SKINCARE || BEST CLEANSERS FOR ACNE PRONE SKIN, SENSITIVE SKIN AN OILY SKIN FOUND IN NIGERIA


Contrary to popular belief, the type of cleanser, soap or face wash you use on your oily, sensitive and/or acne prone skin is very important, and there are so many amazing and safe brands of cleanser/washes readily found in Nigeria. Oily skin is caused by over secretion of sebum(oil) and because of the presence of large pores on the skin of most people with oily skin, this oil peeks through really well and could sometimes get really embarrassing, a great way to reduce oil on the skin is by USING THE RIGHT MOISTURIZER for your type of skin. Acne and oily skin was something I dealt with for a really long while, but thank God  I finally found what cured me. I will share with you from personal experience how you can possibly manage your oily and acne prone skin. While there are so many myths surrounding acne and also so many little things we do that aggravate our acne choosing the wrong cleanser can set you 10 steps backward on your journey to healthier skin

  1. The first key to choosing the right cleanser is one word "GENTLE", stay away from cleansers aimed at acne prone skin because most of these cleansers will contain  harsh ingredients which will further over dry your skin, thereby triggering your sebaceous gland to produce more sebum. Go for basic cleansers that have no active ingredient.
  2. Another thing to look out for is parfum or fragrance, this is especially for my sensitive and acne prone sisters, parfum can greatly aggravate your acne(but if your skin isn't so sensitive then you should be okay).
  3. If you follow my blog regularly, you would remember what I said about acne and soap, products containing soap base can be overly drying to the skin thereby triggering your sebaceous gland to compensate for the dryness which will cause your skin to be overly oily.
  4. Go for cleansers that are oil free
CETAPHIL CLEANSER
 
Cetaphil soap and cleanser is a really great example, it cleanses the skin without over drying it and it contains no parfum or harsh chemicals, this goes for about 6500 naira now and it is a really huge bottle which should last you a long time.
 
 
ISIS PHARMA TEEN DERM GEL
 
I cannot wait to get my hands on this again when I started my journey to clear skin this was one of the cleansers I used, it had little micro beads in them which gently exfoliates the skin, thinking of how calming this made my skin makes me want to go buy this again. I got mine at a dermatology clinic in Abuja called PRIMA DERMA (you can reach them on facebook for more info and no this is not a sponsored post) for 3000 naira, it lasts a good while and for a healthy skin I did not mind the cost.

ACNE.ORG CLEANSER
 
 
I spoke about this acne.org cleanser in my how I finally found what cured my acne post, this is hands down the best cleanser I have ever used, it will clean your face really well but is very gentle on the skin. This cost about 12 dollars and you can find out how to get it here  in Nigeria along with the whole acne.org regimen at a good shipping price.
 

OLAY FACE WASH
 
 
I did a thorough review on this face was recently and I have raved about this before so I am not about to do that again of course but this is my go to, it is really affordable and last a good while. This cost between 1800 naira-2000 naira.
 
 
Sebamed is also another great option, it has no soap base and it was made with the right pH for the skin.
 
 
Hope you learned something today, thank you so much for reading. What cleanser are you using, leave your comments below I would love to hear from you

 

FAVOURITES (JUNE EDITION) || HAIR,BEAUTY,FRAGRANCE ETC


HELLO, HELLO everyone so today I decided to share some of my favourite things from last month which was the month of June, I see a lot of youtubers doing this and I just love watching and reading what other people have been using and loving.

HAIR





These have been my favorites from last month the aunt Jackie's conditioner Is literally the best thing that has happened to my texturized hair in a while, it's so moisturizing and softening, organics carrot oil cream has been great as a leave in protein treatment and I have been reaching out for this a whole lot, the ecostyler gel was really great for when I style my hair, it just leaves your hair shiny, My wash day routine is not complete without my shea butter mix.

SKINCARE


I talked about the acne.org Aha+ in my how I finally cured my acne post and I have been loving it even more the past month, it really helped me with my acne scaring, I also got a little sun burnt because I did just leave the nysc camp in Abuja and this helped me out a lot (This should be used only at night). the black soap and face wash  have also been amazing click the link to know exactly how I use them. For my body moisturizer I have really been loving this one from clear essence using this at night has also helped my skin recover. I Made this lip scrub myself and I have been loving it lately, I use it once a week to get rid of dead skin cells.

EDIBLES


Just have these two for this. I love grape juice and ceres is a really good brand, I had no idea that they had it in smaller sizes and I was really so excited to get it, the packaging was too cute. If you follow me on Instagram you already know I love me some green tea and legend is definitely one of my favourite brands, this one has moringa in it as well and I have been loving it, it really helps in freeing up my bowels.

