12 Tips for Glowing Skin

When I think about summer I picture flowy dresses, pools and glowing skin. I have very dry skin and to make it glowing it’s a lot of work. I quickly realised that getting glowing skin it’s not about getting the right cream but more of a change of lifestyle. Glowing is important to check that your body doesn’t have any underlying problems, usually, they show for the inside out. Having glowing skin means that is aesthetically pleasant not too dry and not too oily, a perfect balance, that makes you look healthy and well-cared. It’s important to know what factors are making your skin dull or having frequent breakouts and try to correct them.

Hydration. I think that this is one of the most important things that usually tends to be overlooked, but I promise you it makes a ton of difference. The body is made of 60% of water and when we hydrate we help our organism to reduce sugar cravings, sometimes helps also getting rid of headaches.

Not getting enough vitamin C. Applying a Vitamin C serum in the morning before moisturiser is important for the skin to boost collagen production, which helps in reducing fine lines and giving the skin a more youthful look thus the “glowing skin” we want to achieve, also fades dark spots from sun exposure. Be careful if you are using retinol or niacinamide because the ingredients do not mix well.

Stress. Stress is the principal cause of many skin problems, from blemishes to redness. Living a life stress-free is almost impossible but there are methods to reduce it if you have a lot of stress in your life may be important for you to follow them with more care. Yoga is the most appreciated stress-relief of all methods, a daily routine may be beneficial. If it’s not for you exercise may be another great activity. Consider also reducing your caffeine intake.

Not getting enough minerals. Vitamins are always mentioned for health but sometimes minerals get left out, they are key elements for bright, glowing skin. Be sure that you get enough: Zinc, found in meat and chickpeas which provides antioxidants and mineral sunscreen; Silica, for skin elasticity and you can find it in face mask which will even skin tone and heal inflammations; Manganese, found in leafy greens like spinach and kale, it repair and soothes damaged skin speeding healing times. Sulfur and selenium. To get them you just need to have a well-balanced diet.

Exfoliate. Exfoliation gets rid of dead skin cell, a good chemical exfoliation can do wonders to your skin, try to avoid physical scrubs on your face because they can be quite harsh and look for chemical peels which are very mild and give better results on the long run.

Cleanse. Cleansing is as much as important as exfoliation. You need to remove every dirt, pollution and product before going to bed so you can avoid build-up and clogged pores which they highlight dull skin.

Wear Sunscreen. Be careful to always wear sunscreen before going out, not only when going to the beach, because the sun may create dark spots and uneven skin tone (as well as major health problems). It’s also right to note that 90% of premature wrinkles come from UV light exposure.

Use your skincare in the correct order to get the most benefits. The thinner of your products goes first which are water-soluble to your thicker creams finishing with your SPF.

Keep your phone clean. There are a lot of bacteria nesting on the screen of your phone, make sure it’s always clean especially if you make a lot of calls.

On the same note, do not touch your face, now more than ever. Your hands get in contact with a lot of objects during the day and while we are all trying our best to wash them often they still may carry bacteria that may provoke acne in your face.

Look for brightening ingredients like niacinamide, retinol or ceramides in skin care products to help give you a boost of glow.

Clay mask. If you have acne the best mask you can use is the clay mask that I’m sure you have seen everywhere Bentonite Clay mask. It absorbs excess oils and sebum from pores leaving the skin matte and clean.

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How to get rid of a bad Sunburn and how to uniform Tan Lines

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Going to the beach or sunbathing is always fun, and a little accidental burn can happen, but it is important to use precautions to avoid it, a good sun cream is essential to your skin’s health also reapply it throughout the day. Getting a sunburn increases the risk of getting skin cancer and premature ageing of the skin. It is also important to wear sunglasses to avoid damage to your eyes, the light sand and the water reflect the sun much more than any other surfaces.

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The best way to enjoy the summer under the sun is to apply multiple times your sunscreen through the day and avoid the sun as much as possible.
Unfortunately, there’s no safe tan, but you can use a good self-tan you won’t even realize it’s not from the sun. I made this article Best Self Tan and How to Apply it if you want to check out some of my favourites and this article for the best sunscreen.
If you have a sunburn and don’t know how to get rid of it you can follow these simple bits of advice.

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Sunburn eventually turns into a tan, but it will take about a week or so. Meanwhile, you can get immediate relief in a cool shower or bath. It will ease the burning sensation but only for a little time, or as long as you start to warm up again. I can recommend doing it just before going to bed.

