We have a sale every October and this year is no different. If you are in calabar, stop by the shop for Eos lip balm at 500 naira Avon nail polish at 500 naira La girl lip glazed paints Makeup wedges Body's scrubs Body lotion Elf Makeup brushes at 1000 naira Flat tummy tea… Continue reading October sale
We now have in store a lotion that is made from all natural and high quality ingredients to repair and fade dark scars from acne, hyperpigmentation,melasma and chemical burns from use of creams. Our loton is made with Red raspberry seed oil which has spf 28-50 Almond oil spf 5 Shea butter spf 8 Grapeseed… Continue reading Skin repair lotion
Honey granola is now available in store and pop up It costs N300 for 20g and N500 for 70g Our granola is a mix of nuts, fruits and seeds. The first version available is Pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, pineapple, cashews, cocoa nibs. Flaxseed oil. Tiger nuts, coconuts, pecans,cashews, hazelnuts , almonds Sunflower seeds, black seeds,… Continue reading Honey granola in calabar
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Oh dear, beauty boxes. I will explain You get samples and sometimes full sized products of stuff to try out after paying a sum of money that cannot buy the individual items together. Thats a summary. It's like a beauty trial process I love beauty boxes because I get to actually try out some of… Continue reading Target beauty box august
It wasnt a full on hair wash day like most people who are into hair. I have tried to keep my hair regimen as simple as possible. After the last update over a year ago I tried texturising for a long time. I lost 6inches of hair to that experiment. Its a long story but… Continue reading Braids out, wash day
I cant get enough of this miscellar water This is the softest sweetest thing you could use on your skin people. (For now) So I was on my regular trolling account on instgram, the one where I get to make comments everywhere without people thinking 'whats wrong with her ' and I regularly chip in… Continue reading Bioderma sensibio eau miscelle
I’m reblogging this post so you can tell where the extract below is from. If you are interested in reading the rest of it. I have known for a while that to get the best out of your acids and retinol on your skin you need to give your skin time after using acids for absorption and then apply retinol when the skins ph may have regulated back. In timenpast, retinol didnt work for me and here is why .
As I mentioned above, the pH concern isn’t about allowing retinol to function, but allowing the skin to optimally convert it to tretinoin. When a correctly formulated hydroxy acid or L-ascorbic acid (vitamin C) product is applied to the skin, the skin is saturated with the product, and the pH (of the skin) is temporarily lowered to something close to that of the product. Glycolic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid, requires an approximate pH of <4.0 to exfoliate and penetrate the skin, while L-ascorbic acid requires a pH of <3.5. Therefore, because the pH necessary for the skin to optimally convert retinol into tretinoin is far more neutral than that, they shouldn’t be used together. Not to mention that, while pH doesn’t affect retinol all that much, it does affect hydroxy acids and vitamin-C. So if used together, the retinol won’t be optimally converted to tretinoin, and the hydroxy acid or vitamin C may not even work much at all! Talk about a “lose-lose” scenario!
Now, it’s important to note (like I said in Part I), that the pH range of 5.0-6.0 was estimated and is only required for the enzymes to convert OPTIMALLY. Since no studies have been done to compare how well the skin converts retinol to tretinoin across various pH values, right now it’s really just a “better-safe-than-sorry” attitude that I make this recommendation.
Also, keep in mind that when I say “used together” I mean like both products (retinol + acidic) are applied one after the other, with no significant wait time in between, or if they’re in the same formulation. I don’t mean that they can’t be used in the same routine. And once again, because no study has been done to see how quickly the skin homeostatically returns to its normal pH when a topical product of a different pH is applied (probably because there are too many factors that are difficult to control and can drastically alter results such as: vehicle occlusion, amount of product applied, and every individuals’ skin pH, etc…), it’s still a “better-safe-than-sorry” approach and recommendation: to apply them on different days. However, if you feel like you MUST use acid products with retinol ones at the same time, wait at least one hour between applications, just to allow for the adequate re-alignment of the skin’s natural pH, and the optimal conversion of retinol to tretinoin.
Why should you wait after using salicylic or glycolic acids before using retinol -specifically ? This answers
Wait 30mins to 1 hour or if you can’t, don’t use an acid toner.
FAQs about Retinol
In Part I, we discussed the main pathway of retinol metabolism and learned that in order to allow the skin to OPTIMALLY convert retinol into retinaldehyde, and then into tretinoin, a retinol product should have a pH value of between ~5.0-6.0.
So the obvious question that is asked most often is, “Can I use retinol and hydroxy acid products together?”
Based on research and my interpretation of the literature, they should not be used together. This stance has drawn particular criticism HERE from advocates of Paula Begoun, the creator of Paula’s Choice, who attempted to answer this question HERE. Please note that I too, am an advocate of Paula Begoun and her products. I just don’t always agree with some of her rationalizations and interpretations of scientific data.
Now, before you start drawing conclusions, let us walk through and analyze her post. In critiquing it, perhaps we can come up with an independent and more realized assessment. So…
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