TOP Skincare Products Crossing over to 2017!


I had such a great year with my skin! I learned so much and tried out so many new products, some I loved and some I put in the trash. But I had a few that would be following me to 2017! I fell in love with these products. They do as they say they would and works great on my skin.

SO here is my list, with pictures, of all the products I am carrying over with me to 2017... Time to pack up my bag to cross over!!!!

No 1. 
Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum. 

This I swear by for instant glow. I use it at night and by the next morning... I am glowing from all angles! love this serum!


No 2.
Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser

If you have dark marks and need it to fade away. This glycolic cleanser is a most have. I actually notice the difference between this and other glycolic cleansers. This one is much stronger and effective. It is a keeper because it allows your dark spots to fade faster than most.

No 3.
At-home Face Steamer

There is nothing better than having a steamer to open up your pores for a deep cleanse. This is much more effective than using a hot towel or even using the traditional bucket filled with hot water and a towel over your head. This is easier to use and makes your deep cleanse experience at home, so much easier. I love my at-home face steamer, because i can use it for my face and also to unclog my nose when I get a cold. Love it!

No 4.
Glow Tonic by Pixi

Now I have tried many toners, and yes there are some good ones out there, but this Pixi Toner is really one for the glow. It hydrates my skin and doesn't feel uncomfortable at all. it is not too dry, and not too oily. I like the way my skin feels after I use it and also it really helps to prevent acne.

No 5.
Sheet Masks

OMG! I love Sheet masks. If I could everyday, I would use one. These are best for hydrating, moisturizing , brightening and just making your skin look plumper and healthier. I love a good sheet mask and the serums that come with it. It really makes a difference in your skin through out the day.


No 6. 
Origins Clear Improvement Pore minimizing mask


If you are trying to get rid of acne, clogged pores or large pores, This is the best face mask to use. I used this to clear my skin and it worked well! This mask really reduces your pore size allowing your skin too look smoother, and fresh. I loved this mask during my skin treatment phase. the result after each use can be seen instantly and feels amazing.

Nos 7.
Ren Skincare Micro Polish Cleanser

So this product right here, I don't think I gave it as much credit as it deserves! Ren Skincare Micro Polish Cleanser is the truth when you are deep cleansing. It goes deep into your skin, exfoliates, and removes all impurities. After using this product you can instantly see the radiance in your skin. My skin gets so bright and so clean! I really love this cleanser.

And there you have it. MY must carry over to 2017 list! All this products are dear to me and I really loved using them. As you can tell I like quick and instant results. Very hard to find products that do that. but I need some motivation after every use, and these products do it for me.

I am excited for the new journey of 2017 and I am sure we would have more reviews, more face masks, more skincare tips, trends and fun facts!

Cheers to the brands that make such awesome products that really work. It is very hard to find product that continue to impress me over an over again. and these products listed above have done that! SO "Raising my Champagne GLASS to You all!" 

What are your favorite skin care products you are bringing into the New Year 2017?


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Facial Treatment | Rose Ela Studio Review


Hi Beautifulz,

I haven't had a a proper facial in a long time, I usually stick to my routines, and I think I do a pretty good job of exfoliating and hydrating. But of recent since my skin has been under attack by pimples caused by synthetic hair, I have been struggling with a routine, cos one moment all the pimples are gone and the net day it comes back.... very overwhelming! So on this day, I went to groupon to buy a facial; One Acne Control and Dermabrasion Facial from Rose Ela Studio, $45.

I called to make the appointment with Rose Ela Studio, and they were very flexible with my dates. I had one booked right away, and even had to reschedule, she was very much easy to work with to finding a good time for both of us. 

Groupon Deal: One Acne Control and Dermabrasion Facial. 

What is in the Deal:  Funny enough on the Groupon deal, it doesn't really explain to you what they would do to control the acne but I guess I kind of assumed what it would be from the name.

Location: 57 Bidwell Avenue, Jersey City, NJ, 07305.
So I live in Jersey City, and was looking for one in Jersey, cos usually, I go to NYC if I was to get a facial. I was really thrilled to see one so close to where I live. So, on the day of, I uber'd there which cost me less than 10 dollars each way. Winning! 

