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05 July 2020
If you follow me on Instagram, you already know how much I love outdoor adventures. Whether it’s camping, hiking, biking, bridge diving or swimming, nothing brings me more peace and joy than getting out into Mother Nature.
In the past two years, Iâve participated in the Babes Ride Out motorcycle camping trip, did the El Camino Trek in Spain, and hiked the Grand Canyon. During all these adventures, I learned a thing or two about perfecting my on-the-go skincare routine with limited resources. Keeping in mind that everyoneâs skincare needs will vary, I thought Iâd share my own camping skincare routine. These tips and tricks can also be applied any time you find yourself needing to do skincare with limited resources, whether itâs road trips, a day at the beach, music festivals, or anything in between. Letâs dive in!Camping Skincare Essentials
First thingâs first. These are the skincare essentials youâll always find in my camping kit:
- My DIY eye makeup remover wipes
- Face cleanser
- Bottled water (if you wonât have access to clean water)
- Baby washcloth
- Clips (to hang the washcloth to dry)
- Antibacterial Toner (optional, best for those who are breakouts-prone)
- Nighttime moisturizer
- Water-resistant facial sunscreen (one chemical and one physical)
- Mineral powder
- Water-resistant spray body sunscreen
- Bug spray
- After Bite
When youâre camping, I suggest a simple, abbreviated routine. Thereâs no need for eye creams, masks, serums, or active ingredients like exfoliating acids and retinol (which may make your skin more sensitive to sun anyways). In the daytime, your goal should 100 percent be about protecting your skin from harmful UV rays. In the evening, your goal should be to remove oil, sweat, dirt, and sunscreen from the skin as thoroughly as possible while keeping it hydrated and balanced.Nighttime Routine
Items youâll need: eye makeup remover wipes (if youâll be wearing mascara), cleanser, bottled water, baby washcloth, clips, antibacterial toner, moisturizer1. Use an Eye Makeup Remover Wipe
I donât normally recommend skincare wipes, but when youâre on the go and need to keep it simple, theyâre the most convenient option. If youâre wearing any kind of eye makeup, use these wipes to remove makeup as your first step. I personally like to get my eyelashes tinted before an outdoor trip so I donât have to worry about mascaraâthereâs nothing worse than waking up and your eyes being crusty from it!
Be sure to go easy on the delicate skin around your eyes. Close your eye then hold the wipe on it for fifteen to thirty seconds to melt makeup without rubbing, then gently sweep the wipe across your eye.2. Apply Cleanser Using a Baby Washcloth
The reason I prefer baby washcloths over regular washcloths is that theyâre softer and therefore gentler on the skin. They also tend to be thinner, which means you can hang them up to dry in the sunlight. Many microbes are sensitive to UV light, and it can actually be used as a disinfectant.
Wet your baby washcloth (using bottled water if you donât have access to a sink or clean water), apply a dollop of cleanser to the cloth, and gently massage it into your skin in small, circular motions. This wiping action is what will lift off leftover dirt, oil, and sunscreen. Once youâre finished massing the cleanser in, rinse your washcloth with water and wipe it gently over your face again to remove the cleanser.3. Apply an Antibacterial Toner
This step is optional, but one I recommend if youâre acne-prone. As I mentioned, youâll want to forego active products like serums or retinol during a camping trip, so quickly swiping a toner over the skin is a good way to keep pores clear. My favorite product for this is Rapid Response Detox Toner.
If you donât want to bring a whole bottle of toner, check out my tip for conveniently packing liquid skincare products.4. Apply Moisturizer
For this, you can just use your regular nighttime moisturizer to keep the skin hydrated, healthy, and balanced.
Confession Time: During my Babes Ride Out Motorcycle trip, we camped out overnight and it was SO cold that I couldnât bear the thought of washing my face. I went to bed without doing a nighttime routine and instead washed my face in the morning once it was warmer. When youâre out having an adventure, itâs okay to be a little lax about your routine for a couple days! I say, shoot for cleansing your skin at least every twelve hours. If you donât get to your routine at night, do it in the morning. The main goal is to have a relatively clean canvas when you apply your sunscreen. This will allow it to adhere to the skin better and be more effective.Daytime Routine
Items youâll need: water-resistant facial sunscreen (one chemical, one physical), mineral powder, water-resistant spray body sunscreen, hat, bandana, sunglasses1. Wash Your Face
If you can, use a little cleanser to remove off residue from the night before. This will create a clean canvas so your sunscreen products are as effective as possible. That said, if you donât have time or arenât able to wash your face in the morning, a camping trip is the one time Iâd say not to sweat it too much.2. Layer Up With Sunscreen
I wear a moisturizer with SPF every day no matter what, but when Iâm camping, I take a slightly different (and more involved) approach due to increased sun exposure. I like to layer a physical sunscreen over-top a chemical sunscreen to give my skin protection from the inside out. Itâs important to note that doubling up on sunscreen does NOT give you double the SPF, it just means your sunscreen will hold up longer and that the coverage will be more comprehensive.
I like to start with the La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid. Itâs water-resistant and uses chemical sunscreen filters. I try to use water-resistant sunscreen as much as possible since Iâm usually sweating or swimming quite a bit, but I will say itâs a bit notorious for clogging pores. If thatâs a big concern for you, you may want to use a non-water-resistant chemical sunscreen as your base instead. Examples of chemical sunscreen filters include avobenzone, homosalate, octisalate, octocrylene, oxybenzone, and octinoxate.