Staying hydrated is fundamental, the skin needs to be replenished because it lost a lot of liquids.

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Use loose clothing that doesn’t stick to your skin, it’s important to let the area breathe and not getting “teased” by them.


The superstar of helping burns, in general, is aloe vera, it’s properties are perfect for treating them. It is antibacterial and thus avoids to grow infections while it soothes and moisturize the skin. I always use this cream since my friend brought it to me from her Korea trip: Nature Republic Soothing & Moisture Aloe Vera 92%

If your burn already turned into a tan and it shows some untanned parts: the best method for conceal it and uniform it is to apply instant tan with your fingers onto the untanned parts to blend them all together. I suggest you ask someone to help you for the parts difficult to reach like the shoulders.

Do you have any other methods helpful for a sunburn? Let me know!

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What is the best hair removal method and how to apply it

After a long time using it my epilator broke, so I decided to explore all of the other options. In my mind, I wanted to find the perfect solution: no ingrown hair, no pain, cheap and long-lasting. Spoiler alert it doesn’t exist ☹️

I researched wide and long for a solution and I think the best one is the best one for you, meaning that if you can handle something like pain, price or time choose the one that for you it’s the lesser evil.

Choosing one of these methods it’s very personal and probably you can actually find the best one for after you try a good percentage of them. I will tell you later which one I chose, and also I will include some tips for maintaining the skin after and before the hair removal.

Hair Removal Method 1: CREAM

Depilatory creams are generally safe to use on your skin, although you may be sensitive to some of the chemical inside, so it’s always recommended to do a patch test 24 hours before. Through a chemical process the cream dissolves the hair and leave the skin smooth.

“The way that depilatory creams work, is that they break down the keratin structure – the proteins, of the hair. This effectively thins and dissolves the base of the hairs to the point where they are weak enough to be broken off when the cream is wiped away. ” – from Veet (https://www.veet.co.uk/blogs/tips/what-are-depilatory-creams-and-how-do-they-work

Pros: 
  • No pain
  • Cheap
  • No risk of cutting ourselves
  • Perfect for those just starting
  • Takes only a few minutes
Cons:
  • Awful smell
  • A bit smelly
  • Needs you to be careful to the ingredients
  • Not ideal for daily use it may sensitize the skin
  • Not long-lasting, after a day or two may need to use again (the duration is just like shaving)
How To:

Read the instruction on the package very carefully and the ingredients as well, if you are not sure if some of them may be not suitable for your skin do a patch test 24hrs before. Apply the cream directly on to your skin and leave for the indicated amount of time, after that, gently scrape away the cream with the tool provided to remove the product(and hair). Voilá you’re done. It’s very easy and you could also do other stuff while you wait for it to be done. 

Hair Removal Method 2: SHAVING

Shaving must be one of the most commonly used methods of hair removal for its efficiency in getting the job done. It’s safe to do but requires attention from the user, even though new razors are designed to avoid cuts you may find it very easy to accidentally hurt yourself if not careful enough. The razor leaves you skin smooth but it dries it out, so it’s recommended to use a moisturizing lotion after the treatment or use a razor with moisturizing bars on its head. Again, like all methods exfoliation is a must, shaving will create ingrown hair and the only way to avoid that is to exfoliate every day. I would recommend changing the blades every ten days to avoid infections on the skin

Pros:
  • Quick
  • Inexpensive
  • Convenient, can be done in the shower
  • Travel-sized
Cons:
  • Cause ingrown hair
  • Have to be careful to not cut yourself
  • Not long-lasting
  • Creates spikes of hair very uncomfortable to touch
  • Itchiness while the hair regrows
How to:

Shaving is pretty straight forward, glide gently the razor against the grain of your hair with shaving cream, balm or even standard shower gel. Exfoliate before and after.

Hair Removal Method 3: EPILATION

Epilation is another very popular method of hair removals, I used it for many years and it’s still one of my favourites. The machine has several little tweezers which pluck every hair individually. It’s very efficient and quite quick. the long-lasting effect is given from the plucking of the root of the hair, so it may take you weeks before having to do it again. The machine’s price varies from brand to brand and number of tweezers and overall performance, they are ranging from £20 to £200, but after this initial investment, you don’t need to buy anything else.

