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Shopping lists

It takes a lot of restraint for me to stick to my shopping list.In an instant I’ll decide to buy a salt scrub instead of a soft brush, an in shower body lotion instead of a regular lotion, two body washes instead of one, and a bunch of other things that aren’t even substitutes for anything on my list.

This year I’m kicking that habit by making shopping lists that remind me why I’m buying a particular thing instead of another. This is my first.

1. Cerave SA body lotion

I don’t know what I’d do without an acid toner for my face. It’s hands down the best way to exfoliate. Sadly, they don’t make enough acid products for people who want to exfoliate their bodies. So I’ll have to make do with this lotion targeted at people with chicken skin (KP).

The main ingredients in this lotion, ammonium lactate and salicylic acid, work together to both soften the skin and exfoliate. 

2. pixi glow tonic

I’ve been wanting an AHA toner for a while now. I don’t think I’ll go wrong with pixi glow tonic. It has such a huge cult following, besides the price is right.

The active ingredient in this is gIycolic acid. I have an oily complexion and salicylic acid works great for me, but a little variety couldn’t hurt.

3. Nivea deodorant stick.

Another product I want is this elusive nivea deodorant stick.

The formula does go on clear, provides good protection, and a clean scent. One downfall of this deodorant is that it contains aluminum. I’m not particularly sensitive to aluminum compounds so I’ll give it a try.

4. Soft brush

Soft bristle brushes are ideal for assisting in sloughing off the outer layer of dead skin cells. When used for dry brushing, they can also improve the appearance of cellulite.

Here’s another fun way to use it.

5 .Snail gel. 

Smearing snail gel all over one’s face sounds like a gross thing to do, well to someone else other than me.

Snail Gel boasts a wide range of anti-aging benefits including softened wrinkles, smoother skin, antioxidant protection and improved hydration. 

Dr organic combines Snail Gel’s unique ingredient Helix Aspersa Muller with a proprietary blend of bioactive, natural and organic extracts. I imagine this helps with the smell, I don’t suppose snail gel smells very nice. 

NB: It says on the package that no snails are harmed in the harvesting of snail slime.

6. St Ives spray lotion

It’s pretty hot out in January (I live in a tropical country), so this would work great as a moisturizer if I had normal skin. Sadly my skin isn’t normal ;( My face might be oily but the rest of me is a dry desert that drinks up several bottles of lotion a month. 

To be honest, this doesn’t moisturize a whole lot.But going forward, I want to use this when in a hurry and for hard to reach places like my back.I could also use it for moisture top ups through out the day.

God forbid I have any trouble finding any of these items, I’ll just buy a bottle of wine, I need it for the vitamins.

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carbonated water facial 

​We spend a lot of time debating about what are the best formulas to put on our faces when it comes to cleansers, masks and serums. However, we do not often think about the type of water we are splashing our faces with. The most you might think about is whether you should use lukewarm water, cold or hot. What about the kind of water? What about switching your tap water for something a little bit more, well, fancy? Say carbonated mineral water.

Carbonated water cleansing has been all the rage in Japan and South Korea for quite some time now.I’ve always hated that fizzy water that often comes in a green bottle, so why not wash my face with it?

But first things first, what do experts say about washing your face with carbonated water?

“Carbonated water has been reported to cause vasodilation (dilated capillaries), which would improve delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the skin,”explains dermatologist Dr. Emily M. Wise.“However, there have never been any studies in dermatology literature to validate the specific claims made by this trend.” 

Celebrity aesthetician Kate Somerville agrees. “The bubbling sensation of carbonated water can give the perception that the water is acting as micro brushes to help cleanse pores and remove dead skin (because you feel a’tingling’ effect), but that is not the case.”

 Washing my face with carbonated water reminds me of the time I used this beauty formulas face mask.
It billows up like a bubble bath, covering your every pore with a thick layer of grey, soapy suds that seemingly arise from nowhere. It didn’t do much for me but honestly, I only bought it for the bubble action. 

Without further ado, here’s how you wash your face with carbonated water. 

Step 1:
Choose a carbonated water with absolutely no artificial scents or coloring. No lemon, lime or any flavorings, either; you want pure carbonated mineral water.


Step 2:
Fill a large bowl with half regular water and half carbonated water. You want a 1:1 ratio.
Step 3:
Dunk your makeup-free face in the bowl and hold for 10-15 seconds.

I added my own twist by using the water to rinse away my facial cleanser instead of dunking my face in a bowl. I also used the undiluted carbonated water to tone my face. You probably shouldn’t do this if you have sensitive skin. 

Verdict 

The bubbles when  paired with said cleanser actually do a nice job of cleaning out my pores. I performed this facial on myself last night and woke up to glowy skin this morning. 

Would I do this on a regular basis? Washing your face with carbonated water on a daily basis is prohibited. This also has the potential to bring underlying pimples to the fore. I wouldn’t use this when I feel a break out coming on. However, I will keep some carbonated water on hand to use as a toner on days when I want to give my acid toner a break.

