Saturday, February 28, 2015


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 .


A common topical treatment for hyperpigmentation . You can find over-the-counter products that contain 2% hydroquinone (the maximum currently allowed for over-the-counter products) but your dermatologist can prescribe a stronger dose of 4%, which could be more effective , if your skin requires it.

These topical treatments can cause side effects of skin irritation , burning , itching and redness so you need to determine if your skin can tolerate these ingredients and also you need to apply these products for several months before seeing any improvements .

A mushroom extract which has been used in products to lighten the skin , but results can vary and it can also result in skin irritation .

Peels that contain glycolic or salicylic acid work by exfoliating the upper-most layer of your skin and the dark area with it but there could be side effects , including irritation or discoloration of the skin .

Fine crystals are sprayed on your skin . It works like a chemical peel by removing the upper layer of the skin and the area with brown spots . Like chemical peels , there could be side effects to this treatment.

To the extent other therapies are more effective , but these can be costly and they may not be effective in the long-term .

Regular use of sunscreen to prevent the reappearance of spots or development of new ones .
From the research I have done , hyperpigmentation can be difficult to treat and sun exposure can quickly trigger its reappearance .



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 .

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 .

When you suffer from oily skin , the shine and clogged pores can have you wearing off any type of extra moisturizer forever . Unfortunately , opting to go moisturizer-free won’t help dry up excess oil , but it will dry out your skin . And, when your skin feels dry , your oil glands secrete more oil to help balance out your skin , which can result in overactive pores . Reduce how much oil your pores produce by choosing a water-based moisturizer that feels light and fresh . You can even find mattifying products if your biggest gripe is the shine that your oil causes .

Having combination skin can be a double-edged sword . On one hand, your skin is pretty balanced . On the other hand , it’s like having skin with a split personality – sometimes oily and sometimes dry . But don’t forget that both require moisture , so invest in two types of moisturizer to keep everything in check . You’ll need a lighter moisturizer for your T-zone , where you usually get oily, and then a thicker, more intensive lotion for your dry patches, which are usually around the eyes, around the nose, and on the chin .

If your biggest skin problem is acne , putting new products on your skin can definitely make you break out . That’s why your best bet is a moisturizer that also contains acne medication , such as salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide . When you apply your moisturizer , the medication will go to work to help dry up current breakouts , eliminate acne-causing bacteria and help you stay in the clear .
Just avoid heavy moisturizers – water-based is best .

Do you have skin that gets red and irritated if you use a new product ? That’s probably because you have sensitive skin that reacts to the added stuff sometimes found in moisturizers , such as colors and dyes .
Protect your sensitive skin by choosing a moisturizer that is free of colors and dyes and instead includes soothing ingredients such as cucumber , green tea and oatmeal for your skin to drink in. Don’t forget to look for a lotion that also contains sunscreen to help your sensitive skin avoid damage.

One thing to keep in mind is the fact that your skin will change types throughout the years . Changes to hormones , age , and even geographical location can mean that while your skin was once dry , it’s suddenly oily or your combination suddenly becomes more acne-prone .
Assess the skin you have now and make sure you’re not moisturizing the skin you had ten years ago . It’s nearly impossible to continue using the same product for years and years , so its best you find the most suitable moisturizer for your skin type , you’ll need to reevaluate when major changes happen to your skin occur over the years .

Without a moisturizer , your skin is left to fend for itself against a drying environment , the abuse you put it through every day , and even the harsh rays of the sun .
By making the moisturizer a part of your regular routine , choosing and using the best one becomes a no- brainer .


Friday, February 27, 2015


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 .


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 here is being regular with your moisturization over an extended period of time . There is no fast action to taking off  STRETCH MARKS .


There is no skin lightener that doesn't thin the skin .
Constant application of a skin lightner on thinned skin will damage the dermis . Avoid constant application on thinned skin , instead strengthen thinned skin with the oils listed above .
4-5 days a week is enough for the application of any lightner , on order days you should practice skin building .


Exfoliation is useful to help reduce the appearance of stretch marks . Shedding away affected layers of skin to expose the unharmed and fresh layers of skin below is a great step that you can take .
The success of exfoliation completely depends on the severity and the location of the scars .


Drink loads of water and juices during pregnancy to keep the skin hydrated .
Avoid the urge to scratch your tummy . Use a powder or rub some lotion to alleviate the itchiness . Exercising tones the body skin and increases skin elasticity .


Thursday, February 26, 2015


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 .



May be a bit difficult if you love your coffee , however replacing your daily intake by drinking tea will do wonders for you skin .
Give an organic green tea that is loaded with antioxidants a try .  It is so light and fragrant you will truly enjoy its taste .  I suggest drinking 3 cups of tea daily , it will slow the aging of the skin and improve its quality .


That’s a must !
Walk , run… dance… keep moving ! Get your heart pumping and blood flowing .


