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What every gym bag needs – Human+Kind’s Shampoo + Body wash!

Human+Kind, the skincare brand with a conscience, brings you their new multi-tasking shampoo + body wash!

A lot of people are giving up on their sedentary lifestyle and heading to the gym or to classes to get in shape. But that commitment does not come easy. It is essential you wear the right clothes, carry the right gear and make the right choices for you to achieve the best results. We say why stop making the right choices after a good workout? Why not use the right products when you hit the gym shower too?.

The Human + Kind Shampoo+Bodywash is a 2 in 1 cleansing product designed to simplify your shower routine. This 99.6% natural product is SLS and paraben free and has not been tested on animals. Since it is designed to function as a shampoo, you have the option of choosing from a variety of three to suit your hair type.

You can use the Orange Shampoo+Body Wash for Dry, damaged hair along with the matching conditioner. The product is designed to add volume and shine due to the orange extracts that also invigorate your skin.

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For Sensitive Hair and Skin, the Apple & Herbs Shampoo+Body Wash works wonders while being gentle. With the extracts of Calendula, Aloe Vera and Marshmallow root, the products restores moisture, soothes your scalp and helps in detangling your hair easily – everything we need after a good workout!.

And if you are unsure about the nature of your hair or are looking for something that works on all concerns, why not go for the Grapefruit Shampoo+Bodywash that is designed for all hair types. It nourishes and softens your hair and skin while the gentle fragrance of grapefruit will leave you feeling energized.

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The Shampoo+Body Wash’s also come with complementing hair conditioners that are designed to add further nourishment to your hair, which are also available in 250 ml tubes that are perfect to carry in your gym bag and for daily use.

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Human+Kind products are on sale in the UAE at the following outlets: Boots, Marina Pharmacy, United Pharmacy, Organic Foods & Café, Make Up Etc. in Palm Strip Mall Jumeirah, The Change Initiative and Down To Earth, as well as online through Glambox.me & Zanedo.com.

All-in-one Shampoo+Body Wash Normal hair 250ml, AED45

All-in-one Conditioner Normal hair 200ml, AED45

All-in-one Shampoo+Body Wash dry hair 250ml, AED45

All-in-one Conditioner dry hair 200ml, AED45

All-in-one Shampoo+Body Sensitive 250ml, AED45

All-in-one Conditioner Sensitive 200ml, AED45

To learn more about the story of the Human+Kind brand, log on to http://www.humanandkind.com.

About Human+Kind

Human+Kind is an Irish skincare brand that challenges today’s skincare industry by advocating a pared down approach to beauty and by offering all-natural, simple and multi-functional products of superior formulations, benefiting skin types of all ages. Please visit www.humanandkind.com. for more information.

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My day time skincare routine!

Hello 🙂

I quite recently did a skincare regimen basics/anti-aging night time skincare routine post. If you haven’t read that yet please do read it before continuing to read this post, since I won’t be explaining certain things I have already explained before. FYI : My skin type is normal, leaning towards dry (during winters).

Now, to those who have been waiting for this follow up post, let’s go ahead. My day time anti aging skincare routine is simple when compared to the night time routine. Sometimes I don’t even do all the steps I have mentioned below. I skip some and stay extremely basic: that is just CTM (Cleanse, Tone, Moisturize). To say the truth, I give uttermost importance to my nighttime routine and never skip anything that time :P. However, when I do perform all the steps, this is how the morning routine looks like:

Step 1 – Face wash

The first thing that I use when I wake up, is a good face wash. Whatever products are remaining on my face from yesterday night’s routine needs to be washed off, so as to start the day anew. I love the Olay Total Effects Age Defying face wash, which is a gentle product that’s great for daily use. It costs AED 33.25 for 150ml. It lasts a really long time.

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Step 2 – Cleanse

Once I go about my daily chores, I bathe and then continue on with my routine. I apply the Olay Total Effects Age Defying Milk on to a cotton pad and sweep it across my face in an upward circular motion. Even after having taken a bath, you would be surprised to find traces of dirt on the cotton pad. This cleanser is very gentle yet removes hidden impurities from your pores and gives you really clean and radiant looking skin. I can safely say that though I love my Olay Total Effects products, this one is my absolute favorite out of all of them. It costs AED 31.75 for a 200ml bottle. I then wash my face (or sometimes I just spray water onto a new cotton pad and clean the cleanser off).

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Step 3 – Tone

Using a toner is important to keep your pores tight, remove impurities from them that the cleanser didn’t and to maintain the ph level of your skin. I use a DIY Apple Cider Vinegar toner, the same as the one I use at night. I spray it 5 times onto a cotton pad and gently go over my face/neck. I don’t wash my face after applying the toner, instead I go to the next step.

