Top 10 Benefits of Oolong Tea for Your Well Being

Are you a fan of tea? Do you drink it often, fully reapping in the benefits for one or more cups a day?

As the second most consumed beverage in the world, very few people drink oolong tea.

As a person who drinks at least 1 cup a day but strives for 4, oolong is one of my top favourites.

What is Oolong Tea?

Oolong (wu-long) is partially fermented tea between 8% and 85%. It is known as the in between tea as it is in between green tea which is not fermented at all, and black tea which is completely fermented. It is grown mainly in China from the Camellia sinensis plant which is the plant that all tea except herbal come from.

This type of tea is extremely popular in China and Taiwan where there are many different types of oolong and even rare types too!

Oolong tea contains flavonoids, theanine, and tannins.

Flavonoids: One of the best types of antioxidants because they fight free radicals and slows down aging.

Theanine: An amino acid found exclusively in the camellia plant. 

Tannins: Also found in all three types of tea (green, oolong, black). This is what calm nerves and relaxes the body.

Now, let’s talk about these benefits.

The Benefits

High in antioxidants

Because it’s partitally fermented, the leaves are loaded with tons of antioxidants that fight signs of aging, free radicals, and stress that is visible on the skin.

anti-inflammatory

Drinking Oolong tea actually soothes the skin because of the amount of flavonoids present within the tea. Flavonoids are amazing and eating onions, which also contain large amounts of flavonoids clears up skin congestion and redness. Score!

promotes weight loss

All tea actually promotes weight loss because it fills you up. Great to have tea before a meal because it will keep you feeling full. So, with this, there’s no need to buy into those ‘detox’ or ‘skinny’ teas because all teas do this. Of course for better results, get better quality teas like loose leaf teas not bogus teas.

lowers risk of cancer

Like green tea, it has the ability to limit the growth of cancer due to flavonoids found in food.

aids digestion

After a nice meal, it can take up to a few hours for the stomach to fully digest food. Oolong tea aid digestion by absorbing fat and moving fats quickly in the body and away from fat cells. One of the greatest ways to loose fat is to drink tea right after meals.

calms nerves

Like mentioned before, tannins are really present in oolong and black teas which give them a sort of bitter taste (some people get headaches from this so please be careful). Tannins are the plants chemicals that relax nerves despite having a large amount of caffeine (it’s strange, I know).

Why is Oolong better than other teas?

While all teas have their own unique benefits and amounts of antioxidants and properties, oolong has beautiful characteristics.

Each kind of oolong taste different

Because they are fermented differently and then fried or roasted differently, they have different tastes. Like wine, they can be sweet and floral, savoury and meaty, smoky, spicy, etc. It’s amazing! So many different types it’s hard to ever get bored or need a different type of tea (though I do like changing it up).

Contains Depth

Green tea is very light and refreshing while black tea is deep, bold, and quite bitter. Oolong is in the middle. It is generally light but full bodied with so much depth yet still has that sweet flavourful hints that many black teas lack because they are so strong.

The leaves and the colour

Okay, if you haven’t had oolong before, the colour is generally a yellow colour, usually a dark yellow one. What’s amazing about this tea is that it blossoms from these tight balls in full blown leaves. This is different from both green and black tea which are generally straight and thin.

Multiple steeps

Most types of teas, especially green tea should only be steeped once because of its delicate properties. Oolong however, can be steeped so many times. I remember actually buying one type that could be steep 6 times! And still contain all of its flavours and strength. That’s a blessing for anyone who drinks tea daily because good tea is not cheap.

Where can I buy this amazing stuff?

If you live in Canada or the United States, I absolutely recommend Taotealeaf because they only sell the best stuff. They actually go to China for tea tours and bring back their favourites for us to try. Moreover, they actually created Toronto’s tea festival (something I am forever grateful for!)

SOe of my favourite types is Jade (very floral and lovely), Taiwan ginseng (can’t go wrong with ginseng!), and Rou Gui (This is the one that can be steeped 6 times. Has a beautiful cinnamon taste and a bit smoky)

Of course look for yourself on the benefits of oolong from some of your trusted sources. But I do love oolong and enjoy drinking it because if not for the benefits, just for the taste and the one of a kind flavours. I hope you give it a shot and fall in love with it as much as I have.

