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

This is not the end

Hello everyone!

This post is going to be a little different to my usual posts. Instead of a reviewing a product or talking about beauty, I’m going to be explaining the changes that will be happening to my blog in the next few days (and maybe forever!).

My blog, A Beauty-full World, has been hosted on Wix.com, since I first started it up a year ago. While I love the appearance of my blog, Wix just isn’t geared up for blogging. I have issues reading my comments, I don’t even get notified when someone likes or comments on one of my posts, and it’s very difficult to create good engagement on Wix.

It’s time for me to decide whether or not I want to renew my Wix membership for the next year, and I’ve decided not to renew. Aside from the issues I have with Wix, it’s really expensive!

Don’t worry! This doesn’t mean that my blog is going away.

I’m thinking of moving to WordPress.com, a blogging site specially designed for bloggers. I think this will be the best move for my blog.

My blog name and design will mostly stay the same; you might just notice that the URL is slightly different. I will try and keep my new blog as similar a possible to the blog you’ve grown to know (and hopefully love). All my blog posts will be available there as always, and you’ll be able to search for what you want just as before.

I hope setting up a whole new blog will be a relatively smooth process for me. I’m quite nervous about the move actually because I’ll lose all my engagement. It will really be back to square one.

Anyway, I expect that my next blog post will be on my new blog!

Well… bye for now!

Jazmin

Micellar Water vs Cleansing Balm and Cleansing Oil

If you don’t like using makeup wipes, you may be debating between micellar water vs cleansing balm and cleansing oil! As a skincare blogger, I have to urge you to ditch the makeup wipes and switch to gentler (and less wasteful) ways of removing your makeup. Your skin will thank you for it! But now on to the pressing question… which is better? Micellar water or cleansing balms/oils?!

That’s what we’re here to find out…

What is micellar water?

Micellar water, or cleansing water, is a skin cleanser that is a pretty innovative way of cleansing the skin. This kind of cleanser is amazing for removing eye makeup (it can usually handle even waterproof makeup), base makeup, dust and sweat and SPF from the skin. To use micellar water, put some on a cotton pad or reusable cotton round and gently massage the makeup off your skin.

Cleansing water can be fragranced or unfragranced, and I would always recommend going for fragrance-free makeup and skincare because it’s gentler on the skin.

This type of cleanser is mostly water, but it also contains micelles which are the things that really put in the hard work. Micelles are surfactants which dissolve the oil and makeup on our skin (using their lipophilic tails), which are then rinsed off and removed by water in the micellar water.

I hope you’ll excuse the science there but I really think micellar water is pretty cool. Because of the way micellar water works, you can remove makeup without having to scrub or rub your skin too much. However, some friction is required to remove makeup and SPF this way (due to the cotton round), and it can be tempting to rub harder than necessary to speed up the cleansing process. Being rough with your skin can be irritating, it can damage acneic skin causing scars and it ages the skin.

Micellar waters should always be followed up by a second cleanse (using a gel, foam, powder or cream cleanser). This is really important as micelles aren’t the best to leave on your skin. Although technically they don’t have to be rinsed off (and all micellar waters will tell you they’re ‘no rinse formulas’), it’s best to remove them as there will be traces of cleanser, makeup, dust and SPF left behind.

I always think of it this way: the first cleanse removes SPF and makeup and the second cleanse properly cleans the skin.

Cleansing balm and cleansing oil

Cleansing balm and cleansing oil are a very different way to cleanse the skin. These should also be used to remove makeup and SPF (and can be used on the eye area) before following up with a second cleanser.

Like micellar water, these break down the oils in makeup, allowing it to be washed off. Firstly, take a good amount of cleanser and massage it into the skin. Watch how the makeup immediately spreads around because it’s breaking down! But here’s where cleansing balm and oil really differs from micellar water: to remove a balm or oil cleanser, you have to emulsify it. This means adding a little water to the cleanser on your face and watching how it turns milky or foamy.

Emulsifying a cleanser allows the oil to bind to water, meaning it’ll rinse off effectively (instead of having a thick layer of oil on the skin that can’t be removed easily). Balm and oil cleansers allow you to get a really effective, deep clean.

