The truth about pimple patches and what they do!

If you have acne or even just occasional pimples, you might have heard of pimple patches. If you’ve ever wondered what pimple patches are and what they do for acne, you need to check out this blog post! I’ll be letting you know about my favourite product for managing active breakouts, and how best to use them so they have the biggest effect on your acne!

I’ve been dealing with acne caused by blocked pores for many years now, but in the past year or so I’ve started experiencing hormonal breakouts along my jaw and chin, which are much more aggressive and difficult to manage. If you’d like to read more about my acne experience, and what I’ve learnt through having acne and what I’ve found helps the most, you might be interested in these past blog posts of mine!

The truth about pimple patches

Pimple patches, acne patches, or spot stickers are hydrocolloid bandages which can be applied to certain wounds to help healing and absorb excess fluids. Hydrocolloid is a plant-based material, meaning that these patches are biodegradable and compostable! Aside from that, it’s a super absorbent material that is quite gentle on the skin. This makes them perfect for sticking one on an active breakout (one with a head), and letting it absorb the pus and fluids out of your spot. After using one, your spot is usually left flattened, and much less angry and painful.

They also work by forming a seal, which protects that compromised skin from bacteria, scratches and picking/popping. Not only that, but the moist environment of the spot sticker allows the blemish to heal faster. Because you won’t be able to pick at or pop your spots, and the spot will heal faster under the moist environment, you’ll be less likely overall to form post-acne hyperpigmentation/scars where your spot was. If you’re someone who is prone to scars after getting a spot, these might be something to try!

So basically, I love these little stickers!

how do acne patches work?

How to use spot stickers to get the BEST acne improvement

  1. Apply the sticker to clean, dry skin

This ensures the spot sticker adheres well.

2. Leave the sticker on for at least 6 hours, or overnight

The patches take some time to work. I like to wear my acne patches overnight, to give them time to work, but I also wear them during the day. They’re almost invisible, and now with all the mask wearing and staying at home, people are unlikely to notice them. But regardless, spot stickers are usually really hard to spot (if you’ll pardon the pun), because of their see-through material.

3. Be prepared to use consecutive stickers on the same pimple

As healing the skin takes a while, you should expect a pimple to require more than one spot sticker. This isn’t always the case, but sometimes, after using a spot sticker, your pimple might still have a small head. Also, it can be beneficial to use multiple in a row to give your pimple more time to heal in a clean, protected environment.

It’s totally okay to use a second spot sticker if you need one! For example, I might use one during the day, then decide that overnight, my spot will benefit from a touch more help with healing. In this case, I’ll wash my face, then apply my spot sticker on dry skin before doing my night-time skincare routine.

4. Use the right type of acne sticker for your zit

In this post, I’ve been talking about hydrocolloid patches that help to absorb pus and fluids from your spot. But there are so many types of acne patches! In my next blog post, I’ll be talking about the different types of spot sticker and what types of acne they suit best.

In general, these hydrocolloid spot stickers are best suited to spots which have formed a head.

best pimple patch

There you have it! Those were my top tips for how best to use pimple patches. Now that you’ve learnt what pimple patches are and what they can do for acne, will you give them a go?

The best affordable plastic-free facial cleansers!

As regular readers of my blog will know, finding fantastic low-waste and plastic-free beauty options is a passion of mine! In this post I share with you the best affordable plastic-free facial cleansers, which are all easy to find in the UK.

I’m really excited to share this post with you today, as I’ve been experimenting with low-waste, sustainable skincare products for the last year or so, and I’ve finally found my top 5 options for those who want to switch to a greener facial cleanser.

Feel free to check out my other blog posts for more low-waste and green beauty tips and product recommendations. Ok, now on with the blog!

These 5 cleansers are all under £12 (and one is even £5), which I think is a realistic price for a cleanser. You don’t really need to splash the cash on your cleansers, I think it’s better to splurge on your serums and skincare treatments. But if you’ve got the money to spend, you do you! I just want to help you find good, affordable options.

This list is in no particular order; they’re all great for different reasons.

1. Carbon Theory Charcoal and Tea Tree Facial Cleansing Bar: £6

The best low-waste cleansers!

For a full review of this plastic-free cleanser, check out this previous post of mine! But in short: this is a gentle cleanser that cleanses without stripping the face at all. You can choose paper wrapping for the bar, making it 100% plastic-free.

It contains charcoal and tea tree for the purpose of targeting acne. It didn’t help me with my acne (when using it I was dealing with spots caused by blocked pores on my cheeks), but everyone’s skin is different.

To use this cleanser, rub the bar between wet hands until it forms a lather. Use this lather to cleanse your face, massage for 30 seconds (per the instructions), and rinse well.

I would recommend this cleanser to:

– People with and without acne

– Normal and Oily skin types (this might be too drying for those with already dry skin).

– People who use a lot of active ingredients in their skincare routine and just want a simple cleanser

2. Gallinee Probiotic Facial Cleansing Bar: £10

The best plastic-free facial cleanser

Of the cleansing bars in this post, this is my favourite for my skin in particular. I haven’t done a full review of this one before but I definitely need to, as I really love it. It comes in a plastic-free carboard box. This bar contains prebiotics and probiotics in order to try and rebalance the skin, as irregularities in the pH and bacteria of the skin can lead to skin irregularities such as irritation, dryness and even acne.

