I’m sure you’ve heard a ton of people talk so much about their face routine that it’s almost as if they forget that their body is also skin and should be cared for. That’s why I’ve put this piece together on how you can have naturally glowing and beautiful skin without having to turn to bleaching creams to do the magic.

1. Exfoliate. Honestly, the first guide to naturally glowing skin is exfoliation! There are many ways to exfoliate your body and you can either explore the physical or chemical route. Lately, I’ve been using viscose mittens which are quite popular among Koreans to slough off dead skin. Only recently did I get to know about dry brushing, which is an excellent way also to physically exfoliate the skin and improve blood circulation. If you’re too lazy to do any type of scrubbing at home, there are spas that offer full body scrubs. Alternatively, there are quite a number of body care products that contain AHAs/BHAs which gently removes dead skin cells to reveal smoother, brighter skin.

2. Choose products with skin brightening ingredients. I love to glow, and another thing that aids that, asides exfoliating my body, is using products with natural brightening ingredients like Turmeric, Licorice extract, Papaya, or Lemon. My favorite skin brightening ingredient is Turmeric. I usually love to have them in my body washes as turmeric also helps to fades dark spots on my body. The good thing about these lighteners is that they gradually help to fade discolorations while evening out the skin tone without making you three to four shades lighter like bleaching creams do.

3. Choose body care products with skin-loving ingredients like Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Aloe Vera, Cucumber, Vitamin E and plant oils. I especially love Cocoa butter and Vitamin E because they help to even out my skin tone so I reach for body butters & lotions with these two ingredients. Oils also make the skin glow so you could opt for body butters with light oils or just light body oils themselves to keep your skin glowing. I have dry skin on my body and in the colder months of the year, I always mix my body lotion with body butters to keep my skin hydrated for a longer period of time.

4. Choose hydrating bath and body care products. Truth is dull skin is not only skin that isn’t exfoliated but also skin that isn’t hydrated either. When skin is well hydrated, skin glows from within so look for body lotions and creams that contain ingredients like honey, aloe vera, hyaluronic acid, glycerin, ceramides and squalene that will help maintain your skin’s moisture levels.

5. Eat fruits and veggies! As cliché, old and over-flogged as this may sound, taking fruits and veggies will really help your skin glow from the inside out. Fruits and vegetables supply antioxidants and vitamins that help protect our skin from free radicals, help blemishes heal fast and properly and promote radiant skin. They also help to detoxify, regenerate and renew the skin from inside out.

6. Take supplement for beautiful skin; Vitamin supplements are an easy way to help your skin stay healthy and glowing. Some good vitamin supplements to take include Fish oil, which is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids which support collagen growth and promote skin moisture, Zinc and calcium which helps fight wrinkles, keep skin tight, promote cell regeneration and cell growth, evening primrose which smoothens skin, improves its elasticity, moisture and firmness, Probiotic supplements that help to reduce skin conditions like acne, rosacea and eczema to mention a few. Because of the stress associated with having to swallow many tablets, there are actually supplement tablets like well woman which combine all the essential vitamins for good skin and health in one capsule. That way you get to only take fewer tablets.

7. Exercise! Probably another cliché statement but by increasing blood flow, exercising helps nourish our skin cells with nutrients that repair damage from the sun and from environmental pollution. When we work out, our sweat carries toxins to the surface of the skin to be released. More so, exercising encourages the production of the skin’s natural oils (although in moderation) which help to grease the skin and made it plum and healthy.

8. Wear Sunscreen: Don’t be that person who would religiously wear SPF on the face but leave out their body. I can be very guilty!! Just as you protect your face, it’s also super important to protect your body from the harmful effects of the sun. It’s really common knowledge that the sun causes sun burn, wrinkles, rapid aging and makes you more predisposed to skin cancer so slather your body as well with SPF 30 or above!

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As promised in my last post about hair levels and undertones, I’m back to continue the series sharing how to safely colour your hair. In this post I’ll be talking more about bleaching powder, developers and a step-by-step guide on how to safely bleach your hair.

 

First things first, bleaching comes before coloring; you can’t put hair dye or color on dark hair. For every hair coloring process, it is always necessary to mix bleaching powder with a developer. Bleaching before coloring, aids deeper penetration of the color.

 

BLEACHING POWDER

Achieving your desired hair colour depends hugely on the  type of bleaching powder you use. Premium quality bleaching powder, makes all the difference! Compromising on that is like gambling, it can make or break the hair’s outcome. Remember in my previous post, I mentioned the fact that there’s melanin in your hair right? So bleach mixed with the developer strips the hair’s melanin.