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Step 4 – Application of serum

Serum has the ability to penetrate into the deeper layers of your skin, working wonders in those layers where the moisturizer doesn’t reach. I use the Ponds Age Miracle Intensive Cell Regen™ Super SerumIt costs AED 49.50 for a bottle containing 30ml. I am absolutely in love with this serum. I cannot recommend it enough to you!. I love it so much that after my Olay serum gets over, I will be using this at night too. Also, I wont be repurchasing the Olay serum. This Ponds product is much superior in it’s performance and my skin absolutely loves it!. I am on my second bottle so far in this year. The first one was given for review purpose and the current one I am on was purchased by me.

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Step 5 – Application of eye cream

I am using the Ponds Age Miracle Dual Action Eye Cream. It costs AED 44.95 for a container of 20ml. This is a really nice one. I use the Eye-o-sonic by Michael Todd’s True Organics to apply it.

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Step 6 – Application of lip balm

Lips need more protection in the mornings. Even if you are staying inside the house, it would be great to wear a product that has SPF. I use the VLCC Cocoa Butter Lip Shield with SPF 10 in it. I bought this about 2 years ago from Manama Supermarket, Sharjah. I haven’t really seen this product in Lulu Center or Carrefour. I believe it cost me AED 7.50 and the little container is about 15 or 20ml. It is a light salmon color in the tub, however when you apply it on the lips it gives a transparent, balm like healthy sheen to it. It smells of cocoa butter and I love it.

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Step 7 – Application of moisturizer

This is the very last step. I use the Olay Total Effects Day Moisturizer. It costs AED 51.25 for a bottle containing 50ml. It has SPF 15. Even if you are sitting t home, you should wear a cream with SPF in it. I love the pump on the bottle. It is so convenient and hygienic to use.

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Three additional things I do in the mornings are scrub, masks and peel.

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Scrubs are crucial in a routine. It gets rid of dead skin cells from the surface of the skin and gives a radiant look. The more dead skin cells build up on your skin, the more dull it looks. Even though you might now think “Radiant skin, here I come! I am so gonna scrub my face every day”, let me stop you right there. Scrubs should never be used more than twice a week. If you do, more than doing good, you will harm your skin and cause miniature lacerations in the skin that you can’t even see. That will cause red, inflamed and irritated skin. I use scrubs every Monday and Thursday. I set the specific days since days fly by and sometimes I lose track of it. If I don’t set them, I keep wondering when was the last time I used it. “Was it within this week or end of last week?”. You get my point!. On the days that I use this, I don’t use the face wash.

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My absolute favorite scrub is the Himalaya Herbals Walnut scrub with natural antioxidants. It smells amazing and does a really great job. After using it, my skin literally glows. It says on the tube it’s gentle, however I disagree. It’s a hardcore scrub. It costs AED 23.25 for 150 ml. Recently though, I saw it on sale for AED 19.25!. I grabbed it and this is now my back up. I don’t use any other scrubs on my face. This is my one and only as of right now!

Masks/Facials

I am inconsistent with using masks. If I am in the mood and I do it daily, I go for my DIY anti-aging facial. Otherwise, I do a mask probably once or twice a week (depends on my mood). Currently, I am loving Freeman’s Anti Stress mask with dead sea minerals. It’s costs AED 16.25 for 150 ml. This is a blue colored mask which really brightens the skin. This mask is good for all skin types.

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I also go to a salon once in two – three months and get a professional facial. I go for either Kaya whitening facial (not because I am looking to achieve fairness but because this facial was suggested by the esthetician and really makes my skin radiant), Pearl facial or Papaya fruit facial. These work great for normal/dry skin.

Peel

Peels are great for achieving radiant looking skin. I started doing it after I got the Olay Regenerist Microdermabrasion and Peel system. I still have it and use it occasionally. Again, I have set days for it. I do it every Saturdays and Tuesdays. Once this gets over, I will repurchase it from Amazon, since it’s a phenomenal product. It costs $16.19 (AED59.46) plus shipping charges. I have never done a professional chemical peel at a salon.

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So, all in all, here is a shot which shows all my daytime products 🙂

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Leave a comment letting me know what your favorite daytime products are!.

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Izil Natural Argan Beauty’s Guide to the Perfect Hammam at Home!

The summer season is all about flaunting healthy, supple skin because let’s face it, it’s the best look to wear all year round especially when it’s time to hit the beach! A lot of ladies hit the gym to tone their bodies to get bikini ready, but many tend to forget about preparing their skin.

The traditional Moroccan bath or the Hammam has been a huge hit in the Arabian market as a treatment fit for queens. Essentially a steam bath, this luxurious treatment involves using Olive based Soap and Rhassoul clay to reveal soft and beautiful skin. Luckily, you now don’t have to spend a fortune and go to the salon when you can achieve the same results in the comfort of your own home using organic products from Izil Natural Argan Beauty. Just make sure you allot an hour for the treatment so you can enjoy the same luxurious atmosphere as you would in the spa or salon!

