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HYPERPIGMENTATION

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Are suffering from hyperpigmentation ?

Hyperpigmentation of the skin is caused by an increase in melanin , a substance in the body that is responsible for color (pigment) .
A common form of hyperpigmentation is melasma , where the skin develops brown spots in areas that have been exposed to the sun . Pregnancy and the intake of birth control pills can also cause this condition to develop and sun exposure can worsen it .
Anyone can be prone to hyperpigmentation but there is a higher incidence among women with darker skin . For pregnant women the condition is often referred to as the ‘ mask of pregnancy ’ and may reverse when the pregnancy is over and also , if birth control pills are stopped.
But for others , the condition can be a stubborn and persistent problem .







SO WHAT KIND OF TREATMENTS ARE CURRENTLY AVAILABLE ?

HYDROQUINONE -
A common topical treatment for hyperpigmentation . You can find over-the-counter products that contain 2% hydroquinone (the maximum currently allowed for ov…

ALL FINGERS ARE NOT EQUAL

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There’s a reason why there are so many options when you check out the moisturizer aisle at the skincare store .
A moisturizer is not a one-size-fits-all type of product . In fact , what works for you may not work for your best friend , sister , or mother , they all have unique skin types that require a more tailored product .
By understanding what type of moisturizer works best for your skin , you can get rid of some of your skin issues - it’s dryness or oiliness .

DRY SKIN - 
If your skin constantly feels parched and you tend to have flaky patches around your nose , you have dry skin  . Dry skin is practically crying out for moisture , so make sure that you give it everything it needs with an oil-based moisturizer that contains hydrating ingredients like coconut oil and shea butter . And since dry skin can look sallow and dull , think about choosing a moisturizer that is a bit pearlescent to help wake up your skin and make it look positively dewy .





OILY SKIN -
When you suffer from oily…

STRETCH MARKS - CAUSES , TREATMENTS , PREVENTION .

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Stretching it , pulling it , rolling it - I played with my hair band today . The snap made me think of the permanent lines or striae that occur when we stretch and pull our skin a bit too far – stretch marks .




These marks are seen when the skin is pulled by rapid growth ( puberty ) , weight gain ( pregnancy ) , ( muscle building) or stretching or by using steroid induced skincare products which thin the skin .
In 75 to 90% women it’s a lasting token that reminds them of the rigors of pregnancy .




As the skin stretches , tiny tears are seen in the dermis ; they start appearing as red or dark horizontal threads along the skin and gradually end up as permanent scars . With effective skincare routines , patience and time , we can diminish them away .

KEEP THE MOISTURE UP  -

Use Natural oils ; Almond , olive , castor , argan  or coconut oils and creams with jojoba extracts , aloe vera , vitamin E , cocoa or shea butter have been known to reduce recently developed stretch marks . The key her…

DETOXIFYING SKINCARE TIPS

Now that the holiday has passed and we retreat back to our more simple and quiet days (at least for the time being) , our bodies , when not at the gym may be in need of a good detox !
To achieve any skincare goals you must have a skin cleanse .

All that food and drinking , late nights and travel are sure to have taken a toll on your skin .
Starting your skincare regimes with a fresh , clean and hydrated cleanse will allow time for your skin’s radiance and health to re-emerge .  It will offer your skincare products an optimal opportunity to work its best .
A detox will remove toxins in your body and will help purge the body of impurities , stimulate circulation and rejuvenate cell turnover .  All important activities in helping your largest organ reveal its natural beauty to the world .


TRY THESE SIMPLE TIPS AND SEE HOW GREAT YOUR SKIN CAN LOOK


ELIMINATE CAFFEINE

May be a bit difficult if you love your coffee , however replacing your daily intake by drinking tea will do wonders for yo…

FACTORS THAT AGGRAVATE ACNE .

Acne is a pretty common problem for many of us . Although younger people are more prone to breakouts , adults can suffer with the embarrassment , annoyance and pain of acne as well .
Here are some surprising factors that contribute to acne and how you can avoid them !

HAIR PRODUCTS 

When it comes to styling your hair , what you’re using and how you’re styling might actually make your skin worse .
Pomade acne is a type of acne caused by hair-care products . When the products come in contact with your skin oil seeps into your pores and traps bacteria there , resulting in pus , redness and eventually whiteheads and blackheads .
To avoid pomade acne , try styling your hair so it sits away from the face . Use fewer products that contain heavy oils and chemicals . This will prevent clogged pores and improve the quality of your skin . Water based or all natural hair styling products will also help .

YOUR PARTNER

Sharing towels , sheets and pillowcases with your partner can expose additional fa…

COCONUT OIL , THE NATURAL ANTI-AGING TREATMENT .

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Markets , pharmacies and supermarkets are full of products for skin care .
The problem is that most of these preparations contain many chemicals that may be harmful to the skin , so it is best to delay the aging process naturally . One way of doing this is coconut oil !

WHAT IS COCONUT OIL ?

Coconut oil is an edible oil extracted from the kernel of matured coconuts harvested from the coconut palm . It has various applications in the FOOD AND COSMETIC INDUSTRY .