Upon getting there I was looking for a sign that says Rose Ela Studios, but it looked very residential, I almost thought I was in the wrong place. So I called her, but yep it was in her apt. I remember her opening the door, I met Ela, (it's her studio). I was a bit skeptical because I expected a full spa studio, not a room in the apt. And I usually don't play with my face/skin, so needed to ask a few questions before I decided to continue with this facial. 

Ela has been practicing for 3 years and decided this year to start her own practice. I like people who are entrepreneurs so she gave me a bit about there back ground and how she got into skincare and exams and classes she took. It was really nice to learn more about her and her practice and see how much she loved and enjoyed what she does. So I decided to move forward and start the process. 

Before the facial: We sat down for a consultation. She asked me about my routine and what I currently do to my skin. I explained to her that my skin was perfect before this and the synthetic hair fiasco and how it ruined my face, I mean she could see it herself. She said to throw away my face brush because it builds bacteria. I just laughed because I spent a $100 on it, there is no way in hell, someone would tell me to toss it out. I think she noticed I wasn't going to do that so she gave an alternative to washing it with baking soda to remove bacteria completely. Now that sounds more doable. During the facial, She noticed some white heads that needed to be extracted and advised to skip the microdermabrasion and just do an extraction instead. She said if I do the microdermabrasion, I would end up spreading bacteria and advised I did extraction this time and microdermabrasion next time. At first I thought she was going to ask for an additional payment, but she didn't. So I went on and did an extraction instead.


Facial Time: 

This is what occurred during the facial: 

1. Completely removed makeup 
2. Cleansed my face 
3. Used a retinol face scrub.
4. Extraction: She spent about 30 min on extraction. Most places just do a few but she did everything. 
5. Afterwards, she used a micro current wand all over my face focusing on the extraction spots to reduce swelling and also trigger collagen production so it heals faster. This was my first time so it took me a while to get used to the current flow and shocking. 
6. Then a facial Mask with Matcha and Pink Clay. Looked a lot like avocado. 
7. She then put a warm towels around it and let it sit for 15 min. 
8. During the 15 min, she gave my shoulders, arm and feet a massage with cocoa oil. while laying on a heated bed! That was super relaxing! 
9. Once she was done, She cleaned off the mask
10. And then th usuals came after; Serum, moisturizer, etc

micro-current wand
After the Facial: We had another consultation, which went well, she gave me 2 little toners and a 30 SPF for my face. She actually didn't push anything on me, like ohh buy a package, etc. Nope, she just scheduled a next time for the microdermabrasion in 3 weeks. The next day, all the swelling had gone down, and my face felt lighter. Can't wait to see the result in a week. 

Professionalism: Although the studio is a room in her house, It was very clean, didn't feel uncomfortable after my initial shock. Ela is very warm & sweet and she makes you feel comfortable. there was smooth spa music playing, which was really relaxing. 

So thats my Groupon facial review. The treatment was good in my opinion and I didn't have to pay more to switch procedures. I liked the fact she made sure she extracted everything and not just the visible one. I would be going back in 3 weeks for a microdermabrasion because I really liked what she did to my face. Thanks for reading this guys, look forward to seeing you in the next post. 

Till Next time...




Peace, love & GLOW! 

xoxo

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3 Types of Face Masks You Need in Your Skin Care Routine


Hi Beautifulz,

It's the holiday season, and there is a lot of shopping involved, everywhere is having sales, there's nothing better than buying the right products for a cheaper price! whoohoo! I want to take this opportunity to talk about my favorite type of masks and why I use them. This would help you understand face masks better and also help you to chose which ones are best for your skin.

So, there are three types of face masks I love using. These are;
- Detoxifying face mask
- Hydrating face mask
- Brightening face mask

Let's Break it down;

Detoxifying Face Mask 

A detoxifying face mask draws out accumulated toxins and impurities from clogged pores, caused by pollutants of daily living, ,makeup, oil and dirt. The best times to do this is when you had a lot of make up on, your face is starting to look congested, you are having an acne outbreak, or just once every two weeks to be safe and clogged pore free. Usually this is best as a Clay mask or Mud mask or Charcoal mask.

