2 Great DIY Face Masks for Spring (Skincare)

2 Great DIY Face Masks for Spring (Skincare)

I absolutely love spring. Everything looks beautiful and cheery outside-even when things are bad in the world.

Spring also brings some really nutritious produce. Two of these are strawberries and carrots.

When coming up with ways to pamper my troubled skin, I got the idea of using strawberries and carrots as an ingredient in face masks. In this post, I will be discussing the use of these in beauty treatments and provide the recipes for the masks.

About masks in general

Using a face mask that you make or buy is a great way to pamper yourself. It can be seen as part of a skincare routine and/or part of a self-care routine.

There are many different types of face masks that can target different skin types and issues. What you have to do is figure out your particular needs and look for a face mask product or recipe that will meet them.

Face masks are best when done after cleansing and toning (if you use a toner in your skincare routine). Having clean skin means that the mask can really penetrate your skin. According to experts, face masks are to be left on for no more than 20 minutes otherwise dryness of your skin may occur.

Do not put any mask near your eye area. This is a really delicate part of the face and masks may dry it out/irritate it.

Doing face masks two to three times a week may help your skin out a lot when combined with other great products that are used daily.

Strawberry mask: Why and how

Strawberries are very healthy for us! They are included in many expert’s lists of best fruits to include in our diets.

Because of their healthiness, they are also great for skin. Let’s take a look at the key constituents they contain in the following list:

  • Vitamin C- Strawberries contain a high amount of this vitamin. It gives a ton of antioxidant support which in turn benefits the skin by way of providing anti-aging, complexion evening and complexion brightening. It also reduces inflammation so it may be good for calming acne.
  • Resveratrol- This is a phytonutrient found in strawberries. It reduces inflammation, has antiaging properties, provides antibacterial effects, and brightens the skin.
  • Vitamin B6- This vitamin has some anti-inflammatory benefits and also may help to balance hormones (imbalanced hormones may lead to acne in some).
  • Manganese- This is a trace mineral that provides antioxidant benefits to the body.
  • Ellagic acid- This acid is high in antioxidants and may help fade dark spots.
  • Anthocyanins- These flavonoids are what gives certain foods/plants their red, blue and purple colors. They contain a high amount of antioxidants, have antibacterial properties and may ease inflammation.
  • Quercetin- This flavonoid is said to be great for reducing inflammation, itching and it also provides antioxidant benefits.

See why a strawberry face mask may do some good? I sure did!

I didn’t feel like just putting strawberry on my face would be quite enough. Here is what else I decided to add to the face mask and why:

  • Rosehip oil: This is high in vitamin A, vitamin C and fatty acids. These nutrients give it the ability to provide antiaging, acne fighting and skin tone evening benefits.
  • Full fat, plain yogurt: Yogurt contains lactic acid which is one of the alpha hydroxy acids that are found in a myriad of skincare products. This means that adding it into a face mask will provide antiaging, anti-acne and skin tone evening benefits.
  • Honey- This has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. All of those together mean that it can help fight acne, even skin tone, provide antiaging benefits and soothe irritation.

As you can see, adding these three ingredients turns this strawberry face mask into something more powerful and beneficial. It makes it good for people who are struggling with acne/acne-prone skin, dullness, dark marks and for those that have signs of aging that they want to get rid of.

Here is the recipe for you to try:

Spring Strawberry Face mask

Ingredients-

  • 1 cup, washed, whole strawberries
  • 2 tbsps. full fat, plain yogurt
  • 1 full squirt of rosehip oil
  • 1 tbsp. honey

Instructions-

  1. Cut the leafy tops of one cup of whole strawberries off and thoroughly wash them.
  2. Put the strawberries into a blender and blend until smooth. Then add the rest of the ingredients. Blend it all together.
  3. Pour the mask into a container that can be sealed. Apply some all over your face and let it soak in for up to 20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.
  4. Seal up the container and store in the refrigerator. The mask is good for three days (you could do this schedule: face mask day/off day/face mask day).

Super easy! You could also substitute frozen strawberries for the fresh ones. Just thaw them out first.

