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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Chemical vs Physical sunscreen.

On my previous post, we discussed methods of prolonging your sun protection when reapplying your sunscreen every 2 hours isn’t an option.
A sunscreen that combines chemical and physical actives emerged as one of your options but I’ll tell you why I prefer physical sunscreens to chemical sunscreens. First, lets cover the basics on what chemical and physical sunscreens are.

What is chemical sunscreen?
Chemical sunscreens work by scattering or absorbing the Sun’s rays. These sunscreens are absorbed by your skin and DO find a way into your bloodstream. Chemical sunscreens are formulated with  active ingredients like  oxybenzone,avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene,homosalate and octinoxate. These chemicals can be formulated in the lab but oxybenzone  occurs naturally in the flowers of certain plants.

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Chemical sunscreens aren’t very good at offering broad spectrum protection but they will prevent sunburn.
What are physical sunscreens?
Physical sunscreens are sunscreens that use zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide as their active ingredients. These ingredients ‘sit’ on your skin and deflect the sun’s rays. They are able to deflect both UVA and UVB rays thus offer better protection than chemical blockers.


Both zinc oxide and titanium dioxide occur naturally and are inorganic.

Titanium dioxide can be problematic for some people. (If you break out from mineral make up and physical sunscreen, titanium dioxide could be
the culprit.)

Zinc oxide is generally safe. It can be used on delicate skin and is a main ingredient in diaper rash cream.

Why is physical better than chemical?
Other than the fact that physical sunscreen offers better protection, the other reason you should avoid them is that, they are considered endocrine disruptors. Those are chemicals that interfere with the normal function of hormones. The hormones most commonly disturbed are estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and thyroid.

Endocrine disruptors, like some ingredients in chemical sunscreens, can cause abnormal development of fetuses and growing children. They cause early puberty and premature breast development in girls, and small and undescended testicles in boys.
They cause low sperm counts and infertility. Endocrine disruptors that act like estrogen can contribute to the development of breast and ovarian cancers in women, and other endocrine disruptors may increase the chance of prostate cancer in men.

At this point you may be wondering, why do people use chemical sunscreen in the first place? Because they are easier to find and don’t leave you with a white cast.

To solve the problem of the white cast manufacturers now split titanium dioxide and zinc oxide to make them small enough to be absorbed by your skin. These small absorbable particles are called nano particles.

The effect these nano particles in your body hasn’t been studied widely yet, but in my opinion these are much safer than chemical sunscreens.

I have searched all over but haven’t found a suitable non-nano physical sunscreen. I do know that badgers and adorable baby make non-nano zinc oxide sunscreen but those brands are hard to come by around here. If you know of any other options please share.

If you’re wondering whether or not you really need sunscreen, take a look at this.

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Too much too soon?

Assuming you’re in your twenties, how many anti-aging products do you own? And honestly, are you worried about aging?

Many people steer clear of anti-aging products with concerns about their safety rating. Also, they don’t want to use up their ammunition before the battle begins i.e they don’t want to use anti-aging products before they actually need them, and cause the products to be ineffective when the time comes.

The skin you protect in your twenties is the skin you inherit in your thirties. If your skin is constantly breaking out or if you’ve been trying to fade black spots for the last decade, anti-aging has understandably slipped your mind. You want to reach your ‘clear skin’ goals before you can focus on keeping it young.

But is clear skin all you will ever need?

For the most part, No! Once the break outs go away and the blackspots finally fade (or you contend to hiding them under foundation), you realize your skin isn’t as lustrous as it was pre-acne. Some signs of aging have crept up on you.

Wrinkles don’t just appear around the eyes. The first wrinkles to appear on our faces tend to occur as a result of facial expressions. If you’re constantly raising your eyebrows watch out for deep furrows on your forehead. Other lines that will probably show up first are laugh lines. So what is the single anti-aging product that everyone should be using? SUNSCREEN! Broad spectrum sunscreen for that matter.

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Other anti-aging creams and serums may have a place in your routine, but you’re doing it all wrong if you don’t include sunscreen.

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The sun is the single most important factor in skin wrinkles, taking credit for 90 percent of
the damage to your skin. You don’t need to get a sunburn to be sun damaged. Sun damage happens steadily throughout your life. The rays that cause you to get sunburnt are the UVB rays but the ones that age you are UVA rays. These reach deeper into your skin where they damage your collagen and cause you to age prematurely. Even when its cloudy or rainy, UVA rays remain in the atmosphere in relatively similar abundance to when its sunny. So slather on that sunscreen even on a rainy day.

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