• Honey is Sticky, Sweet And Good for Acne

    For centuries, people have used honey as a medicinal treatment. The property of honey’s composite is used to treat dandruff, psoriasis, burns, and fungal infections and are auxiliary in many skincare products.

    If you suffer from acne even occasionally, you have probably taken the time to find out about the basis of its causes.  Acne is a skin disease involving your sebaceous glands and hair follicles. It is due to excessive oil secretion and trapped dust with oil in your hair follicles that may become a thriving ground for bacteria. It involves inflammation of your skin shown as an eruption of pimples on face, neck and sometimes even on back and chest. It may become infectious due to a growth of bacteria and may involve pain and irritation.

    If you are wondering how a sticky, sweet substance like honey with natural anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory means works on your skin to treat acne, read on the following points.

    BENEFITS:

    • Honey has antiseptic and antibacterial properties that kill acne-causing germs
    • Honey deep cleanses skin pores, removing grime, dirt, bacteria, pollution and excess oils
    • It also helps to eliminate excess oil from the face and keeps the skin healthy, thus preventing pimples
    • Along with being anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, honey also has anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties that make it a great skin care ingredient
    • Honey is a natural moisturizer that can help minimize the appearance of acne scarring

    RAW HONEY

    Raw honey Is neither pasteurized or processed and has many acne fighting properties.   While it is a little more expensive than standard processed honey raw honey is long lasting when stored correctly.

    HONEY MASKS & ACNE SPOT TREATMENT

    A weekly mask can be a very effective skincare treatment and a great treatment to fight acne of all kinds while also helping to reduce the appearance of existing acne scars.

    Sometimes you may have one or two stubborn acne pimples.   Spot treating them individually with raw honey can be very effective.

    • Place a dab of your chosen honey on small plate or saucer.
    • Using a clean cotton ball or cotton bud dab the honey onto a pimple you need to treat
    • Leave on for 30 minutes
    • Rinse the honey off using lukewarm water
    • Repeat the treatment every other day for the best results

    Many people cannot control their acne with over-the-counter products. In this instance, they may need to see a dermatologist for a prescription for stronger medications that can fight acne blemishes.

     

  • Coconut Oil…Trend or Fad

    Are the wonders of coconut oil trend or fad?  You can’t pick up a magazine or read a website praising the accolades over the magical properties of coconut oil.  Based on data you’d think it’s the answer to every skin, health, and beauty question.

    To begin with, it’s important to know that you should avoid using coconut oil that has been heat treated. Instead, choose virgin coconut oil that is cold pressed, natural and organic.   When you think about the health benefits a big part of coconut oils recent popularity is that it’s natural and not synthetic.  Look for extra virgin coconut oil that has not been hydrogenated, bleached, refined or deodorized. Organic will ensure 100 percent non-GMO, which is also preferable.

    Coconut oil is famous throughout the world not only as an edible oil but used in many ways for its impressive beneficial uses.   But a growing body of research, countless experts, and an army of natural-beauty devotees swear by coconut oil and they may be onto something. Coconut oil is used in many natural beauty products, and for good reason.  The combination of anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-bacterial and hydrating properties make it truly unique.  It is primarily composed of saturated fats and contains medium-chain fatty acids, which not only help to repair the skin barrier and trap water, thus hydrating the skin and also reduce inflammation.  Along with hydration, and lessening inflammation, coconut oil has also been shown to be capable of quenching free radicals and naturally antibacterial and antifungal.

    Coconut oil is a powerful moisturizer that is beneficial to restoring dry or flaking skin. Unlike your average moisturizer that contains a lot of water and likely synthetic ingredients, coconut oil helps to strengthen skin tissue more deeply and eliminate dead skin cells while absorbing quickly into your skin. Using coconut oil on your skin can be the difference between flaky, dry skin, and soft, glowing skin, as this oil is known for its moisturizing benefits. Widely used in skin creams, soaps and lotions for its effectiveness in fighting dry skin, coconut oil also helps to soothe various other types of skin conditions. The natural essential fatty acid in coconut oil helps to lock in the skin’s moisture to help maintain healthy moisture levels.

