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.

 

 

Beauty Muse – Meghan Markle

Prince Harry’s love interest, the beautiful American actress – Meghan Markle, famous for her role as Rachel Zane in the USA legal drama Suits, is my Beauty Muse. Let me tell you why.

 

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I recently started watching Suits on Netflix, and I am blown away by this 35-year-old beauty and her amazing acting skills. I think she is drop dead gorgeous. I did a bit of research on her and found out she the famous woman I have heard so much about this year. I knew Prince Harry was dating an American lady, but never knew her name or what she looked like until today. I think she is a stunner! A fine Princess in the making.

 

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I think Meghan Markle has an amazing skin. I love how flawless it looks and I am also in love with her smile, I think it is so pretty.

 

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Here are some of Markle’s beauty secrets; you may want to take notes –

 

The Importance of Facials

‘When I was 13 years old, my mom had me start getting facials in my hometown of Los Angeles,’ Meghan wrote on The Tig. ‘It seemed so silly at the time, trekking in my school uniform to see a woman named Anika who slathered my skin with Yon-Ka products and chatted away about the importance of eye cream. 

‘My mom would give Anika a check (and usually some fruit she picked up for her at the farmers market, because she’s thoughtful that way) and we would drive home with my mom, ever the little bird in my ear, saying, “You must always take care of your skin.”‘

Kudos to her mother for setting her on the right path to a great skincare routine. It is never too late or early to start paying attention to your skin.

Skipping Makeup

When Meghan isn’t filming, you’ll rarely find her in a full face of make-up. ‘I wear so much make-up for work that when I have a day off, I don’t like to wear it at all,’ she told Express.co.uk. ‘I’ll put on moisturizer, a little bit of highlighter on my cheekbones and that’s it.’

 

I am happy I am not alone in thinking makeup should not be worn everyday. It ruins the skin.

 

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What do you thin of Meghan Markle as a Beauty Muse? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Thanks for reading and commenting.

 

The Shocking Beauty Benefits of Caffeine

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Most of us rely heavily on caffeine to stay awake and keep going through the day.  But very few know that the coffee you drink actually contains a lot of beauty benefits!
Ironically, it is advised not to drink so much caffeinated beverages because of the adverse effects it can have on your health. Since it’s great for the outer parts of your body, you have another reason to keep coffee stocked up in your kitchen (and as part of your beauty kit). Here’s a rundown of the beauty benefits of caffeine.
Reduces puffiness
You know those puffy under eyes that are such a pain to conceal with makeup? Applying leftover ground from your coffee under your eyes and on your eyelids for about 20 minutes is all you need to do the trick (make sure you rinse off with cool water when the 20 minutes are up).
The powerful antioxidants found in caffeine help to reduce the inflammation. When you apply coffee under your eyes, the coffee penetrates deep into the skin and down to the cells to slow down cell damage. That is what helps to reduce the puffiness.
Effective for exfoliation
Exfoliation is an important part of your beauty routine. If you’re thinking of going all natural, then coffee grounds make an effective scrub. Apply the coffee grounds on your face and gently rub to remove the dead skin cells. This will make your skin feel soft and smooth. Apart from giving a nice smooth finish, it will help boost the collagen production in your skin. This is because coffee contains Caffeic acid which is the collagen producing property in coffee.
Promotes hair growth
You all know how much attention I pay to my hair since I went natural, well I have researched and one of the main causes of hair loss is the inflammation of the hair follicles. Thanks to the rich dose of antioxidants found in coffee, it helps reduce inflammation and restore hair growth. Even if you’re not suffering from hair loss, applying coffee on your hair will help prevent any occurrence of premature hair loss.
 Enhances the color of your hair
Want to tint your hair without using harsh chemicals? Coffee will do the trick. Prepare some strong brewed coffee or mix 1-2 teaspoons of coffee grounds to your conditioner and apply it to your hair. Let it sit for about 5 minutes, and then wash it off. You will see the colour of your hair deepen and you will notice your hair has a nice luxurious scent of coffee too.
Reduces the presence of cellulite
Who would have thought coffee grounds could reduce the presence of cellulite, right? Well it does. Apply the coffee grounds on wherever you have cellulite and massage it in for a while and then wash it off. Do this regularly and you will start to notice the presence of cellulite will be minimized.
This is because caffeine helps in dehydrating the fat cells and increases the blood circulation which will tighten, brighten and make your skin smooth. So brilliant!
Protects you from the damaging effects of the sun
When you apply coffee topically your skin gets protected from UV (ultra violate) damage which reduces the risk of skin cancer. The antioxidants found in caffeine help to repair sun damage on your skin. This is done by blocking the protein called ataxia telangiectasia (ATR).

Are you as shocked as I am with these beauty benefits of Caffeine? I bet the caffeine junkies (me me me) will be excited. I know I am.

Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Thanks for reading.