Top 10 Vegan + Cruelty-free Acids in Skincare

Don’t let the article title scare you! Acids are a great way to restart your skin. Whether it is to fade dark spots, diminish wrinkles, or even moisturize dry skin, acids are a good option to add to your skin routine.

With that said, if you have extreme skin issues, please consult a dermatologist to discuss acid options before trying them at home.

*= VEGAN-FRIENDLY

Acids in Skincare Part 1

Acids Skincare part 2

  1. Acetic Acid S. W. Basics Toner $22.00
    1. Found in vinegar, acetic acids are not meant to be placed directly onto skin because of its high acidity. However, acetic acids are great at removing excess oil and fading hyper-pigmentation when diluted correctly. 
  2. Citric Acid 100% Pure Brightening Serum $45.00 *
    • Similar to acetic acids, citric acids are potent. Deriving from citrus fruits (lemons, oranges, grapefruits,etc.) it isn’t the best idea to rub raw fruit onto your face, especially if you have sensitive skin. But under the right conditions, citric acids can brighten dull skin by slowly exfoliating dead skin cells; a good alternative to harsh skin lighteners. 
  3. Glycolic Acid Reviva Labs Glycolic Acid $12.00
    • One of the most common AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acid), glycolic acid acts as an exfoliator. Made from sugar cane, glycolic acids are great  in treating acne-prone skin, fading age spots, and even diminishing fine lines. Do not be alarmed if you see percentages on the packages. If working with these acids, start off with a lower percentage before moving up to a higher one to make sure your skin reactions well to the product.
  4. Hyaluronic Acid Earth Science Maximum Hydration Hyaluronic Acid Serum $20.00 *
    • Fun fact: not all acids are meant to exfoliate! Hyaluronic acids occurs naturally within our skin. But with age, environmental factors, or just plain genetics, our skin can lack moisture leading to lackluster, dry skin. With the help of hyaluronic acid, you can add moisture back to your skin for more of a youthful texture. 
  5. Lactic Acid Ren Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask $55.00
    • For our vegan brothers and sisters out there: lactic acid doesn’t always mean milk! Lactic Acid can occur within fruit and vegetables too! Said to be more gentle than glycolic acid, lactic acid can do all the benefits of a exfoliator and calming cleanser.  
  6. Kojic Acid- DeVita Skin Brightening Serum $28.95 *
    • Obtained from mushrooms found primarily in Japan, Kojic acids are found to lighten hyperpigmentation. Not as harsh as chemical-filled products or hydroquinone creams, Kojic Acid are still consisted a skin lightener so make sure to put on sunscreen whenever outside! 
  7. Malic Acid- Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Full Strength $45.00
    • If apples are your favorite fruit, here is another reason why to love this beloved fruit. Malic acid, commonly found in apples, cherries, and peaches, is another great exfoliator with skin-penetrating properties. While some of the other acids on this lists are not the best for sensitive skintypes, malic acids are gentle enough for weekly usage. 
  8. Retinol Acid- Mad Hippie Vitamin A Serum $32.99 *
    • Derivative of vitamin A, retinol acid are most used for more mature skin where Retinol Acids are made to diminish wrinkles, bolster skin’s thickness and elasticity, slow the breakdown of collagen, and lighten hyperpigmentation caused by prolong sun exposure. 
  9. Salicylic Acid- Natural Acne Solutions Maximum Strength Spot Treatment Cream $13.00
    • If you have acne-prone, oily skin, you have probably have seen this word before on any wash, cream, or moisturizer you have bought. As a BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid), Salicylic Acid is known as a keratolytic agents also. By this, these acids slow down or strip the skin of dead cells to keep the skin smooth and healed. While most people have used Salicylic Acid to treat acne, it is also known to help psoriasis, ichthyoses, dandruff, corns, calluses, and warts on the hands or feet. 
  10. Tartaric Acid- Dr. Dennis Gross Clinical Concentrate Radiance Booster $68.00 *
    • I have never heard of this acid but hailing from grapes, Tartaric Acids are found in many body and skincare products. Classified as a AHA, Tartaric Acids are very similar with other AHAs.  Try this acid if you have had issues with other products to treat those struggle skin problems. 