    COCONUT OIL & SKINCARE

    Once you have opened a jar of extra virgin coconut oil, you will need to store it in the refrigerator. Use the oil within 2 months of opening the jar. Store your coconut oil away from direct sunlight.  Coconut oil below 76 degrees Fahrenheit will solidify, and above that temperature it will liquefy.

    For skin care use, take some coconut oil, either solid or liquid, on your palm. Then, rub your palms together and onto the skin of the desired area. It is not necessary to reapply coconut oil as often as other natural skin care oils. You only need a small amount to create a protective shield on your skin.

    Many people make the mistake of using too much coconut oil, and since the skin can only absorb a certain amount, the protective layer that the absorbed oil creates doesn’t let any more oil in.  On your face, apply as you would your normal moisturizer. While it tends to have a greasier consistency (at first), it’s fantastic at absorbing quickly into skin. A spoonful is enough to hydrate your entire body; swap it in for your current lotion.

    Coconut oil also helps to delay the occurrence of wrinkles because it contains antioxidant Vitamin E, known to protect skin cells from damage over time. The Vitamin E found in coconut oil soothes eczema, sunburn and psoriasis, and it’s antiviral and antifungal.   The Vitamin-E contributions are essential for healthy skin growth, repair of wear & tear on the skin, keeping skin smooth and protecting against cracking.  Above all, it prevents premature aging and wrinkling of the skin, since it has good antioxidant properties

    Coconut oil contains 3 fatty acids: capric acid, lauric acid and caprylic acid. Each of these acids has strong disinfectant and antimicrobial properties.  As a result, when applied on the skin, coconut oil protects from microbial infections that can get into open wounds or even enter the body through the pores.

    Coconut oil is better than the average face moisturizer, hair serum and body lotion.  Commercial moisturizers contain lots of water, which makes you feel like your skin is being moisturized. But as soon as the water dries, your skin becomes dry again. Also, many commercial brands of moisturizers contain petroleum-based ingredients that can suffocate the skin. In contrast, coconut oil provides deep and real moisture. It helps strengthen underlying tissues and helps remove excessive dead cell on the skin’s surface that makes your skin rough and flaky in texture

    But not everyone should apply it head-to-toe such as those prone to breakouts and who have very oily skin as it may be comedogenic. Coconut oil has antifungal and antiviral properties that help to draw toxins out of the body in its initial use. This might cause an occasional pimple on the skin. Over time these will fade and you will see the results of your treatment. Before using coconut oil for face, test a small amount of the oil on your elbow to ensure you are not allergic to the product. If no rash, irritation or redness appears in the test area throughout the following 24 hours, it is safe to use coconut oil in beauty applications.

    Coconut oil is often praised as a massage oil that can soothe the skin. It can also effectively treat dry skin, eradicating skin flaking. Coconut oil contains high amounts of vitamin E that can help the skin clear blockages while diminishing skin infections such as acne, dermatitis, eczema or psoriasis. This ingredient can also be used to prevent skin sagging and wrinkling so coconut oil is commonly found in creams, lotions and soaps. Using coconut oil for the face can give you a smooth and glowing face.

    The benefits of coconut oil don’t stop at the skin.  Coconut oil and its properties are ongoing; in fact too numerous to list.  So go get yourself some coconut oil and bring your skin back to its natural beauty!

  • Creating A Flawless Beauty Look – But What Is The Best Way To Apply Foundation?

    What is the best way…and which products call for what tools?  Obviously they get the job done, but as to one being a better than the other?  You can totally do either one as long as you understand the difference between them.  When there are so many ways to apply your makeup, it’s easy to get confused on which way is the correct way to go about it. While there are pros and cons to each tool, it all comes down to personal preference. In order to find out which technique works for you, I recommend experimenting to see which applicator you feel most comfortable using.  So if you’re still deciding between a brush, sponge or your fingertips, keep reading…

     

     

    BRUSHES
    Using a brush to apply your makeup is a great way to give your skin an airbrushed finish. Brushes are known for their precision and blendability.  Whether you’re using powder or cream, brushes are versatile enough to get the job done. It’s important to start with a small amount of product and build up to your desired look. With a brush you tend to get a more concentrated amount of product and color, so blending is essential.