Now, I can’t comment on how much of a necessity your pre and probiotics are in your skincare. I just like this cleanser for how it cleanses, how it smells, and how it leaves my skin feeling. Maybe there is something to the whole bacteria thing? I don’t know!

But, when using this cleanser, my skin feels so nourished and SOFT after cleansing. It has a really gentle soapy smell which to me smells really luxurious, and it makes me enjoy cleansing a lot more! When I rinse off the soap, my skin is appropriately cleansed, without feeling overly dry and tight, nor is there any residue on the skin.

This cleanser is used the same way as the Carbon Theory cleanser, although it doesn’t need to be massaged into the skin for a specific amount of time.

I would recommend this cleanser to:

– People with and without acne

– Normal and Dry skin types (it might be a bit too nourishing for oily skin).

– People who use a lot of active ingredients in their skincare routine and just want a simple cleanser

3. Facetheory Freshening Face Wash: £12 but it’s on sale for £6

The best plastic-free cleansers!

I’m quite a fan of this UK brand because I admire how clearly they’re trying to present the information surrounding their products. On the listing of a particular product, you can learn about the ingredients in it as well as the percentage of the active ingredients, but you can also learn about the pH level of the product, the texture, and what the product is packaged in. I wish all brands would tell you about what the packaging is made of; for me this can be a deal breaker!

Facetheory also ship with 100% plastic-free packaging, which is amazing. They also have a 365 day money-back guarantee.

This Freshening Face Wash comes in a glass bottle with a plastic-pump. Because of this, it’s a low-waste cleanser rather than 100% plastic-free. It’s quite a gorgeous cleanser with a silky soft gel texture which foams on the skin. It’s a dream to massage into the skin. I never want to rinse it off because the texture is just so satisfying!

This cleanser has some ingredients that are meant to help refresh the skin, such as aloe vera and green tea. I can’t say that this feels more refreshing than other cleansers because I feel like the process of washing your face is always refreshing?? But I like how it cleanses my face without overly drying it and completely without irritation.

The only con with this one is that sometimes I feel like it leaves a bit of a residue on my skin; I just make sure to exfoliate when I’ve been using this one consistently for a few days.

To use this cleanser, place half a pump into wet hands, and massage onto the face until it lathers. Rinse well after cleansing.

I would recommend this cleanser to:

– People with and without acne

– Normal and dry skin types

– People who use a lot of active ingredients in their skincare routine and just want a simple cleanser

4. Facetheory Clarifying Cleanser C2: £12

The best plastic-free facial cleansers!

This cleanser, also from Facetheory, is really cool in my opinion. It comes in a glass jar with an aluminium lid, and you can also buy a small metal spoon from their website to use with this product. If you haven’t used cream cleansers before, the texture of this one could be quite shocking. Cream cleansers are usually thick in texture, and they don’t foam or lather on the skin. It’s kind of like massaging a moisturiser into your face, which then rinses off completely!

This particular cleanser contains glycolic and lactic acid (which exfoliate the skin) and salicylic acid (which helps clear pores). Just one use of this cleanser sloughs off a lot of the dead skin cells on the outermost layer of the skin, revealing softer, more glowy skin. Because of this resurfacing process, I would recommend using a sunscreen during the day if you add this product into your skincare routine.

Their Clarifying Cleanser is not to be used everyday because I think it would be quite harsh on the skin! Your skin doesn’t require that much exfoliation. But if you find that your skin tolerates it well, go ahead and do what works for you! Skincare isn’t one-size-fits-all. I use this cleanser twice a week, and I find that that is enough to keep my skin feeling really soft and supple, and absorbing the next skincare products I apply well.

To use this cleanser, take a small amount (20p coin size) and massage it into your skin. I experience some tingling with this cleanser, but it should not sting. Rinse well.

I would recommend this cleanser to:

– People looking for skincare that’ll help improve acne (salicylic acid is great for this)

– People looking for softer, glowier skin (exfoliation)

– Those with normal and oily skin (the exfoliating nature + essential oils of this product would be too much for dry skin in my opinion)

5. La Roche-Posay Lipikar Surgras: £5.50

The best affordable low-waste cleanser!

This solid bar cleanser comes in a cardboard box and is plastic-free. The Lipikar Surgras cleanser can be used on the face and the body. It is extremely gentle, designed for people with dry, eczema-prone, flaking or itching skin. So far, I’ve only used this one on my face but I think I should give it a go on my body where I get eczema flare ups.

This cleanser uses shea butter to moisturise, and niacinamide to help restore the skin barrier, which is something that people with eczema and dry skin suffer from! After using this cleanser, my skin feels super moisturised and nourished. There is a slight greasy feeling left behind, but it definitely cleanses well.

The best affordable plastic-free facial cleansers!

The Lipikar cleanser is to be used as the other bar cleansers in the post are!

I would recommend this cleanser to:

– People with dry and very dry skin, including eczema-prone skin

– People with dry skin who want a super affordable cleanser that is appropriate for the face and body

– People with dry skin who use a lot of active ingredients in their skincare routine and just want a simple cleanser

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Phew, that was long! There you have it folks; my top 5 low-waste and plastic-free facial cleansers. Please comment below if there are some cleansers that I didn’t mention here but you love.

