hello everyone!


It has been raining for days so I can finally say that, autumn weather is here! There are many reasons you may feel the need to change your skincare products: breakouts, dryness, sensitivity, etc. A common reason for updating your skincare regimen is seasonal change. As the environment around you changes, so should your skincare routine. 


Does your skin need some extra TLC after summer? (related post)


No matter where you live, the autumn months are generally cooler and drier than summer. Malta, the island where I live, remains very humid throughout the year, thanks to the surrounding sea. 


This is how autumn weather affects your skin:

  • Cooler temperatures increase the skin’s proneness to dryness and dehydration
  • The skin may experience more irritation, redness, and inflammation due to the weather conditions like wind and rain. 


If you live in low humidity:

  • Low humidity levels can aggravate skin conditions like eczema and rosacea.
  • In dry weather the skin produces more sebum, leading to more breakouts.


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mother and daughter wearing autumn clothing

Ten (10) key skincare tips for autumn:

  1. Hydrate from the inside out - Drink more water, consume hydrate foods, invest in a humidifier, and use hydrating serums and moisturisers. Look for humectant ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and glycerin
  2. Swap light moisturisers for thicker creams - This is the time to use more emollient and occlusive ingredients. Emollients soften the skin, making it less prone to dryness and roughness. While occlusives form a seal around the skin to keep the water locked in. (Examples of emollients: mineral oil, shea butter, petroleum, ceramides, and fatty acids. Examples of occlusives: squalene, beeswax, lanolin, petrolatum, and paraffin.) 
  3. Use SPF - You need sunscreen in the fall. This will prevent sunburns and free radical damage that accelerates skin ageing.
  4. Exfoliate less - Focus on moisturising and protecting. You can continue using a gentle exfoliator but avoid over-exfoliating.
  5. Take care of your lips - Apply a lip balm throughout the day. Look for one with SPF.
  6. A body lotion is a must - The best time to apply a body moisturiser is right after your shower. This will help seal in that water, so you won’t suffer from dry skin.
  7. Avoid stripping ingredients - Avoid ingredients that strip the skin, such as fragrance and alcohol. Look for products that are suitable for sensitive skin.
  8. Use a hydrating cleanser - Look for a cleanser that’s gentle yet hydrating. Avoid foaming cleansers as they tend to be drying. Instead, opt for a cream cleanser or an oil-based cleanser.
  9. Use facial oils - Rosehip oil can be a perfect addition to your skincare routine.
  10. Avoid irritating ingredients - One way to reduce skin irritation during the fall is to avoid irritating ingredients. Some irritating ingredients include fragrance, alcohol, strong acids, sulfates, and essential oils