By Mutinta Marie
Hey dolls! It’s Mutinta here.
Let’s talk about everyone’s worst enemy called Pimples. Pimples are an inflammation of the skin in which the sebaceous glands or oil glands become infected with bacteria and it swells up and fills with pus.
Pimples affect millions of people globally, it is a common enemy! They can be on your damn face, neck, back and shoulders, they are just so annoying!!!! And they just make people miserable to say the least.
Gladly, they can be easily treated and there are tonnes of creams and medicated creams for those severe cases. But I won’t go into that since I am not a skin specialist.
But you know me, I am student, I like those natural remedies, because I have to take care of my pocket and it’s the healthy route too. So here are my list of well know remedies for dealing with enemy number one –PIMPLES.
This is used to reduce the redness, improves the blood circulations and tightens the skin pores.
Very well know ingredient. Full of vitamin C. Make sure its lemon not lemon juice from the bottle. It helps the pimple dry up fast.
It helps open up the pores and removes the dirt, oils and bacteria that is in the pores.
Garlic is an antiviral, antifungal, antiseptic and antioxidant. All you need to do is cut the garlic open and rub the garlic on the pimple, leave it on for a few minutes.
These are simple remedies for those of you who don’t suffer from severe pimples.
What do you think?
Signing Out Mutinta
Photo credits: Google
Ice cubes remedy
Skin bleaching: is it safe?
By Mutinta Marie
Hey dolls! Mutinta here. Have a blessed October to you all.
Today I am touching on a very sensitive subject- skin bleaching. Skin bleaching is sadly a very common activity in Zambia; let me say it has not stopped trending for many years. In fact it’s trending quite hard. Both men and women bleach their skins but it is more common among women. My first question is; why do women really bleach their beautiful skins?
I have put across a few possible answers and I would appreciate some input on this from our readers & followers please.
Why do women really bleach their beautiful skins?
A) Is it insecurities?
B) They don’t feel beautiful?
C) Do they hate their complexion?
D) Do they feel as if society makes them want to be fairer?
E) Or is it all of the above
So which one is it?
I am dark skin lady and very proud of my skin tone if I can add. Therefore I don’t get it and I want to try to understand why bleach?
Because sometimes it’s really obvious that someone has bleached their skin and it kind of looks awkward and in my opinion not very attractive.
Some cases, you can’t tell and I guess those are professional bleachers? Or they have found the right mix of concoction. The reality of today is that there is this illusion that" light skin is the right skin tone”. I mean we see it everywhere in the country and in the music videos and in the movies, most of the time they will pick a fair skinned girl. Why is that? Does this mean that lighter skinned girls get more attention??
For example, if we look at music videos as a sector, I can safely say that a high percentage chooses light skinned people, especially on the ladies side. I can see that can be quite annoying to many dark skinned ladies. The light girls get the jobs and the attention, it’s a fact!
And we all know a light girl or two who have an attitude because they are light skinned! Let’s be honest some people think, just because they are naturally light it means they are beautiful… crazy, craaaazy!
How do we change this mind set is another question all together.
Skin bleaching is it safe? It can’t be, how can it be safe?
Skin bleach creams found in Zambia are actually illegal in most western countries, why? Because of the chemicals that are in the damn creams! So to answer that question, it’s a direct NOT SAFE AT ALL. The chemicals used weaken the natural melanin of the skin. Melanin is the pigment that gives the skin a dark colour so when you apply bleach to your skin it will weaken the skin making it possible to have sunburn and may cause skin Cancer. It also causes the skin to darken around the knuckles and the knees. Some people that bleach have dark knuckles which give uneven colour in the hands and the knees. Another fact is; skin bleaching causes redness and ageing, most people that bleach have a red or orange complexion and sometimes, if, it’s really poor products they look orange and wrinkled and that is caused by the sun irritating the skin cells.
Black is beautiful, embrace your skin colour tone.
Beauty World Zambia motto: Be your own kind of beautiful
What do you think?
How to get a Clear Skin
We all want to have that nice clean and clear look? So how can you achieve that?
Well, it’s pretty easy; it takes commitment and creating a habit for yourself.
These are our simple recommendations to help you kick start your habits.
- Wash your face before bed time. This removes dirt and prevents break outs. Do it religiously!