Bye! Stay safe.

Jazmin

What is the best facial cleansing tool?

If you’re into skincare you will have noticed that there are so many different products and tools out there. It is truly head spinning. If you’ve ever asked yourself ‘what is the best facial cleansing tool?’ or ‘which one is right for me?’, then this post is for you. I wanted to write a simple, clear post explaining what facial tools are, whether they’re necessary, and which one is the best one for you!

First of all, hi there! My name is Jazmin and I’m a skincare and beauty blogger here and on Instagram. I want to thank you for clicking on and reading my post! I am a big fan of skincare because I love how it makes me feel, and I love seeing improvements in my skin. I have used all the cleansing tools in this post, and these thoughts are 100% my own!

What are cleansing tools?

Cleansing tools are there to help you during the cleansing step of your skincare routine. They can help with getting a deeper cleanse, exfoliation and help with rinsing the face and hard to reach areas properly.

There are many different types out there, but in this blog post I will be talking about facial cloths, konjac sponges, electric cleansing brushes and vibrating silicone brushes.

Facial cloths

Some people use facial cloths to help rinse the face after cleansing, and to avoid water dripping all down your neck and down your arms during this step. Facial cloths are usually soft on the skin, but they can offer some gentle exfoliation too.

With facial cloths, it is very important to wash them after every use (either by hand or by washing machine). This is because they can harbour bacteria, and washing your face with unclean cloths could cause bacterial growth on your skin! If you have acne-prone skin, this may lead to an increase in acne.

Konjac sponges

Konjac sponges are super squishy, biodegradable sponges made of vegetable fibre. Because of their super spongy texture, they are able to hold a lot of water, and they are really soft on the skin. After soaping up your face with your cleanser, you can take your konjac sponge and massage it in circles over your face to cleanse your skin a little deeper, address areas you might usually miss with your hands (like next to your nose or the perimeter of your face), and very lightly exfoliate your face.

I mostly use my konjac sponge to help rinse my face and neck. The neck is an area that I find hard to rinse without making a big old mess, but using a wet (but not dripping) konjac sponge allows me to easily rinse the cleanser off my face.

These konjac sponges were gifted for review by the brand

Because konjac sponges are so soft, they are a great exfoliating option for those with very sensitive skin whose skin cannot tolerate any other form of exfoliation. For most people though, I wouldn’t rely on these as your only form of exfoliation because they are so gentle.

Konjac sponges are made of plant-based fibre, meaning that they are naturally biodegradable and compostable. This makes them a lovely low-waste cleansing tool, and one of the main reasons why I love these.

Electric cleansing brushes

One of the most famous manufacturers of electric cleansing brushes is Clarisonic. They are known for their line of sonic cleansing brushes which are touted as being gentle on the skin. This type of electric cleansing brush spins or pulsates to deeply clean the skin and pores and exfoliate the skin. To use these, you firstly apply your cleanser to your face, then work this over your skin in small circles. They are quite expensive though, and so lots of brands have tried to create their own electric cleansing brushes to try to keep up with the trend.

I’ve never tried Clarisonic cleansing brushes, but I did try a cheaper imitation a while back. Although you might be saving money, I would be cautious of these because they are generally not the most gentle on the skin. Cheaply made cleansing brushes with spinning heads can be overly abrasive due to improper speed or angle of rotation, as well as roughly made brush heads with overly sharp bristles.

These can be way too rough on the skin, which can lead to redness, irritation and an increase in acne.

If you’re interested in using a brush tool to help cleanse your face well, I would recommend buying a high quality one. Better safe than sorry!

Vibrating silicone brushes

The most well-known vibrating silicone cleansing tool brand is Foreo. They make many different types of cleansing brush, but they are generally small, handheld tools that have sonic vibration, and short, flexible silicone bristles. To use these, wet your face and apply your cleanser, then take your massage/cleansing tool over your face in small circles.

In this case, I think buying a cheaper alternative of this well-known brand is acceptable. This is because no matter the price, these brushes are unlikely to harm the skin (as they’re so soft on the skin). At worst, they might be ineffective, but I doubt they would be harmful.

What is the best facial cleansing tool?

These tools are thought to help acne-prone skin as they help clear your pores, but they may also help people who are looking to get some temporary skin tightening effects. This type of cleansing tool also offers some exfoliation, so if used morning and night they can help make your skin look fresher and more youthful.

Because they’re made of silicone, which is incredibly soft on the skin, silicone cleansing brushes are great for those with sensitive skin who want some exfoliation. You can even find some silicone cleansing brushes which are made with sensitive skin in mind; these tend to have even softer, more flexible bristles.

Are cleansing tools necessary?

The main benefits that I’ve mentioned you might find by using cleansing tools are: exfoliating effects, skin softening and refreshing, temporary skin tightening effects, pore cleansing, and helping to properly cleanse the hard to reach areas of the face and neck.

