Sunday

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Congratulations, your skin is finally clear and free of the annoying pimples and acne. Now, when they are completely gone, the only problem left is scarring. Certainly, you can cover skin imperfections with a layer of makeup. However, makeup will not camouflage uneven skin texture, it will only make it look more prominent. The only real solution is actually to make the scar less visible naturally or fade it away. Acne scars tend to get less visible with time, but it is possible to quicken up this process. Still, before starting any treatment, it is best to understand the real reason behind scarring and the removal mechanism.

What Causes Acne Scars?

Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation or PIH is the medical term used to describe the dark mark and skin unevenness left after the acne is gone. In the beginning, the scar looks red, turning dark brown or even purplish with time.  If you have a darker skin complexion, then you are more prone to get darker acne scars. Usually, the pigmentation lasts somewhere between three to five years, though it may stay for longer periods of time. 

Severe acne scarring may be more common when the surface of the pimple is damaged by scratching or "popping". This promotes inflammation and causes the skin to raise more pigment melanin onto the surface of the skin, as the body tries to protect the sensitive area. The higher level of melanin leaves the skin with dark spots in the place of post-acne.

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What are the Most Common Types of Acne Scars?

While most acne scars are flat, and pigmented, some of them may appear higher or lower on the skin. This creates an uneven texture on the surface of the face, which is harder to conceal. Therefore, preventing acne before it begins is very important. If the acne process has already begun, it is crucial to treat it at an early stage, before the appearance of deep scarring.

Other acne scars, which are commonly called hypertrophic scars, are even more visible on the skin, as they are more raised and developed. They are even harder to battle, but nothing is impossible. Though, you may need a little help on the side, and a well-planned course of scar treatment.

Best Post-acne After-Care and Treatments

Now, when we know that it is important to start the treatment early in the healing period when the acne pimple is not inflamed anymore, it is completely healed and flat. To speed up the healing, use anti-inflammatory remedies like Hydrocortisone and Vitamin E. Both of them reduce inflammation and swelling, preventing the forming of the actual acne scar. Avoid using any damaging procedures during this stage, as they can lead to more pigmentation and scarring. Don't forget to consult your dermatologist before starting any kind of skin treatment.

Once your skin is completely healed, has no sign of inflammation, you can start using other remedies like Vitamin C. It is a potent antioxidant that prevents melanin synthesis or melanogenesis, and so it reduces hyperpigmentation. Retinol and Hyaluronic acid in your skincare routine will stimulate collagen synthesis, and it will even out post-acne skin bumpiness. 

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Best Ingredients that Help Reduce Acne Scars

Some skin care ingredients may help you on your way to even skin. To make them work better, pair them with regular face moisturizer. One of the best ingredients that improve skin texture is Mandelic Acid. This ingredient also plays a huge role in the cell renewal process.

Another great acne scars treatment is Azelaic Acid. It has a very gentle, but very effective exfoliating nature. It is even recommended for people with Rosacea. For severe cases of acne scarring, and for keloid scars, use a powerful combination of Retinoids and Hydroquinone.

How to Maintaining Scar-Free Skin?

Maintaining scar-free skin is yet another battle for healthy skin. The most important rule here is a potent sunscreen with an SPF. Invest in a good-quality product with at least SPF 90, and don't forget to re-apply it regularly. Post-acne skin is sensitive and prone to sunburn. Plus, UV exposure may make the pigmentation more severe, so it is crucial to protect your skin from the sun.

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  • Develop a Skin Care Routine, and Stick to It
Now, when the acne is gone, we want to avoid relapse, and a thorough morning and evening skincare routine is going to prevent new blemishes and pimples from reappearing. Consult your dermatologist and develop your personal routine that suits your lifestyle and skin type. Stick to the routine and don't skip the steps.

  • Cleansing And Moisturizing is a Must
Give special attention to the cleansing process in your routine. Skip the harsh scrubbing, opting for gentle chemical peels. Use them once a week to release your skin from the dead cells, refreshing its appearance. Follow the cleansing with a rich moisturizer in the evening, and SPF-based cream for the daytime.

  • Check your skin regularly with a Dermatologist.
It is important to stay in touch with your dermatologist throughout the whole healing process. A professional doctor will help you with wound healing, tell you if you need any additional topic treatments, and do extra exams if necessary. It is important to check in with your dermatologist regularly, even after your acne is completely gone.

Hopefully, their skincare tips will help you during your acne treatment process. Remember to don't pick on your skin and squeeze the pimples, even if they annoy you too much. Prevention of acne and acne scarring is better and easier than cure. 