The Essential Oil You’re Missing for Healthy Skin

Happy Wednesday!

I hope you’re all doing really well. Hopefully you don’t have the winter blues! In Toronto, it plus 7 Celsius. Not Fahrenheit. It’s so insanely warm some people are wearing dresses. It’s supposed to be winter.

Anyway, if you’ve been to my blog before, you know I absolutely adore grapefruit essential oil. In this post, I’ll be explaining exactly why I love it so much as is just as essential in ones arsenal as tea tree, lavender, and frankincense.

What is Grapefruit Essential Oil?

Grapefruit oil is steam distilled and made from the peel rather than the pulp of the fruit. It has a fresh and slightly sweet tangy smell to it.

So, why is pink grapefruit essential oil one of my top essential oils? Because it’s an awesome multipurpose oil. It’s a naturally beautiful oil with an insane amount of benefits that range from clear and balance skin, uplifting moods, and cleaning.

The Benefits

Balances Oily Skin

Because this oil contains limonene, it cuts the body’s sebum creation by adding a layer of moisture.

promotes weight loss

When you’re craving some snacks, diffuse this and inhale deeply. It’ll cut down your cravings while it excite your nerves.

Lymphatic support

Remember when I said not to dry brush your delicate boobs (if you have them)? Well, I suggest using grapefruit! It naturally supports blood circulation and releases toxins caught in the body (source). It also keeps breast smooth and plump as it slows the aging process through messaging the oil into this area (must be done daily).

Reduces depression

Have you ever deeply inhaled citrus fruits? They are instantly uplifting, taking the mind back to sunny, simpler days with happy thoughts. Whenever I need a good pick me up, I tend to put this in a diffuser mixed with frankincense or just take a few good whiffs straight from the bottle.

Natural Preservative

The essential oil and extract are great for prolonging a natural / homemade product’s shelf life. Because it is so high in antioxidants and limonene and citronellol, it can also enhance the product’s effectiveness. However, they are not full preservatives so it won’t make them last more than an extra month or so.

Glossy hair

Just like your face gets glowy and sooth thanks to antioxidants, your hair does too!

boosts immune system

When inhaled, vitamin C and citrus fight throat and respiratory infections and helps the liver detox the body.

anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial

Grapefruit is high in phytochemicals (source) that reduces stress and inflammation. It also contains properties that are antimicrobial and eliminate harmful bacteria. It’s soft enough to use topically (diluted with a carrier oil like tamanu) but tough enough to be used to clean your whole house!

How I Use it

I add this to at least one of my oils per routine. So it’s mixed in with raspberry seed oil for mornings and hemp seed oil for nights. I also use this in both of my body oils and homemade cleanser. And in my all-purpose cleaner. And I diffuse it. See? I use it for everything.

I love this and this but this and this are good ones too!

Of course grapefruit has other great benefits but these are the ones I really love and mention to friends and family. They also are the reasons why I keep buying it again and again. Hopefully you enjoyed learning about this essential as much as I had fun explaining it!

What are some of your favourite essential oils? I’m dying to expand my collection!

This is Why Dry Brushing is Amazing for Your Body

Good morning everyone! I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend. Time to get back at it (for me, that would be school).

It’s also time to take your detox game to a whole new level.

Now, I’ve spoken about the amazing benefits of chlorella for detoxing the inside of our bodies but what about the outside?

What’s the largest organ in the body? Skin. What probably doesn’t get as much love as it deserves? Skin. What organ visibly reflects the results of toxicity?

That’s right. Skin!

How can you give your body some love while increasing blood circulation, reduce the appearance of cellulite, and get some soft silky skin?

By dry brushing of course.

With winter comes dry and flaky skin. And who likes that? As someone with severely dry skin, dry brushing has helped a lot. It’s exfoliating but without the mess. It’s the key to getting naturally softer skin.

What is Dry Brushing?

Dry brushing is the practice of brushing the skin with a specific type of brush. The proper way to dry brush is to start at the feet and move upwards to the heart. This process naturally tones, softens, and detoxes the skin.

The Benefits

Lymphatic Support

Dry brushing releases toxins caught in the blog and naturally detoxes the skin.