An advantage of this type of cleanser is that you don’t have to scrub, rub, or pull at the skin. It’s all very gentle- you literally just massage your skin!

So… which is best?

Both micellar water and balm/oil cleansers are great, and both have their advantages.

1) Cleansing power

Both cleansers are pretty effective at cleansing the skin, but I believe that cleansing balm/oil has stronger cleansing power. This type of cleanser is amazing at removing makeup, and removes it a little better than micellar water. This is especially the case with Korean lip tints and waterproof eye makeup.

2) Eco-friendly considerations

I have yet to find a plastic-free or low-waste micellar water. This is important to me because I’m trying to reduce my waste and live consciously. However, I’ve found several low-waste balm and oil cleansers that come in tins or glass bottles, making them better choices for the environment.

Further, to use micellar water you need to have cotton pads. These aren’t very ecological because growing cotton is damaging to the environment due to the large amount of water it requires to grow. There’s also the plastic packaging of these cotton pads to consider, too. You can buy reusable ones to help reduce your waste though!

Micellar Water vs Cleansing Balm

3) Ease of use

Although both cleansers are easy to use and take about the same amount of time to effectively remove makeup, I find that micellar waters are easier to use around the eyes. My eyes are easily irritated, and using water near my eyes to rinse my balm/oil cleanser can make them quite red and sore.

On the other hand, when you use cleansing balm/oil you don’t need any extra tools, whereas to use cleansing water you need cotton rounds.

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Overall, both micellar water and cleansing balm/oil are the best ways to remove makeup and pre-cleanse (in my opinion!). For a full makeup wipe rant, head over to my skincare guide.

It’s hard to say which one is better because they have different advantages! However… Because cleansing balms and oils are gentler and cleanse the skin better than micellar water, these might be best for the skin. But, if you’ve got sensitive eyes, I recommend micellar water for removing eye makeup because it’s less messy and there are less chances of getting cleanser or water in your eyes.

So, are you team micellar or team cleansing balm/oil? Let me know in the comments!

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What do Clay Masks do for your Skin? (And what’s the best clay mask?)

Face masks are such a popular area of skincare, but have you ever wondered what clay masks do for your skin? There’s a lot of skincare out there that in my opinion, just doesn’t do much! And some skincare items that we love are actually quite harsh and damaging to the skin (such as alcohol-based toners!). Is this the same for clay masks? Are they secretly damaging? Hmm… keep reading to find out!

Clay masks can be made up of bentonite, kaolin or Rhassoul Clay, but they usually contain either bentonite or kaolin clay. Masks will also contain water, some preservatives (essential for keeping the masks bacteria free for a long time), some hydrating ingredients and some may contain light exfoliating ingredients (either physical exfoliants or chemical exfoliants). For more information on the different types of exfoliation, check out my skincare guide!

Clay masks can be used for general health, such as for draining infected bug bites (this is how my mum uses clay), but I personally like to use it on my face as skincare.

So, what do clay masks actually do for your skin?

Clay masks work by absorbing the oil and impurities from your skin, which makes them fantastic at pore cleansing and keeping acne at bay.

Pores

We all have pores within our skin, all over our face. Along the T-zone (the nose, cheeks, chin and forehead), these tend to be more visible as they contain sebum. Sebum is our skin’s natural oil, but this can become trapped and coagulated in our pores. This is totally fine and healthy, and not something to worry about at all. However, if you want to reduce the appearance of these pores, clay masks are your best friend!

There are lots of ways to remove sebum build-up from your pores, but most are quite aggressive for the skin. Pore strips stick to the skin, so that when they are removed, they pull out the sebum that’s stuck in your pores. These are fun to use and it can be so interesting to see the little plugs of dried sebum on the pore strip, however, these are not good for the skin. Because they rip out your sebum, they stretch out the pores which can permanently enlarge pores. I have a scar on my nose from the time I used to use these pore strips; I really don’t recommend using these!

You can also use chemical exfoliants such as salicylic acid to clear out your pores. These work well, but the effect is gradual and not as dramatic as when you use a clay mask. I truly believe that clay masks are the best way to keep your pores clean and thus make them appear less visible!

Acne

Because of the fact that clay masks clear out your pores, they can be a really great way to reduce acne breakouts!

