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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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My Acne Story

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I have written extensively about acne and various ways to deal with it. So for my True Stories post this month, I decided to write about how my journey with acne started. I started the True Stories series last month with my personal injury story, and it was well received, so expect to read monthly personal true stories.

I have always had a ‘troublesome’ skin. Once I hit puberty, my skin was all over the place with pimples and spots. I remember it being extremely had to tackle. I tried treating my pimples and spots with everything and anything. I even tried applying toothpaste on them overnight, which seem to work but left me with spots to remember. This skin issue went on for all my teenage years and even after. But it went on a whole new level when I went camping in 2007, and had to sleep rough for a few days. I had a massive acne outbreak all over my face, neck and back. It was a horrible sight.

I am not 100% sure of what led to it but I suspect it was the fact that we had horrible living conditions in the camp. I had to sleep rough – on the bare floor the first night. And when I eventually got a bed space, it was more of a hell hole with too many of us. So I guess all that and more made my skin go gaga.

It took months for my skin to return to my regular acne state. I tried everything and I eventually got rid of most of them but I have the acne scars left on my face (God bless the makers of makeup), and loads on my back.

Now for those who don’t know, Acne or Acne Vulgaris is a long-term skin disease that occurs when hair follicles become clogged with oil and dead skin cells. So Acne is characterised by whiteheads or blackheads, pimples, spots, greasy skin and in some cases – scarring.

I had blackheads, spots, pimples and a bit of scarring. Some parts of my face were usually greasy too. But I am happy to say I no longer have to deal with acne. It is now a distant memory except for the scars left. However I know many people have to deal with their acne and scars everyday and I know how frustrating it can be.

The good news is there is now a treatment for acne scars in form of the Laser Acne Scar Removal Treatment. This laser treatment tackles the appearance of acne scars on every area of the body. The treatment is fast, easy and it improves the overall texture and condition of the skin.

 

 

The video above explains the treatment process at Pulse Light Clinic London in detail. It is definitely worth watching.

If you are unhappy with your acne scars, you can get rid of them. Contact Pulse Light Clinic to book in a free consultation and patch-test”


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How to Fight Under Eye Circles and Bags

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There are so many beauty problems that we have to deal with on a daily basis as ladies. The dark circles and puffy bags are among them. If left unchecked, they can dull our appearance.
There are a lot of reasons why we have dark under eye circles or eye bags. Lack of sleep, stress, allergies and age are among the common causes. For some, under eye circles and bags are genetic. They were probably born with light or thin under eye skin which makes them look darker underneath the eyes because the collection of blood is more visible.

When trying to fight with skin problems, I try as much as possible to make use of natural remedies because they contain no chemicals and I’m pretty sure my skin will not be damaged in the process. So, here are some ways you can make your under eye circles and bags appear brighter and less puffy.
1.    Cucumber
Cucumbers are a popular natural remedy to under eye circles and bags. The anti-inflammatory properties in cucumber can help reduce eye bags. Place a slice of cucumber on each eye and leave for 25 minutes. This will help soothe your under eyes and reduce puffiness. I aim to do this once a week.
2.    Raw potatoes
Slice a raw potato and place a slice directly on your eyes for 15-20 minutes. Another method is to grate the raw potato and squeeze the juice out of it. Take a cotton ball soak it in the potato juice. Apply the soaked cotton ball over your eyes and leave for 10 minutes. The potato will help reduce the swelling under your eyes and reduce the appearance of the dark circles.  Never underestimate the power of potatoes! I wrote about how potatoes can lighten your underarms some weeks ago. Potatoes have the power like that.
3.    Use a cold press
A cold press can be quite effective in reducing the appearance of dark circles and eye bags. Soak a ball of cotton into a bowl of cold water and apply the cotton ball over your eyes. Let them rest for a couple of minutes. You can also make use of spoons to reduce eye bags. Dip a spoon into the bowl of cold water then press the spoon under your eyes for some minutes. When the spoon grows warmer, dip the spoon back into the bowl of cold water.
4.    Vitamin E oil
Vitamin E oil has been known to do wonders for your skin. It also helps fight dark circles under eyes and reduce swelling under your eyes. In a bowl of cool water, add a couple of drops of vitamin E oil. Soak a ball of cotton into the mixture and leave it for 20 minutes.
5.    Egg whites
Another effective solution to dark circles and eye bags is an egg white mask. It will make the skin under your eyes feel tighter. What you’ll need is to separate the yokes from the whites of 1-2 eggs. Beat the egg whites together until it is stiff. Apply the egg whites under your eyes. You can do this with a brush or you can simply use your fingers. Leave the whipped egg on for 10-20 minutes then wash it off with cold water.
6.    Cold milk
Milk soothes and nourishes your skin. This is what makes it a great remedy for under eye circles and bags. Soak a ball of cotton and apply it on your eyes. Let it rest for 20-30 minutes, and then wash it off. This will help cool the under eye area and improve its appearance.

 

Have you tried any of these methods before? What are your thoughts?

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