5 steps to prevent breakouts in Ramadan

Since the beginning of Ramadan, my skin has taken a turn for the worse – I’ve had a few major breakouts around my cheek and forehead area along with some nasty, painful bumps on my chin and along my jawline.

This onset of ‘bad skin’ is so frustrating because I always want to look my best for Eid, but that’s kind off impossible when you have a mother-sized pimple hanging about on your cheek or chin.

So, I’ve devised a plan to help restore my skin to it’s normal self before Eid and even though this plan should have been implemented on the first day of Ramadan, it’s better late than never!

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Go the healthy way with Healthway products

A few weeks ago, I was introduced to Healthway which is a phenomenal brand that specializes in 100% natural products that aim to get rid of skin & health problems. Their products range from personal skin care products to detox products and slimming products and even supplements. I’m pretty sure that they have a solution for every skin issue out there.
The amazing peeps over at Healthway sent me two of their wonderful products, that I will be reviewing today!

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I received the No.1 Living Clay Cream and the No.1 Recovery Living Clay and considering that I have been using these products for the last few weeks, I think it’s time I share my thoughts on these products with you guys.

No.1 Living Clay Cream
As this cream is formulated for those with combination-normal skin and benefits those suffering from eczema, itchy skin, dry & sensitive skin, sunburn and sun allergies, I opted to use it on my body and not on my face as I don’t think it’s suitable for acne-prone skin (or it would have stated that on the bottle).

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I basically use it as a body lotion and I’m quite happy with the results. I don’t really suffer from the skin conditions that were listed on the bottle, however my knees and elbows do tend to get a little dry from time to time and I’ve noticed that this product stops this from happening.
In general, my body feels quite smooth and nourished when I apply the Living Clay Cream on to it and it also easily absorbs into the skin which is always appreciated. The cream isn’t artificially fragranced which means that it’s suitable for those with sensitive skin too.

The Living Clay Cream is also wonderful for soothing burns and sores. I say that because a few days after I received the product, I accidentally burnt myself around my stomach area. And normally, a burn would cause my skin to bubble or scar, but the morning after I burnt myself I applied a layer of the Living Clay Cream and it immediately soothed it and stopped that eerie, burning sensation.

I’d definitely purchase this product again and at just R90 for a 150ml tub it’s definitely worth it.

 

No.1 Recovery Living Clay
“Living Clay” is one of natures most effective and tested 100% Natural Healing Materials. Montmorillonite, which is the sole ingredient of Living Clay, is legendary and universally renowned for its therapeutic qualities. It is known for it’s ability to absorb positively charged ions in the body. When wet the Clay develops a strong negative charge. whilst toxins, heavy metals, bacteria and most viruses are positively charged, the Clay therefore draws the impurities out like a magnet.

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The Living Clay was really simple to use, all that’s needed is to make a little paste using the clay and water, and then apply either to your entire face or the affected areas. I chose to to just spot treat the areas that had active pimples, I left the clay on for about 25min whilst keeping it damp throughout it’s time on my skin and then washed it off.
I noticed a huge difference when whiteheads were concerned, after washing off the clay the whiteheads would literally be gone, leaving behind just a little red mark that will vanish in about 3 days.

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The Living Clay also stimulates circulation, is anti-bacterial and can be used on open wounds therefore it is suitable for those suffering from eczema, psoriasis, rashes, sun burn and even sun damaged skin. The clay also doubles as a mild exfoliator, so when washing off, just rub in a circular motion to begin exfoliating. I’m convinced that the clay will also aid in reducing your pore size and blackheads as it does draw out impurities and bacteria which are the main causes for these skin issues.

I will definitely start using the Living Clay as a face mask soon, but for now I’m really pleased with the results I’m achieving with spot treating. And you can be sure that once this product is finished I’ll definitely be purchasing it again. The 250 ml tub which retails for R210 is equivalent to 25 full face masks which is approximately over 300 spot treats – definitely worth purchasing if you suffer from a ton of whiteheads and pimples.

If you’re interested in learning more about Healthway products or if you would like to purchase some, head on over to their website here. They also have some cool promotions that are currently running on their products and are offering free delivery for purchases over R450. You can also contact your nearest Healthway consultant, if you have any other questions – find your nearest consultant here!

On a side note, I hope you guys are having a wonderful 2015 and I look forward to another amazing blogging year with you guys!

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TVG’s 7 Herb Purifying Clay Cleanser Review

Cleansing is the most important step in your skin care routine. You can pile on tons of facial oils, face treatments and moisturizers but it won’t make a difference unless you are using the correct cleanser for your skin.

