How Important is a Skincare Routine?

Really important, actually.

One of the most important things the body needs is consistency. A routine that the body can conform and take from every day or every week, etc. Rarely do things work after a few times of use. Rather they take a lot of time and patience in order to see improvement, your skin especially.

Skincare routines are important as they continuously give your skin the vitamins needed in order for it to rejuvenate itself. Due to its many layers, the stable routine will slowly but steadily penetrate the layers and aid the skin.

Moreover, this is why it is essential to have both a morning and nighttime routine (even if it’s just three products each). Morning routines should be lighter and easily absorbed into the skin. It’s not fun looking like a grease ball during the day. At night, it’s all about restoring and repairing the epidermis due to free radicals, stress, and pollution.

Without a skincare routine, the percentage of bacteria and dirt clogging pores, large amounts of sebum creation, and acne–all things that suck.

Now, this doesn’t mean it’s a great idea to have a 10-step night routine (but if you’re already doing this and/or have the money to do so, then hey, go you!) It’s unnecessary because most of the products do the same things or do nothing at all.

A good skincare routine should include:

  • Cleanser 

It should be something super light and non abrasive.

  • Toner

Alcohol free toners are always best. They do not remove any of the good bacteria or strip your skin but toners should restore the skin’s natural PH. I love this hydrating toner from Make P:rem, a lovely Korean brand. 

  • Moisturizer

Lock in moisture and aid in protecting your skin. This doesn’t always have to be a cream, I really enjoy using oils on my face.

This is What Chlorella Does for Your Body

Chlorella is one of the coolest things ever. With it’s deep dark slytherin green complexion it takes ‘healthy’ to a whole new level. 

Chlorella is a single cell algae lot like its cousin, Spirulina which is multi-cell as they are both water algae. They are both full of great minerals however Chlorella is jam-packed with protein, iron, magnesium, and an impressive B-vitamin complex. It’s also amazing for detoxifying the body and removing metals. 

Due to its hard outer shell, it’s important to get this supplement with the words ‘broken cell wall’ or something similar. Getting one that has a broken shell allows humans to digest the algae. The amount of chlorophyll gives the algae its green colour and responsible for the colour of leafy greens. Chlorophyll also helps neutralize bodily odours. 

Chlorella Benefits

Immune support

Because of it’s amazing nutrients, helps fight inflammation and  increase the amount of Natural Killer cells, helps fight illnesses. 

Detoxification

Chlorella detoxifies the blood and lowers blood sugar. It’s great for those who eat fish regularly, have silver fillings, or have been undergoing chemotherapy.  In Japan, it is one of the highest consumed supplement as Japan contains most of the algae and they eat a large amount of fish, yet live relatively long lives. 

Weight Loss

Moreover, Vitamin B has shown to aid in weight loss through metabolism increase. It also improves hormonal balance and lowers glucose levels in the blood resulting in less cravings and a fuller appetite. 

 

Disadvantages 

Taste

The taste and smell of chlorella is the only downside. It is absolutely awful and ruins the smell of just about everything. I enjoy mixing the powder with vanilla almond milk with ginger and cinnamon. Although this recipe doesn’t completely hide the taste, it does make it easier to swallow. If you have a strong sensitivity to taste, I suggest checking out the capsule version of Chlorella rather than the powder.

I buy my powder from this brand

But this brand has great capsules as well.

 

Have you tried Chlorella? What are your thoughts on it?

Top 5 Oils for the Face (and Why you Need Them)

 

Oils are your best friend. Or at least, they should be. With so many options, each high in vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and other properties; they can aid your skin in any situation. 

In this post, I will tell you about some of my favourite oils to put on my face, and when I use them. Please be careful when buying oils–you always want something that is cold-pressed. This way, they keep all their good properties. Also, if you can, look for unrefined because this does not remove the colour, smell, and acids contained in the oils. 

1. Rosehip Seed Oil

Rosehip is first on my list because it has helped my skin for years. It was the first oil I have ever used and really got me into oils. 

As a natural derivative of vitamin A, it helps with pigmentation and general skin damage. This oil is pressed from the rosehip bush. The colour should be a beautiful reddish-yellow colour. It’s great for all skin types, especially mature skin and inflammation because it slows the process of wrinkles and redness. Because of its large amount of antioxidants, minerals, and acids–anyone can use and benefit from this great oil. 

Since rosehip is a dry oil, I love to use it in the morning. This stuff is pretty expensive, but it really does work. It’s amazing! I have tried a few brands but ultimately trust Kosmea Australia. If the oil doesn’t smell awful, it’s not pure rosehip. 

2. Tamanu Oil

If you have hyper-pigmentation or acne, this oil will be perfect. In all honesty, this oil is great for everything–cuts, rashes, bites, dehydrated skin, etc. I use Tamanu oil in my hair and all over my body.It’s just that good.

Tamanu oil is found in Vietnam from the Tamanu nut. It’s a powerhouse, completely covering scars, rashes, and wounds and in my opinion, is ten times better than coconut oil in about every aspect (except for consumption!).

Since it’s a viscous oil, it takes some time to sink into the skin which is why I usually only use it in my nighttime routine. Moreover, I actually buy a majority of my oils from a wholesaler because I use a large amount of them. But retail sizes can be found here.

3. Raspberry Seed Oil

If the smell or feeling of sunscreen does not sit well with you, raspberry seed is here to help! This oil is the only natural oil that protects the skin from both UVA and UVB rays with a minimum SPF of 28.

Bursting with fatty acids and vitamins, raspberry seed oil protects from free radicals the body is exposed to daily. 

As a natural sunscreen, I use this oil in conjunction with rosehip in the morning. 

4. Hemp Seed Oil

This oil is perfectly balanced and insanely moisturising. It’s great for consumption, roughly 70% is polyunsaturated fats and protects the skin’s outer layer. 

Hemp seed oil is so moisturising! I love using it in my morning cleanser (post on it coming soon). It’s perfect for dry winter nights like right now and also giving the chest area a little more love. 

Hemp seed oil contains omega fatty acids, protein, and even a little sun protection. The oil has a nutty smell to it, but has a deep green colour. It helps with the appearance of scars and if consumed, can boost the immune system. 

Depending on my mood, I use this oil day and night but generally during my night routine (I like to match colours). 

 

5. Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil is truly the best for mixing with other oils. Because it’s so mellow, and calming, it’s awesome to dilute essential oils like helichrysum and frankincense with. I absolutely love it.

As jojoba oil is noncomedogenic and the closest to our mimicking our skin, our bodies are more accepting towards this oil which makes it great for putting it on wounds. 

Generally, whenever I need a strong essential oil in order to get my body back into place, I dilute it with this. I also use it like crazy during the summer with some grapeseed oil. 

These are my top five oils that I consistently use on my face. What are yours?

Hi, Hello, Welcome

It’s crazy to think I’ve taken the leap. The site has been created, the photos have been taken, and the posts have been written. It’s now time.

My name is Debbie. This site will be about the things that matter to me–taking care of my skin, how to take better care of myself, and the different means I express myself. Ever since high school, I have had a deep interest in skincare. After some horrid experiments, I’ve started listening to my body and given it the love it deserves. 

However, this site will not only be about skin and how to make certain switches in your life. It will also be on random questions I have thought and looked up with almost no result. It will be on pet peeves, my experiences, my styles, and the way I have decided to express self love. 

I hope at least one of these topics interest you because they are issues that should be spoken about.