Next, I like to apply a broad-spectrum physical sunscreen from Elta MD. Itâs also water-resistant and since physical sunscreen filters sit on top of the skin rather than soaking in, I recommend everyone use a water-resistant sunscreen for this step. The physical filters most commonly used in sunscreen are titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.
For my body, I also use a water-resistant sunscreen. I prefer it in spray form because itâs easier to re-apply throughout the day.3. Touch Up Using a Mineral Powder
Even with all this layering, sunscreen will wear off eventually. When youâre out and about during the day, I recommend touching up on sun protection by dusting on a mineral powder. These almost always contain titanium dioxide, which means theyâll offer UV protection even if they arenât indicated as a sunscreen product. I use my Revlon Colorstay Pressed Powder, but Jane Iredale and ColoreScience also make water-resistant sunscreen powders that are very good.4. Use Clothing as Sun Protection
Sunscreen should never be your only defense against the sun. When I go camping, I always bring a hat to shield my face from UV rays as well as a bandana to wear around the delicate skin on my neck. (Not shown in the picture of me above.) I also always recommend wearing sunglasses â not only is it important to protect your eyes but squinting because of bright light can lead to premature wrinkling around the eye area. I sometimes even wear UV-protective clothing so I donât have to worry about constantly reapplying sunscreen to my body and getting sticky. Learn more about why clothing should actually be your first line of defense when it comes to sun protection. If, despite your diligence, you do end up getting a sunburn, hereâs what you can do to soothe it.
Fun Fact: Did you know aspen trees produce a substance that can be used as a ânaturalâ sunscreen? Of course, I donât ever recommend using this over actual sunscreen, but if youâre ever out in the woods and need additional sun protection, look for an aspen tree!How to Prevent Scarring From Bug Bites
Items youâll need: bug spray, After Bite, Band-Aids
Bug bites are a common problem when camping, and I consider them a skincare concern because of the post-inflammatory marks (discolored scars) they often leave on the skin. The goal of course is to get as few bug bites as possible, so make sure you protect yourself with bug spray.
If you do get a bug bite, apply something like After Bite, which uses sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) to soothe itching. I also suggest putting a Band-Aid over your bug bite at night while you sleep, the reason being that youâre less likely to scratch the skin this way. A bug bite is already a form of injury on the skin and if youâre scratching at it, youâre further triggering pigmentation and discoloration.Bottom Line
When youâre putting together a camping skincare routine, just focus on the basics. Make sure you have all your sun-protection essentials for the daytime and do your best to remove everything at night. Worst case scenario, if you neglect your skincare routine a little during a camping trip, itâs not the end of the world. The main thing is to keep yourself protected from UV damage, the rest you can correct once you get home. Remember â clogged pores and breakouts can be corrected, cellular damage from UV exposure cannot.
When you get home, the best way to reset and decongest your skin is by doing an exfoliating acid peel followed by a mask for your skin type. My go-to is the Triple Berry Peel/Rapid Response Duo. I always do this after a trip or when Iâve been on a plane to give my skin a clean slate.
I hope you found these tips helpful â happy camping and happy summer!
04 July 2020
Boxwalla Beauty box is a bimonthly subscription box, featuring luxury, plant-based nutrient rich brands which caught my eye well over a year ago. I was not well acquainted with Green beauty then but I subscribed (and later, I was fortunate enough to be made a brand ambassador). Their catchy, quirky name always made me smile. Being of Indian descent myself, I was familiar with the term ‘Boxwalla’ (meaning Boxseller) and found it clever and utterly charming. I love that they describe themselves as âdrunken boxwallasâ (because you should always be drunk, on wine, poetry or virtue, rephrasing the words of famous French poet Charles Baudelaire, when he said âEnivrez vous!â) Boxwalla curates and edits all beautiful things (naturally I am drawn to their beauty box, however they have a book, food and film boxes too) and and they fill their boxes with all the wonderful things that they are itching for the world to experience for themselves. Passionate advocates of beauty and independent artisans, they are truly telling a story.
And that story first begins with the boxes themselves and their provenance, carefully crafted from tree-free handmade paper fashioned by a small company in India from cotton scraps, using the traditional art of paper-making and who have been practicing this art for generations.
Right away, you get an inkling that something truly special awaits you inside. And then comes the beautiful accompanying card, with notes on the chosen brand and products and how to incorporate them into routines to get the best possible results. And then of course, your wonderful journey of skincare discovery beginsâ¦
The June 2020, entitled âThree Ways to Savour Summer, with a little help from my friendsâ is truly an ode to summer and will be your summer skin saviour. As every single of Boxwallaâs beauty boxes, I truly believe that every single product has been thoughtfully and expertly curated to appeal to any green/eco beauty enthusiastâs fantasies and will work beautifully in line with current season and weather.