Fruit does your body good .  In fact , it helps to flush out any toxins in your body .
Try a 24 hour fruit diet to help rejuvenate your body and enhance waste removal from the body . The removal of waste and compounds from the blood stream will help in getting rid of allergies , improving skin radiance and increase your vitalized energy .
The strongest detoxifying effect is caused by the acidic fruits – grapes , lemons and oranges .  I found it interesting to find out that a fruit diet also has fewer calories .


Try one with oatmeal and yogurt and almonds to naturally and lightly scrub off any dead skin cells . (Think glowing skin ! ) .  I have a recipe for an egg face mask that would help exfoliate the skin . Raw eggs make easy and wonderful face masks .
Beat 2 raw eggs mix with a little water and honey and you are all set ! Apply , wait until it dries and wash off with warm water .


Hydrating the skin externally will help the body to naturally detoxify .
Consuming your vitamins daily , particularly ones that contain Fish oils will aid in maintaining this hydration and of course drinking a minimum of 8 cups of filtered water daily is necessary to help keep flushing out the toxins .



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 !


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 .


Sharing towels , sheets and pillowcases with your partner can expose additional facial oils . This oil is foreign to your skin and can clog your pores , leading to…guess what – breakouts ! Unfortunately, kissing can also contribute to the problem . Acne caused by your partner is called consort acne .
To reduce breakouts caused by your partner avoid sharing towels and pillowcases . Make sure you each have a towel in the bathroom so that you are never tempted to use each other’s . Change sheets and pillowcases frequently and avoid sleeping and cuddling on your partner’s pillow .


Whether it’s the change in humidity , the water or the weather , environmental changes can cause acne . Whenever your face is exposed to shifts , it overcompensates and causes a breakout . While you probably don’t want to cancel your vacation and obviously can’t change the weather , there are some things you can do .
Bottle some mineral water from home and take it with you for the sole purpose of washing your face . Never use low-quality hotel soaps or moisturizers that your face is not used to . If you plan to be out of town for an extended period of time , be sure you bring enough of your usual cleanser and moisturizer to last for the duration of the vacation .


Something many people aren’t aware of is “ pressure acne ” caused by wearing glasses .
 Eyewear frames collect dirt and oil , that get forced into the pores when the frames rest against your face .
To resolve this problem , clean your glasses at least once per day. Use warm water and soap when you can , but also keep some makeup wipes with you for those times that you can’t make it home .


Although sunscreen is intended to protect your skin , it can contribute to acne . Sunscreen contains physical agents that act as a shield against the sun . Unfortunately, these contain titanium oxide or zinc oxide , which promote more sweat . The sweat is often trapped underneath the sunscreen shield , leading to acne flare-ups .
To prevent breakouts due to sunscreen , always read the ingredients label . Look for products that contain oxybenzone , octocylene , or avobenzone , as it will be a better product for your acne-prone skin .
Acne can spoil your day and keep you from being the confident person you want to be .
Keep in mind that acne isn’t always caused by your diet or hormones , but by many other factors that you can control .

Wednesday, February 25, 2015


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 !


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 a few drops of this oil which is also quite greasy to touch .
In some parts of the world ladies would luxuriate in coconut milk baths spiced up with flowers , spices , herbs and essential oils to soften their skin . These traditions have now been incorporated in many spa treatments .
A quick at home spa treatment would be adding  few drops of coconut oil plus essential oils to your bath . Guess what ! coconut pulp can be used as a body scrub too , it exfoliates and hydrates the skin . Many lotions have coconut oil present in them .
For this , read product labels carefully and see if they meet your needs .
The body needs replenishment in skin smoothness , tone and elasticity . Coconut oil is widely used in spas worldwide for skin rejuvenation . It is home-made and is a natural beauty recipe .
For this you need eight tablespoons of coconut oil , four tablespoons of castor oil , and two tablespoons of almond oil . Microwave the coconut oil . When in liquid state and without allowing it to boil remove from heat and add the other oils to it . Stir this oil mixture until well blended . This oil when applied to your skin leaves it supple , toned and younger looking .

Monday, February 23, 2015


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


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


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 capabilities .

NATURAL SPF – Shea butter creates a natural protective layer on the skin shielding you from environmental damage and harmful UV rays . Howover it also inhibits environmental pollutants sticking to your skin with its unique coating properties .

HOW TO USE  – When shopping for Shea butter make sure it is unrefined and pure . Many of the skincare products claiming to have Shea butter in them may in reality have diluted , refined shea butter or filled with preservatives and additives . You should be buying 100% fresh Shea butter for maximum results .

Do you know that pure Shea butter is also used as cooking oil in some countries due to its edible properties ? It’s a fine example of what’s good to eat is great for the skin !