Coconut oil as a  moisturizer serves to hydrate and protect the skin from various diseases and infections .
Antioxidants in the oil encourage and facilitate the fight against aging skin .

You can protect your skin in two ways : eating or rubbing oil on the skin . It is better to use coconut oil in it’s virgin state to get good results as when processed the oil loses its antioxidants and nutrients that are so very beneficial .
This oil can be used on dry skin or dry areas like heels or knees to soften up instantly . You will need…

SHEA BUTTER AND YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINE .

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WHAT IS SHEA BUTTER
Shea butter is a fatty substance obtained from the nuts of the shea tree in africa , used in cosmetic skin preparations and food .



WHAT MAKES SHEA BUTTER SO UNIQUE ?

It's the best natural moisturizer gotten from MOTHER NATURE .

BENEFITS OF SHEA BUTTER

DRY SKIN COMBATANT – Perhaps there is no better natural ingredient than Shea butter to fight dry skin . Its natural oils and fatty acids help to penetrate deep within your skin layers and restore vitality . This moisturizer hydrates the parched areas of your skin .

POWER PACKED SKINCARE – Bundled with essential skin vitamins , proteins and minerals , this product can go a long way in revitalizing and rejuvenating your epidermis . It’s one of the most potent skin healing natural products .
ANTI AGEING BUTTER – Shea butter when used regularly for a long period reduces the symptoms of ageing .  A lot of women in Africa have been applying it on their skin for centuries , long before the world discovered its anti aging…

GLYCOLIC ACID , ITS USES AND BENEFITS

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WHAT IS GLYCOLIC ACID ?

Glycolic acid , also known as hydroxyacetic acid , is the smallest member of the a-hydroxy acid family . It is colorless and odorless, and is known for its high solubility in water . This chemical is found in sugarcane , unripe grapes , pineapple, and various melons . It is isolated and extracted for various skincare uses .

GLYCOLIC ACID USES .

Removes Dead Skin Cells



Glycolic acid helps revitalize the skin in a few ways . The first goal is to manipulate the outermost layer of the skin by weakening the attachment of dead skin cells . This will cause the dull top layer of your skin to disintegrate and reveal a healthier and younger looking skin beneath .

Stimulates Collagen



This acid also stimulates the collagen and elastin found in the second layer of your skin . These are the components which allow for your skin to stretch and expand . If you pinch a small area of your skin and it does not immediate bounce back, then chances are your elastin is weak and not in…

NEW SKIN , NEW YOU .

Did you know that your skin is constantly shedding dead cells ? Your body gets rid of 30,000 to 40,000 old skin cells every day ! That means the average person sheds approximately 1 1/2 Ibs of dead skin cells each year .
With so much natural turnover , your skin needs a little help sloughing off the dead weight to reveal smooth fresh skin below . Cleansers remove dirt and oil from the skin , but they don’t always remove all of the dead skin cells .
To effectively slough off dead cells you need to use an exfoliator so as to prevent dull skin and clogged pores .


HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU EXFOLIATE 

Exfoliating has important health benefits all year round . How often you should exfoliate will differ based on the body part and your skin type . The goal of exfoliation is to leave skin feeling softer and looking healthier . Over-exfoliating could end up doing more harm than good to your skin .

FACE

There’s a thin line between not exfoliating your facial skin enough and exfoliating too much .
Not e…

WHAT'S THE RIGHT SKINCARE ROUTINE FOR YOU

When it comes to aging skin , most people agree that they would like to age as gracefully as possible .
The changes you see as you age can depend on several factors like genetics and sun exposure , however if you develop healthy skin habits , you might be able to focus on prevention more than cure .
Take a look at the list below for skin care habits that promote healthy skin for the long run at any age.

SPF  –

The sun will age your skin faster than anything else . Use  SPF every day no matter what the weather is like outside . For the extremely hot african weather would recommend SPF 50 and above .

VITAMINS  –

Take a daily dose of skin healthy vitamins at every age !
Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid) is one of the most important vitamins your body needs . Your skin needs Vitamin C to produce collagen . Vitamin C brightens , lightens , tightens , and is an incredible antioxidant !
Vitamin E a substance found naturally in many foods , carries  tremendous benefit for skin cells . Through its …

5 FRUITS TO GET HEALTHY AND GLOWING SKIN

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Bananas :
Being rich in Vitamin A , Vitamin B and Vitamin E , act as an anti-ageing agent . Opt for a facial using a freshly mashed banana mixed with honey to get glowing skin . It is a rich source of fiber , minerals , magnesium and potassium ; they help in proper blood circulation in our body and build immunity from within .They are a great substitute for unhealthy snacking in between meals .



Lemons :
It has high Vitamin C content and natural bleaching properties making it a good cleanser that lightens blemishes , acne scars , spots and skin tone . Start your day by drinking 1 glass of warm water mixed with a dash of lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of honey on an empty stomach . This fights cellulite and clears your skin from within .
A mixture of lemon juice and honey reduces blemishes and acquire glowing skin .



Pawpaw :
A rich source of antioxidants and an enzyme called papain , pawpaw can banish skin impurities and remove dead skin cells when used on the skin .
Rub your face gently wi…