Firstly, make sure your bathroom is not cold – the idea is to keep the room as warm as possible, so avoid stepping in and out of the room. Secondly make sure you’re prepared with all the items you need as follows:

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1. “Beldi Black” Moroccan Soap by Izil (AED 69)

2. Detoxifying Body Mask Powder by Izil (AED 95)

3. Hammam Glove (Kessa) by Izil (AED 60)

4. Towels

5. Rose Water (Optional)

To start, pour warm water over yourself and start applying the “Beldi Black” Soap in circular motions. Begin with your legs, then move to the arms and finally work on your torso area. The Moroccan soap is loaded with beneficial Olive & Argan oils and Eucalyptus essential oil that work together to detoxify your skin by removing dead cells and toxins. Leave the soap on for 5 – 10 mins and then rinse thoroughly with warm water. Apply a small quantity of the soap again and rub your skin vigorously with the Kessa (Hammam Glove), working more vigorously in the areas where cellulite has gathered. Remember to use vertical strokes (not circular) with the glove to remove dead skin cells. At this stage, you should really be able to see the dead skin peeling away! Finally rinse with warm water.

Since we have scrubbed the dead skin away, now it’s time to nourish the newly revealed skin. Mix the detoxifying Izil Body Mask Powder with some rose water or regular warm water until it forms a thick paste. Apply the clay mask on your skin and let it sit for 10 minutes. The Rhassoul clay, which is a natural detoxifying agent along with the 7 essentials oil will leave your skin feeling revitalized. Rinse off with warm water and pat yourself dry with a towel.

Finish off by drinking a glass of cold water to hydrate yourself again. For added benefits, use the Green Tea Body lotion all over and you are now all set to show off your gorgeous, glowing skin. This Hammam ritual will not only leave you feeling great, but will also help you relax and de-stress. Try to do this weekly for lasting results and to keep your skin looking healthy.

For more information on Izil products and to purchase organic, hammam products, visit them at their outlets in Dubai Festival City and Madinat Jumeirah Souq.

About Izil Natural Argan Beauty:

Izil Natural Argan Beauty was established in the UAE in 2012. It is a highly effective, natural cosmetic brand, which is made in Morocco. All products are made from organically certified, highest quality Argan Oil, together with other natural, pure and rare ingredients. The Izil Natural Argan Beauty range consists of the Face Collection, Body Collection and traditional Hammam Collection. The Izil Natural Argan Beauty Range is available at Dubai Festival City and Madinat Jumeirah, with more outlets expected to open across the UAE in 2014.

For more information, please visit www.izilbeauty.com, https://www.facebook.com/IZIL.NaturalArganBeauty or @izilbeauty.

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Review: H’Suan Wen Hua from Lush!

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H’Suan Wen Hua is one of Lush’s best selling hair treatments. It says this on the pot : “We all sometimes need to turn to the God of Hair. We packed into this pot everything we know of to put condition and shine back into the hair”. So true!. Indeed, sometimes our hair gets so damaged that we do need some help from a higher power and this one definitely does it :D. A fun fact is that the name of this product is pronounced as Xuan Wen Wua, which is the name of the Chinese God of hair!

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The product comes in a black, recyclable pot that’s unique to Lush. It has a very fresh, organic and intense smell. When I first smelt it, the two ingredients I could pick out easily were bay leaves and cinnamon. There is also a faint smell of eggs. This protein rich hair treatment boasts an impressive array of ingredients such as :

Fresh Bay Leaf Infusion, Fresh Watercress Infusion, Fresh Free Range Eggs, Fresh Organic Bananas, Fresh Organic Avocado, Balsamic Vinegar, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Lanolin, Rosemary Oil, Cinnamon Leaf Oil and some safe synthetic ingredients..

Just how good does those natural ingredients sound!. The product has a thin, liquid like consistency. It’s not troublesome to apply on to the hair though, nor does it drip once applied.

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It is creamy beige in color with tiny specks of what looks like cinnamon to me, though it possibly couldn’t be since its cinnamon oil and not whole cinnamon sticks that’s used in this. Here is a closer look:

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I apply this treatment onto dry hair, not damp hair. You need to keep it on for a minimum of 20 minutes only but I like to have it on for about an hour. I massage it on my scalp first and then on my entire hair. I then pull it into a bun and go about my usual chores, while it works it’s magic :). Then I simply use a shampoo to wash it off.

The result is hair that feels healthy and looks naturally shiny!. The banana in it softens the hair, the bay leaf infusion clarifies and tones the scalp, the balsamic vinegar gives the hair a beautiful shine and eggs pack in tons of proteins, thus strengthening the hair. The result of just one application is long lasting!. I have hair reaching elbow level and I didn’t really slather on way too much. So, I used up only half of the pot after two uses. If you have really thick and long hair, you might need to use the entire pot in one go. The pot contains 225gms.