    Most professional makeup artists, including myself, use at least one (if not more) makeup brushes to apply foundation. With so many brushes to choose from, there’s something for everyone. Remember: bristles should be synthetic for liquid or cream-based products.

    The only similarity between the finger and brush application: the areas of coverage. Place the product on each cheek, your forehead, down the bridge of your nose, on your chin and slightly down onto your neck. Then, sweep down the nose and up and back with the brush for full coverage, and use the tips of the bristles to blend.

    Brush Pros

    • When used properly, a brush is one of the fastest ways to apply foundation
    • They blend foundation seamlessly giving skin an even, airbrushed finish.
    • They provide great coverage
    • Hygienic
    • You can layer easily, giving you more control over coverage.
    • They are good for getting into hard to reach nooks and crannies
    • They buff foundation into the skin for natural-looking results
    • Only a dime-size rule: When you’re using a brush to apply foundation, you actually only need half of the amount.
    • A foundation brush will give you a lighter topical coverage than when you apply with your fingers, making it an easier way to get the job done

     Brush Cons

    • Many brushes are expensive.
    • They don’t travel as well as sponges or fingers–if you don’t store them properly the bristles can bend and break.
    • Poorly made brushes can leave streaks and stray hairs on the skin.

    SPONGE APPLICATION
    Similar to using a brush, sponges are known for their blended out, flawless finish. and even distribution of the product.  Wet the sponge before using a liquid foundation. By doing this you should get a sheer and lightweight look that is easily buildable.  Like brushes, there are a variety of sponges used for different makeup techniques (highlighting, contouring, etc.). The only thing to be mindful of when using a sponge is that they soak up more product than a brush or your fingertips does.

    Sponges come in lots of different shapes and densities. There are wedges, teardrops, acorns and, of course, a bunch of beauty blenders in various designs.

    Sponge Pros

    • You have more control with a sponge than your fingers
    • Foundation will go on sheer and lightweight
    • You can dampen the sponge giving a fuller-coverage foundation a more natural effect, which is perfect for a dewy, natural glow
    • They are inexpensive
    • They can get into hard-to-reach nooks and crannies

    Sponge Cons

    • Sponges absorb a lot of product, so you’ll go through your foundation faster
    • If skin isn’t prepped properly (moisturized and primed) they can catch and lift dry skin
    • They need to be replaced often, so they’re not very environmentally friendly

    FINGER APPLICATION
    Using your fingers to apply makeup is just as effective as using a brush or sponge. The warmth of your fingertips makes for more blendability and more of a concentrated application. For colorful eyeshadow and cream blushes, your fingertips will give you the best color payoff. If you’re going to use your fingers, be gentle! Always use a tapping motion with your ring finger and don’t use too much pressure.

    While there isn’t a dramatic difference between each technique, the end results should be similar as long as your product is blended into your skin. You never want a harsh line! It ultimately comes down to practice and preference.

    Fingertip Pros

    • Fingers are free! You don’t have to buy and carry around extra tools
    • You won’t waste as much product as using a sponge, so you’ll save money
    • Your hands will warm up the foundation helping it blend nicely
    • For makeup applications certain products are best applied with our hands
    • Foundations, concealers and BB/CC creams may look super-smooth when applied with a brush, sponge or blender, but those tools accumulate pore-clogging makeup, natural skin grease, yeast and bacteria, which can trigger acne and/or spread skin infections. When possible, use a pump version and apply it to the tool, which is then applied to the skin
    • It is okay to touch your face when performing your skincare regimens. Face serums, moisturizers, sunscreens and primers are easily applied with the fingers. If you have a jar, rather than a pump, make sure that your fingers are clean before dipping in.  your hands shouldn’t only be squeaky clean before you use them for makeup, but they should also be free of abrasions or cuts.
    • Besides makeup not going on smoothly, you can expose any broken skin to the makeup causing irritation and possible infection. As long as hands are clean and the fingers are free of abrasions and cuts, you should be okay to apply your make up this way.  The best way, no matter the formulation, is to use a suitable applicator (either a brush, sponge or puff) to ensure an even application.
    • The warmth of your hands helps the product to move around your face, giving you even coverage
    • You also are the expert in your own face. By using your hands to apply the product – you automatically know where to apply the most foundation and where to let your skin glow through.
    • You only need a dime-sized amount of product. The heat from your digits will press the product deeper into your skin, which inevitably uses up more product
    • Using your ring and middle finger to pick up a small amount of product and apply it to each cheek, your forehead, down the bridge of your nose, your chin and slightly down onto your neck before you even think about

