Beauty, Natural Skincare Solutions, Skin Health, skincare

Some Quick Remedies for Eczema

Hello lovelies,

I have suffered from eczema all my life.

During the winter is when it flares up the most. The air is dry, and the cold weather instantly leads to dry, flaky, irritated skin. My mom has the same issue. so I assume that it’s genetic. Me having eczema was probably inevitable, but that doesn’t mean that I stop searching for the best products to keep it at bay. Through trial and error, I have found a couple select products that have worked wonders. Seriously, these have proven to be overnight miracles. So, if you suffer from eczema as well, I hope that maybe one of these products will help you out as well! Okay, here we go.

Coconut oil.

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This is probably my favourite thing to use on irritated skin. Heck, I slathered some on a flare-up last night (from the extreme wind) and I woke up this morning with my skin almost perfectly smooth again. It’s all natural, and is also anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, which makes it amazing for your skin. I do want to forewarn you though; many individuals find coconut oil to be pore-clogging, so maybe only apply a little to a small section of skin to make sure that you can tolerate it. If you can, its awesome stuff. You can find a bunch of different brands from any grocery or wellness store. Some beauty brands even have their own as well.

Second. Cicalfate cream from the french pharmacy brand Avene.

cicalfate

It contains the emollient mineral oil with thermal spring water and zinc. This is honestly such a power combo because it’s moisturizing and ultra healing. I’ve used this stuff all over my face and it works brilliantly. It’s also great for dry, cracked hands, elbows and knees.

Last. Shea Butter.

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I love to get pure Shea butter from the brand L’Occitane (their Shea butter is the smoothest) and it’s absolutely wonderful. It’s so thick and moisturizing, and has so many different healing properties. It’s also one of my favourite lip products.

So, if you have been suffering from dry and/or eczema-prone skin, I highly recommend trying out one of these three products. Of the hundreds (no joke) that I’ve tried, to me, these are the creme de’ la creme.

Love,

Tabitha

 

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Guys Jojoba Oil Rocks

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Hello Lovelies,

Today I wanted to give a shoutout to one if my favourite natural beauty finds. Lately I’ve been trying to find a way to go more natural. My issue is that I have crazy ragweed allergies, which makes me incredibly sensitive to all sorts of different plant extracts. Ragweed is related to the astercae plant family, which means that chamomile, calendula, daisy and feverfew (to name a few) are all off limits for me. Believe me I’ve tried, and all it resulted in was red angry skin.

So instead of reading through mile long ingredient lists and googling any scientific plant name that I don’t know (although I actually know a ton at this point haha), I feel like its probably safer to just stick to products that have only a few ingredients, or better yet, one. Which is how I came to discover jojoba oil.

It was an oil that I had heard lot about. Many say that its a wonderful natural moisturizer, especially for those of us with oily or combination skin because it mimics our skins natural sebum layer, so it helps to balance our skin. So I tried it out, and guys, let me tell you. It’s fabulous. If you want basic, moisturizing goodness, don’t hesitate. Go out and buy some now, and your skin will thank you. It’s natural, while also being inexpensive, making it perfect for low-maintenance girls on a ¬†budget. It also works well as a body moisturizer, and on your hair. It’s even awesome for your cuticles! It’s seriously one of those products that has endless uses.

I love this one as well as this one. Of course there are tons of organic beauty brands that carry their own jojoba oil, so it’s not difficult to get a hold of in the least.

Also, if you want a list of more skincare must haves for a basic skincare routine be sure to check out my last post here.

Until next time!

Love, Tabitha.

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Essential No-Nonsense Skin Care Products for busy Gals

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Hello Lovelies,

Sometimes its hard to determine what is essential to your beauty routine and what isn’t. There are so many different skin care products on the market today; new innovative products that look intriguing but may not be worth it in the long run. Maintaining a complicated beauty routine is not only time-consuming, it’s also expensive. Using too many products could also potentially lead to irritation and stress your skin, which is ultimately counterintuitive to what we’re all trying to achieve here. Truth is, sometimes it’s far more beneficial for your skin to keep things simple and let your skin do its thing.

If you’re in this same mainframe, great. Now, we simply need to determine what products are must haves and what products you need to ditch. This could be different for everyone, but hopefully hearing the things that I find essential will help you in constructing your own no nonsense skincare routine.

Okay, so first of all. Cleanser.

This one is common sense. You need a cleanser to was away all the dirt, makeup and pollution that permeates your pores on a daily basis. Clean skin is healthy skin, so be sure to find a good gentle cleanser that won’t strip your skin (sulphate-free is best). If you’re sensitive, try and look for one that is also fragrance-free, like Cetaphil, Cerave, Clinique or Glossier’s Milky Jelly.

Moving along. Moisturizer is also a must.

I believe that everyone should use moisturizer. Even oily skin needs moisturizer. It keeps your skin hydrated and balanced, and protects your skin from aging. Drier skin types should go for richer formulas enriched with emollients like shea butter, cocoa butter and coconut oil, whereas oily skin types should search for gel creams to keep things lighter. Moisturizers are great because certain ones are also multi-tasking. If you are looking to correct a certain skin issue, look for a moisturizer that contains ingredients that help to improve that condition. If you want a moisturizer that brightens your skin, try one that’s vitamin C infused. If you want one with antioxidants, look for ingredients like vitamin E and green tea. If your skin is dry and flaky, try to use one that contains a small percentage of glycolic acid to help gently exfoliate your skin. If dehydration is your problem, search for hyaluronic acid. The possibilities are endless.

Lastly, the most important step. Sunscreen.

This is an absolute essential. If you want to have healthy skin, you must protect it from the sun. Failure to use SPF can lead to wrinkles and sun damage (not to mention skin cancer). Please, please, please never leave your house without sunscreen. Just don’t do it. SPF 30 is ideal for everyday use.

And there you have it guys! Those are the three things that I believe are essential to a basic skincare routine. This is great for busy girls, or even young preteens just beginning to take care of their skin. In a world filled with endless serums, essences, eye creams, oils and exfoliants, just remember that the basics are the basics for a reason, and that sometimes simplicity is highly underrated.

Love,

Tabitha

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