 

 

 

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Eye Spy: TOP 5 Vegan & Cruelty-Free Eye Creams

We live in a fast-paced, stressful world. We stare at screens for hours and sometimes do not get well-deserved sleep every night. While at the moment it does not seem like a big deal, the lack of sleep and poor diet can show up in the forms of dark circles and underbags. You can definitely reduce these issues but applying eye creams once or twice a day–even if you feel like these problems are written in your genes.

Most eye creams are designed to target all of the following:

  • Puffiness
  • Dullness/ Tired Eyes
  • Dark Circles
  • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
  • Underbags

So no matter your age, including a simple eye cream into your skin routine isn’t a bad idea. I have found some of the best eye creams out there–listing from budget-friendly to splurging.

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1. Affalia Everyday Coconut Replenishing Eye Cream $8.99

Ideal for all skin types, this eye cream has coconut to hydrate dry skin without feeling heavy for oily skin types.

2. Acure Eye Cream Chlorella + Edelweiss Stem Cell $16.99 VEGAN.

For more mature eyes, Acure has created an eye cream that tackles those crow’s-feet and fine lines. Made with Edelweiss flowers, this product can do wonders! For more information about this plant: Click HERE.

3. Nourish Organics Renewing + Cooling Eye Treatment Cream $19.99 VEGAN.

Meant for Normal to Dry Skin types, this cream will renew, restore, and cool tired and dull undereyes.

4. Athara Moroccan Coffee Eye Cream™ $24.95 VEGAN.

Quoted from their site, the mix of Coffee Seed Oil and Green Tea is meant to provide anti-inflammatory benefits and reduce dark circles and puffiness.

5. 100% Pure Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream $25.00 VEGAN.

By far the most popular on the market, 100% Pure is organic and gentle to fix those undereye bags and dark circles for all skin types! Just google before and after photos–a picture can say a thousand words!

Day 29: Facial Moisturizers for Men

Gentlemen, skincare is not just the ladies or even the “metrosexuals”. All men, from walks of life, should invest in a simple but effective skincare routine. The skin on a man’s face is between 20%-30% thicker than that of a woman’s which means you should find products purposely designed for me. Razor burn and bumps, sensitive skin, and hyperpigmentation can be common issues men of color face, so why not look into correcting or reducing those problems with an amazing facial moisturizers.

Facial Lotions for Men 20151. Seen in both Men’s Health and Men’s Journal magazines, Brickell’s Daily Essential Face Moisturizer for Men ($35.00) is perfect for all skin types. Quoting to ” only use the highest-grade natural ingredients”; this facial lotion is free of the major nasties! This is also vegan-friendly! 🙂

2. Got sensitive skin? Don’t worry! Most men do. After a good shave, your skin can be exposed to the elements more. Bulldog’s Skincare for Men Sensitive Moisturizer ($13.99) can help with both tender and dry skin.

3. Nothing can compare to Jack Black’s Double-Duty Face Moisturizer ($17.50-$48.00). Winning rewards left and right, it is said to be the best facial lotion for men. This creamy formula is perfect those who have dry skin and need extra hyrdation for all-day protection.

4. If I were a man, I would gladly purchase Every Man Jack’s Face Lotion ($6.00). Not only does it have sun protection, fragrance free for sensitive skin. and contains a few organic ingredients.

Day 22: Pre-Pre Skincare

Hello!

So, today I wanted to step away from makeup and makeup related posts to talked about pre-skincare. The skincare from within!

This article came from an experience I had once back home. It began in ULTA. I was searching for a concealer. I asked one of the sales associates if she could point me in the right direction. With a smile, she walked me over to the TARTE aisle. What came next caught me off guard.

