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Gone are the days when people used any product off the shelf without considering the ingredients or health effects of the product. These days healthy hair enthusiasts are looking beyond just the label and thinking outside the box in search of ingredients that actually help promote healthy hair growth, one of which is tea!

WHAT IS A ‘TEA-RINSE’?

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One may wonder what the phrase ‘Tea Rinsing’ entails… It’s not rocket science, all you need do is simply brew a bag of your tea of choice in hot water for about an hour or overnight (your preference) and then once cooled, you pour the brewed tea all over the hair slowly massaging it into the hair from the scalp to the tips of the hair. Alternatively, one may pour the brewed tea in a spray bottle and spritz all over the hair over a period of days (be mindful of the tea going bad especially if not refrigerated).

 

BENEFITS OF TEA-RINSING

Herbal tea-rinsing has become popular because it works! Most of these herbal tea products are a blend of different tea leaves like green tea leaves, black tea leaves, nettle and herbs or flowers like hibiscus, chamomile, ginger, garlic, moringa, mint.

Benefits:

  • Tea is packed with antioxidants that protect the hair from damage of UV rays from the sun.
  • Tea contains antibacterial/anti-inflammatory ingredients that fight dandruff, soothe itching and treat dry scalps
  • Tea serves as Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) blockers and thereby promote hair growth; DHT is hormone responsible for hair loss

 

IS TEA-RINSING A NECESSITY?

Tea-rinsing shouldn’t be yet another thing to do just for the sake of it. The practise of Tea-rinsing can address/alleviate specific hair conditions; most common being excessive hair shedding, dandruff/itchy scalp or receding hair lines. If you find that your hair is experiencing these issues, regular herbal tea rinses have been found to promote hair growth by increasing blood flow to the scalp, thereby soothing and clarifying it. This provides more nutrients and oxygen to the hair which fosters healthy hair growth. If your hair is not experiencing any similar conditions, there might be no reason to add tea rinsing as another step in your hair regimen.

 

WHERE TO BUY A TEA-RINSE FOR YOUR HAIR

Herbal Hair Rinse: N2,000 (ea.)

Nigerian brand ‘Savvy Chic Hair Beauty Hub’ have formulated three herbal tea rinse blends, loaded with all-natural, organic ingredients that will stimulate and treat the hair follicles. They come in 3 variants specially formulated to tackle: Shedding, Dandruff (itching) & Thinning (bald spots).

Product Details

Price: N2000
3 variants- 8 tea bags in each(2 months supply, if you rinse weekly)
To Purchase: Call/whatsapp 08090613325

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We are starting a series sharing tips and tricks on how to grow healthy nails. What better way to kick things off than with a mini breakdown of  what makes up a Finger-nail. The first step to achieving strong and healthy nails is understanding your nail structure. There’s more to your nails than your cuticles you know:

Matrix
Where new nail plate cells are created and the nail plate begins to form.

Lunula
A bluish-white, opaque area that is visible through the nail plate. This area is the front part of the nail matrix. Sometimes, it’s called the “moon.” The lunula is the front part of the matrix we can see, or in other words, the visible matrix.Since it is the exposed portion of the matrix, this area is not protected by the eponychium. It is easy bruised with every day life tasks.

Eponychium
Living skin at the base of the nail plate that covers the matrix area. This should NOT be confused with the “cuticle”.
Proximal Fold Of The Eponychium

Healthy Proximal Fold
A tight band of living tissue that most people incorrectly think is their “cuticle”.The proximal fold is a required guardian seal that prevents germs and bacteria from getting to the nail matrix, where new cells are created.The best way to keep this skin soft and tight to the nail plate is with a high quality, penetrating nail and cuticle oil.

Cuticle
A thin layer of dead tissue riding on the nail plate to form a seal between the nail plate and the eponychim to prevent pathogens from infecting the matrix area. The cuticle pulls away from the underside of the eponychium and attaches tenaciously to the nail plate

Nail Plate
Composed of hardened, flat, translucent, non-living, keratin nail cells that form a solid, protective layer over the underlying soft tissue.The average person has 50 layers of keratin cells that make up the nail plate.The thickness of your nails is determined by the size of your matrix.

Nail Bed
The soft, pink tissue that sits underneath and supports the nail plate while it grows. The nail bed should NOT be confused with the nail “plate”.

Hyponychium
A soft tissue seal underneath the extended “free” edge of the nail plate whose purpose is to prevent pathogens from infecting the nail bed.

Bone
Bone supports and shapes both the nail matrix and nail bed. The flat or curved shape of your nails is determined by the shape of your fingertip bone.

Now you know what different parts makeup your precious fingernails, stay tuned to learn more valuable knowledge about how to grow healthy nails!

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As promised, here is the 2nd part of the series on building your own routine. If you missed the first part, I strongly suggest you read that first before continuing with this post.  You can read it here.

This post is super detailed so  get comfortable, grab a glass of wine or a cup of tea and enjoy!

 

MORNING ROUTINE

Whatever your skin type is, you need to wash your face in the morning.….EVERY MORNING. Your skincare routine can be as simple or elaborate as you want it but over the years I have come to realize I get the best results from simple routines
The steps in any morning routine should be pretty simple and straightforward: Cleanse, Tone, Treat, Moisturize and Protect.

Step 1: Cleanse.

This is the most important part of any routine as a clean canvas is needed for products to perform their magic. You need a gel cleanser (oily skin) or a cream cleanser (dry skin). Combination skin can use any of the two. Apply to dry skin, massage in gently and rinse off with lukewarm water.

Step 2: Toner.

It is okay to skip this step if you want a very minimal routine but I wouldn’t. Toners are meant to restore the pH balance of your skin. Your toner may be an acid toner (do not panic – this is glycolic, lactic or salicylic acid, not battery water…LOL) or a hydrating toner

Step 3: Treat.

