Cinnabar Green 

I discovered a little gem of a company called cinnabar green. It’s not often that I buy more than one skincare product from a company, but once I tried their cream cleanser, I had to try everything else.

I got the cleanser as a second cleanse cleanser, but on the label it says you should take off your makeup with it… Cream cleansers tend to be bad at removing makeup, most don’t emulsify with water so you’re meant to use them with a hot flannel as opposed to rinsing off at the sink.

I consider that too much of a helping hand, besides it’s not everyday your skin appreciates the exfoliating action of a flannel.

This cleanser surprised me however, it took off all my makeup! The instructions call for warm water and a flannel like all other cream cleansers, but I didn’t have to do that, I just massaged all over my face and rinsed at the tap with cold water.

Used this way it does leave you feeling like you have a thin film over your face, but that is just bees wax and it doesn’t show up as dirt when you run a cotton ball with toner all over your face.

The first time I tried this cleanser I didn’t second cleanse with a different product, and I didn’t put anything on my face, I just went straight to bed. This does not clog pores or cause breakouts, infact when applied on active breakouts it’s like taking off the lid on a pressure cooker, and you won’t have to wait for days or weeks to notice this effect, as soon as you rinse and pat dry you’ll notice any breakout you may have had, significantly flattened out or in the process of extracting itself.

Given it’s exceptional qualities, I felt using this cleanser as a makeup remover was wasting it’s potential. I now use it as a second cleanse cleanser having taken off my makeup with Yves rocher oil cleanser, I feel that’s the proper way to honour the care and effort that went into making it.

I’ve been thinking about getting Cinnabar Green’s toner, they recommend it as a second step after cleansing but I don’t want anything taking off that waxy goodness I mentioned earlier from my face.

Other products I’ve tried from cinnabar green are their handmade soaps and their face cream.

I’m yet to try their Toner, massage oils, lotions and bath salts. I have no need of these things at the moment, but as soon I run out of my current stash I’m heading on to their website to order.

For those of you who are interested, cinnabar green is a Kenyan company that only ships around Kenya. If you live anywhere else in the world, look out for this item on my shopify.

All their products are

✔ Mineral oil free

✔ Paraben free

✔ Not tested on animals

Similar product Tata Harper refreshing cleanser

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Animal testing is not something I cared about before, but once you know how these tests are conducted it’s hard not to care.

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Night time routine : Double Cleansing on the cheap 

Have you ever found yourself in such a tight spot financially you couldn’t afford to splurge on selfcare items like cleansers? And then you bought poor substitutes for your usual products and they ended up breaking you out?

I believe proper cleansing is the foundation of a good skin care routine, and 1-5 dollars can afford you one.

This routine is

✔ Mineral oil free

✔ Paraben free

✔ Sulphate free

Step 1: Makeup removal

Almond, Coconut, sunflower and olive oil are among my top picks. Keep costs down by choosing the oil that’s most readily available to you, if it’s locally produced it will be cheaper.

Below are a few notes on each of the oils to further assist you with your choice.

Coconut oil

Comedogenic factor of 4, so could clog up your pores. This isn’t the case for everyone, some people are so lucky they could use lard on their faces and it wouldn’t break them out. You could get away with using this as a makeup remover, but if you’re especially prone to congestion don’t risk it.

Sunflower oil

Comedogenic factor of 0, won’t clog up your pores, a bit tedious to apply though.

Also hard to find in smaller bottles.

Almond oil

Comedogenic factor of 2, induces a wonderful glow on your skin, right after you wash it off with soap you’ll notice it.

This is ineffective against eye makeup though, and also stings like hell when it gets into your eyes, this happened to me, I wasn’t using food grade almond oil though, has anyone tried that on their eyes? I suspect there’s no difference but I’d like to know.

Olive oil

Spreads so easily makeup will just glide off your skin, among these four it will also leave the least residue of itself on your skin. Just like almond oil, you don’t want to get it in your eyes either.

All these oils are great for cooking too but remember you’re buying just for your face, so pick the smallest size available, you are on a budget after all, and you really couldn’t finish a litre of oil just using it on your face.

Step 2: Cleansing

After spending somewhere between 40cents and $2.5 on an oil to use as a makeup remover, you now have at least $2.5 dollars. I don’t like soap as a facial cleanser but I don’t recommend you get a foaming cleanser that originally sells at 3 dollars or below, most of them are worse than soap, I could name a few exceptions but I’m aiming at a universal post here, outside the US, drugstore products are rarely available at drugstore prices.

Nivea $0.5

Surprisingly well made considering the price, it contains just the basic ingredients used to make soap but it doesn’t leave a grimy residue of itself on your skin like most soaps do. This is the only mass made soap I could bathe with, it’s also not that drying and depending on the variant you pick, it might even be slightly hydrating.

At a slightly higher price point you could get Dove soap, but I don’t recommend it unless you aren’t wearing makeup and tend towards eczema, otherwise you’ll break out.

