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HOW TO STRENGTHEN THE SKIN BARRIER WHILE LIGHTENING

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I have tought about strengthening the skin elasticity and barrier while lightening.
What do you think?
Stimulating and strengthening our skin’s natural barrier function is a goal we should all aim to meet when we create our skin care regimens. Whether you are skin lightening or treating rosacea – you can’t go wrong with using ingredients which improve your barrier function.

The skin’s barrier function (the epidermal layer) is incredibly delicate yet powerful. It’s main purpose is to prevent water loss as well as excess absorption of water from entering the body. It literally protects every cell. This is why we should find ways to keep it in an optimal state.

Bringing it back to a skin lightening regimen, having a strong barrier function is key in tolerating alpha hydroxy acid serums and peels, strong skin lighteners, rx retinoids as well as vitamin c serums. Most of us can withstand low % of these ingredients without much issue.

It’s when we try to upgrade to higher strength products that skin reactivity issues become apparent (excess redness, irritation, inflammation, increased melanin production etc.).

This is why we should slowly integrate barrier function strengthening ingredients and practices into our regimens to allow us to use more skin lightening treatments and enhance our complexions.

In this very article you’re going to learn how to build a skin barrier regime for your skin while you lighten, below are some ways to strengthen the barrier function of our skin:

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Niacinamide
Extensive research has emerged in the last 10 years proving the barrier enhancing abilities of niacinamide. Many dermatologists believe this ingredient is one of the most powerful ways to create more resilient skin. Niacinamide stimulates microcirculation (which dramatically help with radiance and luminosity) and increases ceramide levels which prevents water loss.
Products : Olay Regenerist Daily Regenerating Serum, Elta MD UV Clear SPF 46, NIA24 Skin Strengthening Complex (contains NAD – form of niacin), CerAve PM, DIY Niacinamide Mask & Toner.

Ceramide
Ceramide levels natural occur in the skin. They are vital aspects of intercellular lipids which protect underlying skin tissues. Integrated into serums and moisturizing creams, they can enhance existing levels and drastically improve the function strength of the skin.
Products: Vichy Bi White Double Reveal Whitening Essence.

N-acetyl glucosamine
Known mainly for it’s tyrosinase inhibiting effects on UV damaged skin cells, n-acetyl glucosamine has been shown to improve skin resiliency as well as contribute to the product of hyaluronic acid which is key in the process of rehydration
Products: Olay Definity.

Vitamin B5
Otherwise known as dexpanthenol has been clinically shown to improve stratum corneum hydration and epidermal function in as little as 7 days in a vivo study.

Petrolatum
Petrolatum ointments and jellies have the ability to reduce the amount of water loss, as well as allow normal skin barrier function recovery to ensue quicker after an occlusion (harsh cleansing, microdermabrasion etc.)
Avoiding harsh cleansers and scrubs
Don’t under estimate this! Avoid using cleansers with sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) or stripping foaming cleansers. Harsh scrubs can also compromise the barrier function of the skin leading to increases sensitivity and even broken capillaries/micro tears.

Avoid ‘over moisturizing’
Some studies show that certain moisturizers (usually ones that are bland with no ceramides or any actives) applied excessively and for a long period of time can increase the susceptibility to irritants.
I’ve researched into this high and low, and it’s difficult to pin point the reasons why trans-epidermal water loss occurs when there is excessive, long term use of a moisturizer.

In any case, it only solidifies my belief that moisturizers are only applied to areas that are dry! If the skin is normal, and not flaking or dried out there is no need for a moisturizer.

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8 Simple Steps To Making A DIY Baby Glowing Soap

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In our previous post, we taught how to make a DIY baby glowing cream and we thought to ourselves, it won’t be complete without also teaching how to make a DIY baby glowing soap. So, yea — we’re up for it now, as this content contains an in-depth guide to formulating a DIY baby glowing soap for your little one.

Now when it comes to anything relating to your baby’s skin, you should use caution. The baby’s skin is sensitive and delicate and therefore should be treated as such. Abrasive or harsh ingredients should be avoided at all cost.

Your little infant’s skin needs pampering and all the love in the world, therefore, you need to use only gentle, mild, and hydrating ingredients. Of course every parent wants the best for their kids and to that assurance, this article brings you the best way to make a DIY baby glowing soap to give your baby’s skin a flawless glow that it deserves.

So, what ingredients and tools are needed for this DIY formulation?

Ingredients Needed.

  • 1 Base Soap.
  • 3 Tablespoons Almond oil.
  • 3 Tablespoons Carrot oil.
  • 3 Tablespoons Organic honey.
  • 3 Tablespoons Turmeric powder.
  • 3 Tablespoons Glycerin.
  • 5 Tablepoons Aloe vera gel.
  • 5 drops Tea tree essential oil.
  • 5 drops Lavender essential oil.
    Note: Do not use essential oils if this soap is for a baby under 3 months.