TIPS TO SHOP NATURAL SHEA BUTTER - Here are a few tips to know whether the Shea butter you are buying is truly pure and natural .
100% natural African Shea butter has a smooth soft texture . When fresh it has a tinge of light grey to yellow colour with a natural aroma that reduces with time . Although it becomes harder with age , it never loses it sheen . It can easily be melted in sunlight or normal room temperature but it solidifies when cooled . There’s no specific expiry date for this product but it’s best to use in its first two years.




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 .


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 a good condition . Time and age play a big role in the reduction of elastin and collagen , which is why many women fervently turn to anti-aging remedies by their late 20s . Products containing glycolic acid will often render better results .


When it comes to acne scarring , this ingredient still reigns supreme . It works as a powerful exfoliant which also evens out the top and bottom area of a scar. It is also capable of removing some of the gray appearance women often report along with their scarring . Acne scars are caused by the destruction of skin tissue as a result of a particularly bad blemish , and glycolic acid is capable of restoring what that pimple stole away . Scars have reportedly become flatter and less visible with the use of a glycolic acid product for 6 months to a year .

Glycolic acid is most helpful in renewing and refining the skin , It fades acne scars and discolouration away from the surface of your cherished complexion .

Sunday, February 15, 2015


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 .


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 .


There’s a thin line between not exfoliating your facial skin enough and exfoliating too much .
Not enough – you could end up with dull skin and acne . Too much and you can end up with red irritated skin .
The skin on your face is more delicate and should be exfoliated less often then the body .
People with normal skin type can handle exfoliating 3 times per week . Those with dry or sensitive skin should only exfoliate 1 time per week .
If you have extremely sensitive skin you need to be careful not to overdo exfoliation . It can lead to irritation and scarring . Those with extremely oily skin may need to exfoliate more often to clear pores.
While exfoliating helps to keep acne in check , excessive rubbing or using harsh exfoliants can lead to irritation and increase in acne . To ensure you don’t cross the line , pay attention to your skin . If it is becoming overly dry or irritated , scale back on the number of days you exfoliate or try a gentler exfoliator . Avoid any type of exfoliation near your eyes . The skin near your eyes is far too sensitive and doesn’t need exfoliation .


In addition to helping prevent acne on the body , exfoliation can also help you avoid ingrown hairs by preventing dead skin cells from clogging follicles where you’ve shaved or waxed . It can also help even out skin tone and keep your skin hydrated and soft . Skin on the body can handle a bit more exfoliation then the face . People with normal skin can exfoliate 3-4 times per week . Those with sensitive skin may need less .
As with the face , pay attention to how the skin on your body reacts . If it gets overly dry or red , you know it’s time to cut back on the number of days , ease up on how vigorously you are scrubbing or opt for a more gentle form of exfoliation .


There are 2 types of exfoliation , physical and chemical .


Physical exfoliation involves physically scrubbing the skin with a tool or scrub to remove dead skin cells . Tools such as microfiber cloths , hammam sponge , adhesive exfoliating sheets and More abrasive materials such as sloughing sponges and loofahs should only be used on your body . The tough skin on your feet may require an even harsher tool such as a pumice stone or file to remove dead skin from heels .
Physical exfoliant scrubs that include gentle exfoliating micro beads or ingredients like oatmeal are suitable for use on your face or body . Scrubs made with salt, sugar, crushed apricot kernel , almond shells or other tiny granules are great for exfoliating the body , but the particles might scratch the face .


Chemical exfoliators are available for home use in scrub form as well as in professional treatments . Chemical exfoliators contain acids , which loosen and lift dead cells , leaving new , vibrant skin behind .
Studies have shown that chemical exfoliators including hyroxy acids like Lactic Acid , Glycolic Acid and Salicylic Acid (best for acne) can also deliver results in improved skin texture and a reduction in fine lines and hyperpigmentation . Those that contain Retinol have also been found to improve the visible signs of aging .
Chemical exfoliators can be more drying to skin than physical exfoliators , so you may need to limit usage to 2 times per week .

Your skin is your largest organ . It requires special attention to keep it looking and feeling great . Incorporating an exfoliator into your regimen will help along the removal of dead skin cells and leave your skin with a healthy glow .

Thursday, February 5, 2015


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 .


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 antioxidant properties , vitamin E can help fight the signs of wrinkling and aging , protect you from sun damage , and even potentially lower skin cancer risks .


Water is one of your skin’s best friends . Drink at least half of your body weight in ounces per day . Water will help keep your skin hydrated as it flushes out toxins in the body .


Yes , exercise is great for your skin !  When you exercise, your blood circulation increases which will promote healthy skin cell turnover .


When you smoke , your body will show signs of aging a lot faster .  Why ?  Smoke increases free radicals which are unstable molecules that attack healthy cells .  Free radicals are the second greatest cause of aging signs !


