Hello Sophie, please what products are suitable for a pregnant woman and what type of cream and soap can I make for her? She wants to get really light. 
Usually, I do not recommend lightening creams for pregnant women because most of what she uses gets into her blood stream and may affect the health of the baby. At this stage, it is better for the woman to turn to moisturizers and organic products . If she wants to lighten, you can use  natural lightening agents such as Licorice, Vitamin B3,Gram flour or oil, Ascorbic acid, Kojic acid.....She might not get up to 5 shades lighter but she would definitely glow.

Also, bear in mind that sometimes skin darkening and outbreaks are usually pregnancy symptoms in some women, so with time and after delivery, the skin would return back to its former condition. 
Like I mentioned earlier, I do not recommend lightening creams for pregnant women but I would always recommend use of moisturizers particularly natural oils such as Coconut oil, Vitamin E oil and Shea Butter. She should stay away from products containing retinol, salicylic acid, Beta Hydroxy Acid ( BHA), synthetic fragrances, soy, gluten ,diary or animal products. She can use moisturizers, Alpha Hydroxy Acids ( e.g glycolic acid)-for fighting acne and most importantly, sun blocks.

 Some type of moisturizers which are suitable for pregnant women include;

1. Baby Oil- It heals dry flaky skin,makes it shiny and soft. It should be applied all over the body especially areas prone to stretchmarks and scars such as shoulders, breasts, stomach, buttocks, thighs and so on.

2.Vitamin E oil-  Its no secret that Vitamin E oil prevents and heals scarring. It can also be used to heal stretchmarks, strengthens the skin and it is also a good moisturizer. It can be applied directly on the skin or ingested in form of capsules.
3. Bio Oil- Most women swear by this oil. It is a very popular oil which can be used to prevent stretchmarks, uneven skin tone, dehydrated skin and scarring.
In summary, when making creams for pregnant women, ensure that the cream is a moisturizer containing natural oils and natural lightening agents (for those who want to lighten). I would recommend home-made body butters (you can get a recipe from my e-book) .You can make yours with your preferred exotic raw butter such as papaya, mango, vanilla or tamaanu.

The secret to a glowing skin is having a steady routine with the right products for your skin type.  My basic skincare routine usually involve cleansing, exfoliating, toning, moisturizing and protection (outdoors). The products usually change with each season but I make sure I follow the routine. I am in my 20's , hence anti-aging and moisturizing products have become permanent products in my kit. I stopped using products that weakens the skin and started making my skincare kits since four years ago.
Usually, people think just applying creams alone is enough, but unfortunately without a routine and a skincare kit, your beauty products would be ineffective.
I have received complaints from clients complaining about products not working on their skin at all, uneven complexion, breakouts or burns; the secret to eradicating all of them is having a routine.
I seldom use beauty products. My everyday beauty products include an oil control talcum powder, eyeliner, lip-gloss and eyebrow filler. On rare occasions, I use concealer and matte powder. I have an oily skin, hence I prefer keeping my make up light. This is why I pay close attention to my skin and make sure it is free from spots, breakouts and burns.
.Like I said earlier, I have a skincare routine and it has worked wonders for me. My skincare routine involves the following:

The first thing I do every day is soak a wash cloth in hot water and place it over my face for several minutes until it cools up. This helps to open my skin pores and prepare my face for the other products. I usually use Cussons baby face wipes to cleanse or I make my cleanser using lemon glycerine, honey, camwood powder and banana oil ( the recipe can be found in my e-book) when I have the time. I also use my home made body wash made with papaya, honey, camwood powder, and Vitamin B3.

I apply a homemade, natural face mask or scrub once or twice per week.My favourite mask is made with mashed banana, lemon juice and honey while my favorite scrub is made with rice flour and goat milk. ( yummy goodness).



 I apply a natural toner made from lemon juice and water.  You can make this by filling a water bottle or other container with one part freshly squeezed lemon juice and five parts filtered water. Apply the lemon juice toner with a cotton ball and do not rinse off.


I  massage my face with nourishing oils --  I use my midnight glow oil. My skin is oily and sensitive but after using this oil for a week, there was no breakouts rather my face was glowing. To complete this step, I apply my skin glow cream made with grapeseed oil, fruit acids, arbutin and Kojic acid. I usually use it during the day because it is light and easily gets absorbed into the skin. At night, I use the oil alone.

Note: All recipes for the above products are all in my e- book. For people in other parts of the world apart from Nigeria, please use payment platform on the sidebar to purchase your copy while those residing in Nigeria can make bank deposit.

It is very important to have a routine. It's a bit difficult to follow, but once you get used to it, you would see the difference in your skin. Do you have a skincare routine? If not, start one today and start glowing.

Until my next post, remain beautiful.

Happy New Year to everyone. Last year was a wonderful year for me. I had so much to do and my schedule was hectic. I don't see it getting any better as I still have so much workload cut out for me but hopefully,it would get better. Most of my projects would be launched this year, so keep in touch with us via the various social platforms. They were put in place to make this blog an exciting one. 

 I have good news for you, my e-book is out. It is the updated version of my previous e-book and now contains recipes on masks, scrubs, polishers, creams, body butters, soaps and oils. This 105 pages e-book, contains over 50 recipes.They are very effective and quite affordable . I use most of them daily especially the creams, masks and scrubs. They are easy to understand and the ingredients are available in Nigeria and various parts of the world. 

Most importantly,these recipes are being used by successful cream mixologists in Nigeria, so if you are thinking of starting a skincare business or simply want to have a glowing and spotless skin, this is a must have. More recipes have been added, typographical issues have being sorted out and yes, it has new cover and a new title. The hard-copy would soon be out, so keep your fingers crossed. 
Below is a screenshot of the table of contents :

Those who bought the previous version have started using the recipes and these are reviews from some of them. Here is a review from Adesola. She bought a copy of the previous version. I would love to see her reaction when she sees this one. (She is getting a free copy)

And this is from Ayo, she made her face mask !!!( she has already gotten a free copy)

It is sold for 3,000 Naira or 10 dollars and can be gotten from me or downloaded from the payment platform on the sidebar. People who buy a copy would be added to the watsapp group. I would be doing a review with them today. We would be discussing the recipes and some videos. I'm pretty excited and looking forward to it. 

What are you waiting for? 

Sophie Azaya