Paiâs Sea Aster and Wild Oat serum
Iâll start with the most transformative product from this box for me; Paiâs Instant Calm Redness Serum with Sea Aster and Wild Oat serum. Pai is a well-established British brand within the green beauty arena known to cater for sensitive skin types. Despite very much coveting their Rosehip oil and the oil cleanser from afar for a while now, Iâve never actually sampled anything from the brand. And what a spectacular introduction to the brand this was! Early during lockdown, as I shared my skincare woes on Instragram (a mysterious area of redness around my mouth that appeared overnight), Lavanya messaged me and hinted that an upcoming product might very well be the answers to my troubles. And indeed, this soothing serum has been a welcomed addition in my skincare routines and the improvements I noticed were practically instantaneous.
Most amazingly, these positive results have continued and my skin is most definitely less irritated with minimum redness now. The star ingredients of the show here are Sea Aster (which according to Pai â Inhibits the release of cutaneous neuropeptides, the molecules that cause skin to flare, while strengthening the surface skin, helping to reduce the appearance of rednessâ) and Oat extract âfamed for its ability to soothe reactive skin, improves the appearance of delicate or damaged skin and helps to protect skin against environmental irritantsâ. Texturally, this is a very light lotion which plays extremely well in both morning and evening routines, after a light layer of hydration or toner. It absorbs beautifully, with no residual stickiness and I detect a light and pleasant âyoghurt-yâ scent.
Purified Water, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Fruit Water (Orange Fruit Water), Avena Sativa Kernel Extract (Oat Extract), Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Aster Maritima/Tripolium Extract (Sea Aster Extract), Sodium Hyaluronate, Carya Ovata Bark Extract (Hickory Bark Extract), May Chang Oil, Paramela Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Acacia Senegal Gum, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Levulinate , Sodium Anisate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Tocopherol, Lactic Acid (as pH Regulator), Rosemary Leaf Extract
Nini Organics Natura Detox Foam
Next is another brand hailing from the UK that I am so, so pleased is getting exposure through Boxwalla because there is truly magic in their products. Alex, the founder is a burst of sunshine and watching his stories on Instagram always puts me in the best of moods. I remember watching Alex dropping hints before the actual product was announced and him lovingly confectioning Natura Detox Foam in his studio in London, listening to festive and uplifting tunes and I couldnât help but smile. Skincare is a little like cooking. You may not share this philosophy but I always believe if something is manufactured with love, this energy gets passed onto what is being made in terms of efficacy and for this reason, I still very much love handmade products. Natura Detox Foam is a gloriously fun, water-free foaming cleanser supercharged with detoxifying dried vegetables and antioxidants. The scent is strongly reminiscent of spearmint at first sniff, when you add water to create a bubbly effervescent sea green foam, it gradually transitions to a distinctively more green, veggie scent which I have come to associate with supercharging my skin with nutrients. I tend to use this twice a week at the moment as spikes in temperatures always mean slightly oiler skin and I really welcome this cleanser in my life right now. Top tip from Alex is to add this to your non-emulsifying oil cleanser (Halo from the brand is my personal favourite, itâs blue tansy scent is soothingly addictive!) or balm cleanser for a gentler experience altogether.
Sodium cocoyl isethionate (coconut foaming agent), Sodium bicarbonate, Citric acid, Montmorillonite (Green Clay), Spirulina platensis powder (Spirulina), Azadirachta indica leaf extract (Neem), Spinacia oleracea leaf powder (Spinach), Brassica oleracea italica extract (Broccoli), Adansonia digitata fruit extract (Baobab), Lycium barbarum fruit extract (Goji Berry), Myrciaria dubia fruit extract (Camu Camu), Maltodextrin, Salix alba bark powder (White Willow Bark), Mentha spicata herb oil (Spearmint), Pelargonium graveolens flower oil (Rose Geranium), Citrus aurantium flower oil (Neroli), D-Limonene,, Linalol, Citral, Geraniol, Farnesol.
African Botanics Marula Botanical Handcream
And finally we have African Botanics Marula Botanical Handcream which is easily the boujee-est hand cream I own.. I mean it does retail for an exuberant $55 and has some pretty flamboyant claims to â regenerate, repair, deeply hydrate, soothe, even skin tone, brighten and restore comfort as well as reduces dark spots and lighten protects, fights agingâ. I personally love any handcream (my job requires a LOT of hand washing way before the Covid era) but I plan on gifting this to my mum so that I can see if it really lives up to these claims. A lovely light, hydrating cream with no residual stickiness so I am happy to have this in my arsenal.
Aqua (Spring Water), Aloe Ferox (Bitter Aloe) Leaf Extract, Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Decyl Oleate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Mangifera Indica (Mango)* Seed Butter, Cetyl Alcohol, Trichilla Emetica (Cape Mahogany Mafura) Seed Butter, Lepidium Sativum Sprout Extract, Lecithin, Adansonia Digitata (Baobab)* Seed Oil, Rhododendron Ferrugineum Leaf Cell Culture Extract, Globularia Cordifolia Ferment, Kigelia Africana Fruit Extract, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Fruit Extract, Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) Tea Extract, Cyclopia Genistoides (Honeybush) Leaf Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hexapeptide-3, Pelargonium Graveolens (Cape Geranium) Essential Oil, Rosarinus Officinalis (Rosemary Leaf) Essential Oil, Citrus Aurantium (Neroli) Essential Oil, Maltodextrin, Tocopherol (Vitamin E).
The June Boxwalla box is a usual excellent value for money, it costs $49.95 with a retail value of $185. At this moment in time, the June Box is of course sold out but the August Box has just been revealed and in true Boxwalla style, it is fabulous (dare I say, one of the best boxes Iâve seen so far!). If you wish to subscribe, you can do so here.