Pros:
  • Wax effect
  • Thins the hair with usage
  • Long-lasting, up to four weeks
  • The machine gets hair as small as half a millimetre
  • With continued usage may reduce hair growth
  • No waste
  • Initial investment but after that is completely free and it lasts for years
  • for all hair types
Cons:
  • Can’t be used on sensitive parts like bikini and underarms (unless you can handle the pain!)
  • Painful
  • Cause redness
  • Cause ingrown hairs
  • Take a bit of time
How To:

Turn on the machine and very gently, (don’t push it too hard on your skin), use slow movements against the grain of your hair (ankle to knee). Takes some time to do large zones like the legs. After epilating it’s normal to have red bumps on your skin, but they go away after a couple of hours. It’s recommended to use it before you have to go somewhere, for this reason, usually before going to bed it’s the best time. The secret for avoiding strawberry legs, (the dots on your legs after epilating) is exfoliating every day (again, I know).

Hair Removal Method 4: WAXING

Waxing is, without a doubt, the best method of all, it leaves the skin smooth and soft and it’s the most long-lasting of all. It doesn’t cause ingrown hair because the wax exfoliates while getting rid of hair. It can be used in all parts of the body and if done by a professional it could be not too painful.

Pros:
  • Instant smooth skin
  • Very long-lasting
  • Can be used everywhere in the body
  • Makes your hair grow thinner, lighter and finer
  • Removes dead skin cells
Cons:
  • Not cost-effective
  • a bit messy if you do it yourself
  • painful
  • the skin may lose some elasticity over time if done repeatedly
How to:

Apply the wax in the direction of growth of your hair, and strip it close to your skin against the grain. It is important to remove it with a very strong and rapid movement with a supporting stretch of the skin with the other hand. After waxing do not use any product on your skin or expose it to the sun for at least 24 hours. The best results are seen when the hair is around 5 mm long.

Hair Removal 5: IPL

Ipl or intense pulsed light at home is a quite new method of hair removal. The machine is pretty simple per se, it emits light on your skin and burns the root of your hair to avoid to not let it grow again. There are quite a few in commerce now, although they vary in brand and price they all look very similar.

Pros:
  • Makes your hair grows slower and less
  • not painful
  • overtime should get rid of hair completely
Cons:
  • requires the use of razor
  • not for all types of skin and hair: only light skin and dark hair can use this device, all the others may result in burns and discolouration of the skin
  • tedious work: flash every part of the skin with a single window light
  • requires you to do it frequently to achieve the results
How to:

Beforehand shave the part you want to treat, so the light can burn ONLY the root of your hair and not your skin, this is very important and you should not use black eyeliner to limit the zones if you must use a light coloured pencil (white is preferred). Then, on clean and dry skin apply the device light side down, making sure the window of the light is completely pressed on your skin and click the button. People who tried experienced a light zap on their skin but without pain. There are different levels of intensity of the light, so you can choose that depending on your pain threshold.

Hair Removal 6: SUGARING

Sugaring may be confused sometimes with waxing, the two methods are effectively very similar but they are not the same thing. Sugaring is much more gentle with the skin and hair, it exfoliates and removes the hair. A mixture of honey, sugar and lemon makes the perfect “glue” on which the hair and dead skin cells stick on. It doesn’t need any strip as you can apply it with your fingers and remove it just as easily. You make a ball and push it against the grain of your hair and then strip it with the natural grain, this way when the hair re-grows it follows the natural curve and doesn’t stick out as much.

Pros:
  • removes dead skin cells
  • doesn’t get sticky, you can just wash it off with water
  • very gentle to the skin
  • perfect for sensitive skin
  • super low cost (you can make it yourself)
  • wax effect
Cons:
  • it’s quite difficult to get the perfect consistency if you make it yourself
  • it needs practice on the application
How to:

Mix lemon sugar and honey in a pot and let stay on medium heat while continuously stirring, (if you don’t it may stick and ruin the pot), after this, you turn off the heat and continue to stir until it becomes a ball. You can store it in a pre-oiled container and use it when necessary, you can make it in advance for later use. When you are ready powder your skin so the sugar doesn’t stick to it but only to your hair, take a small ball of sugar and roll it on the part you want to treat while working it. Then with the grain of your hair growth strip it away and reshape it as a ball.

Maintaing

If your hair grows at a fast speed you can use a hair inhibitor growth to extend the duration of your free-hair days.

I talked about exfoliator on a number of times, you can try a sugar or salt scrub or a exfoliating mitt to use everyday in the shower.

