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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

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Have you ever used lavender oil in your skincare routine?  

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Saturday, March 24, 2018

DIY: Acne fighting mask

March 24, 2018 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

Yesterday I posted a recipe for a DIY acne-fighting gel and today I want to share another acne-fighting beauty recipe with you.  For this DIY you will need two key ingredients; a lemon and a tomato.  

DIY: Acne fighting mask

Ingredients:
  • 1 ripe tomato
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp oatmeal (optional)

Lemons are full of AHA’s and BHA’s which remove dead skin cells, fight acne, minimize pores and brighten skin.  Back in November of 2011, I posted an article titled: Lemons for clear skin; in which I wrote about the countless benefits of lemons.  Make sure you read it for more information.  
Tomatoes have cooling and astringent properties.  They’re also rich in antioxidants like vitamin C and vitamin A.  Their acidity helps tame excessive oil production too.
Oatmeal helps reduce itching and inflammation and can be used to calm acne, eczema and heal psoriasis.
Method:
  1. Mash the peeled tomato in a bowl. 
  2. Add the lemon juice (and oatmeal) and mix everything together. 
  3. Apply to clean face and leave on for 15-20 minutes. 
  4. Rinse and follow with your favourite toner and moisturiser.

Tip: If you have dry skin add half a teaspoon of coconut oil to this mask.

What’s your favourite vegan DIY beauty recipe?
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Friday, March 23, 2018

DIY: Acne fighting gel

March 23, 2018 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

I am back again with an amazing DIY recipe for your skin.  You only need two simple ingredients to make your own acne-fighting gel; aloe vera gel and essential oil with antibacterial properties.  

I've been using this concoction on my face for many, many years.  So much so that I had to search this blog because I was sure that I had already told you about it.  As it turns out, I haven't so let's get started...


aloe vera gel and tea tree oil

Ingredients:
  • 1 tbsp of aloe vera gel
  • 6-12 drops of tea tree oil or lavender essential oil
If you don't like the smell of tea tree oil, a lavender essential oil is a good alternative.  The combination of tea tree oil (or lavender) and  Aloe vera gel kills the bacteria that causes acne and has anti-inflammatory properties which soothe the skin.

Method:
  1. In a bowl, mix 1 tablespoon of Aloe vera gel with 6-12 drops of tea tree oil (or lavender).
  2. Store in an amber glass bottle. 
  3. Use as a spot treatment if you get occasional pimples, or apply it to the whole face daily to prevent acne.

Note: Tea tree oil is a highly concentrated essential oil and it is recommended to use diluted.  So test your level of sensitivity to the oil first.  I use undiluted tea tree oil on my skin regularly, but 12 drops diluted in Aloe vera gel might be a bit much for some.  If you try this DIY I recommend starting with 6 drops and testing it out first.

  • Or you could also take a small amount of Aloe vera gel on your hands and mix just one drop of essential oil, rub your hands to warm up the mixture and apply it to your face.

If you like this DIY then don’t forget to comment below and share it with your friends!

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Monday, July 04, 2016

Ten effective acne home remedies and facts

July 04, 2016 2 Comments
Hello everyone!

Let's talk about acne!

Here are some facts. It may not be a serious threat to health, but it is the most common skin disease experienced by men and women.  It can be seen in different parts of the body - mostly in the face, neck, chest, and back.  Common types of acne are whiteheads, blackheads, pustules, papules, nodules and cysts. 


Studies show that acne affects over 50 million Americans.  40% of adolescents and approximately 85% of people between ages 12 and 24 experience at least a minor acne.

There are many factors that cause the formation of acne, which varies from one person to another.  One thing is genetics, wherein if many people in the family are prone to having acne that leads to pimples, a person will also have a greater chance of acquiring it.  Another cause can be hormonal changes including pregnancy and menopause.  Menstruation is also one common factor that triggers acne.  Other causes of acne are emotional stress, medication, food intake and overactive oil glands.


