DIY FACEMASK | RECIPE

It’s always good to have a DIY facemask recipe in your repertoire for those nights in when you don’t have another one available. It’s also really good to know exactly what is going into your skincare!

You can make this mask with ingredients you probably already have in your cupboard. All you need is three main ingredients; banana, oats and honey. I know that it sounds strange to put porridge ingredients on your skin, but trust me, it works!

The oats are packed full with amino acids, which have antioxidant properties and repair damaged skin. Honey is a natural antibacterial, which will help to relieve tired and inflamed skin. Banana is naturally a good source of vitamins A and E, which help to protect you skin against environmental pollution.


I decided to add a Pack’d Defence Superfood Mix to this facemask to give it an extra boost. This mix contains flax seed, pumpkin seed, sunflower seed and baobab. Flax helps to reduce the appearance of inflammation and redness, pumpkin seed helps to brighten, sunflower seed helps to prevent the signs of ageing and baobab helps to improve the elasticity of the skin. All in all, why wouldn’t you want to add this to a DIY facemask?

DIY FACEMASK
You can pick up a Pack’d Superfood packet inside the Pack’d smoothie kits, which are available in most Sainsbury’s stores.

What I love about this mask is that it is basically a two-in-one treatment. It exfoliates your skin, and then soothes it! When you put the mask on, you rub it into your skin and the oats help to exfoliate the dead skin cells from your face. Once you’ve scrubbed gently, you leave the mask on for up to an hour to let the honey and banana do it’s magic!


To make 2 masks all you need is:

  • 1/2 a banana
  • 1 teaspoon of raw honey
  • 2 tablespoons of oats
  • 1 Pack’d Defence Superfood Mix (optional, but worth it!)

All you need to do is add everything into a bowl and mash it together! That’s literally it! When you apply it to your skin, massage it in for a bit before leaving it on for 30 minutes to 1 hour. I’d advise doing the first part over a sink because otherwise it gets messy!


That’s it! You now have a recipe for a homemade facemask that has plenty of properties that will help your skin! Let me know in the comments below if you have made this mask or if you have any other DIY recipes to share!

Until next time,

S.

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MANKIND GROOMING BOX | REVIEW

MANKIND GROOMING BOX REVIEW

I’ve recently found mankind.co.uk and I was instantly in love! Within 10 minutes of browsing I was drawn to the Limited Edition January Grooming Box, which offers £75 worth of male grooming products for only £25! It comes with a selection of face, hair and body products and would make a perfect gift for him!

I’ve tried all the products now and I’ll go in a bit more detail below.


L’Oréal Professionnel Shampoo

I like this shampoo. It has a nice lather and smells good! I didn’t notice anything special about it but it’s a good basic! My hair did feel really clean afterwards, which considering the amount of hair product I had in beforehand, is definitely a good thing!


Scaramouche & Fandango Men’s Face Scrub

Honestly, I wasn’t massively impressed with this! I found the exfoliating beads to be a bit sparse and due to this, it wasn’t abrasive enough. Coming from someone who has sensitive skin, you know that’s not good. It’s decent for the price though and it’s small enough to take travelling. If I was to use this again, I’d use it on a daily basis and as more of a face wash with additional exfoliating properties.


Foreo Cleanser

I’ve been using my trusted Kiehl’s cleanser for years now, so I was a bit sceptical to try something new. This product is actually really good! I have dry and sensitive skin so always tend to stay away from male specific grooming products, as they tend to be too astringent for my skin. This isn’t the case with the Foreo Cleanser. It’s an inky blue colour and has a slight lather too it. I find it leaves my skin feeling really fresh and clean. Plus, it smells lovely! I’ll definitely repurchase this.


Redken for Men Work Hard Paste

I had high hopes for this product. I’m always on the lookout for a good hair product that has strong hold, isn’t shiny but doesn’t leave my hair looking dry. First impressions of this, I wasn’t keen. I’m not too sure whether I put too much on or what, but it left my hair feeling dry and looking dull! I gave it the benefit of the doubt and used it as a pre-styler. I put it in damp hair and dried it. I definitely like how it left my hair looking this way. Everyone’s hair will react differently, but definitely give it a go. Just for reference, I have coarse, curly hair!


Men-U Shave Cream

I’ll admit something here – I don’t use shaving cream usually! I’ve gotten into the habit of using my foaming gel cleanser as I find most shaving creams dry my skin out. This one didn’t! It left my skin feeling smooth and the razor went across my skin with ease. It definitely protected me against razor burn and this was one of the best shaves I’ve had in a long time! Definitely would recommend.


Daily Vitamins Multi Vitamins

I don’t really have much to say on these. Vitamins are vitamins, right? I’m running out of my current multi vitamins, so I’ll use these once they’re done. It was a nice little extra to the pack though.


Protein Chox Bar – Cookies and Cream

I can’t say I’ve had a lot of protein bars to compare this too, so apologies if this isn’t as informative as you’d like. It tasted good though, was rich, creamy and sweet!


