Monday, December 7, 2015

Fighting Pigmentation (brown spots) with Boldo tree extract

coming soon.

I'll be following up on some facial sun spots as I'm trying to treat them (again) with a new cream containing Boldo tree extract, the latest buzz in anti-pigmentation and skin whitening treatment.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Top 5 (Facial) Sun Creams

In the days after dermarolling (and in general) it is advised to protect the skin from the sun. Especially when rolling delicate areas such as the face and all the more when the reason for the rolling is hyper pigmentation (usually rolling and applying lightening agents).

Over the years I've tested a lot of anti-sun creams and I would like to share with you the ones I found to be the best ones.

They are all good but I still rated them 5 to 1 with #1 being my favourite.

Pic with some of my creams.. Just so you believe me that I've really used them.

#5: Vaseline Men Face Anti-Spot Whitening Moisturiser SPF 15 50g

This line of products series isn't sold everywhere, and I actually found it while travelling in Thailand (later I ordered it on eBay).  It has a nice smell (not too gentle, though) but I suspect it won't be so good for very light skin as it is only SPF 15. The packaging clearly says it's for men but I don't see why women wouldn't be able to use it as well.

#4: Moraz Face Sun Saver (SPF-50)

Moraz is an Israeli company whose product line is based on Polygonum Multiflorum- a Chinese herb known for its skin (and other health) benefits. In addition to protecting the skin from the sun this ingredient is supposed to also rehabilitate it. 

One of their recent products is "FACE SUN SAVER". It features both UVA/UVB protection and a high SPF factor of 50. Despite this high SPF it manages to absorb itself in the skin very quickly, adding to that the fact that the cream is not the typical white but sort of beige (as result of the Polygonum I suspect).

All in all it's a good sunscreen that I really like using.

#3: Avène Hydrance Rich Hydrating cream (SPF 20)

Avène is a very famous French cosmetics company. Their products are excellent albeit somewhat expensive. I used their SPF 20 moisturising cream for everyday use (when it's not too sunny). It's very lightweight, has a wonderful smell and gives your face a natural shine. 

For prolong exposures to the sun and for very sensitive skin I'd suggest their High Protection Mineral Cream SPF 50.

And now to the "editor's choice"....

#2 Glisodin

#2 is actually not a cream. It's an antioxidant that you take orally (in the form of capsules).
I won't bore you with all the details about it which you can get here and here

The thing is, besides it being supposedly healthy for you, it has the nice side effect of preventing your skin from getting a sunburn too fast. If you take 2-3 capsules every day for 3 days or so, then the following day you'll notice it takes your skin much longer to be affected by the sun (get a tan).

Does it replace the need for a sunscreen? I can't say (I'd still use a cream) but I believe it definitely may help prevent some sun spots if you are prone to them - especially if you plan on going on a sunny trip.

Glisodin can be ordered online from health stores such as Vitacost.  

#1: No.7 Anti-Dark Spot Facial Sun Protection SPF 50+

This is another one I picked up in Thailand in a Boots store. I love everything about this cream:
First, it smells GREAT. Secondly it gives your face a nice healthy shine (not TOO oily). And thirdly, despite its high SPF factor - and rich texture - it somehow manages to get absorbed REALLY smoothly.

This has become my favourite sun block cream by far, I highly recommend it if you're undergoing any cosmetic procedure such as dermarolling, peeling etc. Plus, if you spend a lot of time in the sun and want to avoid dark spots as much as possible - this cream is definitely your first choice.

(By the way, there are also SPF 15 and SPF 30 versions of this cream which I haven't tried but I suspect they're just as good).

Do you have any favourite sun cream? Let me know!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Making My Own Calendula Baby Oil

Just a quick note about Calendula Oil from last post. Since the Weleda Calendula Oil is not cheap, I decided to make my own oil at home. Turns out it's really easy, and actually I now prefer to use this oil, not only because it's cheaper, but also because I can control what I put in it, for example I didn't put any perfume or lanolin.

So here are the ingredients (you can buy them at a local health store or order them online on eBay etc.):
Sesame oil, Calendula oil (brand names remove)

  1. Sesame Seed Oil. I bought  a 1 litre bottle just because it's relatively cheap ($8).
    This is the main ingredient here, about 80% of the oil will be Sesame Oil.
    This oil should have a strong smell of Tahini sauce.
  2. Calendula Oil. This oil is more expensive, so I only bought a 20ml bottle. I'm not sure if it's organic or not.
  3. Chamomile Oil. Now this oil is really expensive. I'm sure Weleda don't use more than a few drops of it in their original solution and so did I.

The quantities are : 80% Sesame Oil (as base oil), 20% Calendula Oil, and a few drops of Chamomile Oil (about 6 drops per 50ml).

Weleda's oil also contains Almond Oil. I don't really like to use this oil as base oil so I didn't include it, but it does make the oil better-smelling. What I did instead was to add a few drops of Lavender oil (but you can add any other essential oil whose smell you like and that does not irritate the skin).

Here's the result (be sure to use a dark bottle, preferably with a dropper cap, and store it away from any light):

My home-made mixture of Baby Calendula Oil

That's it... Very easy and very effective! No chemicals! No perfume! ...And my skin just sucks it in!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Does It Work? - Calendula Oil

Let me share you in on another secret. Another oil actually. And it's not that I hadn't used this oil before, I just didn't realize up until recently just how useful it was.

