Happy new 2018
Praise be to God for his mercies.
This year will see a lot of commitment from me on this blog.
This is my year ear of living intentionally and on my terms based on instructions from God.
I’m going to be easy on everything but firm and resolute.I’m taking care of myself better ans I’m making exercise and work out decisions to help me along with these resolutions.
Better reviews, diy recipes and a lot more sharing of informative knowledge.
Since the start of this blog, I’ve grown and as a business, skinplus has grown in various ways.
We are launching our online webstore this year.
To reiterate our company ethics –
1. Safe skincare
2. Zero waste
3. Ethical formulations
4. Organic as much as we can be
5. We intend to remain true to put roots and put pur clients first as always.
Skinplus is less of what we sell but more of impacting your life.
I can’t wait to share what this year has to offer for everyone of us. Whoop!!
There will be giveaways which will be mostly based on number of comments dropped and post engagements.
Every month there will be a surprise gift headed to one active blog reader.
Happy new year everyone.
What are your resolutions ?
This year, I gave so much of myself.
Giving doesn’t always mean you will get back.
I don’t mind because I have an unending source.
Christmas has met me empty.
I am always open about my challenges so it happens that Al the plans we had for skinplus this Christmas can’t work out.
No tea party, nothing.
I’m really exhausted.
That said my wish is to be refilled from above.
Wishing everyone a merry Christmas and the best times with your family and friends.
See you in the new year.
From all of us at skinplusng and me.
Excessive use of aha – alpha hydroxy acids. Very natural and very safe yes I can’t fault it because it is the most naturally derived of most compounds used today.
However , aha can thin your skin and cause black patches. When you have over used aha your skin turns black after using it again.
Glycolic acid causes what is called hot spots. Little areas of inflammation which get worse when they are exposed to the sun. The skin reacts and turns black.
Kojic acid is a fantastic compound derived from fermentation of rice.
Wonder why rice water makes skin beautiful ? Wonder why after it easy banned the Koreans turned to fermented products and essences ?
So kojic acid we see now is chemically synthesised. Not withstanding the source using the raw product in your creams at levels higher than 1% is certified, proven to cause thyroid cancer. Thyroid cancer is fatal. The likelihood of death is real along with long term disability.
Mercury is a fantastic skin whitener but is also a fantastic kidney killer. It is absorbed through your skin and it causes kidney damage. Years after using mercury, kidneys begin to fail. You end up on chronic dialysis and may need a kidney transplant. All for beauty ? I think it’s pretty a sell out.
Hydroquinone found in fair creams. Very popular in a lot of creams on the market. It causes
- Skin cancer
- Nerve damage
- Ochronosis – Black Blue patches of skin that will not go away and are difficult to treat even with the most advanced techniques
- Steriods are popularly used for fast quick action whitening. They
- weaken the skin
- Cause green veins
- Stretch marks
- Poor wound healing
- Weak skin
These are just a few of the known compounds used in skin whitening creams.
The unknown ones like relaxer and bleach and other toxic items that are added to these compounded creams may cause more harm than ever imagined.
Help yourself today. Don’t die slowly.
We love you. Stay alive.
By now you must have heard about “the ordinary” a revolutionary brand that is changing the face of skincare.
The Canada based brand is showing the world that you can and you will get top notch ingredients at jaw dropping prices.
I came across the brand on instagram about a year ago and since then a lot has changed. They have launched several baby brands and bigger sub brands under the same company
Out of about 8 to 10 brands under DECIEM let’s look at the following
1. The ordinary – simple ordinary products you can mix and match. Editors pick ? The ordinary 2% retinol. A new type of retinol licenced two years ago and can be bought over the counter.
2. White rx – revolutionary brand focusing on whitening skincare without as they call it old fashioned lightening products. Think amino acid signalling and molecular inhibition of tyrosine and melanin production. Whoo. Try their serum if your pocket will carry.. at $72 it’s for the serious minded ones
3. Niod- advanced natural skincare .. imagine the factors responsible for your herbal skin remedies isolated into a bottle or tube and given to you to pump away.. editors pick would have to be the sankrit saponins. Soap nuts made into a beautiful cleanser balm.
4. The ordinary colours – makeup that stays, looks fly and is too cheap for what it does.
Theres a retinol body oil I wanna wanna try and it would be perfect for those who want to treat stretch marks.
If you’re into the entire it must be natural gang please don’t bother.