- Hydrate your skin by using moisturiser daily. The type of moisturiser to use depends on the type of skin you have, whether it is normal, oily, dry, reddish or inflamed.
- Use face mask on a weekly base. You need to know the type of skin type you have, whether it is normal oily, dry, reddish or inflamed in order to apply the right face mask.
- Spot treatments. Now, not all can agree with this, but I personally do this and it works wonders. I attack the damn pimples! No more skin infections, just apply right on that pimple or acne! As simple as that.
- My favourite: Steaming your face. Yes, this works ladies and gentlemen; it takes away the dirt, oil and dust without aggravating the pimples. So why not take find that time to do it.
Oils for Skins
Most of us want to have that perfect, clear, soft skin especially on our face and boy aren’t we spoiled for choices. We have picked four different types of oils that we know are superb for your skin.
It’s not complicated, oils should never be complicated to use as long as they are pure oils!
Coconut Oil has antioxidant properties which helps heal and repair and leave your skin radiant
Tea Tree Oil
This is good for people with acne who can’t tolerate Benzoyl Peroxide. It also helps relieve any type of skin inflammation, including being used as a natural eczema treatment.
This oil is anti-inflammatory and it’s good for a healing skin.
Lavender is bacterial, anti-fungal; helps heal burns, bites, rashes and wounds.
This oil is great for acne patients and people with sensitive skins. Its anti-inflammatory and has anti bacteria properties
Skin Colour Chart
Interesting skin colour chart. What I don’t see here are the very dark brown shades. You know that darkness from West Africa or even that darkness from Jamaica.
How difficult is it to buy base make-up if you are dark skinned woman!
Buying base make-up is a mission for people of colour. Unfortunately it is harsh reality for women of colour. There are tonnes of shades for fair shades in the market and just a limited amount for women of colour especially the very dark people. Normally you need to buy two shades just to make it work! I know that I do!
To be fair, Make-up companies are evolving and are now fighting for having all colour tones for all types of skin colour shades.
Gone are the days when one dark foundation fits all people of colour. Progress!
Beauty Tips from Michello
Our Former Miss Zambia & Our 1st Run-up Africa Princess
What is your daily routine in the morning?
I am not necessarily a morning person. I love my sleep, therefore I do not deprive myself of it so I shall say, when I do wake up I begin my day with a morning skin regimen. Which is nothing too complicated. I wash my face with plain water, no soaps or scrubs, just plain water. This is because before bed time I have a full on routine
A short work-out follows. I am somewhat obsessed with fitness and in my books a workout in the morning is the best way to start any day. Also, a lot of toxins escape your skin as you sweat. So it’s a 3-way win, for your skin, body and mind.
I follow that up with a non-greasy breakfast, (which is hard most times because I am a foodie and greasy food can be heaven once in a while). After which I take in my dose of Nativa Hair, Skin and Nails vitamins I do stand by these vitamins!!!
On a perfect morning that would be my morning routine.
What is your night routine?
My night routine involves cleansing, exfoliating and moisturising every third night. My personal preference for a cleanser is any wash-off cleanser. I am a total cheapskate, to exfoliate I sometimes make a paste with either sugar or mealie-meal and water apply it to my face and gently scrub in circular motion with my fingers. I then moisturise with my inexpensive, all-weather friend, Cocoa butter Vaseline Intensive Care. It has not failed me yet J
Do you do anything that compliments to your routine?
I drink gallons of water. It’s a healthy habit of mine and I’d ‘hash tag’ it on everything. Let me take it down the urban lingo path and say ‘water is bae’. I also drink a lot of green tea and lemon water.
Do you use any homemade concoctions?
Once in a while I do. Mostly when I’m with my very special sister-friends. They pay particular attention to their skin and hair. So courtesy to them, I have used homemade concoctions of shea butter, coconut oil, aloe-vera and tea tree for my skin. It worked amazingly well, but I lack in dedication of those proportions. But I would highly recommend it J
What advise can you give our readers and followers?
I’d say its cardinal to know your skin in terms of skin type oily, dry, or sensitive because it is only then that you would perfectly know the needs of your skin and how to take care of it properly.
Also, don’t believe everything you read, what works for someone else, may not necessarily work for you, which again goes back to knowing your skin.
