How to Get Rid of Stubborn Blackheads/Whiteheads

Blackheads/Whiteheads; how do we get rid of them? Many of us have them. Some on our faces, others on our chests and even our backs are usually not spared.

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Both blackheads and whiteheads are caused as a result of clogged pores. The oil and dirt fill up the pores and if you don’t take care of your face properly, a blackhead or whitehead could lead to pimples, which are far worse.

 

The good news is that there’s a solution to blackheads and whiteheads. The only things you need to do are:

 

  1. Be patient
  2. Be consistent

 

Here are 3 things you can do to get rid of stubborn blackheads or whiteheads effectively. Remember this: patience and consistency are key to getting rid of these beauty issues!

 

Pick the right cleansers and toners

One of the major things you should do when it comes to blackheads and whiteheads is to choose a cleanser and toner that will get rid of whatever is blocking those pores.

 

Cleansers or toners that deep cleanse your pores are the best. These cleansers combat clogged pores by dissolving the fat and oil blocking the pores. This will help make your pores free from impurities and drastically reduce the number of blackheads and whiteheads on your face or body.

Cleanse your face daily.

 

Apply a clay mask

 

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There’s a reason why clay masks are part of a beauty routine. Clay masks contain certain elements that help in absorbing impurities from your skin. This is what makes clay masks quite efficient at removing blackheads and whiteheads.

They draw out the fats and oil, dried skin and dirt that block the pores on your face. This will leave your face smooth and glowing.

Just a few minutes of putting on a clay mask and your skin will thank you for it!

Aim to use a face mask once a week.

 

Exfoliate

This may sound a little surprising to some but regularly exfoliating your skin would help clear your skin of blackheads and whiteheads. The particles in your scrub gently remove all the debris from the surface of your skin and in your pores. This leaves your skin feeling smooth and it helps lighten dark spots as an added bonus.

Natural exfoliants like baking soda, sea salt and Epsom salt are very effective not only as scrubs but as a means of getting rid of blackheads and whiteheads. They also help to reduce inflammation.

Aim to exfoliate once or twice a week.

 

Do you struggle with blackheads/whiteheads? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

 

Product Review: Rimmel London Makeup

These Rimmel London Makeup beauties landed on my doorstep just before I went away for Christmas, and I had the pleasure of taking them away with me on holiday. I have fallen completely in love with all 5 of them.

 

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Volume Colourist Mascara

This Volume Colourist Mascara by Rimmel reveals darker lashes with and without mascara! It darkens bare lashes in two weeks.

Here is the product description:

Rimmel London Volume Colourist Mascara is Rimmel’s first-ever mascara that, gradually over time, makes bare lashes darker and in an instant, the volumising formula loads lashes with jet-black impact.

Its semi-permanent lash-tint complex progressively blackens bare lashes every time you wear it so that, from 2 weeks onwards of regular usage, your naked lashes look darker from root to tip! Rimmel’s innovative multi-tasking formula is a unique combination of creamy, ultra-black lash volumising formula and Lash-Tint Complex with natural colorant which gives 24/7 impact.

 

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Here are my thoughts:

 

PROS

  1. I love the shiny packaging.
  2. It darkens my lashes and gives them my volume.
  3. It is super affordable at £7.99.
  4. It is easy to wipe off with warm water or any regular makeup remover.
  5. No clumps.

 

CONS

None. I love this Volume Colourist Mascara by Rimmel.

 

MAGNIF’EYES Eye Contouring Palette Keep Calm & Wear Gold

Now this is one eye contouring palette I really like. I have played around with the various shades for weeks now and I love the many looks I have created.

Here is the product description:

8-pan palette with duo applicator and integrated mirror for smart on-the-go travel format.

The high-shimmer, ultra-smooth, blendable formula delivers endless eye looks from bare nude to ultra sultry eyes – depending on the occasion and the individual eye shape.

 

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Here are my thoughts:

 

PROS

  1. The shades are long-lasting, they stay on and in place all day.
  2. I love the sleek packaging.
  3. The 8 shades can create many different looks.
  4. It is very affordable at £7.99.

 

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CONS

None. I can’t fault this palette.

 

Scandaleyes Bold Liquid Liner

This new liquid eye liner by Rimmel is the truth. Here is the product description:

Scandaleyes Bold Liquid Eyeliner, only for the bold!