What you put in your body affects how your skin looks .  Fresh fruits and vegetables are high in antioxidants , (these are powerful fighters against free radicals) so your skin will thank you for choosing them over other , less healthy snacks .


Cleansing twice means once in the morning and once at night , so don’t forget about the nighttime cleanse .  When you go to sleep in your makeup , your skin doesn’t have the freedom to repair itself from the day .

With the ideal skincare routine your skin will be in good shape for years to come .

Tuesday, February 3, 2015


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 with the inside of the pawpaw for about a minute to exfoliate , cleanse and soften your skin . Blend pawpaw , add 2 tablespoons of either honey or yogurt and use this mixture as a mask . Rinse with lukewarm water after 20 minutes and follow up with a moisturizer you will notice the difference.

Oranges are a rich source of Vitamin C , thereby improves skin texture . It removes blemishes and naturally slows down the process of ageing . Dry orange peels , crush them into powder form and store this in an airtight container . Use this as a natural scrub once or twice weekly for clear and glowing skin .

Apples :
Apples have high antioxidant action , preventing cell and tissue damage and works as an anti-ageing agent . It helps minimize wrinkles and fine lines keeping the bowels clean . Apply apple juice mixed with some honey on your face ; let it dry and then wash off . This is a very good hydrating face mask.

Saturday, January 31, 2015


What Is Bentonite Clay?

Bentonite clay is a natural healing clay comprised of minerals and it’s formed from natural volcanic ash, which was originally discovered near Fort Benton , Wyoming . It’s very powerful and produces a negative electric charge when water is added to it , which aids in binding and removing toxins . When you mix water with the clay, the components alter in order to allow it to become a powerful tool to absorb toxins . This clay is commonly used for removing toxins externally on your skin . Another benefit of the clay is that it is commonly used to remove heavy metals from the body.

When used externally , you can apply it to any area of your body , such as your face or feet . Some even apply it to their whole body and take a bentonite clay bath .

Minerals are abundant in healing clays , like Bentonite, including ; iron, magnesium , sodium , calcium , and potassium , and this results in the addition of many nutrients to the body .

Benefits Of A Bentonite Clay Mask :

There are so many benefits of using bentonite clay , but I just wanted to focus on the amazing benefits you’ll get by applying this mask !

Heals and regenerates skin tissue
Draws out toxins
Treats acne (prevents breakouts and helps clear up acne)
Unclogs and shrinks pores
Prevents blackheads
Reduces appearance of scars
Excellent natural exfoliator
Evens out skin tone
Leaves skin feeling softer
Leaves your face glowing !

How Often Should You Use The Bentonite Clay Mask ?

I apply the mask daily and leave it on for about 1 hour, which is probably longer than most leave it on , but it has been working great for me doing it this way .

Many use the mask just a few times a week or once a week and have great results . But if it’s your first time applying a bentonite clay mask , You would start out with doing it once a week and see how your skin responds , as it is quite powerful and this way you can work your way up to using it daily !

Ingredients / What You’ll Need :

1 teaspoon bentonite clay
1 teaspoon water or apple cider vinegar
Optional : a cup or bowl and a spoon to mix them
* If you use a spoon to mix them , make sure it isn’t metal because this causes metals to leach from the spoon into the clay , making the clay not as effective .

Directions :

1. Take about 1 teaspoon of the bentonite clay powder and about 1 teaspoon of water or apple cider vinegar (ACV) and put it in a bowl or cup .

Note : You can use water or ACV as a liquid for the mask . The ACV tends to make the mask a little more powerful/harsh on your skin , so if you have sensitive skin you may want to use water .

2. Mix the two ingredients well , until it forms a paste consistency. You can add a little more water or a little more powder , if the consistency doesn’t seem like it will easily spread on your face .

3. Apply the bentonite clay mask to your face using your fingers . Some people also spread it down their neck and upper chest too .

4. Leave the mask on for about 20 to 30 minutes. I usually end up leaving mine on for an hour because I apply it fairly thick and it does take about 15 minutes to just dry . As the mask dries , your face will start to feel tight .

5. Rinse off the mask using just water . You may have to gently scrub a little with your fingers to get it off . It tends to try to stick to your skin .

After you rinse the mask off , your skin may look a little pink for a few minutes . This usually happens to everyone after using the mask because the clay increases blood flow to your face as it pulls out toxins .

For Those With Sensitive Skin :

If you have sensitive skin , apply a thinner layer and leave the mask on for a shorter time . Then increase the frequency and how long you leave it on depending on how your skin feels .

Just after one use of the bentonite clay mask your skin would feel super clean and refreshed !

Bentonite clay is very effective and beneficial for your skin no matter what your age . What’s special about the bentonite clay mask is that it draws out toxins from the skin , shrinks your pores (noticeably just after a few uses) , prevents breakouts and leaves your skin soft and smooth .

