Cleansing: am/pm cleansers

Cleansing the face is the most important step in keeping healthy and vibrant looking skin.

 Excessive oils, environmental pollution, and toxic chemicals can build up to form a layer of grime that damages your skin’s health and 

At the end of the day, cleansing is especially important to take off make up and SPF from sunscreens and daytime moisturizers.

Ideally you should take off make up with a dedicated makeup remover then proceed with a second cleanser.

Here use a cleanser that addresses special skin needs. This one is your skin cleanser more than your makeup remover. Its job is to make sure your skin is clean, balanced and comfortable. You can obviously use one cleanser for both cleanses if you have budget concerns. Just buy the best that you can afford when you can afford it.

Without further here ado here are some top picks for second cleansers.

Foam

Avene Cleansing foam



Benefits

-Gently cleanses and removes make-up 

-Leaves perfectly matte finish 

-Soft, lightweight foam with refreshing texture 

£13.49 amazon.co.uk

$20 amazon.com

Key ingredients

-Patented Glutamic Acid mattifies and controls excess oil 

-Gentle cleansing base thoroughly cleanses and removes make-up on the face and eyes 

-Avène Thermal Spring Water soothes, softens and calms the skin 
Gel Cleanser

Gently remove makeup and impurities with AHAVA’s Dead Sea mineral rinse-off gel. This soapless gel leaves oily skin feeling fresh, clean and conditioned.

£14 amazon.co.uk 

$24 amazon.com

Mineral-infused, prevents drying while cleansing.

Conditions and cleanses skin for all day comfort.

The only downfall of this cleanser is that it contains sulfates. 

Cream cleanser

This gentle cleanser exfoliates and supports the skin’s natural protective function, preparing it for a toner and day or night care.

£20.89 amazon.co.uk

$17.94 amazon.com

Formulation: Calendula, chamomile, St. John’s wort, anthyllis and sweet almond meal.

 

Clay mask

Perhaps the most predominant function of medicinal clay is its ability to draw out toxicity from within the body and from the surface of the skin. Various therapeutic clays, especially bentonite clay can effectively bind to heavy metals like mercury, cadmium, lead and benzene as well as other environmental pollutants and eliminate them from the body’s tissues.
This clinique mask combines the detoxifying properties of clay and the acne fighting properties of salicylic acid. 

£19.95 amazon.co.uk

            amazon.com

Like other clay masks use this 2-3 times a week.

Did I mention you could use any one of these cleansers for your morning cleanse?

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Gross ingredients in skincare

Sulphates, parabens, alcohol and petroleum are much talked about and hated in the beauty industry, but did you know about this relatively harmless but gross ingredients in skincare?

Tallow

Tallow is a hard, fatty substance made from rendered animal fat, which is commonly used to make soap and candle. Rendering fat is also the most common method of making glycerin. 

Ambergris

Sperm whales eject an intestinal slurry called ambergris into the ocean, where the substance hardens as it bobs along. Eventually it gets collected along shores.

High-end perfumes from houses such as Chanel and Lanvin take advantage of the ability of ambergris to fix scent to human skin.

It was once thought the ambergris was ejected by mouth. As of now, the argument seems to be weighted toward the back end of the whale.

Snail gel

Snail slime (or its cosmetic name, snail filtrate) is packed with nutrients such as hyaluronic acid, glycoprotein, proteoglycans, and antimicrobial and copper peptides, all of which are commonly used in beauty products and proven to be beneficial for the skin. These elements help to protect the snail’s skin from damage, infection, dryness and UV rays.

Snail slime contains 91-98% water. The slime is filtered multiple times to increase its concentration and ensure its purity. Some snail slime products claim to contain as much as 97% snail secretion filtrate. 

Placental lipids

The afterbirth organ that enables a foetus to grow in a pregnant female is a hot commodity. Although some skincare companies opt for sheep or pig placenta instead of human placenta, the prospect of putting placenta on your face is still gross.

Humanolin

Years ago someone had a brilliant idea to create a Sebum Reclamation System that would separate human sebum from soap and water in your shower water. Your sebum or your family’s aggregate sebum would then be collected in a vial then stored in the fridge.

He was working on the premise that people buy lanolin for its similarities to human sebum. If people wanted a product similar to sebum, how much better would they like their own sebum?

I can see the advantages but it’s just a bit too utilitarian, kind of similar to taking a dump in the vegetable patch.

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How to ruin your skin

I love recommending products and giving people advice on what to do with their skin. Often it helps.

But because of undiscovered (or undisclosed) allergies and sensitivities, my advice doesn’t always work. If I truly wanted to ruin your skin though, this is what I would ask you to do.


1. Use baby wipes to take off makeup

My issue with baby wipes is that they contain mineral oil. That’s the reason they take off makeup so well.

You might have heard already that petrochemicals (like mineral oil) can cause cancer, that’s not the reason I hate mineral oil though. I hate it because it’s difficult to absorb, you put it on your skin and it just sits there waiting to cause breakouts. 

2. Homemade oil cleanser

Oil cleansing with a tincture of oils formulated by you is a bad idea. You can’t mix and match essential oils as you wish, it requires training. Essential oils can be lethal if used the wrong way. 

But since you want to ruin your skin don’t listen to me, make your own oil cleanser. It won’t emulsify with water like store bought cleansers do, that means you’ll have to use a hot face flannel to take it off.

3. Steam with a hot flannel

Steaming skin, especially with abnormally hot steam, can worsen redness and potentially result in broken capillaries that show up as thin, spider-like lines.

