My hair care is pretty simple, but I have a few aces up my sleeve that make my life easier. For both facial and hair care, I stick to this sentence – less is more. With a couple of good products and tricks, there are no split ends and the hair grows nicely.
My hair care routine usually consist only of shampoo and conditioner, some serum or hair styling products. I still use the Klorane Oat Milk and Peony line of shampoos and conditioners, with them my hair is clean for up to four days and I have no need to use dry shampoo at all. Avoiding excessive use of heat has helped me greatly to reduce the amount of split ends, and gentle brushing also helps to avoid hair loss. By that I mean really gentle combing, not plucking a strand of hair that later turns into split ends. I use a hair straightener maybe once a month, and every few months I go for a trim.
My natural hair color is dark brown, never treated with industrial dyes, but due to the sun it can fade so it looks like I have strands. I didn’t like it so five years ago I started dyeing my hair with henna. Henna is a plant that has been used since ancient times for the purpose of beautifying the body, even Cleopatra used henna for these purposes. It’s used for natural hair coloring, it strengthens the hair root and restores the hair, and gives the hair a beautiful shine.
Henna should be applied to natural hair color, one that has never been treated with synthetic dyes or bleached. I emphasize this for the reason that it’s not recommended to use henna on bleached or already colored hair with industrial dye – I will write about henna in one of the next posts. Henna helps me a lot in maintaining the health of my hair, accelerates hair growth and I am pretty suredue to henna my hair is in such good condition.
I haven’t written for a long time about the product favorites I’m currently using so here’s one post with some summer favorites. You can also read a few short reviews about several Avene products that are in my collection during these hot summer days. 🙂
Avène Sun Minéral High Protection Tinted Compact with SPF 50 that I only recently discovered, but won me over at first sight. It is a compact mineral powder in the shade Beige 10, which is ideal for light skin tones. The shade is perfect for this summer complexion I have, and it would also suit me if I were lighter-skinned like I normally am.
It spreads easily and blends on the skin with the help of a sponge that comes in the package, leaving such a nice even complexion. It covers small imperfections and with this powder I simply have the feeling that my skin is breathing. The powder on the skin leaves a light satin finish, it doesn’t completely mattify the skin, but I don’t expect that from a product like this. On Notino you can find another darker shade of this compact, and I also recommend that you take a look at their Summer Black Friday offer.
You were sunbathing and after that pimples, rash and itchy skin appeared? It’s most likely an allergy that appears on the skin as a reaction to excessive sun exposure – sun allergy.
Excessive exposure to harmful UV rays that penetrate deep into the skin and certain ingredients of cosmetics can cause sun allergies, the consumption of various medications also plays a role. Medications such as antibiotics, contraceptives, antihypertensive drugs increase the skin’s sensitivity to the sun and can also add to the occurrence of sun allergies. On the other hand, we cannot avoid the sun because it provides us with vitamin D, which is needed for healthy bones.
How to prevent sun allergy or at least alleviate it if it occurs? In addition to daily application of products with a high protection factor every 2-3 hours and hydration of the skin after sunbathing, it’s desirable to fight from the inside too. Increase fluid intake in the summer months and consume foods that are high in calcium, selenium, zinc or beta carotene. I have been taking zinc and selenium vitamins for the last few months and this is certainly one of the reasons why this is the first year I haven’t gotten a sun allergy during my stay at the seaside.
Nowadays we come across various names of various skincare ingredients – hyaluronic acid, retinol, collagen, niacinamide, etc. Each of these ingredients helps to solve various skin conditions and today I will write about hyaluronic acid and add some product recommendations.
Hyaluronic acid is naturally found in our body, and as we age, the amount of hyaluronic acid decreases, so it can be found in various products that we apply to the skin to compensate for the loss of moisture and elasticity of the skin. Hyaluronic acid gives that plumped look to the skin and improves skin elasticity, it can also be used by all skin types.
Hyaluronic acid is an ingredient that everyone should have in their skin care routine, whether it is dry, combination or oily skin in question. It helps remove fine lines, increases skin hydration level, smoothes skin and improves skin elasticity. It’s a great ally in skin hydration, especially if you use chemical exfoliants so you need an extra boost of hydration. This is where hyaluronic acid jumps in because it is a truly neutral ingredient that will not interfere with the performance of any other ingredient, and will provide relief to the skin and prevent skin dehydration.
It’s time for a review of a product that will clean the pores within a few minutes, remove dead skin cells without any irritation. I’m talking about the Pixi Beauty Hydrating Milky Peel gentle peel – find out below how to use it and what are the benefits of using this product.
Pixi Beauty Hydrating Milky Peel is an exfoliating cream with micro particles that give gentle exfoliation of the skin. This cream contains natural cellulose that is rich in moisture, it removes dead skin cells and lightly brightens the complexion. In addition to cellulose, it also contains coconut which nourishes the skin, probiotics that protect and balance the skin. Arganin helps in the production of collagen and elastin, and it is also a good antioxidant.