Thursday, January 22, 2015



• Relief from headaches

• Increasing body metabolism

• Elimination of toxins

• Blood circulation

• Pain management

• Immune system deficiencies

• Detoxification

• Respiratory ailments

• Skin rejuvenation

• Can help improve sleep

• Lower stress

• Many more benefits not even discovered yet! • Having an overall healthier mind and body


Tuesday, January 6, 2015


When it comes to caring for the skin , we are all guilty of experimenting with it . Skincare advice that your favorite aunt gave you , bits of information that you found on the internet and skincare rituals that your mom practiced can turn into small  habits that you incorporate in your skincare regime . However do they really help or hurt your skin ? It’s time to bust some common skincare myths !

FICTION 1 : Drinking a lot of water will cure dryness of the skin .

BUSTED : Of course drinking adequate amount of water is great for your health and keeps you away from dehydration , but it does not cure dry skin .
There are a lot of reasons for skin dryness - the environment you live in , your stress levels , your food habits , your level of exercise , your genetics and your skincare regimen .
For dry skin , using a good moisturizer regularly , cleansing with a milk-based moisturizer and exfoliating regularly is needed . Water alone won’t do the trick !

FICTION 2: Using many SPF products together will increase the level of sun protection .

BUSTED: You use an SPF30 moisturizer , plus an SPF25 foundation and top it off with an SPF10 compact powder before stepping out in the sun . So, you have a total sunscreen protection of SPF65 LOL !
We regret to tell you that sunscreen does not work the cumulative way . Layering your skin with SPF will only protect you up to the highest number of SPF product you use . Thus, SPF30 + SPF25 + SPF10 equals SPF30 !

FICTION 3 : It’s better to use natural products than synthetic ones .

BUSTED : Sadly , there is no safe way out here . Natural or synthetic , a skin irritant is a skin irritant . Even ingredients derived from natural products can harm , depending upon sensitivity of your skin .
Dermatologists in fact recommend using silicone or mineral-based products that work without penetrating the skin . So if you are an “au naturelle” enthusiast , patch test that homemade lemon toner before you use it .

FICTION 4 : Using make-up regularly can damage skin on the long run .

BUSTED : Here is the good news for  “make-up ADDICTS” . Regular use itself doesn’t damage the skin . It depends on how you use it .
Using old make-up way past its expiry date , or sleeping with make-up on definitely will lead to skin damage . It will become a breeding ground for bacteria , clog your pores with dirt , makeup and grime and eventually result in zits .

FICTION 5 : It is important to keep your face product-free for 24 hours after a facial .

BUSTED : You should always – I repeat, always apply moisturizer and sunscreen on your face . Post-facial , especially , when your skin has been cleansed , massaged and washed with water , moisturizers will keep your face hydrated , supple and enhance the results of your facial .


Wednesday, June 11, 2014


What is Acne?
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Acne is a skin condition that occurs when the oil-secreting glands in the skin are clogged and become inflamed or infected.

 If you’ve never taken time to understand why you breakout, below are basic facts that will help you understand acne, to best effectively fight them.

 1. There are 5 main known causes of acne:

 a. Excessive production of oil by the sebaceous gland (or oil producing gland) of the skin

 b. Hormonal imbalance

 c. Pore build-up based on excessive shedding of dead skin cells d. Irritations or reactions from make-up, food allergies and medication 

e. Bacteria build-up in the pore

 2. Not all “acnes” are the same.
There are different categories of acne based on their severity, location, and size, and they should be treated accordingly.

If you are suffering from the mild forms of acne such as blackheads and white-heads, topical treatments are you best bet for treating them. But in the case of severe acne characterized by large painful nodules, cysts, pustules, and sores, a dermatologist visit is required to make sure that the problem is not exacerbated by harsh cleansers.

Often times an antibiotic may be described to fight the bacteria that causes such severe forms of acne. The worst thing you can do is to pop a zit that’s actually a cyst or nodule.

 3. Pay attention to the location of your acne.
Where your frequently breakout tends to say a lot about the type of pimple you’re having, and how it should be treated. If you breakout on your forehead it is often a sign of stress, using comedogenic makeup, or even your hair style! Acne that occurs around the cheeks and jaw-line is often a result of a hormonal imbalance, (for some women it can be a result of their period). Pimples caused by a hormonal imbalance, needs a combination of topical and systemic treatment.

 4. Acne is not always a direct result of dirty skin So STOP excessively washing, scrubbing and toning you face with skin irritants like alcohol, menthol, lemon and eucalyptus; this aggressive form of cleaning only increases irritation. When I finally learned how to gently wash my face, I noticed that my acne greatly subsided, as opposed to the times when I vigorously scrubbed my face with a wash cloth.

