Saturday, April 26, 2008

Sunsense Aftersun Cooling Spray

We all need to be diligent about sunscreen but what about the times when you inevitably forgot to apply sunscreen or happen to get sunburn?

Aloe Vera Gel is something that I always use if I see my skin going red or after getting a little too much sun. Lately, I came across this cooling spray and decided to try it.

What attracted me to it was the added Vitamin C and grape seed extract. The grape seed extract is well known for being an anti-oxidant and Vitamin C for whitening. The spray bottle also means that there's no need for rubbing , which can irritate your sunburn and cause pain.

It has a little nozzle click which prevents its contents from spilling accidentally which makes it safe to carry in your bag as well.

I totally love the smell and this product after using it. There are times when I forgot to put on sunscreen and this helps to soothe my red and hot skin and I find that I don't tan or my skin doesn't darken as much when I use this every time I return home from outdoors.

I sometimes use it even just for the moisturising effect and smell. You can leave this in the refrigerator which will enhance the cooling effect even more.

At a bargain price of AUD$7.99, this is definitely a steal.

Luv ~ Bargain price. Has antioxidant properties to maintain youthful and anti-aging skin. Great smell. Really soothes the skin.

Don't Luv ~ Nothing.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Feminine hygiene


1. Wash your hair? Yes

2. Shower everyday? Yes

3. Are you really clean? hhmm..

I was watching a show recently and they posed this question. Are we really clean?

Do we really ensure that we clean every part of our body? Little places that we sometimes miss are:

1. Behing the ears

2. Belly button

3. Soles of our feet

4. V - area

Haha..yes the V area. Do you sometimes feel uncomfortable, itchiness, discomfort down there?

The v area actually has a different pH level to the rest of our body and a normal body cleanser isn't enough and could actually disrupt the delicate balance. Our body is meant to be around pH 6.1 -7 while the V area is pH 3.5 - 4.5.

Things that we can do:

"Many women are unaware that rayon and rayon-cotton blends are widely used in the manufacture of tampons. Rayon is commonly chlorine-bleached, and is a highly absorbent fibre. Dioxin, a toxic carcinogen, is a by-product of all chlorine bleaching methods and is also found throughout the environment in varying levels as a by-product of pesticide spraying and pollution from incinerators. Dioxin has been found to collect in the fatty tissues of animals, including humans and should, therefore, be a real concern for women. Published scientific reports have shown that evidence is growing that even low levels of dioxins may be linked to cancer, endometriosis, low sperm counts and immune system suppression. Considering a woman may use as many as 11,000 tampons in her lifetime, she may be subjecting herself to additional dioxin exposure." (credit)

1. Try to use cotton panty liners and tampons. These are chemical and perfume free which is much better.

2. Use feminine products specifically for the V area.

I found after doing this that it definitely help me with discomfort and itchiness that I've previously experienced. Maintaining is definitely a better option that waiting for something to happen, I say!

Products that are useful are:

Lactacyd Daily Feminine Wash

(There are also other brands such as Eve and Vagisil).

When you need to relieve itching, works like a charm.

This is such an important area as our babies come into this world from there and we need to make sure that we do not neglect that area.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Suffering from the flakes?


Everyone hates the dreaded flakes. Especially for us ladies who loves our black clothes and those flakes just loves standing out on black! Grr....
Do you know what I'm referring to? Yes, it's the dreaded dandruff!

Is this your expression when all you wanted to do was to touch your hair and you look in horror as this happens (pic above)? I've been through it and totally understand. I started getting the flakes when I moved to Sydney a few years ago and it definitely has to be the change in weather and with Australia being a lot drier. I felt like I've tried everything but nothing seems to be working and days turned to months and months turned to years!

Finally, enough is enough and some drastic action is required.

No. 1 - Time to do a bit more research (i.e. internet).

According to Wiki, dandruff is caused by excessive shedding of dead skin cells from the scalp. It has nothing to do with not having clean hair etc...

For people with dandruff, skin cells may mature and be shed in 2 - 7 days, as opposed to around a month in people without dandruff. The result is that dead skin cells are shed in large, oily clumps, which appear as white or grayish patches on the scalp, skin, and clothes.

No. 2 - Doctor, where are you?

Went to the GP to check once and for all what is the problem as I was getting yellow, scaly scab flakes and bleeding. Realised that I have Eczema of the scalp. This is getting worse than just plain old dandruff, my scalp was getting so dry from the anti-dandruff shampoo (Head & Shoulders) that I've been using that I've now developed Eczema.

No. 3 - Shopping time.

After a few tips and advice from the internet, I discovered several faux pas that I've been doing and went to buy what was advised. Sorry ladies, but Head & Shoulders just did not work for me.

Now, I put my plan into action and in 2 short months, I now no longer have dandruff and have been free of that for months and I have stopped using an anti-dandruff shampoo for many months now and it hasn't returned.

My tips from what I've learned:

1. Leave the anti-dandruff shampoo on your scalp for at least 1-5 minutes before rinsing for it to be effective. I've always just lather up, massage my scalp and rinse off immediately (this process was possibly 2 mins tops!). No wonder it didn't work as I didn't leave the shampoo long enough on my scalp for it to work.

Change your shampooing routine, lather up the shampoo and massage it into your scalp. Then, leave it and clean the rest of your body ( this should take at least 5 minutes which should give the shampoo plenty of time for it to work!). Come back to rinsing off the shampoo after that and then comes the conditioner. It increases your shower time and what do you do while waiting for the conditioner to do its magic too? Find something I guess, I know I had to.

The 2 shampoos that I found to be super effective were:

Nizoral® A-D Shampoo

Kiehl's herbal shampoo and scalp treatment for dandruff

Start using the shampoo regularly and every 2 weeks, slowly reduce and replace with your normal shampoo. There will come a time when you find that you no longer need it as you no longer have it anymore.

2. Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise.

Your hair and scalp will be uber dry when using anti-dandruff shampoos so remember to use hair conditioner and hair treatments for both the hair and the scalp. Even after there is no more dandruff, keep your scalp in check by using a scalp treatment weekly.

Doesn't have to be $$$, I use

Missha Provice Scalp Care Treatment

Dandruff can be an embarrassing issue for many and I hope that this helps.
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