Tools Needed.

  • A soap mold (to give it shape).
  • A steel bowl (for mixing).
  • A knife (to cut your soap).
  • Sauce pan or cooking pot.

But before we dive straight to the point, let’s know the potentials of these ingredients on the baby’s skin.

Almond oil: In the DIY skincare world, almond oil is one of my favourites, this emollient is rich is fatty acids to nourish and hydrates the skin. It has been used for centuries to relieve dry skin conditions, including eczema and psoriasis.
Almond oil also helps glows the skin as it deeply nourishes the skin dermis and smoothens the top layer of the skin which sparks up a beautiful glow.

Carrot oil: If you’re looking for a natural oil to brighten dull skin and enhance skin radiance then you’ll never go wrong with carrot oil. Suitable for both sensitive and matured skin. Carrot oil glows and nourishes the skin, it evens the skin tone for a brighter-looking skin — all thanks to Beta-carotene, vitamin A, C and E. This antioxidants also protects the skin from environmental aggressors and UV rays of the skin.

Organic Honey: A humectant which attracts moisture from the atmosphere and pull them into the skin to keep skin supple and intensively hydrated. A well hydrated skin is a happy skin, this will boost radiance and glow. Honey is also packed with natural antioxidants and anti-microbial properties which help protect, repair and prevent skin damage. Honey is also quite calming to the skin.

Turmeric powder: For some people, turmeric is new to them while some have known about it, but nevertheless when it comes to this formulation turmeric comes in handy, why? This is because turmeric is rich in curcumin, an antioxidant that help heal wounds and reduces scars and all kinds inflammation such as eczema, rashes, pimples, etc.

Glycerin: Here is another fascinating humectant that pulls moisture from the atmosphere to give the skin its drink, keeps it intensively hydrated to the optimum level. Naturally, the baby’s skin is tender and soft and needs all the moisture it can get to remain that way.

Aloe vera gel: Another great humectant with powerful potentials. Aloe vera is perhaps one of the most widely used herbal remedies for topical skin conditions. This gel-like ingredient is extracted from aloe plant. It contains 75 potentially active constituents: vitamins, enzymes, minerals, sugars, lignin, saponins, salicylic acids and amino acids. Vitamins: It contains vitamins A (beta-carotene), C and E, which are antioxidants. It also contains vitamin B12, folic acid, and choline.

Aloe vera soothes, heals and hydrates the skin, its used to heal wounds such as burns, minor cuts, or small abrasions. It’s also used to treat skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, inflammatory acne and dry skin.

Tea tree essential oil: Here is another medical oil which has been used for decades to treat different kinds of inflammation condition all thanks to its anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. Tea tree essential oil calm redness, swelling, and inflammation, leaving you with smooth, clear skin.

Lavender essential oil: Lavender essential oil possesses numerous potentials. It has the ability to lessen acne, help lighten skin, and reduce wrinkles. It can even be used to treat other things, like improving hair health and digestion. But topical on your baby’s skin? Lavender oil will come in handy in addressing the issues of inflammation and improve skin radiance, not to mention it has a heavenly scent which will make a good natural fragrance for your DIY baby glowing soap.

Note: Essential oils are not to be used on babies under 3 months. They must be 4 months old and above. That being said, if your baby is under 3 months old, simply exclude tea tree and lavender essential oil and continue with other mentioned ingredients.

Preparation Method.

Step 1: Using your knife, cut the bar of soap base into chunks or pieces. This will make it more easier to melt down quicker using double boiler method.

Step 2: Pour the chunks of soap base into your steel bowl. Add water to the bowl to cover the soap base a little.

Step 3: Then melt or dissolve your soap base using double-boiler method. You can read how to dissolve skincare ingredients using double-boiler method.

Step 4: Keep an eye on the soap chunks and continue to check on them periodically to ensure they melt down evenly.

Step 5: Start stirring the soap base in a circular pattern to distribute the heat evenly and to ensure every chunks dissolves completely.

Step 6: When the soap base must have dissolved or melted down, bring down mixture from heat. Place mixture on a heat-safe surface (wooden-table). Allow mixture to settle for 1 minute.

Step 7: Then add other skincare ingredients in accordance to measurement stated above.

Step 8: Transfer mixture into a soap mold and allow it to harden. It will take atleast 24 hours to completely set. To quicken the hardening process you can put mixture into the freezer or refrigerator.

Congratulations your DIY baby glowing soap is set.

DIY baby glowing soap

How To Use.

Bath your baby with the DIY glowing soap morning and night or as frequent and often. The soap contains 100% natural botanical ingredients and will erupt no complications or irritations to your baby’s skin.

Possible Questions & Answers.

Q: Can I use African black soap as a base soap instead?