“You should not look for concealers,” she stated. “It is probably better if you took better care of your skin.” At first, I will admit, I took offense to that. The thought I had was, “How dare she tell me what to do with my skin. It is my face!” Of course, I thought this and didn’t say anything other than ask her how much the concealer was. But looking back at that moment now, she had a point. I needed to take better care of my skin. No concealer was going to heal my skin–just hide the problems.

Luckily, 2 years later my skin has gotten better because I am healing from within. Many people, like myself at that moment, want to fix the problem using external solutions. If you have wrinkles–they have a cream out there for you. If you have dark circles–they have a gel out there too. Whatever your problem (or problems), there is something you can buy and apply to fix. While this is great to go the extra mile, relying on these products, while not taking care of yourself, can be a time and money waster. What is more helpful is sleeping right, eating appropriate food, getting your heart racing, and staying hyrated to give you the healthy skin you always wanted.

*Disclaimer: I am not a certified medical personnel. These are my opinions about how to achieve better skin**

  1. Sleep is so essential. I understand there are not enough hours in the day, but lack of sleep can cause issues in both your mental and physical state. Below is a chart from the National Sleep Foundation that lays out how much sleep should one get based on their age.
  • Newborns (0-3 months): Sleep range narrowed to 14-17 hours each day (previously it was 12-18)
  • Infants (4-11 months): Sleep range widened two hours to 12-15 hours (previously it was 14-15)
  • Toddlers (1-2 years): Sleep range widened by one hour to 11-14 hours (previously it was 12-14)
  • Preschoolers (3-5): Sleep range widened by one hour to 10-13 hours (previously it was 11-13)
  • School age children (6-13): Sleep range widened by one hour to 9-11 hours (previously it was 10-11)
  • Teenagers (14-17): Sleep range widened by one hour to 8-10 hours (previously it was 8.5-9.5)
  • Younger adults (18-25): Sleep range is 7-9 hours (new age category)
  • Adults (26-64): Sleep range did not change and remains 7-9 hours
  • Older adults (65+): Sleep range is 7-8 hours (new age category)

I am the at the end of the young adult years–so I should get about 7 to 9 hours of sleep. Which I follow! I love sleep too much to give it up. So every night I am heading off to bed at 11 AM and waking up at 6:30 AM to walk my dog.

2. Just like sleep, eating is an essential part to healthy skin (and mind!). Eating fast food or junk food can lead to a laundry list of health issues if it becomes a habit (a cookie once in a while doesn’t hurt though). Eating whole foods and grains each meal will not only make your skin look nice, but keep your mind sharp and your weight more managable. While this can be overwhelming and difficult to go into great detail, a great place to start is to check out the Choose MyPlate website to find information about calories, what foods are best for you, and what to look for when it comes to reading labels.

3. Getting your heart racing! My favorite thing to do! I have been running constantly for about a year now and I can say that has honestly helped me the most. But I know everyone has their favorite workout routine. Based from the Choose MyPlate program, how much physical activity is based on your age. Make sure though you consult your doctor before changing or introducing physical activity to your life.

  • Adults (18-64): at least 2 hours and 30 minutes each week of aerobic physical activity at a moderate level OR 1 hour and 15 minutes each week of aerobic physical activity at a vigorous level. Being active 5 or more hours each week can provide even more health benefits. Spreading aerobic activity out over at least 3 days a week is best. Also, each activity should be done for at least 10 minutes at a time. Adults should also do strengthening activities, like push-ups, sit-ups and lifting weights, at least 2 days a week.

4. Lastly, drink your water! You are made of out it. And no! Pop (soda) or juice doesn’t count. Plain ol’ water is the best. If you don’t like the bland taste of water; tea (NO SUGAR OR MILK) or a lemon can help!

 

 

 

National Novel Writing Month Day 5: Makeup Removers for Your Skintype

Most of us have been there–it’s late at night and you are extremely tired. Now, you have three choices. 1. You can go straight to bed. However, not only is sleeping with your makeup on bad for your skin, it is annoying to wash your sheets with foundation and lipstick all over the place! 2. You could wash your face; but you are so tired you can’t even go through the whole routine. Well, that leaves these lovely towelettes! Quick and easy to remove your makeup, these facial wipes can do a lot more than remove that old makeup; they can moisturize and tone too!