A few universal benefits however are drinking a lot of water, eating healthy, exercising regularly, resting adequately and smiling! J
How to Remove Unwanted Facial Hair
By Mutinta Marie
Hey dolls Mutinta here!
Let’s talk about another common enemy called facial hair! You know that hair that is found on our chin or upper lip. Although, there is an interesting myth of women with hair on their chins, something about them being very hot in the sack? But, hey that’s up for another debate all together.
Anyway, no one I know wants visible hair on their face. Some ladies shave it off, that is really not the way to deal with facial hair because it just grows back twice as much.
Other ladies wax. I would recommend waxing, although, the solution is also short term and you would need to go at least every month to get yourself waxed.
Another solution would be to buy hair remover creams such as Veet Hair Removal, also short term solution but it’s better than shaving yourself and its more cost effective than going for waxing every month.
I found a remedy which promises definite solution, let me share it with you because there are good reviews on the remedy. I hope we can get some feedback from anyone who will try this remedy.
The good thing about this method is that it is easy and cheap.
All you need is turmeric, chickpeas, flour and a little yogurt or milk. All these ingredients can be found in any Shoprite country wide.
2 tablespoons of chickpeas
One cup of flour
1 teaspoon turmeric
Milk or yogurt
How to prepare the mix?
Start with mixing the turmeric with the flour and smash the chickpeas.
In a pot and add a little milk (or yogurt) then blend the ingredients to get a thick mixture.
Next, apply the mixture to the affected area where the hair growth is a problem and leave it for about 20 minutes or until it dries out.
Remove the mix with a cotton cloth or facial brush.
Rinse off face with lukewarm water.
It is recommended using this treatment 3 – 4 times a week for a month. Apparently what it does is, it thins the hair and becomes fewer and lighter and they eventually disappear permanently.
I know the process takes longer than the others but it is worth a try to see if the unwanted hairs eventually disappear.
What do you think?
Signing out Mutinta
Photo credits: Google
Veet Hair Removal
Top 4 sun screen creams for people of colour
By Sandra Leribaux
Total defense and repair broad spectrum Sunscreen SPF 34
It’s appropriate for all skin types and it goes above and beyond UV protection. It supports the skins ability to restore itself.
Morrocan Oil sun lotion SPF 50
It is a light lotion which includes argan oil, coconut oil and glycerine.
Clarins sunscreen for face wrinkle control cream SPF 30
It contains antiaging ingredients provide UV protection and help prevent the formation of dark spots and discoloration.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Face Sunscreen Ultra-Light Fluid with Antioxidants
It is a broad spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF 30 so which is great for a country that gets a lot of sun, it also contains antioxidants, which limits the production of free radicals, which can damage skin cells. Lastly it is designed for all skin types but it’s especially great for people with dark skin.
Any of the above sunscreens, you will not go wrong! Always make sure that you buy original products better safe than sorry.
Givaudan Active Beauty App
‘Digital innovation opens new way of communicating and sharing and this is the way we want to keep on inspiring our customers’ said Fabrice Lefèvre, marketing & innovation director.
Givaudan is the global leader in the creation of flavours and fragrances.
As part of Givaudan innovation strategy, they have launched a new educative beauty App for their active beauty division. They called it the rise of Skin Odyssey. The App is available for experts to share the companies’ advances in scientific expertise with customers and consumers worldwide. It is available on Apple store and Google play.
The app was made up by collaboration with cellular biology experts, scientific communication specialist and digital application designers. They came up with two virtual reality experiences featured in the active beauty app. Fascinating!
To get a taste of what you can expect from this app , the app offers users a 360° virtual reality experience which the developer refer as inspiring and educative discovery journey. It has a 2D and 3D experience enhancing and highlighting the complex structure of skin and hair.
The developers have managed to simplify the App after many challenges to make it user friendly, effective and accurate.
Although this might sound so farfetched for Zambia but nevertheless it is always good to be informed in what’s happening in the industry. I sincerely hope that some of our articles can prompt readers to come up with their own ideas that can be suited for the Zambian market.
For those interested you can watch the 2 minute video on YouTube called Skin Odyssey - Givaudan 360° video
Sources: Givaudan, Cosmetic Design
Aloe Vera is miracle plant. It does wonders for your skin and hair.
Here are some insights of Aloe Vera and its benefits.