    Fingertip Cons

    • Using your fingers can get quite messy
    • You don’t have as much control as with a sponge or brush, which can result in streaky or uneven application
    • Your fingers and hands have to be freshly washed before application otherwise you will spread bacteria and cause breakouts
    • Sometimes, oily complexions get even oilier with finger application. It can be hard to control how much foundation you use so application can be heavy or cakey

    Professional makeup artists use a combination of two or all of these application methods depending on the formulation of the foundation they’re using and the finish they want.  There’s no right or wrong method, it’s what works best for you; try all three and decide for yourself.

  • Know Your Skin Type For Radiant Skin

    Understanding Your Skin

    Finding a routine is actually easy once you master the fundamentals. With so many products to choose from, it’s sometimes difficult to find which facial formula works best.

    If you don’t already know your skin type, now is a good time to find out – it will help when shopping for the best products for your concerns. Products are generally developed toward working with dry, oily, combination (both dry + oily in different areas of your face), and normal skin.  There are also products for sensitive skin that requires special consideration of certain ingredients.

    Knowing your skin type will help you put together a routine that suits your skin’s specific needs. Read on for the five basic steps you can take towards a clear and healthy complexion.

    Understand Products Effectiveness

    When it comes to skincare, we are overwhelmed with different routines, rules, and products.   Where does one begin? To exfoliate daily or not to, that is the question. Do we need to use a regime of products from the same brand, or is it acceptable to mix and match? What exactly is a toner, and how/where do we apply it?

    When you know your skin type, you can look for products that will work best. Read labels so that you don’t end up with a cleanser containing a drying ingredient like isopropyl alcohol for already dry skin, or adding excessive oil to oily skin, etc. The products out there can be overwhelming, so start with daily cleansers and moisturizers, and work your way to products that address specific concerns when needed.

    Develop A Daily Routine

    Cleansing your skin should be part of your daily routine – A rinse in the morning and more thorough cleanse at night will do.  If you’re washing your face properly and gently, this will keep your skin fresh and free of makeup and dirt. Your daily routine can also include eye creams or toners, but the basic must-have here is moisturizer and SPF.

    THE BASICS

    It’s best to cleanse twice a day. People with very dry skin or rosacea (redness and sensitivity) may be able to skip their morning cleanse, as long as they aren’t very oily.

    When it comes to technique use a circular motion following the direction of lymph flow in the face, which is up and outward toward the ears. Never cleanse your face with anything not specifically intended for that use, such as shampoo or shower gel.

    OILY SKIN

    For oily skin types, foaming cleansers work best as they contain detergents that help strip away excess oil.  If you have bigger pores they are more likely to become congested with oil and dirt, in which case salicylic acid is well-tolerated and effective ingredient for unclogging pores.

    After cleansing, even oily skin may feel dry for up to 45 minutes, which is about how long it takes the oil glands to produce enough sebum to cover the skin with a moisturizing occlusive layer, wait at least that long in order to assess whether skin needs a moisturizer– even if their skin seems dry or tight. If moisturizing right away, they run the risk of their oil glands generating up again.

    DRY SKIN

    Dry skin individuals should use non-foaming cleansers and avoid detergents and foaming agents, which can strip away small amounts of natural lipids in the skin and injure the barrier.  Rosacea, acne or sensitive skins, should also stay away from scrubs, loofahs and mechanical exfoliation.  All dry skin types are best suited to milk or oil-based cleansers, or if the skin is extremely dry, a rich cream cleanser or cleansing oil.

    Sensitive Skin:  Four main subtypes of sensitive skin—acne, rosacea, stinging and allergic—all of which lend themselves to a slightly different cleansing routine. However, each of these concerns requires a cleanser that will help reduce inflammation.

    Acne: Benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid cleansers are generally recommended for acne-prone skin. The former kills acne-causing bacteria, while the latter is lipophilic and able to penetrate and clear out the oil in the follicle.

