Konjac sponge

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What is konjac sponge?

The konjac sponge comes from the root of the plant konnyaku potato or konjaku, it is used for naturally cleansing the skin and it is completely biodegradable. The konjac sponge will last 1-3 month depending on the use and care you take of it. You can find the konjac sponge with or without added ingredients such as clay, green tee, which are beneficial for the skin.

How to use konjac sponge?

The konjac sponge is solid and rough, once you soak it in warm water it becomes soft and can be used with or without a cleanser to gently cleanse the skin. After you’ve used your sponge wash it with warm water and hang it in a place to air-dry, make sure it dries completely between uses.
This sponge is very gentle, it can be used daily without drying or irritating your skin. I use it after removing my makeup to make sure the skin is completely clean.

What are the benefits of using the konjac sponge?

I have oily to combination skin, and the main improvement has been that my skin is less oily. I’ve also noticed an improvement on the appearance of the pores and better skin tone.

The sponge allows you to gently clean the skin daily, without irritating, and is great to use with your regular cleanser.

Where you can get the konjac sponge?

I bought the sponge at my local store, and mine is from Missha a Korean beauty brand. If you can’t find konjac sponge in your local store you can buy it from iherb.com, vitacost.com or eBay.

Have you used the konjac sponge before?

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La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL and sunscreen guide

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Hello everyone!

Choosing a good sunscreen is not as easy as it may seem, but wearing a sunscreen all year round is essential for protecting the skin against sun damage. I’ve been using La Roche-Posay sunscreen which is a very light sunscreen, appropriate to wear it underneath makeup and it provides a high protection against UVB and UVA sun rays.

I will share my thoughts on it, but before I want to introduce some important facts to take into account before getting a sunscreen.

  1. You should always wear sunscreenIt doesn’t matter the season or if your are on holidays on warmer weathers or in the city, you should always wear sunscreen. Sun rays are one of the main causes of ageing. I know it is something that everybody is not keen on, because some sunscreens are not good for layering over a moisturizer and underneath makeup, but that is why it is important to choose a sunscreen that doesn’t feel heavy on the skin.
  2. There are two types of sunscreens: physical and chemical. Physical sunscreens contain natural ingredients that will protect skin against sun such as zinc oxide. Chemical sunscreens contain chemical ingredients to protect your skin. Just taking into account the level of protection against sun rays, some dermatologists recommend physical sunscreens because they provide a broader protection.

If you’ve been searching like me a sunscreen, you may as well be familiar with these terms: UVA, UVB and PA+, PA++, PA+++, maybe you know what they mean but if you don’t keep reading:

  • UVBUVB sun rays burn your skin which results in redness and irritation.
  • UVA. UVA sun rays penetrate deeper in the skin they damage skin’s cells and cause ageing, they can also cause melanoma and cancer.
  • SPF (Sun Protection Factor). Indicates the level of protection against UVB rays. The higher the number the higher your skin will be protected against UVB rays.
  • PA+, PA++, PA+++ (PPD- Persistent Pigment Darkening). Is often found on Asian sunscreens, which used this terms to indicate the level of protection against UVA rays, being PA+++ the highest level of protection.

Since most sunscreens don’t indicate the level of protection against UVA rays, you should make sure that in your sunscreen it is indicated that it is “broad spectrum” which means that it also protects your skin against UVA rays, or that it is indicated that it provides a high protection against UVA rays.

The sunscreen I’m using is La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL, which is really light making it suitable for wearing under makeup. It is a chemical sunscreen that provides a high UVB and UVA protection. It is available with colour or white which turns transparent once applied. 

I really have liked this sunscreen as it’s the lightest one I’ve ever used, my skin haven’t got a bad reaction from using this sunscreen. This sunscreen is absorbed easily and doesn’t leave a greasy feeling on the skin.

The tinted sunscreen doesn’t cover imperfections, it just gives the skin a hint of colour, I’ve used it alone when it’s too hot for doing makeup or underneath my bbcream.

What sunscreen do you recommend?

Thanks for reading!

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Things I’ve loved in summer

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Hello everybody!

I think it’s time for doing a summer favourites, before we get into autumn. These are the products I’ve liked the most from the ones that I’ve been using during summer. Even though this is a summer favourites all of the products that I’m going to mention can be used all year round. I’ve shown you some of these products before but after using them for a while I can do a more in depth review.

Dr. Organic body scrub

The ingredients in this body scrub are all natural. It doesn’t contained microbeads on it, some body scrubs contained plastic microbeads (polyethylene and polypropylene, on the ingredients list), but this product exfoliates with micro particles of pure volcanic lava. This scrub is really gentle to the skin and it leaves it moisturized.

Rosehip seed oil 

This oil moisturizes the skin and improves its appearance making it softer. There are different oils which are sold as rosehip seed oil, but the one that works better is the rosehip seed oil from Chile. Another thing I love about this oil is that it has a dispenser which makes it easier to use.

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Physicians Formula Concealer Twins

This concealer has a yellow shade for correcting the under eye area and a light shade for neutralising yellow tones or blend above the colour correction. I love this concealer because it really helps to conceal the under eye area, and the texture is really creamy. This concealer is fragrance free, which means that it doesn’t dry the skin, and as all Physicians formula products is cruelty free. One thing I don’t like about it is the fact that it is only available in one shade, I wish they’d have a wider range of colours to choose from that will suit different skin tones.

