Parabens is one of many chemicals used in beauty products that I have decided to blog about. Clients often ask me if a particular foundation or cream used on a daily basis is good for their skin. I am always willing to give them my opinion, but it is not for me to decide if they should or should not be using it. I believe it should be your decision! I hope these blogs will make you more aware of chemicals that are present in many beauty products that could be harmful for your body. If any of you have any further questions regarding these blogs please don’t hesitate to contact me directly.
By now you have probably heard about parabens, they are used in every category of cosmetics. They are a cheap and effective way to extend the shelf life of products. They stop fungus, bacteria and other microbes from growing in your favourite creams and makeup, especially in the moist, warm environment of a bathroom.Their names are methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben and isobutylparaben. You’ll find them listed on thousands of personal care products such as shampoos, mascara, foundations and body lotions. The question is why should we avoid them in our beauty products and are they really harmful to us?
- One study showed that parabens could age the skin when it is exposed to UV light.
- Parabens can cause skin irritation and contact dermatitis and rosacea in individuals with paraben allergies.
- Parabens can migrate to body tissue. It has been found in breast tumour tissues. We still don’t know if it causes cancer cells to grow. More testing is still needed.
Companies always claim that products have been tested and don’t cause any harm to us. The truth is they have been testing it for a relatively short period of time. Remember, the decision is yours!
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As a make-up artist I know how important it is to exfoliate your skin. I always ask my clients to do so before they see me for a makeover. Regular skin cleansing is definitely essential and beneficial, though exfoliating your skin at least twice a week with a scrub can improve and rejuvenate your skin. There are two ways of exfoliating; physical – using scrubs – and – chemical – using alpha and beta-hydroxy acids. Scrubs remove what is on the surface of your skin, chemical exfoliants go deeper.
How do I know if I need to exfoliate?
A simple test you can do at home to see if you have surface dry skin cells on your skin is to take a piece of clear tape and apply it to the forehead. Rub it gently and remove. Look at the tape, and if there are little pieces of flaky skin, then you need to exfoliate!
Here are six reasons to exfoliate:
- Much better absorption – for your moisturizer, sunscreen and, make-up. Brides, you must exfoliate before your big day! My favourite is; http://www.evelom.com/Morning-Time-Cleanser-125ml/MEV0028_9500,en_GB,pd.html?start=3&q=exfoliator
- Younger skin – exfoliating helps maintain shine on your skin as you age.
- Minimise large pores – exfoliation removes the dirt stuck deep inside your pores.
- Improve your skin texture – keep your skin much softer.
5. Help with acne – regular exfoliation reduces possibility of clogged pores.
- Improve dry skin – especially during winter months we are more likely to have dehydrated skin.
How do I know if I am getting too much exfoliation?
If you use a facial scrub and your skin turns bright red and feels irritated afterwards, it probably means that the grains used in the scrub are too large. I suggest avoiding natural scrubs, such as those with apricot pits. If you are using chemical exfoliants and your skin starts to dry out, you may be removing too much of the skin’s protective barrier. Cut back and the skin’s barrier should naturally repair itself.
Girls, remember to exfoliate to keep your skin soft and supple all year round!
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“There is a garden in her face
Where roses and white lilies grow;
A heavenly paradise is that place,
Wherein all pleasant fruits do grow;
There cherries grow that none may buy
Till cherry-ripe themselves do cry”
We all want to have a radiant complexion. Without fresh air the body and skin cannot be healthy. Studies show that complexion is one of the points that we noticed first in a woman’s appearance. Here are 7 secrets for you girls!
- Fresh air
Make sure you always sleep with an open window, even in winter. Try to ventilate your flat/house every day to make sure you have lots of oxygen in the air.
- Avoid sugar!
“Sugar is pure fuel with no waste matter, and every particle must be burned up in the system”
When we eat too much sugar it prevents the burning up of other food, and this leads to serious consequences. Not too many sweets girls!
- Avoid pickles!
Can ruin your completion. There is absolutely nothing I can say in their favour!
- Stay hydrated by drinking coconut water
Hydration is extremely important for your skin. When dehydrated your skin can look dry and saggy. Coconut water is wonderful but always read the label and avoid the ones with added sugar.
- Exfoliate your skin- at least twice a week.
It will help rejuvenate your skin. You will learn more about exfoliation in my next blog.
- Use sunscreen every day
Always protect your skin with sunscreen even if you are not spending all day outside. My favorite is Cellular Protection Sun Screen SPF50, it also works as a primer!
- Benefit from your sleep
Get at least 8 hours of sleep per night. The more you sleep, the more your skin will be able to repair itself and stay more youthful! Download a sleep app on your phone. I find it really helpful!
Girls, taking care of your skin is critical to looking your best and to fighting the signs of aging.
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