You may have heard the quote “getting older is out of your hands but looking older is not”. I am a firm believer that as long as you are alive, you can’t anti-age! Ageing is a natural process. However, do not despair, you can control it to an extent and it is best to start early as damage already done may be irreversible. It is easy to fall for the marketing hype of anti-ageing creams with buzzwords like “magic”, “miracle”, “overnight” and expect a cream to do all the work. The harsh truth is creams can only do so much, it is a combination of lifestyle choices, the right products and treatments that really work. We know not everyone can afford botox, fillers or most treatments that turn back the clock (besides your hands and knees will give you away if your diet and lifestyle choices are not so great) so here are 5 tips that can help you “not look your age”:

 

1. Diet and Lifestyle

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Yes…you read that right. Do not let the “black don’t crack” deceive you. Black WILL crack if you slack. Smoking, excessive consumption of alcohol, processed food and sugar will age you faster than you can control. Eat a diet rich in vegetables and healthy fat, eat fruits, drink lots of water, exercise and take your supplements regularly. No point spending so much money and time on skincare if all the above are not under control.

 

2. Wear Sunscreen Daily

I can’t emphasize this enough. Sun damage will age you. – wrinkles, hyperpigmentation are some of the effects of sun exposure. While the sun is beneficial in terms of Vitamin D, excessive sun exposure is bad for your skin. Don’t forget to reapply every two hours.

 

3. Exfoliate

I personally prefer chemical exfoliation but you can also use a physical one. Ensure it’s not a scrub with large and harsh granules as this may do more harm than good. Exfoliation helps get rid of dead skin, revealing smooth and soft skin and prepares your skin for skincare products. For chemical exfoliation, look for products with glycolic, lactic or salicylic acid and it may be in toner or serum form or both. Aim for at least three times a week.

 

4. Add a Retinol Serum or Cream to your routine

Start early and slowly. If you are 25 and above, I would highly suggest adding retinol to your nighttime skincare routine. I started super early and although I didn’t know what I was doing then, it has paid off eventually. Retinols help to resurface your skin, reduce the appearance of pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles. My favourite retinol brands are Skinceuticals, Jordan Samuel, Indeed Labs and Paula’s Choice.

 

5. Be Consistent with your skincare routine

Don’t wear make up to bed, see a dermatologist/aesthetician if you need to and don’t use skin bleaching products. If you are still struggling on how to build a skincare routine for yourself. Checkout my two previous posts: 7 Things to know before you build a routine & How to build a skincare routine


This is by no means an exhaustive list. What anti-ageing tips do you swear by? Let me know in the comment section

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Olabisi is a Medical Doctor and Skincare Blogger based in Lagos. When she is not busy working with vulnerable women and children, she is writing blog posts on www.thatgeminigirl.com.

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Growing healthy hair is what most of us dream of and it is a possibility for almost everyone (unless you’ve got a medical condition), but before this can be achieved you need to understand your hair. Hair texture, scalp condition, porosity, these are all factors that you discover, along your healthy hair journey, to be crucial at determining the health of your hair. In this post I will be shedding some light on hair porosity, and how an understanding of this will greatly improve your journey to healthy hair.

What is Hair Porosity?

Hair Porosity refers to the ability of your hair to absorb and retain moisture, and with our texture of hair moisture addition & retention is CRUCIAL. Knowing and understanding the porosity of your hair is the key to determining and streamlining a daily hair regimen that’s actually effective. The easiest and most common method to determine your porosity is ‘The Cup Test”.

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Place a few strands of hair in a glass of water, you can just use some of your shed hair that’s trapped in your comb. If they float, you may consider it ‘low’ or not absorbent; stays in the middle, it is considered ‘normal,’ hair sinks to the bottom, you have ‘high’ porosity hair. So now that you know the porosity of your hair you are better informed to start introducing methods that better allow your products and hair treatments have an effect on the health and growth of your hair.

 

Low Porosity

This when your hair is unable to absorb or retain moisture this is because the cuticles are close together or closed on the hair shaft, blocking any moisture or liquid to be absorbed. Cream or liquid products just lay on the hair having little or no effect. Think of low porosity as a closed door where nothing can get in.

Hair thrives on moisture and with low porosity hair the trick is to get it into those closed hair cuticles. There are a few things you can start incorporating into your regimen:

  • Heat: Opens the cuticles layers and allows for better water absorption. After washing your hair apply your deep conditioner. Place a plastic cap over your hair and steam under a hooded dryer, steamer, or thermal cap for 20-30 minutes.
  • At the styling stage of your regimen, use the LCO (liquid/leave-in, cream, oil) method not the LOC (liquid/leave-in, oil, cream) method, as Oil is a sealant and should be used on low porosity hair as the last step. It is advisable to use lighter oils which works best for this hair type. Examples of Oils to use are as follows; Argan Oil, Grape seed Oil, Baobab Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil, Hemp Seed Oil and Apricot Oil.
  • Use water-based products for your conditioners, leave-ins, styling aids (such as hair milks).
  • Avoid heavy butters, these can produce product build up.

