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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!




Thursday, January 20, 2022

How to prevent chapped lips caused by wearing face masks 😷

January 20, 2022 0 Comments

Hello everyone!


The pandemic is still with us and, mandatory mask orders are still in effect in various countries. This means that millions of people are, potentially, suffering from skin problems caused by face masks.


Related post: Prevent (and treat) skin problems caused by face masks


As we are covering up our mouths and noses to stop the spread of Covid-19, some of us are encountering new skin problems. We've all heard of “maskne” (mask-related acne). 


Masks are important, but unfortunately, wearing them can cause a range of skin conditions. Wearing a face mask for long hours can cause dry, cracked, chapped lips that come about due to the environment inside.


Like many things in life, if you can prevent your lips from getting chapped in the first place, you won’t have to suffer through the recovery process. Here are some tips to help prevent dry lips:


lipstick mark on face mask

  • Exfoliate your lips with a soft toothbrush or a sugar scrub.
  • Apply a lip mask after exfoliating. Try an overnight lip mask to moisturise, nourish and revive cracked, flaky and dry lips while you sleep.
  • Make sure to apply a lip balm regularly, especially after exfoliating. Consider using a lip balm that includes UV protection.
  • Avoid licking your lips. Frequent lip licking leads to chapped lips even in normal circumstances, and it’s even worse under a face mask.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water every day. 
(more tips below)

applying lip balm


Related post: Tips for staying hydrated during the colder months


Another good idea is to take “mask breaks” whenever you can. The more you can let your face air out, the better. Always change a damp mask ASAP! If you take it off to eat, replace it with a fresh one when you finish your meal. Taking good care of your skin and face masks will prevent many mask-related skin issues.

 

Related post: SOS - Chapped lips!


I suggest you read the linked related posts for more tips about face masks and skincare, hydration and caring for chapped lips.


Stay safe!



Wednesday, January 05, 2022

DIY: Post-holiday detox face mask

January 05, 2022 0 Comments

Hello everyone!


Now that all the presents have been opened, the delicious food devoured, and the decorations are starting to come down, you probably think you need a detox. What better way to kick off the new year than by taking care of your skin with a DIY detox mask


Let's make one thing clear: strictly speaking, the holidays and comfort food are not toxic! You do not need to "detox" from them! However, a detoxifying face mask is always a good idea!


To make this DIY mask, you will need only four simple ingredients!


Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp crushed ripe blueberries.
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice.
  • 1 tbsp cucumber juice.
  •  2 tbsp baking soda.
cucumbers and blueberries

Blueberries contain antioxidants that protect your body from free radicals.

Lemon juice contains citrus enzymes that brighten the skin.

Cucumber juice has a cooling, soothing, de-puffing and refreshing effect.

Baking soda helps dislodge blackheads; its granules will give you extra exfoliation. 


Method: 

  1. Combine all ingredients together in a bowl. 
  2. Apply mask onto your face. 
  3. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes. 
  4. Wet your fingers with warm water and gently massage your face.
  5. Gently wash off and pat your face dry. 


This mask will give you a glowing complexion! Try it and let me know your thoughts.




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.


Related posts:


Q&A | Face oils vs serums: What's the difference?

Tips for staying hydrated during the colder months

Ten (10) key skincare tips for autumn





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