Here are the following best makeup removal wipes for your skintype!

Makeup removal Wipes SkinType

  • Blum Naturals Daily Cleansing & Make up Remover Towelettes for Combination/Oily skin are made with organic tea tree oil to help remove excess oils and makeup. PURCHASE HERE: $7.49/30 Wipes
  • Pacifica Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes do it all! These wipes can remove, tone, soften, soothe and heal your skin in one wipe. PURCHASE HERE: $6.00/30 Wipes
  • Burt’s Bee Sensitive Facial Cleansing Towelettes has three main ingredients.
    Cotton Extract to soften your skin, Rice Extract to moisturize and Aloe to soothe! PURCHASE HERE: $6.00/30 Wipes
  • Yes To Carrots Fragrance-Free Wipes quotes to have vitamin E to moisturize normal to dry skin types! PURCHASE HERE: $5.99/25 Wipes

National Novel Writing Month Day 3: Serums 101

Day 3! Still going strong~ Today, we are looking at serums.

What are Serums?

There are light, fast-absorbing liquids used as an alternative or in addition to creams or lotions.

Why use Serums?

Serums are meant to treat problem areas–big or small. Whether the problem is dry skin or age spots, serums are effective because of the deep penetration properties to them. Admittedly, serums are expensive (average serum costs are around $20), but a dime-size pump goes a long way!

How do Serums work?

Most serums are water-based. Ingredients such as mineral oil,  petroleum, nut & seed oils are not found in serums unlike their facial moisturizer cousin. What is left is a product that is high in active ingredients for target treatment.

Who can use Serums?

Anyone can apply serums! Whatever your issue–there is a serum out there to help. But be careful; applying serums onto broken skin, eczema or rosacea can cause more irritation. If you have experience one of these skin issues, please consider other options or wait until the skin is completely healed. For everyone else: choosing the RIGHT serum is very important to the benefit of your skin.

Listed below are serums that are a mix of vegan, organic, and cruelty-free!

Dry Skin (ORGANIC, VEGAN, CRUELTY-FREE)

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Made Simple Skin Care Argan Ceranium Face Serum ($20.00)

– Highly Concentrated: no water, no filler, just pure product
– 100% Natural and Organic
– Raw, Vegan Non-GMO using only Food-Grade Ingredients
– Rejuvenating Argan & Jojoba nourish and restore
– Evening Primrose is packed with beneficial nutrients like omega-6 fatty acids
– Essential oils calm and nurture the spirit and body
– Glass bottle prevents leeching of plastics into product

Oily/Combination Skin Type (ORGANIC, VEGAN, CRUELTY-FREE)

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Thesis Facial Serum for Oily Skin ($24.95)

Naturally balancing, calming and hydrating Face Serum for problem, oily, blemished skin, and T-zone. Boasts 99% organic content and natural vitamin E to help skin find its balance and peace. Light, fast absorbing and non-clogging.

Sensitive Skin Type (VEGAN & CRUELTY-FREE)

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Grateful Body Healing Serum ($50.00)

Our Healing Serum restores glowing health to skin that is prone to be overly reactive. The result is a stronger, less-sensitive and more beautiful complexion.

Normal Skin Type (VEGAN & CRUELTY-FREE)

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Osea Vitamin Sea Serum ($68.00)

This easily absorbed, potent serum contains an anti-aging blend of seven organic seaweed extracts in a hydrating Hyaluronic Acid base. Packed with powerful antioxidants including Ferulic Acid, Turmeric, and Walnut Seed and Green Tea extracts, this serum will plump up moisture-depleted skin and restore a youthful glow.

Acne-Prone Skin Type (ORGANIC, VEGAN, CRUELTY-FREE)

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Rodale Organic Anti-Acne Treatment ($24.00)

This powerfully effective, non-drying formula includes an ultra-concentrated blend of certified organic active ingredients, all carefully chosen for their proven excellence in both treating and preventing acne. Antibacterial, moisturizing, and balancing, this non-greasy treatment deeply penetrates into your pores to treat each and every acne symptom.