Let’s start with Aloe Vera’s nutritional value
Aloe Vera is packed with enzymes, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants and vitamins. Such as vitamins A (beta-carotene), C, E, B12, folic acid, and choline; also includes small amounts of calcium, copper, chromium, sodium, selenium, magnesium, potassium, manganese and zinc. Full of goodies!
Beauty & Health
Aloe Vera is extensively used in beauty products and for good reason. Due to its antiviral and antibacterial properties, and the ability to help treat everything from constipation to diabetes.
Aloe Vera has proven to speed up skin cell reproduction by as much as eight times and penetrates the outer layer of the skin four times than water. It is also known as a topical medication which you rub on your skin. It has been widely used for burns, sunburn and sores.
It is great as a natural anti-aging remedy on its own. It increases the body’s production of collagen and improves skin elasticity and acts excellent as a moisturizer for oily skins as it is not greasy.
You can also use Aloe Vera juices as a mouth wash to reduce dental plaque. It does this by killing the plaque-producing bacterium Streptococcus mutans in the mouth, as well as the yeast Candida albicans. Must warn you, it’s got a pretty bitter taste!
Aloe Vera helps to reduce scalp dryness and itchiness. It’s used for treatment for dandruff and a natural moisturizer to make the hair soft, smooth and shiny.
Hair & Skin Mask Tip:
Peel off the outer skin of the Aloe Vera leaf and scoop out the gel.
Blend the gel well and make sure it’s smooth and use that pure gel on your hair for at least four (4) hours and then rinse off.
For your skin, rub it on your face and neck and leave it on for 20 minutes. Do this weekly for a few months you will see & feel the difference.
Blackheads & Baking Soda
They are very few of us who have not suffered from blackheads. It’s one of those traits that seem to never leave you alone.
Blackheads are formed of dead skin cells and oil (or sebum) secreted by sebaceous gland in the pores of the hair follicle. They make your skin look dull, patchy and ugly.
We thought of giving our readers some homemade tips to get rid of those unwanted blackheads.
Baking Soda- Sodium bicarbonate
Baking soda works as an exfoliating agent for the skin. Containing zero harsh chemicals, it works as an effective cleanser leaving the skin soft and smooth.
Does Baking Soda Help In Reducing Blackheads?
Well yes! It is one of the most effective ways to banish blackheads especially for those with an oily skin. Blackheads keep coming back and it is obviously not recommended to use harsh chemicals each time.
- It unclogs the pores of the dead skins leaving the skin soft and smooth.
- It prevents blackheads by neutralizing the skin’s pH level which in turn results in producing less oil.
- It has no harsh chemicals and hence it leaves your skin soft and supple.
How To Use Baking Soda For Blackheads:
Though blackheads are nothing to worry about but who doesn’t want a clear and flawless skin? Try these simple remedies at home in case you are suffering from blackhead mania.
Baking Soda with Water:
- Combine equal quantities of baking soda and water to form a paste.
- Using lukewarm water, wash your face thoroughly.
- Apply the paste all over your face and leave it for about 3 minutes.
- Gently massage the area around the blackheads for 2-3 minutes.
- Wash off the dried paste with water.
- End this regime by splashing your face with cold water and applying a mild moisturizer.
Baking Soda with Honey:
- Start making a fine paste by mixing 1 teaspoon each of honey and baking soda and 2 teaspoons of salt.
- Apply the paste to the affected areas and leave it on for 5 minutes.
- Rinse off the mixture with warm water.
Baking Soda with Toothpaste:
- Place a washcloth soaked in warm water on the affected areas.
- Make a paste by taking equal parts of baking soda and tooth paste and 2 parts of water.
- Use a brush (a soft bristled toothbrush) to scrub the affected areas with the paste for a minute.
- Wash it off with water.
Source: Beauty Epic
Do you know what this fashion trend is? As you know this blog is about beauty and life style NOT fashion BUT this is an exception due to the fact that this was created to protect the skin from sun damage in other words from the ultraviolet rays and from pre- mature aging. In fact, according to skin cancer foundation it is the most effective form of sun protection for your face. I think it’s a genius but it just looks horrid.
Facekinis was created by Zhang Shifan in 2004. He created colourful face masks with holes for the eyes, nose and mouth. It reached the masses in 2006 and now they have evolved to full body masks, just like a wet suit and that is also believed to protect you not only from the sun but also from Jelly fish and insect bites.