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Photo: Rafaela Lima

Is your hair dry and damaged because of regular blow-drying, heat styling, towel twisting (which is, by the way, a real thing!), chemical treatments, excessive washing, or general environmental factors? You are definitely not alone, we have all been in similar situations! And when left untreated, they can lead to even more breakage and damage. But don’t despair; with proper hair care and the right restorative hair care product, you can easily get your smooth, silky hair back. 

To cut your search for the perfect hair care solution short, we have decided to share our go-to shampoo pick specifically for damaged hair that is made out of the finest ingredients and will give you the best results in a matter of time! And not to forget, reasonably priced too. So what are you waiting for!? Here we go...

Honey Treasures Repairing Shampoo is one of the best, top-rated shampoos on the market today that is specially formulated to address damaged hair. The Whole Blends Honey Treasure shampoo is carefully crafted with honey, propolis, and royal jelly extract in a lush and creamy formula that keeps hair strong against any damage and replenishes dry, lifeless hair from root to tip with every use. 

The use of natural moisturizing factors and antioxidants is what truly sets this hair care product apart. It also stimulates the scalp and keeps frizz at bay. Unlike other shampoos that are packed with a constellation of chemicals and wreak havoc on your hair (and skin), Whole Blends Honey Treasure is paraben-free with a subtle calming scent, making it gentle enough for everyday use (however, experts recommend not to shampoo hair daily). In case you don’t know, the Whole Blends Honey Treasure range is also renowned for salon hair care and treatments. That’s how big of a deal this shampoo really is! Now let me take you through the key ingredients that make this hair care product what it is.

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Photo: Chinh Le Duc

Main Ingredients:

  • Honey

As the name says, honey is the key ingredient here. “Can honey grow hair?” you may ask. Yes, it can! In fact, Honey works wonders for your hair. It is emollient, meaning it retains moisture in your hair to give that soft and smooth texture. Honey is also rich in antioxidant properties, which enables it to reduce hair breakage and hair loss, keeping your hair strong and healthy. It contains anti-bacterial properties as well, which prevents scalp infections that can affect hair growth.

  • Propolis

Propolis extracts are known for their nourishing and repairing properties. Also called “bee cement”, it is a chemically complex substance produced by bees that offers healing benefits.

  • Royal Jelly

You may also know royal jelly as “bee’s milk”, and it is a nutrient-rich concentrate. It is commonly used in cosmetic products as a powerful tool of restore and damage repair. It pampers dull, dry, and damaged skin and hair, bringing them back to life.

  • Instructions:

• Apply 1-2 pumps of whole blend honey shampoo to wet hair

• Massage into a lather 

• Rinse and repeat (if necessary). A cool water rinse is also nice to help gently lose the hair shaft.

• Use the full Whole Blends Honey Treasures system, with shampoo, conditioner, and hair mask treatment for best hair-strengthening and repairing results.

I hope you solve all your hair woes with Whole Blends honey. Trust me; you will love this honey blend shampoo as much as I do!

Guest Post

Tuesday

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When life gives me too many limes, I either do Caipirinha or bake a bunch of lime and cinnamon rolls to eat the stress away. Of course, it doesn't sound too inspiring, but certainly relatable. Besides being a great stress-relieving food, cinnamon rolls are one of the best holiday desserts for a beginner. They are super easy in making, you won't need any prior experience, and everyone can find a couple of limes and cinnamon at their disposal. So, everything you need to bake the most delicious lime and cinnamon rolls is to follow my recipe. You can even prepare it together with your friends, relatives, and childer, making the holiday evening both yummy and fun. So, let's begin!

Ingredients For Lime & Cinnamon Rolls:

• 2 cups of flour

• 3/4 cup of warm milk

• 1 full teaspoon of dry yeast

• 1 egg

• Vanilla extract

• 2 teaspoons baking powder

• Ground cinnamon

• White or brown sugar

• Salt

• Butter or margarine

• Lime juice

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A Step-by-step Lime & Cinnamon Rolls Recipe:

1. Start with preheating your oven to 400 F (200 C). Next, prepare your baking dish by applying a very thin layer of butter or vegetable oil inside it. This will prevent our cinnamon rolls from sticking to the dish.

2. Now let's start mixing the ingredients. Put yeast and all the necessary amount of sugar into the mixing bowl. Add the warm (not hot!) milk to the mixture and let the yeast completely dissolve. When the mixture starts to create a foam, you can start the next step.

3. Add an egg and vanilla extract to the mixture of milk and yeast. Start to slowly sift the flour and the baking powder into the bowl, softly mixing all of these ingredients together. You can add a pinch of salt at this point to balance out the sweet and sour tastes. Let the mixture 'relax' for some time.

4. Proceed to stir the dough. For the best cinnamon rolls, the dough shouldn't be hard and rubber, but soft and supple. You can start by mixing it with a plastic spatula, slowly switching it with your hands. To prevent yeast dough from sticking to your fingers apply some vegetable oil over them.