I highly recommend you try this product. I use this only once in three weeks. I didn’t feel the need to use it more often since the results really last. This tub should be kept in a dark, cool place. It will remain fresh for 3 – 4 months.

Price: AED 105 for a tub containing 225 gms.

You can purchase it online by clicking here or at any of the numerous Lush stores in UAE and worldwide!

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Note: I was provided this product for review purpose and all opinions are 100% my own.

Herbline Essentials helps you maintain your mane!

With Henna & Liquorice Shampoo & Conditioner for hair fall, Herbline Essentials helps you maintain your mane!

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Hair fall is a big problem in the UAE. Many attribute this to the treated water that is used in the region, while others blame it on factors of pollution and the extreme weather throughout the year. There are other internal factors too that can also play a very integral role in increased hair fall, such as stress, lack of exercise, unhealthy diet and dehydration.

Although many of the factors are external and we can do little to change them, there are a few preventive measures that can be undertaken by individuals to ensure that severe hair fall is treated.

Here’s five quick tips that will help you combat hair fall and leave you with beautiful, healthy locks:

  1. Oil your hair weekly
    Massage coconut oil or olive oil into your scalp gently. Leave it on for half an hour and then proceed to wash and shampoo your hair. This will provide the scalp with the necessary nourishment it needs and also help your hair grow stronger.
  1. Use Herbline Essentials Henna & Liquorice Shampoo and Conditioner
    Henna has traditionally been used as a natural hair conditioner. Now, blended with other complementary and beneficial ingredients, leadwort, liquorice and hemidesmus indicus, this shampoo and conditioner duo leaves the hair smooth, shiny and tangle free. The duo promotes hair growth, whilst strengthening and safe guarding against hair loss. Since these products are 100% organic, you are also saving your hair from exposure to harsh chemicals that can worsen the condition.
  2. Increase your intake of Omega 3 Fatty Acids
    Maintaining a healthy diet is crucial to prevent hair loss. Try increasing your intake of Omega 3 fatty acids naturally by eating more fish like salmon and mackerel and incorporating more nuts and seeds into your diet.
  1. Hats and scarves are your friends
    Never leave the house with your hair exposed. If your job requires you to be exposed to direct sunlight for long hours, make sure you always keep a hat or a scarf on hand to cover your hair. Minimizing exposure to the sun makes sure that the hair remains in a healthy condition as exposure to heat always damages the cuticle of the hair leaving it more prone to fall.
  1. Avoid using irons or getting your hair blow dried often
    Heat is a major contributing factor when it comes to hair fall. In fact, a simple blow dry at the salon contributes significantly to hair fall. As often a possible, try styling your hair using heat free methods. There are multiple styles for the various lengths of hair that look amazing without using any or much heat, so why not try those out for a change!

Herbline Essentials Henna & Liquorice Shampoo retails for AED 99 and the conditioner AED 79. To find out more details about Herbline Essentials or to purchase your own Henna & Liquorice Shampoo and Conditioner visit leading pharmacies across the UAE and Kuwait, or www.herbline-essentials.com. You can also visit Herbline Essentials’ Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Herbline.Essentials for daily updates on health, skincare and organic beauty.

About Herbline Essentials:

Herbline Essentials is a range of truly natural beauty products for the face, body and hair. All products are made from 100% natural ingredients sourced in the Himalayas and adhere to the principles of Ayurveda to provide long term benefits for a healthy body and mind.

Established in 2005 and inspired by 50 years of extensive plant and mineral research, Herbline Essentials is a joint collaboration between Harmony Cosmetics and their Research and Development partners based in the foothills of the Himalayas. The range is paraben and paraffin free and is also enrolled in PETA’s “Beauty Without Bunnies” program as a cruelty free brand.

The Herbline Essentials range of products is currently available at leading pharmacies in the UAE, including Boots, Bin Sina, Health First and United Pharmacies, including the Dubai Duty Free pharmacies at Dubai International Airport. The brand has recently started retailing in Kuwait and Pakistan, with plans to launch across the Middle East, South Africa and Turkey in 2013. Customers can also order online through www.herbline-essentials.com with worldwide shipping.

To find out more about Herbline Essentials’ Ayurvedic approach to beauty and their products, visit www.herbline-essentials.com, Facebook (www.facebook.com/herbline.essentials) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/hessentials) as well as www.natural.ae.

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Skincare routine 101 (My night time skincare routine)!

Hello there!

This post is very close to my heart. I am passionate about taking care of my skin. I know there are many out there who would like to have a routine for themselves to have better looking skin, however they have no idea where to start and how to use the numerous different products available in the markets today!. This post is going to be detailed but here is what you can expect to learn from this post (so, do read the entire post!):

  • How to layer different skincare products correctly, so that your skin benefits from all of them
  • Technique as to how to apply certain products and
  • Some of my product choices

Different people follow different types of skincare routines, depending on what results they are looking for. Mine is an anti-aging routine. FYI : My skin type is normal, leaning towards dry (during winters). My routine is the same throughout the year. It doesn’t change according to seasons, except that in winter, I moisturize more often.