5. There are two course of actions for fighting acne i. Topical treatment & ii. Systemic (internal) treatment For Topical treatments you have 4 active ingredients to pay attention to when choosing the right product for yourself.

    i. Salicylic Acid or Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA): Salicylic Acid fights pimples by sloughing off excess skin cells, it acts as a gentle exfoliate that preps the skin for any treatment to be effectively penetrated. Because of its exfoliating power, Salicylic acid makes for a great face wash.

    ii. Benzoyl Peroxide helps fight the bacteria that causes acne by oxygenating the pores, this kills the bacteria that cannot live in an environment that is oxygen rich. BP is also great from reducing the formation of new bacteria because it helps rid the skin of excess dead skin cells, eliminating the chances of having clogged pores.

 iii. Sulfur is an ingredient frequently found in acne medications. It has been used for years to treat skin ailments, in the case of acne, sulfur works as a disinfectant. It unclogs pores, kills bacteria on the skin and minimize oiliness.

 iv. Retinoids (retinol, retin-A) found in prescription acne medication works by speeding up cell growth. Retinoids are not exfoliates that affect the top layer of your skin, but affect the lower layer of the skin (dermis) that forms new skin cells.

When dealing with a systemic way of fighting acne the key is to control hormonal imbalance that increases the oil produced by the skin’s sebaceous glands. One way of doing this is to increase you intake of oil supplements: Vitamin E, Fish Oil, and Evening Primrose Oil

6. When fighting acne, the math is as follows:

  •  Reduce the oil production (control hormones)- through proper dieting, intake of fish oil supplements and exercise 
  •  Improve skin’s exfoliation- by using Salicylic acid or Benzoyl Peroxide face wash 
  •  Disinfect the skin to kill harsh ingredients, if you’re not sure look at the ingredients list and make sure water is the first listed. If your skin is not sensitive, you can use a face wash with 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide. 
  •  Exfoliating: After first cleansing, the next best step is to exfoliate. The best means of cleaning inside the pores where pimples occur is to use a 1% or 2% Salicylic acid. 
  •  Toning: Once you’ve exfoliated use a gentle toner to get rid of excess oil. An excellent option is Tea Tree oil which is a great natural disinfectant. 
  •  Treatment: After cleansing, your next step is to kill the bacteria with a treatment. 2.5% Benzoyl peroxide is still the best over the counter option. I personally find the 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide cream a perfect fit for my sensitive skin. I once used a 10% all over my face and the next morning my face was swollen. 

However, for a great 3 day spot treatment I gently dab the 10% Benzoyl Peroxide on my pimple with a cotton bud. Every once in a while I like to deeply cleanse by adding a Retinoid treatment and clay mask.

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Friday, May 16, 2014


What is sunscreen? 
A cream or lotion rubbed onto the skin to protect it from the sun. An active ingredient in creams, lotions and other preparations for skin.
What sunscreen should I use?
1. Broad-spectrum protection (protects against UVA and UVB rays).
2. Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 30 or greater.
3. Water resistance.

A sunscreen that offers the above helps to protect your skin from sunburn, early skin aging, and skin cancer.

However, sunscreen alone cannot fully protect you. Also recommend that you seek shade when your shadow is shorter than you are and protect your skin by wearing long sleeves, pants, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses whenever possible.

 Who needs sunscreen? 
 Everyone. People of all skin colours get skin cancer. More than 3.5 million skin cancers in more than 2 million people are diagnosed annually. Many of these skin cancers could have been prevented with protection from the sun’s rays.

 When should I use sunscreen?
 Every day . The sun emits harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays year round. Even on cloudy days, harmful UV rays can penetrate your skin. Snow and sand increase the need for sunscreen.Snow reflects 80 percent of the sun’s rays, and sand reflects 25 percent of the sun’s rays.

 How much sunscreen should I use, and how often should I apply it? 
Use enough sunscreen to generously coat all skin that will be not be covered by clothing. Ask yourself, “Will my face, ears, arms, or hands be covered by clothing?” If not, apply sunscreen. Apply the sunscreen to dry skin 15 minutes BEFORE going outdoors. Skin cancer also can form on the lips. To protect your lips, apply a lip balm or lipstick that contains sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Re-apply sunscreen approximately every two hours or after swimming or sweating heavily according to the directions on the bottle.

 What type of sunscreen should I use? 
The best type of sunscreen is the one you will use again and again. Just make sure it offers UVA and UVB protection, an SPF of 30 or greater and is water resistant. The kind of sunscreen you choose is a matter of personal choice, and may vary depending on the area of the body to be protected.

Available sunscreen options include lotions, creams, gels, ointments, wax sticks and sprays Creams are best for dry skin and the face. Gels are good for hairy areas, such as the scalp or male chest. Sticks are good to use around the eyes. Sprays are sometimes preferred by parents since they are easy to apply to children. 