A: African black soap is made with the combination of some abrasive ingredients which may be ideal for matured skin but harsh for sensitive skin (babies skin) and can result to peelings, dryness and redness. That being said, we don’t recommend using an African black soap for this formulation. You wouldn’t want to risk your baby’s skin and health right?. I’m pretty sure no parent will.
Shop for a mild soap base on the market for this formulation. You can visit any reputable organic beauty store Or as well shop online.

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How To Make A DIY Baby Glowing Lotion For Your Little Infant

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Have you turned the internet upside down seeking for a DIY recipe to make a glowing lotion for your little baby? Well your search definitely ends here. First thing first, I’ll like to say a big congratulations to you if you’re a new mum, welcome to the motherhood.

Your baby’s skin need to be showed some love too, to keep it intensively moisturized and glowing like the early morning rising sun. Having said that, after an in-depth research we’ve come up with a simple way to make an organic DIY baby glowing lotion. This lotion won’t only moisturize and glow your baby’s skin, but also treat other minor skin issues associated with new born infants such as red bumps (acne), eczema and rashes.

Ingredients Needed.

  • ½ Cup Sheabutter.
  • ½ Cup Mango butter.
  • 2 Tablespoon Beeswax.
  • 4 Tablespoons Carrot oil.
  • 4 Tablespoons Organic honey.
  • 5 Tablepoons Almond oil.
  • 5 Drops Tea Tree essential oil.
  • 5 drops Peppermint essential.
    Note: Do not use essential oils if this lotion is for a baby under 3 months.

Tools Needed.

  • Sauce pan or cooking pot.
  • Hand or electric mixer.
  • Glass jar to store lotion.

Before we dive into the DIY tutorial, let’s know about the potentials of these ingredients on baby’s skin.

Sheabutter: This is a popular butter extracted from nuts. It has been used in so many DIY skincare formulation. I myself, I love to use it because of its great potentials. Shea butter contains vitamin A, E, and F which takes care of skin allergies, premature ageing and dry skin. What’s more, it is rich in antioxidants, which acts as a protective layer against the harmful UV rays that burn the skin and cause skin damage. Not to mention its intensive hydrating, healing and soothing effect it delivers to the skin. Your baby’s skin is gonna love it. 🙂

Mango butter: Similar to sheabutter, mango butter is yet another wonderful butter which intensely soothes, hydrates, heals and also nourishes the skin. Mango butter contains vitamin C, to help brighten and glow the skin. While the Vitamin A helps to increase the skin’s youthful appearance, reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

Beeswax: Aside helping in thickening the lotion, beeswax is the natural wax substance that bees produce. It heals and softens skin, and also an antibacterial agent. It can help you fight conditions like acne, sooth dry skin, sooth eczema, and smoothen stretch marks.

Carrot oil: Carrot is extremely rich in beta-carotene, vitamin A and E, to nourish, moisturizes and glows the skin. It also protects the skin from the ultraviolet rays of the sun.
It has strong antiaging properties due to its rich content of vitamins A, C, and E.
Carrot oil tones and brightens the skin. So, if you’re looking for an oil to improve overall skin tone carrot oil is your best bet.

Organic Honey: Honey is packed with natural antioxidants and anti-microbial properties which help protect, repair and prevent skin damage. Honey is also quite calming to the skin which makes it very suitable for a tender & sensitive skin.
Honey also acts as a humectants which pull moisture from the atmosphere into the skin which literally help keep your baby’s skin hydrated and nourished.

Almond oil: Almond oil is the powerhouse of fatty acid which makes it a very hydrating and soothing oil. This rich-emollient oil has been used for centuries to treat dry skin conditions, including eczema and psoriasis and also Improves acne.
Almond oil easily penetrates the skin to heal, sooth and hydrated dry skin all thanks to its wonderful silky texture and its richness in vitamins (A, E, B1 and B6).

Tea Tree essential oil: This oil has been used for decades because of its medicinal potentials. Tea Tree essential oil will treat inflammatory issues such as. Acne, rashes, psoriasis and eczema because of its richness in anti-inflammatory anti-microbial and anti-bacterial components. It also helps to heal wounds and sooths dry, itchy, and oily skin.

Peppermint essential oil: Peppermint essential oil is rich in menthol which increases healthy blood circulation on the skin area applied on, which I believe will be very beneficial to babies skin. When applied on the skin, peppermint essential oil sooths and refreshes the skin. It naturally cleanses the skin and has antiseptic and antibacterial properties. It has a cooling effect which soothes irritation and inflammation due to acne. Which makes it very recommendable if your baby has rashes, psoriasis or eczema.

Preparation Method.

Step 1: Melt the sheabutter, mango butter and beeswax using double boiler method. How can this be done?.

Simply pour 2-3 glass cup of water into your sauce pan or cooking pot and place it on low heat (stove or gas cooker) and allow the water to heat up.