A typical way to get more bang for your buck if you’re trying the brand is this
I would say get the following
1. 2% retinol
2. Aha and bha peeling liquid.
3. Glycolic 7% toning water
4. For those looking to fade scars and marks 2% alpha arbutin
So the best part is that DECIEM ships to nigeria and nipost is so much more friendly these days.
What are you waiting for ?
Go go go.
this is their site shipping to nigeria is €37
Note that before you start the purchasing.
To the usa it’s €22. Whoopies
After the glam glow mud comes tarte frxxx stick.
Okay guys, when I got this in my sephora play box i was like what’s this ? What a cute little thing.So i got down to investigating it before into tried it and here’s what I found out.
1. We know tarte cosmetics. Yes we all do and if you don’t, here you go –
2. It’s designed to be like a quick on the go cleanser mask and exfoliator in one and I daresay it’s a genius idea.
Imagine taking this on a holiday with you. You won’t need to carry a mask or a facial wash. I usually double cleanse when I’ve used makeup so this is like a second cleanser for me.
I also rub it on spots and potential breakout areas for an extra treat and I can liken this to glam glow mud. It’s almost as good.
These days I’ve been using black soap from skinplus that’s my own product. it’s worked miracles for my acne prone skin. I also tried natural handmade soaps but that’s a story for another day.
The tarte stick was a mini sample and it’s like a wax stick or a deo stick kind of presentation .
It goes on really well smooth and non sticky.it washes off nicely with warm water and it leaves my skin not too tight, just absolutely fine. i sleep with it as a face mask and it does’nt stain the sheets or the pillow case. it is an absoulte little power on a stick.
I’ve kind of gotten into the habit of breaking products down into bits and trying to reconstruct them so maybe I will try this and definitely be back with feedback.
Now I’ve been wondering if u should blog about my diy (mostly ) skin formulating adventures .
Would you like to see that ?
Packing for a trip is always a hassle.
You don’t want to forget important things and you don’t want to break out either.
I often use time away to test new products. I bring along my tested and trusted products and then I try new ones.
I’ve been in ibadan nigeria for a week and besides the poor network everything else has been fairly okay
I took along with me
1. Soaps from skinplusng -mango soap which I found doesn’t lather well because of all that mango juice but saved me from breakouts. It’s my own soap but I’m pretty honest about it. however when i got back i realised
it was lathering perfectly so the water is probably hard around there.
2.toner from skinplusng I didn’t use this every night but if you haven’t tried my toner you should. It’s perfect for congested skin and skin that breaks out easily.
3. Effaclar duo plus.
4. Andalou naturals super goji peptide firming and the one used the most vichy lift active firming anti wrinkle.
I took my new makeup forever artist face pallette which is a life saver. I will review it fully soon enough.
Mary kay foundation
Covergirl eyebrow pencil
Sephora pink lip gloss
La girl concealer
Makeup forever mist and fix
The pink lipstick is stila stay all day
A lot of research has been done on skincare compounds since doctors and researchers discovered that some compounds being used for skin lightening were actually doing more harm than ever imagined.
we have talked about some of those compounds on instagram in the past week but there is still room for more discussion, more education and more enlightenment
what are simple alternatives to chemcial skin treatments or toxic skin compounds
first, we do say every time you need to use a cream for a specific skin issue you should be guided by a dermatologist.
naturally proven compounds found in nature that EXFOLIATE ARE
- PAPAYA ENZYME – PAPAIN FOUND IN PAWPAW. IT IS A FORM OF AHA
- PINEAPPLE ENZYMES
- HIBSICUS POWDER/ EXTRACTS/LEAVES/GLYCERITE
- WILLOW BARK POWDER A NATURAL FORM OF SALICYLIC ACID
- LEMON JUICE/ORANGE PEEL POWDER/CITRUS FRUITS- CITRIC ACID WHICH SMOOTHEN SKIN
- GOATS MILK- LACTIC ACID
SOME of these items are referred to as chemicals when extracted out of their natural state but that really depends on the line you choose to tow. chemicals are substances – any substance actually that alters the normal working of your body.
Essential oils contain substances which work as chemicals. These are now being extracted and used for specific purposes eg- fragrance or skin or aromatherapy
NATURAL PRODUCTS/ PLANTS THAT INHIBIT MELANIN
- AFRICAN SANDALWOOD
- RED WINE/KNOTWEED EXTRACTS’
- MULBERRY EXTRACTS
- BEAR BERRY
- VITAMIN C
- INDIAN GOOSEBERRY
- ASIATIA CENTRELLA
- 10–14 ACT SYNERGISTICALLY WITH OTHER PLANTS
- SNOW MUSHROOM
- PRICKLY PEAR EXTRACT
- Lemon extracts. (I leave this like this )
THE LIST IS ALMOST ENDLESS
The key here is that research will show you which and which to add together to give the results you desire.