Lastly, for you bikini zone, to avoid those annoying black dots you can also wear laser cut underwear, it doesn’t irritate the area and leaves it breathing.

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Best Self Tan for Beginners and how to apply it

Avoiding the sun and being protected from it is super important to maintain healthy and young-looking skin without any wrinkles, it has been proved that sun rays are the 90% cause of wrinkles and sagging.
Fake tan is the best thing to do to keep having the summer-ready look (even in winter!), so I made this little guide to help everyone who wants to try it out for the first time. I will also recommend my favourite products so you can get a head start on the products.

When choosing a self-tan there’s a whole lot of things to consider shade, formula and brand, and the one I dread most: fragrance. I hate it when they smell like a biscuit.

The best formula I would recommend for a beginner is foam, so you can see where you applied it before it dries.

  1. The secret for a non-streaky tan is Exfoliation. This is the most important thing you should do, especially before applying the tan. You should exfoliate with a fine sugar scrub every time you take a shower, this reduces also the appearance of “strawberry legs”, you know when you have those tine red dots on your leg after shaving? The scrub will remove dead skin cells which are the cause of the streaks.

2. Wax (or shave). Remove all unwanted hair the day before you intend to apply the fake tan. If you wax it’s an excellent exfoliator as well.

3. Moisturise. Be sure to extra moisturize dry areas, like feet, elbows and knees, and let the skin absorb the cream for at least half an hour before. When you’re ready leave some fresh moisturizer on your wrist to blend seamlessly with your hands.

4. Apply the Self Tan. Be sure to apply it with a mitt, squeezing the product directly on to it. A mistake that often beginners make is that they end up with hands darker than the rest because they apply it without any gloves or mitt. Clean the mitt after every use to avoid build-up of product and let it air dry.
Tip: If you don’t have a mitt and still want to use your bare hands, be sure to set a timer and wash them every 5 minutes.

5. Use circular motion in small parts. Focus on just a small part at the time to avoid leaving out parts, like inner arms and thighs. If you want to apply it on your face as well but are concerned, don’t worry, mix it with your face moisturizer to lighten the shade.
Tips: When applying the tan be in a well-aired room to avoid you to sweat, a fan may also do the trick.
If you are using an instant tan you have to be very quick and when you notice streaks you can blend it with a kabuki brush.

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6. Let it dry. You should let it dry for at least one hour and then you can wear clothes, use dark and loose clothes so it doesn’t transfer or create patches. Try to apply it at night, it usually takes time to develop and it’s the best time to do it. Make sure you don’t sweat during the night!
Tip: if you want to speed the waiting time use a fan, a hairdryer on cool settings or loose powder.

7. Take a shower. After the recommended time take a shower to wash off the excess product. Use cooler water than usual, the hot water may dry your skin and ruin your tan. Avoid any soaps or scrubs for this first shower.

8. Maintain. To prolong the tan moisturize daily and keep using cooler water in the shower.

Bonus tip:
To get a glowing finish apply a body oil to achieve the golden goddess effect!

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How I relieved my headache in 5 min!

In these months of quarantine, I have been having weekly ballet classes online (thanks Zoom!) and every time after I was done I had headache slowly building up until in the evening I got nausea and couldn’t even keep my eyes open, almost like a migraine.


I thought about every possible trigger and after some days of online research I found out that it could be a tension headache after a workout, and possible causes were overworking yourself, lack of sleep, not properly warming up and cooling down at the end, room too hot, dehydration or eye strain.


So, I started to correct everything I was doing wrong: I slept the whole 8 hours before exercising, I warmed up, turned on the AC in the room to make it cool, drank before and after (I am not talking about a single glass, I mean a whole 750 ml bottle before and one after) and avoided anything that could strain my eyes for the day. Nothing.
The precautions I took were absolutely in vain, in the evening I continued to have that awful headache.


I was absolutely defeated, I took an aspirin hoping it would have helped but it still didn’t get any better, which was very weird, I usually do not take medicine unless absolutely necessary so they are quite effective on me very quickly.
I went to bed at 4 o’clock in the afternoon to try to make it go away, I put my arm on the forehead and after a bit, I noticed a slow improvement. As soon as I stood up to go to the kitchen the aching came back again. How is this possible?


And then, I found the “cure”, I want to share it with you because this is life-changing, at least for me, and I hope it could help you as well. I don’t know if for you it will work just like it did with me, but it’s worth a shot.