* This post contains affiliate links. I was sent this box in PR
04 July 2020On Sundays, we exfoliate…
Hello! I hope everyone is doing well in these unprecedented times. I have to be honest with you; as an introvert who is currently solo self-distancing, I’m actually ok. I very much enjoy my own company and, as cliché as it may sound, this time alone has really helped me figure out what I want in life and where I’m heading. I’ve cooked, I’ve read and I’ve been writing to my heart’s delight and surprisingly not watched as much Netflix as I thought I would. As a passionate skincare junkie, of course this time has allowed me to indulge in well thought out routines, rather than haphazardly patting a million serums on my face. A couple of weeks ago, I shared my Sunday routine on Instagram and explained how Sundays evenings are reserved for an exfoliating regime. I chose Sundays because I really love starting a new week with radiant, glowing skin and I feel that exfoliation (especially acid exfoliation) is practically instant (if not overnight) gratification.
A bit of background information before I share my entire routine with you. Skincare aficionados who are well versed with nerdy skincare talk (and by that I mean my fellow ‘grammers who often have enough knowledge to rival dermatologists!) will know the numerous benefits of exfoliation. However, each time I mention the word ‘acid’ to my non-skincare pals, my heart sinks each time I see their eyes widen with fear and when I hear them say’ ouch, that sounds…dangerous’. Therefore, I hope my guide to exfoliation serves to encourage you to incorporate acids in your skincare routine.
What is exfoliation exactly? It refers to the process of removing dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. Our skin naturally sheds these skin cells to make room for renewed, fresh cells approximately every 30 days but you can speed up the process by external means (and in that way, get glowing skin!) This can be achieved in a myriad of ways. If youâre using a granular substance or a tool for this, itâs called physical exfoliation. If you favour a leave-on product usually an acid, then this known as chemical exfoliation. Thereâs nothing scary about acids, in fact their ability to resurface skin and prevent clogged pores means that you are rewarded with a radiant complexion and fewer breakouts. Additionally, there are well-documented long-term benefits as exfoliation is said to increase collagen production and hence minimises the appearance of fine lines as well as to combat hyperpigmentation.
By now, I hope that youâre sold on the perks of having exfoliating acids as a staple in your skincare routine. This does come with a few caveats and there are some rookie mistakes I made when I initially started my skincare voyage. I really would like to save you from such major skincare disasters, mainly over-exfoliation. Acids are wonderful but you must never go overboard with them. Start slow once a week. Incorporate one in your routine according to your skin type (the different types of acids merit a dedicated post of their own, but in short, lactic acid is more gentle making it the go-to acid for dry, sensitive types, glycolic acid is a robust acid but fantastic for older skin types and salicylic acid is great for those with oily and acne prone skin). I firmly believe in being intuitive when it comes to picking your products and if you notice a little bit of irritation, do listen to your skin and scale down. Do not be tempted to copy anyoneâs routine (skin guru or not!). I learnt this the hard way, layering three acids in a single routine, morning and night and my skin rebelled, all raw, red and irritated . Weekly exfoliation is my personal sweet spot, which I stumbled on purely by trial and error. I do use Tretinoin (Vitamin A, I promise I will elaborate on this fabulous, transformative ingredient in another post!) and this certainly sensitises my skin. My preference therefore lies with lactic acid based products, which I mentioned is more suited to sensitive skins. Recently though, Iâve started using a gorgeous and effective 10% glycolic acid based product from Monastery Made, which I discovered in Boxwalla (one of my favourite subscription boxes of all times, Iâve written about my first box here and how Iâm enamoured by their curations). Without further ado, hereâs a typical âexfoliation dayâ evening routine.
As with any of my evening skincare routines, I kick off with a double cleanse. You can use any oil/balm product of your choosing to firstly melt off grime/makeup/sunscreen. Once you have a clear canvas, youâre then actually cleaning your skin with gel/milk based second cleanser. I suggest checking that none of your cleansers contain any acids just so that you donât overdo it. My absolute favourite duo right now is the Iâm From Fig Cleansing Balm and Sioris Cleanse me Softly Milk Cleanser, two gorgeously effective products hailing from the K-Beauty realm. Double cleansing was actually pioneered by Korea so it makes total sense to rely on these two stellar product for this step. Iâve spoken about the Iâm From Fig Cleansing Balm in a previous post (read my full review here) and itâs a delightfully textured sherbet balm that melts in contact with your skin, emulsifiers and rinses off completely clear. Oh and it destroys makeup (including eye makeup) and sunscreen effortlessly. The delicate, fruity scent is just a bonus. Sioris is a brand very much aligned to my skincare preferences, small batch and ultra focussed on ingredients freshly harvested in nature. I consider Sioris to be the perfect marriage between my two loves K-beauty and Green beauty and a brand overview is imminent. This milky cleanser has a deliciously naturally fruity, somewhat citrusy scent and leaves my skin very clean but so hydrated and baby soft. I transitioned to milky cleansers last year and although it took a while to get used to, my skin now loves them. Iâm a bit of cleansing addict and I donât treat this step as purely functional. To me, cleansing needs to be sensorial and I spend quite a bit of time every evening, gently massaging my skin and totally revelling in these decadent textures and scents. I invite you enjoy this step, and slow it dowwwwn.