Carrot mask: why and how

Carrots are really popular to eat around the world. They also have wonderful health benefits that make it a great choice for our skin.

Now, let’s take a look at a few of the goodies carrots have in them:

  • Vitamin A- Carrots are very high in this vitamin. It helps with anti-aging of the skin, fighting acne, preventing acne and reducing inflammation.
  • Vitamin K- This vitamin helps our bodies heal and our blood to clot properly.
  • Beta-carotene- This is an antioxidant that converts to vitamin A in our bodies. It is an antioxidant so it is very healing and provides protection for the skin
  • Potassium- This is an essential mineral that provides moisturization when used in skin care products.

Carrots also contain good amounts of vitamin C, vitamin B6 and manganese just like strawberries do. This comes to mean that carrots do have some of the same benefits as strawberries do. However, carrots have more power when it comes to its acne fighting capabilities.

Here is the ingredients I chose to add to this mask:

  • Pumpkin seed oil- This oil is full of things like zinc, vitamin E, Omega-3 fatty acids, selenium, iron and vitamin A. It is great at fighting acne and provides anti-aging effects.
  • Honey- This was added to add some extra moisturization along with even more antibacterial and antioxidant effects.

These three ingredients together make for a mask that is great for people who deal with acne-prone, oily and uneven skin.

Here is the recipe for you to try:

Spring Carrot Face Mask

Ingredients-

  • 1 large carrot, washed and peeled
  • 1 squirt of pumpkin seed oil
  • 1/2 tbsp. honey

Instructions-

  1. Boil a pot of water. Add your washed and peeled carrot to the water. Boil until it feels tender when you push into it.
  2. Take the carrot out of the water and mash it up into a bowl until it is creamy. Mix in the pumpkin seed oil and honey.
  3. Spread on your face and leave on for up to 20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.

This recipe makes one face mask. If you are going to be using it later after making it, store it in the refrigerator in a sealed container for no more than three days.

Try one out!

Your skin may thank you for doing these face masks (or ones like them) weekly. I plan on using the carrot one weekly and using rosehip oil or yogurt in it.

Do you do any face masks ever? If so, what kind do you use?

Thanks for reading!

#springtime #springproduce #strawberryplants #strawberryseeds #babycarrots #garden #facemasks #diyskincare #skincare #acne

CeraVe SA Body Wash for Rough & Bumpy Skin + Review/Update

CeraVe SA Body Wash for Rough & Bumpy Skin + Review/Update

I did a post quite a while ago now about options for back acne. One of the options I talked about was the CeraVe SA Bodywash.

Since I have been continuing to use this product, I thought I would give a review and an update on my skin.

About the CeraVe SA Body Wash

The SA Body wash is one of the seven cleansers CeraVe offers for one’s body. The SA is short for salicylic acid which makes it marketed towards targeting rough and bumpy skin.

In addition to the salicylic acid, there also contains the ceramides and hyaluronic acid that all the CeraVe products have in them. These ingredients help with adding moisture to the skin.

CeraVe products do not have any fragrances in them. This is because the chemicals involved in making fragrances may cause skin irritation in some people. Due to this, the SA cleanser is considered non-irritating and soothing to the skin.

This product is sold in 10 ounce bottles for around $15 and seems to have great ratings on multiple sites.

My take on this product

I suffer from chest and back acne. Over the years I have largely ignored these two areas because my face was the more important thing that I wanted to have clear up.

A year or two ago, I decided that it was time to tame the zits on my body. I Googled body washes that targeted acne and I came across this CeraVe one. The salicylic acid that is in it is used to treat acne and it is also fragrance free. These two things made me end up buying it.

I noticed results soon after using this product and was very happy. Pimples and cysts were not showing up anymore. My skin was indeed smooth.

After a while, my skin started to feel rough again with the acne coming back. I thought maybe it was just a fluke and kept on using it.

Unfortunately, it was not a fluke. I am back to dealing with acne on my chest and back along with having a rough texture.

I discontinued the use of it for a couple of months and just used it again about five days ago. Since then I have had three painful cysts along with small zits sprout up all over my upper back.

