La Roche posay redermic R review. 

I’m sorry Effaclar duo plus 

I never believed this could happen but, scoot over. 

Hello, redermic R. An amazing ,amazing product. I found this in walgreens one evening when I was terribly hungry for samples. There was this screen supposed to test your skin but it wasn’t working .

So I asked,’now this screen isn’t working how do I get samples?’ Lady offered me her sample drawer. . I went back home and tried it. My brother did too and then we went back for more samples ..

Don’t judge me for doing that but this is just too fabulous for words.

Lipohydroxyacid and retinol In one tube. My acne disappeared. Of course I always have acne , ~♤> why? 

I don’t stick to my routine despite how much i preach. Once my skin is clear I start sleeping with just washing my face and no exfoliants. 

 I have big plans for wipes.

lazy people should get lazy skincare too.

This product  cleared my skin up. Throughout summer I had these pesky breakouts which happens whenever I am not overdosing on vegetables and so I was struggling with treating them. Benzoyl peroxide wasn’t working and that happens sometimes. My skin was just acting up. Redermic R sorted me out in 5 days flat and let’s not start on sunburn.

For every regimen dealing with hyperpigmentation, a retinol always makes sense. This worked for my brother as well in that regard. Marketed as an antiaging treatment, this does far more than treat aging skin. 

It made a difference for my acne and if you have adult acne, have struggled to find a lasting solution,  then perhaps you can ask for a sample of redermic R at a beauty counter , I know walgreens for one stock lrp. I gave my second sample to my mum and she did notice a marked difference in the skin around her eyes which are darker due to broken capillaries from allergies.  If you can’t find a sample, invest in a full sized treatment.  Buying retinol is always a good decision. It will always work. 

This has 0.3% retinol and is the highest I’ve seen without a prescription. Roc retinol cream used to be the highest..

Redermic R also has adenosine which works to reduce the inflammation expected with such a high level of retinol. LhA which I think is la Roche posay miracle acid is included to provide cellular clean up and exfoliate skin cells. It costs a whopping $58 for full size but this will always be value for your money. Not a single bad review and if you are desperate for your skin, say hello and purchase here. la Roche pay site for america

Unfortunately for blog readers in Nigeria, this cannot be found in any shops here. I think we are too obsessed with skin colour to realise that aging is also an issue and healthy skin costs more than whitening milk and Arabic half caste cream. If you are interested, I can help you preorder this. Retinol is widely avaluable without a prescription here and you can get at pharmacies as retin A. 

I will do a bigger post on the value of retinol in your skin care but  try it for now and thank me when that post is out. 

It will set you back at least 5000 naira but trust me that would have made one of the best skincare decisions of your life.  

Have you ever used a retinol product before ? Did you know that retinol is the miracle product for wrinkles and aging ? Did you know that using retinol from age 25 along with sunscreen daily will ensure you don’t get crows feet and fine lines  ? 

Well, wait for that post but drip your gist herein the meantime. 

Pimples/acne solutions -choosing a toner and why 

Why do you need a toner ?

Why is it that most persons whin suffer the most acne don’t use a toner ? 

This is what you need to know about a toner. Sometimes called an astringent , toners help to do a number of things on your skin.

They help to open up closed pores further after washing.

They help to return the ph of your skin from alkali me after soap to a neutral ph which is the basic ph of our skin.this is why most toners are acidic in nature. 

Some toners help to seal open pores after treatments and some toners also help to calm irritated skin, reduce inflammation and prepare skin for a treatment , cream or serum that will sink into the pores.

This is why it is important to use a toner if you have acne because without your pores open, and unlogged your products will get in and block the openings preparing you for more breakouts.

Your choice of toner will depend on the problems you have with your skin or what you try to achieve with your skin.

  1. If your concerns are for acne, something  with salicylic acid is best. The concentration would range from 0.5% to 2% -clearasil ultra rapid action pads, alba botanical acne dote deep cleam astringent 
  2. Homemade toners like acid cider Vinegar work on the same principles of applying acids to help exfoliate and further clean out pores on skin. Vineat contains a weak acid which is naturally derived from apples.
  3. For aging skin with imperfections, Glycolic acid from 2% to 5% -pixi glow tonic and glow peel pads, dr.Dennis gross peel pads.
  4. For skin damaged from sunburn and creams, Glycolic acid and a mix of other acids as well as herbal constituents to calm the skin is useful. – examples -pixi by petra glow tonic , play herbal active with snow petal
  5. For dry and flaky skin, a herbal hydrosol of rose or lavender essence will calm itching and camomile will reduce inflammation buy rose hydrosol from organic life plus. At least I’m sure of that brand.

When choosing a toner, it is important to see a dermatologist or cosmetolgoist at least once for an assessment of your skin. This will help you to make a choice as to what type to buy and know what your skin really needs.