Acne Treatment

To this day, there is still no known way to prevent the development of acne.

However, you can help prevent acne by choosing healthier options of food.  For instance, you should avoid eating lots of dairy products, chocolate and gluten and increase you intake of fish oil, probiotics and green tea.  As we always hear it, “health is wealth”.  With healthier food choices, you can have lower chances of having acne.

Aside from that, there are also many effective home remedies to prevent acne.  With the infographic below, you will discover more ingredients that can help treat your acne and directions to guide you in maximizing the effectiveness of these home remedies.

No more covering and hiding!  Check out this infographic to discover amazing ways to prevent and treat acne in the comfort of your home. 



Via ihomeremedy.net

I hope you found this helpful! 




Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Which is the best acne treatment?

January 27, 2016 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

If you suffer from acne, you've probably tried hundreds of treatments (both internal and external). If you have tried everything, and your acne still persists, it can be frustrating. 

woman with acne

However, just because you have tried all the conventional treatments does not mean you have tried every possible remedy. Find out the weirdest treatments in this infographic:

Which is the Best Acne Treatment infographic

I would never, ever try the first three "treatments" mentioned in the infographic. Which treatments would you not be willing to try? What's the weirdest acne treatment you have ever tried?  Leave a comment and let me know!  





Monday, June 22, 2015

Acne awareness month | What type of acne do you have?

June 22, 2015 2 Comments
Hello everyone!

This is my third "Acne Awareness Month" post.  If you want to read the previous two, here are the links:

Today's post is about the different types of acne and how they can be treated.  If you are battling acne, you probably already know that there are different types of acne.

What type of acne do you have?

 Whiteheads or blackheads.  Papules, pustules and nodules.  So why do you need to learn all these names?  Because knowledge is the best weapon.  The infographic below details treatments plans for each type of acne, whether it's mild, moderate or severe.


Via: Effortless Skin
Let me know your thoughts.  If you have any advice or tips to share, please comment below, I’d love to hear from you.




Sunday, June 21, 2015

Acne awareness month | Get over acne

June 21, 2015 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

In yesterday's post, I talked about Acne Awareness Month and I also gave 12 tips that can help you manage your acne.  You can read the post here.

Today I want to give you some acne facts that can help you deal with your acne.

Get over acne

Who Gets Acne?

Acne is the most common skin disease.  People of all races and ages get acne.  But it is most common in teenagers and young adults.  An estimated 80 percent of all people between the ages of 11 and 30 have acne outbreaks at some point.  Some people in their forties and fifties still get acne.

What Causes Acne?

Acne is a clogged pore.  Therefore, acne is caused by:
  • a pore’s opening being blocked,
  • excess production of sebum (the substance in the pores), or
  • a combination of both factors.
Doctors think certain factors might cause it:
  • The hormone increase in teenage years 
  • Hormone changes during pregnancy
  • Heredity (if your parents had acne, you might get it, too)
  • Some types of medicine
  • Some skin care, make-up and hair products (acne cosmetica).
Getting treatment for your acne can be a tough decision.  What is the best way to get rid of pimples?  Should you buy over the counter treatments?   Should you change your diet?  See a doctor?  Find out the answers to these questions and more, in the infographic below.

What you need to know to get over acne

Via: AcneTreatment.net

Remember, acne can and should be treated, but there is no known cure for this condition.  Preventing acne from forming is the best way to control it.

Do you suffer from acne too?  How do you treat it?  Do you have any tips you want to share? Leave a comment below!

Have an awesome day! 






Saturday, June 20, 2015

Acne awareness month | Managing your acne

June 20, 2015 3 Comments
Hello everyone!