After rinsing off with lukewarm water, I generously mist my face while itâs still damp. Iâm currently obsessed with (as is everyone else!) the Sioris Time is Running Out Mist, a gorgeous 3-in1, bi-phase mist intended to function as mist, a toner and serum. As the weather gets warmer and my routines get more minimalist, I can totally see myself using it on its own post cleansing and calling it a day. This derni-cri mist boasts 78% organic fruit water (green plum or yuja, always in-season) to deliver the burst of my hydration parched, lockdown skin is craving and three sensational oils (macadamia oil, jojoba oil and sunflower oil) provide long-lasting nourishment and moisture.
Now, letâs move onto the star of the show, the exfoliation product. I usually use a leave-on product, which I donât wash off (Iâve struggled to find anything more glow inducing than the Sunday Rileyâs Good Genes- lactic acid version. Sadly in the UK, we canât get this, it is instead formulated with glycolic acid) However, I received the XX Rose Glycolic Gel* from Monastery Made when it featured in Aprilâs Boxwalla and it contains 10% Glycolic acid in a base of soothing rose water. Itâs a gel that can be used as a leave-on product however the best results I get are as a flash mask left on for 10 minutes. Also, Iâm more accustomed to unscented (i.e. bo-ring!) acids and this one reminds me of being in a rose garden and I absolutely love that this usually boring step has transformed into a lush experience. I do sometimes get touch of tingling but when I wash this off, Iâm rewarded with the most insane glow. Itâs definitely one of those products you want to use before a special event to bestow you with a radiant complexion.
I follow this up with more generous misting with Sioris Time is Running Out Mist and then slather my face with a nourishing concoction of Earthwise Beauty Yasuni Balm (a masterpiece of a balm which I have reviewed here in detail), the affordable Simply Pure Hydrating Serum from Superdrug ( on itâs own, itâs somewhat boring but cocktailed with an oil, it is superb. It contains ceramides, fatty acids and glycerol as well as niacinamide. Itâs a product I will ALWAYS have around and costs less than your Starbucks latte) as well as 5YINA Lucent Summer Beauty Oil * (also another Boxwalla curation. See Lavanya does really have impeccable taste). Contrary to its name, I have been using this all year long and itâs quite the perennial favourite for me. I do agree that it is a lightweight oil that absorbs beautifully and will be loved by oilier skin types but I find that this calms down any inflammation I have overnight and even as a dry-skinned type, it has a special place in my routines. You donât need to use the same cocktail of products (I do love playing mixologist with my skincare) but as long as you choose a nourishing serum, your skin will be happy.
You definitely donât need to be using the same products outlined in this routine. I often rotate products myself, but in essence it begins with a gentle double cleanse with no actives, followed by hydration, then an acid of your choice and topped up with a nourishing oil or balm or moisturiser (or all three if youâre a skincare maximalist like me!). You could easily incorporate your acid in a daytime routine but make sure you follow up with sunscreen, itâs always SPF50 for me. In fact, all your morning routines should be punctuated with sunscreen regardless! This winning formula Iâve outlined works for me and I recommend it to everyone but especially if you are just venturing into the world of acids!
04 July 2020
Today on ‘Seoulfull Conversations with…’ we have the gorgeous and utterly charming and charismatic Nassima from @beaussima. Nassima is mama to the MOST DISHY baby on IG, Leila. Iâm sure everyone in the Instagram Skincare Community has cooed over this little beauty. Is there anything yummy mummy Nassima canât do? Sheâs got her finger in ALL the pies; sheâs a teacher (noblest career in the world if you ask me, Iâm sure the parents amongst us will agree!), previous beauty intern, model for a myriad of campaigns (her pretty face has graced the websites of Trinny London and Josh Wood amongst others), domestic goddess (have you seen those sexy empanadas she makes?), amateur professional dancer (talking about Kitchen Karaokeâ¦) and party planner (she executed Babyâs Leilaâs live Instagram 1st Birthday party to perfection and even baked her a carrot cake) How does she do it all, honestly sheâs Mummy Goals!
I hope you enjoy this interview with Nassima!
A little bit more about meâ¦ Iâm in my new home in London with my husband, baby Leila and dog. We literally completed and moved in just as the coronavirus hit the UK so we were very lucky with our timing!
The first thing I do when I wake up isâ¦cuddle with the baby then open up a baby recipe book and attempt a new breakfast dish for Leila. It usually ends up on the floor with the dog hoovering it up 99% of the time.
My morning skincare routine isâ¦ always quick because Iâm not a morning person. I usually just cleanse with my A Florence Hydrating Gel Cleanser or The Inkey List Salicylic Acid Cleanser. Then, depending on time, I will use a serum â right now itâs Good Molecules Hyaluronic Acid followed by a moisturiser, currently using Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation Moisturiser. Finally, if Iâm going out, I wear my SPF. I am loving the Eucerin SPF50 Pigment Control.Nassimaâs favourite morning cleansers from A.Florenceskincare and The Inkey List
Image via http://www.aflorenceskincare.com and http://www.cultbeauty.com
How Iâm spending my daysâ¦ as we are still in the process of settling in, we always have something to do around the house. Also having a one year old keeps us busy the rest of the time. I try to keep some time to try a new recipe every day, as I love cooking and it helps me destress. I try to also fit in a workout 3 days a week either from Youtube or IG live. Having said that, I have zero routine and no intention of creating one. I think it will cause more stress so I prefer to take every day as it comes.