My answer to this question is… no! It is perfectly acceptable to wash your face and neck using your hands, and your skin doesn’t need to receive exfoliation every time you cleanse it. You’re not doing anything wrong at all by not using a cleansing tool. Plus, if you already use exfoliating acids, masks or scrubs, you won’t really need a further exfoliating step morning and night. However, these are some reasons why you might want to try cleansing tools!

1) If you find they help you cleanse your face and neck more easily, go for it! I love using a cleansing cloth or sponge to rinse my neck to avoid water dripping all down my body.

2) Some people (especially those with sensitive skin) might want to avoid using exfoliating acids (AHAs) or exfoliating scrubs because they find them too harsh on their skin, but they might still want to see the benefits of exfoliation (reduction in skin texture, softer & brighter skin). In these cases, I think some of the cleansing tools mentioned above can be a great addition to your skincare routine.

3) If you have acne-prone skin and you find that blocked pores are a contributor to your acne, using a vibrating or sonic cleansing tool might help clear out those pores. This can lead to a reduction in acne. But I would use these tools in conjunction with other skincare which are going to really target that acne; retinoids, salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide are going to be the most effective.

Skincare is so personal and so it can be difficult to know what’s going to be right for you. I hope that this post can help guide you in your decision of choosing a cleansing tool that’ll work for you! If you have any questions related to this post (or anything skincare), leave it below!

Bye,

Jazmin

Eco-conscious Skincare Gift Guide!

Hi there! If you’re looking for some lovely eco-conscious skincare gift ideas then check out this post! I have compiled a list of some awesome brands who make low-waste, eco-friendly skincare gift sets that are perfect for gifting this Christmas.

For those who don’t know, my name is Jazmin and I’m a skincare and beauty blogger. I also am active on Instagram, where I run a skincare-based beauty account. I’m a big fan of skincare, and I also am trying to live more low-waste. I’m excited to share some eco-friendly Christmas gift ideas with you!

  1. FACETHEORY

FACETHEORY are a UK based skincare company who I have bought from several times. I like this brand because their products are not only low-waste, they’re so EFFECTIVE. FACETHEORY believe that you can have both eco-consciousness and active ingredients in your skincare. Because of this, their products are either packaged in glass or tin packaging (although they do have some minimal plastic where it can’t be avoided).

I have enjoyed their toners and cleansers in the past, and I previously bought one of their serums that I have yet to try. I would definitely recommend this brand! They have some really nice gift sets available for Christmas, so take a look at their site to check these out.

2. Simple Skincare

If you have a loved one who is interested in starting a skincare routine but they’re not sure where to start, I recommend Simple’s Anywhere Glows Gift Set. Simple are a skincare company who focus on creating gentle and accessible skincare. Their products are great for those with sensitive skin, or those who just want really simple (if you’ll pardon the pun) products that’ll do the job!

You might be wondering why this line made its way onto a low-waste list considering the packaging is all plastic. Although I usually try to avoid plastic where possible, Simple use recycled plastic, making it a great, low-waste option.

I have used a few of their products before and really enjoyed them. They’re no frills but nice to use. This set contains some facial wipes though and I really don’t recommend makeup wipes. To find out why, check out my previous blogpost.

3. Aesop  

Aesop are an Australian low-waste brand that makes luxury skincare products (they’re one of the most expensive on this list). I have not purchased from this brand, but I have seen some rave reviews from some people whose opinions I really trust. They have many different gift sets on their site, some focusing on facial care, others on body care and hair care. Their products are mostly glass and aluminium, ingredients which are easily and widely recycled.

Something which I recently learnt is that Aesop have created a Foundation, which they use to support charities who focus on literacy. It’s lovely to support brands that do good.

4. Literary Lip Balms

I’ve mentioned this little Irish company a few times on my blog already! This company makes cute book-themed lipbalms that are actually quite nourishing. The oilier balms come in small tins, and the firmer balms come in traditional chapstick packaging, made of cardboard.

They also make some soaps, bath salts and body balms. They have multiple Christmas gift sets so make sure to check them out!

5. Youth to the People

Youth to the People are a very well-loved brand, and I’m sad I’ve never tried them! Although pricey, a lot of their products are highly rated! Like other brands on this list, they try to cut out plastic where possible. Like FACETHEORY, this is an eco-friendly brand who focuses on active ingredients to get real results!

They have many different low-waste gift set options on their site, so you should be able to find something you like!

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There we go! Those are my 5 eco-conscious skincare gift sets! I hope that you’ll find something on this list just right for your loved ones. Christmas is almost here, so make sure to buy your gifts soon!

Bye for now,

Jazmin

RapidLash Review

If you’re looking to get longer eyelashes, you need to check out this RapidLash review! RapidLash is a super popular eyelash enhancement serum which claims to lengthen your eyelashes in the space of 60 days. In this post, I review the serum, and let you know I saw any results, and if it’s worth it!

About the serum

RapidLash is a well-known eyelash enhancement serum. This eyelash serum claims to lengthen eyelashes, to make them look more striking, full and long. I’m someone who loves the look of long lashes, so this really interested me when I first came across this product.

