Tuesday

woman massages her face with jade roller
Photo: Polina Kovaleva

You have probably heard that the biggest organ of our body is our skin. On average, the surface area of a human's skin is between 1.5–2.0 square meters, and this is a mind-blowing fact! Skin is a barrier between the environment that surrounds us and the internal organs of the body. Therefore, it requires a lot of care and attention, as it carries out such an important function.

Various external factors such as mechanical damage, sun damage, pollution, and internal factors like hormonal changes and aging put our skin through a lot of stress. Add a lack of hydration and poor nutrition to all of this, and you'll cause irreversible damage to the skin. Thankfully, we live in a wonderful time and have a lot of different tools, ingredients, and treatments that allow us to both prevent skin damage and repair it. And here are five simple steps to do so.

woma massages her face
Photo: Polina Kovaleva

Step 1 | Lymphatic Drainage 

The very first step is to drain all the puffiness and trapped liquid out of your tissues. And, one of the best ways to do so is to do a special type of therapy, called lymphatic drainage facial. It is usually done by professionals, but you can hold a low-key massaging session yourself. This facial treatment will drastically reduce skin puffiness, redness, and even promote better blood circulation for a refreshed face. 

Step 2 | Reduce Inflammation

The cold must follow right after you apply heat to your skin. Hot and cold therapy is an excellent way to calm the skin inflammations, tighten and brighten up your facial skin. It also has a powerful anti-aging effect on your skin. When done regularly, hot and cold skin therapy strengthens up the immune system, promoting growth and repair of the skin cells.

face mask and jade roller are laying on marble table
Photo: Polina Kovaleva

  • Chill your skin with cryotherapy:

Cryotherapy is a facial procedure that involves having liquid nitrogen evenly spread all over your face. Such a facial instantly shrinks enlarged pores, soothes, and refreshes your skin. The procedure will take only 2 to 3 minutes of your time, and is considered to be safer and gentler to the skin, compared to chemical peels and mechanical exfoliators.

  • Or DIY ice cube facial:

If cryo facial isn't available for you, you can DIY this cold and hot procedure yourself. Freeze a few chamomile or cucumber ice cubes and use them on your skin right after the hot shower. Cold face roller or a few minutes of the cold shower are going to be a great alternative to professional cryotherapy as well.


Step 3 | Hydration & Nourishment

All facials and skincare procedures are going to leave your skin thirsty. That's when deep hydration and proper skin nourishment should follow. Skin serums induced with vitamins, creams, beauty oils, and toners are going to rejuvenate the skin, lock moisture in, and calm down irritated skin. Choose skincare products that are high in antioxidants, they will prevent skin stress and speed up the recovery process.

hand is holding face massager
Photo: Polina Kovaleva

Step 4 | Microcurrent Workout

Your facial muscles need a regular workout just like any other muscle in the body. Microcurrent technology, which has been used since 1980, is going to non-invasively stimulate your facial muscles, tightening, and toning them up. The microcurrent facial is completely painless and can be done by a professional esthetician, or at home, with the help of a portative microcurrent device. A long-term microcurrent treatment not only stimulates your facial muscles, but can also reduce the appearance of fine lines, and wrinkles, without harming your muscles and skin. 

Step 5 | LED Light Facial

And, lastly, a few words about the LED light facial. It uses a variety of wavelengths of light, including red and blue light, but does not use ultraviolet rays. Blue light is known to heal damaged skin, suppress levels of cortisol, and treat acne, while red light is used for anti-aging properties. The whole procedure is going to take up to 30 minutes, and you’ll need a few LED light sessions to see the first results.

Thursday

woman wearing black bridal dress posing on a coast

White is undoubtedly one of the most versatile colors. It fits absolutely anyone and can be combined with so many other colors in one beautiful ensemble. You can't go wrong choosing white, especially when it comes to a wedding dress. Yet, there is another trusty color that works just as great as white. Can you already guess what color I am talking about? Let's face it, the black is always the new black nothing can substitute for its elegance. Moreover, you can always rely on this color or its absence if you prefer to call it this way.

