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Are your skincare products ruining your skin?

My skin has changed dramatically since I had my babies. I had my twins 3 years ago, but my skin is still yet to go back to how it use to be. I have had a hard time dealing with the changes in my body and skin. The pregnancy and the parenting books did not prepare me for the many changes I experienced and still experiencing. I guess there is no way to fully prepare yourself for all these changes, because we all have different experiences.

 

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I went many shades darker, and I am still dealing with a lot of hyper pigmentation. I battle with pimples and spots every now and again, and my skin has just been up and down. I took it as one of those things and tried not to worry too much about it, but it became more and more difficult to ignore.

I found it hard to understand how and why a 30 year old woman would still be dealing with teenage skin issues. I didn’t think twice about my skincare products, and the fact that I may have outgrown them. And that they may be the cause of my skincare misery.

As a beauty blogger, I review a lot of skincare products every now and again. Some of the products become products I swear by, some become products I use on regular basis, and some become products I never use again. I also have skincare products I have used for donkey years, long before I even thought of blogging, and still use, well not anymore.

I have used a particular brand (F&W) for my lotion, body cream, serum and soap for over 15 years now. I have used this brand in my daily skincare routine for this long, and only just realised that I have outgrown it.

All the products now do nothing for my skin, so I have stopped using them all, but I only just realised or should say, it only just clicked, that the soap I have been using exfoliates my skin, in other words, it is an exfoliating soap. Now this was ok to use 15 years ago, even though I believe exfoliating your face everyday is a no-no regardless of your age, but it is definitely not a great idea for a woman my age.

 

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Here are a few reasons why you should not exfoliate your skin every day

  1. It would strip the skin moisture (lipid) barrier layer resulting in dehydration, dryness, flaking, redness and inflammation.
  2. It causes your skin to age quickly due to chronic and prolonged inflammation.
  3. It destroys healthy cells.
  4. It causes the stimulation of melanin activity possibly resulting in an increase of hyper-pigmentation/brown spots and patches.
  5. It could irritate the skin, leading to acne and other skin problems.

 

These are just a few of the reasons why exfoliating your skin regularly is a bad idea. I have had to learn the hard way, and my skin is still recovering from the many years of daily exfoliating.

I would advise you to go through your skincare products to make sure they are doing what you need them to do. I have done that and changed my entire skincare products. I will be sharing more on that in a few weeks so look out for the post.

Thanks for reading and have a lovely day.

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Ariana Grande On Cosmopolitan UK May 2017 Issue

The cute Ariana Grande covers the May issue of Cosmopolitan UK and she looks lovely as always. I love her signature ponytail hairdo, and her makeup is always on point. This is a fab cover!

 

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I can clearly see myself reading this issue. From the topics on the cover, it looks like it would be a great read. I would love to read the “Dress like a Boss” article, “How to join the 150k Job Club”, and “Beauty Bloggers: Can we trust anything they say” articles. They sound interesting.

I do find it funny that magazines editors are mostly threatened by bloggers in general, I find it extremely flattering. I am not sure if this Beauty Bloggers article is a positive or negative article, but it is funny that many of these magazine bosses are having sleepless nights over bloggers.

I think there is more than enough room for magazines and bloggers, there should be no competition or bad blood at all. I celebrate the magazines I read, and I truly enjoy writing about them. I have been reading magazines long before I started reading blogs or writing on Fashion and Style Police, and I have a separate place in my heart for magazines and blogs. They feed a different part of me in different ways.

I like blogs because I can relate more to them, and I like magazines because I can’t relate with them, if that makes any sense. I do prefer reading blogs to magazines and that could be because I am a blogger and blogs are free!

 

 

Anyways, back to Ariana Grande. She looks gorgeous on the cover and I want to read this issue now.

What do you think? Have you read this issue? Please sound off in the comments section below.

Thanks for reading and enjoy the week!

 

 

 

30 Blog Post Ideas for Beauty Bloggers

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My Fashion Post Ideas for Fashion Bloggers was well received. So I have decided to go ahead with a few more post ideas for other niches. Here are 30 blog post ideas for beauty bloggers:

 

Empties Post – Where you show off the empty bottles or packs of beauty products you have used.

Face of the Day – You showcase your perfectly made up face and how you achieve the look.

Wishlist – Featuring beauty products you are lusting over.

Beauty Muse – I do this monthly. It is all about featuring a beauty muse, anyone you admire. Here is my latest beauty muse post.

Skincare Tips – Here, you can share skincare or beauty tips you have tried and tested.

Product Review – You can review a beauty product. I do this weekly. Here is my latest product review post.

Interview – You can interview a beauty entrepreneur, like a founder of a beauty brand or a makeup artist. Here is an example of a recent interview I carried with a skincare founder.

Makeup Tutorial – You write about various makeup tricks and tips, and how to get them write. For example you can write about contouring and highlighting.

Red Carpet Looks – You can write about various celebrity red carpet looks.

Hairstyles – Hair falls under beauty, so you can talk about hairstyles for different occasions or seasons.

 

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Brand Spotlight – Here, you can blog about your favourite beauty brand.

What I Have on my Dressing Table – Beauty products you have on your dressing table.

What I Have in my Handbag – What you have in your handbag.

What I Have in my Makeup Bag – What you have in your makeup bag.

Beauty Blogs I Love – Beauty Blogs you love reading. A good way to introduce your readers to other blogs.

Beauty Post Linkups – Link up beauty posts you enjoyed reading or found informative. A good way to spread the blog love.

Beauty Products I Use Everyday – You can write about beauty or skincare products you use everyday.

Beauty Products I Will Buy Again – Beauty products you have used, and will buy again.

Makeup Artists Worth Following  – Makeup artists worth following on social media. Another great way to spread the love in the beauty world.

The Different Face Shapes – You can talk about the various face shapes and their features.

 

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Makeup for Various Face Shapes – You can talk about various makeup for the different face shapes.

General Posts – Here you can talk about general beauty topics. Like beauty crimes, drugstore vs high-end makeup brands, and so on.

Makeup for Skin tones – You can write about different makeup products for skin tones.

Press Days & Events – Events with beautiful pictures are always a good one.

Beauty Product Essentials – Beauty products you can’t live without.

Holiday Essentials – What beauty products to take go on holiday with.

Cosmetic Work – Any type of cosmetic work you may be undergoing or thinking of undergoing like laser hair removal, stretch marks laser removal, lip fillers, whitening the teeth, and so on.

A Haul – Hauls are fun if you like showing off talking about your purchases.

Beauty Boxes – Showing off the contents of your beauty box is a good idea too.

A Beauty Gift Guide – A beauty gift guide for Christmas, Mother’s Day, or Valentine’s Day, is also a good idea.

 

What do you think of these blog post ideas for beauty bloggers? Do you write any of these posts regularly?