I took a shower, washing my hair as well. That’s it.

I did take a shower after exercising but I lazily didn’t wash my hair because I didn’t sweat almost at all, so it was just a quick one and I was out and about in 5 minutes.


If you wonder why, apparently, the hot water relaxed the muscles and relieved my sinuses, I made sure I stayed there long enough to calm it, I also massaged my scalp with a little brush, which reactivates the circulation in the blood vessels of your scalp. I recommend it very vividly if you have dry scalp or, like me, tension headache or even for a relaxing moment of massage after a long day.
For the whole evening and night, I was completely fine with no headache.

I hope this little discovery I made can help someone out there who is just as desperate as I were and if you have any other tips and tricks on how to relieve headaches let me know!

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Best Sunscreen of 2020

Summer it’s almost here! I made a bit of research on this and I found some of the most recommended sunscreen to find in the UK. I will list the pros and cons that people found about the products so you will have a more complete image of what to expect, especially when some of them are expensive. A thing also worth noting is the about the difference between mineral and physical sunscreen. Mineral sunscreen can last longer because the don’t degrade as easily under the sun, but they tend to leave a white cast because of the zinc (mineral), this can be easily solved with a tinted sunscreen. Mineral are also perfect for people with oily skin, as they tend to dry out more than physical. If you have a dry skin type but still prefer the mineral sunscreen I would recommend using a rich moisturizer underneath with ceramides and lipids (I would recommend Cerave in this case).


La Roche Posay Anthelios Shaka Fluid SPF50

The most loved one is definetely the one from La Roche Posay Anthelios Shaka Fluid, gives the perfect amount of protection under the sun and doesn’t require you to top it up too frequently.

Pros
  • High Protection UVA and UVB
  • No white cast
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Water and Sweat Resistant
Cons
  • High Concentration of Alcohol (may sting around eyes)
  • Some people find it a bit sticky
  • On the expensive side
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Shaka Ultra Light Facial Sun Cream SPF50 – £13

Garnier Ambre Solair Ultra-Light Sensitive Face Fluid

If the Anthelios isn’t on your budget but still intrigued by it, I find what is supposed to be a dupe for it: the new Ambre Solair Ultra-Light Sensitive Face fluid from Garnier, it basically has the same ingredients and it’s more affordable, only £7!

Ambre Solaire Ultra-Light Sensitive Face Fluid – £7

Nivea Sensitive Immediate Protect Sun Lotion SPF 30

Nivea Sun lotion is one of the most affordable on the list, the trusty brand is a favourite for a lot of people and some compare it to the korean sunscreens.

Pros
  • Fragrance-free
  • Water resitant
  • Soothing Effect with Aloe Vera and Jojoba Oil
  • For sensitive skin
  • No white cast
  • Price
Cons
  • Needs constant re-applying
  • Comedogenic (clog pores)
  • May break you out if acne-prone
Nivea Sensitive Immediate Protect Sun Lotion SPF 30 – £6

Altruist Sunscreen SPF30

This sunscreen is on the bestsellers from Amazon, created by a dermatologist with a quite astounding price point. Some people compare it with Bioré Watery Essence. If you get it from Amazon you can get 2 tubes of 200 ml each for £8. Plus, from every product sold they donate 10p to charities supporting people with Albinism in Africa. We all love a good deal!

Pros
  • Protection from UVA and UVB
  • Very low price
  • Fragrance Free
  • For Sentitive Skin
  • Water Resistant
  • No White Cast
Cons
  • Leaves a greasy finish
  • Pills if not applied correctly
Altruist Dermatologist Sunscreen – £8 (2x200ml)

Australian Gold Botanical SPF 50 Tinted Face Lotion

Australian Gold has a wide range of sun cream products, I just discovered it and I find it quite interesting. Reading upon the ingredient list it feels quite a good sunscreen with a bit tint in it.

Pros
  • Tinted (=no white cast!) and can be used as a primer
  • Mineral (this means that it’s not greasy)
  • Oil free
  • Doesn’t Clog pores
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Paraben-Free
  • Water resistant
Cons
  • A bit Expensive
Australian Gold Botanical SPF 50 Tinted Face Lotion – £22

Purito Centella Green Level Safe Sun SPF50

Asian skincare are absolute leaders for everything regarding skincare from toners to essences, sunscreen is not less. Purito is one of my favourite with a SPF of 50. Completely blocking UVA and UVB, when you are wearing this is almost like a shield.