Continue reading “National Novel Writing Month Day 3: Serums 101”

National Novel Writing Month Day 1: Facial Moisturizers for Your Skin Type

Happy November 1st (November 2nd for me)!

I am going to start National Novel Writing Month to talk about facial moisturizers for your skin type.

Moisturizing is key to great skin. No matter what your skin type is, facial cleansers strip the skin of essential oils and protection. Just like choosing the best wash, finding the correct moisturizer is important to the health and improvement of your skin. Below are some facial moisturizers for all skin types!

Oily/Combination

Desert Essence Thoroughly Clean Oil Control Lotion

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Organic Chamomile and Lavender Oil are formulated with the natural antiseptic properties of Tea Tree Oil to help soothe and calm skin, even while improving texture and clarity. Heavy on hydration and easy on your pores, this lightweight moisturizer controls oils and leaves a matte finish so your skin looks refreshed and healthy. Vegan. Gluten-Free. Cruelty-Free. Paraben-Free. No Artifical Fragrances or Dyes. No Animal Derived Ingredients. No Petroleum Compounds. No SLS PEGS, PPG, MEA, DEA or TEA Glycols Phthalates. PURCHASE HERE $12.99

Dry

Nourish Organic Ultra-Hydrating
Organic Face Cream

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This rich, creamy formula replenishes moisture, softens skin and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Moroccan Argan oil intensely hydrates and replenishes, pomegranate firms and protects the skin from environmental damage and acai fights fine lines and reduces signs of stress and fatigue. Fragrance-Free. Gluten-Free. Vegan. PURCHASE HERE $22.99

Sensitive

Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Daily Calming Moisturizer

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You’ll be turning others green with envy from that gorgeous glow emanating from your sensitive skin! Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Daily Calming Moisturizer delights your skin with an extra dose of proteins and nutrients to purify and regenerate your complexion – while enhancing its natural healthy glow with gentle, fast-absorbing hydration. Go on, get out there show off that wonderful gleam and paint the town…green!99.6% Natural. Petroleum, SLS & Paraben-Free. Creulty-Free. PURCHASE HERE $14.99

Normal

Mineral Fusion Skin Balancing Facial Moisturizer

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Lightweight Rosehip Oil and nutrient-replenishing Mineral Water provide ideal hydration for normal skin types. Gluten Free. Vegan. Paraben Free. Cruelty Free. No Artificial Color. No Phthalates. PURCHASE HERE $22.99

Cruelty-free Guide to Essential Oils

Disclaimer: I am not a certified dermatologist. This article is based on personal experience and asking others what essential oils have worked for them. Of course, I will link the appropriate information to each oil, but nonetheless, please approach your skin issue with a plan! Consult with a certified dermatologist and conduct your own research if the problem continues.

With that said: here are the essential oils that could help most minor skin issues.

*Buy Organic When Possible*

**Use a Carrier Oil, such as Jojoba**

**ALWAYS do a test area before application***

Acne/Blemishes

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Tea Tree Oil, or Melaleuca oil, is the distilled product from the Tea Tree. Native to Australia and New Zealand, this oil has been used in traditional Aboriginal medicine for thousands of years to treat all kinds of skin issues. It has strong antiseptic properties to help heal wounds, suppress inflammation, and keep infection at bay. It was not until the 1920s, did modern medicine bring this oil to the rest of the world.  The main component of Tea Tree Oil, Terpinen-4-ol, has been shown to fix most skin problems. Perfect since pimples and other blemishes are tiny wounds that can cause minor inflammation on the face. Try Desert Essence Organic Tea Tree Oil ($9.99) to diminish those pimples. But be careful! This oil should be diluted. Use a carrier oil, such as Jojoba, to lessen the burning sensation.