Pimpled are formed due to bacteria growth in the pores. When the pore becomes infected, you get the growth of a pimple, either under the skin or at the surface with a visible pus head. I have acne, and my acne manifests itself under the skin as hard (and super painful) bumps, and also as whiteheads.

The clay within clay masks draws out the impurities from your skin and keeps your pores clear, which makes it less likely for an infection to form and thus you’ll be less likely to get a spot.

Clay masks can even help those pimples that are under the skin, by pulling the bacteria and pus out to the surface of the skin. This brings the spot to a head, speeding up the healing process!

What’s the best clay mask?

I have tried quite a few clay masks over the years, and I’ve even tried to make my own with pure clay and water. These technically work, but they’re very drying for the skin because pure clay with no hydrating ingredients added will be extremely drying. As spot treatments, these would work well but I wouldn’t recommend them for all over the face!

My favourite clay mask is Innisfree’s Pore Cleansing Clay Mask 2X. This is a really thick and effective clay mask, because it’s packed with clay mask and charcoal to cleanse the pores, absorb excess oil and deeply cleanse the skin. It also doesn’t leave my skin feeling stripped which is really important for me, because I use clay masks multiple times a week. This mask contains glycerin which is a great skin hydrator. This is definitely something to keep an eye out for when shopping for clay masks.

More than any other clay mask I’ve used, this really reduces the appearance of pores on my nose. I use it once or twice a week (I find it works best when I use it two days in a row), and when I wash it off after 15 minutes, I’m always surprised by the dramatic difference in my pore size. They seem so much smaller after use.

I also use this along my cheeks and jaw to help my acne. I find that this is a great mask for speeding up the healing process of pimples by drawing out the impurities and bringing the spot to a head. I can’t comment on how it works to prevent acne as I haven’t really seen a difference there, but I do like to use this twice a week on my acne.

The other Innisfree clay masks are also really great, and I’ve heard good things about Sand and Sky’s Australian Pink Clay Porefining Face Mask too!

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There are so many different brands out there with their own clay mask products, so it can be hard to know what’s going to be right for you. My biggest tip is just to experiment and try different things out! Try to find masks that are detoxifying but also hydrating. This post isn’t sponsored, I’m just a fan of this mask.

Overall, I do recommend clay masks and I think they’re worth the hype, particularly for those of you with clogged pores or acne-prone skin.

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Acne Tips: What Acne has Taught me about Skin Health and Mental Health

It’s easy to share acne tips, but it’s not so easy to talk about the mental effects that come from battling acne. If you’re going through acne, I want you to know that you’re not alone. Even skincare bloggers experience it too. In this blog post I’ll talk about what I’ve learnt about myself and my skin from having aggressive acne. Keep reading to find out more.

Acne, oh, acne. How can such tiny things affect us so greatly?

If you’re new to my blog, hi! My name is Jazmin and I’m a POC beauty blogger over here on A Beauty-full World, and I run a skincare-based Instagram account. I’m passionate about POC friendly skincare and beauty, and I love when I discover amazing eco-friendly but effective skincare brands.

I’m clearly no newbie to skincare. When I moved to university 5 years ago, I had pimples across my forehead and T-zone, but after working out what skincare worked for me, this largely cleared up. I haven’t had a bumpy forehead for years (thank you salicylic acid), and my cheeks and T-zone are much clearer. My skin tone is pretty even, which means I have never felt the need to wear any foundation or concealer.

Until now. Along my jaw and chin I have started developing deep cystic acne papules. For those of you who aren’t into the acne lingo, these are large (and angry) pimples. For women, acne in this area usually has a hormonal root, and I think this may be the case for me because I have long-suffered from irregular hormones which has led to other health conditions.

Cystic acne is painful, sensitive and kind of scary. Large papules like these are prone to rupturing when touching your skin, and they scar easily (they can even lead to pitted acne scars, the kind that leave little holes in the skin).

I’ve been dealing with this new acne for a few months now. It hasn’t been easy, but I’ve learnt a lot about my skin, my mental health and my general physical health because of this and now I’m ready to share this with you! The first points will be skincare the tips, and the rest will be more general health points.

I hope you find this useful.

Here’s what acne has taught me about skin health and mental health

 

1) Don’t pop your spots!