Make sure to use enough of these products to cover the entire surface area thoroughly, and do not inhale these products. There also are sunscreens made for specific purposes, such as for sensitive skin and babies. 

Regardless of which sunscreen you choose, be sure to apply it generously to achieve the UV protection indicated on the product label.


Thursday, May 30, 2013


 ENZYMES !!!!!!!!!!

 Do you want your skin to glow on a daily basis ?
 A good home care regimen with monthly enzymatic facials will do the trick . As we age, the natural exfoliation slows down , which leads to a build up of dead skin cells . We see this built up dead layer as fine lines , uneven skin tone and even acne in some cases.
Natural fruit enzymes enhance the natural exfoliation process , revealing fresh and healthy skin cells .
Fruit contains natural enzymes, and is safe to use on most skin types . Fruit enzymes also deliver antioxidants to skin .
Enzymatic fruits , such as papaya and pumpkin , provide both antioxidant nutrition and exfoliation to the skin when mixed with other fruits such as lemon , pomegranate , blueberry and kiwi . Enzymes are also very safe to use .
When the enzymes “digest” or dissolve the topmost layer of the epidermis (un-like all other methods such as glycolic acid peels, dermabra-sion or laser resurfacing), there is no induced heat. Hence , the skin is not traumatized, there is no downtime, and you are receiving clinical results while still receiving a relaxing facial .


 Lemon: Brightening and anti-aging. Good for normal to dry skin .
 Pomegranate: Hydrating. Good for combination skin .
 Papaya: Mild enzymatic action. Good for all skin types .
 Pumpkin: Excellent exfoliation properties. Good for acneic skin types .
 Blueberry: Brightening. Good for acneic skin . 
Passionfruit: Firming and anti-aging. Good for mature skin .

 Enzymes are used in every facial at Skin Care by Nikkisavy . They are chosen based on your skin type, needs and concerns. Plus, these fruit enzymes smell great!

Monday, May 13, 2013


It is common to use chemical peels to get rid of many skin flaws including aging signs .  However, some people don’t research enough and use a peel that shouldn’t be used to treat the given conditions .  If you know that a specific peel can do the job satisfactorily , you will be in a better position to go for the right peel, which may be a light or gentle peel that won’t keep you worrying for side effects or risks of any complications .
 What Is a Lactic Acid Peel ?
 A lactic acid peel is a type of chemical peel used as a cosmetic skin rejuvenation treatment. Purpose - Like all chemical peels , a lactic acid peel is supposed to deliver smoother, softer, and younger-looking skin. Multiple treatments help diminish fine lines, acne, and hyperpigmentation (brown spots) .
 Features - Lactic acid, a type of alpha hydroxy acid, is derived from sour milk and is used for the mildest, most gentle of chemical peels . A lactic acid peel works like a glycolic acid peel, but it is much more gentle on the skin .
Knowing the benefits of lactic acid peel is a positive step towards a successful peeling treatment since you may achieve your target with a very gentle and trouble free peel .
Let’s explore more about a lactic peel treatment and while seeing its benefits, you can decide whether you can go on with this peel or need a harsher peel .
 Select the Right Peel - You have to know first what skin conditions are to be treated and whether a mild and harmless peel can do the job .
 Benefits of Lactic Acid Peel - Every chemical peel has its own benefits, advantages, side effects and risks associated with its treatment  . When we are opting for a gentler peel, we get the benefits while exposing less to a peel’s risks or side effects .
The benefits of lactic acid peel may attract many people who wish to undergo a peeling treatment, safely and effectively  .
 Let’s have a look on the main benefits of lactic acid peel. Reduces wrinkles, as a result of skin’s exfoliation and improvement of skin cell production . New cells aided by the increased production of collagen and elastin, make the skin appear with less wrinkles and fine lines .
Uneven pigmentation, which normally happens due to overexposure to the sun, can be brought under control with lower concentration lactic acid peel .
The peel improves skin’s texture.  Aging negatively affect the skin, making it thick, rough and uneven. The peel increases skin’s absorption and response to any topical treatment . The skin becomes loaded with debris, oil and dead cells due to many reasons .
People who regularly use topical ointment, creams, etc, find their skin loaded with dead cells, oil, etc, that leads to decrease in the skin’s ability to absorb any further treating agent and the clogged pores also negatively affects on the skin’s ‘breathing’ property .
 Lactic acid peel is very helpful if you suffer from rosacea; in fact it is the only peel that is able to work if you suffer from rosacea .
When the time matters for tight schedule people, this peel is considered a ‘lunchtime’ peel that has no downtime . This peel is associated with minimum side effects and associated with complications of minor nature .
In order to avail the benefits of lactic acid peel, you have to follow the instructions carefully . This ensures you prevent anything from going wrong and encourages better results .
 How It Works - Lactic acid functions as an exfoliant on the skin . Its acid helps dissolve the glue-like substance that binds the outermost surface skin cells together, so that old skin cells are sloughed off to reveal fresher skin cells underneath .
 Results - Because a lactic acid peel is so gentle, results are not as intense as with other chemical peels. A series of up to eight sessions may be required to achieve full results, with "maintenance" lactic peel treatments thereafter.