So, if your nocturnal instincts push you towards the dark side, or you plan to have a themed wedding ceremony then my today's post is for you. Here are some of my favorite black bridal dresses from elegant lace ornaments and bohemian wedding dresses to voluminous Victorian-inspired ensembles. And which one is your personal favorite?

gorgeous black mermaid bridal dresss

1. Dark Mermaid

Let's begin with the open-back black mermaid dress. It has sleek lace-covered sleeves and a long tail-like skirt. This dress is going to look fascinating on an hourglass figure highlighting curves and waistline. Nocturnal brides who love simple silhouettes and lace will adore this wedding dress.

woman in black bridal chiffon dress is posing on the snow

2. Odile from Swan Lake

Odile is the secondary antagonist in the Swan Lake ballet. Her dark entity inspired me to pick up this gorgeous black bridal dress with a voluminous chiffon gown. The top part features a deep-v-neck neckline under the thinnest coat of intricate lace. Looking stunning and radiates an edgy vibe.

woman is posing on a beach, wearing a black, boho-inspired bridal dress.

3. Moody Boho

The next dress you'll want to wear even after the wedding ceremony, as it is a very wearable, boho-inspired ensemble. It is going to be perfect for the beach wedding ceremony, and after, you can wear it casually or revamp it for a night out.

woman in black bridal dress with flower crown on her head is posing in a field.

4. Beauty in Modesty

This floor-length, draped gown is an ideal choice for the beginning of the spring or the fall time. Its modest silhouette and lace-covered sleeves are ideal for romantic brides. And the black color makes the dress versatile for various wedding themes.

a woman in a balck tulle bridal dress is posing in the field

5. Gothic Princess

Moody, and dark, this dress is made for a sad Gothic princess who enters a dreamy and obscure dream wedding. This black gown needs nothing to make your dark look complete. It is obsolete in its simplicity. Loose hair and smokey eye makeup are going to be your best friends for this dress. And, for the comfortable ceremony, opt-out for a pair of flats.

a woman in a simple black weding dress is posing in the field

6. Free-spirited Energy

Another perfect option for an outdoor wedding ceremony. This deep-v-neck black wedding dress is covered in tassels and has a loose cut. Exactly what you need if you aim for an ethnic vibe for your ceremony. When I see this dress, I imagine a private wedding somewhere in the middle of an immense grassland.

a woman wearing black wedding gown, posing on a coast

7. Gothic Sweetheart

The sweetheart neckline is one of the most delicate and the most popular choices for a wedding dress. It elongates the neck, accentuates the d├ęcolletage area. Combine it with a billowing tulle gown and a pair of drop earrings. You can also add a baroque necklace to your neck as a final Gothic touch.

woman wearing a black, gothic gown is posing in the field

8. The Black Queen

If the Gothic Princess wears a black tulle gown that looks like cotton candy, then The Black Queen rocks a full Victorian attire for her wedding. The boat shoulder neckline is covered in retro lace, Juliet sleeves, royal embroidery all over the gown, and, of course, a layered mantle that completes the look. Such an ensemble will fit a wintery fairytale wedding.

woman in a black wedding dress

9. Dark Elegancy

If you always wanted to wear a big, fluffy dress for your wedding but also wanted it to look "alternative", then you will definitely like the next dress. It combines all of the classic elements like a sweetheart bodice and fluffy skirt. Still, the pitch-black color makes this dress look edgy enough for a Gothic-inspired wedding.

a qoman in a black wedding dres is posing on a coast

10. Gloomy Fairytale

And the final dark beauty is an a-line dress with a 3-d floral lace and a bateau neckline. If Disney's Maleficent planned a glamorous wedding, she would go for this black bridal dress without any doubt. My favorite detail is a sexy slit on the side, which allows you to show some skin. A black diadem decorated with raw gems is a mandatory accessory for this dress.

Sunday

woman in holding vitamin serum in her left hand and posing
Photo: Mikhail Nilov

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.

a bunch of skin care tools that are laying on a plain background
Photo: Content Pixie

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. 

woman applies moisturizer on to her hand
Photo: Content Pixie

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.

Photo: Content Pixie

  • 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. 

a close-up of curly hair with flowers in it
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.

an opened bottle with honey on a table
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!

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