Benefits:
- Helps balance oils in your skin by regulating excess sebum and tightening the pores.
- Helps smoothen and soften the surface of your skin.
- Helps with skin clarity by removing deep dead skin & dirt in pores.
- Black heads vanish after a few uses.

Detoxing Masks I Love:
- Origin Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask ($26) - This is my first Choice.
- Pixi Beauty Glow Mud Mask ($22)
- Aztec Secret Health Indian Healing Clay Mask ($10)

Hydrating Face Mask 

When my skin is looking thirsty due to excessive dry skin, or even just winter weather, I would use a hydrating mask to restore, add, and lock-in moisture. The best acid to look for in the ingredient label is Hyaluronic Acid. This active ingredient is in many hydrating masks. It absorbed into the skin without having to be rinsed off. It revives my skin from its thirst state almost instantly.

Benefit: 
- Locks-in moisture.
- Helps relieve puffiness.
- Can use a sheet mask with hydrating serums.

Hydrating Masks I Love:

- Glam Glow Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment ($22)
- Dr. Jarts Water Replenishment Sheet Mask ($7.50)
- Origin Drink UP Intensive Overnight Mask ($26)

Brightening Face Mask

Now if you follow me on Instagram or snapchat, you would know I am all about the glow! I love my natural glow and try my best to glow always. What a brightening mask does is it rejuvenates damaged skin, brightens dark spots & scars and, evens out my skin tone. Usually I can see results instantly or even after a few hours/uses. I brighten my face at least once a week, because it lasts for a while and just makes your skin look super healthy. When my skin is acne free or I have minimal breakouts, I would just throw on a brightening sheet mask in the morning to give me that natural beautiful glow all day, even under my make up it pops. I prefer sheet masks for brightening.

Benefits:
- Easy to apply
- Instant results, so you can use on special occasions to get that good glow.
- Great ingredients that also keep your face moisturized

Brightening Masks I Love:
- Dr Jarts Dermask Micro Jet Brightening Solution Mask ($9)
- DIY Tumeric face mask
- Bosia Sake Brightening Hydrogel Mask ($8)
- Ren Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask ($55)

Using the right mask can do so much for your skin. Celebrities use them all the time and  super models also swear by it. The ingredients are powerful, and have lots of benefits you'll see. So now with this said, time to go shopping. I need more masks for #MaskMondays. woohoooo! see ya!

Till Next time...


Peace, love & GLOW! 

xoxo

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Review & Demo: GlamGlow FlashMud Brightening Treatment




Hi Beautifulz, 

Been a while since I did a product review, but I have been testing out a variety of new products and this Glamglow Flashmud is one of them.

So basically before I had my acne outbreak from synthetic hair, I went to Sephora to look for something that would help with sun burn. I had it on my cheeks area and needed something to brighten it or fade it. So one of the experts there suggests I use GlamGlow Flashmud and that I would be impressed by the results. But now, I have acne marks, I can also test it out and see if it will fade those marks too while brightening and treating the sun damage.

Basically this product is for hyper pigmentation, even skin tone and sun damage. So I purchased it, tried it out and now lets do a review!
 
REVIEW & DEMO

Packaging: 


The package is very cute! it comes in an orange box, kind of star shaped with silver writings on it. On the box you can find everything about the product from ingredients to directions and other basic 'to knows' about the Flashmud. When you open the box, it says;



This just made me feel extra excited to try it, I love compliments!

Also inside, it comes with an insert that shows you the greatness in the jar, basically all the ingredients inside of it. Also it has a small manual, explaining how to use it to get best results.

Overall the packaging is nice! The main content comes in a tin jar that holds 1.7ounces of the product. I don't really like the tin idea, cos products don't sit well and might alter in a tin.