How Iâm staying fitâ¦ I am trying to but again, without any pressure as that takes the fun away. Iâve been enjoying joining @bodybyciaraâs IG live workouts or sometimes I like to follow Popsugar fitness videos which are really good. I also love MadFitâs videos as she works out to the beat of a song, which is super fun. We have a dog so a daily walk is mandatory and also so important and beneficial.
My OOTD consists ofâ¦tracksuit bottoms I ordered especially for this quarantine (haha). I do try and dress up to go to the supermarket so occasionally I will wear makeup but itâs been nice giving my hair a break from styling and heating tools.
Lately, Iâve taken upâ¦ cooking and baking! I have always loved being in the kitchen but as I never have time, I usually stick to the same recipes. I have loved cooking every meal from scratch and perfecting my skills (well, trying).
How Iâm really feelingâ¦homesick which is a weird feeling as I am at home. But not being able to see my friends and family makes me feel homesick, like Iâve moved to another country. Otherwise, I take each day as it come. I try not to feel anxious as I donât think it will help the situation at this time.
Currently binge watchingâ¦Greyâs Anatomy, The Stranger and I am TRYING to get into La Casa De Papel but I just canât seem to!
I love watching and listening toâ¦The Home Edit is so fun to watch â I love watching them transform regular homes with their super organising skills. I love listening to the Happy Mum Happy Baby podcast for some reassurance that Iâm not totally messing up this motherhood thing. And I love watching beauty empties on Instagram stories â there arenât enough of these!
My guilty pleasure isâ¦eating a Snickers ice cream bar every night before bed. Haha.
Iâm so grateful for...my family, my home and my health. We have food, wifi and a roof over our head â what else do we need?
What are your favourite ways to connect with friends or family you arenât seeing at the moment? Whatsapp group chats and video calls. I speak to everyone whilst Iâm cooking! I also learnt a few Moroccan recipes via Whatsapp video with my aunt in Marrakech
My comfort food will forever beâ¦avocado on toast with feta cheese topped with chilli flakes. I like making a really quick one pot dish of lentils and potato, with onion, curry powder and turmeric. Easy and nutritious.
My night time skincare routine begins withâ¦ a gel/oil cleanser â I am loving the Eucerin Milk & Peel gel-oil cleanser. I like to use a toner, serum, and an oil. Currently loving the Leahlani Champagne Serum. Then I like to add a thick moisturiser before I sleep. Iâve also starting using a lash serum â using the NYK1 one at the moment.Nassimaâs favourite serum Leahlaniâs Champagne Serum
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What is the one skincare product that you are absolutely loving right now. Serum oils â I think the hybrid is perfect for skin that has been cooped up indoors.
One luxury item I cannot live without at the moment is...a bath oil. Such a treat to soak and relax even for just 10 minutes to shut out the drama of the world right now.
After isolation, I cannot wait toâ¦ sort my nails, eyebrows and hair out. Have brunch at Meganâs and then dinner in Wagamama (can you tell Iâm obsessed). This is all after hosting a housewarming and belated first birthday party for Leila!
Whatâs keeping me sane at the moment..keeping busy. And Disney Plus!
My advice for everyone right nowâ¦take each day as it comes. Make vague plans but try not to religiously stick to them. One day at a time. And stop watching the news.
04 July 2020
In this week’s discussion, we have an interesting case from Dr David Stewart, which features: 50 year-old female patient Undergoing chemotherapy for bowel cancer Lesion at her hairline Please review below images. What is your assessment? Please leave your comment today and check back on Wednesday when we upload the pathology report! [â¦]
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04 July 2020
Hola! I am reviewing my most favourite line by favourite brand Dear Klairs today. Klairs is a Korean skincare brand which has great formulations especially for sensitive skin. They are very receptive to the feedback of customers/influencers and they always come up with what their audience wants. Reformulation of Midnight blue sunscreen, providing vegan version [...]
04 July 2020
As part of our daily life, we work, travel, and stay outdoors for a reasonable amount of time outside. Our skin will get burned and dull in the hot summer sun. Especially the pollution that we are facing nowadays is correlated with this issue. That is why, when we get back home, we must have a reliable soap which will give us back our real complexion. Surely when you visit the super-shop, you will find a lot of skin lightening soap. But surely you don’t want to introduce new skin issues while solving the complexion issue. That is why it is very important to choose the best skin lightening soap, which will be very beneficial for your skin, does the job, and have no harmful side effects.
