Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Here comes the sun(screen)

Hello everyone!

Believe it or not, there are still a lot of misconceptions about sunscreen.  Today's post aims at clarifying some of those misconceptions.  Let's get started!


Truth or Fiction?

You don't need sunscreen if you have dark skin or already have a tan. 
Fact: Everybody, regardless of race, ethnic origins and skin type is subject to the damaging effects of exposure to the sun. 

Sunscreen, with SPF-30 provides twice as much protection as SPF-15. 
Fact: NO.  Here's an SPF guide:
SPF 15 - 1/15 of the UVB rays get through to your skin - blocking about 93%.
SPF 30 - 1/30 of the UVB rays get through to your skin - blocking about 97%. 
SPF 50 - 1/50 of the UVB rays get through to your skin - blocking about 98%.

Waterproof sunscreen provides "all day protection" and does not need to be re-applied. 
Fact: Waterproof sunscreens loses some of their effectiveness after 40 minutes. 

Cloudy days limit the power of the sun's rays. 
Fact: 80% of the sun's ultraviolet rays can pass through clouds. 

Using sunscreen will prevent skin cancer. 
Fact: NO.  Some researchers even blame sunscreen use for encouraging people to stay in the sun longer than they should.  You should also avoid some of the chemicals used in sunscreen such as para-aminobenzoic (PABA), and oxbenzone.
  • There is no rating system for UVA protection.
  • Most sunscreens are good at blocking UVB rays (the ones that burn) but not UVA (the ones primarily responsible for DNA damage and melanomas).
  • Very High SPF numbers (SPF-100+) are mostly marketing ploys.  SPF-30 is enough. 

Here Comes the Sun(Screen)
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Some positive effects of UVA
  • Helps with Vitamin D production: strengthens bones, muscles and the body's immune system.  It may lower the risk of getting some kinds of cancers such as colon cancer. 
  • Helps some skin conditions. 
  • Helps moods - sunlight stimulates the pineal gland in the brain to produce certain chemicals called 'tryptamines'.  These chemicals improve our mood.

Protection: A timeline
  • Ancient Egyptians used potions to ward off tan and also heal damaged skin.  Some of those ingredients were rice bran extracts (today, gamma oryzanol), jasmine and Lupine extract. 
  • Early 1930s: First sunburn cream produced by South Australian chemist HA Milton. 
  • 1936: First sunscreen debuts by Eugene Schueller, founder of L'Oreal Company. 
  • 1938: SPF factor developed.  First commercially available screen had SPF 2. 
  • 1944: Remember the Coppertone girl.  She took a first bow this year 
  • 1980: Coppertone developed the first UVA/UVB sunscreen.
If you want to make your own all-natural sunscreen, click here for the recipe!



Related post:

Sunscreen 101


Monday, June 29, 2015

Coconut craze | Homemade beauty products

Hello everyone!

Who needs toxic beauty products when you can make your own all-natural products for a fraction of the cost?!  Coconut oil beauty products are the most popular beauty products on the market.  I love coconut oil!  You can make everything from toothpaste to sunscreen using coconut oil as the main ingredient.  



Check out these blog posts to learn more/view additional DIY beauty recipes using coconut oil:

And for more recipes, check out this infographic by Health Perch:  A guide to homemade coconut oil beauty products.

10 Recipes for Homemade Coconut Oil Beauty Products - Make Your Own Coconut Oil Beauty Products
"A Guide to Homemade Coconut Oil Beauty Products" on Health Perch



I have tried all of these recipes, except two; the eyeliner and the sunscreen.  What's your favourite way to use coconut oil?  Also, if you like to try some DIY make-up recipes, check out: How to create your own make-up.







Saturday, June 27, 2015

{Haul} Born Pretty Store

Hello everyone!

I hope you had a great week!  Today I will be showing you what I bought from Born Pretty Store.  If you have never heard of BPS, read this first:  Have you heard of Born Pretty?


Let's get started!  The very first thing that I added to my shopping cart was this colour changing rose red lip balm.  I actually bought two and I'm very glad I did.  This lip balm is fantastic!  The green looking product you can see below, is actually a very moisturising, long-lasting pink lip balm.  And, it stays on for hours without fading!



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I also bought some jewellery and accessories, namely; four pairs of earrings, two necklaces and a wrist watch.  Take a look:

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And from the hair decorations section, I bought some hair pins.  The site shows a pack of 60 hair pins but instead I got three packs of 20.  It does not make any difference to me but I just wanted to let you know!


I also ordered 2 "mystery/lucky bags"; a jewellery and accessories lucky bag and a make-up lucky bag.  Here's what I got:


My jewellery and accessories lucky bag contained...

a spiky double ring...

a cute pair of earrings...

a multi-chain bracelet...

and a bunny ears silicone hair band.