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Crazy skincare hacks 

​I love reading about unconventional beauty hacks on the Internet. A lot of them are pretty bogus, but every once in a while a little nugget of genius comes your way making all the bizarre trials you’ve done over the years worth it. Here are some of the ones I’ve found useful.

Body lotion as a cleansing lotion

Body lotion formulation isn’t much different from cleansing lotion. Upon that realisation, I don’t buy cleansing lotion anymore. In fact I’ve had better results taking off makeup with body lotion than with conventional cleansing lotions. I find  body lotions less emollient and less likely to cause breakouts. 

My current favourite body lotion to use as a cleansing lotion is this  Nivea q10. It also works great for its intended purpose. Honestly, I heart this lotion so much I can’t wait to tell you about it in a separate review.

Diaper cream as a sunscreen 

Incase you didn’t  know, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are the only two mechanical barriers against the harmful UVA and UVB rays. And guess what? Diaper cream has zinc oxide as one of it’s main ingredients. You could totally use this as a sunscreen. Especially if like me you prefer physical sunscreen to chemical sunscreen.The only down side is that it won’t rub in like a good sunscreen would. 

Not sure what the terms physical and chemical sunscreen mean? This post I wrote a while back will bring you up to speed. 

Diaper cream as an acne treatment 

Turns out diaper cream has more alternative uses than just protecting your skin from the sun. Zinc oxide’s main beneficial properties relative to the skin include being an antioxidant, as well as being anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial. Studies have suggested that zinc may reduce acne-causing bacteria counts, and that it may also reduce sebum and oil production- says an expert.

I’ve had a chance to use it and I can vouch for it. However I wouldn’t recommend this for severe acne. For that maybe you could try supplementing zinc into your diet. It’s been proven that most acne sufferers tend to have a zinc deficiency.

Head and shoulders shampoo  as an acne treatment



Head and Shoulders will work if you have what is called “seborrheic acne-prone skin”. This is a quote from the Eucerin site:

In seborrhoea, an increase in sebum secretion  causes excessive development of the lipophilic portion of the hydrolipid film. Most affected are skin areas with a rich occurrence of sebaceous glands: the face, chest, shoulders and back. Seborrhoea promotes skin conditions such as acne, seborrheic eczema and rosacea, as well as fungal and bacterial infections.

If you do try, make sure you get the Head and Shoulder Classic Clean without the conditioner in it.

Bio oil as an eye makeup remover 

Bio-Oil is a specialist skincare oil which contains the ingredients PurCellin Oil, vitamin A, vitamin E and natural plant oils like lavender and chamomile.

Bio Oil can be used as an eye makeup remover.To remove makeup, place a tiny amount of Bio Oil on a cotton ball. Using the wet cotton ball, use circular motions to wipe away your makeup.

The unique formula in Bio Oil also helps condition the lashes and eyebrows.

Methylated spirit for stretchmarks!

I’ve read so many glossy reviews about how well methylated spirit works for stretchmarks. The trick is to add spirit into your body lotion along with some body oil. I found this woman’s testimonial particularly interetesting, she’s known about this since 1999!

I’ve been using the glycerine and methylated spirit mixture since 1999 and I have minimal stretch marks. When I gain weight (as is the current situation) I use plain castor oil and methylated spirit on the redish/purple new stretch marks, in 6 weeks they are gone.

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The dirt on foaming cleansers

 Hi there,

You have probably heard that non-foaming cleansers are better for your skin. Perhaps you’ve even unsuccessfully tried to replace your foaming facial cleanser with a non-foaming one.

You read articles and posts on the internet and a lot of people will tell you that foaming cleansers are bad. But when you use them the results are a million times better than with a product that does not lather! (oily skinned girls can relate) 

So why is everyone hating on foaming cleansers? 
Sodium laureth sulphate , or sodium lauryl ether sulphate ( SLES), sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) and Ammonium lauryl sulphate (ALS).

These are anionic detergents and surfactants found in many personal care products. They are inexpensive and very effective foaming agents. They function in a cleaning product as a surfactant, wetting surfaces, emulsifying oils, and suspending soil so that they can be rinsed.

All that sounds very nice but it comes with a few disadvantages when you’re using a sulphate based surfucant:

1.Toxic solvents, including carcinogenic nitrates are used in the manufacturing of SLS, traces
of which can remain in the product.

2. SLS is a penetration enhancer, meaning that its molecules are so small they’re able to cross the membranes of your body’s cells.
Once cells are compromised, they become more vulnerable to other toxic chemicals that may be with the SLS.

3.They cause skin irritation and corrosion, and over time, lead to increased dryness. You know what that means—more visible fine lines and wrinkles.

If you love foaming facial cleansers, you have no excuse for not using a sulphate free one. They are easily available. My favourite ones have salicylic acid in them too. These come in handy when you’ve got no time to fuss around with face flannels or double cleansing, you just want to wash your face and go straight to bed.

There are not too many choices for sulphate free shower creams and gels. So far I’ve tried dove nutrium moisture in almost all its variants and Giovanni shower cream which I LOVE 😍 😍 

You might also want to try Dr. Organic shower gels, they’ll definitely be on my list when I go shopping next time. 