Needless to say, I am disappointed in this product and will not be using it any more.

It may be a good choice for others

While the SA Body Wash from CeraVe seemed to be a fail for me after a while, I still recommend it. I think the ingredients it has are great and clearly many people have been happy with it judging from the reviews/ratings.

I will just start using other products that are great for chest and back acne. Stay tuned for an update!

Thanks for reading!

#bacne #chacne #acne #cysticacne #pcos #skincare #cerave

TruSkin Vitamin C Serum + Review

TruSkin Vitamin C Serum + Review

Vitamin C is one ingredient that is said to have skin benefits. This is why you will find it in many popular products.

I have been using vitamin C serums for quite a while now, with the one from TruSkin being the most recent one. For this post I wanted to talk about it and give my review.

Why vitamin C for our skin?

Vitamin C is not only said to help the immune system but may have antioxidant activity as well. Because of this, it is used in skincare where it is found to do the following things:

  1. Treat signs of aging- fine lines and wrinkles
  2. Fade dark marks from hyperpigmentation
  3. Even out the skin tone
  4. Brighten up the skin tone

There are a different forms of vitamin C, with l-ascorbic being the most powerful for the skin. In addition to it being found in skincare products, you can also buy the vitamin C powder and make your own product (here is a good recipe https://labmuffin.com/easy-5-minute-diy-vitamin-c-serum-recipe/)

The TruSkin vitamin C serum

TruSkin offers a variety of products- serums, cleansers, moisturizers and toners. They are formulated to treat skin conditions such as hyperpigmentation, dullness, oiliness and acne.

Their vitamin C serum is one of their best selling products. It is sold in a 1 oz dropper bottle and costs around $20.

As with any vitamin C serum, it is supposed to be used only in the mornings. It is also recommended to be put on your neck because that is an area that can get an aged appearance to it.

The type of vitamin C that is in the serum is sodium ascorbyl phosphate. This is considered to be less effective for our skin than the other forms of vitamin C.

Some of the ingredients in this serum besides vitamin C include vitamin E, hyaluronic acid, aloe, witch hazel, Gotu Kola and more. There is no fragrance added to it.

My thoughts on TruSkin vitamin C serum

I have actually used this serum off and on for the past couple years. In these past five or so months, I have been using it every morning.

Despite my faithful use of it, I have not seen any results.

I guess what has attracted me to it has been the cost and the fact that vitamin C is supposed to be beneficial. I was thinking that I was doing something good for my skin and that maybe it would eventually work. Ha!

Now that I see that the vitamin C that it contains is not very potent, I am thinking that that is the reason as to why it has not done anything for my skin. It is not strong enough for me.

I do like that this product does not have added fragrance to it. Also, it has not caused breakouts.

I can’t say that this product is bad and that I do not recommend it. My skin has some severe problems and I need products that are a lot more powerful than this vitamin C serum is. It has great reviews so it obviously works for other people-but unfortunately not me.

Go ahead and give it a try

I think if you are reading this and interested in trying TruSkin Vitamin C Serum, go for it! Do not let my experience with it deter you. My skin problems are probably more severe than most.

If you have tried it before or are currently using it, let me know your thoughts on it!

Thanks for reading!

#truskin #skincare #vitamincserum #vitaminc #hyperpigmentation #melasma #amazon

20 Things That May Treat Hyperpigmentation and Melasma

20 Things That May Treat Hyperpigmentation and Melasma

Hyperpigmentation and melasma are unwanted dark marks on the skin. They can range in severity but are almost always hard to get rid of.

There are things that may help lighten them that are found in some skincare products and/or sold by itself. This post is a roundup of all the possible treatments for these skin concerns.

Causes of hyperpigmentation and melasma

Both hyperpigmentation and melasma show up as dark marks on our skin. There is a difference between the conditions though. The following is a description of the two of them:

Hyperpigmentation- This is an excess production of melanin due to reasons such as sunspots, acne, wounds, cuts and from picking at the skin. These dark marks are common in people with darker skin tones.

Melasma- This is a condition that is mainly hormonal in nature. The dark marks are usually from some types of birth control or pregnancy.