Dark Spots/Hyperpigmentation/Skin Discoloration

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Rosehip Seed Oil, or the oil from pressed Wild Rose Brush seeds, is a miracle in a bottle. Found in the southern parts of the Andes, this oil has an amazing mixture of essential fatty acids and antioxidants to help all kinds of skin conditions. However, what it is best known for is replenishing and restoring cells. With a high level of Linoleic Acid, a unsaturated fat, this healthy acid has been shown to remove (lighten) the melanin pigment that can cause hyperpigmention in a safe and effective manner. Try Triology Certified Organic Rosehip Oil ($44.00) to help even out skintone or fade those dark spots. Great thing about Rosehip Seed Oil–does NOT need to be diluted!

Dry/Flaky Skin

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When it comes to dry skin, there is a chain reaction. Deep within your skin, the sebaceous gland does not produce enough sebum (also known as oil) to lubricate the epidermis (outer skin layer). When this occurs, the skin is jagged due to lack of hydration. A common side effect of dry skin can be flakiness. This happens when the dry skin cells cannot shed effectively. They stick to one another thus causing flaky, dead skin patches. But Argan oil is here to the rescue.

Argan oil comes from the kernels from the Argan Tree, an indigenous tree found in Algeria and Morocco. Used mostly as a dipping oil for bread, Argan oil in the “Western” world has been used mostly in the cosmetic industry–particularly in hair products for its softening and hydrating effects. So why not use Argan Oil to hydrate dry skin?

What makes it so hydrating is the high percentage of naturally-occuring Vitamin E. Specifically, gamma-tocopherol. This creates a protective barrier between your skin and the elements. Like Rosehip Seed Oil, Argan Oil does NOT need to be diluted. To keep flakiness away use Acure Certified Argan Oil ($12.99).

Eczema

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Many of us have heard of Chamomile. It is usually seen in tea form–used to calm down nervous souls  (like myself!). But surprisingly, Chamomile can be used to treat eczema. Seen in the article from the University of Maryland Medical Center, Chamomile, along with other topical options, can prevent eczema.

This little daisy-like flower, is found in many parts of Europe and even Northern Africa. But don’t let this little flower fool you! Its oil has a component called Alpha-Bisabolol. This is non-toxic, strong penetration ingredient. It has been known for hundreds of years how well this  factor can heal both internal and external damage. Young Living’s German Chamomile Oil($48.03) is expensive but worth a try for a more natural approach to healing eczema.

Excess Oil/Blackheads

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Many people believe oily skin should not use ANYTHING with oil written on the product. While this is true for some things, essential oils are safe to use on the body and face (if used correctly!). So for my oily skin individuals don’t shy away from using oils to help control your skin.

Geranium oil, known also as the “poor man’s rose oil”, is distilled from the Geranium leaf. Found in parts of Africa and Europe, Geranium has over 700 species to choose from.  The most important feature of this oil is its astringent properties. With tiny amounts of Menthone, a minty chemical, Geranium can shrink those large pores to keep dirt and oil away. Thus hopefully preventing blackheads from forming.  Aura Cacia ($20.79) Certified Organic Geranium Oil is the way to go! 🙂

Psoriasis

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There seems to be some confusion between eczema and psoriasis. Eczema is a long-term skin reaction. Extreme itchiness is the main issue, while psoriasis is chronic autoimmune condition that results in the overproduction of skin cells. Burning, itching, extreme inflammation makes psoriasis by far more painful. As chamomile may help some people with psoriasis, it has been shown Helichrysum works wonders! The name, in Greek, translates to “turning around in gold”. This underrated plant is related to the sunflower family and comes in 600 different species–over 200 of them found in South Africa alone!

What makes Helichrysum have a high approval rate among psoriasis patients is the  high amount of monoterpenes , an antioxidant component to stop inflammation. Most of the Helichrysum produced is carried with Jojoba oil for a better soaking effect. Aura Cacia ($11.50)just released this oil for the market!

Conclusion

As I mentioned before, please do your own research for these suggestions. They are MY opinions and are NOT fact–though I did  provide useful information for you.

Also, consult a dermatologist!