RapidLash is a colourless, odourless solution that comes in a small tube (3ml), with a thin brush for application inside it. The serum contains various ingredients that may help condition the eyelashes to promote growth. Among the ingredients, there is hyaluronic acid, glycerin, panthenol, polypeptides, biotin, soybean oil and pumpkin seed extract. Hyaluronic acid and glycerin are hydrating ingredients, which help to stop hair and skin from becoming dehydrated. Biotin and the polypeptides can help to nourish and protect the hairs, while panthenol and soybean oil may help to moisturise the lashes by locking in all the nourishing ingredients.

Application

You apply the serum to the upper lash line (not the actual lashes), using the thin wand. You should apply it once a day to clean eyelids just before bed. I wouldn’t recommend using it on the bottom lashes as it can quite easily get into the eye when you use it there.

The serum applies easily as it is a liquid, and in one stroke you can cover your entire lash line. Make sure to not add too much so it doesn’t run into your eyes!

When I apply RapidLash to my lash line, I find that some days, it itches around my eyelashes slightly. It doesn’t sting, or burn, but sometimes I get a mild itching feeling. This goes away once the serum is dry (and it does dry quite quickly!). I don’t experience any redness, so this doesn’t worry me. But this is something to note; if you have sensitive eyes or skin, this lash serum might not be for you!

One thing that’s really weird with this serum though; in the morning, I wake up with a line of dried serum on my lash line. I can peel it off easily, but it looks strange and sometimes I can see it out of the corner of my eye if I haven’t taken it off!

Before and after

I’ve always had healthy, dark lashes, but they weren’t very long. I’ve been using the serum for 3+ months and there is a noticeable difference! It took about 6 weeks to see a change, and the full results were revealed around the 2-month mark.

Now, my eyelashes are longer than before. The difference isn’t dramatic, but I am happy with the improvement. When I wear mascara, they are super long now! They also feel stronger than before. I have repurchased RapidLash because I am happy with the results. I would love more though, so if you know of any lash serums that are good please comment below!

Here are my before and after photos. Sorry they’re not super clear, it’s surprisingly difficult to photograph your lashes hahaha.

Before use:

After 3 months of daily use:

Would I recommend RapidLash?

Overall, I would recommend this serum! If you have sensitive eyes and skin, I would be cautious about trying products like this, because they can be irritating. Luckily, it doesn’t irritate my eyes or skin at all and I really enjoy using this serum!

I have seen an improvement in the length of my lashes; they look so much more full and strong. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking to get more striking lashes. The only drawback I can think of is the price; the serum costs around £25 to £30. But if you can afford this, give it a go!

Please comment below if you’ve tried this serum!

Thanks for reading!

Jazmin

Are Silk Pillowcases Worth It?

Silk and satin pillowcases have been super trendy for the past year. I’ve seen so many people talking about silk pillowcases, so naturally… I had to try them out for myself. If like me, you’ve wondered whether silk pillowcases are worth it, give this blog post a read before making your decision!

What are the supposed benefits of silk pillowcases?

Because silk is an extremely soft fabric, silk pillowcases are meant to be a lot more gentle for your skin and hair. People who consistently use these pillowcases claim that their skin is softer, their hair gets less damaged, and that they even prevent wrinkles!

These are huge claims for just a piece of fabric! Is this possible?

Although silk doesn’t have anti-ageing properties, in theory, these claims are possible. Because this kind of material is less absorbent than standard cotton or cotton blend pillowcases, silk pillowcases may be less drying to your skin overnight. Cotton is quite an absorbent fabric (which makes it great for clothes), but it is true that it can absorb your skin’s oils overnight. Using a silk pillowcase could help avoid this!

Also, silk pillowcases cause very little friction on the skin and hair. This will also help contribute to skin health by reducing skin irritation and hair breakage.

These sound great in theory, but did I find these results when I tested them out? Keep reading to find out!

Silk vs satin

Let’s be real, silk pillowcases aren’t cheap. They’re quite a luxury item, and a lot of us just can’t afford to spend £50 on a pillowcase!

I totally understand that, and I’m in the same boat! But that’s where satin comes in. Satin is the synthetic counterpart to silk, which is made from natural material.

Although satin is not quite as soft and durable as silk, the two fabrics are very similar. If you can’t afford silk, don’t worry! Just use a satin pillowcase or scarf, and wrap that around your former pillowcase.

I personally have been using a satin scarf for the past 6 months or so in this way.

Did this pillowcase work for me?

YES! While using my satin pillowcase, I have seen huge differences, from one day to the next. I noticed improvements in two areas: my skin and my hair.

When it comes to my skin, my face feels so much more nourished and soft when I wake up now compared to before, when I was using cotton pillowcases. I never realised how much of my skincare my old pillowcases were stealing! Before, my skin would feel a bit stripped and dry in the morning, but this has greatly improved. This isn’t a magic pill for dryness, but I do notice an effect. I have combination skin (oily t-zone and dry cheeks), and the pillowcase has definitely helped my dry areas of the face.

I noticed a dramatic difference when it comes to my hair. I have afro-Caribbean hair, and this type of hair is particularly prone to dryness. I’ve always had a lot of hair breakage, particularly on the top and front of my hair, and I would always wake up to lots of broken hair on my pillowcase.

I was really surprised when I started using my satin pillowcase because this hasn’t happened since I started using it. Not once! My hair texture is now a lot softer and my curls can form more easily because there is less damage.

