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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!




Monday, November 15, 2021

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

November 15, 2021 1 Comments

 Hello everyone!


Over the years, I've had many readers and Facebook Page followers ask me skincare and beauty related questions. Very frequently, I get similar questions again and again. So I thought it would be beneficial to share some of these FAQs in a new series. 


The first question in the Q&A series comes from a Facebook follower who sent me this message:


"What is the difference between a face oil and a serum? Do I need to use them both? How do I choose between a face oil and a serum?"


This is a great question! Both serums and facial oils can serve a purpose in your routine. Some oils are now marketed as serums which can be somewhat confusing.


skincare products in glass packaging

Facial serums are used to target specific skin concerns (such as wrinkles, fine lines, dullness, dryness, acne, irritation and redness) whereas face oils are primarily intended to nourish, protect and moisturise. For this reason, serums tend to be more expensive than oils. 


Some of the things serum can do include:

  • Treat hyper-pigmentation
  • Brighten, smooth and firm skin
  • Repair sun damage
  • Exfoliate away dead skin cells and speed up cell turnover
  • Calm red, puffy skin
  • Fight acne and future breakouts
  • Reduce the appearance of pores and prevent them from being clogged


You can use both serum and face oil in your routine. As a rule of thumb, it is recommended to apply products in order from lightest to heaviest. For oils and serums, that usually means applying serums (which are often water-based) first. 


Both can be derived from complex oil blends, but serums, are typically lighter weight and best layered under a moisturiser. After the serum absorbs into your skin, you can apply moisturiser. Face oils are occlusive, meaning they seal in all the ingredients and moisture you just applied to your face to keep them from evaporating quickly. Apply face oil last in your routine as this acts as a barrier on the outer layer of the skin.


Oils are designed to protect the skin from changes in weather and temperatures whilst also retaining moisture, repairing the skin’s barrier, keeping it supple and providing a source of antioxidants, fatty acids and vitamins. When used as the final step in your skincare routine, they prevent the serum from evaporating from the skin. 


If you want to use both a serum and facial oil, but not simultaneously, you can designate one formula for your morning routine and the other for your nighttime routine. If you’re doing this, I’d recommend using the serum for daytime, since it’s typically lighter in texture. Then, apply a richer oil at night to protect, hydrate and nourish your skin.


face oils


Some tips on how to use:


Face serum

  • Choose a serum formulated for your skincare needs. 
  • Apply prior to moisturiser and oil but after cleansing and toning.
  • Press into the skin.
  • Use once per day, either in the morning or evening, as this is sufficient for the potency of most serums.


Face oil 

  • Use 2-5 drops.
  • Massage into the face and neck - Apply on damp skin to trap in moisture.
  • Always use after your toner, serum, or moisturiser.
  • Apply last in your routine 
  • Start with applying it in the evening as this is when the skin has time to rest and repair.


Both products are highly concentrated and frequently come in a glass bottle with a dropper or pump for easy application.


I hope you found this information helpful. If you have any questions you want me to answer in future Q&A posts, leave your questions in the comment section below!

 


Friday, November 05, 2021

How to make your beauty routine more sustainable

November 05, 2021 0 Comments

Hello everyone!


Sustainable, zero-waste beauty routines have become one of the biggest beauty trends as of late. Thanks to increased awareness, the beauty industry is finally waking up, with more consumers demanding cleaner, sustainably packaged beauty products. Even if you’re not ready to commit to a zero-waste lifestyle just yet, it’s easy to tweak your skin, hair, and makeup routines to benefit the planet. Luckily, many beauty brands are rising to the challenge with waste-free packaging and ethically sourced ingredients. 


Here are a few simple ways to make your routine greener and cleaner.


  1. Cut down on plastic.
  2. Buy products with eco-friendly packaging.
  3. Go package free.
  4. Choose recyclable packaging.
  5. Choose refillable packaging.
  6. Recycle or re-use your product containers.
  7. Use eco-friendly ingredients.
  8. Avoid microplastics.
  9. Do not use single-use products.
  10. Reduce your water usage.
  11. Shop from brands that give back to the planet.


bathroom sink


Concrete examples:


  • Switch to a sustainable bamboo toothbrush.
  • Use natural toothpaste or toothpowder.
  • Use mouthwash tablets or oil pulling mouthwash.
  • Switch to a traditional stainless-steel razor.
  • Switch to soap bars
  • Use shampoo bars and conditioners.
  • Use facial cleansing bars.
  • Invest in some reusable makeup remover pads and washcloths. 
  • Use plastic-free cotton buds.
  • Do not leave the water running.

soap bar

Take care of our planet with these simple tips!



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!




Wednesday, September 22, 2021

First day of autumn | Post-summer DIY recipes

September 22, 2021 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

Since today marks the official first day of autumn (fall), I have a special treat for all you DIY beauty lovers. I want to share two new DIY beauty recipes; one for your skin and another for your hair. 

All the time spent soaking up rays has undoubtedly affected your skin and hair.  With the help of a few ingredients already in your kitchen, these DIY masks will give you a much-needed boost. Keep scrolling for two (2) DIYs, guaranteed to nurture skin and hair. 

hello fall

Nourishing hair mask


I have already posted a DIY banana hair mask and a DIY avocado hair mask on this blog. I also published a vegan alternative! Since post-summer, and post-sun exposure, hair can be especially dry, combining the two for extra nourishment is ideal!


Ingredients:

  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 1 ripe banana (1/2 for short hair)
  • 2 tablespoons pure coconut/almond/olive oil (whichever you prefer)


Method:

  1. Peel the avocado and the banana.     
  2. Blend or mix together until it turns creamy.
  3. Add the coconut/almond/olive oil to the mixture and mix well.
  4. Apply the mixture from hair roots to tips.  
  5. Let the hair mask sit in your hair for 30 minutes.  
  6. Rinse the mixture out with warm water.



Hydrating face mask


This is a recipe for and another avocado mask, this time for your face!


Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons mashed avocado
  • 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
  • 1 teaspoon plain dairy-free coconut yoghurt 
  • 1 teaspoon avocado oil (or jojoba/pumpkin seed/rosehip oil)


Method:

  1. In a small bowl, mix together all ingredients.
  2. Apply to clean dry skin. 
  3. Leave on for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Rinse off using a washcloth.


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I love autumn and am looking forward to the weather changes and the drop in temperature the season brings with it. What is your favourite thing about autumn (fall)?