If you choose to use oils, please perform a skin patch test before facial usage. Usually the inside of the elbow is best.

Say No to Hydroquinone: How to Safely Remove Dark Spots

Hydroquinone is a common skin lightening agent. When used correctly, under a doctor’s care, hydroquinone can help individuals with extreme discoloration or dark spots achieve even skin tone. However, this technique is usually used on patients with lighter skin. When used on darker, deeper skin, hydroquinone can cause ochronosis, a bluish-black discoloration WORSE than the discoloration previously.  So instead of buying products with this ingredient, there are safer options to remove those lingering dark spots! Remember– be constant with applying these products and wear sunscreen daily to help with the fading process. It will take time; be patient!

Dark Spots Removal

Here are the Top 5 dark spot removals on the market:

1. 100% Pure Dark Spot Remover $38.00

2. Burt’s Bee Brightening Dark Spot Corrector $20.00

3. NOW Solutions Dark Spot Serum $15.99

4. Reviva Labs, Lighten & Brighten, Dark Spot Serum $19.00

5. Shea Moisture Spot Correcting Serum with Songyi Mushroom $14.99 Continue reading “Say No to Hydroquinone: How to Safely Remove Dark Spots”

Should I wear Sun Protection?: Breaking the Myth + CRUELTY-FREE & VEGAN Sunscreens

There seems to be a myth among people with darker complexions that there is no need to apply sunscreen. I, too, use to believe this!  I mean,dark skin is evolutionarily designed to tolerate the sun rays, so why waste time and money on sunscreen? However, in our modern times with pollution and other factors, our skin is changing. We cannot see the differences but over time we will notice the fine lines and age spots much earlier than what we anticipated. To help prevent these changes, adding a thin layer to sunscreen will help you in the long run! And yes, that means wearing the sunscreen in both summer and winter!

Here is a visual guide to help you determine which skin type you belong to. Known as“The Fitzpatrick Skin Type”, it is a skin classification system first developed in 1975 by Thomas Fitzpatrick, MD, of Harvard Medical School. It measures genetic disposition and reactions to sun exposure.

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Not sure? TEST HERE

  • Type I (scores 0–6) Pale white; blond or red hair; blue eyes; freckles — Always burns, never tans
  • Type II (scores 7–13) White; fair; blond or red hair; blue, green, or hazel eyes — Usually burns, tans minimally
  • Type III (scores 14–20) Cream white; fair with any hair or eye color; quite common — Sometimes mild burn, tans uniformly
  • Type IV (scores 21–27) Moderate brown; typical Mediterranean skin tone — Rarely burns, always tans well
  • Type V (scores 28–34) Dark brown; Middle Eastern skin types — Very rarely burns, tans very easily
  • Type VI (scores 35+) Deeply pigmented dark brown to black — Never burns, tans very easily

As you can see darker complexions needs sunscreen with a SPF 15 or higher.

All of these sunscreens can be worn under makeup; allow 5 minutes for the sunscreen to dry before applying makeup.


Normal Skin (VEGAN & PARABEN-FREE)

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DeVita Solar Protective Moisturizer SPF30+

$25.95 for 2.5 oz/75 ml

Order HERE


Oily Skin (VEGAN, GLUTEN-FREE, PARABEN-FREE)

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KISS MY FACE® Face Factor SPF 30 For Face and Neck

$12.95 for 2 oz/ 59 mL

Order HERE


Combination (VEGETARIAN, PARABEN-FREE)

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alba BOTANICA® Very Emollient Sunscreen facial broad spectrum spf30

$11.49 for 4 oz/ 113 g

Order HERE


Dry (VEGAN, GLUTEN-FREE, PARABEN-FREE)

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COOLA® Face spf 30 Cucumber moisturizer

$32.00 for 1.7 oz/50ml

Order HERE


Sensitive (VEGAN, PARABEN-FREE)

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California Baby® Super Sensitive ™ (No Fragrance) Broad Spectrum SPF 30+

$19.99 for 2.9oz/82 g

Order HERE