Not all skin that has acne is oily skin. Dry.skin can have acne too the pathologic process is just different but the end mechanisms are the same. 

If you had to scrimp on any part of your regimen for skin, it shouldn’t be your toner. 

As always, the products listed above are just a guide..

When we have concluded the talk on various parts of a simple 3 step regimen then we will go on to extras. 

What toner do you use and do you like it ? Does it work for you ? 

Have you had acne problems and what did you do to help it along .. 

DIY FRENCH MANICURE 

Have I ever mentioned that I love the French manicure ? White tips just have a look about them.

White tips go with quaint little picket fences, cinnamon buns and tea. 

That’s what it is in my head although I’m more up for cinnamon popcorn than cinnamon buns. Buns just have a sickly sweetness to them. Perhaps it’s just cinnabon bUt I would rather some tasty popcorn. For tea though,  I’ll have my mani and then some tea preferably green with lemon and for snacking, a healthy slice of oat cake and beet crackers.

Did you know I make healthy snacks too and you could order ? No.

Okay, so I got this hard as nails Sally hansen  nylon like wrap top coat .. have a look 

Rare
 

Avon colour trend in rare and Sally hansen french manicure white tip pen which is currently feeding my french manicure obsession to the max.

This is what I did.

I put the Avon all over the nails after base coat. It didn’t apply too well as with most nude colours. 

Then I used the tip of the manicure pen to outline the nails tips that had grown on.

The nylon wrap keeps for about a week and so does the white tip manicure pen. 

It doesn’t look very pretty neat but uneeds you are like me and you are always looking at fine details, you probably cant tell a mile away.

Hard as nails nylon wrap from walgreens.com at $7.. manicure pen from amazon at $5.99 Avon nail polish from skinplus calabar at N800 naira when the dollar was good. 

We do have some Avon nail polish on sale. Stop by if you are in calabar and steal one for N500 only. You are a thief really to get one at such a price in these times.

Okay everyone what’s your favourite mani style ?

Here’s my final look. 

Unboxing graze usa snack box

My graze box-empty.


Couldn’t keep my hands out of it. Though it’s designed to be eaten in bits,one snack after the other I ate two packs on one day and I’m taking the third on my call duty shortly. 

I love graze boxes. Do I need to say it again ? They are absolutely fabulously delicious.

This one had garlic and sour cream cashew Cristini which has been polished off without a picture. (I’m such a terrible blogger) (120 calories )

Then walnuts, pumpkin and dates  

Wild Blueberry toast with white chocolate (120 calories only) I ate it

Popcorn for the microwave with a twist of black pepper.

Gosh!  Such yummy snacking.

Add a cup of tea with honey and thsee or tips can serve me a quiet brekkie on the go.

I’ve got granola at skinplus and it’s practically 150 calories per serving of 40g. Has pumpkin seeds,almonds,pecans,tiger nuts,  black puffed rice,cashews, goji berries , coconuts, all of these not in one pack buy mixed up in different varieties. 

You can also order large portions for yourself. Go ahead, where theres no graze box, there’s skinplus diet cafe.

Ps- I just love making these stuff so if you have any special ideas,let me know.

What are your best ideas for snacking on a diet ? I think the snacks make us add more weight it’s hardly the meals we eat when we sit down to do so.graze yourself here if you have uk or usa shipping available.

Use OSAMAG23E and get your first and fifth  box free 

 

Unboxing sephora play august box

Well, here goes.

I finally got on the play list after several months and here is what I got for my efforts and $10

A box of goodies from sephora. These are the items in it.

Kat von d tattoo eyeliner -haven’t tried this but it certainly went on one eyelid really nicely and has an extra fine tip. It’s so soft. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills clear brow gel -kept my brows stuck in like wow. Extra holding power. Love it.

Living proof perfect hair day– I already know I will be buying this.

Dr jart water drop moisturiser -I love the first feel of this and have kept it for my face 

Tory burchJolie fleur verte  such a shame this isn’t a big bottle. I am greedy enough to think it should be. 

The box is tailored to your specific needs from the range of products that are available each month and I’m happy i got the overnight hair mask.

This box has me absolutely happy about the contents and I must says sephora,  it was worth the wait.

If you are in Nigeria unfortunately you may be unable to get a sephora box unless you go all techie and you have a shipping address in the usa. There are offers you will be unable to enjoy unless you are a legal resident but I dare say we got our own box coming sometime soon.

A home grown box of beautiful stuff. 

I love receiving parcels even if I shopped them to myself … do you ? 

Pimples/ acne solutions -face wash to buy 

Despite how much information is out there,  acne /pimples still is a topical subject for many women and some men out there.

Pimples have one major underlying factor and it is bacteria that end up trapped in your facial pores, the little holes on your skin that hair comes out of. 