The texture is quite watery and requires a small amount to cover the entire face. Apply a thin layer onto clean skin, avoiding the area around the eyes. Leave on the skin for 2-3 minutes, gently massage into the skin and rinse off. Every time I use this product, my skin is visibly cleaner and softer the next day. This peel is gentle enough not to irritate the skin, and yet strong enough to actually see some difference.
It’s time for a review of a Korean product, I’m talking about Missha SPF cream with a protection factor of 50+. I was using it for the last two months, I’ve almost finished it already, but I finally gathered all my impressions and decided to write a review.
Missha All Around Safe Block SPF50 + / PA ++++ is a protective cream with mineral filters that protect against harmful UVA and UVB rays by blocking them from the skin. It contains silicones that smooth the skin, after application the complexion looks more even and radiant. The cream is waterproof and highly hydrating that does not emphasize dry areas. It’s very thick, but blends easily with the skin.
When applied, the cream leaves a little bit of a white cast on the skin, so it is necessary to massage it well into the skin in order to blend it with the skin. The cream is not mattifying, it leaves a glow on the skin, but doesn’t leave the skin oily. However, this combination is not long-lasting and if you wear foundation or make-up in general, and you have slightly oily skin, your skin will get oily during the day. It doesn’t clog my pores and it hasn’t caused me breakouts, which is great.
Today I have prepared a review of two Avène products – a moisturizing face cream and thermal water. The thermal water has been in my skincare routine for two years now and the face cream is new in my skincare collection.
Avène Tolérance Extreme is a soothing and moisturizing cream for sensitive and intolerant facial skin – I chose the rich version, and there is an emulsion that’s lighter than this one. I chose this cream because it contains a minimum of ingredients, it has only seven ingredients that are suitable for sensitive skin. I don’t normally have sensitive skin, but my skin just became extremely dehydrated during my stay at home and from the three moisturizers I currently rotate – none of them gave me relief.
The cream is formulated without any preservatives, parabens or perfumes, thus greatly reducing the possibility of skin irritation. The texture is something between a rich and a gel cream, but it is a non-greasy cream that does not leave the skin feeling oily. It hasn’t clogged my pores and my skin looks slightly matte when I apply the cream. The packaging is very practical and hygienically made. When the bottle is pressed, the pump that pushes out the product is lifted and immediately returned so that the cream is always sterile and bacteria do not have access to the cream.
I noticed some new Dove products on Notino, so I decided to try them out and write my impressions. I really like Dove products, I often buy their shower gels because they are affordable, yet very high quality and they do not dry out my skin.
Dove Exfoliating Body Scrub Crushed Macadamia & Rice Milk really thrilled me. The scrub removes dead skin cells, leaving skin soft and silky after use. The exfoliating particles are gentle and not at all rough on the skin.
The smell is divine and it reminds me of ice cream, my whole bathroom smells like this product after showering. You get a quantity of 225 ml, which is will last for a long time because you only need very little for one use, even for the whole body.
A few months ago, I introduced FOREO, a Swedish brand that produces skincare devices and products, as well as their smart skin cleansing device – FOREO LUNA mini 3. Now I got the opportunity to try their new FOREO UFO 2, a powerful mask & light therapy treatment device.
FOREO UFO 2 is designed with the goal of providing a facial treatment in 90 seconds, equal to the one you would get at a beauty salon. With longer use of this device, more hydrated, plumped, firmer skin with less wrinkles and more glow is expected. This device combines advanced smart mask technology with LED light therapy and thermo therapy, cryotherapy and the use of T-sonic pulsations, which results in a more beautiful and radiant complexion.
The treatment lasts 90 seconds and the procedure can be repeated, if necessary. During the treatment the app plays relaxing music and that’s exactly why I had the feeling that I was really in the spa and not at home in my bathroom. After the end of the treatment, it’s necessary to remove the mask from the device and rinse off the device under warm water. Fear not, the UFO 2 is waterproof, so there is no worry that it will be damaged by water.
You must have already noticed that I do not post monthly beauty favorites on here, I post favorites periodically when I collect products that I really like and use regularly. After a few months, here are finally some new beauty favorites.
I often write reviews and impressions on various products on Instagram so be sure to take a look at my profile if you haven’t already. Here on the blog, I am trying to focus more on detailed product reviews, I’m more active on Instagram and more often post the products I currently use. Enjoy reading. 🙂
Missha UV Pore Blur Starter SPF50 + PA ++++ face primer with an SPF, it fills the pores very nicely, mattifies the face and doesn’t clog my pores. It evens out my skin tone and it’s one of the best SPF products I’ve ever tried. You can read the review here.