Today I will talk about the 5 best skin lightening soap available in 2019. So let us get into it.1.Marie France Professional Strength Soap
Marie France Professional Strength Soap is one of the best soaps you will find in the market for skin whitening. Besides giving you clear whitened skin, this soap will also fight hyperpigmentation, acne, and dark blemishes. It will also help whitening other parts of your body that are prone to get dark. This soap is made from Kojic acid, which ensures you a clear and whitened skin.2.Diana Stalder Papaya Kojic Soap
This soap is highly concentrated with Papaya Enzyme and Kojic Acid, which will help you to get whitened and fairer skin. It helps fighting hyperpigmentation, acne scars, blemishes. It also helps to brighten comparatively darker body parts. This soap also helps to remove dead skin cells.3.Kojie San Lightening Soap
This one is the most trusted skin lightening soap you will ever come across. This will help you get out of any type of darkening problem. As it contains Coconut oil, it will keep the skin well moisturized. This soap solves uneven skin tone, red marks, acne scars, and also sunburn. It has been known as a very effective soap for skin whitening. Originated in the Philippines, this soap has won the hearts of millions around the globe.4.Beyond Perfection Triple Action Soap
This soap is a blessing for those who want a fairer and whitened skin. Because of its fantastic composition, it can solve many different complex skin issues. This soap is beneficial for sensitive skin. It can fight dark spots, age marks, acne scars, hyperpigmentation, and many other skin problems.5.Vaadi Herbals Sandalwood Oil Bar Soap
Apart from the soaps mentioned above, this one doesn’t contain any kojic acid. This soap contains Sandalwood oil, Saffron and Turmeric. It is the reason behind the high effectiveness of this soap. Turmeric fights skin blemishes and pigmentation. Sandalwood oil prevents acne scars and pimples, and Saffron does the skin whitening and lightening job. It helps to boost skin complexion to a whiter range.
I hope this article will help you find out the best skin whitening soap for you among thousands of other choices available.
Thanks a lot!
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04 July 2020
Years ago, if someone told you to smear oil all over your face, you would have looked at them in horror. But sometime over the past few years, face oils have managed to shrug off their bad rap as pore-clogging, acne-causing “don'ts” to being recognised for what they really are: an instant way to get fresh, dewy skin and lock in much-needed moisture year-round.
Even better, the right face oil can help combat all those annoying skin concerns. Can they soften wrinkles? Totally. Can they calm redness? Absolutely. Can they bring deep down moisture to super dry skin? You betcha.
But what about skin that’s prone to breakouts? You can’t use oil on oily skin, right? Wrong. Read on to find out why…Making the switch to face oils
Your skin has a natural oily protective barrier called your acid mantle, and this barrier is super-duper important if you want strong, healthy skin. Face oils work with your skin providing it with a broad range of nutrients at the same time as supporting its natural protective barrier.
If your skin is stressed out, using oils is one of the very best things you can do to restore optimal health. And even if your skin isn’t stressed out, oils can give your skin some much needed glowiness.
But while it sounds like using face oils should be pretty straightforward (Step one, smear on face. Step two, carry on with your day), the reality isn't quite so simple.
Not all natural, plant oils are non-comedogenic (which means that some oils can clog your pores and result in pimples), and not all oils will work for all skin types.
Thatâs why we put together this nifty guide, so you can choose the best face oil for your skin type.Oily & blemish-prone skin
Once upon a time we were told that oily or acne-prone skin should avoid oil like the plague. Instead we applied ingredients that stripped the skin of oil. Of course, now we know better!
Face oils are fantastic for oily skin. Seriously! FANTASTIC. Hereâs why: Oily skin is very often dehydrated and low in linoleic acid. The right face oil will deeply hydrate your skin, which regulates and balances your skin and prevent clogged pores. The lovely, nourishing oils in a face oil are entirely different to the ones your skin produces. So, they arenât gonna leave your skin oilier. Theyâll leave it bright, bouncy and balanced. Clever!
If youâre particularly blemish-prone, look for oils that are high in linoleic acid. Oils like argan, grapeseed and sesame are fantastic choices. Grapeseed oil, sesame oil and jojoba are all found in Sunrise Over C Mattifying Facial Oil along with the anti-inflammatory superpower turmeric. No wonder it is becoming so popular.Hypersensitive skin, Rosacea and Redness
When you have temperamental skin thatâs prone to a lot of redness or hypersensitivity, youâll want to steer clear of any fragranced face oils - as these can be irritating and cause flare-ups. This includes both synthetic fragrances and essential oils.
Instead, opt for oils which are rich in omega fatty acids and have anti-inflammatory properties. Look for products containing Dilo Oil, Black Seed Oil, and Hemp Seed oil â these are all gentle, soothing and have anti-inflammatory properties to can help reduce the appearance of redness and irritation.
Jojoba Oil is another standout for sensitive skinned folk. This oil, which is technically not an oil but a wax ester, is distilled from the seeds of the jojoba tree. Itâs structure is very similar to your skinâs natural sebum so it readily utilised by the skin to hydrate, calm and protect your skin. You might like our Laugh Out Loud Active Jojoba Oil which is bursting with the good stuff.
Of course, if you have sensitive skin it pays to do a patch test first.Dry skin
If you have skin thatâs drier than the Sahara Desert and youâre not using face oil, youâre missing out on the magic. Dry skin will literally drink up all the goodness you give it.
Oils are very important for dry skin because often your skin is dry because your acid mantle isnât healthy â it letâs moisture out opening the door for irritation â not a good combo!
Youâll want to look for a face oil that will help defend your skin against external aggressors, while simultaneously providing and locking in moisture. An oil will do this much more effectively for you than most creams since they may penetrate your skin's surface more easily.
Argan, chia seed and pomegranate oils (found in our Good Vibes Omega Facial Oil) are all masters at boosting moisture levels and help retain moisture, help provide a protective barrier which reduces the chances of dry skin and irritation.