Sometimes finding the right cleanser can be difficult. Many include tons of chemicals and skin irritants that will usually hamper the skin cleansing process instead of helping it. So it’s all about scrutinizing the ingredients list and making sure that you are getting what you paid for.

Recently, I was lucky enough to receive the 7 Herb Purifying Cleanser from The Victorian Garden for a review. I was excited to try it out to see if it made any difference to my skin.

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My usual cleanser is an oil cleanser, which I love. It doesn’t dry my skin out or cause breakouts, so I never really had an issue with it. But, after reading about the 7 Herb Purifying Clay Cleanser, I really wanted to try it out to see if it would change anything about my skin.

The 7 Herb Purifying Clay Cleanser is formulated with phenomenal ingredients such as marshmallow, bearberry, coltsfoot, yarrow, plantain, spearmint and lemon balm. All of the ingredients work together to create a product that soothes skin, reduces pigmentation, tones skin and improves texture whilst providing anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging benefits. It’s just jam packed with goodness!!

To conduct the review, I decided to swop out my usual cleanser for TVG’s one. After the first wash, I noticed that my face was much softer and smoother. I’m guessing that the improved texture was due to the creaminess of the cleanser along with the tiny clay particles which helped to slough off dry skin and dead skin cells.

My face was also looking much brighter and cleaner too, as if the cleanser had deeply cleansed my skin from within. It wasn’t an intense glow, but my skin wasn’t dull either.

However, the next morning left me quite disappointed. I noticed that a few pimples and whiteheads had popped up on my cheek area and along my jawline and the cleanser is the only thing that could have caused it. My skin is really sensitive, so I should have seen it coming. But I thought that because the Facial Healing Oil works so well, that this would too.
TVG does warn that the cleanser may not be suitable for sensitive skin, but me being me, I obviously paid no attention to their cautionary warning and I applied it all over my face instead of in just one inconspicuous spot. My skin, with it’s sensitivity, is so not cool.

Honestly, I highly recommend this cleanser to those of you with normal and not-so-sensitive skin. You are bound to achieve some great results after using it and I’m sure if you pair it with an awesome facial oil, you’ll wake up to some pretty awesome skin!
You can find the cleanser here for just R79.00!

The Victorian Garden’s 7 Herb Firming Clay Masque Review

Facial masks play a very significant role in improving the overall look and feel of your skin, as they aid in the fight against dark marks and in promoting skin renewal and decongesting blocked pores. I’ve always been a fan of clay masks, so when I received this goodie from The Victorian Garden, I was certain that I would love it.midoct 037

I’m pretty sure that you aware of the benefits that a clay mask can yield for oily/acne-prone skin – you know, the whole drawing out of dirt and impurities from clogged pores concept. But what you may not know is that even if you have dull or tired skin, clay masks are still the way to go. The little clay particles within the mask assist in rejuvenating the skin whilst encouraging a fresh and healthy glow – which is exactly what dull/tired skin needs.

The Victorian Garden 7 Herb Firming Clay Masque is not your basic run-of-the-mill clay mask. The mask is formulated with a ton of frikken’ incredible ingredients such as Green Clay, Shea, Beeswax, Marula, Aloe Vera, Elderflower, Bearberry, Seaweed, Orange, Sugar Cane, Lemon, Spearmint and Black Oats, amongst others, which work so well together to produce the best possible results for your skin. It is always preferred to use products that are formulated from natural and organic ingredients as these are safer and probably more effective than any chemically-formulated product.

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When applying this mask for the first time, its minty, almost spearmint Chappies-like scent, was the first thing that I noticed. And I loved it. It is just that fresh, invigorating fragrance of the Spearmint within the mask that gets all of my senses working and feeling alive – it’s just wonderful!

Once I applied this minty fresh mask all over my face and neck, I waited for about 15 minutes before washing it off. The 15 minute time period is just to guarantee that I receive all of the goodness that this mask has to offer – but you can keep it on for just 10 minutes, if you are impatient and feeling antsy. After about 12 minutes, the mask starts to dry up and you can feel it tightening on your skin – which in my opinion, is the best feeling ever. I was expecting  the mask to be completely hardened and white after the 15 minutes were up – but it didn’t. It only slightly dried up. But I guess that it was formulated not to harden because it doesn’t say anything about waiting for the mask to dry/harden before washing off in the directions to using the mask and besides, it does a great job, regardless of the non-hardening, so who cares?