Go ahead and use a hot face flannel to take off your homemade oil cleanser.

4. Use SPF moisturizer at night

Never mind that taking off SPF is the sole reason some people double cleanse every night, put on your daytime moisturizer at night. It will only increase your chance of irritation and stinging, especially if you have dry skin with a damaged moisture barrier.

5. Scrub your face

For this you will need an apricot scrub or a clarisonic with a less than gentle attachment brush. Scrub away.

6. Get a back alley facial

A back alley spa is the place where they’ll damage your skin in all the ways you missed before.

They love to scrub skin, if you’re lucky you’ll also get an aggressive acne extraction and a nice soothing massage with an essential oil which hasn’t been adequately diluted.

7. Repeat 

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Minimalist skincare

Have you heard of minimalism? I chanced upon this word while binge watching extreme cheapskates on youtube so I did some research on it.

Minimalism is intentionally trying to live with the things that you need only.

While minimalism isn’t what the people at extreme cheapskates are practising, I still don’t like the sound of it. I’m of the opinion that you should get yourself whatever you want, you are worth it.

I know we can’t always buy what we want for ourselves or our loved ones, but a lack of generosity in people really puts me off. You might not have a lot, but how you spend what little you have is really telling. 

Without further ado, this would be my bare minimum if I had to scale down my current skincare routine.

Big tub of lotion or body butter

I would use this as a moisturiser and to take off makeup. 

I have used this on my face before and it did not cause any break outs (despite having shea butter).

One more reason to buy a big tub is that you might get a freebie like I did. Who doesn’t want free deodorant?

Body wash

One gentle enough to use on my face. I would use it as my second cleanse cleanser.

Face flannel

When second cleansing with my body wash, I would use this to help dislodge dirt from my face.

Exfoliating gel

In the absence of an acid toner, which can be expensive, this would suffice as an exfoliator. 

You might be thinking of getting a scrub instead, but it wouldn’t yield the same results.

This sums up what I would get in terms of skincare. I haven’t neglected to include a sunscreen as part of my routine, I have left it out in favour of mineral makeup which would serve a dual purpose (and is much safer than chemical sunscreen).

If you are at a place in your life where taking austerity measures is necessary rather than optional remember this,

“Despair and hope are yin and yang.  One cannot exist without the other. Hope without despair is hollow and dishonest.”

Just hold on, better days are coming.

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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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All products mentioned available at amazon.com and amazon.co.uk

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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What’s in your medicine cabinet?

Many people will never go to the doctor for acne, wrinkles, dry skin
and other similar problems that are considered cosmetic.

The good news is, you can safely use over the counter drugs (OTC) as your first line of defence before you consider going to the doctor. OTC is used in this context to mean medicines sold directly to a consumer without a prescription, from a healthcare professional.

OTC drugs are selected by a regulatory agency to ensure that their ingredients are safe and effective when used without a physician’s care.

If you suffer from mild acne and/or have wrinkles, today’s featured products may soon find a place in your medicine cabinet.

I do not guarantee that any of these will work for your skin, but if you’re going to dabble in drugstore products, I might as well point you in the right direction.

Benzoyl peroxide.

This medication is used to treat mild to moderate acne and is the current gold standard acne medication. It may be used in combination with other acne treatments. When applied to
the skin, benzoyl peroxide works by reducing the amount of acne causing bacteria and by causing the skin to dry and peel.

There are many benzoyl peroxide products available. Many can be purchased without a prescription.

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I always thought 10% benzoyl peroxide was a behind the counter kind of cream, but recently I’ve seen several 10% bp creams on supermarket shelves.

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The percentage of benzoyl peroxide ranges from 2.5 to 10 percent. Always start with lowest concentration, and work your way up if  your skin doesn’t respond.

Always protect your skin from the sun while using bp.

Tretinoin
Tretinoin is retinoic acid in a pharmaceutical form. One of several retinoids, it is the carboxylic acid form of vitamin A and is also known as all-trans retinoic acid or ATRA.

It is available as a cream or gel common brand names include Aberela, Airol, A-Ret, Atralin, Avita,
Retacnyl, Refissa, Renova, Retin-A, Retino-A, ReTrieve, or Stieva-A.

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The most common strengths are 0.025%, 0.05% and 0.1%.

Tretinoin is most commonly used as a form of acne treatment. It was the first retinoid developed for this type of topical use.Tretinoin is the best studied retinoid in the treatment of photoaging.

It is used by some as a hair loss treatment and is a component of
many commercial products that are advertised as being able to slow skin aging or remove wrinkles.

Topical tretinoin is also used to treat and reduce the appearance of stretch marks by increasing collagen production in the dermis.
Tretinoin topical opens up clogged
pores. The 0.05% strength you can
get over the counter usually only
open smaller cysts.

You can combine tretinoin topical
with benzoyl peroxide and other
skin care products for greater effect, but always consult with your doctor or pharmacist first.

Be sure to use sunscreen when you
are using tretinoin topical because it increases your skin’s sensitivity to the sun.

When using tretinoin topical to treat wrinkles, remember to;

-use sparingly
-use only 2-3 nights a week
-combine with a super hydrating
moisturiser that is appropriate for the sensitive eye area
-always use sunscreen during the day
-avoid other irritating eye creams.

Remember that this information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider.

I have limited this post to acne fighting medication so as not to overwhelm you with a lot of information.

Later on we’ll look at other skin conditions. 

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