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6 Tips For Chemical Exfoliating

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Using Alpha Hydroxy Acids or Beta Hydroxy Acids is all about moderation and not expecting magical results in days. To effectively use any of these acids, here are some tips for you. The first tips is to use these exfoliating ingredients once or 2x a week. 2. Personally, I think night time is better as it allows your skin to fully utilize whatever you use without the sun to worry about nor make up. 3.Check the concentration you use. From mandelic to salicylic acid, find what your skin can tolerate. Don't jump on salicylic acid until you've tried at least lactic acid like I did. 4.Always moisturize after exfoliating. The existing literature points to the fact that your skin might be too dry after using them. In addition, some do more harm than good when they are left on the skin like that. 5. Don't use chemical and physical exfoliating products at the same time. Excessive exfoliating will damage your skin. 
6. Use a sunscreen during the day as these ingredients can leave your…

DIY Green Tea Hair Mist

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The caffeine in teas have been acclaimed to be effective in controlling excessive shedding hence I decided to make it a part of our hair growth boot camp challenges for 2019.You prepare the tea mist the same way as a rinse except I add oils to the mist. If you can't do the most, the tea rinse is equally effective.Tea You can use green tea, black tea or any tea of your choice. I, usually, advice using 1 tea bag first to make sure your hair loves it before increasing the quantity. I recommend brewing enough mist for 7 days use. Benefits Shedding 

How I am Stretching My Relaxer

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I'm 5 weeks post relaxer and new growth with short hair is hard to manage. However, I've found a way to help me stretch to 10 weeks before I get a touch up.The one change has been Co washing during the week. I use whatever conditioner available and leave it in for 5 before rinsing. Within 3 days, my hair becomes dry again so another wash is done.Another change I've made is switching back to tea mist rather along with moisturizer. Moisturizers seem to be still heavy for my hair now so diluting them works best for my hair now. I use a spray bottle to distribute the moisturizer properly.Using the most daily makes a huge difference so that's going to make stretching easier.To use, I use the ORS hairepair vital oils as it's lighter and won't weight down my hair. I really can't wait to wear buns, I'm hoping to hit that goal by July. I'm almost done with the Alive gummies too and will just take my multivitamins with iron in it.  I need 4 inches to reach my…

How I Use The Ordinary vitamin c suspension 23%

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The Ordinary vitamin C 23%suspension +HA Spheres is one of the popular products from The Ordinary. It is also notoriously unpopular for the reason that it's gritty texture makes application cumbersome and irritating to the skin too, especially, sensitive skin.I've found different ways to work with thos serum so catch all the full gist in this video Here

My Night Routine With Granactive Retinoid

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The Ordinary has retinols and retinoids. Here's what they say about the Granactive Retinoid 5 %:This water-free solution contains a 5% concentration of an advanced retinoid active complex called Granactive Retinoid that has been shown to offer better results against multiple signs of aging than retinol without any of the irritation and drawbacks common with retinol. Granactive Retinoid, an active technology from Grant Industries, is a solubilized system of Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate, a highly-advanced form of retinoid which is, in fact, a non-prescription ester of all-trans direct retinoic acid that offers a multi-fold better effect against signs of aging than retinol, retinyl palmitate and nearly all other forms of non-prescription retinoid. This product uses next-generation retinoid active technologies which have been shown to achieve better reduction in signs of aging than retinol without irritation. These technologies cannot be compared directly with retinol itself in terms o…

How I Prevent Smelly Braids

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For once I'm not using a moisturizer on my braids and dry scalp could be a serious problem for me. I needed something to clean my scalp and keep it hydrated.To still keep the hair moisturized, I used different techniques. Watch the full video Here

3 Ways I Exfoliate My Skin

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Just as bathing with a sponge  is to clean skin,  exfoliating the face is key in getting rid of dead skin cells, dirt and unclogging pores.



*The first product I use is a spin brush from vanity planet.  This set has 3 brushes: the daily brush,  the exfoliating brush and the large on is the body brush. The exfoliating brush is too uncomfortable for my skin so I skip using it.  I go for the daily brush.  I use the brush once a week with an exfoliating facial wash or cleanser.


*The thing I use is exfoliating scrub: I use the blackhead scrub from Beauty Formulas 

I use this once in a while to give my skin a break from chemical exfoliating. The maximum use is once a week for me. Anything else will cause irritation on my skin.

Lastly,

Third is The Ordinary glycolic toning acid and Cosrx BHA power liquid toner. I use these maximum of two times a week.



How do you exfoliate?

My Skin Care Routine Using The Ordinary Products

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The Ordinary brand is such a simple yet effective solution to skin care problems and I've been experimenting with different products from the brand. I've tried:Lactic acid Marine hyaluronics Granactive retinoid Niacinamide Vitamin C 23% suspensionHemi squalene oil Borage seed oil Glycolic toning solution The spf 15 Looking at the list, it's amazing what a year can do! I've had most of the serums for more than 6 months and it's certainly worth every penny.I don't use the lactic acid anymore but the others feature in my routine all the time, except Borage seed oil which is for my hair. Marine hyaluronics I use this after my toner to hydrate the skin..I follow with either Niacinamide or vitamin C serum. I use the glycolic toning solution about 2x a week after cleansing. Check here  for the reviews of these serums. The Granactive retinoid is a night serum which has anti aging benefitsThe last exfoliating product I want to try is the BHA peeling solution after which…

How To Wash Your Face

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This post was inspired by one of my friends who's new to skin care. 1. Wash your hands to get rid of dirt or germs or bacteria. 2. Wet your face to allow easy application of your wash/soap/cleanser. 3. Apply your facial soap or wash or cleanser as directed. Usually, sweeping your face with your wash should last a minute to remove all oils and dirt. 4A.Rinse off your cleanser/wash with water 4B. If you have a facial scrub, follow up with it. 5. Apply your toner whilst your face is still damp. If you are using a medicated toner, still use it at this step. An example is the clear and smooth acne pimple medication. 6. Apply your treatment or moisturizers and SPF.