For a one-two punch of hydration, slather the Good Vibes Omega Facial Oil down your neck and dÃ©colletage for a revitalising, moisture-boosting glow.Combination & normal skin
If you have combination or normal skin, youâve got loads of options when it comes to choosing the facial oil that will make your skin smile, and chances are if you choose an oil from the Happy Skincare range you wonât go wrong.
The Good Vibes Omega Facial Oil tends to be an absolute favourite for normal skin and combination skin that tends towards being dry because of the dewy finish and irresistible blend of uplifting essential oils.
If you have combination skin that tends to be more oily then weâd recommend our oil balancing Laugh Out Loud Active Jojoba Oil (which is unscented), or aromatic and Vitamin C packed Sunrise Over C Mattifying Facial Oil.Mature skin
As you get older, your skin loses some of its natural oil and your acid mantle - the moisture barrier - breaks down. Enter: face oils.
Theyâre great at penetrating your skin deeply and restoring moisture levels like magic. You can add a few drops to your chosen cream to help it soak more deeply into your skin or mix a little in with a mineral-based face mask to combat fine lines and dehydration. Acai, Seabuckthorn and Argan oil are known for being particularly great for aged skin.
The Good Vibes Omega Facial oil contains a beautifying balance of Omega 3, 5, 6, 7 and 9 to work with mature skin for optimal absorption and nourishment. It provides a heavy-weight hit of nourishing goodness that feels divinely silky when applied, and is superb for happily ageing skin due to its amazing omega and antioxidant content.A few final oil-y tips
Face oils are best used at nightâ¦ however if you have extremely dry skin, you may benefit from adding a few drops to your face to layer under your makeup.
Skincare products should be applied in order of thicknessâ¦ which means serums, then facial oils, then moisturising creams last â as they have emollients in them to lock in all that lovely moisture.
Face oils are the most incredible multi-taskersâ¦ apply them to your face, cuticles, under your eyes, lips and even your hands. They can also be mixed in with your favourite makeup to smooth application and can be used to remove heavy makeup.
Oils alone are not moisturisersâ¦ and you shouldn't use them as such. Instead they should accompany traditionally hydrating products like serums and moisturisers.
So, if face oil isnât currently part of your daily skin regimen â maybe itâs time for a rethink! What say you?
04 July 2020
This week’s podcast is all about Panpsychism! I spoke with philosopher Dr. Philip Goff, who teaches at Durham University who specialises in this area of research.
Philip the author of Consciousness and Fundamental Reality and Galileo’s Error and has published more than forty academic papers. His writing has also appeared in many newspapers and magazines, including The Guardian, The Times Literary Supplement, and Philosophy Now.
Panpsychism argues that traditional approaches of materialism (consciousness can be explained in terms of physical processes in the brain) and dualism (consciousness is separate from the body and brain) face insuperable difficulties.
In this podcast we discuss this idea more in depth an the implications it might have on scientific study and the way we relate to the world as a whole! Enjoy!
04 July 2020
It is not every day that you have a decent bed head without the uneven, messy, tangled, or static in your hair. Just the ways you look after and care for your skin, your hair also needs the treatment love and care. Tight hair ties can lead to breakage along with the tossing and turning while asleep, rather have satin or silk pillowcase and silky scrunchies. It's relatively easy to start a simple easy hair care night-time routine that will keep your gorgeous locks healthy and strong when you sleep, accordingly getting rid of crazy bed hair will make it easier to style in the morning itself.
Do not go to bed without a perfect massage if TNW hair growth spurting oil:
To reduce hair damage and encourage hair growth, TNW has a hassle-free method to have healthy and long hair. This becomes a win-win situation for you to have long lustrous and healthy thriving hair and happens to be an elixir inside a bottle for your hair. The Onion Hair Oil will help to put an end to all the hair problems and induce hair growth naturally with no presence of mineral oil & silicones. It is rich in vitamin A, C, E & B-complex that further promotes hair strength, adds volume, minimizes breakage, and gives complete nourishment to the hair follicles and strands by giving smooth, shiny, and frizz-free hair. The presence of Ginger and Flaxseed oil has anti-bacterial properties that reduce dandruff, itching and take care of the scalp. The extra added point is, it is non-sticky and has a pleasant natural fragrance.
Comb-well to regulate blood circulation:
After the application on onion oil, brushing your hair before bed is a fantastic way to redistribute oil from your scalp to the rest of your hair. TNW Neem Wood Comb is made up of 100% natural wood of neem tree. It is an anti-bacterial and Ayurvedic comb that does not damage your hair like other plastic combs as they cause static electricity that damages the hair including the scalp, which is not advisable. It helps sustain hair health, reduces hair fall & removes dandruff, improves blood circulation. This handmade comb is specially designed to detangle the hair without causing harm to hair strands and generally, neem wooden comb is hair and scalp friendly solution.
Detangle your hair then tie a loose braid with a scrunchie so there is less tossing. Along with a nice soothing massage, you will sleep like a baby in your land of sleep zzzzzz.
Sleep On A Satin Pillow Cover
Sleeping on a soft and silky satin pillow will ensure that your hair do not get tangles in the night time and you will wake up with no hair on the pillow. Satin fabric allows your strands to glide on the surface when take turns, without resulting into knots and tangles. Other than controlling the frizziness it helps to promise a good night sleep with utter comfort.