The American Acne and Rosacea Society (AARS) declared June, National Acne Awareness Month back in 2009 to bring awareness to the issue and inform health care providers about acne.  
Acne awareness month Managing your acne

As I already told you, I've been battling acne since I was 11 or 12 years old and it is not easy.  Today I want to give you some tips:
  1. Wash your face twice a day and after sweating.
  2. Commit to washing your face before and after your workout.  Sweat can get trapped under your make-up and potentially cause acne, and post-workout session sweat can cause more acne.
  3. Be gentle with your skin. Use gentle products, such as those that are alcohol-free. 
  4. Don't forget to change your pillowcases regularly.  If you use your cases for days on end without changing them, they can cause the dead skin cells and other bacteria to transfer on your face.
  5. Wipe your glasses.  If you wear glasses regularly, "dirt" (oil, sweat, make-up) will quickly build up on the frames and nose piece. This "dirt" can easily transfer to your skin and lead to breakouts.
  6. Make sure you clean your phone daily.  The phone can accumulate huge amounts of bacteria because it is constantly handled.
  7. Keep your hands off your face.  Touching your skin throughout the day can cause more acne.
  8. If you spend a large amount of time indoors, especially in an air-conditioned room, it can affect your skin.  The AC takes away the moisture out of the air and will leave your skin feeling dry and prone to irritation.
  9. Let your skin heal naturally.  If you pick your acne, your skin will take longer to clear and you increase the risk of getting acne scars.
  10. Feed your skin from the inside out by eating healthier foods.  Look for foods with lots of vitamins and antioxidants.
  11. Drink lots of water!  You will hydrate your skin and help get rid of toxins.
  12. Consult a dermatologist if:
          • Your acne makes you shy or embarrassed.
          • The products you've tried have not worked.
          • Your acne is leaving scars.

          Also, check out some of my previous acne related posts:


          I hope you found this helpful!  If you have any questions or tips leave them in the comments section below.

          Have a great day!





          Sunday, November 16, 2014

          Fruit Acid 15% Gel Peel Review

          November 16, 2014 3 Comments
          Hello everyone!

          I was given the opportunity to try out the Fruit Acid 15% Gel Peel Enhanced with Kojic Acid by Refresh Skin Therapy.  In this post I will tell you everything you need to know about the product and I'll also share my experience and photos of my results so far.  So let's get started...

          Product description:

          Fruit Acid 15% Gel Peel  Enhanced with Kojic Acid - 1 fl oz / 30 ml


          A Professional At-Home Alpha Hydroxy (AHA) Chemical Peel of Glycolic, Lactic, and Pyruvic Acids.
          • Ideal for age spots, dry dull skin, freckles, sun spots, increasing skin radiance and luminosity, acne scars, skin lightening, post inflammatory hyper-pigmentation, melasma, reducing wrinkles and fine lines.
          • Enhanced with Kojic acid, a natural skin brightener / skin lightener with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, naturally used in the making of Sake, Japanese rice wine.  Kojic Acid fades dark spots and inhibits melanin production, a safe and natural alternative to hydroquinone.
          • Glycolic Acid, naturally derived from sugar cane, increases skin's natural collagen production and levels of dermal hyaluronic acid (skin's natural moisture barrier) promoting a more youthful appearance. Successfully addresses uneven skin tone, skin laxity, and skin clarity.
          • Made in the USA, High quality product produced in an FDA-registered facility certified GMP - Good Manufacturing Practices Product, to guarantee quality and safety of the product.
          • Alcohol free
          • Paraben free
          • Phthalate free
          • Vegan
          • No artificial colors, fragrance, or preservatives
          • Not tested on animals

          Price:

          $32.95 from Amazon
          £29.95 from Amazon UK

          Directions:

          Cleanse skin.  Spread a thin layer of Fruit Acid Gel over entire face and neck using fingers or gauze, leave on for 1 to 3 minutes, depending on tolerance.  Can be layered for deeper exfoliation.  Rinse with plenty of cool water to neutralize the solution.  Recommended for all skin types.  Can be layered on top of other peels to increase their effectiveness.  Can be used 3-5 times per week.