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Inecto Coconut Hair Treatment

I love this hair treatment, it smells of coconut and the smell lasts in your hair after you’ve washed it. This is a good hair treatment if you want to avoid silicones, it softens the hair and makes it easier to style.

If you want to share your summer favourites comment below!

Thanks for reading!!

Clay face mask

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Clay masks are a good option to help cleaning the skin, specially if you have oily or combination skin. They help to reduce impurities improving your skin’s appearance.

Depending on your skin type you can do a clay mask once or even twice a week, as always it is important to see how the skin reacts to the mask.

For oily skin clay masks can be applied all over the face, for combination skin they can be applied on the oily areas of the face, the forehead, nose and chin.

As for how to apply it, the clay should be mixed with water, you can add organic honey if you want it to moisturise your skin. Once you’ve applied the mask is very important to remove it before it is completely dry. If you leave on your skin the clay mask until it is completely dry, the mask will absorb the moisture, causing dry skin. So when the mask starts to dry you should rinse it.

What is your favourite face mask?
Thanks for reading!

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Oil Cleansing Method

Hello everyone! A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about removing makeup with oils, I’ve recently found out that there’s actually a method of cleaning with oils, which is known as Oil Cleansing Method.

This method consists in using natural oils instead of regular cleansers for doing your daily face cleaning. As with every skin care routine, we all have different skin types, therefore this method should be adapted to your skin type, by using specific oils or deciding if you want to do this cleansing method daily or once a week, etc.

The oils that I use are castor oil and almond oil. I want to add other oils to my routine like jojoba oil, or switch the almond oil with avocado oil. Castor oil is a deep cleaning oil, so this can be used in any oil cleansing method, and then add another oil of your choice. As second oil I’m using almond oil because is very nourishing.

The amount of oil that you use also varies depending on your skin type. I use a lesser amount of castor oil, since this oil is very thick and it can cause dry skin.

Also remember to choose cold pressed oils, as this method preserves the oil properties, and also organic oils.

These are the steps:
1. Apply the oils on your face and gently massage into skin. You don’t need to remove your makeup previously.
2. Dip a cloth into hot water and hold it in your face until it gets cold. The steam will open your pores allowing a deep cleansing. Then clean your face with the cloth.

After you can put your moisturizer. Remember that you can do this daily, or once or twice a week, this depends on your skin type, and how this works for you.

Thanks for reading!

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Natural makeup removers

Since I started using natural cosmetics I somehow have felt that I wasn’t being all the coherent I could be. I started using natural products because I wanted to have a less impact in nature, by means of using cruelty free cosmetics and organic cosmetics, but I feel that the best way to care of the environment is by reducing my consumerism habits.

And somehow I just realized that the most natural cosmetics are those which are pure and not mixed with other products.

Some products must be bought as I guess we can not replace them with natural ingredients, but there are oils that can be used as cosmetics, and even do a better job than the first ones.

I’ve been using castor oil and almond oil to remove my makeup, and I’m not going to turn back to the store’s makeup removers.

I’ve found that the oils are more gentle with the skin. At first it was hard to get use to the texture, but I’ve got used to it.

I use castor oil to remove my eye makeup. I like this oil because the texture is denser than other oil’s textures, and it’s said that this oil is good for growing your lashes and eyebrows.

For removing the face makeup I use almond oil. Even though it takes more time to remove the makeup with this oil, I still prefer this oil over a regular makeup remover, since this oil moisturizes the skin.

 

Dr. Organic Virgin Olive Oil Body Scrub

I buy natural products from my local store. It is a shop that sells all kinds of beauty products, but they have a place in the store which is dedicated to natural and organic products.

I wanted to get a natural body scrub. After reading tons of ingredients on the products, I decided to go to the place where the natural products were located, and I found Dr. Organic’s products.

Dr. Organic is a natural and organic hair, body and oral care products brand. They use all natural ingredients in their products and emulsifiers, emollients and preservatives permitted by Organic Cosmetics Standard.

They not only use natural ingredients, they use mainly organic ingredients, which means that the ingredients in their products are grown without using pesticides and fertilizers.

Dr. Organic is an affordable brand with different lines to choose from, and I’ve noticed that prices vary depending on the line you choose. They have a range of organic aloe vera, organic pomegranate, organic tea tree products, among others.

The products I’ve bought from Dr. Organic are the “Organic Virgin Olive Oil Body Scrub” and the “Organic Pomegranate Toothpaste”.

Today I’m going to write about the body scrub. It’s from their organic olive oil product’s range. The products from this range are indicated for people with dry skin.

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The ingredients on this product are organic olive oil, aloe vera, sweet almond oil, cotton seed oil, lemon, thyme, among other natural ingredients.

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I’ve liked this scrub since it’s really soft on the skin, the particles are really small so it isn’t harsh on the skin. After using this product, the skin feels really soft and moisturized. As I said this scrub is really gently, so it doesn’t give a deep exfoliation to the skin, which makes it suitable for dry and sensitive skin.

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It’s difficult to describe the smell of this product. But I’ll try. It’s a soft smell, it doesn’t smell like olive oil, but is a fresh smell. The smell doesn’t last on the skin. It isn’t a smell that I really enjoy, but I’m fine with it since this is a natural product.

The product doesn’t indicate how often it can be used, but since it’s really soft I think it could be use once a week, and it should be follow with a deep moisturizer, I use an argan oil and honey body butter.

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Thanks for reading!!!