BEAUTY AND FRAGRANCE


I got the eyeshadow from a market here in Abuja for 300 naira and I am so happy I did because it was such a great find, I reach out for this palette a lot, especially for the golden matte shade, the black shade and the bigger shimmery shade. While I am a huge fan of classic make up lipsticks I have never tried their liquid liner, I do wish the tip of this was thinner, to give a more precise look but it still works fine. The "peter nyagaro" fragrance was actually a gift and I have never heard of this brand before, but I have been reaching out to this a lot, it smell really feminine and sweet.

FASHION AND JEWELRY

The moment I saw these two fabrics, I just knew that I had to turn them into Skirts. I made the skirts myself, if you follow me on any of my social media, you would know that I am a fashion designer, I will be making a blog post on how to style them soon, So do watch out for that. The ring I got from one aboki for 400naira and I wear this like crazy (I'm just a sucker for rings), it just looks really rich and cultural and I love it. The choker was made for me by a little family friend of mine and he did it so well....

What did you love the most amongst these items? Please do comment below, I would love to hear from you.

REVIEW || ORGANICS BY AFRICAS BEST CARROT OIL CREAM





If you follow me on Instagram, you would know that I bought this when I went hair product shopping. I was actually in search for a hair moisturizer when I came across this, I have actually come across the organics by Africa's best carrot oil cream while I was relaxed but I never used it. I decided to try it out because I needed some form of protein treatment because texturized hair even though still curly doesn't change the fact that it is chemically treated.

WHAT THE TUB SAYS
ORGANICALLY DIFFERENT!
This product contains
NO PETROLATUM OR MINERAL OIL
ORGANICS by Africa's BEST
CARROT OIL cream Strengthens Weak Damaged Hair
Organics CARROT OIL CREAM is enriched with Natural Beta Carotene, Proteins, Vitamins, Herbal extracts and Amino Acids to help prevent dryness, brittleness and breakage. When hair is weak or damaged CARROT OIL CREAM helps repair, mend and rebuild. Consistent use promotes growth, Body and Shine. Excellent for all hair types, including natural, relaxed, pressed, curls, texturized or color-treated hair.

Directions: Massage CARROT OIL CREAM into hair daily. Distribute gently and evenly from hair roots to ends. Re-apply generously as needed.

INGREDIENTS: aqua(water), hydrogenated vegetable oil, cetearyl alcohol, PEG-40 castor oil, stearalkonium chloride, cetyl esters, glycine soja (soybean) oil, hydroxyethylcellulose, DMDM hydantoin, Daucus Carota Sativa (carrot) seed oil, parfum (fragrance), soluble collagen, carthamus tinctorius (safflower) seed oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) leaf extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, Equisetum Hyemale (Horsetail) Extract, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Cholesterol, Panthenol.

NET WEIGHT: It is 7.5 oz (213g).
It is yellowish creamy consistency.
Price: 1800naira

MY VERDICT
First of all I love how this is void of petrolatum or mineral oil because most products containing these ingredients tend to dry out my hair. That being said I absolutely loooooove this product, while this doesn't work as a moisturizer it is great as a protein treatment. I used it when my hair was breaking a little bit and it worked like magic.
I use this every wash day when my hair gets dry (it doesn't absorb well on wet hair). I also use this whenever I braid my hair to prevent breakage. It does leave a little bit of a yellowish cast so you have to blend it in well.

RATING: *****.
LONGEVEITY: WILL LAST A GOOD WHILE
SMELL: SMELLS REALLY ORGANIC, BUT NOT OFFENSIVE
PRICE: A LITTLE PRICY, It cost 1800 naira

NOTE: This does not act as a moisturizer but as a daily protein  






REVIEW || OLAY FOAMING FACE WASH IN SENSITIVE



I finally ran out of my acne.org cleanser which I talked about in my HOW I FINALLY CURED MY ACNE POST and needed something equally as gentle to replace it and so I went to the acne.org website and discovered that Dan the owner of the website always gives other options which could act as substitutes to his products. Dan suggested that OLAY FOAMING FACE WASH FOR SENSITIVE SKIN was a good alternative (He also suggested Cetaphil but I couldn't find this at the time).

WHAT IT SAYS ON THE TUBE
OLAY foaming face wash {SENSITIVE}
OIL FREE/FRAGRANCE FREE
Size: 207ml (7.0 FL OZ)

Formulated specifically for the special needs of sensitive skin, this gentle cleanser refreshes and cares for your skin. Rich foamy lather.100% soap free. Allergy and dermatologist tested.

