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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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. 

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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. 

Keratosis Pilaris (chicken skin)

Keratosis pilaris/chicken skin (those permanent goosebumbs on your forearms and thighs) is a condition that affects 50-80% of all adolescents and approximately 40% of adults.Most people with keratosis pilaris are unaware the condition has a designated medical term or that it is treatable. In general, keratosis pilaris is frequently cosmetically displeasing but medically harmless.
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Treatment of keratosis pilaris can include the following medications:
• Topical exfoliants. Medicated creams containing alpha-hydroxy acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid or urea moisturize and soften dry skin while helping to loosen and remove dead skin cells. Depending on their strength, certain creams are available over-the-counter and others require a prescription. Your doctor can advise you on the best option for your skin. The acids in these creams may cause redness, stinging or skin irritation. For that reason, topical exfoliants aren’t recommended for young children.
• Topical retinoids. Derived from vitamin A, retinoids work by promoting cell turnover and preventing the plugging of the hair follicle. Retinoids may be an effective treatment, but they can cause bothersome skin irritations, such as severe dryness, redness and peeling. Tretinoin (Retin-A, Renova, Avita) and tazarotene (Avage, Tazorac) are examples of topical retinoids. If you’re pregnant or nursing, your doctor may opt to delay topical retinoid therapy or choose an alternative treatment.
• Laser therapy. Certain types of keratosis pilaris involving severe redness and inflammation have been successfully treated with laser therapy. Laser treatment involves passing intense bursts of light into targeted areas of skin. This type of treatment may require repeat sessions over the course of a few months, depending on your response.
Using a medication regularly may improve the appearance of your skin. But if you stop, the condition returns. And even with medical treatment, keratosis pilaris tends to persist for years.
LifestySelf-help measures won’t cure keratosis pilaris, but they can help improve the appearance of your skin. You may find these measures beneficial:
• Go easy on your skin. Vigorous scrubbing or removal of the plugs may irritate your skin and aggravate the condition.
• Gently dry off. After washing or bathing, gently pat or blot your skin dry with a towel so that some moisture remains on the skin.
• Use a moisturizing lotion or lubricating cream. While your skin is still moist from bathing, apply a moisturizer that contains lanolin (Lansinoh, Medela), petroleum jelly (Vaseline) or glycerin (Glysolid), ingredients that soothe dry skin and help trap moisture.
• Try urea or lactic acid. Apply an over-the-counter product that contains urea (Nutraplus, Eucerin) or lactic acid (AmLactin, Lac-hydrin) twice daily. Both help remove extra keratin from the surface of the skin.
• Use a humidifier. A portable home humidifier or one attached to your furnace will add moisture to the air inside your home.

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Japanese/Asian Skincare.

Hello there,
Are you a person who appreciates an intricate skin routine? If so then Japanese skincare might just be the thing for you.

The usual suspect for innovation in beauty is Europe and most notably France, which in recent years has given us micellar water, a good replacement for wet wipes when you cant be bothered to use a rinse off cleanser. (Note that I’d never be caught dead cleansing with micellar water alone).

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The Japanese are known to have youthful skin, so lets steal some of their secrets to keep our skin looking youthful too.

Rather than list down a step by step skincare routine, I will explain each principle behind Japanese skincare.

Double cleansing.
This process is prevalent especially in Japan. I have written an entire post on double cleansing which you can visit to familiarize yourself with the concept. Basically it’s the use of a two tiered cleansing routine to effectively remove dirt and makeup. The choice of your cleansing products is up to you but the Japanese notably use oils and balms for the first cleanse.

Emphasis on UV protection and whitening.
Asian skincare products reflect the sun-sensitive attitudes of its customers. Many of them contain built in sunscreens and whitening ingredients to fade out dark spots and freckles.

Several layers of hydration.
In this layered process, hydration begins with toner, which is more commonly referred to as a “skin softener”. These toners never strip the skin of moisture or try to work in some extra cleaning like you might find in Western products. After toners come essences, serums, and finally rich creams, which deeply hydrate the skin and fill out fine lines.
The sheet mask, an optional step can also be squeezed in here.

Innovative ingredients.
Asian skincare companies are quite a few years ahead of their Western counterparts.Competition and high demand from customers allows them to extensively research new ingredients.
Forget the Cliniques, Elizabeth Ardens and Mary Kays, Japanese products are the real deal. For the most part, product claims are not just a marketing gimmick they actually do what they claim to do.

Skincare part of overall health.
Good skin is an entire philosophy: when you have good skin, you can wear less makeup, look much healthier, and seem younger as well. The layered routine is almost ritualistic in its execution, and it can be the best part of one’s morning or night. It surpasses fulfilling a physical purpose, and can promote one’s emotional and mental well-being too.

Overall quality.
If it hasn’t already been made obvious, Asian women take their skincare very seriously! The market is highly competitive. Interestingly, brands do not really compete on price as customers tend to favor quality over price and do not mind paying more for a superior product. Discerning customers keep skincare brands on their toes. Therefore, you can find great skincare at almost every price point, which makes Asian drugstore items a hot commodity around the world.

Is the Japanese routine right for my skin type?
This routine can work for all skin types but I would suggest reducing the layers of hydration for oily skinned girls.

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