After washing the mask off and patting my face dry, my skin felt much smoother and softer than it did before. I even noticed that the few pimples that I had on my cheeks, were now drier and slightly smaller in volume. I use this mask twice a week – on a Monday night and on a Thursday night – and I think it has lightened one of my dark marks. I had this little mark on my chin, left behind after a pimple, and I’ve just realised that it’s almost gone now. I don’t know if it was the mask or if it just lightened on its own, but yeah.

This mask is great for those of you with sensitive and acne-prone skin because it is really mild and gentle and won’t induce any breakouts. Also, if your skin is in that phase of being red and itchy, this mask can really help in calming your skin down and in clearing out whatever it is that is making your skin so itchy.

The 7 Herb Firming Clay Masque retails for about R85.00 for a 50ml tube, and will last you around 3-4 months. So, if you want to get your hands on this mask, all you’ve got to do is head on over to The Victorian Garden’s website to make your purchase!

 

Here’s to good skin and Chappies bubblegum,

Raeesa

10 things you don’t know about me

I was reading through Leana’s uuuhmazing blog on Wednesday morning and I came across this super cool idea for a post, so I thought I’d try it out too!20140306-094146.jpg

1) Whenever it’s thundering or lightning, I run straight to my mother and hold on to her like there is no tomorrow. I don’t know if it’s due to the element of surprise that I’m scared, because you never know when it’s going to strike..it’s just like BAM!!!! But yeah, I’m scared😔.

2) I can’t drink from a glass or eat from a plate without washing it 5 or 6 times. Perhaps I suffer from a mild case of OCD, but I’m not sure..

3) I love tea. I simply can not let the day go by without having 2 or 3 mugs (yes, mugs. Not teacups!) of steaming hot tea. It’s just so delish and calming. My ultimate destresser❤️.

4) Growing up, I always wanted to be doctor, a pediatrician actually, but I couldn’t study Medicine due to the fact that I can’t touch people nor can I stand the sight of blood. I know, total fail.

5) I prefer to keep the face-to-face convo’s with people, that I’ve just met, very, very short. I’m not unsociable, I just don’t like being stuck in awkward situations – you know, when you standing there and you just awkwardly look at each other because you have nothing more to say, and then either you or the newbie finds an excuse to get out of this awkward sit? Yup, that’s what I like to avoid!

6) I’m afraid of dogs. Even puppies. They’re cute and alles, but I can never, ever bring myself to carrying them or petting them. They might bite or scratch me!

7) I love learning new languages. I know Afrikaans, Urdu, Hindi, half of the Arabic language and a little something, something in Zulu. I’ll be learning French and Italian in December this year.☺️

8) Chocolate causes my acne to flare up, so I only eat it once or twice or month.

9) I have this weird hatred for round-toed pumps, I feel as if it cuts my feet off. So I only wear pointed pumps or the Aladdin-style slipper/shoes.

10) I bust my head when I was around 4/5 years old. It actually wasn’t my fault though, my sister, Naz and I were fighting and I don’t know how, but I ended up bashing my head against the corner of the pillar. Yup, total ouch.

Aaand that’s it! Now you know 10 extra things about me, yay!

Raeesa

The Victorian Garden’s Lavender and Myrrh Facial Healing Oil is a must-have for damaged, scarred and acne-prone skin

I’ve been looking for a serum/facial oil to lighten/remove all the marks left behind from previous breakouts, without causing more breakouts. And lo and behold, I discovered this little beaut on Faithful To Nature’s website.

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This facial oil is amazing. It truly is. I have had marks on my skin – red and brown marks – that refused to go away no matter how many home remedies I tried. But once I started using this facial healing oil, my marks have started to lighten as the days go by. I also love that even though this is an oil, it doesn’t bring up any new pimples whatsoever. And if I do happen to get a pimple, I just dab some of this magic oil on to it which helps to calm it and decrease in size.

This oil is perfect for acne-prone skin, sensitive skin, oily skin or dry skin. It really does help to rejuvenate the skin and restore your skin’s texture over time – it’s a healing oil not a miracle worker!

I use it at night, applying 3 drops to my entire face, an hour before I sleep. I don’t ever sleep, straight after applying this oil because it will just rub off into the pillow which is defeating the purpose of using the oil.
I used to also add a drop to my foundation to give my face a glowing effect. But thankfully, I don’t find the need to use foundation everyday as I am much more confident and not so wary of my now not-so-visible marks. Yay me!

This little darling is packaged in a 12ml bottle and has a dropper attached to the cap for easy application.

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I’ve been using it for a month now, and still have about 3/4 of the bottle left – so not only does it work, but it lasts long too. And for only R74, it’s a bargain! Try it out for a month or two, and honestly, you will see results! You can purchase it here or here!