Intense colour with a glossy finish for an enhanced and impactful eye look.

Lightweight formula that delivers rich pigments for maximum intensity.

Ball tip applicator for a bold look.

 

Here are my thoughts:

PROS

  1. I love the ball tip applicator.
  2. It is super easy to apply.
  3. It creates a dramatic look which I love.
  4. It is super affordable at £5.29

 

CONS

None. It is a great eye liner.

 

PROVOCALIPS 16HR Lip Colour

I have not used lip colours in ages, so these were a breath of fresh air. The shades are 410 Not Guilty and 420 Berry Seductive.

Here is the product description:

 

Provocalips delivers hi-impact 16HR endless colour with a delectably glossy finish. It’s kiss-proof, food-proof and transfer-proof, only coming off when you want it to.

An exclusive 2 step product so incredibly lightweight and flexible and adapts to the movement of your lips. 1 intense colour 2 lock and shine.

 

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Here are my thoughts:

PROS

  1. I like the bright shades, great for the season.
  2. I like the pretty packaging.
  3. It stays on ALL DAY.
  4. They currently cost £6.99 each and they are many other shades to choose from.

 

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CONS

None.

 

Overall, I recommend all these products. I think they are worth every penny and definitely worth trying out. You can grab them at your local Boots, Superdrug, Asda, Tesco, Asos and Feel Unique.

Have you used any of these Rimmel products before? What are your thoughts?

 

*PR samples.

 

 

Why Chemicals are Bad for the Hair

It all starts with a dissatisfaction of our natural hair. Every time you look in the mirror, you wish that your natural hair was better. And in the pursuit of having the perfect hair, we apply all sorts of products to get our hair looking the way we think we want it to.

 

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Relaxers, texturizers, hair sprays and even some hair creams could be extremely harmful to your hair. On the surface, those products seem to give the results that you have been looking for but at the expense of the health of your hair. They contain several harsh chemicals like sodium hydroxide (lye), calcium hydroxide or guanidine hydroxide (no-lye), and hydrogen peroxide to get your hair to behave in the nature and style that you desire. But leaves the health of your hair in a very bad state.

These chemicals can be so harsh for our delicate hair because they negatively affect the pH level of the hair. The continuous application of these harmful hair products would continue to destroy the hair.

Here are some of the reasons why chemicals are bad for your hair.

 

  1. Chemicals will stunt hair growth

Our hair needs the right environment, pH level and moisture to grow. Using these harsh chemical in your hair products, especially relaxers and texturizers, go deep into the scalp. It strips the hair of its moisture.

The worse part about chemicals most especially the ones in hair relaxers is that the chemicals used to relax the hair also inhibit its growth.

 

  1. Chemicals will thin your hair

The continuous application of perms, relaxers, texturizers and other chemical-based hair products will wear our hair out. At each application, the chemicals start to weaken the hair strands and most times it leads to having split ends. When you apply a relaxer, the part that suffers the most is your natural hairline. The front of your hair gets so thin that it could start to break which could damage the hair-line severally.

 

  1. Chemicals will lead to breakage and hair loss

These chemicals can also lead to overall hair breakage and loss. The chemicals in hair products can make your hair lose its elasticity which will make your hair fragile and cause it to break.

 

  1. Chemicals can burn your scalp

Ladies believe that when they leave a relaxer or texturizer longer in their hair, they’ll get better results. Especially if they have very coarse hair like me (I have a 4c type hair). The truth is that the longer you leave those products in your hair, the more your scalp burns. This will cause serious pain from the burn or irritation. The pain gets worse when hair products that contain alcohol are applied to your hair.

With all these problems, the best decision you could ever make is to go natural and stay natural. I have not applied any form of chemical on my hair for over a year now and I can’t remember the last time my hair was this healthy.

 

 

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My hair is full, strong and growing quickly and beautifully. I must confess, the journey to falling in love with my natural afro hair has been long and hard. It took seeing how lovely my daughter’s natural hair is, to get me to transition to natural hair. But I am happy I have finally embraced it. It is very difficult to maintain my natural hair. It is quite dry and does not retain moisture easily, so I like to have it in a protective style for as long as possible, and rock my fancy wigs. But as soon as my hair grows to the desired length I am after, I would start to style it a bit more.

What do you think of these harsh chemicals in hair products?