I am about to turn 27 next month. I started following a basic skincare routine at the age of 23, which is the perfect age to start an anti-aging skincare routine if you are looking to ‘age gracefully’!. So, yes I have had a routine for 4 years now. In the beginning, my routine was really basic with just two steps (Cleanse and moisturize). As you read ahead and see the steps below, you will see how much my routine has evolved over time. I kept adding more intensity and layers to the routine, until finally reaching one that I am very comfortable and pleased with.

I give much importance to my night time routine because our skin renews itself while we sleep and giving it the right products at that time enhances skin’s ability to fight off all aging related battles that it fights. Also, I change up the products nearly every night so that my skin doesn’t get too used to the same set of products. If I mention every single product I use, in this post, we will be here all day!. So, I will mainly cover the brand Olay, since that’s the brand that got me started on a routine. Here is the offer pack I bought for the first time: It is of great value – contains a night cream, a day cream and a daily face wash!. Back then, I bought it at around AED 88, if I remember it right. But over the years after that, I have bought it at various different prices, the latest being around AED 102.

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I bought it just to give it a trial. My skin looked MUCH better within a week of using the Olay Total Effects products. That got me hooked because any cream I had tried before that (like Fairever, Fair and Lovely, Vicco cream – all Indian brands!) didn’t work well with my skin even though I tried sticking a minimum of 2 – 3 months with each of these creams. Now four years later, I still am loyal to that brand and have lost count of how many products I have bought from them!. The Olay Total Effects range is perfect for those in their 20s.

So, ready to learn how your skincare regimen should look like?. Let’s do this!

Step 1 – Remove makeup

You should never head to your bed with makeup on. It will clog your pores and suffocate your skin. Also, removing makeup gives you a clean surface to apply your skincare products on. I am currently using Garnier’s Make-up Remover Milk, a stunning and gentle product that costs AED 13.95. I use Tippy’s cotton pads to apply it and then I wash my face.

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Step 2 – Cleanse

Next, I apply Olay Total Effects Foaming Cleanser to my wet face. It costs Rs. 225 (AED 13.59) for a tube containing 100gms. I bought this product in India. It’s not available in the UAE. Then I switch on my Foreo Luna and work it well on my face/neck. The first time I used this cleanser, I felt it made my face squeaky clean and left it dry. But when used with the Foreo, it’s absolutely great and gives an optimum cleansing experience. Once the Foreo beeps continuously three times, I set it aside and wash my face.

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Step 3 – Tone

Using a toner is important to keep your pores tight, remove impurities from them that the cleanser didn’t and to maintain the ph level of your skin. I use a DIY Apple Cider Vinegar toner. I spray it 5 times onto a cotton pad and gently go over my face/neck. Before ever using a skincare tool like Foreo, my cotton pads used to still show impurities like traces of foundation that my makeup remover and cleanser missed out!. But, now with Foreo in the picture, the cotton pad shows no traces of impurities!. I don’t wash my face after applying the toner, instead I go to the next step.

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Step 4 – Application of products with active ingredients

Active ingredients in skincare are those ingredients that has the power to alter/affect the skin, like Retina A or AHAs. These kind of products should be in direct contact with cleaned skin. It shouldn’t be layered on top of other creams. I use the AHA Cream by Herbline Essentials for this step. It costs AED 342 for a tub containing 50gms. I gently massage it in upward circular motion until it’s completely absorbed. When applying on your neck start from the base of the neck and massage upwards. The gravity pulls our skin downwards as we age. So, you have to massage it in the opposite direction.

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Step 5 – Application of serum

Serum is a concentrated product that has the ability to penetrate into the deeper layers of your skin. It’s powerful and a must in your routine. I use the Olay Total Effects Instant Smoothing Serum. It costs AED 53.50 for a bottle containing 50ml. I love it’s silky, light texture and pleasant smell. It gets easily absorbed into the skin. To apply it, take about 2 or 3 pumps of the product on your fingertips, rub the tips of both hands together and then gently press/dab the product on to your face/neck. Think of it like you are trying to push the product in rather than massaging it in. Your skin will feel hydrated and saturated with the product, when you apply it this way. I then use the anti aging side of the Foreo on the five areas prone to show fine lines first (forehead, both temples and both sides of your mouth) to help this amazing, anti-aging product work better.