6. Let the dough rest once again, give it around 30 minutes. At the same time, you can prepare lime caramel for filling. Do so by mixing sugar and lime juice in the saucepan and putting it on fire. Let the lime caramel thicken in the pan, no need to stir it.

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7. The dough is ready to become the tastiest cinnamon roll! It is time to put some vegetable oil on the surface of the table and put the dough on it. Roll out the dough into a thin rectangle and brush the surface of the dough with soft butter, lime caramel and sprinkle with a large amount of cinnamon.

8. Next roll and tuck the dough tightly enough, so that the filling can't escape. Cut the 'log' into a few rolls, and try to keep them similar in size. Place the rolls one by one inside of the baking form and bake them until the cinnamon rolls are done. It takes about 25-30 minutes. You can sprinkle them up with some powdered sugar, or brown sugar crystals. And your lime and cinnamon rolls are done and ready to be served on the table.

Planning on inviting your friends and your family to celebrate the winter holidays? Treat them with freshly baked homemade lime cinnamon rolls! People you love will definitely enjoy these flavored rolls even more than Cinnabons, as you will bake them with love and care. These rolls taste the best with some spicy tea or freshly-brewed coffee. If you aren't a fan of lime, you can substitute it with any other fruit, and even add chocolate drops, vanilla topping, some delicious jam, or even ice cream. I wish you all an amazing day and delicious cooking!

Thursday

a portrait of a woman in water
Photo: Ryanniel Masucol

Happy time of a day, my nocturnal creatures, how are you doing? Hopefully, you are all doing great and preparing yourself for the upcoming spring season. In today’s post, we’re going to be talking about the four most basic skincare rules that are mandatory for clean and healthy skin with no blemishes and dry patches. These lessons help me to outlive bad skin days, turning my dull, dry, and flaky skin glowing again. Maybe, you’ll find some of these skincare rules familiar, yet it is always nice to repeat them once again, isn’t it? Still, I hope that for some of you this post is going to be useful!

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A Well-balanced Diet

We all know the old and good saying, you know that one that says we are what we eat. Our health, beauty, and even our mood come from the inside and from the food we consume. Especially for people with problematic skin, a well-balanced diet is vital to clean facial skin. So, I propose to fill ourselves with a bunch of fresh fruits and veggies, which are great sources of fiber, vitamins, and other beneficial elements. Forget about bad habits, junk food, and drinks. Consult your nutritionist, this doctor will give you tips on healthy eating and exercise.

Here are a few basic pieces of advice that will help you to organize your meals:


•Eat the necessary amount of calories your body can consume during the day;


• Limit intake of sugar, fats, and dairy;


• Limit salt and strong spices in your food;


• Increase the quantity of beta-carotene and vitamins C, E, and A.

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The Importance of Hydration

Water is key to healthy and beautiful skin. If we don't drink enough water our skin dries and is covered with small wrinkles and patches. Water deficiency is a way to early aging and health issues. The average amount of water for adults is about 2 liters (67.6 oz), but to make sure you receive enough water per day use this Hydration Calculator. This website will calculate the approximate amount of water you should drink for your age, weight, and lifestyle.

Thorough Skin Care Routine

A reasonable skincare routine is super important for healthy skin, and a well-planned routine can cardinally change the skin situation. The main idea is to find beauty products that suit your skin condition and lifestyle the best and repeat them all the time. Of course, your skincare routine may vary, depending on the time of the year, but always remember about three main skincare steps: cleaning, toning, and moisturizing. Consult a dermatologist and after sticking to your skincare to see the results.

There is no need to buy the most expensive beauty care products on the market, just find those cosmetic products that will fit your skin type and age. Always use products with SPF even if it is winter outside and there is no sun. Try to avoid skincare products containing alcohol and strong fragrances. Alcohol and fragrances can irritate and damage your skin, causing allergic reactions.

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Squeaky-clean Makeup Tools

And finally, one of the most important rules is to clean and sterilize your makeup tools. What's the point in the clean face and expensive makeup products, if you are going to apply them with disgusting dirty tools? Don't forget to wash your hands before applying your makeup. I like to carry around a spray bottle with alcohol, so I can clean spray my hands and brushes. There are so many bacteria, living among the home dust and feeding on our makeup products. Make a habit to wash your makeup tools, especially those you use to apply creamy and greasy products after each use.

Certainly, there are so many other useful rules that can help you to improve your skin health. But I hope these tips were somehow useful and interesting for you. Please let me know if there is something I should know to make my skin better. I wish you all to stay healthy and beautiful and stay tuned for more beauty tips on my blog. Until the next time!

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