Exfoliation

By running a firm brush over the body, it removes dead skin cells and leaves skin soft and smooth without disturbing the delicate layers beneath. After dry brushing and a nice shower, applying lotion, oil, etc. sinks into the skin faster for better absorption. This type of exfoliation can be safely done daily because it’s not abrasive.

Fades Appearance of cellulite

Ah. Those pesky signs that show the world that we are human. How I hate those!

But all joking aside, brushing increases circulation to the skin which releases toxins. Cellulite is toxic material accumulated in your body’s fat cells. This will roll the, smoothing out their appearance and potentially reducing them appear smaller. (Fat cells do not disappear. They can only be smoothed out).

Increases Blood circulation

Once you start dry brushing, you’ll feel this warm rush flow throughout your body. It’s exhilarating and a great pick me up in the morning!

Tones the body

While it won’t give you amazing definition, it will tone the body enough to notice a nice outline and more defined muscles and curves. Why? Because it’s all about circulation!

How to Dry Brush

With short yet firm strokes, divide the body into parts (eg. foot to knee, thigh to hipbone). Always start from the feet upwards towards the heart. The stomach should be done in a circular motion as well as the chest. Skip over the boobs if you have them! This delicate area is too fragile for that firm brush and might lead to micro tears which are never fun. In the future, I will be posting a great recipe for what to do for increasing the circulation for this delicate area. For the arms, start out but brush inwards.

Taken from The Health Nut Mama

The best time to dry brush is right before getting into the shower/tub because the water will wash off any lingering dead cells and give you a nice, thorough clean.You can also add some essential oils like grapefruit to the bath to get a nice hydrated feel before going in with lotion. It will also let you apply lotion better!

I love going over each part of my body two or three times. This way I can make sure I’m hitting every part and getting rid of some dry skin.

How to Properly Clean Your Brush

Simple is always better. I clean mine once a week because I use it everyday. I use Dr. Bronner’s soap with a few drops of tea tree oil. Make sure to only soak the bristles for about ten-fifteen seconds face down in the solution. After this, hang it (again, face down) over a ledge. I use my makeup brush drying rack to dry it.

Last Note: Please do not dry brush your face. Your face is super delicate and does not need the same firm touch as the rest of the body.

I use this one because it’s made from plant fibres rather than boar.

This essential step in a great skincare routine will do wonders. It will change your life whether done daily or simply three times a week. It’s also a crazy cheap alternative to regularly buying exfoliators.

How to Get Healthy and Strong Hair with Natural Oils

Hello, everyone!

I hope your day is going well. I know mine is off to a great start. Finally got around to refilling my bottles and getting some post started for this site. Today is all about getting your hair into top shape to fight against this dry winter weather. But, in order to do that, we gotta make your day a little worse.

Did you know that hair products contain a lot of fillers and chemicals? This could be because since hair is essentially dead, it is easy to use one moisturizing ingredient (like shea butter or coconut oil) against many chemicals like synthetics dyes and Mineral oils. Moreover, drugstore brands are notorious for using large amounts of Cyclopentasiloxane (a silicon based compound that is an endocrine disrupter and increases organ toxicity (source)). Unlike certain alcohols that help with spread-ability on the skin, within hair care products they are bad.

Garnier’s Whole Blends Argan and Camilla oil $7:

1041707, PS3, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, DIMETHICONOL, CAMELLIA OLEIFERA SEED OIL, ARGANIA SPINOSA KERNEL OIL, TOCOPHEROL, PARFUM / FRAGRANCE, LINALOOL, ALPHA-ISOMETHYL IONONE, COUMARIN, LIMONENE, HYDROXYCITRONELLAL, CITRAL CITRONELLOL HEXYL, CINNAMAL, BENZYL ALCOHOL, BENZYL SALICYLATE, F.I.L. #D184855/1

This list was not easy to find and I can see why. The amount of crap in it is awful.

Let’s look at something a little more expensive. 