So there you have it, my review on the Mankind Grooming Box! I would definitely purchase this again! All the products are full size so this box is definitely great value for money. It’s a shame they don’t do it every month, as I’d definitely subscribe to this! The delivery was really quick! I ordered on Saturday and it was here by Monday. It’s still available now so with Valentine’s Day around the corner it would be a great gift!

Until next time,

S.

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THE BODY SHOP DROPS OF YOUTH | REVIEW

In the colder months, my skin always dries out completely. I find that I end up having dry, flaky skin around my nose, eyes and mouth. It’s not pretty.

I have to bump up my skincare routine to combat this. I end up using more serums and masks to keep my skin as replenished as possible.

Lately I’ve been using The Body Shop Drops of Youth line, mainly the Bouncy Sleeping Mask and the Eye Concentrate. They’re primarily to help with aging skin, but I feel as though any product designed to reduce the signs of aging has to be good, right? After all, there’s no harm in having younger looking skin!


Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask

This product is designed to give you bouncier-looking skin. It has an unusual texture; kind of like jelly. You only need a small amount and it comes with a little spatula to easily scoop it up. When you first apply it it’s sticky, however it soaks into the skin in a couple of minutes and feels great! It also feels really refreshing and cooling. This product is meant to be applied just before bed and left on overnight. If you have a beard like me, I’d avoid the area as it leaves my beard with a weird powdery feeling.

I find that the following morning my skin feels great! My moisturiser soaks in better and my skin is practically flake free all day! Winner!


Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate

I’ll be completely honest; an eye product are always the first thing I skip in my skincare routine. I’ve been using this roll-on for the past month now and I feel like I’ll definitely invest in this again. It has the same cooling sensation as the sleeping mask, which feels lovely first thing in the morning! I use a tiny amount, not even a full pump. I’d definitely recommend this if you are looking for a straightforward eye cream to help with all different skin concerns. It helps to reduce the appearance of bags, lines and fatigue.


Products from the Drops of Youth line are enriched with Edelweiss plant stem cells. Edelweiss is a plant that grows in the mountains and overtime has developed many natural defenses in order to survive the harsh conditions. It has powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which I feel is essential in skincare.

Furthermore, I really rate this line. The textures of these products are definitely different, but once you get over that; you’ll learn to love them. They’re not the most impressive of products I’ve tried, but they’re reasonably priced and would be a great addition to a skincare routine.

Until next time,

S.

 

 

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Oily Skin Guide | His Habits

Oily skin is a condition that we have all faced at some time in our life. That is unless you’re extremely lucky and have incredible skin that is never oily.

It’s a curse for many people and if you have this skin type I’m sure you will have wondered, “How do I get rid of oily skin?”

Good news first, it’s possible! However it will require daily management.

Think of your skin as a long-term project. It’s going to require time, dedication and potentially a bit of money at the start.

I’ll give you a bit of an understanding of oily skin and then some recommendations on how to manage it.

So why do we have oily skin?

Oil is created under the skin’s surface in the oil glands (medically known as the sebaceous glands). The reason it’s created is to keep the skin supple and prevent it from drying out. Without it, your skin would be dry and susceptible to cracking. I guess oily skin is a blessing after all!

simple-skin-diagram

The problems occur when your skin goes into overdrive and produces too much oil. This can happen for a number of reasons but the main one? Hormones!

Skin is a living organ and is always shedding dead skin cells from the top layer. More often than not, the dead skin cells combine with the oil on the skin’s surface and cause blockages in your pores. This can then lead onto blackheads and pimples.

How can we stop our skin overproducing oil?

There are two answers: internal and external treatments. Generally, external treatments don’t require a trip to the doctors, so I’ll touch on this. Internal treatments usually require some form of medicine that alters the way your oil glands function. Try using external treatments first as you can try this at home and buy most products over the counter.

Cleanse, Tone and Moisturise!

Use products that contain Salicylic Acid or Benzoyl Peroxide.

Both of these chemicals increase the amount of dead skin cells that are removed and help to reduce oil production in the process. The quicker turnover helps prevent the oil and skin cells from combining and blocking pores and helps make the skin less likely to breakout.

I tend to use products with Salicylic Acid in as I find Benzoyl Peroxide to be too harsh, but try both out and see which works best for you.

I would recommend starting with trying Garnier Skin Naturals Pure Anti-Blackhead Deep Pore Wash and La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo. Both products have great reviews and can be used morning and night.

When using an astringent you may notice your skin becomes red or inflamed. Reduce the time when using it and slowly build your skin up to allow it time to adjust.

I would suggest having a good oil free moisturiser with no astringent properties to use as a night treatment to rehydrate the skin. I recommend the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel-Cream. Use this in replacement to your other night cream a couple of days a week if you’re noticing redness.

There is never a ‘one size fits all’ solution to helping your skin. It’s always worth having a skincare consultation with someone who can create a full routine that is suitable for you.

I hope you found this post informative. If you do have any questions regarding your skin, please leave a comment below or Tweet me and I’ll try my best to answer it.

Until next time,

S.

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