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Step 6 – Application of skincare oil

This is when you apply your favorite skincare oils. I am currently using the Arganfarm Argan oil. It costs $24.95 (AED 91.64) for a bottle containing 50ml. Oils are so great for the skin!. Though you might look a bit shiny when heading to the bed, trust me, there will be no shine when you wake up in the morning. To apply it, massage it in upward circular motion. Some people use skincare oils as their moisturizer. So, this becomes the final step of their routine. However, I like to go one more step. Before heading to that step (Step 9), I go ahead with Step 7 and 8, so that the oil has time to sit on my skin for a minute or so.

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Step 7 – Application of eye cream

The delicate skin around the eyes need special care and thus everyone must have an eye cream. I am using the Olay Total Effects Eye Transforming Cream. It costs AED 53 for a container of 15ml. To apply it, dot it along the eye socket bone. Then slightly tap with your ring finger in a circular motion, starting from the outer corner of the eye to below the eye, then the inner corner of the eye and above the eye.

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The tapping motion should be fast, gentle and right on that bone surrounding the eye. At first, I didn’t know it’s correct application and used to apply even on the eyelids too!. That is so wrong. I use the Eye-o-sonic by Michael Todd’s True Organics to apply my eye cream.

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Step 8 – Application of lip balm

Lips are delicate just like the eye area. You need to moisturize them regularly. I currently am using Sierra Bees lip balm. It costs $0.50 (AED 1.84).

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Step 9 – Application of moisturizer

The final step!. A moisturizer seals in whatever you applied before it and hydrates your skin. To apply, you can either tap it into the skin, using only your fingertips or massage, in upward circular motion. I use Olay Total Effects Night Firming Moisturizer. It costs AED 53.50 for a bottle containing 50ml. I like the soft smell of this one. The packaging is great since it has a pump.

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Done!. This whole routine takes me less than 15 minutes to do and I do it without fail every night. Here are all the products in one shot 🙂

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If you constantly care for your skin, I guarantee that you will love how your skin looks. It is ideal to complete your routine about 20 minutes before you hit the sack, since you want your face to absorb it all and not your pillowcase!

If you don’t have a skincare routine yet…

  • …understand that your skin will not look the same as it’s now, ten years down the line [unless you have inherited amazing genes!]. You need to strive hard to keep your skin looking good. I believe skincare is much more important than makeup itself since the latter beautifies you temporarily but the former becomes the very foundation of beauty in your life.
  • …it’s never too late to start one!. I got my mom started on a routine and chose products for her that’s suited to her matured skin and seriously, she has seen the results of following a consistent routine for about an year now.
  • …invest in skin care products NOW. It doesn’t have to be high end!. Go according to your budget. There are plenty of brands to choose. If you are in your 20s, I highly recommend Olay Total Effects range. If you are in your 30s, I recommend the Olay Regenerist range (I will be changing over to this range once I hit 30.. Oh yeah, I plan ahead :P). I suggest you buy an offer pack like the one I mentioned in the beginning of this post or if you don’t want the face wash, go for one like the offer below. This was an offer I got in Carrefour couple of months ago. Though my current products will last me quite I while, I didn’t want to pass up on such a great deal. So it’s my back up now :P. Oh btw, it cost only AED59 for both products!

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  • …start with a basic CTM, which is Cleanse, Tone, Moisturize and stick to it for atleast 3 months. Do not expect to see immediate results or get disheartened seeing no results. Everyone’s skin reacts differently to different products.
  • …slowly introduce more and more products into your routine, like from CTM go for CTSM (Adding serum to the mix) and so on.

Please stay tuned for more skincare posts in the upcoming months, mainly these two, titled :

  • My daytime skincare routine – This one is much simpler than my night time routine. I will be mentioning my favorite scrub, masks and day time products in this post. Except for the toner, none of the products mentioned in my night time routine is repeated in the daytime toutine.
  • Other skincare items I use – Any product that is not mentioned in my nighttime/daytime routine posts, will be mentioned in this post.

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Haircare tips by TRESemme!

Healthy-looking hair is all about strength. Try these simple tips for durable locks—so your tresses are ready to take on all the styles you like.

  • Don’t rough dry wet hair out of the shower with a towel as it will damage hair. Instead, blot hair to remove the moisture.
  • Always condition your hair if it’s prone to breakage. Conditioning is the best way to give your hair the nourishment it needs to stay strong.

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  • Use detangling spray and a wide-tooth comb on damp hair—wet hair is more delicate.
  • If your hair is especially delicate, sleep on a satin pillowcase. Satin won’t snag your hair or cause friction like cotton, which can rough up the cuticle of extremely fine hair.
  • Don’t use elastics that have metal clasps on them. Always tie up your hair with covered, snag-free elastics.
  • Try not to sleep with your hair tied back. Leave your hair down as often as possible at night to prevent breakage.
  • Getting the right brush is key for frizz-free hair. Invest in a boar-bristle brush with a rubber base to smooth and straighten hair.
  • Hair is most fragile when it is wet, so after washing, dry hair gently with a towel to absorb excess water. Avoid brushing until most of the moisture has evaporated.
  • If you have really fine hair and are afraid of conditioning, apply conditioner first in the shower and then shampoo your hair. That way, your hair gets the moisture it needs, and you’ll get the clean, full-bodied feeling of a fresh shampoo.