Price: 
$69 dollars at Sephora. Before this purchase, I had never considered buying Glamglow because it was too expensive and I couldn't justify spending so much on it. But I heard and read a lot of great reviews on the face treatment, so i chose to invest in it.

Texture & Smell: 

Yummz! the smell is very fruity and sweet scented. I can smell like orangey- peachy. If you like citrus smells you would absolutely love this one. Even after you wash your face it linger on for a bit. As for the texture, it is whitish in color, it has little granules for exfoliating so you can feel them as soon as you put it on your face.

Life Span: 
If you follow the directions, where you use it 3 times back to back the first time and then 2-3 times a week after that, It would take you about 2 months to run out of this product.

Activeness: 
You can see the brightening treatment work after one use, but for fading scars/spots/burns, it could take up to 2 months to see good results.Not suitable for sensitive skin. There has been a lot of reports of burns, so make sure you test a small spot before using it on your full face.

Active Ingredients: 

TEAOXI: White Birch Leaf that delivers natural Betulin, Betulinic Acid and Ellagic Acid to give you an improved, even skin tone.

WhiteEnergy:
Fusion of natural actives to create intense, bright and even results (Tea Leaf, Rose, Jasmine, Lilly,etc will help to even skin tone)

Flashlucent: Combination of skin translucency optimizers featuring 3 levels of exfoliation to drive ingredients to the skin for luminous, younger looking skin. (Lactic Acid and Salicylic Acid)

Reflectrum: Brightening ingredients boosted with Diamond PhotoLuminescence to increase reflecting level of the skin. Will appear more radiant.

The ingredient are really focused on brightening the skin, balancing the skin tone and providing you with antioxidants and ingredients that will also help to smooth the skin’s texture. At least that’s what I take from reading the ingredients, ha! Want to see the full list of ingredients, here you go:

All Ingredients: Water, Kaolin, Synthetic Wax, Cetyl Alcohol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Butylene Glycol, Acetyl Glucosamine, Niacinamide, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Pumice, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Pentylene Glycol, Quartz, Betula Alba Leaf Extract, Betula Pendula Wood Powder, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower Extract, Lilium Candidum Bulb Extract, Rosa Canina Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Diamond Powder, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Xanthan Gum, Fragrance (Parfum), Benzyl Alcohol, Linalool, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Potassium Sorbate, Lactic Acid, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Salicylic Acid, Glycerin, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Seed Oil, Octyldodecyl Oleate, Octyldodecanol, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Solidago Virgaurea (Goldenrod) Extract, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Phenoxyethanol.

What it says it does: 
According to GlamGlow, its innovative multi-brightening complexes help to create the brightest, lightest, and most luminous skin possible. Sounds good huh!

Demo: 
To start the demo, the instructions say if it's your first time using the mask, to get the the best results, you should use the mask for 3 days in a row and then you can use it 2-3 times weekly. They also say that SPF sunscreen is a must. Your face would be very sensitive to the light.

Steps to using it:
- Started off with a clean, dry face.
- I took a finger full and dabbed it all over my face. 
- Gently move in a circular motion to spread the mask while exfoliating.
- Once evenly spread, wait 20 - 30 minutes so the ingredient can sink in and do the treatments.
- Rinse it off with water and pat dry with a towel.

My Likes: 
- I loved the smell of it.
- The exfoliation is very intense and I can feel the treatment working.
- My skin was much brighter and had a good glow.
- It reduced the size of my acne and allowed my other products, such as; serums and moisturizers work more effectively.

My Dislikes:
- I don't like the tin jar, because I don't think tins can hold the power of the ingredients for a long time.
- Its too expensive for a 1.7 ounce jar
- The texture of the exfoliator is really thick and gritty for my skin. had to gently use it.
- Not good for sensitive skin

Is It Safe: 
There has been a lot of complains of people getting burned because they had sensitive skin. So with that said, I wouldn't consider it too safe and would advise you do a small test before applying it on your face.

Where To Buy:

Repurchase: 
Yes, I would repurchase, but I would only use it once a week for intense brightening or when I'm getting ready to go to special events.