All these effects are great, but my main motivation for continuing the use of this pillowcase is how it protects my curls. I never realised before, but the friction caused by cotton pillowcases was responsible for my curls getting frizzy overnight. Now, when I wake up, my curls are still intact!

Are they worth it?

It totally depends on how much money you can afford to spend, and if you struggle with dry hair or skin. If you do, you will really enjoy the effects of a silk pillowcase. I think these are amazing for those with dryness because they are less aggressive than other fabrics such as cotton.

I would especially recommend it to people with curly hair, because it will help your curls last longer in-between hair washes. I know that a lot of black people already use silk/satin headwraps to protect their curls. The effect is no joke!

If you are looking for this type of effect, then silk pillowcases are totally worth it. But, if you don’t have the money to spend on silk, look for satin! I would say these are totally worth it, without hesitation, because they’re just so much more affordable.

If you don’t use animal products, you might prefer satin anyway, as usually they are made of synthetic materials, such as polyester.

Overall, I have really enjoyed the switch over to satin. I honestly don’t miss cotton at all! I love the silky soft feel of the satin against my face 😊

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Silk and satin pillowcases are such hyped products, but I’m super glad I tried them out. I hope you give them a go if you’re curious. If you’ve already given them a go, please share your thoughts below!

The Ordinary Alpha Lipoic Acid 5% Review

Hi there! This post is a review of The Ordinary’s Alpha Lipoic acid 5%. If you’re interested in trying this Alpha Lipoic Acid serum but you’re not sure if it’s right for you or whether it’s worth the hype, check out this review!

This post is part of my The Ordinary series, where I review their different products.

Who are the Ordinary?

The Ordinary are a fuss-free, super affordable skincare line that focuses on making great skincare accessible. Many of their products are low-waste and some are even plastic-free, which I think is great. As someone who is trying to be more eco-friendly, it makes it easier to find eco-friendly products that work.

Their products are around £4 to £10 (super affordable!), and they have dozens of different products for different skin types and skin needs.

Because of this, it’s easy to get overwhelmed when wanting to try some of their products, which is why I’m highlighting and reviewing some of their products here on my blog.

Some of their products are my absolute favourites, but others I definitely will not repurchase again. Feel free to check out my review of their Squalane Cleanser and their Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA serum to hear my thoughts!

For reference: I have combination acne-prone skin.

What is Alpha Lipoic Acid?

Alpha Lipoic Acid is an active ingredient which is naturally produced by the body. When used on the skin, it is a potent antioxidant which exfoliates and may help with brightening, treating hyperpigmentation and preventing ageing. This is because of its antioxidant nature, which helps to slow down cell damage. It is also thought to help improve skin texture.

A very popular antioxidant which has similar effects is Vitamin C, but the skin brightening effects of this one are better documented and it is much easier to come by in skincare.

About the serum

This serum contains 5% Alpha Lipopic Acid, which is quite a high concentration. This is both a good thing and a bad thing. Alpha Lipoic Acid can be sensitising, which means it can trigger sensitivity in the skin. This serum is quite strong, so you can’t use it too often. The Ordinary recommend using it two to three times a week, and I would definitely stick to this. It’s also not recommended to use this if you have sensitive skin!

When applied to the skin, it is tingly and warming. As I just mentioned, this serum is quite strong, and you can definitely feel that when you first apply it. However, this does pass quickly. If it continues to tingle for a long time, and if it stings or burns, wash it off.

Although it’s oil-free, the serum has a silky feeling to it and it feels like a lightweight oil in texture. This is quite a unique texture and I had to get used to it when first using it. It does sit nicely on the skin but it doesn’t get along with you using too many skincare products after it. It does sit underneath a moisturiser quite well though.

Like all The Ordinary products, this is unfragranced and it barely has any scent to it. This is great, because although fragrance smells great, it doesn’t actually do anything positive for your skin- and it can actually cause irritation in some people!

Does it Work?

When it comes to exfoliating and softening the skin, this serum did live up to its claims. I used it two to three times a week, and I noticed that it did make my skin feel more supple and smooth to the touch. I do have exfoliating cleansers, toners and serums which I prefer for exfoliation as they are gentler yet more effective than this serum.

I am too young to see whether this does improve ageing skin, but I didn’t see an effect when it comes to brightening and evening skin tone and hyperpigmentation. I used this serum until it was finished but it wasn’t effective for me in this way.

Would I recommend The Ordinary’s Alpha Lipoic Acid?

Although this serum is really affordable, I wouldn’t recommend it. For anti-ageing benefits, retinoic acid (Vitamin A derivatives) has been scientifically proven to help improve fine lines and wrinkles, and I believe this is a much better ingredient to look for. It also exfoliates and speeds up cell turnover, which will help to fade hyperpigmentation and will help improve skin texture!

If you’re drawn to this serum because you’re looking for something to fade acne scars, I would recommend a different The Ordinary Serum. I’ve seen good results from their Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA (see my review here). Niacinamide and hydroquinone are just two other ingredients that can really help.

When it comes to skin brightening, Vitamin C and exfoliating acids such as lactic acid and glycolic acid can help to brighten the complexion.

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I hope this post helps you when figuring out whether or not to take the plunge with this serum. It’s definitely not a bad serum, but I think there are better ones out there to treat your different skincare concerns.