 

High Porosity

This hair-type is usually very porous, it absorbs and loses moisture quickly. People with high porosity hair tend to complain a lot about dryness at the end of the day no matter how moist it was in the morning. This is because the cuticles of the hair shaft are open, so everything applied to the hair can’t stay in. High porosity hair can be likened to an open door; so the major concern is keeping the moisture in. There are several ways this can be achieved:

  • Layering: This simply means layering products in order to lock in the moisture, this can be achieved with the L.O.C method, you can start out with a leave-in, follow with an oil, then with a cream and/or a butter or pomade.
  • Sealant: As the name indicates, sealants trap moisture into your hair. For those with thick hair, common sealants used for high porosity include heavy oils such as olive oil and castor oil. You can also use butters or pomades infused with oil. Fine/thin hair may be weighed down by the use of heavy oils or butters. You may need to use a lighter oil or cream to seal such as grape seed oil.
  • Protein Treatments: Will help build up the strength of your hair thus protecting against further damage. Do protein treatments as often as you think your hair needs.

Normal Porosity

This is the ideal hair condition, it absorbs and retains moisture, doesn’t dry out throughout the day. Your focus is finding and using products that work best for your hair.

 

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There are no definitive best care practices that apply to your hair type, but you must ensure to continually monitor your hair to evaluate its needs.

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Iweriaha is an Entrepreneur and Beauty Enthusiast. She owns Beauty Gallery a beauty retail store with a goal to be the one stop for all beauty needs; Hair Extensions & Products, Skincare and Makeup.

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Our Glow-Queen, Teniola (Tenny) Kashaam, Head Makeup Artist at TennyCoCo Studio, is back again and this time she’s sharing her top 5 Highlighters for warmer skintones. If you missed the previous post where she shared her favourite ‘Glow’ products, you NEED to read that! Click here

Based on her previous recommendations I think we’re pretty-much all convinced she knows her stuff when it comes to this Glow Game, so we are excited when she agreed to also share with us her favourite highlighters, scroll down to see:

 

1.) BECCA SHIMMERING SKIN PERFECTOR ‘CHOCOLATE GEODE’ N16,500

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2.) HUDA BEAUTY 3D HIGHLIGHTER PALETTE ‘BRONZE SANDS’ N22,500

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3.) FENTY BEAUTY KILLA WATT ‘GINGER BINGE/MOSCOW MULE’ N15,500

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4.) ARTIST COUTURE DIAMOND GLOW POWDER ‘LICKABLE’ N17,000

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5.) FENTY BEAUTY KILLA WATT ‘TROPHY WIFE’ N15,500

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All products listed are Available for purchase from: @TennyCocoStudio

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The Jade Stone Roller is a portable hand-held facial massage device, usually with two jade stones attached on either side. The ‘Jade’ is a semi-precious stone made from two gems, Nephrite and Jadeite. As with most precious or semi-precious stones the grade, purity and quality will always be in contention however, this stone also has huge cultural significance in Chinese history. What’s it for, you ask…. I can explain it a little better after I tell you a bit more about your skincare routine.

Many people have a routine that takes complete care of the skin at the cellular level, it may also include products that provide collagen and elasticity to the tissues, but they will most likely neglect their facial muscles. A tense facial muscle can hinder the penetration of your favourite skincare products which negates the whole point of spending precious thousands on the latest cult product. Regular facial massages reduce muscular tension allowing for better penetration of topical products, it also help improve blood flow in the tissues and cells.

 

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This is where a Jade Roller comes in. Incorporating one into your routine will ease facial tension, increase blood circulation and drain toxins.

Think about the last time you checked yourself in for a Facial treament at your favourite spa, and the Therapist would gently massage each product into your skin, completing a full facial massage with every step on your entire face, neck and decolletage. Your skin looked great and had glow that lasted for days. That’s because during the facial treatment the intermittent massages eased up your facial muscles, allowing for each product to penetrate better and have a lasting effect for days after.

Don’t feel bad if you’ve never had a facial and you feel as though your products may never have such a lasting effect, although we do advise getting regular facials, the good news is you already have the KEY product you need for your facial massage… your Hands! So then, a tool like the Jade Roller only enhances the process of conducting facial massages.

Neglecting to care for your facial muscles is a huge disadvantage to your skincare goals. Incorporating regular facial massages into your routine will correct this.

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Is a Jade Roller an absolute necessity for your routine? Personally, we don’t this so, but having one won’t hurt! Do Jade Rollers serve a purpose? I think we’ve pretty-much clarified that 🙂

So, will you be getting a Jade Roller?

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So you just completed your final training as a Makeup Artist and you’re ready to start beating those faces. First step is to begin building your Makeup Kit which can be a bit of a challenge when you’re starting out as an Artist. Makeup these days can be pricey, especially products from the popular cult brands like Fenty Beauty, Huda Beauty, Artist Couture or luxury brands like Lancome or MAC, coupled with the fact that you’ve just started and you’re not quite raking in the clients yet. Well let’s praise the makeup god’s for Julia! Julia is an Associate Makeup Artist at popular makeup house Doranne Beauty, and she is known for her ‘nack’ at finding cheaper alternatives for more expensive products; these are termed ‘duplicates’ or ‘dupes’ in the beauty world.

In this post Julia shares with us 5 Dupes, she personally uses on her clients, that give her similar results to the original (more expensive) product:

 

1. MAC COSMETICS BROWS STYLER ‘SPIKED’

 

 

 

 

2. DIOR ADDICT LIP MAXIMISER

 

 

 

3. TARTE MARACUJA OIL

 

 

 

4. MAC STUDIO FIX POWDER

 

 

5. MAC PREP+PRIME FIX+ SPRAY


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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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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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