Raeesa

Why you shouldn’t be using Faiza Beauty Cream

The problem with women is that we are never happy in our own skin. We are always wanting to change our physical appearance to conform to what society thinks is beautiful. We don’t appreciate what God has blessed us with, and probably never will. We can not agree or accept that beauty includes every shape, size and colour. And I think this is the main reason for the unfortunate success of Faiza Beauty Cream in South Africa.

What I call : The Killer Cream

What I call : The Killer Cream

In Durban, girls have gone crazy for this cream. And not so that it can remove their pimples or dark marks, but because it makes their skin fairer with continued use.

This cream works, it provides results within days of using it with no side effects in the short term, but what about the long term?
How can this cream work so fast? Other products which cost hundreds and maybe even thousands of rands need at least a month to show its results, but how does Faiza Beauty Cream work so fast?

The product has been on the market for only 13 years, no one knows what is contained in this product and it isn’t even dermatologically tested. Some people have even said that it contains Mercury – which is highly possible, as this could be the explanation for the fast and effective results from Faiza Beauty Cream. But yet, no one seems to be bothered by this.

If you are paying R50 for a product, which is produced in Pakistan from ingredients unknown to you, isn’t dermatologically tested but somehow provides such quick and amazing results, how do you not have questions? How are you okay with using it day after day? What if it does contain Mercury? What if as time goes by, it blackens and burns your skin? What if it starts to affect your health and your organs? It is obviously stripping your skin layer by layer, that is how it whitens your skin, and have you ever thought that this may make you more susceptible to skin cancer? How do you continue using it without these concerns?

Ladies, I know that living in today’s world is tough, but why would use such a product on your skin? There are so many unknowns and so many things that could go wrong, so why would you want to chance it?

Is your beauty in the short term more important than your health in the long run? Ask yourself that question the next time that you decide to put that possible killer cream on your face. And remember we all are beautiful, and if we truly believe that then we can change what society considers beautiful.

Raeesa

Dear Acne, soon it will be as if you never existed..

For years I have been suffering with a terrible case of acne. I tried a zillion products, such as Dermologica, Essence, Clean and Clear, Young Solution, Simple, Eucerin, Clearasil and many, many others which never worked.  These failed attempts at ridding myself of acne just left me depressed and I always found myself being super conscious of my skin. But finally, things are looking up.

 

I realised my acne was caused by a number of factors – stress, eating habits, hormones, the weather and the environment. Once I identified the factors that were aggravating my acne, I could develop a plan to minimize the effects of these factors on my skin.

 

Factor 1: Stress

I noticed that whenever it was nearing test/exam time – you know, the time we all go crazy and run around like headless chickens – my skin would go crazy and I would experience breakouts on my cheeks and chin.

To combat this I took a 10 minute break, for every 45 minutes of studying, to perform a breathing exercise (inhale for 10secs, hold for 10secs and exhale for 10secs) and to drink a glass of water. I really felt calm and collected after the breathing exercise, so whenever I feel overwhelmed or stressed, I just breatheJ

 

Factor 2: Eating Habits

Chocolate, greasy take away food,  fizzy drinks and almonds could not be eaten without me breaking out the following day.

So now I swop :

  • the greasy take away food for healthy ones such as Kauai,
  •  almonds for cashews,
  •  fizzy drinks for pure fruit juice and
  •  I only eat chocolate once in a month (sigh, extremely sad, I know).

I also ensure that I eat one fruit a day and drink at least 4 litres of water a day.

 

Factor 3: Hormones

Every month just before my menstrual cycle, I break out into tons of little pimples on my forehead, I’m using Lamelle’s  Acnevelle Capsules to counteract the effects that my hormones have on my skin. I have noticed a significant decrease in the size of my breakouts since I have been using Acnevelle, which is awesome

 

Factor 4: The weather

Whenever it was hot and humid, my skin would become very itchy and red and then slowly but surely little pimples would appear.  My skin is extremely sensitive, so the weather is bound to affect it. However, the solution was simple – use nature against nature!  I’m Indian and Indian families can’t get enough of rose water – it has some sort of healing/calming powers or whatever. Anyway, I logged on to Faithful to Nature and purchased this bottle of Rose Water and I love it. I take it with me to campus every day and whenever I feel hot or flustered, I just spray some on to my face and aaaah – instantly calm skin!

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My acne isn’t totally gone, but it has significantly improved so I believe everything I do is working for sure!

 

Do you have a problem with acne or sensitive skin? How did you combat it? Would love to hear from you guys!

 

Rae