Winter Favourites

Hey guys, I know it’s been a while, today I’m bringing you a post about my favourites to use this winter. They are mostly affordable and have great benefits!

My first favourite is Boots cucumber facial wash:

This facial wash retails at only £1.50, it contains cucumber which has tremendous benefits for skin and after continuous use you definitely see the effects. It does not cause any irritability and it removes grime and dirt from your pores, it also works well when removing make up.

My second winter favourite is the Boots cucumber toner:

This cleanser and toner also retails at £1.50 and it can be bought in a 3 for 2 deal with the facial wash. This toner is perfect for removing excess make up after removing your make up with cucumber wipes (also from boots). It is very gentle on the skin and the alcohol in it removes bacteria. I also love to use this after a long day if I haven’t worn make up and my face is just extra oily. It cleanses your skin but doesn’t dry it out.

My third winter favourite is The Body Shop Seaweed deep cleansing facial wash:

This Facial wash retails at £9.50. This facial wash is truly amazing as I have combination skin. I haven’t even been using it over a prolonged time and the effects are truly amazing. It has reduced the spots I have and it doesn’t dry out skin, instead it leaves skin feeling soft and refreshed. Seaweed is packed with vitamins and minerals that are also great for your skin, and it moisturises and conditions your skin. The good thing about The body shop products is that they are all vegetarian so they are totally organic and good for skin.

My fourth favourite is The Body Shop pomegranate softening facial wash:

This facial wash retails at £12, this cleanses and refreshes skin leaving it soft and silky, it also gives your skin a brighter appearance, unlike the other products I wouldn’t use this on a day to day basis but rather once or twice a week. In addition to its great qualities this also has a great smell which makes it pleasant to use.

My fifth winter favourite is pure coconut oil (ASDA):

This oil retails at £1.50 and has literally lasted over 6 months, so it’s good value for money. I use this oil primarily for my face but also my hair. I usually use vaseline but I found it very heavy on my skin, so I began using this as a facial moisturiser as it has a lighter texture and it has made my skin softer. It’s great to use after a shower on all areas of your body and from gradual use gets rid of blemishes and scars. As a bonus I would recommend this for Afro-Caribbean hair, especially your edges. It helps to replenish hair and give you a fuller hairline. One trick I have that works with relaxed hair is putting coconut oil on your edges and combing them, then overnight wrapping your hair with a silk scarf. In the morning your edges should be smoothed back and moisturised and it lasts all day.

My last winter favourite is Milk of Magnesia:

This is a controversial product but I love it, it retails at £4.99. My skin is mostly oily especially during winter and this is great for use before I apply my make up. I use a cotton wool pad and apply a generous amount to my face and I let it dry before applying my make up. It keeps make up in place all day and prevents your skin from being too oily.This is great for long days and even being in humid environments. BUT, ladies I must state this is for if you have oily skin only otherwise it will dry out your skin and the effects will not be pleasant.

A bonus tip I want to give you guys is something we all have access to – WATER! Water is great for clearing up your skin and keeping it healthy. Drinking 2-3 litres a day can create a big difference. If you’re someone who doesn’t like plain water add a few slices of orange and lemon to create detox water which has an even greater effect!

Thanks for reading and I hope you learnt about some great things to keep your skin refreshed during this period of harsh weather,

Peace and love

Tosin x

(all photos from google images)

(all photos from google images)

I can see clearly now the rain has gone……

Hey guys I know it’s been a while. We’re so sorry for our absence we have had a lot of school work and personal stuff going on, but now it’s the holidays (yaaaay!) and we’re back in full force, bringing you blog posts and some extra things to spice up this platform and also expand this brand we are trying to create.

Today my blog post is going to be mainly focused on skin discolouration, this is something that I and many women of colour have to deal with. Discolouration of skin can be caused by changes in melanin, a substance produced in the skin cells that gives skin its colour.

Make up is the prime thing that everyone uses to cover up their skin discolouration. This is helpful but not a permanent solution. There are different types and causes of discolouration and blotches that may be taking forever to fade and could be damaging your self confidence. There are many ways to combat skin discolouration!