Conclusion: 
After the first use, my skin looked brighter, luminous and radiant. I noticed my skin tone was evening out and my acne reduced in size. After I used it for two weeks, 2 times a week, I realized it was maintaining the brightness and my skin started looking much healthier. I am still watching it to see if it would fade the dark marks, I guess in two months I will do a review to see if it worked. As for my sunburn, I still have it. It reduced significantly and I'm hoping it would disappear in two months. I personally thought 3 days was an over kill for face scrub. It really dried up my skin. I should have stopped at 2 days and started twice weekly.

Overall I like this Glam Glow Flashmud mask, It does what it says it does, and really helps, My make-up goes on smoother and my skin is looking like a million bucks. Glowing! 


Have you tried this GlamGlow Flashmud mask? let me know what you thought!

Till then,
Peace, love & GLOW! 

xoxo

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Easy DIY face mask for Clearing Acne - Baking Soda & Honey Face Mask


If I tell you it will only cost you less than 50 cents for this very effective, skin clearing face mask, would you believe me?

YOU BETTTEEER!!!

A box of baking soda cost 86 cents at Target and all you need for a face mask is less than two spoons. HA told ya!

Lets begin!

Hey Beautifulz,

So I have been battling an aggressive breakout for about a week now. I got it from wearing a synthetic wig on vacation and it destroyed my face with pimples. I am breaking out everywhere on my forehead that was in contact with my hair. I am back now and I am on treatment mode.

Here is a picture of the break out, when I got back. My face is not the same :(

This is a picture of my face before;

To get rid of the acne, once a week I needed a strong, yet targeting face mask that would really go deep and fight off the pimples on my face. I decided to go with the Baking Soda face mask. What this mask does, high level,  is it scrubs off excess oil on your face, reduces acne and eases out black heads.

Almost everyone should have a pack of baking Soda in their refrigerator because it helps prevents your fridge from smelling or maybe you bake.. either way it useful to have.

Before we get started with the DIY,  some of you are wondering, what exactly is in baking soda that makes it good for skincare treatment? Well, baking soda has pure Sodium Bicarbonate which is good for curing acne, oil control, prevents skin disease and irritation, and so much more.

For getting rid of acne, this is a great mask to use once a week, to really dig deep, clean and exfoliate your skin to see clearer skin results.

DIY BAKING SODA & HONEY MASK

Importance: 

Baking Soda - Lifts Oil and dirt from face, cleans inside of pores.
Honey: Moisturizes your skin, has antibacterial properties.

Ingredient: 

1½  Tablespoon of Baking soda
1 Tablespoon of Raw Honey
1 Tablespoon of water

Let's do THIS! 

In a clean bowl, mix all three ingredients together until you get a thick milky consistency.
Cleanse your face using warm-hot water to open up your pores (Use a face steamer if you have one).
Then, rub it all over your clean face, especially on the erupted pimples, and let it sit for 5- 10 minutes depending on your skin type.

Sensitive Skin: 3-5 min
Dry Skin: 5-7 min
Others: 10 min

Run a wash cloth under hot water, and use the steamed cloth to wipe off the mask. This will further exfoliate your face.
Once you pat dry, your skin would look thirsty, so make sure you use a hydrating moisturizer afterwards.

Heres a quick #SkinfirstdailyDIY Baking Soda & Honey Face Mask video;


Results

Your face should feel soft, smooth and also very clean. It takes a a few reputations of this mask to see results, but what you do notice from day 1 is the acne reduces in size, some disappear and also you stop breaking out, so no new surprise pimples when you wake up.


Here's what my face looked like after just one use (the next morning)


It's not completely gone, but you can see there are less eruptions and it seems calmer after I used the mask. More updates to come in later posts.

This is a great, fast, easy to do DIY mask and it is very effective. You don't need a name brand baking soda, they usually all contain the same important ingredient.

Hope you learned a thing or two and would try out this mask. But don't forget, if you have never done this before, please test a small amount on your skin first to ensure you have no allergies or reactions to it.