I would love to know your thoughts on this serum! Have you tried it, or do you want to try it?

Bye for now,

Jazmin

How to Treat and Prevent Maskne

If like me, since wearing masks all the time you’ve developed acne on the lower part of your face, you most likely have maskne! In this post I’ll be talking about what maskne is and how to treat it and prevent it.

Maskne refers to acne caused by wearing face masks. The humidity, bacteria, friction and the long periods of time that we wear them makes face masks the perfect environment for acne to flourish. I’ve seen a lot of people who don’t usually have acne-prone skin start to break out during this period, and I experienced painful acne along my jawline for the first time in my life! I’ve since started healing my acne, and my skin seems to be returning to normal. I spoke about what I’ve learnt from having acne in this blog post, which I think you might find interesting.

With no end to the mask wearing in sight, it’s time to equip ourselves with the knowledge to heal our skin. So, here are my tried and tested tips for getting rid of maskne!

1- Moisturise to protect your skin

how to treat and prevent maskne

I know this might seem counterintuitive; moisturising your already over-moistened skin? But bear with me!

Wearing masks for long periods of time weakens the skin barrier (due to the friction of the mask), and when this is damaged, we are prone to dehydration, irritation and even acne. Making sure you’re keeping your skin balanced will help to reduce the stress that mask wearing places on your skin.

Use a moisturiser during the day, and a slightly thicker one at night to make sure your skin is well protected. You might also benefit from using hydrating ingredients on your skin, such as hyaluronic acid, glycerin, propolis and snail mucin.

It’s also recommended to skip the face makeup. Wearing foundation and powder can aggravate already irritated skin, contributing to breakouts.

2- Change your masks often

Because of the fact that masks can carry a lot of bacteria, try changing your masks often. The same way that not changing your pillowcase can increase acne, not changing your mask often can increase pimples.

There are many differing opinions on this, but I generally try to change mine after every 3 hours. I have fabric, reusable ones so I just bring two along with me when I’m going to be out for a while. And I make sure to use masks which don’t collect too much humidity.

3- Bring out the soothing skincare

A side effect of acne is sensitised and generally unhappy skin. Using soothing, calming skincare can help to bring down the inflammation which can improve the appearance of your acne. I recommend keeping an eye out for green tea extract, centella asiatica extract and propolis.

4- Unclog those pores

Acne comes about when pores are clogged. At times, this can be hormonal, but it can also be environmental (such as by trapping the dirt in your skin because of mask wearing). Regardless of the cause, most acne can be treated, or at least improved by helping to unclog your skin.

Make sure to cleanse your skin well at night to remove the bacteria from your skin and avoid clogged pores.

If your maskcne is mild, using clay masks and salicylic acid in your skincare can be enough to help unclog those pores and reduce acne. If you’re not sure what salicylic acid is, it’s a gentle beta hydroxy acid which is great at decongesting skin. In fact, most skincare for acneic skin contains this ingredient! You can find it in cleansers, masks, serums and moisturisers, but serums tend to have the strongest concentration of the ingredient.

If you have developed more serious acne, you might want to look into benzoyl peroxide and strong retinoids. I am treating my own acne with differin/adapalene cream. This is a 0.1% retinoid cream which is a super strong solution for dealing with acne.

This should be viewed more like a medicine or treatment because of its strength. It should be used according to the instructions, if not you could damage your skin. However, when used correctly, this is fantastic for comedogenic acne (whiteheads) and cystic acne including papules and pustules.

I have seen fantastic results with this.

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Maskne is horrible and it looks like there’s no end to all the mask wearing, but if you learn how to look after your new acne, it’ll make it a lot more bearable. These were my key 4 tips for how to treat and prevent maskne.

I hope you found this post useful! Feel free to ask me any questions you might have!

Self-Care for Winter Blues

Hey there! I know it’s technically still autumn but I feel winter coming on fast… So I want to share with you some great self-care tips for winter blues, to save you from feeling glum these cold months!

I don’t know about you, but once the weather gets colder and the days get shorter, I get really prone to feeling down. It’s something about the lack of sun and the cold that makes me feel miserable, especially when the clocks go forward! Because of this, I have to put some feel-good measures in place throughout the winter! I’m going to share these with you, and I hope you find them useful!

Now, on with the happy vibes ❤

1) SAD lamps or light therapy lamps

SAD stands for seasonal affective disorder. This is a form of depression that occurs in the autumn/winter seasons, and is thought to be triggered by the lack of light during this time. Because sunlight is linked with an increase in serotonin (the feel-happy neurotransmitter), short daylight hours can really make you feel down.

Even if you don’t have SAD but you just feel a bit, well, sad during these months, using a light therapy lamp can really help give you a boost of positivity. I’m not saying it’s going to make all the bad go away, but they can certainly make you feel a bit more likely to cope with what life throws your way.

I have the Phillips alarm clock which has sunrise simulation, and I love it. This has a bright light which starts to turn on before your alarm and becomes full brightness when your alarm rings (mimicking sunrise). I love this because I wake up with what feels like the sun on my face every morning.

I’ve been using it for 2 months and I do really think that it’s helping in wake me up more positively. It also helps to rise me up from the dead quicker (I’m a really heavy sleeper).