Moroccainoil Treatment Original $44

CYCLOMETHICONE, DIMETHICONE, ARGANIA SPINOSA (ARGAN) KERNEL OIL, PARFUM/FRAGRANCE, LINUM USITATISSIMUM (LINSEED) SEED EXTRACT, CI 26100 (RED 17), CI 47000 (YELLOW 11). MOT01

The first and third ingredients are silicone based. Cyclomethicone has a low hazard rating on EWG while dimethicone has a low-moderate one, contributing to organ toxicity especially in high doses (like in this!). 

Hair care is expensive, but I am very wary of store bought oils because they tend to be packed with silicones and other fillers and very little real nourishing oils. 

Now, for the better day!

There are a few great natural oils that can be used as hair oils. Like most plant based oils, they are moisturizing yet these five specifically promote hair growth, leaves hair soft and shiny, and easy to detangle.

Oleic acid: Is a monounsaturated fatty acid. Fatty acids are the main components of food fats, oils and fat deposits in animals and man. Besides the work they do inside the body, monounsaturated fats like oleic acid are less susceptible to spoilage than some other fats, which makes them useful in food preservation (source).

#1 MACADAMIA Nut oil

This oil is probably the most well known of the bunch. Macadamia nut oil is bursting with monounsaturated fatty acids that are able to spread the oil throughout the hair from root to tip. As the oil is made up mostly of oleic acid (source) This oil reduces hair loss and hair breakage as it contains palmitoleic acid which is know to slow down the aging process. Macadamia nut oil also contains omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and linoleic acid.

The Benefits:

  • Reduces hair loss and improves health of hair
  • Revitalizes skin and hair (get that nice gloss)
  • Contains antioxidants to fight free radicals
  • Locks in moisture, tames frizz and strengthens hair follicles

#2 Tamanu Oil

If you are interested in buying Tamanu oil from this site, there are two different types: one from Vietnam and one from Madagascar. The only difference is the price; they are both cold-pressed and unrefined. I buy both but usually the Vietnam one because it’s cheaper.

Tamanu oil is probably my favourite oil. It is a cure all. I also recommend this oil above all else. While I love Rosehip, Tamanu can be used for rashes, wounds, pigmentation, hydration…just everything.

The oil is composed of phospholipids and glycolipids which are known to protect skin’s moisture barrier by creating a barrier over the skin to protect it (source). It contains tons of fatty acids and soothes dry scalp because of its anti-inflammatory properties.

The Benefits:

  • Protects the skin barrier
  • Tons of anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties (great for scalp burns and wounds)
  • Quickens the healing process and smooths out split ends and frizz
  • controls acne and hyper-pigmentation

#3 Babassu

Only a few stores actually use Babassu oil in their hair care which is sad because this stuff is amazing! Babassu is obtained from the kernels of the Babassu palm found in the southern regions of Brazil. Moreover, it contains a high content of lauric and myristic acids (source of antioxidants. Good in moderation only). Babassu oil is used as a substitute for coconut Oil because of their similar properties. It is a superior emollient for both dry and oily skin, and gently moisturizes the skin without contributing to an oily sheen (source). I really enjoy using this oil mixed in with my conditioner/co-wash and letting it sit for roughly twenty minutes to soothe my hair (source).

The Benefits:

  • Treats dandruff and split ends
  • Reduces hair loss
  • Soothes acne and eczema
  • Increases hair strength
  • Balances hormones

#4 Avocado Oil

Avocado Carrier Oil contains Vitamins A, B1, B2, D, E, and Beta carotene. It is classified as monounsaturated oil and is used for topical skin application (source). Moreover, because of the large amounts of vitamins in this oil, it instantly revitalizes the hair and nourishes it throughout the day!

The Benefits:

  • Contains antioxidants which fight free radicals
  • Promotes hair growth
  • Quickens healing process of burns and wounds

#5 Broccoli Oil

I don’t think anyone knows about broccoli oil. It’s still a hidden jem. I also like putting this in my conditioner to give it a nice boost (source). Its excellent antioxidant profile makes broccoli Seed Oil an easy substitute for  silicones where the film forming activity results in a natural shine, and cuticle smoothing of the hair while preventing oxidation. This oil is light, non-greasy, and is easily absorbed into the skin (source). It also smells exactly like broccoli!