Thursday, May 9, 2013


To keep your face looking as youthful as possible, you need proper skin care .
Here I'll show you how to properly cleanse , exfoliate and moisturize your skin while never leaving the house without at least 30 SPF sunscreen. I've dubbed this process "The Basic 4-Step Skincare Regimen," which I outline in this article .
I also include organic skincare tips for the growing number of you who are concerned with putting only natural, organic products on your skin .
 How you care for your skin is utterly dependent on the type of skin you have: oily, normal/combination, dry, sensitive or sun- damaged . Find out what skin type you have .
 The Basic 4-Step Skincare Regimen

Step 1: Cleansing - Simple is key here . You need a good cleanser that your skin responds well to , and stick with it: "Choose a creamy cleanser if you have dry skin or a clear cleanser if you have oily skin .
 For you organic types , you can cleanse skin with milk or yogurt (who knew ? ) .
 Be careful not to cleanse too often , you risk over-cleansing skin .You really only need to wash your face at night to remove makeup and sunscreen , which can clog pores . Simply apply cream, then wipe off , no water needed (if you have hard water, it can be especially harsh on skin) .
Most women prefer the water method : Use warm water to loosen dirt and clogged pores . Use a dime-sized bit of cleanser, then rinse with cool or lukewarm water . Make sure you remove eye makeup with a proper makeup remover .
The area around the eye is delicate so don't pull or rub too hard . You can also use olive oil as a natural eye makeup remover .
 In the morning , a splash of lukewarm water is all you need (I find it's great for removing excess oils from your nightly moisturizing) . Never wash your face with hot or cold water (both can cause broken capillaries) .
Step 2: Exfoliate -  Exfoliation is the step most people skip in their weekly skincare routine . But trust me , if you start properly exfoliating your skin, you will notice an almost immediate difference .
There are several exfoliating options that I use weekly. Here are my favorites:
 A facial scrub - You can buy a great scrub I prefer salt scrubs to sugar ones, but it's just a matter of preference .
 A Washcloth - Put a dab of cleanser and a sprinkle of white refined sugar on a damp washcloth and massage skin in a circular motion . After a quick rinse, any sign of dead skin is erased .
If you have dry skin, try extra virgin coconut oil .
 Microdermabrasion - You can buy microdermabrasion kits . I have and found quite a few I like Chemical peels- In the hour it takes to get a chemical peel , you can take a year from your face .
 Retinoids- Retinoids (such as Retin-A or the more moisturizing Renova) also work by removing the top layer of dead skin cells while also generating collagen in the skin . "Collagen is the skin's structural fiber , "As we get older, it breaks down , creating lines and large pores . "retinoids can be a miracle skin saver . I'm addicted to Retin-A .
 Should you use a toner ? Toners are meant to remove all remaining traces of oil , makeup and dirt , but a good cleanser should do this . I firmly believe it's up to you . If you like the way your skin feels with a toner . Buy it. Use it. Enjoy it .
 Step 3 : Moisturize -  A basic rule of beauty is that if you have dry skin, you should invest in a basic moisturizer . So how much should you moisturize ?  Your skin will tell you. When your skin is tight, it's crying out for moisture . Be careful not to over-moisturize -- this can clog pores .
 For you Dark skinned ladies , nothing beats a good oil for your skin . You can use extra virgin coconut oil , olive oil, sweet almond oil or jojoba oil as an Overall Body Moisturizer . Are eye creams necessary ? Well maybe . Why ? The skin around the eye contains no fatty tissue and is therefore very thin and susceptible to wrinkles . Eye creams are formulated to "thicken" this area .
 Step 4: Apply Sunscreen - The #1 cause of wrinkles is sun damage , so it's important to use a sunscreen of at least 30 SPF from your early years . A great trick is to purchase two facial creams: One for night and one for day that includes UV protection . Don't use moisturizers with sunscreen at night, the ingredients are not meant to be used 24/7 and can aggravate skin.


What do you want in a face cream?
Do you want something that will protect your skin from UV rays ?
 Do you need something that will reduce the signs of aging ?
 Or, do you want something a bit different, possibly organic ?
You've probably gone through your share of lotions and creams in the never-ending quest of the perfect face cream .
 Moisturizing Creams - Moisturizing lotions give the skin a lift and help replenish lipids in the skin. When your face is well-moisturized, it maintains a healthy youthful glow .
 Acne Creams - Acne facial creams are essential to women prone to breakouts . It contains benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or a natural anti-inflammatory and antiseptic agent like tea tree oil.


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