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The Power Of “C”

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, skin-lightener,
Collagen booster
and can even protect the skin from u.v damage!

It is no wonder why this ingredient has gotten so much hype over the years and has been used in countless amounts of products on the shelves.

But how much vitamin c will actually make a difference in my skin?

Well it depends what exactly you are wanting to get out of using vitamin c. If you are wanting skin lightening properties, vitamin c needs to be at a concentration of 2% , and only some forms of vitamin c will function as a skin lightening ingredient.

The problem when searching for a vitamin c product is that we don’t understand where vitamin c stands in a serums formula , the most common form of vitamin c would be “ascorbic acid” if you see this ingredient at the top of the list, that is great! If you see it at the end (after preservatives) don’t even bother!

I have put together a few of my favourite “C” superstars !

Keeping in mind; these are not in order of vitamin c concentration but picked for its overall formula!

Enjoy

3. Dermalogica- MAP-15 Regenerator

I am not usually one for gimmicky like products that look cool to use but “don’t perform”. In this case it’s an exception! Yes this product goes from powder to liquid in a cute mini dispenser, but it also delivers ALOT of vitamin c into the skin , and is “magnesium ascorbyl phosphate” which has lots of research to perform well! This can be mixed with your favourite product or worn alone!

2. Kieh’s- Powerful Strength Line Reducing Concentrate

I LOVE this product! It contains a very high amount of vitamin c, and the reliable kind as well (ascorbic acid). This formula is simple which is great for sensitive skin as you are less likely to be allergic to any of the ingredients. This is silky and works great under your moisturiser !

1. Estée Lauder- Even Skintone Illuminator

This is my favourite multi tasking serum! This provides a high amount of vitamin c and a wide cocktail of antioxidants and anti irritants to prevent more sun spots from forming! This will effectively diminish discolourations, reduce redness, prevent against oxidation and it also has a slight shimmer to it to make your face more luminous! This is also oil free and works great under your moisturiser.
I am smitten over this serum!

Have you tried the power of C…. If so, which serum do you like?

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Bb Cream Crazy!

When I first heard about “bb” creams, I was quite intrigued and wanted to find out what made these products so special, and
Why everyone was talking about them.

Before I could even blink, every company started advertising their own bb creams and following this crazy new trend that Asia had first started!
Garnier, Loreal, Maybeline and even the more luxurious company’s started to follow!

So what is a “bb” cream?
Well, it was initially called “blemish balm” but is now commonly called “beauty balm” as it beautifies the face and has multiple functions.

They usually consist of…

-a texture for all skin types (usually oil free formula)
-offers spf, usually 30+
-tinted to suit your skin color
-has skin-lightening properties as this is a popular request in the asian markets
-has a broad range of antioxidants inside
-evens out skintone
-reduces redness
-gives light to medium coverage (a little more than sheer)
-moisturisers and repairs
-balances oil production
-treats blemishes

So you can see from this long list of benefits, that these bb creams sound amazing but there is nothing different about a “bb” cream compared to a “tinted moisturiser”, the only difference I can think of is that a bb cream was typically used to lighten the skin in asia, when a tinted moisturiser is to even out skin tone, or to give a tan for a healthier bronzed look!

There is also now a new craze similar to the “bb” creams!

It is called “cc” creams. I must admit, I did have a big laugh when I heard this name… More ridiculous names for products that do the same job.

Cc stands for “color corrective” and is all about using a tint that will reduce a certain concern, ( i.e green for redness ).
The formula is usually a little thicker and providing slightly more coverage and still maintaining a high spf.

I honestly am still not impressed by this, as it has been done many times before, but just hasn’t had a ridiculous name behind it before, so now it has been advertised and marketed heavily, everybody wants one !

I have always been a huge fan of tinted moisturisers and love that you only need one step in the regime (after cleansing of course)

When I’m looking for the perfect tinted moisturiser, this Is what I look for…

-sheer natural coverage with a glow
-sufficient moisture for cold days
-low in fragrance/fragrance free
-no alcohol
-loads of antioxidants for my money
-spf 15 or above (preferably 30+)
-extra touches, such as skin identical ingredients, and vitamin b3 is a plus!)
-gentle formula

As I am on the topic of tinted moisturisers/bb/cc/creams, I thought I would share my favourite products of this category ! (Keeping in mind, these products work for my skin and what suits my concerns)

3. “Daywear BB Cream- Estée Lauder”- $48

This bb cream exceeds over many bb’s that I have come across
It is LOADED with antioxidants and all those skin loving extras that most company’s miss out on!
This product includes: gentian root, knotweed, rice, wheat, rosemary, linoleic acid, vitamin e, vitamin c extracts! Not to mention extras like caffeine and cholesterol for the skin, very well done! ( did i mention it is spf 35+ ! )

It’s all you need this summer as the coverage is light to medium leaving your skin looking perfect. (Tho coverage is a bit too much for boys but girls will love this!)