DIRECTIONS: Wet hands and face. Dispense a small amount of product into hands. Add water, work into lather and massage on skin. Rinse off with water.

INGREDIENTS: water/eau, glycerin, sodium myristoyl sarcisinate, PEG-120 methyl glucose dioleate, sodium lauroamphoacetate, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, polyquaternium-10, PEG-150 pentaerythrityl tetrastearate, glycol distearate, sodium lauroamphodiacetate, sodium trideceth sulfate, citric acid, disodium EDTA, phenoxyethanol, DMDM hydantoin.
COLOUR: PURPLEISH
 
MY VERDICT
This product first of all lacks everything I love my cleansers to lack. It has no oil(perfect for oily skin), no fragrance and no soap. This cost me 1875 naira and I got it at Akwa ibom state (I realized that its a little tough to get here in Abuja). This cleanser is really gentle on the skin which is very similar to the acne.org cleansers and this makes me love it even more. While I miss my acne.org cleanser, this has been an amazing substitute. I have gone through a whole tube and about to go through another. It does not over dry, irritate or break me out and I have really sensitive skin.

RATING:****
SMELL: NO SMELL
LONGIEVITY: LASTED ME AN ALARMING 3 MONTHS AND COUNTING.
PRICE: 1,875 NAIRA (WORTH EVERY PENNY)

What cleansers have you been trying lately?


Please do leave a comment below I will be happy to hear from you.

REVIEW || CLEAR ESSENCE SKIN BEAUTIFYING MILK



I got back from NYSC recently and boy did I get dark as anything. We stood in the sun for hours during our drills and that resulted into a little bit of a sun burn. I got back home and immediately started looking for options to tone and nurture my skin back to health. I went to my local beauty store and picked out the clear essence beautifying milk.

WHAT THE BOTTLE SAYS

Skin beautifying milk
THE DIFFERENCE IS CLEAR (CLEAR ESSENCE)
MAXI TONE
For Maximum Even Skin Tone and smoother skin
All over body complexion lotion
Formulated for people of colour
CLINICALLY PROVEN TO BE SAFE AND EFFECTIVE
NET WT. 227G

DRUG FACTS
ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: HYDROQUINONE 2%
PURPOSE: SKIN LIGHTENING

USES
For an even toned glow by fading away discoloration such as age spots, freckles, or dark patches that may occur from pregnancy or the use of birth control pills.

WHEN USING THIS PROCUCT
  • Avoid contact with eyes
  • Avoid unnecessary sun exposure and use a sun screen to prevent darkening from reoccurring
  • Test overnight on inside of elbow before use
  • If skin irritation occurs discontinue use and consult doctor
  • Keep out of reach of children, if swallowed, seek medical attention.
DIRECTIONS
  • Spread a thin layer into patches on face, hands, arms and body.
  • Use twice daily or as directed by doctor and in 4-6 weeks the effect should be evident
  • Not for use on children under 12 except on doctors instructions.
OTHER INFORMATIONS
Close lid tightly after each use. Product may darken when exposed to air. This will not affect performance or safety.

INACTIVE INGREDIENTS
WATER(AQUA), PETROLATUM, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, STEARIC ACID, ISOPROPYL PALMITATE, CETYL ALCOHOL, AMMONIUM LAURYL SULFATE, HYDROXYETYLCELLULOSE, GLYCERYL STEARATE, DIAZOLIDINYL UREA, METHYL PARABEN, PROPYL PARABEN, SODIUM METABISULFITE, DIMETHICONE, OCTINOXATE, ASCORBIC ACID, BHA, PROPYL GALLATE, TRISODIUM EDTA, CITRIC ACID FRAGRANCE.

COLOUR: WHITE

MY VERDICT

Like I said I got this to treat the darkening caused by my time at the NYSC camp in Abuja, It was one of the most affordable brands I saw there that could do the work, this product works gently but effectively, you do not see the results in one day, you have to got through more than half the tub to see actual results and I do not mind that at all. I do advice that you use this at night alone as it does contain hydroquinone and when in contact with the sun it could make your situation even worse. This worked and I absolutely loved it, I will be repurchasing one more bottle of this.

RATING: ****
SMELL: IT IS A LITTLE STRONG BUT NOTHING YOU CANNOT GET USED TO
LONGEIVITY: COULD LAST AS LONG AS 2 MONTHS
PRICE: 1800 NAIRA, VERY REASONABLE PRICE AND WORTH EVERY PENNY.