There are two types of pigmentation abnormalities that can happen:

  • Skin with too much melanin is called hyper pigmented skin.
  • Skin with less melanin is called hypo pigmented skin.

What causes hyper pigmentation?

  1. Acne scars – If you have ever had acne at a point in your life when the spots finally start to clear, many still have issues with the scaring left behind which can literally take YEARS to fade.
  2. Pregnancy – When pregnant you are likely to gain weight which can make your skin darker. Hormones during pregnancy cause melasma. This can cause dark patches to appear on your face. (This also occurs as a result of using birth control, certain medications or hormone replacement therapy).
  3. Sun damage – When the skin is constantly exposed to the suns, it triggers an overproduction of melanin. Over time the damage done causes there to be an uneven distribution of melanin which causes skin discolouration.
  4. Injuries – Hyper pigmentation can also be caused by the self healing of the skin. This happens when the inflammatory response occurs after an injury.

Treatments for hyper pigmentation:

  • Exfoliation – Exfoliation is a key step when hyper pigmentation spots and discolouration occur, it speeds up cell turnover to remove hyper pigmented cells faster.
  • Daily use of SPF – This is key to prevent discolouration from the suns rays
  • laser treatment
  • chemical peels

Home remedies for hyper pigmentation:

  • Cucumber juice –  I have recently been using this and have seen great results. Apply the cucumber juice alone or mix it with honey and lemon juice in equal amounts. Apply this over the affected areas, regularly once a day, for half an hour and then wash it off.
  • Orange peel – Mix dry, powdered orange peel with cold milk and a some honey to make a thick paste. Apply it gently over the pigmented skin and let it sit there for half an hour then wash it off.
  • Tomato, Oatmeal and Yoghurt: Tomato acts as natural bleach. Yoghurt also works as natural bleach and has skin tightening properties. Oatmeal works as a natural scrubber.
  • Aloe Vera juice: Aloe Vera has natural soothing and healing properties. Squeeze out aloe Vera gel from an aloe Vera leaf and store this in a bottle in refrigerator. Apply this gel over the affected areas for 20 minutes. It works to slough off older skin cells and regenerate the newer ones.
  • Potato: Potatoes are well known to remove skin pigmentation, dark spots and blemishes. Rub gently a freshly cut slice of potato on the affected areas of your skin every day.

What causes hypo pigmentation?

  1. Vitiligo – Vitiligo causes white patches all over the body. It is an autoimmune disorder where the melanin cells are damaged. There is no cure for vitiligo, but several treatments to help. These are narrowband UVB light treatments, corticosteroid creams and skin laser treatments.

    2. Albinism – Albinism is hereditary. It is a genetic disorder which derives from the lack of the enzyme that makes melanin. This affects a lot of bodily features including the skin, hair and eyes. This disorder is not prevalent on black skin but is still relevant to a selection of people.There is no cure and people with albinism have to take extra precautions with skin as their skin is very sensitive.

3. Keloids – When extra scar tissue forms a keloid is created. Keloids are most common in people with darker skin. Hypo pigmentation on the keloid results in discolouration.  It is possible to get keloids from skin problems, like adult acne, Keloids can also be formed after a piercing or a bite. Keloids can be treated from silicone gel patches, corticosteroid injections or surgical removal.

Preventing skin pigmentation:

1.  Avoid exposure to Sun and heat: Avoid exposure to UV rays of the sun and thermal radiation from heat. This will help in containing keeping your skin pigmentation normal.

2. Follow a skin care routine

3. Wear sunscreen when going out and cover yourself with a hat and long sleeves. Wearing sunscreen every day will help in preventing or reducing age spots when you get older.

That’s it for today from me. Thank you for reading and I hope you have learnt something new. Please put any thoughts you may have in the comments. Watch this space for some more blog posts coming your way.

Peace and love

Tosin x

(all photos from google images)

(all photos from google images)