The Benefits:

  • Gives insane amounts of shine, more than any other oil
  • Known as nature’s silicone
  • Promotes hair growth and healthy hair
  • Controls frizz

Tip: I love mixing macadamia nut oil, broccoli seed oil, and babassu oil (mixed with kukui nut oil and some essential oils) into a bottle and using that as a pre-shampoo treatment. This oil mixture is great for clearing up built up grease, oil, and dirt. Also makes getting rid of dandruff a lot easier.

Nonetheless, If you have to choose just one oil, I would choose Tamanu because it’s an all around pleaser. However, specifically for hair, it would be broccoli seed oil. I just love it so much. I love broccoli.

Favourite Fragrances ~ Sincerely, Debbie

Hi everyone! It’s almost the weekend. Finally time to relax a bit (unless you work on the weekend like I do then it’s kind of relaxing before/after work). 

Today’s post is on: My favourite fragrances!

 

While these perfumes are in no order, they are some of my favourites scents.I’m still relatively new to the green community. There are some parts that I know like the back of my hand, like oils and certain clays and powders and teas. But fragrances, body wash, etc. I’m still learning. This list will be on my favourite fragrances that are a mixture of both synthetic and natural scents. I would love to try out some natural fragrances but there are so many and it’s really hard to know which ones I would like. Basically, I don’t know where to start! 

Before going into this, I want to give some very brief summaries on the different types of perfumes. Of course, in the future, I will do a more in depth post on the differences between natural and synthetic scents. 

Synthetic Scents

Synthetic fragrances hold almost no boundaries. They are scents that mimic natural ones like flowers (lavender and rose), spices (vanilla and cinnamon), and fruits (blood orange and bergamot). They have the ability to open up the field of representation in perfumery especially for those wishing to create blends that are wholly unique. Synthetic scents are extremely hazardous, possibly causing serious problems down the line (source).

Natural Scents

Natural perfumes and colognes contain only fragrances that come from plants. A lot healthier than synthetic ones but they tend to last for a shorter time and don’t always smell the greatest. Some of them are awesome though!

Top Notes:  The scents that are immediately recognized upon application

Middle Notes: Appear once the top notes side. They are the ‘meat’ (or heart) of a scent.

Base Notes: Final notes that appear once the top notes are completely gone and the middle notes side.

1. Gold by Commodity

Commodity has been killing me for the past two/three years. I first heard about them from blogger Luanna Perez and upon first sniff, I really didn’t like it. Once I let it settle on my skin, it started smelling a lot better. Give it half an hour, and you’ll be in love with the scent. 

On their site, Gold is “inspired by money in liquid form. […] This rich concoction of molten amber and Nubian musk is indulgent enough to bathe in.” 

Top: Bergamot, Juniper Berries, Camphor 

Middle: Amber, Vetiver, Benzoin

Base: Oakmoss, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Creamy musk

The description is spot on. Once it melts into the skin, it’s this smooth and seductive scent that wraps around the body. I feel like royalty every time I wear it.

2.A.  Rain by Commodity

Very light scent that is not insulting at all. It’s crisp like a lovely Spring day with some light showers. 

“Rain is inspired by the scent of soaked fields of flowers and an escape to a clean slate. […] This pleasant surprise for spring combines soothing notes of lotus, verbena, dew, and jasmine to create a delicate floral symphony.”

Top: Dewy green accord, Bergamot, Lemon verbena, rain

Middle: Jasmine, Freesia, Lotus blossom

Base: White amber, water musk, Sheer woods

This is the perfect pick-me-up scent as it’s so happy and sweet yet mild at the same time. If you love the smell of real rain, you can’t go wrong with this.

2. B. Rain [Reserve Blend] by CLEAN

I prefer the Reserve line more than their regular one because these scents have more character and depth to them. 

“Rain [reserve blend] captures the pulse of a rain forest and the moment after a fresh rainfall when the air is so pure and fresh. This fragrance is created from an unexpected combination of fruity floral notes blended with fresh patchouli, vetiver, and musk.”

Top: Bergamot

Middle: Moist white flowers

Base: Patchouli, Vetiver 

Like their name, Rain is a very straightforward scent. I tend to reach for this one when I want something that isn’t anything but really clean. Makes me feel like a real adult. 