The whole story started about 6 months ago with a few red spots on my skin - at first 2 of them appeared on the arms, then they spread to the sides of my body (waist and upwards). It wasn't bothering me much, except it wasn't very aesthetic at all. The spots looked like a round red circle, usually with a clear centre.

A week later I went to see a dermatologist. He took one look at it and knew what it was right away. He called it Nummular Dermatitis (also called: "Discoid Eczema"). He said it was nothing to worry about - it wasn't even contagious. He prescribed me some kind of steroid ointment and that was it. But the ointment wasn't helping much (if it helped, it was only a temporary relief, and new spots kept appearing), so a week later I returned to the doctor.

He still wasn't worried. He explained that it's some kind of allergic condition (apparently internal, even the doctors aren't sure what causes it) and that I would just have to be patient and it will go away by itself. "When?" I asked. He said, a few months, maybe a year...

So I went on to read about this condition online. Turns out he was right. Nummular Dermatitis is not a serious condition but it tends to linger. And the best you can do is "control it".

So that's what I've been doing since: trying to control it.

I've tried several products (more than 3!) that were meant specifically for "atopic skin". But they didn't really work. I didn't expect full recovery, just something that would keep the spots under control and minimize their appearance.

3 months after it all started someone my Shiatsu therapist recommended that I use Weleda's Calendula Baby Oil. She swore it did wonders to her skin, and even to her dog's skin condition once.

So I gave it a try. And guess what? It works!

Did it eliminate the spots entirely? No. But it did make them less apparent. And now, about 1 months after I started using it (I've been using it at least once every day), it finally looks like the spots are starting to fade for good. They are less in number and barely noticeable any more.


Weleda's Calendula Baby Oil comes in a much bigger package too, but on my recent purchase I decided to get these mini-bottles of it (I ordered it from Vitacost):

They are tiny (10 ml each), but I like the fact that I can use it from a freshly-opened bottle often.

This oil is not 100% Calendula Oil, it also had Sesame oil and Almond oil I believe. But the Calendula itself is supposed to be 99% organic.

Be sure to use it directly after shower (once you get out of the shower don't wait longer than 3 minutes to apply it). You want to apply it on supple skin.

All in all it's a great product. So if you're suffering from sensitive, itchy skin with or without eczema, I highly recommend that you give it a try. The only downside to this product is that they've apparently added a bit of fragrance to it. Natural fragrance, but still. I always prefer my oils fragrance-free. But, it doesn't really matter since it still works and it is doing wonders to my skin.


So there you have it. Two products so far that you just MUST have in your home - Coconut and Calendula.

By the way, speaking of Coconut oil, since my last post I found this blog/website that focuses solely on the continuously discovered benefits of coconut oil -

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Does It Work? - Coconut Oil

You know, if you ever followed this blog, that I had used various sized dermarollers up until about a year ago. I used them on my stretch marks, on a scar I had on my leg, and even on facial pigmentation. But I then stopped rolling because my stretch marks faded enough to my satisfaction, the scar had basically disappeared, and the pigmentation... well I did not have real results but that may be because I wasn't really dedicated to the task. But that's not the point.

Now this blog is still online and by the number of visitors I'm getting here (and also on Youtube) it seems that people are still interested in looking younger and promoting a healthier lifestyle for themselves. Well - that hasn't changed for me either! I'm always looking for new stuff to use to get healthier, keep my youth, improve my skin etc.

What I'm trying to say is that I've had this idea for quite some time now: To, every once in a while,  write about a really good product, or treatment or some other tip that I found useful. (And perhaps also to warn you about products that did not work).

The first thing I wanna talk about is a very simple product that is also very cheap but at the same time it's amazing what you can do with it. I'm talking about Coconut oil!

Coconut Oil

I won't bore you with the "nutritional facts" about Coconut oil. Suffice to say it's rich with Vitamins C and E, minerals and other anti-oxidants. 

Make sure you get "Virgin Coconut Oil" and the best is organic. You can tell if the quality of the oil is good simply by SMELLING IT. The more it smells like real coconut, the better!

So, what can you do with Coconut oil?
  1. Stainless Massage. It's better than any other massage oil because its texture is like butter in room temperature but it melts right away upon touch. It has a gentle smell and it is easily absorbed in the skin. But perhaps the best thing about coconut oil as a massage oil is that, contrary to MOST oils, it will NOT stain your sheets.
  2. Moisturizing. For dry skin, coconut oil is just brilliant. Just apply a small amount ANYWHERE on your body to keep it moist and supple. I even use it on my face, it had gentle sunscreen properties too. Don't apply too much, though, because it will make your skin shine.
  3. Toothpaste. Yes, you can even use coconut oil for brushing your teeth! I know I have been doing it for the past 2 weeks and it's just great. A recent study even shows that it effectively fights some of the bacteria that resides in your mouth (Here's the link). It tastes great, too, and some people swear that it helped for teeth whitening as well.
...And that's it! You now have another weapon to add to your arsenal of good, cheap stuff that can do your body good. If you know of any other uses for coconut oil please let me know by commenting below.. I'm sure there's more to it yet...

Next time I'm going to talk about another oil that I've used and that really saved my skin, so stay tuned! :)

P.S. I almost forgot: This is a blog about derma rollers so I better add that applying (sterile) coconut oil after dermarolling on the treated area can help calm it down and remove some of the associated redness.