N. B: Make sure you use this only at night

HAIR/REVIEW || NOVAGOLD STYLING MOUSSE {SUPER FIRM HOLD} ON TEXTURIZED HAIR





HELLO, HELLO, HELLO it is the product junkie back with another product review. I have never used a hair mousse in my life and decided to try the NOVA GOLD styling mousse, hence I have started styling my texturized hair more often. I chose to get the nova gold styling mousse because it is the most popular hair mousse here in Nigeria and it is also a really affordable brand.

what the can says
NOVAGOLD
SYSTEM PROFESSIONAL
SUPER FIRM HOLD STYLING MOUSSE
FOR INCREASED VOLUME AND HOLD

nova gold mousse has been specially formulated to give super firm hold with volume and lift to all hair types and styles.

Directions: Shampoo and towel dry hair. Shake well and dispense mousse into palm of the hand (amounts will depend on hair length). Spread evenly through hair. Do not rinse out. Style as required. Can be used on dry hair.

Ingredients: Aqua, Butane, VP/VA copolymer, Isobutane, propane, Quaternium-52, Polysorbate 80, Dimethicone, Parfum, Linalool, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Citronellol.

My Verdict
This mousse cost me 700 naira, I had never used a hair mousse before so I have no idea if it is suppose to feel sticky or not, but this felt really sticky after I applied it and I didn't really like the feel. I always love to apply a bit of moisturizer or leave in conditioner to my hair before adding any styling product because I know that styling products concentrate more on holding your hair style together than moisturizing your hair.

Despite the sticky uncomfortable feel, this did a pretty good job with styling my hair and it really did give my hair some volume and hold although I noticed that my ecostyler gel held my hair together longer and it was also shinnier. I will be trying more hair mousses till I find a better one, but this is definitely a very affordable and okay option.

N.B I highly recommend using a hair mousse if and only if you are going for a more voluminous look and  also make sure you apply some kind of moisture or oil to your hair before hand as this may be a bit drying.

RATING: 3.5 STARS

I gave it a 3.5 star because I didn't really like that sticky feel and how my hair feels is really important to me. I will keep using this and see how it goes..

HAVE YOU TRIED THIS PRODUCT BEFORE? WHAT HAIR MOUSSE WOULD YOU RECOMMEND? PLEASE DO LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU..

REVIEW || ECO STYLER PROFESSIONAL STYLING GEL (ARGON OIL) ON TEXTURIZED HAIR



HEY EVERYONE, today's review is on the eco styler gel (argon oil). I noticed that I have been really loving styling my texturized hair rather MAKING A LONG TERM PROTECTIVE STYLE and so I decided to invest in this. I got mine in the small size because I did not find the bigger size at my local beauty salon. The price of this was 1200 naira.
WHAT THE TUB SAYS
ECO STYLER
PROFESSIONAL STYLING GEL (ARGON OIL), ALCOHOL FREE, MAX HOLD (10).
ECOSTYLER MOROCCAN ARGON OIL STYLING GEL IS FORMULATED WITH RARE OILS FROMTHE ARGAN TREEIN MOROCCO. OUR FORMULAR CONDITIONSAND REVITALIZES THE HAIR WHILE ADDING BRILLIANT SHINE. LIKE ALL OUR STYLING GELS, ECOSTYLER MOROCCAN ARGON OIL IS WEIGHTLESS AND PROVIDES A SUPERIOR HOLD.
DIRECTIONS: APPLY TO DRY HAIR OR WET HAIR. WORK DESIRED AMOUNT THROUGH HAIR AND STYLE.
INGREDIENTS: WATER(AQUA), CARBOMER, HYDROLYZED WHEAT PROTEIN, GLYCERIN, AMINO-2-METHYL-1-PROPANOL, SODIUM HYDROXYMETHYLGLYCINATE, POLYSORBATE 20, TETRASODIUM EDTA, ARGANIA SPINOSA KERNEL OIL, FRAGRANCE(PARFUM), CL 19140 YELLOW 5, LOVE AND PRIDE(AWW!!!)..
MY VERDICT
All I can say is that this product is so popular for a reason, I have used a previous gel in the past which I absolutely hated and that kind of scarred me. I was really scared about trying this out but I have to say I do not regret it at all. The first time tried it on a protective style I applied very little  to my hair because I was a little scared, but the next time I went to town with it and my hair felt really soft and shiny and still held my style for five days.
RATING: 5.0
LONGEVITY: The small tub will last a good while
HOLD: Can hold for up to 5days depending on the quantity used.