2) Make some baked goods

Eating yummy foods are a great form of self-care, but making them for yourself can be even more special. Taking the time to make something tasty from scratch can be a really enjoyable experience- and you get to eat the result, too!

When I want a quick but tasty treat, I make brownies. You can follow this super quick recipe and the smell of warm brownies filling your home will certainly put a smile on your face.

3) Make time for getting cozy

Making time for yourself is basically the key of self-care. In the winter time, I love my self-care to focus on being warm and snuggly. Getting out a warm smelling candle, such as Muji’s log fire candle, sets the tone for coziness.

During these winter months, I really have to force myself to make time for myself. But it really does help!

Grab a blanket, make yourself a hot drink and put on your favourite show. Just take some time for yourself and relax!

Running a hot bath with some relaxing bath oils or a bath bomb can be a lovely way to treat yourself, especially when coming in from a cold, hard day.

4) Nourish your skin!

Moisturising is important for skin health all year around, but in the winter it’s especially important! The cold air and the dryness of winter can really dehydrate and dry out your skin. So, making sure you moisturise with a nourishing moisturiser once a day is a really great way to look after yourself and remind yourself that you’re worth it.

I like using body creams with fragrance (although I don’t use them on my face because fragrance irritates my skin there); there’s something about the experience of applying a nice scented moisturiser that feels great to me!

This is also a great time of the year to experiment with skincare. If your facial skin gets particularly dry and flaky in the winter, have a look at the skincare you’re using. Maybe your skin would like a hydrating serum, or maybe you need to use a thicker moisturiser. If you want some skincare advice, feel free to leave a comment below or check out my skincare Instagram account. You can DM me there if you like!

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I hope you find these tips useful! These colder months can be really hard to get through, but take some time for yourself, even when you don’t feel like it. It’s very important to look after YOU. I hope everyone reading this has a smooth autumn and winter.

Lots of love,

Jazmin

P.s. Thanks mum, for inspiring this post. Love you.

Anita Grant Daily Leave-in Butter Review

Hello there!

This is a review of the Anita Grant’s Daily Leave-in Buter. If you’re looking for a black-owned brand that makes sustainable beauty products including products for afro hair, look no further! I’m really excited to share this review with you because I have an afro hair texture (meaning my hair is curly and on the dry side), and it’s really difficult to find haircare that’s not only suitable for my hair but designed with eco-consciousness in mind!

But before we start the review, welcome to the first blog post on my new (and hopefully improved blog)!

As you may have seen, I’ve changed the hosting site of my blog, so some things may look a bit different! However, all my blog posts are still there for your reference, and I will be posting at the same URL. I made the switch as I wanted to go with a site that was more focused on blogging, so I chose WordPress.

Now, onto the review!!

If you take a look at their site, you will see that this is a low-waste, British-based brand that focuses on nourishing dry hair and skin. I love that they focus particularly on afro and curly hair types, because us curly haired people are definitely overlooked in the haircare world.

Sometimes, black people have to create their own spaces, and that’s why I’m very happy to be able to talk about this brand today.

Anita Grant Daily Leave-in Butter Review

Initial thoughts

I bought the scented version of the Daily Leave-in Butter. The name of this fragrance is Creamy Café Latte Vanilla and as soon as you open the jar, you’ll start salivating… no joke! The cream has the most amazing scent, it literally smells like coffee cake!

The smell is quite strong, so if you don’t want to smell of baked goods, you should get the unfragranced version of this one!  But if you’re like me, I’m sure you’ll love the smell.

The Leave-in Butter comes in a glass jar with a plastic lid. I think it looks super chic and I love that it’s low waste a packaging.

The cream is very thick and buttery, and turns into an oil when it warms in your hands.

Application

Because the cream is oil based, rather than water based, it has a really nice silky texture. I use this on dry hair because when my hair is wet, I apply a different curling cream.

This cream comes in handy about 2 days after wash day, when my hair is starting to get dry. I take about a £1 coin size of cream, warm it in my hands, and work it through my hair using scrunching motions rather than pulling or dragging motions. I tend to use less of this than water-based products, because if not, my hair can feel a bit too oily.

Effectiveness

I really love how this makes my hair feel. It feels instantly softened and moisturised. Because it’s oil based, it doesn’t absorb very quickly, but this is actually very good for dry hair, or afro hair. We need a lot of protection and long-lasting moisture from our haircare, and that’s just what this offers.

I use a little bit daily and my hair really loves it. It doesn’t affect my curls in any way (doesn’t make them feel weighed down, nor does it make them more pronounced), and I like that because I rely on other products to define my curls.

The scent of the cream does last quite a few hours, so if you’re concerned about fragrance this particular one might not be for you. You can just choose the unfragranced version instead. But personally, I’m happy to smell like a coffee biscuit hahaha.

I think this product is best suited to people with dry, curly hair. Because of the rich formula, if you don’t like your hair to feel oily or like it has product on it, this isn’t for you.

For that reason, I make sure to use only a little bit, and that works for me really well.

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I hope you found this review useful! Please check out Anita Grant and their eco-friendly haircare, and leave a comment below if you have any questions!

Jazmin xx