Pros
  • Non sticky
  • No white cast
  • Vegan
Cons
  • Not Water Resistant
  • Must be applied often
  • Low UVA protection
Purito Green Level Safe Sun SPF50 – £10

COSRX Aloe Soothing SPF50

Continuing with the Korean brands the Cosrx is definetly one of the top rated.

Pros
  • Doesn’t break out
  • good for dry skin
  • Long Lasting
Cons
  • Tends to pill
  • quite heavy and balmy texture (not for oily skin)
COSRX Aloe Soothing SPF50 – £12

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12 Best Father’s Day gift to give your Dad this year

This Sunday it’s Father’s day and I still haven’t decided on what to buy. It’s very challenging to find the perfect gift for your dad, stepdad or your partner. I think that with skincare you can never be wrong. Here are the best of Father’s day gifts I think your Dad will love!

Foreo Luna 2 is a facial scrub brush, which everyone is raving about! They created a new one especially designed for men which has also an anti-aging system and preps the skin for shaving avoiding the growth of ingrown hair.

Foreo Luna 2 for men – £149


This elegant shaving set of double edge razor. A double edged razor allows for a much closer shaving result and is also far less expensive in terms of replacement blades. It is also a very ‘cool’ and retro shaving method for all ages.

Edwin Jagger Chatsworth Imitation Horn DE Best Badger 4 Piece Set £145

This Beard Balm it’s perfect for soften, condition and moisturize the beard, making it look more healthy and feeling less itchy. Just rub a bit of it on the hands and apply to the beard.

Original Beard Balm – £8

Perfect companion for a close shave, it lifts all the dead skin cells and allows you to get the perfect shave.

Clinique for Men Face Scrub – £21

This tonic provides a gentle exfoliation for combination skin. De-flakes skin’s surface to smooth, revealing clearer skin. It minimizes oil buildup and allows moisturiser to work more effectively.

Clinique For Men Exfoliating Tonic – £17

Kiehl’s Eye Fuel is perfect for minimazing dark circles and depuff the under eyes area.

Kiehl’s Eye Fuel – £21

This Electric Shaver is a lot lighter than it looks and it will give the closest shave you can imagine, the skin will be smooth and soft without any irritation.

Braun Series 9 Electric Shaver – £220

This shower gel would make a perfect upgrade of a normal bodywash. There plenty of different fragances but this is one of the most favourite. Geranium and crisp notes of Fig Leaf and Bergamot.

Molton Brown Geranium Nefertum Bath and Shower Gel – £22

Fresh and fruity, this perfume is a great seller and maybe it’s just what you were looking for.

Versace Eros for Men Eau de Toilette – £40

I personally love gift set, this one is a shower gel (from my fav brand) and a deodorant.

Molton Brown Coastal Cypress & Sea Fennel Fresh Gift Set – £40

A lightweight blend of oil to make the softest and smoothest beard. Citrus scent, moisturizes and nourishes.


Tom Ford For Men Conditioning Beard Oil Neroli Portofino – £44

A face serum for day and night, helps protecting from environmental aggressors such as pollution and UV exposure.

Daimon Barber Day & Night Face Serum – £30

Hope this list will help you decide what’s the perfect gift for your dad.
Happy Father’s Day!

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6 Best Hyaluronic Acids and why you need it

What is it

Hyaluronic Acid is naturally produced in our body in our eyes, skin, and connective tissues. This makes it high tolerance for sensitive skin types, in skincare it’s the best ingredient you can use and it is also becoming a huge trend.

Hyaluronic Acid is a humectant, this means that it continuously draws moisture into the skin, (think of it like a sponge) giving long-lasting moisture to your skin. It boosts hydration for all skin types and it is greatly beneficial for dry and dehydrated skins. A great misconception is that oily skin doesn’t need extra moisturization, and it is very important to understand why it’s wrong, when oily skin is stripped of hydration (water) it overcompensates to hydrate the skin by producing oil. So when you apply hyaluronic acid to oily skin you are rebalancing the natural barrier of your skin, and over time the oiliness can be more “manageable”. It became popular through the Ordinary brand, which created an extraordinary product at the cheapest price. I highly recommend using that one, not only if you are newbie in skincare but also if you are experienced.