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  • One way to get healthy-looking hair? Rinse, Rinse, Rinse! Any conditioner left on your hair will weigh it down and won’t allow you to get the most optimal style.
  • Never brush your hair with a metal or bristle brush when it’s wet. Use a wide-tooth comb or a vent brush on damp hair to prevent breakage.
  • When applying conditioner, focus on the mid-shaft to ends as that is where the most damage is; you don’t need to moisturize the roots.
  • If your hair is brittle, don’t be afraid to lightly rinse conditioner out of your hair — it may benefit from a little conditioner left on your ends.
  • If your hair is fine, don’t try to over-condition — this will only weigh it down. Pick the right conditioner for fine hair to add back moisture.
  • For naturally stronger, healthier-looking hair, make sure you have a balanced diet. Your hair is a reflection of your inner health, so design your eating habits accordingly.
  • Once a week, deep condition your hair to leave it ultra soft and super strong. Apply your usual conditioner all over damp hair and put hair in a shower cap or towel. Leave it on your hair for ten minutes and then rinse thoroughly.
  • After shampooing and conditioning your hair, do a final rinse with cool water to seal the cuticle and leave hair looking extra shiny.
  • Avoid using a brush to detangle hair when it’s wet or damp — use a wide-tooth comb. Hair is more delicate when it’s wet, and a comb is gentler on damp hair than a brush.

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Get the Hair You Love with Sunsilk!

HOW TO GET THE HAIR YOU LOVE – THAT LOVES YOU BACK

Healthy hair growth tips from Dr. Francesca Fusco, Co-Creator of Sunsilk’s Hair Fall Solutions Range!

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The way we style our hair often makes our locks look lush but can damage and hinder healthy hair growth. It’s time to break the vicious cycle with some expert advice from Dr. Fusco!

  • Put your locks on vacation!
    Give your hair a ‘Hair Holiday’ at least twice a month. Take a break from heated appliances and if you can, apply a nourishing treatment or mask and leave on for most of the day.
  • Condition constantly…
    A lot of women forget to put conditioning products on their hair, afraid it is going to weigh it down and make it greasy, but your locks needs to be moisturized – it’s the foundation of healthy hair!
  • Backcomb without breakage!
    Blow drying hair on a cool heat upside down can give just as much volume as backcombing!
  • Give your scalp a scrub.
    Use the pads of your fingers to gently exfoliate the scalp with sugar, avoiding anything that could lead to scratches. Massaging your scalp stimulates hair growth – so it’s relaxing and productive!
  • Calm down dear!
    Stress raises the hormone cortisol which can contribute to hair fall and thinning. Try relaxing by doing what you love!
  • You are what you eat…
    Diet plays a huge role in hair health. Adequate protein is essential and so are vitamins, including biotin, iron, zinc and the B vitamins. Whether through diet or supplements, these will help you to maintain healthy hair growth. Remember, there is always a 2 – 3 month wait to see results. Be patient – good things come to those who wait!
  • Sleeping beauty…
    Did you know that locks grow faster while you sleep? Sufficient slumber is a great way to keep your hair (and yourself) healthy so grab a nap!
  • A brush a day…
    Gently brush your hair daily, or at the very least before shampooing, to stimulate circulation which helps hair growth and removes the build-up of scalp flakes and hair products.

Try the Sunsilk’s Hair Fall Solutions Range, co created by Dr. Francesca Fusco!

Sunsilk_Hairfall Solutions RangeThe Sunsilk Hair Fall Solutions Range can be found at all major supermarkets across the country starting from the below prices;

–          Sunsilk Hair Fall Solutions Shampoo, 200ml: AED 8

–          Sunsilk Hair Fall Solutions Shampoo, 400ml: AED 14

–          Sunsilk Hair Fall Solutions Shampoo, 700ml: AED 22

–          Sunsilk Hair Fall Solutions Conditioner, 350ml: AED 14

–          Sunsilk Hair Fall Solutions Mask: AED 24

–          Sunsilk Hair Fall Solutions Root Treatment: AED 28

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A Healthy Diet For Your Hair!

Hi guys!

The following are some tips for a healthy diet for your hair, given to you by Mike Ryan, Trichologist, Brand Expert of CLEAR Arabia!