I know it can be so, so tempting to pop your spots, especially when they’re so full and sore. Popping them will give you temporary relief from the discomfort, but it always leads to more problems.

When you pop a pimple, you create a wound and leave it open to the introduction of bacteria. This means you’ll irritate the area, cause more redness and always inevitably it’ll produce another head.

With large spots, it’s especially important that you don’t give into temptation because this type of acne is prone to cause deep pitted scarring. This is the kind that leaves visible holes in the skin that can’t be treated except for with laser therapy.

The best treatment for papules that I’ve found are pimple patches. These are hydrocolloid stickers that are placed over the spot on clean, dry skin, and they absorb all the fluid within the pimple. I use these overnight and wake up to a flat spot. Usually, I only need one application, but particularly pesky spots will need a couple of applications. In my opinion, the best thing about these is that they physically stop you from touching your spots, keeping temptation of picking and bacteria at bay.

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2) Keep your skincare routines simple

Now that I’m having this skin flare-up, it’s forcing me to keep my skincare simple. And I’m actually grateful for this! I love trying different skincare products (hello, I’m a beauty blogger!), but simple is really best. Our skin can only handle so much, so I recommend finding what works for you and STICKING to it.

I’ve had the same simple skincare routine for over a year now because it just works for my skin. But because of this hormonal flare up, I’ve had to scale it back even further. Now I just cleanse my skin and follow up by a salicylic acid serum and SPF during the day. At night I just use moisturiser after cleansing, and a couple of times a week I’ll use a retinol cream to try and battle the acne.

So, regardless of whether you’re currently experiencing acne or not, I highly recommend keeping your skincare routines simple!

3) Acne hurts!

Before I developed this flare-up, I had small spots on my cheeks which were due to blocked pores. These were sometimes itchy, and I thought that’s as bad as it gets. But now that I have this new acne along my jaw and chin, I realise that acne can really hurt!

My pimples feel full, sore, sensitive, and the pain can be really deep like a bruise.

 

4) Be patient with your body

Rome wasn’t built in a day; it’ll take time for you skin to heal. As much as I’d like to get rid of my acne with one wonder product, I know that I need to give it time to adjust to new treatments. It can feel like eternity but it takes at least a month to see improvements when you begin using a new skincare product or begin a new treatment.

I’ve started using a new retinol product which I believe will help with my cystic acne- and I already want to see results! I’m trying to stay positive and remind myself that I need to be patient. Someone give me strength!

5) It’s not your fault!

Everything within the body is linked; nothing in the body works independently. This is the same for the skin! Changes in the skin can be linked to hormonal fluctuation, mental health including stress and anxiety and other underlying conditions (such as gut issues).

You can have the best skincare routine in the world and eat all the right things and suddenly start developing cystic acne because of something completely out of your control. Cystic acne usually has a deeper cause, so be kind to yourself and cut yourself some slack!

I highly recommend seeing a doctor or dermatologist if you develop new, significant acne because it can be a sign of different changes or unbalances within the body. I personally would head straight to my GP were it not for the current Coronavirus situation.

6) Acne can really knock your confidence

As I mentioned before, I was really happy with the state of my skin before this acneic flare-up. My skin was quite balanced and even in tone, and I was becoming more and more confident in my appearance.

Now I notice I’m self-conscious about my skin. Acne can make you feel like you have a target on your face, and that everyone will notice it when looking at you. And it’s worse when people comment on it!

But for the most part, this isn’t really the case. When I look at other people with acne, I see them as just that; someone WITH acne. The acne doesn’t define them. I try to remind myself of this fact to take some of the pressure off myself.

7) Try and be patient with others

For the most part, when people comment on your acne, they’re just trying to be helpful. But this doesn’t stop the comments, looks and unsolicited advice from being annoying or hurtful!

Although people mean well, it can definitely be frustrating when people give you advice that you don’t ask for, especially when most people with acne have almost tried it all!

And it’s certainly not pleasant when your grandma repeatedly says she wants to pop your spot. Anyway, moving on…

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I hope that you found these 7 points useful. Acne is so complex, and it can be such a blow to our confidence and self-esteem. Try to stay positive and investigate the potential causes of the changes in your skin if you have the means to.

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Jazmin

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