Baobab seed oil – a superfood for the skin

A fan of oils for over 10 years, my love affair started in my 20s with Neal’s Yard rehydrating rose facial oil, a blend of various oils (grape seed, hazelnut seed, evening primrose, rose flower and a few other flower oils) which helped keep skin supple, hydrated and bright. I used it every night for years,… View Post
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Oops, I used something on my face that made my skin burn, itch and develop eczema

It was bound to happen at some point, with me trying out different skincare products. This one happened to be a sample facemask* that caused an allergic reaction. Overnight, my skin was burning, and by the next morning I had developed contact dermatitis. Oops. For years, I had avoided having a severe reaction to a… View Post
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Not all lip balms are created equal – Rodial glam balm lip with stem cells and SPF15

Stem cells sound fancy and innovative, don’t they? Isn’t that the technology used to grow more organs or something? Are they trying to say this balm will help grow fuller lips? Actually, in this instance it is plant stem cells, and we shouldn’t need a degree in Genetics or Biology to understand what they’re on about, although I don’t… View Post
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Pai cleanser – soothing and hydrating for eczema prone or sensitive skin

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, then you’ll know I’m a big fan of Pai skincare, especially their rosehip oil – a permanent resident in my bathroom. And now I’ve finally had the chance to try out their cleanser – long story but I had an allergic reaction to a facemask* and needed something that could calm and… View Post
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Micellar waters – cleansers taking firm root in beauty cabinets everywhere

This feels like less of a fad and more a movement, created by those who want an effective, pore-deep cleanser suitable for sensitive skins, without leaving any of the residue that oil and cream based cleansers can. If you love the convenience of a face wipe, then this is perfect for you (minus the preservatives used… View Post
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