2. “Vitazing Energy Boosting Moisturiser- Origins- $45”

This product leaves the most BEAUTIFUL coloured tint on my skin and somehow magically adheres to your own skintone. I can’t explain how healthy it makes the skin look and feel.

The moisture it provides is just perfect and leaves a slightly Dewey finish! It has spf 15 and has quite a few antioxidants such as mangosteen. The only drawback I find is that it has a few essential oils known to cause slight irritation but I have given this a high rating due to its overall formula and the beautiful finish it has on the skin, these oils aren’t too much of a cause for concern as its a pretty gentle product all up !
I alway have this baby on hand and is perfect for boys and girls! Very natural glow .

1. “Daywear Sheer Tint Release- Estée Lauder- $65”

I know! I know! Another Lauder product… What can I say? They exceed over a lot of other company’s in my eyes… when it comes to formulary excellence.. Anyways, I am giving the facts of what it is in these products that make them so special to me!

-This product has a similar base formula to that of the daywear bb cream, but has MANY more potent antioxidants included for the ultimate protection of ageing.

It has grapeseed, birch, coffee, red tea, vitamin c, vitamin e, hyaluronic acid, white tea and rosemary! Very impressive formula, and I must say, when I compare it to alot of the other formulas out there, it makes a lot of them look sad !

This has grey speckle beads that break open and release a beautiful tan onto your skin! I love how the coverage is sheer enough for me to wear and it just gives such a healthy glow to the skin! It has spf 15 which Is enough for me as I am not in the sun enough to worry.

The texture is slightly tacky leaving a well moisturised Dewey finish! Good for normal/combination or slightly dry skin. Love it! And it’s fine for girls and boys !

do you have a favourite tinted moisturiser or bb cream? I would love to hear about it? 🙂

Ben x

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Finding the RIGHT moisturiser for you!

Finding the perfect moisturiser can be one of the most challenging, aggravating, confusing and mind boggling things, as the beauty industry COUNTLESS amounts of brands (let alone products!) to choose from!

We also tend to be brand nazis and don’t even realise it, leaning towards a particular brand because our mother used it or because we have seen it lying around in the bathroom at some point because our sister (or brother) once used it as well!

It’s important when on that big search for an effective (and good valued) moisturiser that we are seeing the big picture, and not just the pretty box it comes in ( I must say I am guilty for falling into those marketing traps as well haha

First of all…

SUNSCREEN, I can’t stress enough, this is something people STILL don’t seem to worry about, regardless of the huge amount of research available stating that SUN DAMAGE is the number 1 ageing factor, so at LEAST apply an SPF15!

The sun breaks down collagen and causes hyper pigmentation (sun spots), and we all know about skin cancer! You may even see these effects before you even reach your late 20s! Prevention is most definitely the key.

Look for U.V.A protection in your spf moisturisers (to get antiageing protection)

Ingredients such as : titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, avobenzone, oxybenzone.

Antioxidents (and plenty!) if you are even going to bother putting anything on your face it is important to consider how many antioxidants you are actually getting for your money in the product.

Ingredients such as: pomegranate, soybean, grapeseed, and vitamins a+c+e to name a few! These put up a safeguard for your skin to be protected better (and can put a bubble around your spf to do its job better!.)

Choosing a product with A+C AND E together combined, ensures recycled all day protection . 😉

Cell transmitters, these ingredients are very helpful in a product as they help the cells to communicate with each other so everything in the deeper layers of your skin function better and to continue to work as they should!

Look for vitamin b3 (niacanimide) as this is the most well researched ingredient to do this job !

Extra touches…
Some moisturisers go above and beyond to show that they are far superior than the other choices (considering they have included all of the above already!)

Most of these brands include skin identical ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid and glycerin, these bind water on the surface of our skin holding back the ageing process significantly.

Remember to look out for the placement of the ingredients on the formulas list (read every product) before considering it!

If you see these ingredients at the top of the list.. Then It consists mostly of those ingredients!
If its at the very bottom… It’s quite possibly not even worth considering.

There are a lot of cheeky company’s ripping us off!

Lets find out for ourselves and give our skin what it really deserves and more 😉

Take care x

Ben.xx

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