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Tuesday, December 21, 2021

How to prevent and soothe dry winter skin

December 21, 2021 0 Comments

Hello everyone!


For the northern half of Earth, the Northern Hemisphere, today is the first day of winter! Have you ever noticed how your skin is affected by the changing seasons? If so, you’ve likely noticed that your skin often seems to get drier and flakier in the colder months.


Having dry skin doesn’t necessarily mean that you also have dehydrated skin. These are two different phenomena. While dehydrated skin lacks waterdry skin lacks sebum. Also, dry skin is a skin type, while dehydration is a condition.


What does dehydrated skin look like?


Dehydrated skin can be dry, itchy and even dull looking. The overall complexion may appear uneven, and fine lines are more noticeable. There are steps you can take to keep your skin looking healthy, even when temperatures dip and there is no escaping the winter cold.


Unlike dry skin, dehydration is treatable with lifestyle changes. Replenishing your hydration is the first step, so it is crucial to drink plenty of water


Tips to prevent and soothe dry winter skin:


woman outside in the snow

  1. Hydrate from the inside. Read this: Tips for staying hydrated during the colder months.
  2. Use your face cream on damp skin right after cleansing.
  3. Try adding occlusives to your routine (oils, waxes and silicones). Occlusives work by forming a protective layer on the surface of your skin and creating a barrier to prevent moisture loss.
  4. Apply sunscreen daily. Sunscreen is a daily essential for all skin types and tones.
  5. Go easy on exfoliants and scrubs that might irritate the skin even more.
  6. Use overnight treatments. Overnight treatments are skin products that will help hydrate and nourish your skin while you sleep.
  7. Look for products with hyaluronic acid and glycerin (humectants), and try to avoid products that contain retinol and vitamin C, as these could cause more dehydration.
  8. Use a humidifier (only if you live in dry climates).
  9. Turn the indoor temperature down. 
  10. Cut down on your coffee and alcohol intake. 
  11. Opt for non-irritating fabrics.
  12. Wear gloves to protect your hands from the cold.


Dehydrated skin can be a problem, but it is treatable. If your skin dehydration fails to improve after making these simple changes, you may have a dry skin type. See your dermatologist for further advice on how to treat dry skin.


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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

Wednesday, October 06, 2021

Five (5) autumn-inspired DIY beauty treatments

October 06, 2021 0 Comments

Hello everyone!


Autumn is my favourite season for many reasons: the cool temperatures, the hot beverages, the fashion and of course, Halloween. But the best thing about autumn is all the great seasonal tastes and smells of pumpkin, apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, cranberries... That’s why I want to share five all-natural beauty treatments using some of the season’s best ingredients.


So put on a pair of fuzzy socks, light your favourite candle, curl up with a book and enjoy these five autumn-inspired DIY beauty treatments:


autumn window scene


  1. DIY: Pumpkin facial mask - This pumpkin mask will gently exfoliate, nourish and moisturise your skin.
  2. DIY: Pumpkin cinnamon body scrub This scrub is perfect to brighten skin and get rid of any rough areas on the body.
  3. DIY: Cranberry face mask -This is an easy anti-ageing facial mask.
  4. DIY: Honey and fruit mask This face mask nourishes and revitalises dry and tired skin.
  5. DIY: Honey and cinnamon facial mask/spot treatment - This DIY helps to kill the bacteria that cause pimples and fade scars.


Are you going to try out any of these beauty treatments? Which one is your favourite? What is your favourite part of autumn? Leave a comment and let me know!




Thursday, May 21, 2020

Shhh... It's a beauty secret! #04 | The best facial cleanser EVER!

May 21, 2020 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

Today I want to share my number one secret for moisturised, plump, soft, and glowing skin.  It's neither a fancy face cream nor one of my usual DIY recipes.  It's actually something I never thought I'd use on my face at all. 

Shhh... It's a beauty secret!

Years ago I wrote about the many benefits of vegetable glycerin in a post titled: Vegetable glycerin for glowing skin! and I also shared a recipe for a DIY make-up setting spray containing glycerin as a key ingredient.  I've also been using glycerin soap on and off in the shower for quite some time but I never used it to wash my face with, until recently.  

I had a new, unopened jasmine glycerin soap in my bathroom and since my face was a little dry I decided, on a hunch, to try the soap as a face cleanser.  I used it at night before I went to sleep and let me tell you I was shocked at how soft and hydrated my skin was after just one use.  The next morning my face was visibly plumper and my skin was glowing, so I decided I should keep using it to see if the result were consistent.

Glycerin soap

Now, as you can see from the pictures below, I've been using the soap for a few weeks and I absolutely love it.  This is by far the best face cleanser I've ever used, and let me tell you, I used quite a few high-end, very expensive products in the past.  

Glycerin soap

Glycerin soap


So what is glycerin soap and why is it so effective? 

Glycerin soap is a soap that contains glycerin.  Vegetable glycerin is an odourless, clear liquid with a thick syrup consistency.  It is added to beauty products because of its ability to attract moisture and act as an emollient.  Glycerin soaps are recognisably different from other soaps because they are translucent.

Vegetable glycerin soap is vegan-friendly and a great option for people with sensitive skin.  Glycerin can help lock in the skin’s natural moisture and prevent over-drying.  This may be especially beneficial for people who experience conditions like:

  • acne
  • eczema
  • dermatitis
  • dry skin
  • psoriasis
  • rosacea

At the same time, glycerin is non-greasy.  This means it’s a good choice for anyone with oily or combination skin.  Glycerin may also have anti-ageing benefits.  It helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and other surface blemishes.

Glycerin soap is not just a cleanser, it's a beauty treatment!  I'm turning 35 next week (on May 30th), and since glycerin soap has incredible benefits for ageing skin, I’m confident it will remain a staple in my beauty routine in the coming years.

Have you ever used glycerin soap?  Would you consider using it now that you know a little bit more about it?  Leave a comment and let me know!





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