Also important and I believe this is where your money should go in your routine. No point in buying an expensive cleanser that you rinse off. You can use a vitamin C serum to provide your skin with antioxidants and also help with hyperpigmentation. You can also decide to use a hydrating serum or a niacinamide serum or a combination.

Step 4: Moisturise.

A lightweight moisturiser, suitable for your skin type

Step 5:Protect.

Sunscreen is NON-NEGOTIABLE regardless of the weather or your skin tone. I know you are worried about the white cast but there are loads of sunscreens that do not leave a white cast. The BodyShop Skin Defense, Eucerin Oil Control Sun Gel Crème, Neutrogena Ultra Sheer, Zein Obagi, Earth’s Recipe, Laroche Posay etc. Don’t forget to apply 15 minutes before you go in the sun and reapply every 2 hours.

*some people may wish to combine steps 4 and 5. Opt for a moisturizing sunscreen rather than a moisturiser with sunscreen. Eucerin Oil Control is a great option.

 

 

EVENING ROUTINE


The day is over and you are home, wig off, bra off, shoes tossed aside. ….you need to wash your face. I understand you have had a long day, been in traffic etc but Lagos is such a polluted city, your phone has been on your ears most of the day, sweat ….do I need to go on?

Start by washing your hands. This is very important. You shouldn’t take dirty hands to your face. If you wore make up, you have to double cleanse which is basically taking off your make up with a designated make up remover and following with your regular cleanser.

Step 1a: 1st Cleanse.

Gently take off your eye and lip make up with a make-up remover and cotton pad. I particularly love the Garnier Oil infused Micellar Water for this purpose. Then sweep another cotton pad all over your face to remove the rest of your make up or sunscreen. Alternatively, you can use cleansing oil or cleansing balm. The Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing balm, Heimish All Clean Balm or the BodyShop Chamomile Cleansing Oil are all great options. Personally, I don’t like wipes but if you have to, then use wipes.

Step 1b: 2nd Cleanse.

Go in with your usual cleanser. It could be the same one you used in the morning or a different one. It is totally up to you. I have at least 3 cleansers in rotation.

Step 2: Tone.

Same as the morning routine (you may skip an acid toner if you are using retin A or Differin as it may be too much for your skin especially if you use Biologique Recherche P50).

Step 3: Treat.

Retinol, Retin A, Differin, hydrating serum, glycolic acid serum. It all depends on your skin concerns. If you are 25 and older, I would highly suggest adding retinol to your routine. With retinol ….start slow, ease into it and with Retin A and Differin…make sure you need it before you buy it as it is available here without a prescription.

Step 4: Moisturise.

If you are like me and you sometimes get dry after using retinol or retin A, wait 30 minutes and follow with a moisturiser or a facial oil.

 

Points to Note

  • See a Dermatologist or Esthetician, especially if you have acne. You may need medication or treatments no YouTuber, Blogger (myself included) or friend can provide.
  • Always remember to tailor your routine to your skincare needs, you can’t keep tackling hyperpigmentation and forget about hydration even when your skin is dehydrated.
  • Pay attention to your skin, be consistent, be patient and you will get results.

That’s it!

Hope you enjoyed reading the series. Feel free to tag me in pictures of routines you were able to build yourself.

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When it comes to building a skincare routine, it is easy to get confused and overwhelmed especially with all the information available on the internet. You see so many words and phrases and you don’t even know where to start from! what is a cleanser? Is it different from a toner? Do I need to wash my face twice daily? What is double cleansing? …The questions are endless!

With the Korean 10 step routine gaining popularity in recent years, it has left many wondering if this is the only way to achieve glowing skin as I know not too many people have the time for a multi-step routine every day. Also with the rise of bloggers, influencers, recommendations from friends and the oh so amazing ‘shelfies’ on Instagram, it is easy to go crazy when buying skincare products and end up buying what you don’t need or products that will do your skin no favours…..trust me, I have been down this expensive hole!

This post will be in two parts – Part 1 will address the 7 things you need to know before building your personal skincare routine and Part 2  will be a detailed explanation of each step of your morning and evening skincare routines with examples in each category.

Let’s get into it, 7 things you need to know BEFORE you build a personal skincare routine:

1.) Know your Skin Type

Products are usually formulated for specific skin types. You need to know if your skin is oily, dry, combination or if you are lucky…normal. You also need to know if your skin is sensitive, prone to redness etc.

2.) Know your Skin Concerns

Most of us have specific concerns we want skincare products or treatments to address. It could be acne, dehydration, dryness, hyperpigmentation, dermatitis or a combination of concerns. This will then inform product choices. You have no business buying La Mer if you have cystic acne. You get my drift?

3.) Do your Research

Read up on what the product will do for you, your options depending on your budget and read reviews.

4.) Know when to use the Products

For example Vitamin C serums are meant to be used during the day (except otherwise stated by the brand) and retinol is advised to be used at night.

5.) Start with the Basics

It may be difficult to go from not washing your face at all to a 10 step routine. Get a routine going first then add more products as needed.

6.) Manage your expectations

Know the results skincare products will give you. I believe certain results are only achievable in a dermatologist’s office. If you use an exfoliant, either physical or chemical, it will slough off dead cells making your skin smoother and brighter. You won’t be 2 to 3 shades lighter than your usual skin tone.

7.) Be Patient

Everything takes time. You can’t reverse damage accrued over two years in two weeks. To get visible results from most products, you will need to use them consistently for 6 to 8 weeks.
That’s it. Now you are armed with information on how to start building your routine, you are more informed when buying skincare products (or when anyone is trying to sell you anything)

 

In Part 2 we would look at morning and evening routines and what steps and products you need.

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