Till next time...
Peace, love & GLOW! 


xoxo

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An in depth Look at what ACNE Really is and How to Get Rid of it!

Hi Glow babes, 
So... I have a friend who is a dermatologist in London, and on  some weekends, we talk for hours on the phone about Skin care, life plans, and more skin care. It is very nice to have a friend who is as passionate as I am for glowing skin and understands my junkiness. The difference between us is she is a professional at this, while I'm a blogger and a tester.. haha. But all the same I learn so much from her and our conversations are always insightful. 
She recently wrote an article for a popular lifestyle blog and I couldn't wait to share it with my readers. She really goes in and explains the real cause of acne and the different treatments that can be used to treat it and prevent it. I like her righting because she explains it in a way that everyone can understand it. 
Please enjoy the read and feel free to comment and ask any questions. 
*** In these days of makeup artists and beat faces, it is very important to take care of our skin underneath all that makeup, so that we don’t become so dependent on it, deceiving guys in the process *wink*
But on the real though, acne can be a very serious and psychologically life threatening condition. Although I had written this article a while back, I was prompted to quickly dig through my files and publish it after reading the harrowing experience of a BN user with acne a couple days back.
Acne remains one of the most common skin condition affecting darker skin types, owing to our larger skin pores and our ability to produce excess oils or sebum from such pores.
Understanding what causes acne on a micro level is essential to choosing the right treatment products given the thousands of options that are available and make all kinds of claims.
Furthermore, might I add that it is VERY important to treat acne early in order to prevent complications such as acne scars and darkening of former acne spots, otherwise called Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH), both of which can be extremely difficult to get rid of.
So let’s jump right into it.
What REALLY is acne?
SO a dear friAcne is a problem of the pores on our skin. Inside each pore is a hair follicle, which has a ‘sebaceous’ or oil gland attached to it. On the faces of most females, these hair follicles are empty, hence why our faces aren’t covered in hair.
In a normal pore, the sebaceous gland produces oil which travels up the hair follicle to lubricate the hair shaft (if present) and is extruded through the opening of the follicle onto the outer skin, giving the face a healthy glow.
In acne however, things go a bit beserk.
  1. First of all, the skin cells within the upper part of the hair follicle multiply excessively, causing the opening of the hair follicle to become narrowed. The medical term for this unit is called an ‘open comedone’
  2. Secondly, the sebaceous gland secretes excessive amounts of oil, which causes those skin cells (at the top of the follicle) to become more sticky, blocking the opening even further, creating a ‘closed comedone’.
  3. This creates a nice, warm slimy environment, which attracts bacteria, which come in their numbers to reside there. As they are invading a space they should not normally be in, the body’s ‘immune system’ or police is alerted and goes in to fight the bacteria, causing a lot of chaos as you can imagine. The resulting lesion you see on the face will therefore range from a papule to a pustule to a nodule or cyst, depending on the extent of the severity of the chaos or ‘inflammation’
From this understanding of what goes on in acne, it is important to use treatments that target the specific part of the cycle, depending on severity.
Classification and Treatment of Acne
Mild acne
  • Whiteheads/Blackheads: The blockage of the pores from these dead skin cells and excessive oils forms what is called a whitehead or closed comedone. Before the pores close up, the dead skin cells are exposed to the air which causes ‘oxidisation’, giving it a black colour, hence why it is called a blackhead or open comedone.
  • Treatment: This best treatment for this stage of acne is Retinoid creams. Retinoids reduce the multiplication and stickiness of the dead skin cells and help to push out all the junk from the follicle. By doing this, they prevent the formation of new comedones. Some retinoids such as Adapalene and Tretinoin have been shown to be helpful in treating both active acne and dark spots or PIH that develops following the acute inflammation.
If this does not help, preparations containing Salicylic or Azaleic acid may be used instead. They work in a similar fashion by reducing the multiplication of the dead skin cells, and may also assist the body’s immune response. Azelaic acid in particular has been shown to improve both acne spots and dark spots/PIH in darker skin tones.
Moderate acne
  • Papules and Pustules: When the bacteria start to multiply inside the blocked pores, a painful dark pimple or papule may result. Sometimes, this may extrude yellow gooey material at which stage it is called a ‘pustule’.
  • Treatment: For this type of acne, in addition to the treatment for mild acne, a drug that can kill the bacteria is used. This may come in the form of a facewash, cream, or tablets depending on severity.
Facewashes containing Benzoyl Peroxide (BPO) and the Tetracycline group of antibiotics are such examples and are sometimes combined into one product e.g Clindamycin/BPO gel.
However, in terms of getting rid of the dark spots, a regimen consisting of clindamycin/BPO topical gel in combination with 0.04% tretinoin gel has proven to be effective.
Severe acne
  • Nodular or Acne Conglobata: Forget the fancy name but this is the severest form of acne marked by fairly large painful bumps. The main problem with this type of acne is that it can leave the dreaded acne scars, which are extremely difficult to get rid of.
  • Treatment: A special drug called Isotretinoin is helpful in treating this form of acne and has been described as a ‘wonderdrug’ of sorts as it targets all 4 stages of the acne cycle, preventing scarring if started at the right time. However, being such a potent drug, it MUST be prescribed by a licenced dermatologist as it has several side effects and has been linked to depression and suicide.
Other acne treatments:
  • Hydroquinone – in as much as I hate to talk about bleaching agents and do not endorse them, it is often used in the treatment of post inflammatory hyperpigmentation or dark spots left by acne lesions. Treating the affected spots ONLY is helpful if only a small area is affected. However, it MUST be used under the supervision of a licenced dermatologist, as side effects such as skin cancer, skin infections and permanent darkening of affected areas can occur.
  • In patients with moderate to severe acne that tend to occur around periods, the oral contraceptive pill or a drug called Spironolactone can also be used.
  • Several other cosmetic procedures, such as chemical peels, lasers and light therapy are available which are beyond the scope of this article.
Lastly, it is essential to wear sunscreen yes SUNSCREEN, despite our skin tone. Not only does it help to prevent aging and ‘skin cancer’ (which Bob Marley died of), but it also prevents further darkening of the acne spots.
References:
  1. Yin NC, McMichael AJ. Acne in patients with skin of color: practical management. Am J Clin Dermatol. 2014;15(1):7-16.
  2. Bolognia JL, Jorizzo JL, Schaffer JV. Dermatology. 3rd ed. Callen JP, Cerroni L, Heymann WR, Hruza GJ, Mancini AJ, Patterson JW, et al., editors. China: Elsevier; 2012. 1186 p.***
About the Writer: Lola Jay
Medical doctor-writer-traveller-blogger with an MSc in Clinical Dermatology, passionate about natural hair, skincare, and knowledge dissemination. 