Clean&Clear $2

This is the soap equivalent of the deep pore cleanser also made by Clean&Clear. Budgetary concerns aside, you may want to pick this up if you’re avoiding sulphates (they’re in almost every deep pore foaming cleanser).

It is quite effective at decongesting skin. So if black heads and white heads are a concern for you, get this as your first line of defence.

If in the States, 3 dollars could also get you Aveeno moisturising bar which is a good alternative to clean&clear if you have dry skin. And in the UK you could buy clearasil pads to use as an exfoliant at just 3 pounds.

These are not the only possibities for second cleansers though, look into handmade soaps as well, good ones even trounce clinique’s mild cleansing bar.

No matter what you do, don’t just use wipes and go to bed.

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Snail gel cream review 

Snail extract has been rapidly gaining popularity as a powerful skincare ingredient for a few years now. It is an extremely popular skincare ingredient in South Korea and has in recent years, trickled over to Western beauty products as well.

I had been thinking about getting snail gel for a while but I was hesitant to add one more product to an already elaborate skincare routine. I don’t struggle to keep my skin hydrated and don’t have any anti-aging concerns.

What finally sold me is it’s complex mixture of glycolic acid, protein, hyaluronic acid, peptides, and other beneficial elements, I was especially interested in the hylaluronic acid and glycolic acid. 

Disclaimer : I initially said on this blog that I would buy and review Dr organics brand of snail gel, but I opted out because it has too many other bio active ingredients whilst I wanted something that allows snail gel to play a starring role. 

They’re not too many products with glycolic acid in Nairobi and I was curious to investigate if glycolic exfoliates and unplugs pores as well as salicylic acid does, not just for the sake of it but because glycolic is pregnancy safe while salicylic isn’t, and who doesn’t want clear skin when they’re pregnant? Just to be clear, I’m not pregnant.

What I found out about glycolic acid from using snail gel cream and also Neutrogena’s rapid clear toner, is that it does little to nothing for active acne. It however, visibly sheds dead skin, if you have raised black spots on your skin they will literally fall off. 

Now back to the snail gel cream (I call it that because it has a gel cream consistency rather than the gel consistency I had envisioned), it combines the brightening effects of glycolic with the hydrating effects of hylaluronic acid while at the same time being anti inflammatory. I’ve used it to soothe my skin after using retin-A and vitamin C, with retin-A I prefer to apply snail gel first then the retin-A a few minutes after. 

The gel cream sinks in better than anything I’ve ever tried. I suspect that’s thanks to the hylaluronic acid component but I would have to try another face cream with hylaluronic acid to confirm.  

On it’s own it makes for a great night cream. If you’re oily skinned like me, be careful not to over saturate your skin with product as it may break you out.

Current night time routine

If I had drier skin I would wear it as a day cream too underneath my sunscreen and makeup. To sum it all up, snail gel cream is the best thing I never knew I needed. 
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Status

Hey :-)

Sorry I’ve been away for a couple of months, I had to take some time away whilst I figured out how to make blogging a profitable venture. I’m working on the following posts right now;

  • Drugstore mineral sunscreens
  • Holistic skincare : Here’s what happened when I replaced skincare products with food supplements. 
  • Snail gel cream review 
  • Vitamin C skincare: now vitamin c powder crystals review
  • How retin A can stand in for your acid toner.

    Let me know which one you’d love to read first. 

    Night time routine

    Used to be that I couldn’t find any products to wear at night. They’d always break me out. I couldn’t justify the breakouts if I wasn’t receiving any additional benefits from using a product, so I left my face bare every night.

    If you’re acne prone and your night cream isn’t of the zero blemish cream variety, you might be better off without it. Dr Hauschka says to leave your skin bare at night and founder of the ordinary Brandon Trauxxe, shares my opinion, too much hydration, just like dehydration, will cause you to breakout.

    I now use a face oil at night, oils don’t moisturise, they seal in the moisture you already have. Coconut oil enthusiasts, please stop asking everyone to put it on their face, it has a comodogenic rating of 4 and the scale only goes upto 5, few people can handle such high comodogenicity (if that’s even a word).

    Now, my night oil is wonderful, it exfoliates and seals moisture at the same time. Even though I could easily survive without it, I don’t want my face coming into contact with surfaces unprotected while I sleep, something I never thought about before.

    Think of your skin as a piece of paper, it’s easier to create folds on a dry piece of paper than a wet one, similarly if you create folds on your skin when it’s dry, those folds will hold and become creases. I don’t know about you, but I tend to lie on my side a lot when I sleep, when I do, I create a fold between my nose and my cheek. I have a theory that this repeated trauma is what causes jowls, as the years pass your skin’s ability to snap back into place is compromised, the fold deepens and you’re left with jowls.

    You could stop sleeping on your side, but any other position you choose will still create a fold somewhere. Nothing short of using a Japanese pillow will give you a foldless expression as you sleep.