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A well balanced diet containing all essential vitamins, minerals, proteins and fats can keep the hair healthy. It’s necessary to hone the nutrient intake through the food we eat to make sure it is healthy for the hair. A nutritious diet can help sustain healthy hair growth, prevent hair shedding and hair loss. Below are certain essential nutrients and minerals required for healthy hair:

  • PROTEINS

Proteins are the building blocks for your hair. Hair needs adequate amount of protein as energy for hair cell renewal and nourishment. If your diet lacks protein, your hair is the first thing that will suffer. This is why it is necessary to include a wide-range of high-protein foods in your diet. Having a protein-rich diet also helps other tissues of the body such as your heart, liver and lungs which are very important to the body.

Some examples of plant-based sources of proteins include quinoa, tofu, seitan, lentils, nuts, coconut, white beans and more. If you are lactose tolerant, you could also take advantage of cheese and milk products for extra protein. Fish and eggs are also great sources of protein.

  • IRON

For healthy hair and hair growth, good levels of iron and stored iron (also known as ferritin) are essential. Red meat contains the most iron and is a great source for it. For vegetarians however, some of the plant-based sources of iron include Beets, leafy vegetables like spinach, okra, kale, broccoli, watercress, prune juice, soy beans, almonds and fruits such as dried apricots, prunes and figs. However, iron from plant-based sources is not easily absorbed by the body and it may be good to consider taking an iron supplement if your levels are low.

  • VITAMIN B12

Vitamin B12 is a vital nutrient for hair growth. It is not in vegetables or plants but can be found in milk and eggs. For vegans, there are many good soy milks and cereals fortified with B12 that can be chosen from. Supplements for Vitamin B12 can also be considered.

  • SUPPLEMENTS

It can be difficult to have a balanced diet at all times, especially with a vegetarian diet, and this is when supplements are helpful. Vegetarian diets usually lack in calcium, iron, protein, zinc and vitamins D, B12 and B6. However, it is crucial to choose the right combination and be careful not to take too much of any supplement. For example, excessive of vitamin A can cause hair loss. Blood tests are helpful indicators of levels of iron, zinc or B12 to consume in right amounts.

Also, consider using products that give intense hydration to your hair, to keep it healthy. Here are some examples:

ClearshampooconditionerThe CLEAR shampoo and conditioner costs AED 18.75 and 18.25 respectively. Available at all local supermarkets. Stay tuned for my birthday giveaway in October, since I will be giving away these products!!. Am so excited for you guys 🙂

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Review: EYOVA Hair nutrient with Egg oil!

Hey guys!

I recently happened to hear about Eyova’s egg oil when someone commented about it on one of my most popular posts – 2 eggs = 1 fabulous DIY hair mask + 1 face mask!. I checked their website and was pretty intrigued to know more about it. I found out that this brand ships and sells only within India. So, I didn’t check more into it. However, I was quite surprised when someone from Eyova contacted me recently and asked me if I am willing to review a bottle!. I was pretty overjoyed at the chance to try it. They couriered me the bottle from Mumbai 🙂

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Pretty much every one knows that when you apply egg to your hair, it’s very beneficial. However, not everyone does it because of how inconvenient and uncomfortable it is. This is where Eyova comes into picture.

One bottle of Eyova contains 50ml of product. This 50ml has the goodness of 22 eggs!. It’s packed with egg’s nutrients. It doesn’t drip or smell disgustingly of eggs.

I have been using it twice a week for a little more than a month. The oil is slightly hazy, yellow in color and viscous. It’s not as thick as castor oil but still is thicker than any regular oil. It has a really mild smell of eggs. However, the dominant smell is a fragrance that smells good.

When you apply it on to your hair, it seems like your hair is drinking up the goodness. There is no oiliness or greasiness at all. However, almost immediately your hair gets a natural shine. You have to apply it for a minimum of 3 hours or you can even leave it overnight and then wash off with your regular shampoo. I usually applied it overnight since after the application, your hair isn’t oily at all and the smell isn’t pungent.

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I mainly concentrate on the lower half of my hair since it needs more conditioning than the roots. Of course, this being an oil, long term usage brings more benefits to your hair. My review is based on a short term usage of a bit more than a month. I am sure the more I use it, the better my hair will be.

This oil contains :

  • Essential Fatty Acids (like Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids) – which stimulates hair growth and fights poor scalp conditions like dry and flaky scalp, thus preventing dandruff and hair loss.
  • Cholesterol – which deep conditions hair and enhances the penetration of other bioactives, thus adding shine and luster to hair strands.
  • Lutein & Zeaxanthin – which helps fight free radical chain reactions which damage hair, thus increasing hydration, elasticity of the scalp and preventing premature ageing (graying) of the hair.

I am loving this hair nutrient and I highly suggest you give this a try!

Price of a 50ml bottle is Rs. 590 (AED 35.59) and can be ordered from their online site www.eyova.com. If you suffer from weak, thin, damaged or greying hair, give this oil a try. The bottle will last quite a bit of time, even though it’s 50ml, since a little goes a long way.

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Note: I was provided this product for review purpose and all opinions are 100% my own.