SOME WORKING SYNGERGISTICALLY GIVE RESULTS BETTER AND FARTHER MAINTAINED THAN HYDROQUINONE
BRANDS TO LOOK OUT FOR ARE HIMALAYAN HERBALS AND K BEAUTY BRANDS AND I WILL DO A SERIES OF POSTS ON SPECIFIC BRANDS WHICH HAVE THE FORMULATIONS
REGULATIONS IN CERTAIN COUNTRIES DO NOT ALLOW COSMETIC MAKERS TO PUBLISH CERTAIN CLAIMS OR INCLUDE CERTAIN TERMS IN THEIR LABELS.
YOU CAN MAKE /DIY WITH SOME OF THESE HERBS AT HOME BY YOURSELF BUT ALWAYS REMEMBER TO USE A PRESERVATIVE FOR ANYTHING YOU MIX UP AND KEEP LONGER THAN 5 DAYS EVEN IN A FRIDGE AND 3 DAYS OUTSIDE A FRIDGE.
OIL BASED/ANHYDROUS FORMUALTIONS ALSO NEED ANTI FUNGAL PRESERVATIVES IF THERE ARE HERBS/ ORGANIC MATERIAL INSIDE THEM E.G DRIED FLOWERS AND THE LIKE.
NATURAL EXTRACTS ARE VERY EXPENSIVE. IF YOU CHOOSE TO TOW THE LANE OF LIGHTENING YOUR SKIN BUT STILL WANT TO DO SO SAFELY BE PREPARED TO SPEND A LOT OF MONEY DOING IT.
ROSEHIP FOR EXAMPLE COSTS $15 FOR A CHEAP 4OZ BOTTLE LIKE YOU CAN FIND ON AMAZON
HOWEVER, 10MLS OF ROSEHIP EXTRACT COSTS AS MUCH AS $20 AD IS THE EQUIVALENT OF 2KG OF ROSEHIPS.
IT IS EXPENSIVE TO TRY TO DO THIS NATURALLY
AT THE END YOU HAVE TO ASK YOURSELF IF ITS REALLY WORTH THE EXPENDITURE
YOU CAN REALLY BE HAPPY IN YOUR OWN SKIN
ASK A DERMATOLOGIST/ SKIN DOCTOR ABOUT WHATEVER ISSUES YOU HAVE AND THEY CAN WALK YOU THROUGH A SAFE PRODUCT TO USE
YOU CAN ALSO DO PEELS FOR SERIOUS HYPERPIGMENTATION, LASER TREATMENTS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE. SOME KINDS OF SKIN DAMAGE MAY NOT EVER RESPOND TO NATURAL PRODUCTS ESPECIALLY WHEN THE DERMIS / DEEPER LAYERS OF SKIN ARE INVOLVED.
The final word about knuckles- the best treatment for dark knuckles is to leave them alone. dont apply any more creams made to lighten and brighten. dark knuckles are a sign of damage and excess melanin activity.
let your skin be. a simple oil like coconut oil or almond oil which is emollient and super healing can help you. results start in a few months so you have to be patient
THIS POST IS FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES SO I WILL REFRAIN FROM SUGGESTING ANY SKINPLUS PRODUCT HERE. HOWEVER, START TODAY AND GIVE YOUR HANDS A BREAK.
When in doubt use almond oil .. you will still be beautiful.
ALWAYS DO YOURSELF A FAVOUR AND BE SAFE.
The photos are all self explanatory.
This is a very simple guide to starting up a regimen of your own.
Make it yours.
Personalise it. You will eventually find out what works for you.
If you need help or a consultation
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Our friends at dietcafe have finally decided to open shop.
Looking for chia seeds, almonds, black seeds, psyllium husk, quinoa, whatever your diet needs. They will have it We have their products in stock with us in calabar.
All organic seeds, nuts and supplements for your diet.
For now they have chia seeds in 100g and 15g
100g – 1200
Black seeds – 15g for N1000
Visit the shop in calabar or call us on
08036345531 to order
Email is firstname.lastname@example.org and they will sort you out.
Their number is 08092337999