What does it look like

It’s like a gooey substance (much like the water in your eyes) that shouldn’t have any colour or fragrance to it. There are a lot of hyaluronic acid products in commerce and I wouldn’t buy the most expensive ones because it’s generally a cheap ingredient, so you will be paying mostly for the brand (great if you want to support them). I will suggest some of my favourites which I either tried or has been recommended to me (more than once).

How to use it

Hyaluronic acid is pretty easy to use and combine. If you buy the serum, it means that no other ingredients should be inside, so it doesn’t create any problems with other products and can be layered for extra benefits and other treatments.

I suggest strongly that after you apply your hyaluronic acid, possibly use a derma-roller or jade roller to tone the skin, cause if you have acne scars it can help make your skin tighter over time. After you need to apply a moisturizer. This is because the hyaluronic acid when drying will leave a patina almost and may not be very nice looking, especially if you are going out. The moisturizer will provide a barrier that will leave your skin plump and glowy. For dark spots and pigmentation, Hyaluronic Acid needs a bit of help from a Vitamin C serum or booster.

Benefits

Hyaluronic Acid helps reduce the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles, firming facial contours for a more youthful appearance. Using it twice a day around the eyes may help keep your skin supple and hydrated.

Hyaluronic Acid works overtime and it helps your skin rejuvenating and fortifying its natural barrier.

With the use of a roller, it will make your skin look tighter and firmer.

Promotes skin regeneration, making your new skin healthier-looking and more vibrant.

By getting the moisture the skin needs, hyaluronic acid prevents the over-production of oil that clogs pores and causes breakouts.’

Best Economic Hyaluronic Acid

Best Expensive Hyluronic Acid

Bonus tip:

When you apply Hyaluronic Acid be sure that your skin is wet, it uses the water to pull into the skin and if you don’t put anything after it (like a moisturizer) it will evaporate and dry your skin. This happens with all serums so be sure to put your favourite moisturizer as a finishing step!

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14 Black Owned British Beauty and Skincare Brand

During this time I wanted to reflect on the events happening all around the world. I cannot just stay there and watch motionless, so I would like to dedicate this post to support black-owned brands, and hopefully show you something you may enjoy while supporting black entrepreneurs. These here are a few that I like not only limited to skincare, I included also hair and makeup.
A little bit for everyone! 

Haircare

Afrocenchix
Afrocenchix is a hair company founded by two friends who met at University, Rachael and Joycelyn. I like their care for the environment, they use 100% recyclable packaging and use organic products whenever possible. They are also vegan and support Fairtrade. Plus, best of all, they don’t use fragrances or perfumes in their product, perfect even for those who have sensitive skin. What’s not to love? 

https://afrocenchix.com/

Dizziak
Doesn’t use sulphate, silicons, parabens or mineral oil. It’s vegan and cruelty-free. Suitable for all hair textures. They have ultra-moisturising haircare range for every hair type. “A multiculturally-minded haircare brand for the 21st century, instinctively influenced by fashion, beauty, art, music and current culture. What happens when you just can’t find a staple brand that’s healthy, good looking & deliciously fragranced? You create it yourself. A change had to come. Created by Loretta De Feo – a Londoner with massive hair & a deep-rooted understanding.” I absolutely adore their energy. Just shop it!
https://dizziak.com/

Vernon Francois
Vernon Francois is an acclaimed celebrity hairstylist and “his mission is to connect with all generations showing them the strength and versatility of their hair’s true texture”. On the website, the Brand promise says “All products in the VERNON FRANCOIS collection are cruelty-free, paraben and sulfate-free; and any alcohol content is completely natural, derived from plant-based sources. The natural active ingredients are premium quality, fair trade, sustainably harvested and organic; blended together in bespoke combinations for exceptional results.” Take a look! 
https://www.vernonfrancois.com/

Sunu Kër
Sunu Kër is not limited to hair but does also have a lovely range of skin butter and lip balms. “All of our products are homemade, hand-blended, and inspired by the natural beauty practices and raw ingredients of Africa; the earliest home to all of us.” And “all of our products are handmade in small batches using only natural, organic ingredients.”
http://www.sunuker.co.uk/

Makeup

Jordana Ticia
Jordana Ticia is a small makeup brand but with some superstars among their products! Highly recommended and almost always out of stock are their blush in “Fruit Punch” (I still haven’t got a chance to try it, sigh!) and their Base & Sparkle. It’s a duo of metallic cream eyeshadow bases and loose sparkling eyeshadow pigments, they are supposed to work together and the packaging it’s just too cute. Bonus if you check out the liquid lipsticks, many people swear by the quality and how affordable they are (suggested: a beautiful red “Paint the Town Red”)
https://jordanaticia.co.uk/