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Preventing Breakouts under all that Halloween Make Up


Is it just me, but every year, I think of what I want to dress as and can't make up my mind until the day of.  Then the day of, I'm looking through my clothes to see what I can put together to be a costume and end up just painting my face as a cat or something easy. ( so boring..lol).


I actually love halloween, love the costumes, love seeing how creative people are, but what freaks me  out is the amount of cheap make up we use, from fake blood kits to zombie/ghost face painting, the effect it has on our skin and having to care for our skin afterward. 
Well thank God I'm a skincare blogger because I have taking it as my job to find the safest and easiest  tips to prevent your skin from reacting or breaking out to halloween makeup. 

- Make sure you apply halloween make up on a clean, dry and moisturized face. 
Even if it clogs your pores, at least your pores are clean which would prevent it from growing acne-causing bacteria. 

- Make sure you use make up remover and cotton pads available to wipe it all off. 
As always, I always use Huggies first to wipe as much as I can off before washing my face. If you used cream based make up. The easiest way to remove it is by rubbing Albolene on your face and wiping it off with face wipes.

- You have to double cleanse.
Make sure to use a foaming cleanser first or Black soap and then a face polish or sth with exfoliating beads. 

- If you can, do a deep cleanse.
For best results (if you aren't tired from all the drinking) go ahead and do a deep cleanse to your face. Thats the best way to avoid any pimples, breakouts or irritations. 