3. Wool by Commodity

Last Commodity scent, I promise. It’s really hard, I love all of their scents. They’re all just so unique and well crafted and fit with my bodily scent so well. 

“Wool is inspired by cool winter nights and cozy sweaters. Wool features touches of Bourbon vanilla and Haitian vetiver.” 

Top: Mandarin, Grapefruit, Apple

Middle: Basil, Fresh ozone, Cedarwood, Lavandin, Armoise

Base: Amber, Haitian vetiver, Gray musk, Bourbon vanilla

Wool is the perfect Fall scent. It’s all about being cozy with some awesome boots and chunky sweater. It’s a lot deeper and muskier than the other scents on this list but it’s great for that ready-for-anything days.

4. Cleopatra by Tocca

This was probably the scent that really got me into fragrances. Especially ones containing musk. I love it, it gives a lot of fragrances some edge. 

“Inspired by the Mediterranean seductress, Cleopratra captivates the senses.” 

Top: Bitter grapefruit, Lush greens, Cassis buds

Middle: White jasmine, Peach nectar, Tuberose

Base: Warm patchouli, Golden amber, Rich vanilla musk

It’s easy to go overboard with this one because it’s so nice. But the base notes are quite strong, One spray and that lasts all day.

5. La Parfum by Carven

This scent reminds me a lot of Chloe and Narciso Rodriguez perfumes. However, it’s more inbetween them than anything. Where Rodriguez is dark, Carven’s is light and sweet. It’s a classic scent that is not insulting and very agreeable. I reserve this one for days I’m looking to be extremely professional. 

“A fabulous floral bouquet built around White Hyacinth, fresh and delicate.”

Top: Hyacinth

Middle: Sweet Pea

Base: Jasmine

 

Of course, I have many more scents to share but I thought short and sweet would be great. Also, these are the scents I gravitate towards the most (like tonight I will be wearing a combination of Rain by CLEAN and Gold by Commodity). 

What are some of your favourite scents? Do you have any all natural ones I should check out? Let me know!

 
 
 

Morning Skincare Routine | Sincerely, Debbie

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend. I finally had a weekend off, after six months (yay!) Only to be sick the whole weekend. So, what better time than this to show my daily morning skincare routine. I usually stick to the same routine all year round but cut a few steps or add in extra steps during the summer. For some reason, during the summer I tend to have several sudden breakouts probably because my skin is absolutely freaked by warm weather. The same happened when I went to Africa and Vancouver. I guess it’s just used to crappy Toronto weather.

Anyway, morning skincare routines are all about hydration and protection. This is where all those antioxidants and protection from free radicals come in handy. So, here we go:

Cleanser

For my cleanser, I use an extra gentle one. I tend to use my homemade cleanser because it’s insanely moisturizing. With it, I sometimes skip a toner all together because it’s jam packed with manuka honey, which has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It also has some macadamia nut oil, hemp seed oil, and golden jojoba. Also a ton of brewed tea and some essential oils. It’s great

Glossier Milky Jelly When I’m not in the mood to use that though, I turn towards my Glossier Milky Jelly because it’s kind of awesome. It contains rose water-known to soothe skin and comfrey root extract which is used to soothe and quicken the healing process of burns and wounds. This is a very mild cleanser and I used it about a few times a week when I feel my skin really needs a break from life.

Toner(s)

Pyunkang Yul has an amazing line out and I love using their toner spray and if you haven’t heard anything about them, I suggest that you check them out first here and then buy here (because it’s cheaper). It consists of mostly Coptis Japonica Root Extract, a lovely extract that prevents moisture loss and UV sun damage. I love using this right after washing my face. One or two sprays and then done!

Make P:rem’s Hydrate Me Toner is the toner I have been missing all my life. Sadly, I bought this at the end of the summer but once I got this in the mall, my summer skin problems instantly calmed. It’s so insanely hydrating especially when I layer it three to four times. Best thing ever with apple fruit water, fennel, and arctic raspberries or Nordic berries are great for hydration and full of antioxidants.

Booster Serum and Serum

Eminence Bright Skin Booster Serum is the secret to clearing up hyper pigmentation. Now, it’s not cheap nor is it actually a serum but it boosts the products that are put on after it. I use this both morning and night right before my oils to aid in their effectiveness. Using this stuff, which is full of aloe, licorice root-great for naturally brightening the complexion, and willow bark-amazing for calming skin and reducing redness.