Get a steel bowl or glass jar, put in your sheabutter, mango butter, beewax and almond oil.

Place the steel bowl or glass jar with the ingredients inside the pot of water. Stir occasionally while you wait for all the ingredients to melt. You can read our in-depth guide on how to melt skincare ingredients using double method.

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Step 2: Once the butters & beeswax have melted. Bring down the mixture from heat. Then wait for 1 minutes for mixture to cool down alittle.
You wouldn’t want to add essential oils to an extremely hot mixture, because they are going to loose their antioxidants potentials.

Step 3: After waiting for a minute. Then add other ingredients such as essential oil and honey.

Step 4: Give the mixture a thorough stir to get a creamy, smooth fluffy texture.

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Step 5: Pour the mixture in a glass jar to store. If you seem not to have a glass jar, you can as well use a plastic container.

Congratulations your DIY Baby glowing lotion is done.

DIY BABY GLOWING LOTION

Application Method.

Apply on your baby’s skin morning and night after bath. A little goes a long way.

Note: If you’re making this lotion for a baby under 3 months, do not add any essential oils. Essential oils are not suitable for tender or sensitive skin as they may erupt irritations such as redness and dryness.
The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians notes that essential oils should not be used at all on infants under 3 months old. Even when diluted, essential oils can cause skin irritation and sun sensitivity.

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How To Get Rid Of Underarm Smells With Lime Or Lemon Juice.

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Smelly underarm is a no no and totally unacceptable. Not only will it increase your self-consciousness but also affect your self-esteem. But you know what? You can take a step to get rid of underarm smells which is the main cause of body odor and that’s exactly what this content is all about.

What Causes Underarm Smells?.

Get Rid Of Underarm Smells

The cause of underarm smells which is the core contribution to body odor may vary from person to person, but most body odor originates from the apocrine glands a type of sweat gland concentrated in the armpits and groin.

Most of the apocrine glands in the skin are located in the groin, armpits, and around the nipples. In the skin, they usually have an odor. They are scent glands. The apocrine glands are mainly responsible for body odor because the sweat they produce is high in protein, which bacteria can break down easily.

Why Is Lemon Or Lime Effective For Bad Smells?

Get Rid Of Underarm Smells

Curious about this? Don’t worry, your taste of curiosity is about to be quenched.
Lemon or Lime juice are acidic in nature which makes them a great source for treating body odor and under armpit smells
The acidic property of lemon or lime juice helps lower the skin’s pH level, which in turn makes difficult for odor-producing bacteria to survive.

Well, actually many people don’t know this, but lime or lemon can be used to get rid of under arm smells. Limes or lemons are very high in antioxidants and vitamin C. Eating Lime or drinking lemon juice can help improve immunity, improve digestion, help in weight loss, iron absorption, promote healthy skin, and lots more…
Limes or lemon have so many health benefits and it also has many skin benefits too.

How To Get Rid Of Underarm Smells With Lemon Or Lime Juice.

Get Rid Of Underarm Smells

There are two ways to do this.

Method 1

  • Step 1: Divide the lime or lemon into two parts.
  • Step 2: Sprinkle some salt on the opened face if the lime or lemon.
  • Step 3: Take the lime or lemon and scrub on your underarms.
  • Step 4: Scrub for at least 5 minutes on each side.
  • Step 5: Leave on for 1 minute.
  • Step 6: Use a sponge and soap and scrub the area thoroughly but gently.
  • Step 7: Rinse with Luke warm water.
  • Step 8: Dry with a soft towel.

Method 2

  • Step 1:Take a piece of lime or lemon, cut into two parts and extract the juice into a small bowl.
  • Step 2: In the bowl, add some salt and baking soda into the lime or lemon juice. Mix thoroughly.

As baking soda helps absorb moisture from the skin, it can absorb sweat and reduce body odor. Plus, it kills bacteria and works like a natural deodorant.

  • Step 3: Dip a cotton ball in the lime or lemon mixture until completely saturated.
  • Step 4: Swipe the cotton ball onto your underarms in a circular motion.
  • Step 5: Allow the lime or lemon mixture to sit for 2 minutes.
  • Step 6: Use soap and water and scrub gently.
  • Step 7: Rinse with Luke warm water. Then take your bath afterwards.

You will notice the smell disappear almost immediately.

Lime or lemon juice can also be mixed with other ingredients like olive oil, lemon juice, honey, etc if preferred.

Repeat this procedure once daily and definitely your underarms will be fresh and odor free.

In Conclusion

Excessive sweat and poor hygiene can contribute to smelly underarm which automatically results to body odor, therefore, I advise you should keep a good and decent hygiene by ensuring you shave your pubic hairs and take your bath twice daily especially when you involve yourself in activities that could make your sweat alot such as work out/exercise or other strenuous activities.

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