Whereas my make-up lucky bag contained...

a make-up sponge...

a double layer make-up palette with mirror, 8 shimmery eye-shadows...

2 blush colours and a powder...

and a liquid eyeliner.


The products were true to photos for the most part, and the quality was impressive for such low, inexpensive prices.  You may find these items and many more at Born Pretty Store.  Use my coupon SETT10 for 10% off to save even more!


I will also post a FOTD using my make-up "lucky bag" products soon, so make sure you check back for that! 
Did you enjoy this haul?  What did you like the most?  Do let me know in the comments below.





Monday, June 22, 2015

Acne awareness month | What type of acne do you have?

Hello everyone!

This is my third "Acne Awareness Month" post.  If you want to read the previous two, here are the links:

Today's post is about the different types of acne and how they can be treated.  If you are battling acne, you probably already know that, there are different types of acne.


 Whiteheads or blackheads.  Papules, pustules and nodules.  So why do you need to learn all these names?  Because knowledge is the best weapon.  The infographic below details treatments plans for each type of acne, whether its mild, moderate or severe.


Let me know your thoughts.  If you have any advice or tips to share, please comment below, I’d love to hear from you.





Sunday, June 21, 2015

Acne awareness month | Get over acne

Hello everyone!

In yesterday's post I talked about Acne Awareness Month and I also gave 12 tips that can help you manage your acne.  You can read the post here.

Today I want to give you some acne facts that can help you deal with your acne.


Who Gets Acne?

Acne is the most common skin disease.  People of all races and ages get acne.  But it is most common in teenagers and young adults.  An estimated 80 percent of all people between the ages of 11 and 30 have acne outbreaks at some point.  Some people in their forties and fifties still get acne.

What Causes Acne?

Acne is a clogged pore.  Therefore, acne is caused by:
  • a pore’s opening being blocked,
  • excess production of sebum (the substance in the pores), or
  • a combination of both factors.
Doctors think certain factors might cause it:
  • The hormone increase in teenage years 
  • Hormone changes during pregnancy
  • Heredity (if your parents had acne, you might get it, too)
  • Some types of medicine
  • Some skincare, make-up and hair products (acne cosmetica).
Getting treatment for your acne can be a tough decision.  What is the best way to get rid of pimples?  Should you buy over the counter treatments?   Should you change your diet?  See a doctor?  Find out the answers to these questions and more, in the infographic below.


Remember, acne can and should be treated, but there is no known cure for this condition.  Preventing acne from forming is the best way to control it.

Do you suffer from acne too?  How do you treat it?  Do you have any tips you want to share?  Leave a comment below!

Have an awesome day! 






Saturday, June 20, 2015

Acne awareness month | Managing your acne

Hello everyone!

The American Acne and Rosacea Society (AARS) declared June, National Acne Awareness Month back in 2009 to bring awareness to the issue and inform health care providers about acne.  


As I already told you, I've been battling acne since I was 11 or 12 years old and it is not easy.  Today I want to give you some tips:
  1. Wash your face twice a day and after sweating.
  2. Commit to washing you face before and after your workout.  Sweat can get trapped under your make-up and potentially cause acne, and post-workout session sweat can cause more acne.
  3. Be gentle with your skin. Use gentle products, such as those that are alcohol-free. 
  4. Don't forget to change your pillowcases regularly.  If you use your cases for days on end without changing them, they can cause the dead skin cells and other bacteria transfer on your face.
  5. Wipe your glasses.  If you wear glasses regularly, "dirt" (oil, sweat, make-up) will quickly build-up on the frames and nose piece. This "dirt" can easily transfer on your skin and lead to breakouts.
  6. Make sure you clean your phone daily.  The phone can accumulate huge amounts of bacteria because it is constantly handled.
  7. Keep your hands off your face.  Touching your skin throughout the day can cause more acne.
  8. If you spend a large amount of time indoors, especially in an air conditioned room, it can affect your skin.  The AC takes away the moisture out of the air, and will leave your skin feeling dry and prone to irritation.
  9. Let your skin heal naturally.  If you pick your acne, your skin will take longer to clear and you increase the risk of getting acne scars.
  10. Feed your skin from the inside out by eating healthier foods.  Look for foods with lots of vitamins and antioxidants.
  11. Drink lots of water!  You will hydrate your skin and help get rid of toxins.
  12. Consult a dermatologist if:
          • Your acne makes you shy or embarrassed.
          • The products you've tried have not worked.
          • Your acne is leaving scars.

          Also, check out some of my previous acne related posts:


          I hope you found this helpful!  If you have any questions or tips leave them in the comments section below.

          Have a great day!







           

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