          Ingredients:

          Purified Water, Natural Alpha-Hydroxy Acids (Glycolic, Lactic & Pyruvic Acids), Xanthan Gum.

          Indications:

          Dry rough skin, uneven skin tone, fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, dark spots, melasma, hyper-pigmentation, enlarged pores, comedones, clogged pores, acne, post inflammatory hyper-pigmentation, rosacea, sun spots, age spots, stretch marks, photo-damage.

          My experience:

          I have done professional herbal peels before and I was extremely disappointed with the whole experience.  Not only were they painful and uncomfortable, I also didn't see any improvement in my skin.  However, I've never used an at-home peel before and I must say, I was very eager to try this product but a little nervous at the same time.  When I read on the box, "FOR PROFESSIONAL USE ONLY" I couldn't help feeling worried.  However, I followed the directions and I was actually very surprised at how simple the peel is to use.  

          I apply a thin, even layer of peel on my face, using a cotton ball.  The cotton ball does not soak the peel up because the peel is gel based.  The first time I used it I left it on for 2 minutes  but by the second use I was able to leave the peel on my face for  3 minutes without any irritation.  After 3 minutes I rinse my face well with cold water and apply pure Aloe Vera gel to prevent dryness.

          The second time I used the peel,  I felt my skin tightening (about ten minutes after I rinsed my face) but the feeling only lasted for a few short minutes.  I haven't experiences any redness, irritation, itching or flaking with this peel, I was prepared to feel some sort of discomfort but fortunately I did not!  

          By the end of my first peel my skin felt softer and smoother.  Did I see any big results?  YES!!  My skin is glowing.  My active acne has drastically improved and so did my acne scaring! 



          Refresh Skin Therapy claims that with this peel "complexion is noticeably brighter and more even after first application" and  "it erases fine lines, shrinks pores, improves oily and problematic skin, clears pores and prevents breakouts."  I can say that it really does what it claims to do!  I am highly impressed with this product and can’t wait to see what it will do for me in the future as I keep using it.

          Overall, I've had a wonderful experience with this product.  My skin is brighter and softer.  If you're looking for a gentle product to eliminate acne scars, dark spots and even fight the signs of ageing, this peel is worth giving a try. 







          I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

          Wednesday, October 01, 2014

          Adult acne and hormonal imbalances

          October 01, 2014 0 Comments
          Hello everyone!
          Although acne usually begins in puberty, it is not restricted to any particular age group.  Adults in their twentiesthirtiesforties even fifties can develop acne.  
          Acne after puberty affects women more often than men.  Even women who managed to avoid breakouts as teenagers can be affected by hormonal acne later in life.  In women, up to 60% of acne breakouts are hormone-related
          Hormonal acne can be identified by the location of the blemishes.  Acne located beneath the cheekbones and along the jawline is often more likely to be related to hormonal issues than acne across the forehead or the bridge of the nose.

          cystic acne

          Hormonal imbalances can be caused by:
          • Emotional stress 
          • Physical stress
          • Hormones in animal products
          • Xenoestrogens 
          • Phytoestrogens
          • Contraceptive pills
          • Bad Diet/Poor Nutrition
          • Genetic predisposition
          Tips: 

          Watch what you eat!  Recent studies suggest that high-glycemic foods such as refined grains and processed sugars may, in fact, trigger acne breakouts.  Low glycemic foods such as whole grains, lean meat, and fish may keep acne at bay because they stabilise blood sugar and prevent insulin spikes.  
          You can decrease the effect of hormonal acne by getting enough sleep, drinking plenty of water, eating lots of vegetables and exercising to reduce stress.

          If you think you might have hormonal acne, the best thing to do is to discuss it with your health care provider.

          Do you suffer from adult acne?  If you have more tips on how to deal with adult/hormonal acne, leave a comment below! 





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