Halloween is fun and dressing up is even more exciting. Lets just remember to play safe, and remove all halloween make before bed. 



What are you dressing up as this halloween? 

Let me know in the comment box below. 

See you in the next post. Till then Stay Blessed

Peace, love & GLOW! 

xoxo


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Top 3 body oils that will transform your skin! + a BONUS DIY

Hi Beautiful,

It's really getting cold in New Jersey and my skin dreads the winter. Two years ago was my first time in a longtime (over 4 years) living in a winter city and my skin struggled with the weather change. No matter what lotion I used, i noticed my skin would crack, I would look ashy and dry after standing outside for just a few minutes.

Last year, I realized that the skins ability to retain moisture became compromised during winter and a rich moisturizer wasn't helping with the dryness. I finally found the perfect way to keep your skin well hydrated all winter long.


For those who don't know, Body oils are smooth, thick and highly concentrated liquids that enhance the appearance and quality of skin. They are non-greasy, lightweight and incredibly hydrating.What oils do is it helps to seal in moisture and humectants while improving cell cohesion which limits transepidermal water loss.

Not all body oils are the same. I usually look for natural, organic with a scent that I like. I also look for one with ingredients I can benefit from, like jojoba, vitamin E to help with skin hydration and elasticity.

When applying, you have to do it right after you jump out of the shower and towel dry. While your skin in slightly damp, it allows the oils to penetrate deep and quickly.

Below are my 3 top body oils that will transform your skin this winter;



Jojoba Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Camellia Flower Oil, Capric Triglyceride, Jasmine Sambac Oil, Bergamot Essential Oil, Vitamin E Oil.

- Jasmine Sambac Oil: Provides an all-natural, intoxicating floral scent.
- Camellia Flower Oil: Increases skin’s suppleness and elasticity with a lightweight and ultra-hydrating texture.
- Grapeseed Oil: Smooths and hydrates; rich in beta carotene to nourish the skin from within.




Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Germ Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Macademia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Parfum* (Fragrance), Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Cymbopogon Martini Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Geraniol, Linalool, Citronellol, Benzyl Benzoate, Eugenol, Citral, Isoeugenol, Farnesol, Benzyl Cinnamate, Limonene, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Lipid, Oryzanol, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract, Safflower Glyceride/ Palm Oil Aminopropanediol Esters, Tocopherol. 
*100% Natural fragrance.

- Ceramides from Carthame Oil, Phospholipids from Soybean, Essential Fatty Acids from Sabuckthorn Berry Oil, and Argan Oil: - - Help to restore softness, elasticity, and comfort.
- Tocotrienols from Cranberry Seed Oil: Protect the skin against oxidative damage and premature aging.



Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil*, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil*, Isoamyl Cocoate*, Coco-Caprylate*, Fragrance, Ethylhexyl Palmitate*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Extract*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Seed Oil*, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil*, Tocopherol*, Palmitoyl Grape Seed Extract*, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit/Leaf/Stem Extract*, Citric Acid*, Benzyl Salicylate, Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Citronellol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Geraniol. 2008/107/084. *Plant origin.
-Grape Oil: Rejuvenates and nourishes.
-Extra Virgin Argan Oil: Restores hydrolipidic film.
-Sesame Oil: Softens and moisturizes.


BONUS** 

If you are interested in a DIY A great mix would be; 
- Jojoba Oil
- Vitamin E
- Coconut oil 
- Sweet Almond Oil 
- Essential oil of your choice

Make sure its all unrefined and organic. This has been my go to DIY body butter and it always makes my skin, look and feel flawless. It really helps with stretch marks and evens my skin tone.The oils have healing, anti-aging properties, and are high in antioxidants. It not only feeds your skin the right oils it needs but it also protects our skin against UV rays. 

(if you want the instructions on how to make the perfect body oil ... let me know in the comment box) 


So there are my favorite body oils in the winter! 
Whats you favorite body oil? Would love to know. Please Share.


Till the next blog.

Peace, love & GLOW! 


xoxo







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