When bacteria is on your skin as it should be because you are normal,  your skin may produce oil and the oil gets trapped into these pores with the bacteria that were just having a nice quiet life 

The bacteria find themselves in a cozy hole which is covered with oil and it is so lovely for then to start making babies. They increase in number and because the holes or pores are blocked,  they grow and grow and grow. Then they release chemicals that make the body react by inflammation , that’s when you feel the pain and before you know it a zit is out.

It takes about 3 days from a blocked pore to a full acne breakout.

The key to solving acne is solving

1. Excessive oil production which in all honesty you can’t really control because you cant control your your skin. You can only help regulate it.

2. Prevent skin cells from accumulating and increasing chances of blocked pores  by exfoliation and cleansing. 

3. Kill the bacteria

A simple 3 step routine to accomplish this is easily obtainable for anyone who wants to do away with their acne. In life, sometimes keeping it simple works.

I will address the issue of using oil free cleansers and scrubs later.

Steps to pimple treatment –

  • 1. A good face wash. -In this regard, liquid is often better than soap bars. You can spread it around easily and a little will go a long way. The active ingredients are easily dispersed in the liquid and you get better results. Soap bars may be cheaper but of recent I haven’t seen many a soap bar with the key exfoliative ingredient needed for acne which is salicylic acid. This compound needs to be present in your facial wash for you to have any good results from it.  You also need to use a sponge or facial brush to wash your face. It’s really quite easy. Most exfoliating mitts help to take off excess oil and help your gel or soap wash penetrate into skin. Using your hands doesn’t cut it and some people use a towel which will hardly ever dry out completely and will likely wash off your makeup before it gets to really cleaning your face.  Makeup must be taken off completely and not using the face wash which is for treating your Acne.
  • For makeup wearers I always suggest using a light oil to dissolve everything off and then rinse with water before you go onto wash your face with the face wash. If you can afford micellar water, then go ahead and use it . I swear by bioderma sensibio and garnier micellar water is a good addition to that list as well. Coconut oil is a fabulous cleanser and Infact some of its molecules is what is contained in the bioderma water. So keep a bottle on hand, wash your face properly and ensure you take off all the makeup
  • Facial cleansers to swear by , neutrogena pink grapefruit oil free facial scrub
  • Ambi facial cleanser with vitamin c and soy
  • Johnson and Johnson clean and clear facial bar
  • Clean and clear foaming facial acne wash
  • Dr lin acne face wash with Glycolic acid
  • Avon blackhead clearing cleanser 

These all have salicylic or Glycolic acid which is a very important step in eradication of acne.  

I will update this list whenever I find another product which is seriously breakout free and please note that most of the products I have listed here are drugstore products. 

They are cheap and contain active ingredients.  Some expensive brand a would contain the same thing and maybe add a few exotic ingredients here and there to prove their price point. Some are purely plant based and use the really expensive materials to achieve the same purpose of effective facial cleansing 

  • Clarins gentle foaming cleanser with cottonseed oil for combination to oily skin.
  • Origins a perfect world deep cleanser
  • Murad clarifying cleanser for acne and perfect time release acne cleanser
  • Dermatologica clearing skin and face wash for acne

There are tons of brands out there but with acne realise that it is more or less a skin condition which needs targeted treatment to halt it and reverse damage.

So go out today and get yourself a cleanser that will work and that’s your first step to acne free skin. 

Remember to always read labels and it must say salicylic acid,Glycolic acid, or in some mild cases, lactic acid.

Salicylic acid is best for acne skin.

If you have any questions or comments,please drop them below and I will respond  promptly. 

Need help shopping from whatever you find in the stores ? Send me a picture and I will be willing to help.

Don’t forget to share any great cleansers and face washes you have found or have used that have made a difference in your skin.

Next post will be on toners for acne /pimples. 

Ciao.

Alba botanica acne dote review

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I review a great find in a retinue of facial toners worldwide.
I say worldwide because when it comes to toners there isnt such a wild market for them.
They arent so many if you ask me.
I bought this toner from marshalls in the usa and I havent readily found this brand in nigeria on our shelves.
Alba botanica is an all natural line kf skincare products without parabens, pthalates and other known skin irritants.
This contains salicylic acid at 2%, witch hazel and thats about it.
Comparable to my trusted clearasil pads I found this to be a very good toner.
It doesnt clear out marks as quickly as I would like but it certainly works.
It dries out acne flat.
It is one of the best toners I have used in my life.
I am not mincing words with this.
It also has some alcohol so it will sting a bit but listen, if it deals with my acne and it has alcohol I do not mind.
The breakouts have been over the top of recent its unbelievable.
This acne dote helped out a whole lot and now.i have emptied the bottle I regret shipping its replacement by sea.
There will be bottles of acne dote at skinplusng calabar.
I love it that much.
When it is good, you dont have to talk too much.