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 Neutrogena one step cleanser review

In the past I’ve used water cleansers,oil cleansers, balm cleansers, cream cleansers, basically every type of cleanser but I must say I’m partial to foaming cleansers. 

There’s something so refreshing about the way foam binds to dirt and oil on your face and just lifts it off. When a foaming cleanser is really good at its job, you don’t even need a face flannel to help it along. 

That’s what I thought I was getting when I bought this Neutrogena cleanser. 

I do take care to avoid sulphates in my foaming  cleansers so this cleanser is sulphate free. Sadly that’s the only good thing it has going for it. 
Who is it for? 

All skin types. 

First cleanse/second cleanse or AM cleanse? 
First cleanse/taking off make up. 

How do you use it? 

I apply to damp skin and massage it in. Less is more. Add more water rather than product to build it up.

Can it be taken around the eyes?

Yes, but it does a poor job taking off eye makeup. 

How long was it tested for?

I’ve had it for three months and used it sporadically throughout that time.

What’s good about it?

I absolutely hate this cleanser and hate myself for not buying Neutrogena’s oil cleanser instead. It retails for around the same price. 

The formulators did a bad job on the one step cleanser. It’s a lot of trouble getting it to foam. On top of that, it doesn’t take off makeup of any kind. If you love it when your make up comes off at the sink rather than  on your towel, then your going to be seriously pissed. 

If a cleanser is bad at taking off make up, ordinarily I’d try to use it as a second cleanse cleanser. This however, doesn’t  rinse  clean even when I’m using it on a bare face. I have no choice but to toss it in the bin. 
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My skincare must haves

Hello😊

It’s been quite a while since my last post. What can I say, life happened. 

I’m back here where I belong and not stalking the beauty isle in the supermarket giving unsolicited advice to total strangers. 

Seriously, I can’t stop myself from having an opinion about whatever skincare product someone is buying. 

One of my  best friends now treats me like I’m  the skincare police. When she goes shopping she’ll hide her stash and use it secretly until things go awry and I’m forced to intervene.

That’s when I come in and ban scrubs, foaming cleansers,fragrance and anything fun. She hates it when I do that. I know. 

From now on, I’ll just ask her to send me pics of what she’s bought so I can tell you guys  how bad it is. 

Just kidding 😀

If you love shopping for skincare like me, here’s a few things you might consider buying on your next shopping trip.

Cleansing balm

A cleansing balm is the best makeup remover you could ever ask for. It literally melts makeup away. When I’m feeling lazy I don’t even bother with a second cleanser after taking off my makeup with this. 

Acid toner 

Acid toning is the best thing you could ever do for your skin. To get the most out of  your acid toner put it on at night after cleansing. If using it as an acne treatment, DO NOT put moisturiser over it, that just reduces its effectiveness. 

This Neutrogena one is a personal favourite. 

Serum

You might already have one ,but I’m particularly impressed with this Dr organic rose otto serum. It’s saved my skin quite a few times including one time I had a horrible reaction from using a certain clay mask. 

I think it’s awesome, but don’t take my word for it. When it comes to serums I’m a newby. I might soon find something that works better. 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Budget Cleanser.

I hope it’s not too late to say Happy New Year! 
The holidays are gone now and so are most of my cleansers. As a rule, I make sure to have more than one cleanser at a time, these come in handy at different occasions

1. The foaming cleanser.
This comes in handy when you want to take off your makeup in a single step. Also great for cleansing in the morning as it leaves you feeling extra fresh.
When picking a foaming cleanser, always choose one without SLS.

2. The cleansing balm/oil.
If you have sensitive skin, clinique cleansing balm is one of the best options for your skin. It might be a little pricey but it’s well worth it. You can use this on its own or in combination with another product to double cleanse. Were it not that I hated the greasy feeling when applying this product, I would use it everyday.

3. The astringent.
When you mention astringent, most people will think of those alcohol laden toners. By astringent, I mean a watery cleanser or toner that you use as your second step cleanser or as your only cleanser if not wearing makeup (this kind is left on your skin and not rinsed away with water). Some people use rose water and glycerin but the moisture that this mixture lends to my skin always gives me breakouts (I have oily skin). If you have oily acne prone skin, choose a mild astringent with salicylic acid. This will work even better than a foaming cleanser with salicylic acid.

4. The cleansing lotion.
This is great for days when you don’t have access to clean water (or don’t want to touch water).
Use this  with a cotton ball to take off your makeup then follow with an astringent.

This beauty formulas cleanser is an example of a cleansing lotion.
For a person on a budget, this could be your only cleanser until you’re able to add more cleansers to your collection.

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Pros
– Cheap
-does not contain SLS
– contains salicylic acid to prevent and treat existing breakouts.

Cons

– Cannot be used around the eyes or to remove eye makeup.
– Has to be rinsed away with water.

At 295 shillings (Nakumatt TRM and Ebrahims) this deal is too good to miss. 

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Update 

This cleanser is best used as a second cleanse cleanser.