OPV Beauty
OPV Beauty it’s 100% cruelty-free and 100% inclusive. It sells a bit of everything makeup-related plus hair extensions, wig and hair products. Their eyeshadow palette “Tropical Dream Palette” has super beautiful pigments, but their best seller is the loose pigments.
https://www.opvbeauty.com/

Makeup Addiction Cosmetics
They are cruelty-free and vegan and they don’t use talc and parabens in most of their products, their bestseller is a super flashy glitter gold pigment and very affordable. They offer a bundle of their favourite thing which if you have some money to splurge into I would recommend taking a look.
https://www.makeupaddictioncosmetics.com/

September Rose Cosmetics
All of their products are cruelty-free and vegan, they’re quite new as a brand but they already established themselves with the Slush eyeshadow palette full of vibrant colours.
https://www.shopseptemberrose.com/

MDMflow
MDMflow was founded by Florence who studied Pharmacy and Makeup science, so you know formulation must be out of this world. Their most critically acclaimed items are the lipsticks and lipgloss, with a truly amazing packaging inspired by the 90s.
https://mdmflow.com/

Skincare

Liha Beauty
“LIHA is a mixture of natural African roots and a quintessentially British attitude” and “was born from the desire to create an innovative, luxe natural, organic and vegan skincare brand that blends the rich botanical life of West Africa with traditional English aromatherapy and folk remedies. ” All their packaging and materials are made, designed and produced in the UK by other family-run businesses, and is recyclable and reusable.
https://lihabeauty.com/

Apothaka Skincare
Absolutely love this one! Their formulation of the products are cleverly designed to be lightweight and only with ingredients that provide a clear benefit. Vegan friendly and cruelty-free. And if this wasn’t enough all the products are carefully packaged in UV filtered amber glass aromatherapy bottles to preserve the freshness of the ingredients and minimise oxidation of the oils and handmade in micro-batches with care in the UK. 
https://www.apothaka.com/

Epara Skincare
If you want to pamper yourself with something super special check them out, their luxury skincare is a collection of handcrafted skincare products tailored to the underserved needs of women of colour. “Epara is a line of high quality, scientifically-proven products derived from the rich soils of Africa that will wrap you in an all-natural luxury.”
https://www.eparaskincare.com/

Marketplace

Antidote Street
It’s an excellent online marketplace for hair products, you can find also Dizziak, Boucleme, and many more. 
https://antidotestreet.com/

Jamii
Jamii has a wide range of products, from art and clothing to beauty and homeware, it had lots of discounts and even offers a membership discount card, which gives you 40% on every order. Go check it out 
https://lovejamii.com/shop/order-direct/

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Skincare Routine for Beginners

If you just started to look for a skincare routine and feel overwhelmed don’t worry, I made this simple guide to help you get started. I know it can feel quite overwhelming, but the important thing is to start simple, just three steps of your new skincare routine can be enough: cleanse, moisturize and sunscreen. First thing first, we have to determine which type of skin you have.

  • Oily. Your skin gets shiny throughout the day.
  • Dry. Your skin it’s irritated and tight.
  • Combination. A bit of both, oily in some places, dry in others.
  • Normal. Not too shiny and not too dull.
Step 1

After you established your skin type you can choose a cleanser suitable for you. Cleansers remove dirt, oil, bacteria and excess sebum from your face. It should be the first thing you do in the morning to get rid of all those things and the creams you used the day before. It also helps your moisturizer to maximize its benefits.

Step 2

Now it’s moisturizing time, and yes even if you have oily skin, sometimes the lack of moisture drives our skin to produce more oil to compensate, you just need a lighter one compared to someone who has dry skin. When buying a moisturizer look for Ceramides which help to moisturise and strengthen the protective skin barrier, and Hyaluronic Acid which attracts and retains moisture in the skin. Check below which kind you need for your skin.

Step 3

The last step is the most important and it’s always overlooked. Sunscreen. It should always be used if you are just going to work (even if that means crossing the road) or going on holiday. The sun makes your skin wrinkle earlier and it can lead your skin to produce dark spots.

This is your first routine, you will need this step in the future as well, so try to perfect it, find the products that work best for you and give it time to work. Once you’re confident with your current routine you could add some enhancer, like toners, exfoliators and acne treatments.

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