    I make too many movements, I couldn’t handle sleeping on a wooden pillow, so I do the next best thing, lubricate. 
    As stated before, I use an oil at night, (I also use snail gel depending on the weather). This particular oil is fast absorbing, sinks deeply into my skin and exfoliates at the same time. It’s quite potent as an exfoliator, infact I skip my acid toner when using it. 

    What allows it to work so well for me is the base formulation which contains almond,jojoba,hemp seed, sunflower and sesame oil. This rich and non comedogenic base is infused with various citrus oils and that’s what helps with the exfoliation.
    Hemp seed oil, is just code for cannabis sativa oil by the way, but don’t worry, you can’t ingest a mind altering substance through your skin (also it contains no CBD).

    The reason they have it there is because it has a comodogenic rating of 0. That means it can’t block your pores, infact it can’t break you out at all (as with all other things, don’t use if you have an allergy). Other oils with a zero rating are sunflower oil and safflower oil.

    This is my current night time routine, it is preceded by double cleansing, something I have talked about at length here. I haven’t changed anything in my cleansing routine, except that I have added a snail gel cleanser to my arsenal of second cleanse cleansers. I’ll be reviewing that and snail gel cream as requested by Chubby’s mom. 

    I’m reading the final book in the song of ice and fire series, I just hope reading through this post hasn’t been as punishing for you as my experience with that book.

    Thanks for stopping by!

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    Yves Rocher zero blemish gel cream

    When it comes to moisturisers, I always go for something that doesn’t make any extravagant claims. I don’t want it to have active ingredients unless they fall under the category of humectants, emollients or occlusives. There’s one exception though, yves rocher zero blemish gel cream.

    (comes in 10ml tester size too)

    As you might have guessed by now, almost every serum or cream promising to fight acne is going to have salicylic acid in it, yves rocher is no exception.
    Finding salicylic acid in a serum or moisturiser is hardly a novelty, Sunday riley has it, bravura, clean & clear, Neutrogena, and the list goes on. What interests me in the yves rocher zero blemish gel cream is bailkal powder. 

    When that time of the month is approaching, my skin will look for any and every excuse to break out. Daily exfoliation is part of my daily routine, so any zits that try to pop up are flattened before they’ve lived a day on my face.

    Now that my skin can’t surprise me with a breakout, it settles for the next best thing, looking dull and greasy. When it does I’m always ready with my zero blemish gel cream. 

    As the salicylic cleans out my pores, baikal powder soaks up the extra oil my skin produces and visibly refines the texture of my skin. 

    The mattifying effects are incremental meaning you will need less and less product to achieve the same effect with each passing day. While I use this as a treatment, I don’t use any other moisturiser on top and when my period arrives, my skin normalizes and I return to my usual routine. You could of course use it everyday as a night cream.

    Also in the same range is this serum.

    Thanks for stopping by!

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    Anti-pollution skincare

    Do you live in a busy city? If you do, I hate to be the one to tell you this, but city air is aging you. Air pollution in urban areas, much of which comes from traffic, includes tiny particles called PMs, nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and chemicals such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).

    Prof Jean Krutmann, director at the Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine in Germany, says, “UV [damage from the sun] was really the topic in skin protection for the last 20-30 years. Now I think air pollution has the potential to keep us busy for the next few decades.”

    PMs have been shown to increase age spots and wrinkles but one of the latest studies also implicates nitrogen dioxide for accelerating aging. The study was conducted on people in Germany and China and it was discovered that age spots on their cheeks increased by 25% with a relatively small increase in pollution, 10 microgrammes of NO2 per cubic metre. Many parts of the UK have illegally high levels of NO2, with London breaking its annual limit in the first week of 2016, with levels reaching over 200 microgrammes of NO2 per cubic metre.

    My two cents on this is that all this pollution is the reason why cases of rosacea are on the rise. At the moment, there are not many products for prevention [of air pollution damage], however it may be a trend in the coming years as it becomes a much bigger issue.

    I can’t stress enough the importance of wearing broad spectrum sunscreen, it won’t protect against pollution but it will prevent photoaging whilst your skin is battling pollution. You wouldn’t leave your skin vulnerable to both the sun and pollution, would you? Give it a helping hand where you can.

    As far as dislodging those harmful particles that settle on your skin, consider these options;

    Clay masks

    Clay face masks benefit the skin by using capillary action to absorb substances on and beneath the skin’s surface. They can absorb sebum, bacteria, water and various toxins and irritants from the skin and can exfoliate dead skin cells and blackheads without friction.

    £26.61 amazon.co.uk

    £10.66 amazon.co.uk

    Activated Charcoal

    It’s been added to cleansers, face masks, toothbrushes, and even juices for its ability to absorb toxins and pollutants.

    These and other similar products will help your skin. The one product you should skip is scrub, doctors recommend you give it a wide berth.

    I look forward to a time when I can recommend a whole range of products geared towards fighting the effects of pollution on our skin.
    Thanks for stopping by! 

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