Showing posts from October, 2018

Four Products To Fade Scars and Spots

The headache that follows a breakout is how to get rid of the dark spots and blemishes.For us in Ghana, a skin care routine is a recent trend and especially with the influx of affordable Chinese and Korean skin care products.We grow up with using bath soaps to wash our face and body lotion to moisturize our face, sometimes, Vaseline is our go to. Now, if you are reading this, then, it means you've gone beyond that stage and that's a good sign of great things to come.
After years of damage and not caring about our skin, you should understand that it will equally take a few more effort to get the skin you need.There are several products on the market targeting fading spots and blemishes but before we jump on them, do remember that you daily routine is essential in achieving results with those products. Getting rid of the spots won't be a matter of days.All you'll need is to combine a few products and definitely some trial and error in order to get your spot free skin.Rece…

From Alpha Hydroxy Acids to Beta Hydroxy Acid Products

I enjoyed the impact and effect of The Ordinary  Lactic acid 10%+HA (An alpha Hydroxy acid) and still enjoy it but I decided to step up the exfoliating to Beta Hydroxy Acids. Why?

Beta hydroxy acids such as salicylic acid goes deeper than just exfoliating dead skins cells;  it dissolves oils in the pores rendering those blackheads and pimples powerless over your skin.
Instead of using salicylic acid serum,  I opted for a toner with a high concentration of salicylic acid yet gentle enough. The Cosrx BHA Power liquid toner is a rave among Korean Beauty addicts and I just had to give it a try too.
It is used after washing the wash and since it's a toner, it becomes the second step after the wash. The process still counts as cleansing since exfoliating is a cleansing step. If I want to use any toner,  I would apply that toner first before the BHA Power liquid toner to allow it to work.
It is recommended that you wait at least 20 to 30 minutes after using chemical exfoliating product t…

How To choose The Ordinary Vitamin C Serum

If you missed the post on the types of vitamin C serums carried by The Ordinary, then, just go through it and come back to this.Paula's Choice and The Ordinary seem to have a lot in common when it comes to formulations and I love that! Let's start with the highest form which is the L-ascorbic acid. This is found in the The Ordinary Vitamin C silicone and vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%.
Much like our Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% formula, this product also offers a suspension but in light silicones for a smooth, non-gritty skin finish. Despite the very light forms of silicones used, silicones do impair dermal exposure to Vitamin C slightly but the additional (30%) concentration of Vitamin C helps compensate for this slight inefficiency. A very strong tingling but non-irritating sensation is expected during the first 1-2 weeks of use until the skin's tolerance to such high exposure is elevated. If desired, this formula can be diluted in a cream base per a…

Niacinamide 10%+Zinc 1% and Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner

When you are new to skin care, the target is usually acne or pimples and once you get rid of that, the next obvious problem is dark spots and blemishes. This is the purpose for grabbing Niacinamide from The Ordinary. I got these to test them because Klairs is such a popular brand and the supple preparation toner is a huge bandwagon for a lot of K beauty lovers. I know enough around Korean skin care but the one thing about that routine is to understand the purpose of each product before plunging into it if you don't want chaos.In that regard, I got the mini size and have been using it for the past few days. I find it a bit thicker and you use your palms to apply.I may probably be so used to the Thayers toner because I don't find the Klairs easy to work with when it comes to layering other products. Everything I apply, either via patting or rubbing, doesn't sit without balling up or pilling!I'll keep using it though till it is empty because I need to allow it a substanti…

Alpha Hydroxy Acids For Your Skin

Alpha hydroxy acids have gained popularity in the skin care world and it's for a good reason because they exfoliate your skin better! Glycolic acid( the big gun in the AHA group,  it penetrates the pores for deep exfoliating)Then Lactic acid ( this is quite good for those who are new to acids. It helps to build up your skin for more acids! )Mandelic acid is known to be one if the mildest (such that pregnant women can use it).  These actives can be found in cleansers.They can also be found in toners 

Some moisturizers also contain the alpha hydroxy acids. The Cosrx Salicyc acid  daily cleanser. Salicyc acid falls under Beta hydroxy acid and it's more potent in fighting acne. They do much intensive work by dissolving oils in the pores too! You can find them in cleansers and toners too. Then comes in Benzoyl peroxide which is notorious for being the go to acne treatment ingredient. This can be found in cleansers,  and spot treatments too. Which ones do you use? To purchase any of …

The Ordinary Lactic Acid +HA

I took the bold step to use a chemical exfoliating product and because I needed to start of gently, I picked lactic acid 10% from The Ordinary.The lactic acid is used at night so I wash and apply toner before using it. For the first application, I used my fingers to pat it into the skin.The skin looked oily for a while but that subsided within minutes. My skin felt dry the next morning but nothing severe.Within a couple of day, I noticed my skin tone looked even and I had nice glow too.Honestly, I love the changes and would certainly work to keep it up.On another note, I've been taking hair gummies which contain vitamin c and it may be another contributing factor for this glow.*A few pointersI has no reaction to the lactic acid. I did feel a tingle or sting for a few seconds and that was it.I use a few drops and I'm limiting it to 2x a week in order not to over exfoliate the skin.Ill be moving on to other serums eventually but I want to exhaust The Ordinary products first. I&#…