When it comes to preventing dark spots, there are some things one can do. These include wearing sun protection when outside, getting acne under control and trying not to pick at your skin (if that is a problem).

Things that can treat hyperpigmentation and melasma

Without further ado, here are the options for the fading of dark marks:

  • Hydroquinone- This is a high-powered skin lightening agent. It is in a few different OTC creams at up to 2% strength. Anything over that percentage is prescription only. It may cause irritation and/or the skin to get even darker unfortunately. If one is going to use it, it should not be used for long periods of time.
  • Alpha arbutin-This comes from a plant called, bearberry. It is found in a few skincare products and can be bought in powder form. It may lighten dark spots and even out skin tones in a gentle way.
  • Aloe vera gel- This comes from the aloe vera plant. It is nontoxic, soothing and full of antioxidants. It may fade dark spots and treat acne.
  • Niacinamide- This is a form of vitamin B3. In addition to it being able to tackle dark spots, it can also improve texture and balance oil. It is found in powders, skincare products and capsules.
  • Licorice extract- This is from the licorice plant. It may also treat acne and reduce signs of aging in addition to the dark spot fading effects. It is found in skincare products, powders, capsules and liquid drops.
  • Mulberry extract- This is taken from the leaves of mulberry fruits. The extract is sold in skincare products, powders, capsules and liquid drops.
  • Korean red ginseng- This is an herb from Korea. It has compounds in it that may decrease pigmentation. It is sold in powder, energy drinks, tea, liquid drops, gummy and capsule form.
  • Ginkgo-This is a kind of tree. Extract from the leaves is used for its alleged body and mind benefits. The antioxidants it contains may also help with hyperpigmentation. It is sold in some skincare products as well as teas, oils, capsules and liquid drop form.
  • Resveratrol- This is an extract that can be taken from things like grapes, wine, blueberries and chocolate. Its antioxidant activity may provide anti-inflammatory, anti-aging and skin lightening effects. It is sold in some skincare products, powders and capsules.
  • Kojic acid- This is a chemical that comes from different types of fungi. You can find it in powder form, chemical peels, serums and many soaps.
  • Papaya- This contains alpha-hydroxy acids that lighten dark spots. You can puree the fruit and use it as a mask or get it in powdered extract, serum, juice, tablet, capsule, gummy and oil form.
  • Turmeric- This is made from the root of the curcuma longa plant which is in the same family as ginger. It has antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits. It may help with acne and dark spots. You can make face masks with the powder and there are also soaps made with it.
  • Hesperidin- This is a flavonoid that comes from citrus fruits. It may help with wound healing, acne and dark spots. You can find it sold in powder and capsule form.
  • Rosehip oil- This comes from rosehips which are fruits from rose plants. They are full of vitamin C and A. Those two vitamins may help with fading dark spots, brightening the skin and fighting acne.
  • Alpha hydroxy acids (AHA)- These acids are great for the exfoliation of our skin. The ones that are best for dark marks include lactic (from sour milk), glycolic (from sugar) and mandelic (from almonds) acid. Of those three acids, glycolic is the strongest. These acids are found in serums, lotions and chemical peels.
  • Beta hydroxy acids  (BHA)- These acids are a lot like alpha hydroxy acids. The difference is that beta hydroxy acids go deeper into the skin. They are best for acne and oily skin conditions but may also treat hyperpigmentation. These can be found in serums, lotions and chemical peels.
  • Trichloroacetic acid (TCA)-This acid is related to acetic acid which is found in vinegar. It is used to make very strong peels that aid in anti-aging, fading dark marks, fixing textural issues and reading the appearance of scars. This acid may do more harm than good for people of darker skin tones.
  • Phytic acid- This is found in rice, legumes and seeds. It provides exfoliation and brightening benefits. The acid is not as well-known as other ones, but it is in a few serums and chemical peels on the market.
  • Retinol and Retin-A- Both of these come from vitamin A. Retinol is the pure form and Retin-A is the synthetic form of the vitamin. The latter is stronger which may lead to better results. They both may help with acne, anti-aging, dark spots and uneven skin tone.
  • Differin- This is a prescription strength retinoid that is available OTC. It is gentler than Retin-A and is FDA approved to treat acne (might be better for that purpose). Differin may also help with dark marks if they are from acne.
  • Sunscreen- This is really important as UV rays can do a lot of damage over time. Putting it on throughout the day can make sure that dark marks do not get any worse than how they already are. An SPF of at least 30 is recommended.