    The first step in choosing a cleanser for these clients is determining if their skin is oily or dry. Oilier skin does better with salicylic acid (which can be drying), whereas dry type respond better to an alpha hydroxy acid cleanser like glycolic acid. Glycolic acid is hydrophilic, so it’s water-soluble and therefore doesn’t affect the skin’s natural oil; it lowers the skin’s pH, which helps kill bacteria and exfoliate.

    People with dry-skin often can’t tolerate benzoyl peroxide, but combining the ingredient with a moisturizer may help. In fact, acne-fighting cleansers can be irritating in general, therefore, incorporate moisturizers with soothing ingredients such as aloe, chamomile or green tea.

    Rosacea: This skin condition can be particularly challenging to manage: In some cases, even washing with water can inflame the skin. But there are some specific cleansing tips that can help keep redness, flushing and other common flare-ups.   Anyone struggling with rosacea should avoid using scrubs and other friction-causing products or ingredients, as well as very hot or very cold water; instead, use only tepid water and gentle cleansing motions.

    Those with rosacea should seek out cleansers and moisturizers that contain anti-inflammatory ingredients like argan oil, niacinamide, resveratrol, feverfew, licorice extract, green tea and oatmeal. Ingredients with a low pH, such as glycolic acid and vitamin C, may cause stinging. If rosacea flares during cleansing and skin is generally not oily, cleanse only at night.

    Stinging: When washing sensitive skin that burns or stings, clients must avoid products containing alcohol, witch hazel, vitamin C, benzoic acid, and other acids like lactic and glycolic, which can cause irritation. (People with rosacea often also suffer from skin stinging.)

    Allergic: Contact dermatitis is characterized by a sudden skin rash or other adverse skin reaction caused by exposure to an allergen or irritant. Dry skin types are more likely to have allergic reactions to skincare ingredients. When dealing with contact dermatitis, first try to identify the rash causes. You may need to consult with a dermatologist who can perform a patch test and determine the exact culprit. (Most reactions to skin care are caused by products’ fragrances or preservatives.) The treatment is simple: Avoid the ingredient.

    EXFOLIATION

    There are two types of exfoliating cleansers: mechanical and chemical. Chemical exfoliators use low pH acids to dissolve the proteins that bind cells together; on the other hand, mechanical exfoliators use force to break these protein bonds, which can damage other proteins, lipids and membrane structures, therefore causing inflammation.

    Exfoliating cleansers will strip dead cells and debris from the skin’s top layer and increase the ingredient penetration of subsequent serums and creams. Unfortunately, many are tempted to overdo it. Be on the lookout for the sandpaper-type rash that indicates over-exfoliation, and discontinue current skin-sloughing regimen. Choose only one of the items below, rather than two or three:

    • A retinoid or retinol product
    • A facial brush
    • A cleansing scrub
    • A product containing glycolic or salicylic acid
    • An at-home peel
    • Microdermabrasion, whether at home or professional
    • A facial sponge, such as Buf-Puf

    Very dry and/or sensitive skin should approach exfoliating cleansers with caution, as these products can impair the skin barrier and stimulate inflammatory pathways, potentially leading to dehydration and inflammation.  Never reuse a loofah, as that type of product is a haven for acne-causing bacteria; facial brushes can also harbor bacteria, but removing the end of the brush and sanitizing it may help reduce potential breakouts.

    Clients with acne should keep in mind that rough friction from a scrub or a facial brush can disrupt the keratinization process and lead to clogged pores, effectively worsening their condition. In fact, people with sensitive skin should avoid manual exfoliation altogether, as it can activate an inflammatory pathway that leads to redness, stinging and pain.

    Once you get used to regularly cleansing, moisturizing and exfoliating, there’s a whole new world of advanced skincare products to explore.  Although cleansing seems like a pretty straightforward first step in a client’s skincare routine, many people aren’t buying the right products for their skin’s needs. Using the wrong cleaner is detrimental to skin health and can contribute to a long list of cosmetic concerns, including dryness, clogged pores, breakouts, redness and susceptibility to allergens. Even if you’re using an appropriate product properly know how to use it is essential.

  • Remember The Name – Osun Nails!