Dear, Klairs Supple preparation toner review

K beauty addicts rave about the supple preparation facial toner from Dear,  Klairs and I was super excited to also jump on the bandwagon. 
After using the toner after several weeks,  I think it's time to share my thoughts on it. Here

Rose water Hair Treatment

The heritage rose water has been a scalp saver to say the least. I spritz the rose water on the scalp about 2 times a day to hydrate the scalp and speed up the healing. After spritzing the scalp in the morning,  I apply a mixture of my hair oils,  these oils can last me  full 12 months so I'm good to go for 2019.In the evening,  I spritz again, allow it to dry and spritz with aloe Vera juice too.  This has helped my scalp recover from the dye processes.  As you can see from the picture,  majority of the dye has been cut off. When I do another trim in 6 months time,  the ends will be fine. I still take the 30 day beauty secret vitamins and I think it's contributed to the growth I have now.  This is just a week after the cut and I'm impressed.After the biotin,  I know I'll have a lot of growth.  2 months to grow enough hair to hopefully braid up will be awesome.

How To Use Hotfro Chebe Powder and Oil

Visit my shop at to purchase your chebe powder and oil. Then,  contact me on 0541458372 for the steps.
When you are done,  be it relaxed hair or natural hair,  follow these tips.
1.Be sure to shampoo your hair before the mixture is applied.
2. Get the hotfro growth pomade to use along with thw chebe powder and oil. This will boost your hair growth too.
3. Follow the directions you'll be given in order to have a successful application.
4. Decide on the hair style you want to wear with the chebe IE cornrow, braids, wigs etc.
5. Be sure to use the chebe oil every 3 days after the first application of the mixture (I'll direct you when you get your set).
6. Don't mix other chebe brands/ products with the hotfro one should you wish to.  It's best to use the products from one brand.
So,  as you begin your chebe journey, just relax and allow your hair to enjoy the benefits.

K Beauty (Korean Beauty Products)

Koreans are noted for their enviable skin but do you know what they use to achieve such a feat? K Beauty as it is popularly called,  has gained it'd popularity as a result of being affordable yet effective. The bonus is that most skin types from across the world are able to use K Beauty products!Hada Labo is one of such well known K Beauty brands and I'm about to dive into that world. There are several Korean Beauty products,  techniques and skin care routines, from Cosrx,  Pyunkang, Dear,  Klairs, Missha,SkinFood, Benton, Etude House,  Innesfree  and more! If you want to learn more about K Beauty,  then,  subscribe to the blog for updates.  Also,  we will be doing the learning together! If you are in Ghana and want to purchase any of these,  visit

Misa Cho Gong Jin Secret

Concentrated total anti-aging oriental herbal essence that increases the strength of skin to help fight against the onset of time on the skin.
For anti-wrinkle and brightening effects.I had to use Google translate to even know the name of this product was Misa Cho Gong Jin since all was written in Korean! What's an essence?  It seems Korean skin care has different terms.  The essence is lighter than a regular toner. From their website
MISA Cho Gong Jin Secret prescriptions to fight the signs of aging
(More than Gongjingdan, Gongjinbichaekdan)
Gongjindan, a prescription in Dongeuibogam, increases the spirit of water and calms down the heat, strengthening the foundation and health of the skin. In pursuit of this, Rehmannia glutinosa and black ginseng created with the devotion of Gujeunggupo are added for a greater nourishing effect.So,  I cleansed my skin (I need a new face wash as I'm almost out of the Beauty Formulas exfoliating wash). I want to test Cosrx Cleanser as the Pyunkang…

How To Speed Up Scalp Healing

6 out of the 12 months of 2018 has been spent torturing my scalp- from hair dyes to relaxers! It's probably going to take several months for the scalp to be as healthy as I want. Therefore,  I have about 3 products I'm using to speed up the healing.1. Aloe Vera soothes the scalp and keeps it hydrated. I use this at night with a bit of Emu oil.  2. Rose water to also help with hydration  two to times a day. To speed up the growth too,  I'll be taking 10000mcg biotin for some weeks!  This is a serious venture because I know my body doesn't tolerate anything biotin but since my collagen isn't in yet,  I'll make do with it. That bottle will last a month so hopefully, by new year,  my scalp should be much healthier! The biotin I'll be taking is the Life flo liquid 10000mcg biotin. I'll keep you updated.

Clay Facial Mask

There are about 3 facial masks of which 2 are mud masks and one is a peel off mask.In the facial routine,  here's my typical steps. 1. Cleanse2. Facial exfoliator in the form of facial scrub 3. Apply the mud mask for about 3 to 10 minutes. 4. Rinse off and follow with facial toners( First one to wipe the face and the next one is patted in) 5. Follow with a serum and moisturizer.The mud clay detoxes the skin and unclogs the pores too so I pretty much like them. I use the facial scrub to ensure that dead skin cells are off the surface for better impact! Mud clay treatments can also help tighten the skin as I have experienced. Have you used any clay mask?