Other possible things that people say have helped them include cinnamon, honey and pumpkin puree. DIY face masks are usually created with these three ingredients and applied once or twice a week.

My take on all these possible treatments

My hyperpigmentation comes from skin picking, acne, cuts and scratches. The dark marks are extremely stubborn and do not seem to go away or get lighter.

I have tried a lot of things on this list over the years and it is frustrating that nothing has really worked. My plan is to make my own skincare product that uses some of these ingredients as well as DMAE for more anti-aging benefits.

Currently I am using vitamin C serum from Makeup Artist’s Choice, aloe vera gel, almond oil, sunscreen, chemical peels every week and a LED light massage wand (red and green settings).

In conclusion

There are many options available that may help fade dark marks on your skin. Only using one of them may not yield the results you want so it would be good to look for products that contain multiple lightening agents.

Have any of you suffered from hyperpigmentation and/or melasma? What have you used to treat it?

Thanks for reading!

#hyperpigmentation #melasma #skincare #acne #hormones #pcos #beauty

Another Celebrity with PCOS: Keke Palmer

Another Celebrity with PCOS: Keke Palmer

PCOS may cause skin problems but see above^

I did a post a while back talking about the actress, Sasha Pieterse (Pretty Little Liars) who has PCOS. Yesterday I ended up coming across an article that profiled another actress named, Keke Palmer and the effects of her PCOS diagnosis on her skin.

I was excited to showcase the article and discuss it in a post for you all!

Who is Keke Palmer

Keke is a 27 year old actress and singer from Illinois. She is best known for her roles in Akeelah and the Bee (a movie), Barbarshop 2: Back in Business (a movie), True Jackson,VP (a sitcom) and Madea’s Family Reunion (a movie).

Her music career includes one studio album, a stint on a Broadway musical and a couple of concert tours.

Keke’s People Magazine article

This article focuses on Keke’s struggles with acne and how it eventually led to her PCOS diagnosis. She also talks a little about how Tyler Perry (creator of the Madea character) helped pay for dermatologist treatments when she was a teenager.

Keke makes sure to mention how lucky she is to have access to treatments and that she knows many other women are not able to afford them.

There are pictures of her acne and hyperpigmentation in the article as well so that people know what she has been dealing with. She mentions her makeup routine for covering the marks and that it can be found on her Instagram in order to help other women with the same issues.

My thoughts on the article

All of my thoughts on Keke’s article are positive. Here they are:

  1. I thought it was wonderful that an actress came forward to talk about having PCOS. The diagnosis is becoming increasingly common among women so there is bound to be several famous women with it. This humanizes them a little more.
  2. The fact that she is black and showcasing PCOS really makes me happy. The article may help other black women who are dealing with hormonal issues realize they are not alone and seek treatment.
  3. I loved that she showed the severity of her skin problems. My hyperpigmentation is really bad as well and sometimes I feel like no one else has it as bad as I do. This article jolted me back to the reality of the fact that I am not alone in my struggles.
  4. I love that she mentioned how annoying it is when people say that those of us with skin issues need to eat better or drink more water. This annoys me too because those two things do not always make much of a difference. Some of us need heavy-duty treatments that go along with them.

In conclusion

I really enjoyed seeing this article on a personal level. It is also great on a larger level in that it gets PCOS out there. Many women are suffering and do not know that there is a name for what is happening to them.

You can find the People article here: https://people.com/style/keke-palmer-says-tyler-perry-offered-to-pay-to-send-her-to-the-best-dermatologist-when-she-was-14/

Thanks for reading!

#kekepalmer #acne #skincare #hyperpigmentation #celebrities #famous #pcos #womenshealth #hormones