 

HAIR DEVELOPER

Hair developer contains hydrogen peroxide, which opens up the hair cuticles and reacts with the bleach to lighten the hair. The developer choice depends on how light you’re trying to go with the hair. Developer comes in different volumes: 10%, 20%, 30%, 40%. The volume represents the developer’s oxidizing potential

  • 10 Vol – is the lowest volume and can only be used to lift hair by 1 level.
  • 20 Vol – will lift 2 or 3 levels and can be used for color removal as well. Best for subtle highlights and for people with sensitive scalps.
  • 30 Vol – one of the best options for lightening hair. It lifts up to 4/5 levels.
  • 40 Vol – lifts up to 8 levels. Best use for black hair, always recommended to use on weaves and wigs if trying to go from hair level 1 to hair level 9/10. Always advisable to take extra precautions when using 40 Vol to prevent or reduce damage to the hair.

There are other developers in the market i.e. 50% Vol. I, personally, will not recommend you use that at all, unless you’re a professional.

 

IMPORTANT TIPS

  1. A mix of 1-part bleach and 2 parts developer is recommended, mixture shouldn’t be too runny or too thick.
  2. The only time you need really thick consistency is when bleaching closure and frontal knots.
  3. Bleach shouldn’t be on head for more than 30 – 45 minutes, on weaves and wigs, it can last for about an hour.
  4. Having the perfect mixture makes it easy to cover the hair evenly and avoid patchy results.
  5. Once the bleach mixture is dry, it doesn’t lift anymore on the hair.
  6. You must keep watching the hair during the bleaching process to see how fast it is lifting
  7. Rinse hair using acidic shampoo to close the hair cuticle after bleaching process.

 

If you would like to see all I mentioned broken down in a video format, here is the perfect tutorial on how to bleach hair: @shadesofbella_

 

In the concluding part of this series, I will share about the different types of hair dyes and how to use them. Make sure you check back, and if you’ve got any questions leave me a comment in the comment section below and I will respond.

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This is definitely an event the Nigerian beauty industry has been missing, a world-standard International Trade Show. Beauty West Africa is here to set the standard for beauty exhibitions, not just in Nigeria, but Africa as a whole and we are 100% here for it! They are bringing International Manufacturers, Wholesalers & Suppliers right to your door step.

So what exactly is Beauty West Africa, you ask? Keep reading….

 

 

Beauty West Africa (BWA) offers an exclusive once-a-year opportunity for the local beauty sector to engage with international companies, offering such a broad range of products from cosmetics to perfumes, hair to personal care. This exhibition is a Business-To-Business (B2B) trade show event. If you are a beauty business owner, current or aspiring, this is the event for you. Instead of emailing prospective international manufacturers/suppliers back and forth, or catching flights to China, India, Paris or wherever, BWA is here to save you time and money.

 

 

 

Also, on the flip side, if you’re local manufacturer looking to export your goods internationally, BWA is the perfect place to meet possible business partners to facilitate that. Even if you were looking to expand your local distribution chains, BWA has established partnerships with some of the largest importer groups and retail chains in the country; these bodies are responsible for importing and distributing beauty and personal care products across Nigeria:

  • Balogun Business Association
  • Onitsha Main Market Traders Union
  • Cosmetics Dealers Association

BWA will be hosting them onsite for all Exhibitors to meet.

Sign Up for an Exhibition Booth

They still have a few Exhibition Booths available. Businesses wishing to exhibit are advised to contact Georgina Lloyd, Exhibition Manager:

Telephone: +44 (0) 2476 158100

Email: info@beautywestafrica.com

 

Register to Attend (it’s FREE)

The 3-day event will be reserved for trade visitors for the first two days (November 21-22), but will open up to the general public for the last day (November 23).

It’s all free to attend, but to speed up the registration process, visitors can pre-register:

www.beautywestafrica.com/


BeautyInLagos is proud to be a part of Beauty West Africa this year and we have some exciting opportunities for our local SMEs, so keep checking back for more information and updates about the exhibition.

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I discovered this brand as one does while scrolling through my Instagram feed and after looking at the reviews and the website I decided to try one of their products. Because my main skin issues are active acne and hyperpigmentation I decided to start with the spot eradicator mask. The main active ingredient in the mask is glycolic acid and activated charcoal which should work well on active acne.

Glycolic acid is useful in dealing with skin pigmentation so is helpful for my acne scars and skin discolouration. In addition the activated charcoal and tea tree oil also help with dealing with active acne.

