Science of Beauty

Acne gone in 5 days!

During my most recent trip to South Africa, I broke out on my forehead and jaw line as I'm sure you guys saw on my Instagram video ( @lightofmindx). With limited resources, I had to improvise to try and get rid of it as quickly as possible, I attempted to create face masks with egg whites and lemon juice, as well as, leaving my Garnier face wash on for longer than usual until my father, who is a pharmacist, gave me a tiny white bottle that changed my life, Dalacin T. Dalacin T is a topical lotion that contains Clindamycin phosphate, Clindamycin is an antibiotic that works by killing sensitive bacteria that causes acne and reducing the amount of fatty acids that irritate the skin surface. I applied it twice a day on the affected areas using a cotton pad, after cleansing my face. 

This is available from your local pharmacy as a prescription item, however, sell it for £16.95, which I would say is worth the price! If you're not willing to pay that much then below are some of the other products which I used as well. 

Garnier Skin active, Pure Active 3 in 1. I applied this in my break out areas and left it on over night. This left my skin feeling extremely clean, and the next morning I would see a reduction in the acne. Price varies between £3 and £6 depending on the store.
African black soap, my friend got this for me on a trip to Ghana and I saw it improve my skin instantly when I used it. I had heard many testimonies about how it had helped people get rid of their acne, so this was the first thing I tried. If you haven't heard of it, it is made from plantain skins, palm tree leaves, coconut oil and many other natural ingredients. Shea Moisture sell their African black soap for £6.49 which is an absolute bargain! 
In my most desperate hour I also rubbed banana skin on the affected areas. I hope this has been helpful, and wish you all the glowing skin in 2017! 

Until next time,

Chengetai Victoria 

Skincare misconceptions part 1


I think its a common misconception that if you have oily skin theres no need to moisturise because your skin moisturises itself right? WRONG. Regardless of your skin type its very important to moisturise your skin or you're at risk of dehydrating, which your skin will overcompensate with more oil then you'll start to break out. 

Here's a brief science lesson.

People with oily skin have excess sebum that is secreted by sebaceous glands. Sebum forms a thin greasy film on top of the skin that helps the skin maintain flexibility and also helps keep the skin hydrated. So it is useful! However, overproduction of sebum clogs up your pores along with dead skin cells and bacteria which can lead to acne. This layer of dead skin cells, bacteria and sebum will only get thicker unless we wash our faces. Constantly washing your face and stripping it of oil will lead to dryness and exposure to the elements which will lead to premature ageing and irritation and no one wants to look old and wrinkly at 30 years of age. This is where moisturiser comes in! It provides our skin with much needed hydration.

So here are a couple of affordable moisturises for oily skin that everyone should buy. Note all of these have been tried and tested by myself and worked wonders on my skin
1. Neutrogena Visibly Clear Moisturiser 
This is quite light texture and creamy consistency that leaves a semi matte finish and defintly leaves the skin looking healthy and radiant. 
2. The body shop Vitamin C Daily moisturiser SPF30
This I loved as it has both SPF (which is ESSENTIAL to protect you from the UV rays that will cause skin ageing) and Vitamin C an antioxidant that will help you maintain healthy looking skin. It is very light and doesn't leave me looking oily.
3. The body shop seaweed mattifying day cream

I used this with the Vitamin C daily moisturiser and they worked together perfectly. This makes your skin matt as well as moisturises.

That's it for now and girls make sure to CTM ( CLEANSE TONE AND MOISTURISE)


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