I love exfoliating!!! This is because my environment is dry and dusty, so my skin tends to get clogged and dull in some few days. Some people do not share the same sentiments because they have used exfoliants but they tend to break out. This is because some people simply pick an exfoliant without looking at the ingredients and checking if that scrub would suit their skin.There are two types of exfoliating products available in the market today: 
Abrasive 
Nonabrasive. 


Abrasive exfoliating products remove dead skin cells by physical friction, using synthetic or natural particles, such as jojoba beads, crushed fruit kernel, seeds, salt, or sugar. 

Nonabrasive exfoliating products use alpha and beta hydroxy acids to dissolve the top layer of dead skin cells. Alpha and beta hydroxy acids exfoliate by dissolving the very top layer of dead skin cells with glycolic acid from sugarcane, lactic acid from sour milk, tartaric acid from grapes, malic acid from apples, and pyruvic acid from citrus fruits. Malic and tartaric acids are more commonly used in exfoliating body products, as they are more potent.

 Many exfoliating products combine both offering a double action against dead skin cells, but such products can be irritating if you have fair, delicate, or easily irritated skin.

If you have inflamed acne lesions, an irritation, or a sunburn on your face or body, you should never use abrasive scrubs, no matter how natural or gentle they feel. This is because these scrubs will further damage the fragile skin in the area of inflammation, so the irritation gets worse and all your efforts to speed up the healing process will go down the drain along with the scrub. You can use abrasive scrubs in your weekly home spa regimen before applying a nourishing, whitening, or deep-cleansing mask.

This is one of my favourite exfoliants. It keeps my glow on point!!!Enjoy!!!

WHITENING BODY SCRUB
Half Cup of Hamalayan Salt, 
Half Cup of Black India Salt, 
2 Tbsp of Alum Powder, 
3 Tbsp of Licorice, 
1 Style Claire serum
Mix Very Well.
Note: For stubborn skin, add little more of hamalayan salt if you feel it’s too strong and grind it. 

To use, wet your body and apply in a circular motion. Leave on for 10-20 mins to allow it penetrate into your skin. You can package this scrub and use at home or sell it. It helps to exfoliate and lighten the skin. It is easy to make and very effective...Enjoy and pamper your skin!!!


I chose this topic today because I've seen so many people argue in favour and against it. Well,this is my opinion.

They are meant to help treat skin conditions and restore the skin to its normal balance. But it is being used more for skin whitening than treating skin conditions.

 Infact people use more than 5 tubes in a 500ml bottle and yes,it does whiten rapidly but it also weakens the skin and makes it prone to stretchmarks, uneven skin tone,white spots and blemishes. Some mothers even go as far as mixing the popular Funbact-A with Shea Butter because it lightens the babies skin and keeps it smoother. But that is so wrong. It does more harm than good. It's better you formulate your own body butter and use on the baby.

There is a popular and quite better way to use it as gathered from some formulators. Use one or two tubes only for clients who specifically asked for rapid whitening. If she's a returning client,then skip it and use whitening glycerine to maintain the complexion.

We should also understand that different clobetasol tubes  and gels  have different functions.They also vary in price and effectiveness. Some react very fast and do not do much damage if used rightly, but some react very fast and the effect would take a long time for it to be reversed.

Conclusion: Use sparinginly and accordingly.



I make it a point of duty to ask some of my students what kind of brand do they want to build?  Natural or Organics? It's a tricky question but I use it to highlight one of the less discussed topics in skincare. Most of them usually think since they are using basically natural ingredients for their formulations, then it equally means their brands can be labelled 'organics'.

Now come these questions:
What is the difference between organic and natural skincare? What exactly classifies your product as organic and natural? Can they be used interchangeably? 

From what I have read, these are my findings

Based on the dictionary definitions,

Nat·u·ral means:
existing in or caused by nature; not made or caused by humankind.
Or·gan·ic means:
relating to, or derived from living matter.


You can see that there seems to be no much difference between the terms. However, I have come to find out that ‘organic’ is a strictly regulated term by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other regulatory boards all over the world. 

According to the USDA website , “organic operations must demonstrate that they are protecting natural resources, conserving biodiversity, and using only approved substances.”

Therefore, for a product to be recognised as an ‘organic’ product, it must meet strict standards set and approved by the National Organic Programs around the world. This means that an organic final product has undergone rigorous testing processes and has been approved/endorsed by a regulatory board before it can be labelled. 

Hence when buying anything labelled and certified as organic, you can be assured that no synthethic ingredient or additives has been used in the manufacturing process.

 ‘Natural’, on the other hand is a term that can be applied to almost anything that comes from nature. Unlike ‘organic,’ there is no legal procedure  when using the term ‘natural’. It can be used for any product which has been formulated with natural ingredients but has not been certified.
 