 

 

How To Use

The actual mask is dark grey in colour and has a pudding (custard) like consistency, which allows it to be spread evenly across my face. I generally used the mask twice a week, after spreading it thinly on my face I let it dry and sit on my face for 20 minutes or more. Make sure you shake the tube before application as its got a runny consistency and may separate slightly, so shake it up first.

 

Results

I absolutely love the product, it does what is says. When I have had active spots after using the product the acne reduces significantly and disappears within a day. It has also helped with some off my texture and pigmentation issues. Despite the size of the tube I have had mine for over 2 months and have used it pretty consistently and I am yet to put in dent in the tube. The mask also helped in lightening some of my post acne hyperpigmentation which were pretty dark and although they have not completely disappeared they are less visible.


AT A GLANCE

Cost – N10, 000/60mls

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Is effective for active acne
  • No irritation and is suitable for sensitive skin
  • Quick delivery
  • Easily accessible (the brand is active on Instagram and very responsive)

Cons

  • A bit runny, so ensure that you shake before each use
  • Must use a sunscreen

Who it is for – For people with active acne and hyperpigmentation

Rating –  4/5 it is a very effective mask and one I will keep on rotation as part of my skincare routine

Where to buy –  www.ormaskincare.com

Alternatives

  •  NIP+FAB Glycolic Instant Fix Mask – Glycolic fix
  • StriVectin Advanced Acid Glycolic Skin Reset Mask
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Everyone has good skin days (I hope) and everyone has bad skin days (except Beyonce, but you knew that already). I think the key to great skin is knowing what to do to pull your skin back from the edge when it’s acting up. Like, tried, tested, and true steps to restore normalcy. There’s nothing worse than trying different things and not knowing what will work and when it will while your skin gets progressively worse. That said, please visit a dermatologist if your skin condition is not improving after you’ve tried what you believe to be helpful.

I have combination/ oily/ sensitive skin and I have experienced it all – white heads, black heads, irritated skin – everything.

But over the years, in the course of building my regimen and trying several products and methods, I think I’ve found a few ways and products to get to a point where I can say I am happy with my skin. And when a flare up does occur, I know what to do or what can help. Great skin can be the default, not the exception!

 

La Roche Posay Toleriane Dermo Cleanser

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This is sensitive skin gold! It’s a cleanser but I use this as a cleanser, as a mask, and as a treatment. Whenever my skin feels irritated, the first thing I do is pare down my regimen to the basics. About three products make it and this is top of the list.

This calms any itchiness or redness and restores calmness to my skin so I can focus on other treatments. La Roche Posay describes this as for ‘all types of intolerant skin’ and it couldn’t be more accurate. It also has a lot of slip so I’ll occasionally use this when I want to give myself a face massage – rub it on, massage, and then wipe off with a warm flannel.

 

Simple Kind to Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser

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This is one of my favourite moisturisers especially when my skin just wants to breathe. It contains no artificial fragrance, is really light, and dispenses just the right amount of moisture. It’s tempting to stop all things skin care when your skin is acting up because you don’t know what the culprit might be. This gives all the moisture with none of the aggravation.

 

Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil

The second I feel a spot forming, I use this oil. It drastically reduces the size of whatever was brewing and calms my skin. You know how you apply some acne treatments and they seal whatever was forming below your skin, and then you’re stuck with a big bump that refuses to come to a head and some dry skin on top? Not this treatment. In addition to helping with spots, it’s also good for my pores and the overall appearance of my skin. I can’t remember where I read it but someone once said they were going back to the pro brands. Sometimes, there’s a reason why they’ve lasted this long and still have a huge following. Clarins is a great example of a great pro brand. This oil is perfect for oily/ combination skin which is more break out prone. If I look back and try to pinpoint where exactly my skin changed for the better, I think it might be when I incorporated this oil into my routine. It’s not an oily oil so it’s just perfect for my skin type. I once tried Sunday Riley’s Flora (back when it was called Isis) and as much as I loved it, I had to admit it was too rich for my oily skin. The Lotus oil is quite a light and absorbent oil. Forever repurchasing!

BONUS:

Diet

Whatever you eat or drink reflects on your face, period. Good skin starts with a healthy gut. Incorporating more vegetables, eating fresh, drinking more water, drinking less alcohol, avoiding sugar and processed food, and taking my vitamin supplements and probiotics regularly have all contributed to a positive improvement in my skin health. The key is to make it a lifestyle not a one-off thing.

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