Facekins has become very popular in Asia- Pacific (APAC). Do you know why?
In our opinion it’s not only about protecting your skin but it’s also about not wanting to go darker because let’s face this, what is wrong with having some tan?
In many Asian countries tanned people are seen as peasant, people who work in constructions, farming etc. They want to be fair skin like Europeans. So tanning is not an option.
Some people say it’s a fashion statement? But daaaaa, I doubt that very much. It’s about skin colour.
These attitudes should be erased. They should not be a market for this but there is. People of colour will always be looked at as second class citizens of the world if these attitudes are not addressed on a global scale.
Asia is such an influential region in our time and they should and could be in the fore front of eliminating these ancient cultural and social customs. Europe was like that donkey years ago BUT guess what the European crave to de darker now. I mean they have tanning boutiques everywhere and for those who can afford it they have it in their homes.
It’s a good thing we don’t have beaches in Zambia, I believe that this would be a hot cakes in Zed because so many of our ladies and some men use AMA lightening creams.
Don’t get me wrong, you need to protect your skin from the sun that is why there are a whole range of sun lotions out there. I personally think, these mask are a bit on the extreme side mwe!
What do you think?
Raw or Natural Shea Butter
Why do we recommend and love Shea Butter?
Here is why
It is considered to be one of the best natural products to use for your skin and hair. I call it a multi-purpose product!
For the skin: Shea butter contains vitamins A, E & F. Vitamin A& E helps maintain the skin to keep it clear and healthy and also helps for sun damaged skin. Vitamin F acts as a skin protector and rejuvenator and also soothes dry skin. It helps with wrinkles; it has an anti-aging benefit because of its collagen production which contributes for youthful skin.
So if you have any skin problems, such as itchiness, burns, insect bites, etc. Try using raw shea butter! It might just save you tonnes of money on those expensive products!
Shea butter is used in so many beauty products in the developed world we are very lucky that we have it right in our back yard in the WEST of Africa.
Tip: Before applying make-up do apply some shea butter first, it has a natural SPF and protects against harmful sun rays. That it is the reason shea butter is found in many sun screen products.
For the Hair: Shea butter repairs damaged hair and split ends, it also conditions and moisturises the hair. It has an overall benefit for the hair.
Shea butter can be used to make mixtures of hot oil treatments combining with other oils. It also can be used for scalp therapy because it doesn’t clog pores.
Shea butter is a natural SPF and protects against harmful sun rays. Applying a small amount of shea butter to your hair before going out in the sun is great for your hair.
Hint: For best results make sure that the shea butter you use is RAW/NATURAL.
Skin Lightening Products Targeted
Check out the link below!
It’s good to see that they are organisations in the developed countries that are tackling harmful skin lightening products, making companies and retailers pay heavy fines. We would like to see these types of regulations come into effect in Africa, especially here in Zed. Although, I think that our own citizens will be up in arms with regulations such as these. We are so used to concoctions, I feel as if the ladies will be up and arms with laws such as these, if ever adopt. Many people I know use these kinds of products and do so proudly. For example, a conversation among friends discussing what skin lightening products work faster is the norm. If you are reading this, I know you can relate. We are not here to judge but we are here to warn you that; the long term effect can be devastatingly bad, so in the end, would it be worth it? I for one would love to age gracefully and there is no ageing gracefully if you are using toxic products.
The myth which says that being of light skinned is more attractive than being a dark skinned person is absolutely ridiculous but this myth is there, it strives very strong among us. Some dark skinned women buy these unsafe products just to be lighter and think they have a better chance in life and love. It is a darn pity and it’s just not right on every level.
As a society we need to challenge these norms and speak out. Let’s have conversations that will discourage the use of these products for a change. Why risk having cancer or having your skin be thinned for the sake of looking lighter. Where does it say that being lighter defines being beautiful?
I for one am happy seeing regulations put on retailers and companies, I just hope Zambia can adopted these rules sooner rather than later. Don’t you think?
For the ladies and gentleman that use these products be kind to yourself and refrain from using these unsafe products.
A total of 15 cosmetics businesses across London were collectively fined £168,579 in 2016 for the supply and retail of unsafe cosmetics products, according to new figures published by London Trading Standards.