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Sunday, August 17, 2014

FACIAL STEAMING

August 17, 2014 0 Comments
I came across this one day and I decided to try it out. So I read more about it and decided to try it out.

I cleaned my skin with a face wash. I poured hot boiling water into a bucket and added a teaspoon of olive oil into it because my face was so dry that I decided I needed a moisturizer, hence the olive oil.
I put my face into the bucket and placed a blanket over me. I stayed there for about 5 minutes. I used a toner to close the pores afterwards.

Let's just say I was pleased with the results and finally understood the importance of it and the reason why it must be added to one's weekly regimen. (It should be done at least twice a week).
You must be wondering what the results were;
Facial Steaming clears and cleanses the skin pores. The steam works its magic on your skin, adding moisture and helping to cleanse your skin. It is one of the most simplest and  inexpensive facial treatments you can do at home.
Among other potential benefits, facial steaming can help control or reduce acne breakouts in some instances. It can also boost circulation and draws blood to the surface of the skin, giving your face a warm, healthy glow. It allows the skin to breathe.
It also allows you to get the best out of whatever products you use on your skin due to the open skin pores. 

You can add other ingredients such as Arnica oil,Green Tea leaves,Rose oil or Tea tree for added benefits such as acne treatment, moisturising and to get a glowing skin. I used olive oil because I wanted a deep moisturising effect.


Why don't you try it out at the comfort of your home and I am sure you would also be pleased with the results as I was.

USES OF KOJIC ACID

August 17, 2014 0 Comments
Kojic Acid is obtained from mushrooms that are found in Japan and is a by-product of the
fermentation process used to produce alcoholic beverages
In skin care products, kojic acid functions primarily as a skin lightener.The body naturally produces a pigment known as Melanin. A person's genes determine how much melanin the body naturally produces. In people with fair skin, only small amounts of melanin are produced while large amounts of the pigment are made by the cells of those with dark complexion.
The production of melanin in the skin does not occur in fixed amounts. Often, the cells produce more melanin in response to the environment or internal conditions in the body. When the skin is exposed to ultraviolet radiation from the sun, the production of melanin increases, causing the skin to tan.

Repeated exposure to the sun can result in a permanent increase in melanin production in spots on the skin, causing small freckles and larger sun or age spots to form. This is a common problem among acne sufferers who have prolonged discoloration of their skin after their acne blemishes heal.

Hormonal changes that occur in the body during pregnancy can also increase melanin production, leading to a discoloration on
the face that is known as melasma.

Prior to the discovery of kojic acid, the ingredient hydroquinone was largely the only ingredient used for skin whitening. Hydroquinone is known to cause skin irritation in many individuals, and for
these people, dermatologists often recommend kojic acid as an alternative method for treating skin discoloration.

Those with very sensitive skin may still develop redness or itching from the use of kojic acid, but overall, the ingredient is better than hydroquinone. The effects of kojic acid are more or less identical to those of hydroquinone.

In addition to its skin-lightening abilities, kojic acid can be used as an antioxidant. Kojic acid helps to prevent the formation of signs of ageing.
Some dermatologists recommend the use of mild concentrations of kojic acid for addressing acne problems.

Kojic acid is also an antibacterial agent. Some dermatologists recommend the use of mild concentrations of kojic acid for addressing acne blemishes, which are
often caused by bacterials. Kojic dipalmitate is a derivative of Kojic Acid used by some companies in place of the ingredient,though not really as effective as Kojic Acid.

Since the discovery of kojic acid, conflicting
studies have been reported about the long-term safety of the ingredient. Different skin lightening agents such as oils,creams and soaps have emerged with Kojic Acid as the main lightening agent.

Personal Experience
Though I am not a product junk ,I tend to try out products and then stick with those that suits me best.
Most hydroquinone based products causes rashes and eczema on my face so I stay clear off them but I decided to try out a Kojic Acid product and so far I'm pleased with the results. I picked one that caught my interest-Pure Skin. I bought the soap and cream. I have used it for a couple of weeks now. I noticed my complexion is now clearer, It definitely fades spots,It didn't bleach me as I was afraid it would, rather my complexion is uniform, no black spots or knuckles whatsoever.
Though my skin tends to get dry at times so I use Swissgarde Royal Jelly Moisturizer to solve this as well as Olive oil sometimes. I think the Olive oil and Moisturizer keeps my complexion in check.
I think Kojic works for me,I also try to limit my staying outside and a good sunscreen definitely does wonders.

Monday, August 11, 2014

HOW TO GET RID OF ACNE EASILY

August 11, 2014 0 Comments

I have a combination skin type that sometimes gives me an headache. So most times,I do get breakouts on the T-zone area of my face as well as my cheeks.
Often,I run out of funds for a quick fix such as anti-acne creams but then I usually have reactions such as boils on my face after using some of these creams.
So over the years, I have developed my own personal treatments for these breakouts and it has been working for me.
Most of these treatments surprisingly comes out from my kitchen.
Some of them include:

1.The toothpaste treatment.
I came across this once,when reading about the beauty treatments of an ex-beauty queen on a magazine. She said she mixes toothpaste (especially the white ones) with dusting powder. Ever since,I have been hooked to this treatment.I tried it out and it worked for me. But these days,I only apply the red toothpaste on the parts of my face where I happen to have breakouts and I still get the same results (at least I don't have to worry about not having dusting powder)

2. Alum
I had bacne some months ago(acne on the back). I had used Crusader and Swissgarde's T-basic soap on it (They worked as well, they dried all the lumps/breakouts), but the scars were still there. But then. I wanted to try out something equally effective, so I tried using Alum and got the same results.

Something I always have with me would be an anti inflammatory,anti fungal and anti bacterial cream such as Skineal. I use it for quick fixes on acne and eradication of spots. I use it for not more than a period of one week. Anything more, might cause adverse effects so I don't really go that far with it.

When trying to get rid of acne, it is necessary you follow a strict regime such as exfoliating, cleansing and moisturising. Eating vegetables, fruits and a healthy diet shouldn't be left out. 

Also, remember the '8 glasses of water' rule. It's equally important. If you ain't a water and vegetable person like me,you can opt for  supplements to nourish your skin on the inside. I use Swissgarde's Skin Hair and Nails,Omega Plus and Royal Jelly Capsules to supplement my diet. I am one of those people who simply forget to eat lunch when working or studying so I make sure I keep these supplements handy.

I also know of honey, lemon and Shea butter which are as well useful in fading scars and treating acne.
What's your acne treatment recipe? Would love to hear from you.