Quick Morning Skin Care Routine (March)

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My skin has been behaving quite well with the exception of a few pimples from taking biotin based hair vitamins, I've not had issues with pimples this year. Even during my cycle, my skin remains relatively clear.What I do is:Cleanse with dudu osun soap Apply Teiva hydrating rose Water toner Apply Dear, Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner Follow with either Jojoba oil and Neutrogena Hydro Boost Spray moisturizer Once a week, I use the Cosrx BHA power liquid toner as a second step  to exfoliate before moisturizer.On other days, after the hydrating toners, I use The Ordinary Vitamin C 23% suspension.I now use Niacinamide only at night before Granactive retinoid, an anti aging serum.The one challenge I have is been consistent with the night serums so I'm quite conscious of washing my face each night even if I skip bathing (I do that when I take my bath late in the day).For any skin care products, check out shop.ghanaianemprezz.com or call 0541458372.

Deciem's Hylamide Brand

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I can bet that The Ordinary has really been the hype amongst all Deciem's skin care brands but what you may not know is they have what I term 'Semi Nerd' brand called Hylamide and of course the 'Nerd' being the NIOD brand - The Non invasive option to Dermal Science. The science behind Hylamide  isn't so far fetched from The Ordinary. The difference lies in the ingredients being more comprehensive ie whilst The Ordinary tend to have one ingredient product, Hylamide has a combination of different ingredients. Whereas The Ordinary offers steps and directions with each product, Hylamide comes with that and also  with a core regimen. The Hylamide range is split into three categories; the core series, which includes advanced daily treatment products, the booster series, which includes concentrated serums for specialised care, and the finisher series, which includes a next-generation collection of skin-perfecting formulationsHylamide’s Core Series offers a simple, fou…

3 Must Have Skin Care Products

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For the most part, a lot of us do have face washes or soaps or cleansers. However, I've come to realize that a lot of us don't use Facial moisturizers for several reasons. *We have oily skin so moisturizers will cause more breakouts *Some think it's not necessary *Others just don't know what to use *Some feel it's too much work Whatever your reason, your skin needs protection and hydration just as your do for your body to prevent early wrinkles. Lack of moisture causes dry skin, dehydrated skin can cause an increase in the oily feeling you have. 1. Moisturizer2. Sunscreen 3. Exfoliating productAs for sunscreens, we tend not to be aware of the damage because of our dark skin. However, sun damage can affect us so we need to protect our skin as much as we can.Lastly, getting rid of dead skin cells and clearing clogged pores is crucial in combating pimples/acne, blemishes and also dark spots can be achieved with exfoliating. Your skin cells are active on a daily basis …

Wash Day (Tea mist update)

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This wash day went pretty smoothly and the fun part is that I can actually tell the changes in the length of my hair each week!One thing that helps me track is front part which is now able to cover the *bald* hair line lol. For 3 months growth, I think my hair is going to be the most longest its ever been very soon. The Wash I shampooed with Hotfro shampoo and used Auntie Jackie deep conditioner. I'm using this deep conditioner to fortify the hair because I moisturise daily and don't want moisture overload. I alps need to empty it! I followed up with my moisturizer mixed with water and sealed with Jamaican Black Castor Oil. I've been alternating the Jamaican Black Castor Oil with the Vitale Hair oil by ORS.Im supposed to do coffee rinse so the next wash will feature it. Stay tuned for that update.

My Skin Care Routine Using Cleansing Oil

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Wondering why your skin still breaks out though you use make up removers? Watch this.I discovered double Cleansing as one of thr best ways to ensure your skin is properly cleaned at the end of the day. In this video, I show how and why you need to do the double Cleansing Method for your skin to glow!Double Cleansing 

Alive Hair skin and Nails Gummies

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This is the vitamin I've been taking for the last 2 weeks. The biotin in it is 5000mcg for the 2 gummies taken daily and the collagen content is also very good.The sugar content seems quite low which is a plus for me as well as less starchy than the nature's bounty gummies.I haven't had any break out from taking it  and it's most likely because I take one in the morning and one in the evening. I intend keeping it that way to allow my body utilize every gummy I take. Fortunately, I'll be able to see how fast my hair will grow as I'm just a few weeks post relaxer. For thr 2 weeks period, I can see some growth sprouting in so I'm hoping for good growth.

Wash Day at 2 Weeks Post Relaxer

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Time really flies and I am just excited about each progress my hair makes.I used the Hotfro Black soap shampoo to cleanse and deep conditioned with Aunt Jackie's deep conditioner.The air drying seems to be working but I can't wait to get roller sets again. For the edges, I feel better about it now as it's gradually filling in.I still use thr green tea mist daily and it's going to be a constant feature of my hair journey. I was supposed to do a coffee rinse but I'll do that during the week when I Co wash. I take Alive hair skin and nails gummies too and frankly, I love the new growth coming in. I take 2 a day so in  30 days time, expect a review. Now that we are in March, I'm eager to see my growth by the next touch up on April 20th or thereabouts.