Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Product review: Purepotions Skin Salvation

Purepotions is a natural brand and you can read about the company here.

If you read my blog regularly, then you know I suffer from Atopic eczema. I have actually 2 stubborn patches on my arm and sometimes 1 patch on my face. This type of eczema is a very stuff one and hard to treat, because the reasons are could be severe nutritional deficiency, stress or when too many toxins accumulated in the body. Frankly, I have to change my lifestyle dramatically to eliminate my eczema. Slowly, but surely I'm getting there, but it's not easy. No sugar for me at all, but I can't say no for Nutella. :) Who can?

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Quick natural tips to cure body odor

The apocrine glands in the armpits release fats, waste products, and other toxins from the body when you sweat. Body odor happens when these toxins come into contact with bacteria on your skin. Here are some great and simpe tips how can you prevent body odor!

1. Soap

Use natural soap which contains lavender, tea tree oil or peppermint.

2. Witch hazel

Spray which hazel extract several times a day directly to your skin or put it on a cotton ball and wipe your armpits with it. The refreshing, sweet-smelling liquid is drying and has a deodorizing effect as well.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Candida diet

What is Candida?

Candida Albicans is a type of yeast of fungus that occurs naturally in the human body. It is found in the gut flora, in skin folds, in the mouth and vagina. So normally found in the body at low levels. When the immune system is down, Candida starts to multiply and take over all the healthy microorganisms. They can find their way to the bloodstream too (through the lining of the intestinal tract) and it can lead to many problems.

Friday, August 17, 2012


Psoriasis is a skin condition which seems to be passed down through families. However it doesn't matter whether someone is a carrier of genetic predisposition or not, because mainly the lifestyle and the diet trigger the symptoms.

Symptoms of the Psoriasis:

  • Red, flaky patches of skin with silvery scales
  • Dry, thick, itchy skin
  • Salmon pink skin
  • Thick nails, yellow-brown nails, dents in the nail, and nail lifts off from the skin underneath
  • Severe dandruff on the scalp

Sunday, August 12, 2012

The most misleading beauty claims

I am sure you heard and read many beauty claims by companies about their product. I collected those that I find the most misleading.

1. Natural claims

Many companies use this claim on their products, although there is no proper definition for natural. I would say a product is natural if doesn't contain preservatives, it is free of any artificial dyes, perfumes and other synthetic chemical ingredients. The product's ingredients must originate from a natural source, but it's not necessarily grown according to bio standards.

I find also misleading when a company says about an ingredient it's natural, just because it came from a natural source. In this case that ingredient went through many chemically process and modification. It's far from natural.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Product review - Arbonne Part IV.

This part is the RE9 Advanced for Men. This includes the Exfoliating Wash, Shave Gel, Post-Shave Balm and Facial Moisturizer with SPF20.

I gave them to my partner and I asked him what he thinks. You have to know he doesn't really like skin care stuffs and he also thinks natural products are the same like non natural counterparts and there is no such a thing that toxic ingredients, because they have been used for generations with no problem. He actually thinks that natural products are just good reasons to ask more money for nothing.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Product review - Arbonne Part III.

This line includes 5 steps in the morning ( Facial Cleanser, Toner, Renewal Serum, Eye Cream, Day Cream) and 5 steps (instead of the day cream, it's the night cream) in the evening. This is basically a skin care regime. Personally I don't mind if I have to do these steps, because as an esthetician this is what I do for my clients and for myself when I want to do a proper, "pampering" facial.

1. Smoothing facial cleanser

  • Smell: organge
  • Texture: soapy, creamy, foamy

I washed my face with it and it gave me a clean feeling, although my skin on the cheeks became dry. (Sodium C14 16 Olefin Sulfonate causes the dryness.) It was like other facial cleanser.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

The Story of Cosmetics - Video

I found this video and it explains very well the whole story about toxic chemicals and what we should avoid. Enjoy!:)

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Product review - Arbonne Part II.

1. Instant Lift Gel

  • Smell: It contains orange peel oil, so this is why the orange smell, which is very pleasant
  • Texture: Sticky, colorless gel

I applied just to one side of my face to see if there is any difference. Well, it just sits on the skin and doing nothing. The only difference is that on that side of my face where I applied, my skin felt sticky. After 5 minutes I felt like I am wearing a mask, if I smiled my face were tight, but not in a good way. I was waiting at least 15 minutes to see if my skin will absorb it, but then I run out of patience and I washed it off. It was very uncomfortable to wear. Suprisingly I could wash off the whole Gel and my skin was so dry that I had to apply my Nourish Body Butter. (Yes, I use it on my face and it works great!)


You can see the whole ingredient list on the picture. I am just putting up those that you've maybe never heard, or heard, but don't know what it is and the non natural, synthetic ones. I also highlighted the harmful ones. There are few ingredients that I didn't mention, because of the lack of information.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Product review - Arbonne Part I.

Christina Atkinson, an independent consultant from Arbonne contacted me if I would like to try out their products. Before I said anything to her, I wanted to know more about Arbonne and also wanted to know what kind of ingredients they use. For some reason I didn't see the detailed ingredient list on their site (although I can see it now), so I asked Christina if she can send it to me. She was very kind and sent me the botanical glossary. I thought they use only these natural ingredients, so I said yes, I would like to get some samples.

Christina also sent me a pamphlet and I was very surprised when I found out that they are a multi-level marketing, "Amway" type company (MLM) which I really don't like and I am not interested in at all.

About the company

"Arbonne is a Swiss skin care products in the U.S. and includes a complete line of natural, botanical-based skin care, cosmetics, nutrition, fitness and aromatherapy products for men, women and children. Arbonne stands out as a company committed to providing pure, safe products that work. The formulas are: botanically-based - pH correct – hypoallergenic - dermatologist tested - never tested on animals - formulated without animal products or by-products - formulated without mineral oil -formulated without dyes or chemical fragrances."

That's basically what they say about themselves. Nothing new for me, for you, we hear the same things almost every day from other companies, although the reality is unfortunately different. In this case as well.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

How to choose a facial cleanser

There are different types of facial cleansers and each type is designed for different skin types: normal, dry, oily, combination and sensitive.

Types of facial cleansers:

  1. Syndets: These are soap-free cleansers and best for people with sensitive skin
  2. Gel: These cleansers have a light lather that helps to absorb excess oils on the skin and best for people with oily skin. It is also a foaming cleanser. Purchase gentle and oil-free cleansers
  3. Cream: such as milks, mousses and balms, help moisturize skin and best for people with dry skin. These are non-foaming cleansers

But I also believe that simple water and natural face oils could do the same job.

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