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 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!!!

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 beautifulšŸ˜‰