In Nigeria, the term organic is widely used on so many products. Infact, the term has been abused to a large extent that there have been reports of formulators using synthetic ingredients and claiming theirs is an organic brand. I tell my students, there is absolutely nothing wrong with starting with a natural brand, then graduating to being certified an organic brand if that's the goal. If not, there are also synthetic products which have been derived from natural products such as whitening powders, gels and serums which help solve skincare issues and can be a blessing to your formulation. I use both and recommend organic, natural and synthetic products as long as they are safe and help solve skin issues.

In summary, ensure your brand is safe for use on the skin no matter the type of product you choose to make.

Until my next post, remain beautiful😉
Let's talk about rice😍😍😍



Rice is one of the staple foods in this part of the world.Infact,one of my favourites.But I don't just eat it...I use it for a whole lot of other things, of which includes skincare. And it's milk has recently become one of the staple ingredients in my formulations because of it's  amazing benefits to the skin which include :  

Mosturizes the skin.
Makes the skin softer and smoother.
Is an excellent natural toner and astrigent.
Reduces and shrinks the appearance of pores.
Soothes skin irritations.
Promotes skin repair.
Can be used on hair to add shine and silkiness.
Makes the skin brighter because it slows down melanin formation
Protects the skin from sunburns


How to make rice milk

Many people have the misconception that rice milk is what remains after you wash the grains of rice prior to cooking them, but that’s not the case. You can in fact use that water for some purposes, but it doesn’t pack the same benefits that true rice milk does – and to make it you have to boil your rice in water.

Ingredients

½ cup white rice.
4 cups water.
What do you do?



To make my rice milk, I usually parboil my rice for 10 minutes to soften it or you can soak it overnight if you have the time.
 
After the rice has softened, I pour into my blender and blend to get a pasty texture.

Then you get a strainer or clean white cloth.

Pour the blended rice into the cloth and squeeze or strain.

You would notice the milk coming out and dropping into the bowl underneath.

Now you've gotten the milk, it's time to make some formulations with it!

You can use it for your handmade soap formulations, black soap, face masks, body scrubs...

Let's see some recipes...

Rice milk facial



Ingredients:
Rice milk

Directions
To apply the toner just moisten a cotton ball in the rice milk and apply it liberally to your face and neck if you want. It will provide long-lasting benefits to your skin and you’ll notice that it’s smoother and oil-free

Rice milk cleanser
author: daria patrunjel

Ingredients
1/2 cup brown rice flour
2-3 tablespoons pure organic rice milk.

Instructions
1. Mix the flour and milk together to form a paste, rub gently onto skin, then rinse with warm water.
To keep the skin in perfect condition and prevent premature skin aging.

Japanese Rice Mask
Ingredients
Rice
Honey
Milk
1. You need 2-3 tablespoons of raw rice of your choice and cook until it softens (put raw rice in cold water, gradually heat up until soft). Strain and put the rice water in a separate bowl.
2. Rinse your rice and add a tablespoon of warm milk. Stir until it is well combined and add a tablespoon of honey.
3. Apply a generous amount of the mask on your face. Remember to clean it thoroughly before the application.
4. Carefully remove the mask after half an hour and rinse with rice water.

There you have it, so next time you have some rice to spare,don't throw away. . Use it to pamper your skin...To see some of my formulations with rice milk, follow my instagram page @SoZayaofficial...

Until my next post....remain beautiful....







Leg veins are usually hereditary or can result from use of strong corticosteroid creams  on the skin, especially those used for whitening the skin. We all have veins naturally but these creams  thin the skin, thus increasing the appearance of blood vessels. A lightening cream which rapidly whitens the skin in a short time can cause your veins to be visible.  

But there are treatments which can help reduce the appearance of the veins.
Some of them include
1. Laser treatment
2. Sclerotherapy (injections)
3. Retin A- These should be applied on the skin for nothing less than six months everyday 


 Other natural treatments include:
1. Exercise
2. Shea Butter or any stretchmark ointment which can help thicken the skin
3. Vitamin C- helps to strengthen and nourish the skin, thus diminishing the appearance of these veins.
4.Apple Cedar Vinegar and Witch Hazel- These two combination should be applied directly on the skin everyday until noticeable improvements 
5. Good diet rich in antioxidants and vitamins to help strenthen the skin from within.

Most importantly- stay away from products containing steriods and mercury. Also if you're trying to treat these veins, stay away from whitening creams especially those not formulated with natural ingredients. They would not reverse the damage but would only worsen the conditions. Do not forget to see a registered dermatologist to help recommend some products for you.

Until my next post, remain beautiful.