Vivier Canada Vitamin C+E Serum is the only real serum that I used within my skincare. But with a hefty price tag of $149 CAD I can’t say I’m going to buy it again. It contains only L-Ascorbic Acid USP (vitamin C), vitamin E, and grapefruit extract. While I do recommend it for anyone who is dealing with large amounts of pigmentation, using this day and night did wonders for my skin. I used to have awful scars because I was naive and young and this cleared them up. While I didn’t find this right away, I’m glad I eventually did because it really helped me a lot. I just finished it and I believe that now I know more about my skin to not need a vitamin C serum anymore.

Oils/Moisturizer

Oils- Oils are great. As I’ve said before, I love using rosehip and raspberry oil in the morning as a moisturizer mixed in with some grapefruit and frankincense essential oils. Rosehip is high in vitamin C and contains a natural derivative of vitamin A, while raspberry oil is a natural sunscreen. Grapefruit is great for clearing bacteria and frankincense is just all around awesome. Moisturizer-As of lately I’ve been trying out a bunch of moisturizers. Because it’s so cold out and the amount I already have on, I need to do everything on a day-by-day basis. I really like Glossier’s Priming Moisturizer and Skyn’s Cooling Daily Lotion because it has kelp in it. I love seaweed, it’s great.

Sunscreen

Etude House has one of the best international sunscreens known. And that is their Sunprise sunscreen. This is probably because it’s a calming lotion with aloe. Best part is, since a lot of people don’t like chemical sunscreens, this mineral one is such a great choice. It contains sunflower seeds and acai berries which protect the skin.

Avene Mineral Sunscreen is a sunscreen that I have a love hate relationship with. It contains their world famous thermal spring water and vitamin E. I’m not exactly sure what’s in it but during the summer, this breaks me out. I still really like it and it’s an international bestseller.

 

All right, that’s it! Comment below if you use any of these items or have in he past. Or what your morning routine looks like.

Cleansers: How to Love Your Skin | Sincerely, Debbie

Hello everyone! I hope you’re enjoying the holidays, I know I am (tons of desserts and whiskey). This is another post on what skincare is and how to build a steady, consistent regime to aid in protecting the skin barrier and keeping these cells healthy.

What are cleansers?

Cleansers contain surfectants and cleansing agents such as cocamidopropyl betaine, a mild cleansing agent derived from coconut oil that can be found in cleansers in order to dissolve makeup, oil, and dirt. They are sometimes made from great ingredients from vegtables and fruits and some that have not so great ingredients like animal fats.  

The are two types – mild and harsh. 

Mild cleansers are moisturizing, generally contain plant extracts and oils to remove bad bacteria yet leave the good ones alone. They should have soft or no scents and should not be extremely foaming. 

Some great ones that I have used are-

Cosmetics: Glossier’s Milky Jelly, Goodal’s Super Seed Enriched Cleanser, Laneige Calming Gel

Natural: Dr. Bronner’s castile soap and my own homemade recipe (coming soon!). 

Harsh Cleansers are disrupters that are laced with strong fragrances and alocohols. They dry out the skin barrier by strippping it of natural oils and good bacterias. This causes clogged pores and congested skin because the glands overproduce oils to compensate the lack of moisture. Through time, acne and hyperpigmentation will increase and so will different skin conditions like sensitivity, eczema, and acne.  

I would stear clear of: 

Anything from St. Ives

Any cleansers that say oil controlling or made for acne and foaming (unless the ingredients show mild surfactants). 

What type of cleansers should you use?

Of course everyone should use only mild ones. A cleanser should only clean and moisturize the face, not leave it dry and tight. Moreover, a cleanser can only provide so many advantages yet can completely ruin the skin so all of those crazy claims, are just that-crazy. The only cleansers that can make a difference are oil cleansers because some residue of the oils lingers on the skin. 

A specific type of cleanser for the people with acne, oily skins, etc. is not needed so long as it cleans without stripping. 

Hopefully this helps if you are unsure on the type of cleanser you should be using. Remember, harsh is never the answer.