    One of the best acrylic nail brands of 2018 will leave you with drop-dead- gorgeous artificial nails.  “First generation” Nigerian-American businesswoman, and avid feminist, Yewunmi, has launched a line of stick-on acrylic nails like you’ve never seen them before. The Osun nails are beautifully and carefully made to suit every woman’s taste.

    What the beauty world needs more than ever are energetic talented entrepreneurs eager to make other Black women feel beautiful, both inside and out, like Awolola.  The first generation Nigerian-born college student shares that beauty is her whole “I’ve always loved fake nails but once I started cosmetology school I found that I couldn’t get them as long and extravagant as I wanted, so I decided to make my own that I can take on and off whenever I wanted and share it with the world.”

    Over the years, nail art has continued to evolve and the creative minds behind the craft have continued to attain new heights with every single nail trend that wins the heart of nail lovers.  Not to mention salon visits can get pretty pricey. “Full sets can be costly a lot of times and people don’t want to spend all that money on something that doesn’t last for that long. People also want to have the freedom to be able to apply and remove fake nails by themselves,” says Awolola.

    Awolola also mentions that with health concerns and cleanliness issues, many customers are opting for an easier way to achieve the fabulous look of a false set without the worry of being exposed to infection from salons who don’t properly care for their tools and supplies as well as the damage that the application of acrylic can cause to natural nails. “Some people don’t like how damaging acrylics are. This was one of the reasons that I kept getting messages about how happy people were that I was offering an alternative.” Yewumi credits rising concerns about nail health for the sudden rise in enthusiasm for press-on nails. “Some people don’t like how damaging acrylics are. This was one of the reasons that I kept getting messages about how happy people were that I was offering an alternative,” she says.  Not to mention salon visits can get pretty pricey. “Full sets can be costly a lot of times and people don’t want to spend all that money on something that doesn’t last for that long. People also want to have the freedom to be able to apply and remove fake nails by themselves,” says Awolola.

     

    With nail sets that come in gold shimmer, matte black, silver sparkle and other modern favorites.  Awolola says you shouldn’t have to break the budget to have beautiful nails in regular and custom made sizes, and length, with different shapes ranging from stiletto, ballerina, and oval. The Osun nails come in both a pack of ten and a pack of 20. The packs come in glossy and matte colors like burgundy, nude, holographic purple, and white. The best part for us has to be that, each set has at least 2 nails customized with Swarovski stones, and a complementing color or glitter.

    The Osun press-on nails can last for as long as 2 weeks and the price range is from $15-$25 per set. Awolola doesn’t have an official site (yet!) she does take orders from the brand’s Facebook page via their official Instagram page @Theofficialosunnails.

    As for how Awolola plans to expand her business, she’s focused on organic growth. “I want to eventually get a website, share my craft with the rest of the world by providing international shipping and provide a great product that keeps the people wanting more.”  What the beauty world needs more than ever are energetic talented entrepreneurs eager to make other Black women feel beautiful, both inside and out, like Awolola.

     

  • Cream Blushes Brighten Winter Cheeks

    Cream blushes work better than powder, especially in winter.  And the best part about cream blush they’re a more hydrating and won’t accentuate dry skin. If you’re looking to shift your complexion from flat & tried to instantly luminous use a cream blush.

    Cream blushes are “dynamic bursts of color” and tend to look a bit more natural on the skin.  Blend on top of your foundation or on bare skin. They have more staying power than a powder and don’t need a primer to cling.  Simple to apply just blend with your fingers, brush or sponge.  If you apply too much, you can take some product away with a dampened sponge.  Creams have a reputation for being too pigmented so apply lightly and know your products before getting too smudge-happy.

    Combination to oily skin cream blushes can be a bit tricky.  make sure to use a primer and an oil-control setting powder and your cream blush will stay put much longer. Makeup pros suggest not layering setting powder on top of cream blush rather apply directly to the foundation, set it with powder, and then add just a little more cream blush. The layering is key for a long lasting look!

    It also makes for a fool-proof lip color. Just tap the same blush you used on your cheeks onto your lips. You won’t have to worry about finding the right lip color to go with your blush because using the same product on both cheeks and lips will ensure a perfect match.